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The Empire Strikes Back Details

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The second entry in [[Performer~P100308~George Lucas~georgelucas]]' 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 ([[Performer~P24238~Harrison Ford~harrisonford]]) and Princess Leia ([[Performer~P89886~Carrie Fisher~carriefisher]]) are likewise more experienced in the ways and means of battling the insidious Empire, as represented by the brooding Darth Vader (body of [[Performer~P57960~David Prowse~davidprowse]], voice of [[Performer~P36131~James Earl Jones~jamesearljones]]). 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 [[Performer~P105306~Frank Oz~frankoz]]), 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 ([[Performer~P76383~Billy Dee Williams~billydeewilliams]]) 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 21, 1980

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Lange Best Art Direction 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leslie Dilley Best Art Direction 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Sutton Best Sound 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Edlund Special Achievement 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steve Maslow Best Sound 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bill Varney Best Sound 1980 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Williams Anthony Asquith Award 1980 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Williams Best Original Score 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Williams Best Original Score 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norman Reynolds Best Art Direction 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Brian Johnson Special Achievement 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bruce Nicholson Special Achievement 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Tomkins Best Art Direction 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dennis Muren Special Achievement 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gregg Landaker Best Sound 1980 Winner

Cast

Mark Hamill
as Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford
as Han Solo
Carrie Fisher
as Princess Leia
David Prowse
as Darth Vader
James Earl Jones
as Darth Vader
Billy Dee Williams
as Lando Calrissian
Anthony Daniels
as C-3PO
Peter Mayhew
as Chewbacca
Frank Oz
as Yoda
Alec Guinness
as Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi
Kenny Baker
as R2-D2
Jeremy Bulloch
as Boba Fett
Jack Purvis
as Chief Ugnaught
Des Webb
as Wampa Snow Creature
Kathryn Mullen
as Performing Asst. for Yoda
Clive Revill
as The Emperor
Kenneth Colley
as Admiral Piett
Julian Glover
as Gen. Veers
Michael Sheard
as Admiral Ozzel
Michael Culver
as Capt. Needa
John Dicks
as Other Imperial Officer
Oliver Maguire
as Other Imperial Officer
Bruce Boa
as Gen. Rieekan
Christopher Malcolm
as Zev
Denis Lawson
as Wedge (Rogue 3)
Richard Oldfield
as Hobbie, Rogue 4
Ian Liston
as Janson, Wedge's Gunner
John Ratzenberger
as Maj. Derlin
Jack McKenzie
as Deck Lieutenant
Jerry Harte
as Head Controller
Norman Chancer
as Other Rebel Officer
Norwich Duff
as Other Rebel Officer
Ray Hassett
as Other Rebel Officer
Brigitte Kahn
as Other Rebel Officer
Burnell Tucker
as Revel Officer
Ralph McQuarrie
as General McQuarrie

Crew

Irvin Kershner
Director
Jim Bloom
Producer
Gary Kurtz
Producer
George Lucas
Screen Story
Lawrence Kasdan
Screenwriter
Peter Suschitzky
Cinematographer
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Hirsch
Editor
Norman Reynolds
Production Designer
Joe Johnston
Art Director
Leslie Dilley
Art Director
Alan Tomkins
Art Director
Harry Lange
Art Director
George Lucas
Executive Producer
John Mollo
Costume Designer
Peter Sutton
Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Maslow
Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Burtt
Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Muren
Special Effects
Joe Johnston
Special Effects
Richard Edlund
Special Effects
Bruce Nicholson
Special Effects
Bill Westley
First Assistant Director
Ola Solum
First Assistant Director
Dominic Fulford
First Assistant Director
David Tomblin
First Assistant Director
Nina Saxon
Animator
Chris Casady
Animator
Peter Kuran
Animator
Terry Liebling
Casting
Irene Lamb
Casting
Stuart Freeborn
Makeup
Chris Menges
Second Unit Camera
Harley Cokliss
Second Unit Camera
Nick Maley
Makeup
Kay Freeborn
Makeup
Ralph McQuarrie
Conceptual Design
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