Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Trivia: THX-1138 is referenced when, on Hoth, General Rieeken says "Send Rogues Ten and Eleven to station three-eight."

Trivia: In the version released in 1980, Emperor Palpatine was voiced by Clive Revill, but was played by an old woman with makeup and a fake monkey eyebrow bump. In the 2004 DVD (and in "Return of the Jedi"), he is voiced and played by Ian McDiarmid, who played the Emperor in later films.

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Trivia: The role of Lando Calrissian was originally offered to Yaphet Kotto, but he turned it down because he feared the character would be killed off and he would be typecast as a result.


Trivia: While filming the scene in which Yoda and Obi-Wan try to convince Luke not to leave Dagobah, Mark Hamill was accidentally bitten by a snake he pulled out of the X-Wing's thrust engine.

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Trivia: The sound of an AT-AT Walker's footstep is a shearing machine used to cut sheet metal.

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Trivia: In Cloud City, when Chewy finds C-3PO in pieces in what looks like a droid scrap room, you can see what looks like the upper half of IG-88 leaning up against the wall. It is revealed later in books to be the IG-88 unit that went in search of Han, but was intercepted and destroyed by Bobba Fett.

Trivia: When Han Solo fires shots from his blaster at Darth Vader in Cloud City, the weapon zips into Vader's hand. To achieve this effect, director Irvin Kershner threw the gun across the table and the crew photographed a quick take of the gun flying through the air and then put a string on it, put it in the hands of Darth Vader and pulled it out with the camera upside down.

Trivia: A special effects technician added a tennis shoe to the asteroid scene. It can be seen flying from the central-left side of the screen to the lower right. It's right at the beginning of the exterior shot after Han Solo announces that he's going for one of the larger ones, and Leia, C3PO, and Chewbacca voice their objections. (00:39:40)

Trivia: C-3PO's interruption of the kiss between Han and Leia was an ad-lib during filming.

Trivia: Right before the first transport is away, there is a shot of Leia and others in the control room on Hoth. During this scene a clicking and screeching sound can be heard. It sounds like a clock ticking. This is a recording of a shortwave radio station CHU from Canada, complete with the second ticks.

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Trivia: John Morton has two roles in this film. Not only does he play Dak (Luke's gunner) during the Battle of Hoth, he also plays Boba Fett in the sequence when Fett confronts Darth Vader in the Bespin hallway during Han Solo's torture, as Jeremy Bulloch was unavailable.

Trivia: The film was such a financial success that it earned back its $33 million budget within three months of its release.

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Trivia: Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) is the half-brother of Robert Watts, the associate producer of the movie.

Trivia: Lobot's name is never mentioned in the film, and in the end credits he is simply listed as "Lando's Aide."

Trivia: The name "AT-AT" is never spoken in the film. Instead, the machines are only referred to as "Imperial walkers."

Trivia: When a Rebel soldier is in a turret is destroyed by an Imperial walker during the battle of Hoth, a "Wilhelm scream" can be heard.

Trivia: When Chewbacca throws an Imperial stormtrooper off the ledge before Han is put into carbon freeze, a "Wilhelm scream" can be heard.

Trivia: The facility of Cloud City is never referred to by name in the film..

Trivia: Boba Fett has only 5 lines in the entire film.

Other mistake: When the Falcon gets hit by an asteroid, Leia falls and is caught by Han. She tells him that "being held by you isn't quite enough to get me excited". As she is saying this you can clearly see Harrison Ford mouthing her exact words. (00:44:05)

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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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Question: Is there any reason why Luke believes what Darth Vader says when he tells him that he is his father?

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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