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** In the Special Edition, the voice-over line "The first transport is away" during the Rebel evacuation was re-recorded by Creator/MarkHamill.

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** In the Special Edition, the voice-over line "The first transport is away" during the Rebel evacuation was re-recorded rerecorded by Creator/MarkHamill. Creator/MarkHamill.



** Creator/GeorgeLucas hated the process of scripting the first film, so he hired noted pulp SF novel author and Golden Age Hollywood screenwriter Leigh Brackett to write the script for ''Empire''. She wrote one draft, but died of cancer soon afterwards. As a result, Lucas wrote the next few drafts himself, before asking Lawrence Kasdan to do revisions. Incidentally, the famous LukeIAmYourFather reveal wasn't in Brackett's draft; Lucas only added it when he started rewriting the script himself. Although most of her version was rewritten, two contributions by Brackett did end up making it into to the final film: the planet names 'Hoth' and 'Bespin'.

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** Creator/GeorgeLucas hated the process of scripting the first film, so he hired noted pulp SF Sci-Fi novel author and Golden Age Hollywood screenwriter Leigh Brackett to write the script for ''Empire''. She wrote one draft, but died of cancer soon afterwards. As a result, Lucas wrote the next few drafts himself, before asking Lawrence Kasdan to do revisions. Incidentally, the famous LukeIAmYourFather reveal wasn't in Brackett's draft; Lucas only added it when he started rewriting the script himself. Although most of her version was rewritten, two contributions by Brackett did end up making it into to the final film: the planet names 'Hoth' and 'Bespin'.



-->'''David Prowse:''' ''"This for me was my favourite of the Star Wars movies. We had a wonderful director, Irvin Kershner, who I rank as one of the best directors I have ever worked with. It was, of course, a big reunion for us all, and by now we all knew that we were involved in a cinematic phenomena. [...] The old team were back together, plus new cast members like Caroline Blakiston who played Mon Mothma, and my old friend Bruce Boa who played General Reikeen. Bruce and I remained good friends right up until his death. [...] and I thought the carbon freezer scenes were sensational [...]"'' [[https://www.darthvader-starwars.com/film-and-tv.htm]]
* BeamMeUpScotty: Vader says "No, ''I'' am your father", '''not''' "Luke, I am your father." He also doesn't say "Impressive. Most impressive. But you are not a Jedi yet!" These are two separate lines.

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-->'''David Prowse:''' ''"This for me was my favourite favorite of the Star Wars movies. We had a wonderful director, Irvin Kershner, who I rank as one of the best directors I have ever worked with. It was, of course, a big reunion for us all, and by now we all knew that we were involved in a cinematic phenomena. [...] The old team were back together, plus new cast members like Caroline Blakiston who played Mon Mothma, and my old friend Bruce Boa who played General Reikeen. Bruce and I remained good friends right up until his death. [...] and I thought the carbon freezer scenes were sensational [...]"'' [[https://www.darthvader-starwars.com/film-and-tv.htm]]
* BeamMeUpScotty: Vader says "No, ''I'' am your father", '''not''' "Luke, I am your father." He also doesn't say "Impressive. Most impressive. But you are not a Jedi yet!" These are two separate lines.



** Creator/GeorgeLucas called ''Empire'' "the worst ''Star Wars'' film". [[http://thisisanadventure.com/2011/02/george-lucas-reconsidered/ Yes, really.]] Though, then again, problems with filming and its original reception need to be remembered, since at the time of its release the film was considered worse than the original by critics and many moviegoers.
** Creator/DavidProwse, while pleased with the film overall, was furious at Lucas and Kershner for keeping him in the dark about the big reveal because he would have acted out the scene completely different had he known the real twist.

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** Creator/GeorgeLucas called ''Empire'' "the worst ''Star Wars'' film". [[http://thisisanadventure.com/2011/02/george-lucas-reconsidered/ Yes, really.]] Though, then again, problems with filming and its original reception need to be remembered, since at the time of its release the film was considered worse than the original by critics and many moviegoers.
** Creator/DavidProwse, while pleased with the film overall, was furious at Lucas and Kershner for keeping him in the dark about the big reveal because he would have acted out the scene completely different had he known the real twist.



** When shooting the big scene between Luke and Vader, [[ActingInTheDark David Prowse]] said "No, Obi-Wan killed your father", and that's what the entire crew of the film thought would be said when Creator/JamesEarlJones dubbed in his lines. Only 5 people (Lucas, Jones, Creator/MarkHamill so he would react correctly, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and director Irvin Kershner) knew the actual line.

