Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Corrected entry: When the Stormtroopers are carrying Han into a room, they drop him. As he falls, his hand hits one of the Stormtroopers' helmets and about knocks it off. If you look as they are walking out, it looks as though the Stormtrooper is looking down. However, you can still see the back of the guy's head.

Correction: It's not a mistake, it's just that his helmet was dragged off. It happens, and gives Star Wars some realism.

Corrected entry: When the Millennium Falcon is entering cloud city it files through the clouds without disturbing them at all. A ship that large would create vortices and wake turbulence in the clouds, or at least some movement as the air flowed round the ship.

Correction: On Earth, yes, but this is a planet where gasses are mined and has a different atmosphere, and so it can be deemed plausible that the clouds are thicker and stronger and that it takes more to disturb them.

Corrected entry: When Han, Leia and Chewbacca are taken captive, as the stormtroopers show up, watch the trooper in the middle of the first row. He loses his footing, and one of his feet slips on the floor. (01:25:05)

Correction: Plausible human mistake, not a movie mistake.

Corrected entry: When Vader uses the Force to hurl heavy objects at Luke, if you watch in slow motion when Luke is hit in the back of his head by the second object, you can see that he flinches before he is hit. He wasn't looking in the right direction to see it coming.

Correction: He wouldn't need to be able to see it. He could sense it with the Force.

Corrected entry: There is only one Wampa in the film, although its appearance changes substantially between shots. The hand-puppet Wampa that roars at the camera and knocks Luke from his tauntaun is much bigger and has a different face structure than the one seen in the cave later (the full-body suit Wampa added in the Special Edition). When the Wampa charges at Luke, just before its arm is lopped off, it changes again - its horns are brown and much larger, and the face is completely different from either of the faces we've already seen. After losing its arm, the Wampa resumes its look from the Special Edition.

Correction: While the Wampa is eating you can hear other Wampas roaring in the background. It is possible that the Wampa that attacks Luke is a different one from in the cave. Maybe the first one is a parent bringing food for its child.

Corrected entry: When Luke is knocked off his tauntaun, there is a clear shot of blood on his face. In the next shot (after his tauntaun is knocked down) it is gone. In the next shot is there again.

AdmRose

Correction: When the wampa knocks him to the ground, there's blood on his face. Then the tauntaun is knocked down, and there's still blood on his face. Then the wampa drags him off, and there's still blood on his face.

K.C. Sierra

Corrected entry: When Luke gets into his X-wing with Artoo on Hoth, everyone just seems to be walking around casually and no one seems to be in a real hurry. Given that their base has just been overrun by Darth Vader and the empire, I find this very hard to believe.

Gavin Jackson

Correction: They are highly trained and not rattled by stressfull situations.

Corrected entry: When Luke is attacked by the wampa, the wampa knocks him off his tauntaun with a clean hit to the chest. In the next shot there is blood on his face.

AdmRose

Correction: There is no clean hit to the chest: it's around the back of his head. There's no clear view of whether his claw hits Luke's face. The blood on his face is only visible after he hits the ground, even when looking frame-by-frame.

K.C. Sierra

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film we see the probe droid crash to the surface of Hoth. The shot then changes to Luke on his tauntaun and we see the probe droid crash again.

AdmRose

Correction: The Empire has sent thousands of probes throughout the galaxy. The one Luke sees may not be the same as the first one. (Alternate correction: It's just the director showing the event from 2 perspectives. The first, a disorientating view of an ice planet. The second, our hero actually seeing the event and going to investigate).

K.C. Sierra

Corrected entry: When Luke is sucked through the window he isn't holding his lightsaber. Two shots later we see him clinging to the floor with both hands, and his lightsaber is nowhere to be seen on his belt. Since it was sucked out along with all the other debris, and had to be halfway down Cloud City by the time Luke hauled himself up, how did he recover it in order to continue his fight with Vader?

Correction: In the DVD version if you look to the far left of the screen (Lukes right) you can see what appears to be Lukes lightsaber among the junk.

Corrected entry: When Luke sees the ethereal Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan tells Luke to go see Yoda in the Dagobah system, to be trained by the Jedi who trained him. But we learn in Phantom Menace that Obi-Wan wasn't trained by Yoda, he was trained by Qui-Gon Jinn.

