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'The Empire Strikes Back'

Scene from this movie Darth Vader still wants to rule the universe and tracks down the Rebels on the ice planet Hoth. Luke Skywalker goes to Dagobah to find Yoda, the master of the Jedi knights, who teaches Luke about the Force. Han and Princess Leia flee to the Cloud City, which is run by Lando Calrissian. Lando betrays them, and Vader is waiting for them.

Luke senses that his friends are in trouble and leaves Dagobah to rescue them despite Yoda's warning that he is not yet powerful enough to meet Vader. Vader has Han Solo encased in carbonite and handed over to bounty hunter Boba Fett, who will deliver him to Jabba the Hutt. Lando doesn't like the way things are going and escapes with Leia in the Millennium Falcon. Luke arrives in the Cloud City and faces Vader. Vader tells Luke that he is his father and asks Luke to join him on the Dark Side.
Rated PG


Director: Irvin Kershner
Cast: Mark Hamill; Harrison Ford; Carrie Fisher; Billy Dee Williams; Anthony Daniels; David Prowse; Peter Mayhew; Kenny Baker; Frank Oz; Alec Guinness; James Earl Jones (voice)
Running Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
Filmographies: Mark Hamill; Harrison Ford; Carrie Fisher; Billy Dee Williams; Anthony Daniels; Peter Mayhew; David Prowse; Alec Guinness; Kenny Baker; Frank Oz; James Earl Jones