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THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

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THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 124m 15s

Director(s) Irvin Kershner

Cast includes Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, James Earl Jones (voice), Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz (puppeteer/voice), Alec Guinness, Jeremy Bulloch, Kenneth Colley, Julian Glover, Michael Sheard

Summary STAR WARS: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is a science fiction sequel in which Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.

Cut This work was passed uncut.

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is a science fiction sequel, from 1980, in which Luke Skywalker undertakes Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.

Violence

The strongest moment of violence occurs off-screen, in a scene in which one of the hero characters, Han Solo, is tortured by the baddie, Darth Vader. We hear Solo's screams, but do not see what is happening to him. We find out later that he has been carbon-frozen and see his motionless face. However, there is no sight of any injury. In another scene, another of the heroes, Luke Skywalker, has his hand cut off by Vader. This is achieved with a laser and is entirely bloodless. We do not see the resulting injury.

Threat

The film also contains characters in danger, with the heroes chased by spaceships, confronted by asteroids and engaging in laser-battles. This all occurs within a very clear fantasy context, with no realistic weaponry.

Details

Title
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Year
1980
Distributor(s)
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Classified date(s)
07/05/1980
Submitted run time
124m 15s
Approved footage
11182
BBFC reference
AFF029499

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