Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Continuity mistake: Just before Leia gives the order to evacuate and leaves the control room on Hoth, C3PO can be seen in the background with his hands over his head. The shot changes to a closeup of him, and his hands are now down at his waist.

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Continuity mistake: When Yoda and R2-D2 are engaged in a tug-of-war over the little flashlight, Yoda hits him several times with his walking stick. When Artoo lets go, the stick is pointing upwards as Yoda hits him one last time, but in the next shot, Yoda is using it as a walking stick again and it is pointing downwards.

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Continuity mistake: When the Millenium Falcon escapes from the giant space worm, it comes from the center of the mouth, but viewed from outside, it comes from the side.

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

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Revealing mistake: Look carefully at the end of the cavern where the Millenium Falcon enters the giant asteroid. It's a dark blue circle, because the light is dim. But there is a little white circle on the right and the two circles are much brighter on the left side. It's because it's an image of a planet with a moon.

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Visible crew/equipment: When the snowspeeders exit the rebel base to go to the battle, there are rails under them.

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Revealing mistake: If you closely when Vader cuts through the three poles at the end of the lightsabre duel, you can see that the sabre never actually goes through the poles. Play it in slow motion for confirmation.

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Continuity mistake: When Luke is hiding behind a corner in Cloud City right before he signals to R2-D2 to keep silent, his blaster is held in different angles between the shot from the back and the shots facing him.

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Revealing mistake: When we see the Star Destroyer for the first time, there are three of them on screen. The one on the top left, can still be seen even after another Star Destroyer came into frame and blocks the view.

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Revealing mistake: If you look closely when Vader cuts off Luke's hand, you can see that Vader's lightsabre never actually cuts through Luke's wrist, but passes in front of his hand.

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Continuity mistake: Widescreen version: After Vader chokes Captain Needa, he talks to Admiral Piett. The distance between Piett and the officer next to him differs between shots, depending on the camera angle.

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Continuity mistake: After R2-D2 opens the door to the landing platform during the escape from Cloud City, the droid exits through the door. Some shots later, he is back inside.

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Continuity mistake: There is a shot from inside the cockpit, just before Luke's snow speeder crashes. Look at the speeder's legs, the proportions are wrong. According to this shot the snow speeder must be tiny.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: On Hoth, the hangar's door starts closing twice.

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Continuity mistake: When Luke is carrying Yoda on his back, as he says, "But tell me why I can't," his head is turned to his left, but in the previous and following shot, he is facing forward.

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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.

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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: When Darth Vader and Admiral Piett are talking on board the Star Destroyer at the end of the movie, in the first shot, a man is standing behind Piett. In the next shot of Vader and Piett, a different man is standing behind Piett. Then, in the third shot of Vader and Piett, the first man is back. Widescreen version only.

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Continuity mistake: When Vader is about to tell Luke that he is his father, as Luke says, "He told me enough," he is holding onto one of the thin poles next to him. In the next shot, his hand is positioned lower down and clutching the other pole. Also, his head is in a different position, seen from the markings on one of the other poles. The position of his head and hand changes in the next shot as well.

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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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