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The Empire Strikes Back is the second release in the six-part Star Wars saga, continuing the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo after their victorious battle at Yavin 4 and the destruction of the Death Star.
The novel based on the film was released on April 12, 198023 More Trivia
A sequel to STAR WARS
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|Mark Hamill||Luke Skywalker|
|Harrison Ford||Han Solo|
|Carrie Fisher||Leia Solo|
|Billy Dee Williams||Lando Calrissian|
|James Earl Jones||Darth Vader|
|Alec Guinness||Obi-Wan Kenobi|
|Denis Lawson||Wedge Antilles|
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Darth Vader, personally tasked by the Emperor with destroying the Rebellion, enters the Hoth system aboard the SSD Avenger and dispatches dozens of probe droids to scan nearby planets for Rebel activity. Luke Skywalker, newly promoted to Commander and out on patrol, sees the probe droid land. Mistaking it for a meteor, Skywalker investigates—but is attacked by a Wampa and taken to the creature’s lair. Awakening to find himself hanging upside-down in a cave, Luke uses the Force to retrieve his lightsaber and escapes, injuring the Wampa in the process.
Back at Echo Base, Solo informs General Carlist Rieekan and Princess Leia that he needs to leave immediately to pay off his debt to Jabba the Hutt. Leia is incensed and the two have a confrontation in the hallway. Later, after Luke has failed to report in, Solo decides to go search for him on a Tauntaun. He finds Luke lying in the snow, near death—having just witnessed a vision of Obi-Wan Kenobi telling him to go to the Dagobah system and receive training from Yoda. Han’s tauntaun dies from exposure and Han uses Luke’s lightsaber to cut open the animal and provide warmth during the night. The following morning, the pair are discovered by a speeder patrol and brought back to base. Luke is submerged in a bacta tank and nursed back to health.
The Rebels intercept the probe droid’s transmissions as it beams information back to Vader, informing the Empire of the Rebel’s location. Han and Chewbacca succeed in destroying the droid, but not before the data is received by the Empire. The Rebels prepare for the oncoming assault, assembling ground troops and snowspeeders to repel ground forces.
Avenger arrives in orbit with several other Star Destroyers, dispatching AT-AT walkers to destroy Echo Base’s shield generator. Beginning to evacuate, the Rebels use their ion cannon to disable the Star Destroyers long enough for their transport ships to escape. Skywalker leads Rogue Squadron against the AT-ATs, using the speeder’s harpoons and tow cables to entangle the walkers’ legs. Luke is eventually shot down, but succeeds in destroying an AT-AT using only his lightsaber and a thermal detonator. The Rebels fight valiantly, but once the shield generator is destroyed by General Veers, they are forced into full retreat. Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO escape in the Millennium Falcon while Luke and R2-D2 take an X-wing to Dagobah.
Hotly pursued by Imperial forces, the Millennium Falcon seeks shelter in the Hoth asteroid belt. Hiding in a “cave” on a large asteroid, the crew eventually discovers they have landed inside the mouth of a giant space slug. They barely escape before the creature eats them and find themselves again pursued by Star Destroyers. In a bold maneuver, Han turns the ship around and makes it look like he’s attacking the Star Destroyer—when in reality he docks the ship on the backside of the command tower.
Meanwhile, Luke and Artoo reach Dagobah and crash land in the swamp. Making a small camp, the pair is confronted by a small, frog-like creature. Claiming to know the location of Yoda, the creature invites Luke back to his home. During their conversation, Luke becomes increasingly frustrated with the small creature’s questions, before the mysterious stranger speaks to Obi-Wan’s spirit, revealing that he is Yoda. Believing that Skywalker is too old to begin his Jedi training, Yoda is eventually persuaded by Obi-Wan to take the boy as his pupil. Luke trains with Yoda and enters a Dark Side Cave near Yoda's hut and receives a vision in which he battles and defeats Darth Vader, only to find that under Vader's mask is his own face--a sign both that Vader is related to Luke, but more importantly that Luke holds the promise of great good or great evil. Later, Yoda lifts Luke's X-wing from the swamp where it sank, demonstrating the philosophy of “size matters not.”
Elsewhere, onboard the Super Star Destroyer Executor, Darth Vader enlists a group of bounty hunters—including Bossk, Zuckuss, IG-88, 4-LOM, Dengar and Boba Fett—to track down the Millennium Falcon. Knowing that Star Destroyers eject their refuse before jumping to lightspeed, Han unclamps the Falcon from the command tower of the Star Destroyer and drifts away with the garbage. The ship heads to Bespin to meet Han’s old friend Lando Calrissian, unknowingly pursued by Fett. Back on Dagobah, Luke sees a vision of Han and Leia in great pain—a vision he believes he can prevent from occurring. Against the advice of both Yoda and Obi-Wan, Luke abandons his training and heads to Cloud City—promising to return eventually.
Han, Leia, Chewie and Threepio arrive at Cloud City and are greeted by Calrissian, who explains his mining operation and invites the group to dinner. Threepio becomes separated from the others and is blasted apart by an unseen force; his parts later recovered and partially re-assembled by Chewbacca. At lunch, the group is ambushed by Vader, Fett and a squad of stormtroopers. Lando explains that the Empire arrived before they did and that he had no choice but to turn them over. Leia, Chewbacca and Threepio are placed in confinement, while Han is tortured by Vader—but asked no questions.
Vader intends to transport Skywalker to the Emperor in a carbonite block, but wants to test the method on Solo. As he is lowered into the carbon-freezing pit, Leia confesses her love for Han—to which he replies with a simple, “I know.” Encased in a block of carbonite, Han is alive and perfectly preserved. Vader hands him over to Fett, who intends to collect on the bounty from Jabba the Hutt. During their transit to the landing pads, Lando has a change of heart and orders his guards to free Chewbacca, Leia and Threepio from custody. Reluctant to believe him after his betrayal, the group races to intercept Fett before he can take off—but are too late.
Elsewhere, Luke arrives on Cloud City and is channeled into the carbon-freezing chamber, where Vader confronts him. The two duel, with Vader seemingly toying with the inexperienced Jedi. Luke is severely outmatched and the two eventually find themselves dueling over a bottomless air vent. Vader cuts off Luke’s right hand and corners the young Jedi, offering his hand in truce and tempting Luke with offers of overthrowing the Emperor and ruling the galaxy together. Vader attempts to seduce him to the Dark Side with talk of power and might until finally revealing the awful truth-- that Darth Vader is his father. Luke, in shock, drops into the core and falls through a garbage hatch, catching himself on a weather vane beneath the city.
After finally reaching the Falcon and managing to take off, Leia hears Luke’s cries for help through the Force. She orders Lando to turn the ship around and they rescue Luke, escaping into orbit with TIE Fighters in pursuit. Vader, confident that their hyperdrive has been disabled, prepares to capture the ship. However, Artoo is able to repair the engine and the ship jumps to lightspeed, rendezvousing with the Rebel fleet. Luke is fitted with a mechanical hand, while Chewbacca and Lando leave in the Falcon to find Han.
The film ends with Luke and Leia gazing towards the Galactic Core, resigned in their desire to save Han from Jabba and defeat the Empire once and for all.
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|Name||Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back|
|US Release||May 21, 1980|
|UK Release||May 21, 1980|
|AUS Release||Aug. 7, 1980|
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