Two down, one to go. That one will likely wait until
some time tomorrow, as I work late tonight.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker

Harrison Ford as Han Solo

Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa

David Prowse and James Earl Jones as the body and
voice of Darth

Sir Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Kenny Baker as R2-D2

Anthony Daniels as C-3PO

Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian

Frank Oz as Yoda

Written by George Lucas, Leigh Brackett, and Lawrence

Directed by Irvin Kirshner

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The rebels are on the run under more intense Imperial
manhunting, now
that the Death Star has been destroyed.

High Point

I think the banter between Han and Leia is probably
the best part,
although there are a few contenders. (The entire
Hoth sequence is
very well made, as is the first face-to-face meeting
between Luke and

I’m also happy that Yoda is still the original

Low Point

I’ve always felt that the Slave One was following way
too close to go

The Scores

This kept up the fresh and original feel
generated in the
first. The knowledge that a sequel was coming
allowed some more
freedom in the choices made for the last few minutes
of the movie,
too. You don’t often see the fast-paced summer
blockbusters making
these kinds of choices. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects still have some jerky stop
motion, but for the
most part, they are very good. Yoda looks pretty
good in many of his
scenes, too. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story is probably the best of the series
thus far. I
don’t know why he isn’t still assisting Lucas in the
new ones, based
on his performance here. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting from Harrison Ford and those
under heavy make-up
is still great. The acting from Carrie Fisher and
Mark Hamill isn’t
as good. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response this produces is a
bit biased for me.
My earliest memory of anything is of sitting in a
theater waiting for
this movie to start. (I would have been two years
old at the time.)
Even without nostalgia, this is a lot of fun, with a
number of
powerful moments in the last half hour. It’s also
the funniest movie
of the series, thanks to the Han/Leia banter. I give
it 6 out of 6.

The production is very well done. The
pacing is excellent,
the editing between multiple locations is well done,
and the set
design does have distinct styles for distinct
locations. I give it 5
out of 6.

Overall, this is one of the better summer
blockbusters, that
I recommend without reservation. I give it 6 out of

In total, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes

receives 36 out of 42.