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The Empire Strikes Back

  • 1980
  • PG
  • 124min
  • 94%
  • 8.8 / 10

Since the destruction of the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, the Rebels, with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, have been driven into hiding on the ice world, Hoth. Imperial forces continue to hunt them, with Darth Vader assaulting their base with AT-AT walkers. Luke first escapes to Dagobah for his Jedi training with Master Yoda. Hans Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, and C-3PO charge the blockade of Imperial Star Destroyers with the Millenium Falcon. Hans Solo is captured by Darth Vader, turning him over to the bounty hunter Boba Fett to be delivered to Jabba the Hutt. The film follows the Rebels as they try to escape the Imperial forces and the powerful Darth Vader.

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Star Wars is an epic space opera. For all its glorious storytelling, visuals, costumes, and characters, creator George Lucas resourced various types of film, television, and personalities to color the world of his narratives. The famous opening text crawl was taken from one of Lucas’s favorite childhood television show, Flash Gordon. An odd inspiration for an alien species, the Ewoks are actually taken from the likeness of a Griffon Bruxellois, a dog breed that the Star Wars creator had. With the film saga being included in the world of Disney, a surprising twist is that the character that everyone loves to hate, Jar-Jar Binks, was actually based on Goofy – awkward and gangly.

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The Empire Strikes Back is the second installment in the Star Wars trilogy. The 1980 film was directed by Irvin Kershner. George Lucas wrote the film’s story and served as executive producer. The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, and Frank Oz. Released on May 21, 1980, it initially got mixed reviews, but eventually became the most critically acclaimed episode in the Star Wars saga. It also ranked #3 in the 2008 Empire list of 500 greatest movies of all time. During its 1980 release, it was the highest-grossing film, earning more than $538 million.