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The Empire Strikes Back Overview

The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

Who Stars in The Empire Strikes Back

Mark Hamill
Luke Skywalker

Mark Hamill

Harrison Ford
Han Solo

Harrison Ford

Carrie Fisher
Princess Leia

Carrie Fisher

Billy Dee Williams
Lando Calrissian

Billy Dee Williams

Anthony Daniels
C-3PO

Anthony Daniels

David Prowse
Darth Vader

David Prowse


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Review for The Empire Strikes Back

Author: mindfroth

A masterpiece of cinema. The film transcends the franchise, seamlessly combining elements of myth, science fiction, fantasy, war film, romance, bildungsroman, epic and tragedy in a way that its sequels have been unable to replicate. It is a move without a moment of fluff. Cut anything and the film would suffer. Story, character, effects, cinematography, music, screenplay, acting, editing and action are all superb. One of the most artistically poignant films ever made. And because its style cannot be replicated, it will continue to appreciate with age. This was a time when George Lucas still had integrity, as evidenced in this 1980 Rolling Stone interview (he has since contradicted much of what he espouses in both word and deed): https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/the-empire-strikes-back-and-so-does-george-lucas-19800612 Here's a blog article shows Empire's cinematic chiasmus, or narrative symmetry: https://dejareviewer.com/2014/05/20/cinematic-chiasmus-the-empire-strikes-back-is-a-perfectly-symmetrical-film/ My favorite version is the Team Negative1 Renegade Grindhouse Edition, an unrestored 35mm scan complete with damage and dust. The Despecialized version is okay too. All official releases are desecrations. People may say that Star Wars is dead, but The Empire Strikes Back is deathless.


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Production

Lucasfilm logo
Lucasfilm

20th Century Fox logo
20th Century Fox


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Status
Released

Release Date
1980-05-20

Original Language
English

Runtime
2 hr 04 mins

Budget
$ 18,000,000.00 (Estimated)

Revenue
$ 538,400,000.00 (USA)

Profit
$ 520,400,000.00 (Estimated in USA)

Homepage
http://www.starwars.com/films/star-wars-episode-v-the-empire-strikes-back

Genres
Adventure Action Science Fiction

Keywords
rebel android asteroid space battle snow storm space colony spaceship lightsaber jedi good vs evil rebellion the force space opera stormtrooper wookie jedi master jedi training droid


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