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The Empire Strikes Back

1980 . Adventure, Action, Science Fiction . 2h 4m

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1,475 total

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1.2M total

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About the movie

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The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

Actors:

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Rated:

PG

Writer:

Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas

Language:

English

Release:

20 May 1980

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Reviews

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Paolo L

2 months ago

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Still great to watch and enjoy even if it may seem dated special effects the dialogue and plotting is better than today's releases

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Siddhartha Gaba image

4 months ago

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THE best sequel of all time. One of, if not the best Star Wars movie. Oh, and did I forget? It has the best kept secret in all cinematic history! Every scene, every line, and every fight all work together to make the best movie experience a person could ask for. One thing that sets this movie apart is how much more punishing it is. The bad guys are consistently beating the heroes down, and it's hard to see them fail so much. But it allows for real character growth, Unlike the sequel trilogy. The lightsaber battles are greatly improved upon. Darth Vader is as menacing as ever. And the best, Yoda is, hmmm... And the somber ending, which shows the ragtag group of rebels at their lowest, sets the stage for a third movie that can bring a satisfying end to the series.

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Kaan Arslan

4 months ago

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Regarded as one of the best (if not THE best) sequels ever made, "The Empire Strikes Back" further develops the characters and pushes the Star Wars Universe into darker territory. After the Rebels' successful victory at the Battle of Yavin, Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) has dispatched thousands of probe droids across the galaxy in search of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the young rebel who used the the power of the force to destroy the Death Star. Along the way, our hero faces many challenges to overcome, including a vicious Wampa, AT-AT's, and the ultimate decision in completing his Jedi training or risking all that he fought for to rescue his friends. Not only does the cast from the original return, but new favorites are introduced here as well, such as Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz) and Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), a good friend of Han Solo (Harrison Ford). In my opinion, it's debatable to decide which is the superior film. As a kid, I always used to watch the original on VHS, DVD, and Spike TV and constantly kept re-watching the Death Star Trench sequence over and over again. I wasn't really the biggest fan of "Empire" when I was younger, but I always enjoyed watching the Battle of Hoth sequence, especially with my Dad as it's one of his favorite moments. However, the more I kept re-watching and analyzing it in its entirety, the more I begin to understand why this film was so phenomenal. There's drama, action, comedy, serious moments (the iconic "I am your father" scene), and has some of the best music that John Williams has ever done, ALL in the same movie. It even ends on a cliff hanger leaving the audience on the edge of their seat asking themselves, "Now what?" A year ago today was when I went to see a live Orchestra performance while the film was playing in the background and it was something I will never forget. That alone makes this Star Wars film stick out from the rest as it's the one that had the biggest impact on me. Overall, this film is definitely worth checking out and if you haven't seen it yet, then you're really missing out.

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Niall Morris

6 months ago

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An original, amazing story with some of the most, if not THE most memorable characters in history, totally worth the watch, not a doubt about it.

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Samantha Pavlik

7 months ago

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The OG trilogy stands out in my childhood memories. Not once was I disappointed with the story that was lain before me. It was a clear story that balanced the multiple plot lines very well.

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Amanda Voelker-Mead

7 months ago

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The 2nd Movie in the Saga according to when it was released. But I had finally got into watching them with my husband. I have to say I cannot believe that I went my whole life (28 Years) without ever having seen any of these movies!!! They are incredible considering the era in which they were filmed.

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Emil Dithmer Schultz

11 months ago

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Big fan of the first Star Wars trilogy! Really a great various field of characters they made back then from Han Solo to one of my favorites; C3PO.

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Crucis Star

2 weeks ago

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The second best of the original trilogy.

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Giselle Müller Mellage

2 months ago

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favourite movie of the Original triology^^

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Miposky

4 months ago

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A more personal journey that deepens the overarching lore and meaningfully raises the stakes.

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Paras Adhikari

7 months ago

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Just the classic case of carrying too much expectation and most of the details already spoiled.

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Javier Benitez

7 months ago

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Just a classic. Good pacing throughout most of the movie. Does not suffer from the sophomore slump.

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B M

8 months ago

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A classic. One of the original movies that gave us probably the best movie franchises, ever

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Karl Girling

8 months ago

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Running out of steam writing these reviews. Really good film.

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Sidsel Libergren image

11 months ago

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I think this (together with episode I) is my favorite so far of the Star Wars movies! ⭐️

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