Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • PG
  • 2h 7m
  • 1980
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Discover the conflict between good and evil in the electrifying Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. After the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion’s defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin.

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The best of the original series, but the most intense, too.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Empire Strikes Back is an atmospheric sci-fi classic that features some intense moments of dark emotional content, along with a few very jarring scenes that are not so much violent as they are psychologically jarring. Sequences such as an encounter with the villain in a cave, a character being placed into a deep-freeze chamber, and the final sword battle are all dark, scary, and packed with emotional weight. The film ends with a well-known moment of extreme violence, emotional turmoil, and parental abandonment that will have a powerful impact on young viewers. The romantic content is significantly increased from the first movie in the series, although it still remains at a flirtatious level with just a few moments of relatively tame kissing. This is the movie where the series gains most of its emotional and thematic depth, and while it's a rousing adventure told superbly, it's among the darkest and most intense of the films.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action
  • Release Date:May 21, 1980
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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