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4.2
10,714 Ratings

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Directed by Irvin Kershner
United States, 1980
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Synopsis

Darth Vader pursues Luke Skywalker and his band of friends, while Luke studies under Jedi master Yoda to prepare himself for an ultimate showdown against the forces of evil.

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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Directed by Irvin Kershner

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1981 | 2 wins including: Special Achievement Award

1981 | 2 nominations including: Best Music, Original Score

National Film Preservation Board

2010 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

With his initial emotional and professional investment in the first film richly rewarded, creator George Lucas was able to let his imagination truly run wild this time around. (Later on, he’d simply try to one-up himself, which often resulted in a lot of cool creatures and ships but fewer “wow” moments.) So, Empire is a film that has the speed, invention, and scale of Star Wars, but the richer inner life of a real movie — and it ends on one of the great cliffhangers of all time.
August 02, 2013
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Writing this review only three days after seeing the film, I’m amazed — not to say delighted — that I can remember so little of it, apart from a neat little surprise ending that I won’t give away, even though you’ve probably already heard about it. But not remembering is in a way what this movie is all about: it helps to prime us for the next bloody spinoff sequel.
May 21, 1980
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