Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back | 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

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Main Plot

After the Rebels are overpowered by the Empire, Luke Skywalker begins his Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued across the galaxy by Darth Vader and bounty hunter Boba Fett.


  • Mark Hamill's character, Luke Skywalker, continues his journey to become a Jedi Knight and faces the evil Empire.
  • Harrison Ford plays Han Solo, a skilled pilot and smuggler who becomes a central figure in the Rebellion against the Empire.
  • Carrie Fisher's character, Princess Leia, plays a pivotal role as a leader of the Rebel Alliance and love interest for Han Solo.


In the final moments, Luke Skywalker learns the truth about his parentage and confronts Darth Vader in a lightsaber duel. Han Solo is frozen in carbonite and taken by Boba Fett. The Rebel Alliance regroups and plans their next move against the oppressive Empire. Luke and Leia share a moment of connection, and the film ends with the promise of hope and the determination to continue the fight.

Irvin Kershner