Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

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  • Official Trailer
  • New Chapter Trailer for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Movie Info & Cast


After the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion's defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin. In the midst of a fierce lightsaber duel with the Sith Lord, Luke faces the startling revelation that the evil Vader is in fact his father, Anakin Skywalker.


  • Mark Hamill
  • Harrison Ford
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Billy Dee Williams
  • Anthony Daniels
  • David Prowse
  • Peter Mayhew
  • Kenny Baker
  • Frank Oz
  • Alec Guinness

Did You Know?


  • Producer Gary Kurtz came up with the title for the movie.
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  • During the Battle for Hoth, several rebel soldiers fall down without being hit.
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    • Dak: Right now I feel like I could take on the whole Empire myself.
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The best of three Star Wars films, and the most thought-provoking. After the space opera cheerfulness of the original film, this one plunges into darkness and even despair, and surrenders more completely to the underlying mystery of the story. It is because of the emotions stirred in Empire that the entire series takes on a mythic quality that resonates back to the first and ahead to the third. This is the heart.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It balances bloodshed with charm, spectacle with childlike glee. It's a near flawless movie of its kind.

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune