Monday, 21 February 2011

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Review

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Release Date: 7th August 1980 – Australia

Production Companies 
20th Century Fox

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 124 minutes
               127 minutes
               (Special Edition)

Budget: $32,000,000

Box Office Gross: $547,969,004

Plot Summary
It is a dark time for the
Rebellion. After a
devastating attack on
their ice base on the
frozen planet of Hoth,
the Rebels are scattered
by Imperial pursuit. Luke
Skywalker seeks out the
mysterious Jedi Master
Yoda in the swamps of
Dagobah, while Han Solo
and Princess Leia outrun
the Imperial fleet to the
beautiful Cloud City of
Bespin. In an attempt to
convert Luke to the dark
side, the evil Darth Vader
lures young Skywalker
into a trap. In the midst of
a fierce lightsaber duel with
the Sith Lord, Luke faces
a terrible truth about the
Skywalker legacy.

Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford - Han Solo
Carrie Fisher - Princess Leia Organa
David Prowse - Darth Vader
Billy Dee Williams - Lando Calrissian 
Anthony Daniels - C3PO
Kenny Baker - R2-D2
Peter Mayhew - Chewbacca
Frank Oz - Yoda
James Earl Jones - Darth Vader (Voice)
Marjorie Eaton - The Emperor (Uncredited)
Clive Revill - The Emperor (Voice)
Denis Lawson - Wedge Antilles
Ian McDiarmid - The Emperor
(2004 DVD Release)
Jeremy Bulloch - Boba Fett
Jason Wingreen - Boba Fett
(Voice) (Uncredited)
Temuera Morrison - Boba Fett
(Voice) (2004 DVD Release) 
John Hollis - Lotor
Jack Purvis - Chief Ugnaught
Des Webb - Snow Creature
Kenneth Colley - Admiral Piett
Julian Glover - General Veers
Michael Sheard - Admiral Ozzel
Michael Culver - Captain Needa
Bruce Boa - Rebel Force General Reeikan
Christopher Malcolm - Rebel Force Zev (Rogue 2)
Richard Oldfield - Rebel Force Hobbie (Rogue 4)
John Morton - Rebel Force Dak (Luke’s Gunner)
Ian Liston - Rebel Force Janson (Wedge’s Gunner)
John Ratzenberger - Rebel Force Major Derlin
Morris Bush - Dengar (Uncredited)
Alan Harris - Bossk/Bespin Security Guard (Uncredited)
Chris Parsons - 4-LOM/K-3PO/Stormtrooper (Uncredited)

Director - Irvin Kershner
Story/Executive Producer/Editor (Uncredited) -
George Lucas
Writers - Leigh Brackett &
Lawrence Kasdan
Producer/Assistant Director (Uncredited) -
Gary Kurtz
Producers - Howard G. Kazanjian (Uncredited) &
Rick McCallum (Special Edition)
Production Designer - Norman Reynolds
Design Consultant/Conceptual Artist/Matte Artist:
Miniature & Optical Effects Unit - Ralph McQuarrie
Costume Designer - John Mollo
Make-up & Special Creature Designer - Stuart Freeborn
Director of Photography - Peter Suschitzky
Stunt Coordinator - Peter Diamond
Mechanical Effects Supervisor: Production & Mechanical
Effects Unit - Nick Allder
Special Visual Effects - Richard Edlund
& Brian Johnson
Matte Painting Supervisor: Miniature & Optical Effects
Unit - Harrison Ellenshaw
Stop Motion Animation: Miniature & Optical Effects/
Make-up Sculptor (Uncredited) - Phil Tippett
R2-D2 Designer - Tony Dyson (Uncredited)
Editors - Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas (Uncredited) &
T.M. Christopher (Special Edition)
Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer -
Ben Burtt
Music - John Williams


1981 Academy Awards
Best Sound - Bill Varney, Steve Maslow,
Gregg Landaker & Peter Sutton (Won)
Special Achievement for Visual Effects - Brian
Johnson, Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren &
Bruce Nicholson (Won)
Best Art Direction - Norman Reynolds,
Leslie Dilley, Harry Lange, Alan Tomkins
& Michael Ford (Nominated)
Best Original Score - John Williams (Nominated)

The fans of Star Wars were definitely right, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is the darkest and best movie of the classic trilogy, because it has everything that the first movie didn't have such as a brilliant story and more character development. I loved the film's characters that were introduced such as Yoda, Lando Calrissian and Boba Fett. The scenes of which include the Battle of Hoth that has the snow-speeders, Han in the Millennium Falcon getting chased by Imperial fleet in the asteroid belt, the cliff-hanger ending and the light-saber duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker which has the shocking and iconic moment where Vader says in his infamous quote to Luke, "No, I am your father".

EMPIRE has been considered a true classic sci-fi film and one of my favourites of all time that I've ever watched.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


  1. It's been a while since I have seen this movie but your review has brought back a number of good memories. I agree that it is better than some of the other Star Wars movies and I liked how you put information about the movie's rerelease. Keep blogging!

  2. Koolspiky@gmail.com27 February 2011 at 14:39

    it brings back the best of the old movies.
    nice work keep blogging

  3. What a great movie, a lot of excitement and a riveting plot. I am a huge Star Wars fan and this is my second favourite movie in the series the first being Return of the Jedi. I love reading your reviews keep blogging.

  4. this was a great review i will have to go and find my old star wars movies and watch them all again

    1. I'm glad to hear you liked Empire, check out some of my further Star Wars reviews.

  5. I love this movie!! It is my all time favorite number ONE Favorite! I doubt that I will ever see a better movie. I am glad that you agree.


    1. Thank you very much for your review, I'm glad you shared your opinions of these great movies and it sounds like we share in common an appreciation for sci-fi movies. Any more feedback you have would be greatly welcomed.