Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back


2h 4m 1980
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Brief Synopsis

Luke Skywalker and his loyal band team up to do battle with Empire's forces who decide to enact revenge. Luke is taught by the Jedi master Yoda to master the "Force," something he will need when he meets Darth Vader in a startling confrontation.

Film Details

Also Known As
Empire Strikes Back, Imperio contraataca, Imperium schlägt zurück, Star Wars Special Edition: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars, Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Rymdimperiet slår tillbaka, empire contre-attaque
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Action
Adventure
Sequel
Release Date
1980
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox; 20th Century Fox Distribution

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m

Synopsis

Luke Skywalker and his loyal band team up to do battle with Empire's forces who decide to enact revenge. Luke is taught by the Jedi master Yoda to master the "Force," something he will need when he meets Darth Vader in a startling confrontation.

Crew

Nick Allder

Digital Effects Supervisor

Bob Anderson

Stunts

Charles Bailey

Visual Effects

Jim Beaumonte

Camera

Ivor Beddoes

Art Department

John Benson

Assistant Sound Editor

Jon Berg

Animator

Doug Beswick

Other

Jim Bloom

Associate Producer

Mike Bolles

Other

Leigh Brackett

Screenplay

Kris Brown

Other

Tom Brown

Production Associate

Frank Bruton

Props

Allan Bryce

Mechanical Special Effects

Richard Burrow

Sound

Ben Burtt

Sound Design

Ben Burtt

Sound Effects

Roy Button

Assistant Director

Dave Carson

Visual Effects

Chris Casady

Animator

Samuel Comstock

Animator

Peter Diamond

Stunt Coordinator

Rob Dickinson

Consultant

Don Digirolamo

Consultant

Leslie Dilley

Art Director

Don Dow

Photography

Teresa Eckton

Sound Editor

Richard Edlund

Special Effects

Bob Edmiston

Casting

Brian Eke

Mechanical Special Effects

Fred Evans

Visual Effects

Michael Ford

Set Decorator

Graham Freeborn

Makeup

Kay Freeborn

Makeup

Stuart Freeborn

Special Effects

Stuart Freeborn

Makeup

Roberta Friedman

Other

Dominic Fulford

Assistant Director

Michael Fulmer

Visual Effects

Dick Gallegly

Special Effects

Martin Gant

Mechanical Special Effects

David Garfath

Camera Operator

Steve Gawley

Visual Effects

Rob Gemmel

Visual Effects

Geoff Glover

Camera Operator

Ron Goodman

Photography

David Grafton

Visual Effects Designer

Barbara Harley

Production Assistant

Miki Herman

Production Coordinator

Paul Hirsch

Editor

Ron Hone

Mechanical Special Effects

Guy Hudson

Mechanical Special Effects

Paul Huston

Visual Effects

Jerry Jeffress

Other

Svein Johansen

Location Manager

Svein Johansen

Production Manager

Brian Johnson

Special Effects Supervisor

Joe Johnston

Art Director

Lawrence Kasdan

Screenplay

Andrew Kelly

Mechanical Special Effects

Michael Kelly

Editor

Philip Knowles

Mechanical Special Effects

Kim Knowlton

Animator

Bonnie Koehler

Sound Editor

Philip Kohler

Location Manager

Neil Krepela

Photography

Peter Kuran

Rotoscope Animator

Peter Kuran

Animation Supervisor

Gary Kurtz

Producer

Irene Lamb

Casting

Gregg Landaker

Sound

Harry Lange

Art Director

Steve Lanning

Assistant Director

Michael Lawler

Photography

Nick Laws

Production Assistant

Gary Leo

Other

Terry Liebling

Casting

Stephen Lloyd

Other

Dennis Lowe

Mechanical Special Effects

George Lucas

Executive Producer

George Lucas

From Story

George Lucas

Screenplay

George Lucas

Story By

Michael Mackenzie

Other

Nick Maley

Makeup

Pamela Mann

