Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

This second instalment of the 'Star Wars' series, directed not by George Lucas but by his former USC tutor Irvin Kershner, is the tautest - an extended ricochet from one incendiary set-piece battle to another which still finds time to attend to plot, pace and character.

After the destruction of the Rebel base on icy Hoth, Han (Ford), Leia (Fisher) et al, escape in the Millennium Falcon, eventually finding dubious sanctuary in the city of Bespin. Meanwhile, Luke (Hamill) heads for the Degobah system to be schooled in Jedi lore by Yoda. These two plot strands dovetail in the final quarter, when Luke rushes to Bespin to save his friends and confront Darth Vader, ignoring Yoda's pleas that he finish his training and risking his own helpless conversion to the Dark Side.

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Duration: 124 mins

Cast and crew

Screenwriter: Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas
Cast: Mark Hamill
Harrison Ford
Carrie Fisher

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Julie R
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We watched  this as part of our catch up leading up to watching the new film. 


This was the second in the original trilogy and I think out of the 3 originals, I liked this least, even though all 3 were very good.


This is the film with the famous lines that everyone should know, (even though they aren't quoted correctly!) - 'you killed my father' 'no, I am your father'.


It was a good film, but once you've seen a few of them, they start to all merge into one, so I think it is best to watch all 3 films in the trilogy in quick succession.