The Empire Strikes Back
  • Director(s)

    Irvin Kershner

  • Production Year

    1980

  • Release date

    06/05/1980

  • Genre(s)

    Family

  • Approx. running minutes

    124m

  • Cast

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

Film

The Empire Strikes Back

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.

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  • Director(s)

    Irvin Kershner

  • Production Year

    1980

  • Release date

    06/05/1980

  • Genre(s)

    Family

  • Approx. running minutes

    124m

  • Cast

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

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.

  • Classified date

    07/05/1980

  • BBFC reference

    AFF029499