The Empire Strikes Back
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_The Empire Strikes Back_ (vhs/ntsc) (1980)
Genre: Fantasy / Sci-Fi
/ Action / Adventure
Tagline: The Adventure Continues...
Plot Outline: While Luke takes advanced Jedi training
from Yoda, his friends are relentlessly pursued by Darth Vader as part
of his plan to capture Luke.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Hamill .... Luke Skywalker
Ford .... Han Solo
Carrie Fisher .... Princess Leia Organa
Billy Dee Williams .... Lando Calrissian
Anthony Daniels .... C-3PO
David Prowse .... Darth Vader
Peter Mayhew .... Chewbacca
Kenny Baker .... R2-D2
Frank Oz .... Yoda
Alec Guinness .... Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Jeremy Bulloch .... Boba Fett/Lieutenant Sheckil
John Hollis .... Lobot
Jack Purvis .... Ugloste (Chief Ugnaught)
Des Webb .... Wampa Snow Creature
Kathryn Mullen .... Yoda Puppeteer
Also Known As:
Empire Strikes Back, The (1980) (USA: short title)
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1997) (USA:
video box title)
MPAA: Rated PG for sci-fi action violence.
Runtime: 124 / USA:127 (special edition)
Sound Mix: 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) / DTS
(special edition) / Dolby Digital
(special edition) / Dolby
/ SDDS (special edition)
Certification: Argentina:Atp / Australia:PG
/ Chile:TE / Finland:K-10
(special edition) / Finland:K-12 / Netherlands:AL / Norway:11 / Norway:12 (1980)
/ Portugal:M/12 / Spain:T (special edition) / Sweden:11 (special edition) /
Sweden:15 / UK:U / USA:PG / West Germany:6
Lighting for SFX was so strong that several models
General Rieekan says, "Send Rogues ten and eleven
to station three-eight." - reference to THX-1138
The AT-AT's were based on ship loading structure in
an Oakland, California shipyard. Walking patterns of elephants were
studied to make the movements seem as realistic as possible.
Before this film was made, Mark Hamill (Luke) was
driving his BMW along a highway. Realizing that he was missing his
turn, he swung sharply, but ended up rolling his car and suffering facial
scarring. Despite the efforts of plastic surgeons, his appearance was noticeably
different. For this reason, the scene where Luke receives facial scars
from a Wampa was written.
Further scenes with the Wampa Ice Creatures were shot,
and later cut. R2-D2 encountered one within the Rebel base, where
it was killed by troopers.
Later, the beasts were lured into a prison
within the complex. In the completed film, a medical droid is seen examining
the wounds of a Tauntaun killed by a Wampa, and Princess Leia mentions
the "creatures" while discussing the Imperial Probe Droid. A scene
filmed but cut had Han, Leia and C-3PO running through a corridor.
Han went to take a short-cut through a door with a sign on it, but Leia
warned him "that's where those creatures are kept". They run off,
but not before C-3PO rips off the sign, hoping that the stormtroopers will
enter the room.
Luke cuts off the Wampa's hand. C-3PO loses
an arm when blasted by the Stormtroppers. Darth Vader cuts off Luke's
There is a rumor that one of the asteroids is actually
The following characters "have a bad feeling about
Security surrounding this movie was so intense
Lucas had regular reports about "leaks" from actors. Lucas was
so determined that the ending be kept secret that he had actor David Prowse
(Darth Vader) say "Obi Wan Kenobi is your father", and dubbed
it later to be "I am your father".
Denis Lawson, plays Wedge Antilles.
The designers at ILM wanted a radical design for Boba
Fett's ship. They ended up using the end of a lamp post from the
street outside the ILM building.
This is Carrie Fisher's favorite movie of the trilogy.
Despite this, there were claims that she was heavily into drugs at the
time. The scene where Han Solo (Harrison Ford) was to be carbon frozen
was a long a complex scene which required many takes. Eventually,
Leia says "I love you" to Han Solo. Ford had heard this line
so many times that he changed the scripted "I love you too" to "I know".
Lucas didn't want to film the scene again, and thought it read much better
that way, so it remained.
Strikes Back_ MP3 (192k)
by Growling Mad Scientists & Manitu off of _Download_ compilation off
of 3D Vision (2000)
- track _Dinner With Yoda_ MP3 (256k)
by Kid Koala off of _Scratchhappyland_ 10" (Limited 500) on Ninja Tune (1997)
- soundtrack release _The Empires Strikes Back_ 12"x2
by John Williams
- _The Wampa's Lair/Vision Of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders
Take Flight_ MP3 (192k)
- _Han Solo & The Princess_ MP3 (192k)
- tech house track _Empires (Sander Kleinenberg Audio
Paranoid Mix)_ MP3 (vK)
by Lamya off of _Empires_ 12" on J (2002)
- turntablism track _ScratchHappyLand
(Side A)_ MP3 (160k)
by Kid Koala off of _ScratchHappyLand_ promo10" on Ninja Tune #010
- sample @
6:39 - "control, control! you must learn control!" - Yoda in
- sample - "5 or 6 cucumber
sandwiches, remove the crusts, and arrange them attractively around the
album. place your turntable in front of your guests. if the sandwiches fly
off the turntable, it is set at the wrong speed..."
- track _The Imperial March (Live)_ MP3 (56k)
Only Was Asscroft Booed, But The Imperial March Was Played