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Still shot from the movie: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

When the Empire attacks the Rebel base and scatters their forces, Han and Leia flee, while Luke seeks further Jedi training. But Darth Vader will stop at nothing to find them (especially young Skywalker) in this sci-fi action/adventure film that acts as a story bridge between the first Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope, and Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Theater Release: 20 May 1980
Video Release: 11 Sep 2006
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Rated PG?


Overall: B+

When the Empire attacks the Rebel base and scatters their forces, Han and Leia flee, while Luke seeks further Jedi training. But Darth Vader will stop at nothing to find them (especially young Skywalker) in this sci-fi action/adventure film that acts as a story bridge between the first Star Wars film, Episode IV—A New Hope, and Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi. (The Special Edition of The Empire Strikes Back features slightly more violent depictions than the original release).

Violence: C

Throughout the film gunfire is exchanged between characters, machines, and spacecrafts, resulting result in chases, explosions, property damage, injuries, and death (violence is not graphic). Large beast attacks an animal and a man: beast devours animal, man’s face scratched, and beast’s arm is dismembered (some blood shown). Characters exposed to extreme elements with risk of dying from cold. Carcass of dead animal is cut open; intestines are shown. Two characters are choked to death, and another character is threatened with choking. Spaceships narrowly miss or collide with asteroids. Spaceship crash-lands. Robot is swallowed and spit out by swamp creature. Brief glimpse of disfigured head. Flying creature is shot. Several scenes portray lightsaber (like sword) fighting; a decapitation and a dismembered arm result. Implied torture of two characters; screams heard. Man punches another man. A risky procedure is used to freeze a character. Desperate character attempts suicide. Character hangs precariously.

Sexual Content: A-

Man shown wearing only a bathing suit-like covering. Several kisses are exchanged between male and female characters; some affectionate, some passionate. Man and woman exchange mild banter about attraction to one another.

Language: A-

At least: One mild profanity, and some name-calling.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A

None.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

Those with reptile phobias may not appreciate the several snakes and lizards that are shown.

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About the Reviewer: Donna Gustafson

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