Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic science fiction space-opera film directed by Irvin Kershner and produced by Gary Kurtz.  The screenplay was written by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan from the story by George Lucas. It is the middle installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, and the fifth episode in the nine-part ‘Skywalker’ saga.

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Rated:  PG (movie contains sci-fi action/violence)
Run Time:  2h 4min
Release Date:  June 20, 1980 (USA)
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Director:  Irvin Kershner
Studio:  20th Century Fox
Budget:  $23 Million
Box Office: $538.4 Million

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Dave Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness, Jeremy Bullock, Clive Revill, John Ratzenberger and James Earl Jones.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back follows the Galactic Empire, under the leadership of the villainous Darth Vader (Dave Prowse / James Earl Jones) who is in relentless pursuit of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and the rest of the Rebel Alliance including Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew).

Meanwhile, at a Rebel Base located on the ice planet Hoth, the alliance are being attacked by the Imperial forces and its AT-AT walkers. While Han and Leia escape in the Millennium Falcon, Luke travels to Dagobah in search of Jedi Master Yoda to complete his Jedi training and become a Jedi Knight.

When Vader captures Luke’s friends, Luke must decide whether to complete his training and become a Jedi Knight or to confront Vader and save them. Only with the Jedi master’s help will Luke survive when the dark side of the Force beckons him into the ultimate duel with Darth Vader.

Movie Quotes

“You are beaten! It is useless to resist. Don’t let yourself be destroyed as Obi-Wan did.” – Darth Vader 
“Only a fully trained Jedi Knight, with the Force as his ally will conquer Vader and his Emperor.” – Yoda

“I don’t believe it.” – Luke Skywalker
“That is why you fail.” – Yoda

“For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous being are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the force around you.” – Yoda

Official Movie Trailer

Movie Stars

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker

Harrison Ford as Han Solo

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian

Anthony Daniels as C-3PO

Dave Prowse as Darth Vader

Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca

Kenny Baker as R2-D2

Frank Oz as Yoda (Voice)

Alec Guinness as Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi

Jeremy Bullock as Boba Fett

Clive Revill as Emperor (Voice)

John Ratzenberger as Rebel Force Major Derlin

James Earl Jones as Darth Vader (Voice)