The Empire Strikes Back
Director: Irvin Kershner Run Time: 124 min. Format: Digital Release Year: 1980
Starring: Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill
Screenwriters: George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Leigh Brackett
Producer: Gary Kurtz
As nice as it would be for a revolution to succeed with one heroic attack, that is simply not the case and the destruction of the Death Star has only made the Empire more vicious. The Empire Strikes Back is a perfect example of what a sequel should accomplish. It expands the story across the galaxy, raises the stakes for the characters you have fallen in love with, showcases set pieces that have become some of the most iconic scenes from the entire Star Wars series, AND for incorporating Muppets!
From the opening battle on Hoth to one of the most legendary (and misquoted) twist endings in cinema, The Empire Strikes Back meets and exceeds the monumental expectations of its predecessor.