Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Trivia: In the 1996 novel "Shadows of the Empire," it is revealed that Dash Rendar was one of the snowspeeder pilots during the Battle of Hoth.

Trivia: There are two additional scenes that are not included in the special edition. The first one is near the beginning when Han is asking if Luke has made it back, you will notice that there is a slaughtered Taun-Taun on the ground. In the scene they discuss that something has killed it. Later, the Ice Creatures attack the Hoth base and get locked in a storeroom. A sticker is placed on the door saying do not open. In some of the promotional materials there is a shot of C3PO peeling off the sticker. Stormtroopers open the door and get killed. When Vader enters the base, he asks 'What killed these men?' After all, they had to blast into the room, and it's already full of dead Stormtroopers.

Trivia: Boba Fett's name is never mentioned. Throughout the film, he is referred to only as "Bounty Hunter."

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Trivia: When Darth Vader is addressing the bounty hunters, next to Boba Fett is IG-88, the bounty hunter from "Shadows of the Empire".


Trivia: Director Irvin Kershner was a University of Southern California professor at the same time George Lucas was there as a film student.

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

Visible crew/equipment: When C-3PO is on the conveyor belt, if you look in the reflection in his head you can see the camera crew. (01:26:40)

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Question: Why does Han irritate Leia so much?

Answer: Star Wars being for the young and the young at heart, Han and Leia's relationship unfolds in a deliberately childish manner that kids can relate to and adults will find comedic. Leia is irritated at herself for her attraction to Han, and certainly unamused that Han teases her over it, while at the same time he is not brave enough to admit his own feelings, either.

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Answer: Because Leia is trying to bring down an evil empire while Han keeps trying to charm her. Also she sees potential in him as a leader and fighter instead of just a mercenary smuggler.

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