Correction: Obi-wan was trained directly by Yoda the entire time he was a youngling. It wasn't until he was old enough that he was allowed to be a Padawan of another Jedi. And even then, Yoda oversaw both he and Qui-gon.

Matty Blast

Corrected entry: When Luke is recovering from the attack of the snow monster, Han and Chewbacca come to visit him, and we can hear the sound of the door opening. However, Han can be heard speaking, loud and clear, before the door begins to open.

Correction: Yeah, well, Han is a rough-and-tough, loud guy, so you are supposed to hear him before the door opens.

Corrected entry: The 2004 DVD edition had a different scene where Vader confronts the Emperor in the hologram (The Emperor is replaced by Ian McDiarmid) There a new point where the Emperor identifies the new Enemy as "The Son of Anakin Skywalker". What makes no sense is that Vader responds with "How is that possible?" yet he already knew the Identity of the "new enemy" well early into the movie, whats even more confusing is that he knew (following the events of Episode 3) that Padme had at least one baby.

Correction: He was told Padme was dead at the end of "Revenge of the Sith", and so naturally assumed her baby was dead in utero. He never knew she was delivered of her babies before dying. He did know the identity of Luke before speaking to the Emperor, that is true, but he had a hard time explaining why the baby Luke had lived, when he had seen Padme die. That is why he asks the Emperor how it is possible that his son lives.

Twotall

Corrected entry: When Luke is sucked into the pipe, there are four big red pentagons around it in the wideshot. In the close-up, there are four smaller ones and eight triangles. (01:47:45)

Correction: The pentagons and triangles are so close together that in the wide shot they blend, forming the large pentagons.

Andreas[DK]

Corrected entry: Near the end when Admiral Piett tells Vader the hyper drive on the Falcon is deactivated, look at Piett's chest insignia. At one point it is about 10 black medals, the shot changes from the side to show him from the front, and he has six blue medals. It goes back to show him at the side again and the black medals are back.

Correction: No, admiral Piett has 6 red squares above 6 blue at all times. In the side shot the blue squares just look black because of the lighting and angle but as he turns we see that they are in fact blue. On an interesting side note the insignia has been moved to the left side of his chest in the DVD version so here it isn't possible to see the insignia at all in the side shot.

Andreas[DK]

Corrected entry: When Luke is hanging from the antennae-like assembly underneath Cloud City, one shot shows him holding on with his right hand, the hand that was supposed to have been cut off.

Correction: No he doesn’t, neither in the original or DVD version. In some shots it could look like it but with careful viewing it is clear that he only uses his left hand.

Andreas[DK]

Corrected entry: During Filming of "The Empire Strikes Back" Mark Hamill was injured in a car accident. His injuries were written into the script. After Han rescues Luke from the Ice planet, he's put in a a a nutrant chamber to recover, after he comes out you can see the stiches on his face.

Correction: A car accident in early 1977 did damage to Hamill's face, prior to filming (which started in 1979)The Empire Strikes Back. In an interview Hamill said that he asked Lucas if the Wampa scene was written because of the accident and Lucas replied 'No, Luke was always captured by the Wampa' The "stitches" seen in The Empire Strikes Back were simply movie make-up which carefully disquised his plastic surgery scars.

Corrected entry: In the Special Edition, when Luke is falling through Cloud City after the duel with Vader, a scream has been added. This scream was lifted from the Emperor's death scene in Return of the Jedi. When Vader tosses the Emperor down the reactor shaft, the Emperor's scream is exactly the same.

Correction: This was changed in the 2004 DVD edition. There is now no scream.

Corrected entry: Before being frozen in carbonite, Leia tells Han she loves him, Han says, "I know." The script actually says "I love you too," but Harrison Ford (Han) didn't think it sounded like something Han would say, so he ad-libbed it.

Correction: Actually he ad-libbed it because they'd attempted the scene so many times, that Harrison Ford got sick of hearing her say "I love you", so he just said "I know"

Corrected entry: When Luke falls in the beginning of the duel with Vader, he's holding his lightsaber with one hand. In the previous shot, he was holding it with both hands. (01:37:15)

Correction: That's because Vader pushed Luke to the ground, causing him to lose his full grip on the lightsaber.

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.
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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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