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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Released

May 20, 1980

Latest Home Video

Sep 11, 2006

MPAA Rating

PG

Director

George Lucas

Cast

Harrison Ford
Mark Hamill
Carrie Fischer

Studio

1980 Lucasfilm Ltd.

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

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Synopsis

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.

Content Details

Why Is Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Rated PG?

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back is rated PG

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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.

Home Video Viewing Alternatives

Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.

The other movies in the Star Wars franchise are:

Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Another space series that has lived long and prospered is Star Trek. See our reviews of Insurrection and First Contact.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

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Not Rated
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Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back...

Home Video Notes: Star Wars: Episodes IV - VI

Release Date: 8 October 2013

20th Century Fox is releasing Star Wars: Episodes IV - VI to home video (Blu-ray and DVD). This 6 Disc Combo Set (3 Blu-ray +3 DVD) includes:

- Blu-ray Only Bonus Features: Audio Commentary for Each Movie from Archival

Interviews with George Lucas, Cast and Crew.

Note: Star Wars: Episodes I - III are also being released on the same date as a separate package.

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