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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition [2004]

Director:Irvin Kershner
Writer:Lawrence Kasdan
Leigh Brackett
Composer:John Williams
Length:127 minutes
(2 hours 7 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:8.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:97%
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Synopsis: Luke sets out to learn more about the force while his friends fall into a trap.

Reaction: Again, the updated space scenes aren't bad, but I liked the original Bobba Fett voice.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Irvin Kershner => Director
Lawrence Kasdan => Writer
Leigh Brackett => Writer
John Williams => Composer
George Lucas => Story
Alec Guinness => Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi
Anthony Daniels => C-3PO
Billy Dee Williams => Lando Calrissian
Bruce Boa => Rebel Force General Rieekan
C. Andrew Nelson => Darth Vader
Carrie Fisher => Princess Leia
Christopher Malcolm => Zev - Rogue 2
David Prowse => Darth Vader
Denis Lawson => Wedge - Rogue 3 (as Dennis Lawson)
Des Webb => Snow Creature
Frank Oz => Yoda (voice)
Harold Weed => Wampa
Harrison Ford => Han Solo
Ian Liston => Janson - Wedge's Gunner
Ian McDiarmid => Emperor
Jack Purvis => Chief Ugnaught
James Earl Jones => Darth Vader (voice)
Jeremy Bulloch => Boba Fett
John Hollis => Lando's Aide
John Morton => Dak - Luke's Gunner
John Ratzenberger => Major Derlin
Julian Glover => General Veers
Kenneth Colley => Admiral Piett
Kenny Baker => R2-D2
Mark Hamill => Luke Skywalker
Michael Culver => Captain Needa
Michael Sheard => Admiral Ozzel
Peter Mayhew => Chewbacca
Richard Oldfield => Hobbie - Rogue 4
Temuera Morrison => Boba Fett (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The carbon freezing chamber is the only time in the original trilogy that Darth Vader and C3PO are in the same scene together.
  • When shooting on location in Norway, a fierce snow storm hit the hotel where cast and crew were staying. This would have normally halted filming, but director Irvin Kershner thought these weather conditions were an excellent opportunity to film the scene where Luke wanders through the snow after escaping the Wampa cave. He did this by sending Mark Hamill outside into the cold, while he and the cameraman stayed and filmed inside the hotel's front hall.
  • Luke is upside-down at the beginning (Wampa cave), in the middle (training on Dagobah), and at the end (below Cloud City). He uses the Force each time.
  • In the asteroid scene, one of the asteroids is actually a shoe. The rumor is that George Lucas asked the SFX people to redo the scene so many times that they got annoyed and one of them threw in their shoe. Another of the asteroids is actually a potato. It appears just as the Millennium Falcon first enters the field. Two asteroids travel from the top left to the bottom right corner of the screen. Just after the second asteroid leaves the screen a third one appears in the top left corner. This is the potato.
  • On Hoth, General Rieekan says, "Send Rogues 10 and 11 to sector 38," a veiled reference to THX 1138.
  • Security surrounding this movie was so intense that George Lucas had regular reports about "leaks" from actors. George Lucas was so determined that the ending be kept secret that he had David Prowse (Darth Vader) say "Obi-Wan killed your father", and dubbed it later to be "I am your father". In fact, only six people knew about the ending: George Lucas, director Irvin Kershner, writers Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan, Mark Hamill, and James Earl Jones.
  • In the famous scene right when Han is frozen, he replies "I know" to her "I love you". Originally, the scene was shot with Han replying "I love you, too", however, Harrison Ford didn't think that it fit Han's personality. George Lucas agreed, and Ford ad-libbed his now famous line.
  • The only [Star Wars] film that does not take place on the desert planet Tatooine (although it is mentioned by name at the end of the film).
  • The scenes where R2-D2 is submerged in the mud pool were shot in George Lucas' unfinished swimming pool. Most of the crew were hidden under the water and the entire sequence was shot by George Lucas himself.
  • One of the first ideas for Lando Calrissian was to have him as a clone who survived the [Clone] [Wars] who leads legions of clones on a planet they settled on. Another idea had Lando as the descendant of survivors of the Clone Wars, born into a family who reproduced solely by cloning. Originally, his name was "Lando Kadar".