Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Continuity mistake: When a blast rocks the command centre during the battle on Hoth, C-3PO is thrown backwards into Han's arms. As the wideshot leaves, Threepio is leaning backwards, supported by Han, but in the next shot, both of them standing upright in a normal way. Toryn Farr, the woman sitting behind them, has changed position as well. (00:30:40)

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)

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Continuity mistake: Viewed from inside, the hotel where Leia, Han and Chewbacca are in Cloud City has a flat glass roof, but viewed from outside, it is flat with sloped edges. (01:22:25)

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Continuity mistake: After the carbonite block is pulled out of the carbonite freezer, there's a close-up of Leia leaning towards Chewbacca. In the next shot, she is not leaning on him, and then Chewie pulls her towards him again. (01:33:05)

Revealing mistake: In the first shot of Luke riding on Hoth, the tauntaun leaves no tracks in the snow. (00:02:50)

Audio problem: In the carbon freezing chamber, Han says to Chewbacca, "The Princess - you have to take care of her". When he says, "You have to take care of her", his head is shown from behind, but the motion of his jaw doesn't match the words. (01:35:35)

Continuity mistake: When Luke is holding on to the antennae-like assembly underneath Cloud City, right before and after the hatch closes, the distance between a thin pole and his left arm keeps changing between shots. (01:48:25)

Continuity mistake: When Luke is first attacked by the wampa (ice creature), the amount of blood on him changes between shots. (00:04:00)

Continuity mistake: When Luke summons his lightsaber 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. (00:11:00 - 00:13:05)

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Continuity mistake: When Lando releases Leia and Chewbacca, as Leia says, "What do you think you're doing?" her body is turned in a different direction from the previous shot, and she's holding the blasters differently. (01:37:55)

Continuity mistake: When Janson (Wedge's gunner) fires the harpoon at a leg of an AT-AT, in the first shot of the snowspeeder flying around the AT-AT, the speeder casts a shadow on the snow. In all other shots of this sequence, there is no shadow of the snowspeeder.

Revealing mistake: Right after Luke and Darth fight for the first time, Darth gets kicked off the Carbonite freezer. Then Luke jumps down to fight him again. After he jumps, you hear what sounds suspiciously like a trampoline. Then in the lower right screen, you can see Luke's head pop back up into frame. Widescreen Version only, although the sound is audible on the fullscreen version too.

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Continuity mistake: When Han is trying to keep Luke warm, his rank insignia badge alternates between being on the right and left side of his chest. The amount of snow on Han and Luke's clothes also changes repeatedly, especially Luke's. (00:14:15)

Continuity mistake: During the escape from Hoth, C-3PO is far behind Han and Leia as they are running to the Millennium Falcon after the cave-in blocks their path. When they reach the door, he is much closer to them. (00:32:40)

Revealing mistake: When the medical droid tests Luke's mechanical hand at the end of the film, his thumb moves before the "muscle." (02:00:40)

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Continuity mistake: When Luke leaves Dagobah, he uses a ladder to climb into his cockpit, but when he sits in, it has disappeared.

Continuity mistake: When the Millennium Falcon jumps into hyperspace at the end of the film, Leia, Luke and Lando are in the cockpit, being tossed back. In the next shot of the cockpit, Lando is missing. (01:54:20)

Revealing mistake: In the original (not Special Edition): When the AT-ATs are attacking the Hoth base, they do a camera angle from inside Luke's cockpit. As his snowspeeder is passing through the legs of an AT-AT, part of the cockpit becomes translucent and you can slightly see the AT-AT through a metal bar.

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: This was the only movie in the Star Wars series until Episode VII in 2015 without a scene on the planet Tattooine.

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

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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.

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