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Release Date: May 21st, 1980

DVD Release Date: September 12th, 2006

PG|2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary
The adventure continues in this "Star Wars" sequel. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) face attack by the Imperial forces and its AT-AT walkers on the ice planet Hoth. While Han and Leia escape in the Millennium Falcon, Luke travels to Dagobah in search of Yoda. Only with the Jedi master's help will Luke survive when the dark side of the Force beckons him into the ultimate duel with Darth Vader (David Prowse).

Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Peter Mayhew

Director: Irvin Kershner

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Science fiction

Production Co: Lucasfilm Ltd.

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Dark, Rousing, Rivalry, Pursuit, Rescue, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.

  • The best of three Star Wars films, and the most thought-provoking. After the space opera cheerfulness of the original film, this one plunges into darkness and even despair, and surrenders more completely to the underlying mystery of the story. It is because of the emotions stirred in Empire that the entire series takes on a mythic quality that resonates back to the first and ahead to the third. This is the heart. show more

  • It balances bloodshed with charm, spectacle with childlike glee. It's a near flawless movie of its kind.

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Winner Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Winner Special Achievement Award (Visual Effects)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Nominated Art Direction
Winner Sound
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)