Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

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.

Continuity mistake: When Luke uses the Force to lift a rock, the rock is much higher above the ground in the close-up than in the wide-shot. (01:05:45)

Continuity mistake: When Luke is standing on his hands while using the Force to lift a rock, he is distracted. As he collapses, the rocks on the ground are different and in a different position from the rocks seen in the shot before Yoda says, "concentrate." (01:06:00)

Continuity mistake: When Luke drops down in pain after his hand is cut off, he is not holding onto the pole with his other hand (watch closely), but in the next shot, his hand is now clutching the pole. (01:46:00)

Continuity mistake: At the rebel base on Hoth, the Falcon is being repaired in a hollowed-out snow cave. When Han blasts off out of the cave, none of the debris on the floor or in the cave moves at all, nor is there any effect from the Falcon's exhaust.

Nicki

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the scene where Luke meets Yoda, in the shots facing Yoda, his hands and walking stick are positioned in front of his face or shoulder. In the shots from behind him, they are positioned in front of his chest.

Continuity mistake: When the Millennium Falcon is pursued by the Star Destroyers after escaping the space slug and, Han pulls the lever for the hyperdrive. In the next shot from behind, the lever has not been pulled.

Continuity mistake: After the Millennium Falcon has left Hoth and Han is trying to repair the hyperdrive, in the shot after he asks for alluvial dampers, the tool box Chewbacca gives him can be seen in the lower left hand corner. When Chewie takes the box, it is lying in a different position than in the previous shot. As Chewie walks over to Han, he is holding the right side of the box with his right hand, but as he puts it down, he is holding the left side of the box with his left hand. There are also more tools in the box than in the previous shot.

Continuity mistake: When Leia briefs a group of Rebel pilots in the hangar on Hoth, the position of her head changes completely between the first and the second shot. As the second shot ends, she begins to turn around, but in the next shot, she has already turned around. Also, Major Derlin's (the man dressed in grey) head has changed position. (00:23:05)

Continuity mistake: When Luke has the vision of Obi-Wan, the amount of snow lying on his back and arm changes significantly between shots. In some shots, he is covered in snow, in others, most of it is gone.

Continuity mistake: On Hoth, when the rebel troops starts to see the At-ST, there is a shot where rebels take place for the battle and there is destroyed equipment and black smoke in the air, even though the battle has not started.

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: When the Empire ship shoots asteroids in the asteroid field, the first one explodes before the laser even hits it.

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Continuity mistake: In the last part of the lightsaber duel, and in the following scenes, the color and seriousness of the wounds and bruises on Luke's face keep changing: For example, in the iconic segment where Luke reacts in shock and horror at Vader revealing himself to be his father, the injuries look quite nasty, but when he comes to a stop inside the tunnel after falling from the catwalk, they look far less severe. (01:49:30)

Continuity mistake: When Boba Fett shoots at Luke, he fires his blaster four times. The second shot hits the corner Luke is standing by, but in the next shot of Luke, there is no burn mark there. The only burn mark seen is the one from the third shot. (01:35:05)

Continuity mistake: When Vader cuts off Luke's hand, as the shot ends, Luke is standing upright, but in the beginning of the next shot, he has already began to drop down. (01:45:55)

Continuity mistake: When Luke is sucked out the window, there are no wounds in his face, nor when he hoists himself up on the platform. But when he runs into Vader again, there are. (01:42:35 - 01:45:10)

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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Question: Why does Han irritate Leia so much?

Answer: Star Wars being for the young and the young at heart, Han and Leia's relationship unfolds in a deliberately childish manner that kids can relate to and adults will find comedic. Leia is irritated at herself for her attraction to Han, and certainly unamused that Han teases her over it, while at the same time he is not brave enough to admit his own feelings, either.

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Answer: Because Leia is trying to bring down an evil empire while Han keeps trying to charm her. Also she sees potential in him as a leader and fighter instead of just a mercenary smuggler.

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