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PG In Theaters 05/21/1980 , 124min.
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Plot & Details

The second entry in George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy finds Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the green-as-grass hero from the first film, now a seasoned space warrior. Luke's Star Wars cohorts Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) are likewise more experienced in the ways and means of battling the insidious Empire, as represented by the brooding Darth Vader (body of David Prowse, voice of James Earl Jones). And, of course, "The Force," personified by the ghost of Luke's mentor Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness), is with them all. Retreating from Vader's minions, Luke ends up, at first, on the Ice Planet Hoth, and then the tropical Dagobah. Here he makes the acquaintance of the gnomish Yoda (voice of Frank Oz), whose all-encompassing wisdom comes in handy during the serial-like perils of the rest of the film. Before the film's open-ended climax, we are introduced to the apparently duplicitous Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) and are let in on a secret that profoundly affects both Luke and his arch-enemy, Vader. Many viewers consider this award-winning film the best of the Star Wars movies, and its special-effects bonanza was pure gold at the box office.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Gregg Landaker Won
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement Bruce Nicholson Won
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement Brian Johnson Won
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Alan Tomkins Nominated
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Bill Varney Won
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Michael Ford Nominated
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Steve Maslow Won
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score John Williams Nominated
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement Dennis Muren Won
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Harry Lange Nominated
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Leslie Dilley Nominated
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement Richard Edlund Won
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Peter Sutton Won
1980 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Norman Reynolds Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1980 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Asquith Award John Williams Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1980 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score John Williams Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1980 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Asquith Award John Williams Won

People's Choice Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 People's Choice Awards Best Picture Won
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