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The Empire Strikes Back, 1980

The Empire Strikes Back
Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Written by: Leigh Brackett
Language:  English
Country:  USA
Runtime:  124 min
MPAA Rating:  PG
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The mood of The Empire Strikes Back is exciting, stylized, and suspenseful. The plot centers around space wars, a master villain, and space and aliens. It is a sci-fi, action, and adventure movie. Stylistically, The Empire Strikes Back is a saga, is epic, and has a Hollywood tone. In approach, it is fantastical. It happens in the future. Visually, The Empire Strikes Back involves special effects. The musical score is orchestral. The movie is known for being a modern classic, a blockbuster, and critically acclaimed. The Empire Strikes Back is especially suggested for a boys' night and teens. Note that it includes mild violent content.

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Considered the most morally and emotionally complex of the original Star Wars trilogy, THE EMPIRE STRIKE... more

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Language: English
Country: USA
Release date: 21 May 1980
Runtime: 124 min
Awards: Academy Awards

Awards

Awarded Best Sound at the 1980 Academy Awards
Awarded Best Visual Effects at the 1980 Academy Awards

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Mark Hamill Mark Hamill As Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford Harrison Ford As Han Solo
Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher As Princess Leia
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Entertainment Weekly
The storytelling is the series' best, with a zingy balance of drama, humor, and Deep Thoughts (in a screenplay by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan, directed with confident exuberance by Irvin Kershner). [Special Edition]
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The balance between action and mysticism in The Empire Strikes Back provides fascinating energy. It's as if the kids are given one set of delights, the bravado of battles and elaborate warships zooming through exotic space, and adults are given...
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My all time favourite.
I quite like that fact that it's a dark story and has not got a happy ending, yet is funny and has such a lot of focus on the characters. When it was released, I have to admit I went to the cinema in the morning and stayed all day for 4 back to...
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11.October.2010 |  by: Spannerandco
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Why review the greatest movie of all time?
Because what could you say? Actually, I agree with a friend of mine that said "If you could tack on the first scenes from Return of the Jedi (basically from the beginning until Jabba's flotilla explodes), then Empire Strikes Back would hands down be...
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22.June.2009 |  by: Laura
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Maybe the greatest ever.
The Empire is maybe the best movie ever. There's no need to repeat to everyone just how great this movie is, but I can tell how when I was a kid, two weeks after I'd seen this movie, I was still sure I was Jedi. "I am your father…"
31.July.2008 |  by: idleson
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