Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back is a science fiction movie and the second film in the Star Wars saga. The movie was released in 1980. It includes action, romance and drama.

Star Wars: Episode V -
The Empire Strikes Back
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Directed byIrvin Kershner
Written byStory:
George Lucas
Karey Kirkpatrick
Leigh Brackett
Lawrence Kasdan
Produced byGary Kurtz
George Lucas
Rick McCallum
(Special Edition)
StarringMark Hamill
Harrison Ford
Carrie Fisher
Billy Dee Williams
Anthony Daniels
CinematographyPeter Suschitzky, BSC
Edited byPaul Hirsch
Music byJohn Williams
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release dates
May 21, 1980 (USA)
Running time
124 min. (original)
127 min. (Special Edition)
CountryUnited States

The Rebels hide from the Empire on the icy planet Hoth. The Empire finds the Rebels and they have to leave the planet after a battle. Luke Skywalker finds Yoda, a 900-year-old Jedi Master and begins the training to become a Jedi. Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and C-3P0 are caught by the Empire and Solo is frozen in carbonite. In his Jedi training, Luke gets a vision that his friends are in danger and tries to help them. He has to confront Darth Vader, and the two of them fight. When Luke fights Vader, he cuts off Luke's hand and Luke also learns that Vader is his father. His hand is replaced with a prosthetic one, including nerves, muscles, and some other things.

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