The Empire Strikes Back

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The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 4m

Budget $18,000,000.00

Revenue $538,400,000.00


Release Information

  • May 17, 1980
    PG, Theatrical



Cast 59

  1. Mark Hamill

    Mark Hamill
    Luke Skywalker

  2. Harrison Ford

    Harrison Ford
    Han Solo

  3. Carrie Fisher

    Carrie Fisher
    Princess Leia

  4. David Prowse

    David Prowse
    Darth Vader

  5. Billy Dee Williams

    Billy Dee Williams
    Lando Calrissian

  6. Anthony Daniels
  7. Peter Mayhew

    Peter Mayhew

  8. James Earl Jones

    James Earl Jones
    Darth Vader (Voice)

  9. Kenny Baker
  10. Frank Oz

    Frank Oz
    Yoda (Voice)

  11. Alec Guinness

    Alec Guinness
    Ben 'Obi-wan' Kenobi

  12. Jeremy Bulloch

    Jeremy Bulloch
    Boba Fett

  13. John Hollis

    John Hollis
    Lando's aide

  14. Jack Purvis

    Jack Purvis
    Chief Ugnaught

  15. DW

    Des Webb
    Snow Creature

  16. Clive Revill

    Clive Revill
    Emperor (voice)

  17. Julian Glover

    Julian Glover
    Imperial Force General Veers

  18. Kenneth Colley

    Kenneth Colley
    Imperial Force Admiral Piett

  19. John Ratzenberger

    John Ratzenberger
    Rebel Force Major Derlin

  20. Michael Sheard

    Michael Sheard
    Admiral Ozzel

  21. Michael Culver

    Michael Culver
    Captain Needa

  22. John Dicks

    John Dicks
    Captain Lennox, Imperial Officer

  23. Milton Johns

    Milton Johns
    Bewil, an Imperial officer

  24. MJ

    Mark Jones
    Commander Nemet, an Imperial Officer

  25. OM

    Oliver Maguire
    Cabbel, an Imperial Officer

  26. RS

    Robin Scobey
    Lieutenant Venka, an Imperial Officer

  27. Bruce Boa

    Bruce Boa
    General Carlist Rieekan, an Rebel Force

  28. Christopher Malcolm

    Christopher Malcolm
    Rebel pilot Zev Senesca (Rogue 2)

  29. Denis Lawson

    Denis Lawson
    Rebel Force Wedge (Rogue 3)

  30. Ian Liston

    Ian Liston
    Wes Janson, a Rebel Force (Wedge's Gunner)

  31. John Morton

    John Morton
    Dak Ralter, a Rebel Force

  32. RO

    Richard Oldfield
    Derek Klivian, a Rebel Force Hobbie (Rogue 4)

  33. Jack McKenzie

    Jack McKenzie
    Cal Alder, a Rebel Force Deck Lieutenant

  34. JH

    Jerry Harte
    Rebel Force Head Controller

  35. Norman Chancer

    Norman Chancer
    Tamizander Rey, a Other Rebel Officer

  36. ND

    Norwich Duff
    Jeroen Webb, a Other Rebel Officer

  37. RH

    Ray Hassett
    Tigran Jamiro, Other Rebel Officer

  38. Brigitte Kahn

    Brigitte Kahn
    Toryn Farr, Other Rebel Officer

  39. Burnell Tucker

    Burnell Tucker
    Wyron Serper, Other Rebel Officer

  40. BA

    Bob Anderson
    Imperial Officer (uncredited)

  41. Lightning Bear

    Lightning Bear
    Stormtrooper (uncredited)

  42. RB

    Richard Bonehill
    Stormtrooper / Snowtrooper / Rebel Soldier / ... (uncredited)

  43. JC

    John Cannon
    Holographic Imperial Officer (uncredited)

  44. MC

    Mark Capri
    Officer M'kae (Captain Needa's Communications Officer) (uncredited)

  45. MD

    Martin Dew
    Cloud City Guard (uncredited)

  46. Peter Diamond

    Peter Diamond
    Snowtrooper Gunner (uncredited)

  47. SF

    Stuart Fell
    Snowtrooper (uncredited)

  48. DR

    Doug Robinson
    Snowtrooper (uncredited)

  49. TS

    Tony Smart
    Snowtrooper (uncredited)

  50. Alan Harris

    Alan Harris
    Bossk / Bespin Security Guard (uncredited)

  51. Tiffany L. Kurtz

    Tiffany L. Kurtz
    Extra (uncredited)

  52. Mac McDonald

    Mac McDonald
    Rebel Pilot (uncredited)

  53. RM

    Ralph McQuarrie
    General McQuarrie (uncredited)

  54. RM

    Ralph Morse
    Stormtrooper / Imperial Comms Officer / Rebel Soldier (uncredited)

  55. Terry Richards

    Terry Richards
    Wampa (uncredited)

  56. MS

    Michael Santiago
    (voice, uncredited)

  57. Treat Williams

    Treat Williams
    Echo Base Trooper (uncredited)

  58. Jason Wingreen

    Jason Wingreen
    Boba Fett (voice) (uncredited)

  59. SC

    Shaun Curry
    Hoth Rebel Commander (uncredited)

Crew 46


  1. NR

    Norman Reynolds
    Production Design

  2. LD

    Leslie Dilley
    Art Direction

  3. HL

    Harry Lange
    Art Direction

  4. AT

    Alan Tomkins
    Art Direction

  5. MF

    Michael Ford
    Set Decoration


  1. PS

    Peter Suschitzky
    Director of Photography

  2. PH

    Paul Huston
    Camera Operator

Costume & Make-Up

  1. JM

    John Mollo
    Costume Design

  2. NM

    Nick Maley
    Makeup Artist

  3. TN

    Tiny Nicholls
    Costume Supervisor


  1. BJ

    Brian Johnson
    Special Effects

  2. BA

    Bob Anderson

  3. Lightning Bear
  4. Peter Diamond

    Peter Diamond
    Stunt Coordinator

  5. SF

    Stuart Fell

  6. DR
  7. TS

    Tony Smart

  8. Alan Harris

    Alan Harris
    Stand In

  9. Terry Richards
  10. TP
  11. DH

    David H. Watkins
    Special Effects


  1. Irvin Kershner

    Irvin Kershner

  2. Gary Kurtz

    Gary Kurtz
    Assistant Director

  3. DT

    David Tomblin
    Assistant Director

  4. SL

    Steve Lanning
    Assistant Director


  1. PH

    Paul Hirsch

  2. George Lucas

    George Lucas

  3. ML

    Marcia Lucas


  1. Gary Kurtz

    Gary Kurtz

  2. George Lucas

    George Lucas
    Executive Producer

  3. BE

    Bob Edmiston

  4. IL

    Irene Lamb

  5. TL
  6. RW

    Robert Watts
    Associate Producer

  7. JB

    Jim Bloom
    Associate Producer

  8. HG
  9. PC

    Patricia Carr
    Production Manager

  10. BS

    Bruce Sharman
    Production Supervisor


  1. John Williams

    John Williams
    Original Music Composer

  2. HW

    Herbert W. Spencer

  3. BK

    Bonnie Koehler
    Sound Editor

Visual Effects

  1. RM

    Ralph McQuarrie
    Visual Effects

  2. RE

    Richard Edlund
    Visual Effects


  1. LB

    Leigh Brackett

  2. Lawrence Kasdan

    Lawrence Kasdan

  3. George Lucas

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