Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

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.


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.


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 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.


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 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.


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.

Corrected entry: While the Millennium Falcon is evading Tie Fighters, before they enter the asteroid field, Han and Chewie are in the back working on emergency repairs. Who is flying the Falcon? It wouldn't be on autopilot as they are trying to evade laser blasts. Leia or C-3PO certainly do not have the experience to fly the ship that well. It is also doubtful that the Tie Fighters are taking a break from pursuing them.

Correction: Leia is flying it. It does appear that she has some experience with ships, as she flew it during the Tie Fighter fight after they escaped the Death Star in the first movie.


Corrected entry: In the final scene of the movie, Chewbacca and Lando have already left and the camera is panning away from the observation window Luke and Leia are standing at. There are some Y-wings and X-wings patrolling for the fleet and the last two X-wings in the shot pass in front of one of the starships and disappear.

Correction: the fighters were probably going into hyperspace. From the perspective on the bridge, it would simply look like disappearing.

Corrected entry: The Snowspeeders, used to rescue Luke and Han and for fighting the AT-AT's, have a serious design flaw. If you watch as the aircraft turns left and right, the ailerons (the flaps used to control the air flow over the wings), lift up and down facing the wrong direction. They lift towards the front of the aircraft, instead of behind. This would seriously disrupt airflow over the wings and create a considerable amount of drag, therefor causing the speeder to slow down every time it makes a turn. Not exactly what you want to happen when fighting AT-AT's.

Correction: The flaps are correct. The Snowspeeders don't use air for lift. They use a repulsor engine that reacts with the planet's gravity. An example is the X-wings hovering in the hanger before take off at the end of A New Hope.

Corrected entry: When the Millineum Falcon is flying to pick up the injured Luke Skywalker who is hanging from Cloud City, Lando is opening the top hatch and the sky is blue, yet the external shots of the same scene have the sky as being red.

Correction: This has been corrected in the Special Edition.

Corrected entry: During the AT-AT attack scene, Luke says "Rogue 3, Wedge, I've lost my gunner". Then seconds later when he flies through the walker's legs, he calls him Rogue 2.

Correction: Luke is talking to two seperate people, Rogue 3, and Wedge, who is Rogue 2.

Corrected entry: During some shootouts, you can se the empty cartridges, (blanks I presume), fly away from handguns. These are probably used to create a muzzle flash for realism, and for the special effects people to identify where and when to put the red laser coming from the guns. I've never seen a laser creating muzzle flash. This can be seen best when Leia, Chewbacca and Lando are fleeing the mining colony, and Lando is siting next to the the Millennium Falcon's loading ramp, firing at Stormtroopers.

Correction: Blasters in the Star Wars films are not literally 'lasers'. Obviously their bolts travel well below the speed of light and act entirely differently than true laser beams. Use of the term 'laser' is slang, and the actual function of the weapons obiously produces muzzle flash.

Corrected entry: When the Millenium Falcon escapes from the giant space worm, the mouth is almost completely closed but when they are outside, the mouth is opened.

Dr Wilson

Correction: In the scene immediatly following the Falcon leaving the giant worm's mouth from the inside, the worm appears to be chasing the ship, trying to catch it. It easily could have opened its mouth to attempt to bite the ship again.

Corrected entry: After Luke has been shot down during the Hoth battle and is hanging underneath an AT-AT walker he cuts a hole in the underbelly with his lightsaber causing a massive shower of sparks. As the sparks clear you can see a hand sliding back and removing the section of the walker that Luke supposedly just cut through.

Correction: I was not able to watch this scene frame by frame, but I saw no hand, and I believe Luke cut the controls for a sliding panel so it would open. I don't think luke was actually supposed to have cut a hole in the walker. Frame by frame, there is something that looks like a hand, or not even that. Fingers more or less, grabbing the edge and pulling. However, it is so undiscernable it is impossible to say for sure.

Corrected entry: When Han Solo is frozen in carbonite, his hands are at his sides. The freezing takes about a second, but Han manages to lift up his arms into that position. Even if he was tied then untied, he still seems to have overly fast reactions....

Correction: We don't see the freezing process, we only hear a jet of gas, so we don't know EXACTLY when he gets frozen in place. There must have been time for him to move his arms up.


Corrected entry: So the rebels have no rockets or missiles (they have a photon-gun that can reach space and drop Star Cruisers though) to defend their base and main reactor against those AT-AT's?


Correction: Missles and rockets are non-reuseable. Supplies are not easy to come by for the Rebellion, so why would they base their defense on a resourse that could quickly be depleted? Also, with technology to guide photon torpedos and concussion missiles, you think they would be able to make an anti-rocket laser to pick off incoming projectiles, considering standard rockets or missiles move in straight lines.

Corrected entry: Why do those fighters attack AT-AT's head-on, in the middle of a crossfire? Why not from the sides? And who forgot in the engineering department to add some rockets and missiles to their weaponry?


Correction: Perhaps the AT-AT's are more vulnerable head on, they are very thickly armor plated on the sides. And who's to say that snow speeders are equipped to carry missiles?

Sol Parker

Corrected entry: In the scene where Luke and Vader are fighting by the shattered window, the wind is so strong that even Vader has to hold on to avoid being sucked out. But immediately after Luke is sucked out, he casually walks over to the window without holding on to anything.

Correction: The vaccum that sucked Luke out was there because the pressure wasn't equal, over time the pressure stabilized, enabling Vader to walk 'casually' over to the window.

Corrected entry: Throughout the films only C3PO can understand R2D2 and has to translate for the other characters on many occasions. During the flight from Hoth to Dagoba Luke read a little screen with the translations of what R2D2 is saying. Then when they reach the planet and are both stood on the edge of the swamp Luke can miraculously understand what he is saying.

Correction: The screen isn't translating, it's just a way for R2-D2 to communicate with Luke - he's outside the cockpit, after all.

Corrected entry: After Vader kills Captain Needa there are two guards which he orders to him drag out. Look at the Admiral when he is pulled out - his neck is up. That's impossible, he's dead, so his head should be lying to the side.

Correction: His head would not necessarily lie on its side if his neck was broken. The position his head maitains is the position his bones set after broken.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back mistake picture

Visible crew/equipment: A boom microphone is reflected in Luke's goggles when he says "Hey, what's the matter? You smell something?"

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

Trivia: When Billy Dee Williams (Lando) picked up his daughter from elementary school after the film's release, kids would run up to Williams and say "You betrayed Han Solo!"

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

Chosen answer: He "searched his feelings" as Vader instructed; he reached out with the Force and felt the truth of the statement.


Answer: The vision Luke sees in the cave on Dagobah is a clue to this. Luke is realizing he has a lot more in common with Darth Vader than the idealized father he'd always imagined. When Vader tells him he's his father, Luke doesn't want to believe it, but he simply can't deny that it feels much more true that his father would be someone passionate and reckless like himself rather than someone who exemplifies a noble Jedi, which feels like an obvious myth in hindsight.


More questions & answers from 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.