The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Put Empire in your earholes (49:53) Hey, a clean episode! No bad language here.

Empire Strikes Back 2

The consensus choice for best Star Wars movie is what we’ll talk about in episode #16 of the Next 100 Project. Like most people, we rag on the prequels. Empire, though, has some pretty good acting and obviously outstanding F/X to go with the dark story. Dedicated to Geoff Wall, the unfortunately departed superfan and college friend of Ryan. Go to Sparkplug Coffee, then saddle up your Tauntaun (for no reason) before you hit that play button.

NOTE: “Obi-Wan killed your father” is what David Prowse supposedly said on set, not “Obi-Wan is your father.”


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The Empire Strikes Back on Wikipedia

Harrison Ford on IMDb

Mark Hamill on IMDb

Carrie Fisher on IMDb

George Lucas on IMDb

Irvin Kershner on IMDb

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

AFI’s Top 100 Heroes & Villains

Box Office Mojo Top 200 Adjusted For Inflation

1980 U.S. Box Office

IMDb Top 250

1980 in film

1980 Academy Award winners & nominees

The opening scene on YouTube

The Wampa cave on YouTube

Han & Leia lock lips for the first time on YouTube

“I love you, I know” on YouTube

Luke & Vader lock lightsabers for the first time on YouTube

Original scene with the Emperor (Clive Revill)

Psycho and The Godfather Part II and The Silence Of The Lambs and The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

Episode IV and Episode VI and Episode VII

Previously on the Next 100 Project: Roger & Me

May 9th on the Next 100 Project: His Girl Friday