Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Corrected entry: It seems that during the Luke/Vader duel in the carbon freeze chamber, immediately after Luke blasts Vader with steam, and again immediately after Luke kicks Vader down the stairs, you can hear David Prowse's voice through the mask instead of that of James Earl Jones.


Correction: That it "seems" to be someone else's voice is not a mistake, it's an assumption. Even if it were Prowse who made the grunts you're referring to(which hardly qualify as a voice), there are lots of things that go into recording and mixing sound. For instance, I highly doubt Vader's breathing is James Earl Jones's own breathing. This is no more a mistake than Vader's voice sounding like James Earl Jones when there's someone else in the costume.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: During the attack of Hoth, Han Solo goes to the control room to see what's going on. A woman behind Leia pushes a button on a panel, and the entire panel bends.

Dr Wilson

Correction: So? The Rebellion has limited resources, their base is thrown together. They make do with all sorts of antiquated and damaged equipment.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: The view from a Star Destroyer bridge should show the main hull of the ship, all we see here is the vastness of space, even worse is the Super Star Destroyer which is massive in comparision.

Correction: The bridge of a Star Destroyer is placed substantially above the hull. We never get a good look out of the window, and the lack of visible hull could easily be due to the camera angle. We also don't know which way a particular window is looking at, it would be difficult to see the hull at all from side or rear windows at all.

Corrected entry: The medical ship where Luke, Leia and the droids are in at the end of the movie is transparent.

Dr Wilson

Correction: This needs more details. In which shot is it transparent? Which part of the ship? The only transparent portion I see is the gigantic bay window they stand in front of just before the credits.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Han, Leia and Chewbacca are walking through Cloud City with Lando, when they come around a corner, Lobot (Lando's aide, with "headphones" on his head) walks off to the left. When the stormtroopers enter to cut off their escape, Lobot is back, but he enters from the right.

Correction: He can only be seen from behind when he walks off to the left, so it's only an assumption that it's Lobot and not some other Cloud City operator.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When the Falcon hides behind the star destroyer, Captain Needa says he will go and apologise to Vader. But when Vader "accepts his apology," he addresses him as Admiral, which of course is an entirely separate rank.

Correction: No he doesn't, he clearly says "Apology accepted, Captain Needa" immediately after killing him. He then talks to Piett, who he correctly addresses as Admiral.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When Luke and Darth Vader are fighting and Darth Vader is hurling things at Luke, one thing he throws flies through the window and makes a giant hole. However, when Luke gets sucked out, the hole is twice as big even though nothing else went through it.

Jack Kaltenbach

Correction: There is clearly a vacuum (or at least drastically reduced air pressure) on the other side of the window. The suction created by the pressure differential could have easily sucked more of the broken window out.


Corrected entry: Every time the Millennium Falcon jumps into hyperspace, a lever on the console has to be pulled, as seen in this film and "Star Wars". But when Lando and Chewbacca attempt to jump to hyperspace right before R2-D2 repairs the hyperdrive, Chewbacca reaches up and hits two switches instead. No wonder it doesn't work…. (01:51:55)

Correction: Must have been one of the repairs Lando's people made to the ship.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Luke is fighting Darth Vader and Luke gets sucked through the shattered window, just before the window breaks, Luke's lightsabre is on, and immediately after it is off without him having turned it off.

Correction: 1. Luke might have turned it off while the camera was focused on Vader. 2. At least once in the beginning of the same fight (in the Carbon Freezing chamber) Vader knocks Luke's saber from his hand and it turns off automatically. Either one could account for this.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Luke screams in pain after Vader cuts off his hand, you can see that the sleeve of his shirt goes a little past the stump, which is impossible, given that his hand was severed only a moment ago. (01:45:55)

Correction: Not really. Luke pulls his arm back immediately, which forces his sleeve further down his arm.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: In Cloud City, when Luke is shot at by the stormtroopers, you can see from the impacts that the walls are painted wood.

Dr Wilson

Correction: They're not on a ship, they're in the middle of a city. Why is it unreasonable that the walls would be made of wood?