Script Supervisor

Scott Marshall

Visual Effects

Steve Maslow

Sound

Patrick Mcclung

Visual Effects

Ralph Mcquarrie

Other

Ralph Mcquarrie

Consultant

Chris Menges

Camera Operator

Lhary Meyer

Other

Wendy Midener

Other

John Mollo

Costumes

Andrew Montgomery

Assistant Director

Thaine Morris

Pyrotechnics

Allan Moss

Visual Effects

Kathryn Mullen

Assistant

Dennis Muren

Photography

Bill Neil

Photography

Roger Nicholls

Other

Tiny Nicholls

Costumes

Bruce Nicholson

Photography

Ease Owyeung

Visual Effects

Jenny Oznowicz

Production Assistant

Jenny Oznowicz

Visual Effects

John Pakenham

Miniatures

Michael Pangrazio

Matte Painter

Lorne Peterson

Visual Effects

Dave Pier

Pyrotechnics

Kelvin Pike

Camera Operator

Ken Ralston

Photography

Kay Rawlings

Script Supervisor

Norman Reynolds

Production Designer

Barbara Ritchie

Hair

Tom Rudduck

Visual Effects

Nina Saxon

Animator

Stanley Sayer

Consultant

Wesley Seeds

Visual Effects

Bruce Sharman

Production Supervisor

Colin Skeaping

Stunts

Bob Smith

Camera Operator

Ola Solum

Assistant Director

Herbert Spencer

Music

Tom St Amand

Other

Janet Stevens

Visual Effects

Eileen Sullivan

Costumes

Peter Suschitzky

Director Of Photography

Peter Suschitzky

Dp/Cinematographer

Peter Sutton

Sound

Neil Swan

Other

Rick Taylor

Animator

Randy Thom

Sound Effects

Marc Thorpe

Visual Effects

Phil Tippett

Animator

David Tomblin

Assistant Director

Alan Tomkins

Art Director

Eric Tomlinson

Music

John T Van Vliet

Animator

Bill Varney

Sound

Jim Veilleux

Photography

Laurie Vermont

Other

Joseph Viskocil

Pyrotechnics

Garry Waller

Animator

Ken Wannberg

Music Editor

David Watkin

Other

Robert Watts

Associate Producer

Charles B. Wessler

Production Assistant

Bill Westley

Assistant Director

George Whitear

Photography

Gene Whitman

Engineering Supervisor

Barry Whitrod

Mechanical Special Effects

John Williams

Music

Diana Wilson

Animator

Mark Wolfe

Helicopter Pilot

Stuart Ziff

Other

Samuel Zolltheis

Visual Effects

Film Details

Also Known As
Empire Strikes Back, Imperio contraataca, Imperium schlägt zurück, Star Wars Special Edition: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars, Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Rymdimperiet slår tillbaka, empire contre-attaque
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Action
Adventure
Sequel
Release Date
1980
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox; 20th Century Fox Distribution

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m

Award Wins

Best Sound

1980

Award Nominations

Best Art Direction

1980
Norman Reynolds

Best Score

1980

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1993

Released in United States March 1985

Released in United States Spring May 21, 1980

Re-released in United States February 21, 1997

Re-released in United States on Video August 26, 1997

Re-released in United States on Video November 21, 2000

Re-released in the United Kingdom April 11, 1997.

VistaVision

Released in United States 1993 (Shown in 1993 as a triple bill ("Star Wars Trilogy") at Boston's Wang Center for the Performing Arts.)

Re-released in United States February 21, 1997 (under title "Star Wars Special Edition: The Empire Strikes Back")

Released in United States March 1985 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (The Fabulous Fifty-Hour Filmex Fantasy Marathon) March 14-31, 1985.)

Released in United States Spring May 21, 1980

Re-released in United States on Video August 26, 1997 (under title "Star Wars Special Edition")

Re-released in United States on Video November 21, 2000 ("Star Wars Trilogy" box set)