Star Wars 5: Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars 5: Empire Strikes Back Cover Art

1980 Sci-Fi

Rated PG

2 hours 9 minutes

This movie is exhausting to watch.

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Notes About the Violence

This movie is darker and almost got struck out completely.

Not Included in Scenes

General aliens, peril, stormtroopers getting shot, snakes(Dagobah has a lot of snakes, but they never hurt anyone), really, mild things in general. Also, for the last part of the film, Luke is pretty banged up and somewhat bloody. Unfortunately, we really couldn't include any of these things as scenes, because then basically the whole movie would be one big scene.


4 minutes
Violent - Realistic Violenceviolent

"There's a meteorite that hit the ground near here." -Luke

Snow monster attacks Luke and kills tauntaun.

Beeping, and Han says "Chewie! All-right , don't lose your temper. I'll come right back and give you a hand."

8 minutes
Violent - Realistic Violenceviolent

"Your tauntaun will freeze before you hit the first marker!"
"Then I'll see you in hell!" -Han

This is a gross scene. The snow monster is shown eating part of the tauntaun, and then Luke cuts off the monsters arm.

"You must come along now, R2." -C3PO
After this line, Luke still looks kinda beat up. If you don't want to see, wait until you hear, "Master Luke! It's soon good to see you fully functional again."

15 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

Han comes through Obi-wan's image, and Obi-wan disappears.

Han uses dead tauntaun to save Luke's life. Very gross. Then Luke is shown floating in a tank with a breathing mask. Not gross, but a bit weird.

"Master Luke! It's so good to see you fully functional again." -C3-PO

24 minutes
Violent - Realistic Violenceviolent

"General, prepare your troops for a surface attack." -Darth Vader

Ozzel is choked by Darth Vader.

"All troop carriers will assemble at the north entrance." -Leia

24 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

"Right now I feel I could take on the whole empire myself." -Dak

Battle on Hoth is intense and lasts 10 minutes. Rebels die somewhat clearly. Battle is more personal, but there is no blood shown. At one point, Dak is implied to be crushed under an imperial walker.

"Punch it!" - Han
"R2!" -Luke

57 minutes
Mild - No Act of Violencemild

"You will be. You will be." -Yoda

Leia is surprised by weird aliens, and they are shown in an alien's throat. Not graphic, the alien is very muppety.

Bird call.
"Run! A Jedi's force flows from the Force."

1 hour 3 minutes
Intense - Disturbing Violenceintense

"Your weapons. You will not need them."

Luke duels with Darth Vader, after Luke kills him he is shown with his face like Luke's. This is very dark and disturbing, even for this film.

"Bounty hunters. We don't need their scum."

1 hour 13 minutes
Violent - Realistic Violenceviolent

Luke's ship is retrieved.
"I don't believe it." -Luke
"That is why you fail." -Yoda

Vader kills an officer by choking him. Shown clearly and graphically.

"Our ships have completed their scan of the area and found nothing."

1 hour 31 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

Loud whistle. Chewie tries to repair C-3PO.

Han and Leia are tortured. Not shown too graphically, but still upsetting.

"He will not be permanently damaged." -Vader

1 hour 33 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

"You fixed this all real good..." -Han

Han punches Lando, and Han is hit by one of his guards. Very stage acted and mild, especially for this film.

"Yeah. You're a real hero." -Han

1 hour 50 minutes
Violent - Realistic Violenceviolent

"You are beaten. It is useless to resist." -Vader

Luke loses his hand. And for the rest of the movie he tucks his arm so you can't see the wound, but occasionally when he moves you can see that he has no hand. Not too graphic or bloody, and brief. He is also wounded on his face, not bad, for the rest of the movie.

"There is no escape. Don't make me destroy you." -Vader

2 hours
Mild - No Act of Violencemild

R2D2 fixes hyperdrive. Darth Vader looks incredulous and leaves room.

Luke gets a robot hand. Not graphic, just unsettling.

Music swells. R2D2 beeps.