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: When C3P0 disturbs Leia and Han while they are kissing, there is something hanging from his armpit, wires or some mechanism, as if he was damaged. It's not there later.

Dr Wilson

Correction: So he had a loose part and fixed it later. How is that a mistake?

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: Just after Han realizes that they are, in fact, inside a critter instead of a cave on an asteroid, you see Leia and Han stumbling back to the Millennium Falcon. Pay special attention to Han; as he makes his way to the hatch you see the end of his hose come detached and flap around as he is running. So much for the oxygen he was breathing.

Rebecca Bennett

Correction: First off, the masks were just a precaution (there's nothing that would keep the toxic fumes from coming into the Falcon after they land, there's no air-lock on the ship). Secondly, what's to say that he couldn't just hold his breath? I've been scuba diving and the same thing has happened, I just held my breath until I got it back in my mouth.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: When the canopy on the snow speeders is coming down, there's a whirring sound as if there is a motor closing it, but it's actually the gunner pulling on two handles that's closing them.

Correction: The whirring sound comes from the mechanism that keeps the canopy from simply falling down.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the shot immediately before the AT-AT destroys the shield generator, we see many rebels running from this particular AT. It shoots at one of them, and despite the fact the lasers completely misses him, he falls and dies anyway (best seen in slow-mo).

Correction: How do we know he's dead? He was likely just rocked by the energy expelled from the shot hitting a surface.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Han, Leia, Chewbacca and Lando are walking through cloud city, Leia is between Han and Lando, and after they round a corner, Han and Lando switch places.

Correction: This is a duplicated entry.

Corrected entry: When Lando is talking to Han and Leia inside the cell, he says that Luke is on his way. How can Lando know this? He has never met Luke before, so he wouldn't know him or his X-wing. And, Luke can't be near the city until Han and the others are in the carbonite-freezing room (after Han is encased, an officer informs Darth Vader that Luke has landed).

Correction: Lando only references what he has heard Vader say. What he tells Han and Leia is something like "He's not looking for you, he's after someone named Skywalker". In no way does he imply that he has personal knowledge of Luke.


Corrected entry: When Chewy reassembles C-3PO, the head is on backwards. They had to cut a whole in the back of the head for Anthony's nose to stick through and it can be seen when he turns his head to the side. (I think it can only be seen in a widescreen version.).

Correction: This is incorrect. As behind the scenes photos reveal, Anthony Daniels never had his head inside the costume for this scene. Rather he had his HAND inside the mask (through a hole in the back) and worked C3P0's head like a puppet. You can briefly see his ARM in some shots.

Corrected entry: This happens after Han destroys the probe droid, during the Imperial montage that follows. In the shot right before you see the back of Vader's head, you see a wide shot of a Super Star Destroyer. Pay careful attention to the TIE fighter that flies in from off camera. Had the shot lasted for another second, it seems obvious that this fighter would've flown directly into the bottom of the Super Star Destroyer.

Correction: This could easily be attributed to pilot error.


Corrected entry: When Han is evading the Empire and is parked on Veers' star destroyer, the apparent reason they cannot be detected is because the Imperial sensors have a minimum range. However, when we see the point of view from inside the Falcon, there are several more star destroyers hovering around the vicinity. Certainly one of them could have detected the Falcon, or at least seen it blatantly sitting on another star destroyer. (01:14:25)

Correction: That depends entirely on how the Imperial sensors work. Since Han was able to use this tactic, it is most likely that the sensors were searching for a smaller ship and that when attached, the Falcon registers as simply a part of the destroyer. And there is no specific reason why the personnel on the other destroyers would fix their eyes on the bridge of another destroyer, as they have complete confidence in their technology, and because the Falcon did appear to be jumping into hyperspace. Furthermore, the destroyer is not commanded by General Veers (who, as an Army officer would not command a star ship anyway), but by Captain Needa.


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)

More mistakes in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

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

More quotes from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

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)

More trivia for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.