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EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE - SPECIAL EDITION

SYNOPSIS:
The second in the Star Wars Trilogy: the galactic battle between the freedom fighters and the evil Empire rages on, with Luke Skywalker now leading the forces. He is joined by Princess Leia, maverick pilot Han Solo, his furry companion, Chewbacca, and two 'droids, R2D2 and C3PO. As they fight the evil lord of the "dark side of the force," Darth Vader, Luke is trained by the diminutive, ancient Yoda. When the rebels seek refuge on a secluded planet managed by Lando Calrissian, an old friend of Han's, they don’t realise they’re heading into a trap set by Darth Vader, with terrifying consequences. Luke is the target of the Emperor’s determination to destroy all vestiges of the Jedi knights, and after using Han Solo and Leia as bait, Darth Vader confronts young Luke in hand to hand combat, hurting him in more ways than one. Escape seems impossible for all of them.

"Many of us have not seen the Star Wars trilogy since their first release, and it comes as a pleasant surprise that the things that worked then still work now. The music of course. The creatures, naturally, both furry and robotic. The sense of a space community that is like some galactic version of fairy castles, kings and shining knights, slaves and beggars and scoundrels. The adventures and battles, the derring do of the rebel underdogs against the nasties. The clever and beautiful princess. Sage old beings who try to teach young Luke about the power and beauty of truth, faith, love, honour…. And the light touches of humour. There is no doubt that this is excellent story telling, thoroughly entertaining film making and genuine vision. And there is not a touch of swarmy, cheesy, corny sentimental poppycock in the whole movie. Who says Hollywood’s all bad?"
Andrew L. Urban

"This second instalment of the famed Star wars trilogy remains the finest and most mature of the three. Disposing of the more lighthearted adventure tone instilled by Lucas in the first film, he and writers Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan, along with director Irwin Kershner, have created a dark, central theme which reinforces the notion of family, relationships and honour, in this futuristic take of medieval knighthood. Merlin is now the 400-year old Yoda, attempting to teach would-be knight Skywalker the ethereal importance of the Force, which has come to symbolise internal spirituality. Characters in this episode of the trilogy have been given added depth, and with that, performances have also matured, notably those of Ford and Hamill. Its bleaker tone is mirrored by its opening, icy passages set in Hoth and meticulously shot in Norway. What emerges in Empire is a bold, dark and sophisticated tale, enveloped in its remarkable visuals and occasional sense of good fun. One of the few blockbuster sequels to ever go beyond an original, this film is as satisfying journey of self-discovery, and goes where no ‘sequel’ has ever gone before."
Paul Fischer

"Empire is arguably the most enjoyable of the trilogy, with a truly excellent script, satisfying character developments and moving performances. The locations are diverse and exotic; ranging from the stunning winter white of the ice planet Hoth, the steamy jungle of Yoda’s home, Dagobah, and slick, modern Cloud City, (which surely must be the New York of the galaxy). All these plus the starry infinite expanse which provides the backdrop for the varied adventures of our character friends. Empire could almost be defined as an inter-galactic road movie. The interaction between the characters is developed in a delightful way, and there is no more poignant moment when Chewbacca picks up the dismembered parts of 3CPO and tries to put him back together again. John Williams magnificent score heralding the various character themes, is a true musical masterpiece, and can be appreciated fully with the digital sound and enhanced with splendid visual special effects."
Louise Keller

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EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE : SPECIAL EDITION
(US)

CAST: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels

DIRECTOR: Irvin Kershner

PRODUCER: James Bloom (associate), Gary Kurtz , George Lucas(executive), Robert Watts (II) (associate)

SCRIPT: George Lucas (story), Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Peter Suschitzky

EDITOR: Paul Hirsch

MUSIC: John Williams (II)

COSTUME DESIGN: John Mollo

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Norman Reynolds

RUNNING TIME: 127 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 10, 1997

CAST:
Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford: Han Solo
Carrie Fisher: Princess Leia
Billy Dee Williams: Lando Calrissian
Anthony Daniels: C-3PO
David Prowse: Darth Vader (James Earl Jones - uncredited, voice)
Peter Mayhew (II): Chewbacca
Kenny Baker(I): R2-D2
Frank Oz: Yoda
Alec Guinness: Ben (Obi-wan) Kenobi
Jeremy Bulloch: Boba Fett
John Hollis: Lobot
Jack Purvis: Chief Ugnaught
Des Webb: Snow Creature
Kathryn Mullen: Performing Assistant for Yoda
Clive Revill: Emperor(voice)
Kenneth Colley: Admiral Piett
Julian Glover: General Veers
Michael Sheard: Admiral Ozzel
Michael Culver: Captain Needa







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