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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

HD   PG Closed Captioning AD

Irvin Kershner

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About the Movie

Discover the conflict between good and evil in the electrifying Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 91
  • Fresh: 86
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: In many ways the new film is a better film than Star Wars, visually more exciting, more artful and meticulous in detail. – Gerald Clarke, TIME Magazine, Jun 29, 2015

Fresh: The Empire Strikes Back is a worthy sequel to Star Wars, equal in both technical mastery and characterization, suffering only from the familiarity with the effects generated in the original and imitated too much by others. – James Harwood, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Another richly imaginative, engrossing and spectacular motion picture from the redoubtable George Lucas. – Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times, Dec 14, 2015

Fresh: The Empire may not top Star Wars, but it certainly makes one look forward to whatever new surprises George Lucas and his band of cinematic wizards can conjure up for us. – Arthur Knight, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 29, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Luke, i’m your father!

The best of the series!


I've been hoping that Disney would release a remastered HD version of the original 3 movies...let this be the answer to my prayers!!


Simply the greatest movie, and thank you disney for finally putting them in iTunes. Also I hope there is a bundle where you can get all of them at a lower price.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1980

Customer Ratings

Available Bundle

  1. Star Wars: Six Movie Collection, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc.