Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Poster

The Empire Strikes Back

Directed by Irvin Kershner


Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back is a live-action feature film, set in the classic era, written by George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, and Leigh Brackett and directed by Irvin Kershner. It was released in theaters on May 21, 1980.



  • TypeLive-action
  • FormatFeature film
  • Release StatusReleased
  • Release Date05/21/1980
  • CertificationPG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Official Synopsis

After the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion’s defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin. In the midst of a fierce lightsaber duel with the Sith Lord, Luke faces the startling revelation that the evil Vader is in fact his father, Anakin Skywalker.

Opening Crawl

Episode V

It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy.

Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth.

The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space….