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THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
Fleeing the planet Hoth, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and R2-D2 and C-3PO escape in the loyal, albeit weathered Millennium Falcon, but are captured en route to safety by Darth Vader on planet Bespin. Meanwhile, Skywalker follows the goals of Ben Kenobi, receiving Jedi training from none other than Yoda on planet Dagobah. But can Skywalker master his Jedi training in time to rescue his friends from the evil dark lord, Vader?
Director Irvin Kershner's "The Empire Strikes Back" offers a darker, but no less entertaining look at the "Star Wars" universe.
"The Star Wars saga continues... "
EPISODE 5: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is the second Lucas film made in the first Star Wars Trilogy. The basic story involves the Empire's response to the destruction, by rebels, of their Deathstar in "Star Wars." In this film, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) begins his Jedi Night training with the Jedi Master, Yoda, while Hans Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewy (Peter Mayhew), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and C Threepio (Anthony Daniels) find themselves on the damaged Millennium Falcon, with a broken hyperdrive; (no light speed capacity), hiding on an asteroid, from the relentless pursuit of Darth Vader (David Prowse), determined to catch them. They wind up landing on "City in the Clouds," a mining station/community run by an old "friend" of Hans, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), with hopes of getting the hyper drive fixed, unaware that they are walking into a trap.
Before Luke finishes his training with Yoda,
he rushes off to try to rescue his friends, when he sees into
the future and sees that they will be in pain and are in big trouble.
Luke finds himself in a laser fight, way above his newly developed
Jedi skills, and learns some unexpected, awful knowledge, that
he emotionally or mentally wasn't prepared for. Instead of saving
his friends, he winds up having to be saved by them in the nick
of time, minus Hans Solo who is encased carbonite taken prisoner
by a bounty hunter Boba Fett, who is taking him back to Jabba
Director Kershner, primarily known for dramas
("Loving") seemed like an odd choice at the time to
helm a "Star Wars" movie. Looking back now, however,
his strength in character driven film drama apparently aided him
in fleshing out the characters, as well as providing a maturity
and depth that some felt was lacking in the original film.
The drama, comedy, and action of this film is
again tied together by the marvelous music. It's hard to imagine
a "Star Wars" movie without its classic music soundtrack.
Once again, John Williams provides the exciting, excellent Musical
If you enjoyed THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, you may like "STAR WARS, "RETURN OF THE JEDI. (It is best to see this trilogy in order.) You may also enjoy the first two prequel films made, STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MEANACE and STAR WARS EPISODE 2: THE ATTACK OF THE CLONES.
C-3PO to Han Solo: "Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1!" Hans Solo: "Never tell me the odds!"
(While the Millennium Falcon is hiding in a cave on an
asteroid, the ground shakes and Princess Leia falls into Solo's arms).