Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

In Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, a dark classic directed by Irvin Kershner, the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi appears to Luke Skywalker in a vision, with instructions to seek out Yoda — a Jedi Master who will complete his training.

Meanwhile, Darth Vader, obsessed with finding Skywalker, leads a relentless assault on the Rebels and pursues the young Jedi’s friends, who flee to Cloud City in search of sanctuary from the Empire. It all leads to a deadly confrontation that will change our heroes forever.

Released May 21, 1980

One of the film’s most difficult effects was its opening shot of a stop-motion tauntaun running on the ice planet Hoth, as the camera swoops in from above.

The Empire Strikes Back 's AT-ATs were brought to life via stop-motion animation, filmed on miniature sets with intricately painted backgrounds.

In the script, Darth Vader's famous revelation read, "Obi-Wan killed your father." Only Irvin Kershner, George Lucas, and Mark Hamill knew what the real overdubbed dialogue would be.

Legendary make-up artist and designer Stuart Freeborn based Yoda’s face on one very familiar to him: his own.

During postproduction, sound designer Ben Burtt gave Boba Fett "audio" spurs on Cloud City. Nothing on Fett's costume could actually make that distinct clanking sound.

In Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, a dark classic directed by Irvin Kershner, the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi appears to Luke Skywalker in a vision, with instructions to seek out Yoda — a Jedi Master who will complete his training.

Meanwhile, Darth Vader, obsessed with finding Skywalker, leads a relentless assault on the Rebels and pursues the young Jedi’s friends, who flee to Cloud City in search of sanctuary from the Empire. It all leads to a deadly confrontation that will change our heroes forever.

Released May 21, 1980

One of the film’s most difficult effects was its opening shot of a stop-motion tauntaun running on the ice planet Hoth, as the camera swoops in from above.

The Empire Strikes Back 's AT-ATs were brought to life via stop-motion animation, filmed on miniature sets with intricately painted backgrounds.

In the script, Darth Vader's famous revelation read, "Obi-Wan killed your father." Only Irvin Kershner, George Lucas, and Mark Hamill knew what the real overdubbed dialogue would be.

Legendary make-up artist and designer Stuart Freeborn based Yoda’s face on one very familiar to him: his own.

During postproduction, sound designer Ben Burtt gave Boba Fett "audio" spurs on Cloud City. Nothing on Fett's costume could actually make that distinct clanking sound.