Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Continuity mistake: When Chewbacca is choking Lando, as Leia says, "We don't need any of your help.", Lando is standing on his knees. In the next shot, only his head can be seen, but the position of his head and Chewie's arms shows that he is now standing straight up. In the next shot, he is on his knees again. (01:38:15)

Continuity mistake: When the Millennium Falcon is being chased by the Empire after leaving Hoth, C-3PO's position in the cockpit keeps changing slightly between shots.

Continuity mistake: In the shot where Luke's hand is cut off, there's a large gash in his shirt on his left shoulder. In the following shots, the gash is much smaller.

Continuity mistake: The Wampa changes when we see it again in the ice cave. Its fur is less fluffy and its horns are bigger. (00:04:00 - 00:08:45)

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Continuity mistake: In the wideshot where Luke lets himself fall down the pit in Cloud City, Vader lowers his outstretched hand. In the following close-up, he lowers it again.

Continuity mistake: When they are escaping from the Hoth base, Chewbacca enters the Millennium Falcon but when Han and Leia enter some seconds later, Chewbacca is still going inside the spaceship.

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Continuity mistake: When Luke is hanging upside down from the roof of the ice creature's cave, his legs are apart. But in the close-up of his feet, his legs are together. (00:08:40)

Continuity mistake: In the shot before Luke's hand is cut off, his left arm is bent and his elbow is positioned next to a pole. In the next shot, his arm is straight and his elbow is next to a different pole. Also, his lightsabre is held in a different angle. This is best seen in the widescreen version. (01:45:55)

Continuity mistake: When Luke summons his lightsabre back to his hand during the duel, he's holding onto a hose with his other hand. He is holding it differently from the previous shot. (01:40:25)

Continuity mistake: When Luke is attacked by the ice creature all the scars are on the right side of his face, but right before he talks to Obi-Wan you see a big scar on the left side of his face, then when he talks to Obi-Wan you can see there are no scars on the left side of his face.

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Continuity mistake: After Luke places the thermal detonator inside an AT-AT, he falls to the ground. The AT-AT takes only one step before the charge goes off, but when the AT-AT explodes, it is much further away from Luke than one step.

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Continuity mistake: When the stormtroopers push Leia into the cell in Cloud City, she is wearing a completely different outfit from when she was taken captive. (01:25:20 - 01:28:35)

Continuity mistake: When Han and Leia are bickering in the corridor on Hoth, Han says, " Well, the bounty hunter we ran into on Ord Mantell changed my mind." In the next shot, behind them, there's a man walking past them that wasn't there in the previous shot. (00:05:55)

Continuity mistake: When Yoda is teaching Luke, he is strapped to Luke's back in a rucksack. When Luke puts Yoda down, the little Jedi master is still inside the bag. Luke then reaches for his jacket, and in the next shot of Yoda, he has in a few seconds managed to get out the bag and is now sitting next to it. He is not even sitting in the same place as in the previous shot, and is also holding a walking stick he didn't have when Luke put him down.

Continuity mistake: As noted in another mistake, when Han, Leia and Chewbacca are taken captive in Cloud City, two of the stormtroopers change position between shots. This also happens to some of the other troopers, as well as to Lobot, Lando's aide. This is best seen in the widescreen version.

Continuity mistake: When the Rebels pick up the signal of the Imperial probe droid, general Rieekan says, "Princess - we have a visitor." In this close-up, his head is straight, but in the next shot, he is standing in a different place, leaning forward. (00:17:35)

Continuity mistake: When Han gets off the taun-taun when he is searching for Luke, the upper part of his jacket and the garment over his chin is covered in snow. In the next shot facing Han, the snow is gone.

Continuity mistake: At the fight between Luke and Darth Vader, after Luke pushes Vader to fall down from the top of the hibernating cabin, he looks down with the lighting light sabre in the hand. He goes back and we hear the switch-off sound of the light sabre, he comes back three meters left of the point he looked down and in his hand is the switched-off sabre. But as he goes back before this, we can see the end of the prop-light sabre taken out of Luke's hand and obviously the off-prop sabre is given in his hand.

Continuity mistake: As Major Derlin and another Rebel officer talk before the shield doors are closed, another officer walks under the starship Leia's standing by. In the next shot, he's gone. (00:11:30)

Continuity mistake: When Vader attempts to turn Luke to the dark side, the wires hanging from the structure that Luke is holding onto change in number and position between several shots.

Revealing mistake: When Captain Needa is killed by Darth Vader because they lost track of the Millennium Falcon, in the background, two guards come to take him away. You can clearly see the dead captain get up almost by himself. (01:10:50)

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Luke: All right, I'll give it a try.
Yoda: No. Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.

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Trivia: The Special Edition covers of Return of the Jedi and Empire Strikes Back are wrong. The picture of the Emperor on ESB cover is from 'ROTJ', and the lightsaber duel between Luke and Vader on the cover of ROTJ is taken from 'ESB' (notice Luke is in his fighter pilot suit, and Vader is fighting him one-handed)

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