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** When shooting the big scene between Luke and Vader, [[ActingInTheDark David Prowse]] said "No, Obi-Wan killed your father", and that's what the entire crew of the film thought would be said when Creator/JamesEarlJones dubbed in his lines. Only 5 five people (Lucas, Jones, Creator/MarkHamill so he would react correctly, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and director Irvin Kershner) knew the actual line.



** According to a 2016 interview with Mark Hamill, the extreme precautions turned out to be totally justified; not long after the scene was filmed, newspapers were reporting the "big twist" of Obi-Wan killing Luke's father - meaning someone on the set that day went and blabbed.

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** According to a 2016 interview with Mark Hamill, the extreme precautions turned out to be totally justified; not long after the scene was filmed, newspapers were reporting the "big twist" of Obi-Wan killing Luke's father - -- meaning someone on the set that day went and blabbed.



** Han was frozen in carbonite because Creator/HarrisonFord wasn't sure he wanted to appear in the next film, and so the character was PutOnABus. Needless to say, TheBusCameBack.
** Contrary to popular belief, the scene where Luke got bashed around by the wampa was NOT due to Creator/MarkHamill's car accident.

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** Han was frozen in carbonite Carbonite because Creator/HarrisonFord wasn't sure he wanted to appear in the next film, and so the character was PutOnABus. Needless to say, TheBusCameBack.
** Contrary to popular belief, the scene where Luke got bashed around by the wampa Wampa was NOT due to Creator/MarkHamill's car accident.



** According to Rinzler's book on the making of ''Empire'', one sequence that was written had a scene in the finale where Luke encounters Storm Troopers and massacres them all with his lightsaber. The scene was intended to build tension with the audience about Luke potentially going to the Dark Side, while also suggesting that he could potentially beat Vader in a duel, making his defeat that much more shocking. It was removed because Lucas felt that the violence would be out-of-character for Luke especially the cold-blooded and methodical manner the scene was done. He would repurpose the concept for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' when Anakin massacres the Tusken Raiders.

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** According to Rinzler's book on the making of ''Empire'', one sequence that was written had a scene in the finale where Luke encounters Storm Troopers Stormtroopers and massacres them all with his lightsaber. The scene was intended to build tension with the audience about Luke potentially going to the Dark Side, while also suggesting that he could potentially beat Vader in a duel, making his defeat that much more shocking. It was removed because Lucas felt that the violence would be out-of-character for Luke especially the cold-blooded and methodical manner the scene was done. He would repurpose the concept for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' when Anakin massacres the Tusken Raiders.


* ActingInTheDark: As Creator/GeorgeLucas didn't want the twist getting out, outside of Creator/JamesEarlJones and Creator/MarkHamill, no one knew the twist was that Vader was really Anakin himself. Creator/DavidProwse was instead led to believe that it was Obi-Wan really killed Anakin and, as noted below, he was pissed upon finding out the truth, stating he'd acted differently if he'd known.

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* ActingInTheDark: As Creator/GeorgeLucas didn't want the twist getting out, outside of Creator/JamesEarlJones and Creator/MarkHamill, no one knew the twist was that Vader was really Anakin himself. Creator/DavidProwse was instead led to believe that it was Obi-Wan really killed Anakin and, as noted below, he was pissed upon finding out the truth, stating he'd acted differently if he'd known.


* ActingInTheDark: As Creator/GeorgeLucas didn't want the twist getting out, outside of Creator/JamesEarlJones and Creator/MarkHamill, no one knew the twist was Vader was really Anakin himself. Creator/DavidProwse was instead led to believe that it was Obi-Wan really killed Anakin and, as noted below, he was pissed upon finding out the truth, stating he'd acted differently if he'd known.

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* ActingInTheDark: As Creator/GeorgeLucas didn't want the twist getting out, outside of Creator/JamesEarlJones and Creator/MarkHamill, no one knew the twist was that Vader was really Anakin himself. Creator/DavidProwse was instead led to believe that it was Obi-Wan really killed Anakin and, as noted below, he was pissed upon finding out the truth, stating he'd acted differently if he'd known.


* ActingInTheDark: As GeorgeLucas didn't want the twist getting out, outside of Creator/JamesEarlJones and Creator/MarkHamill, no one knew the twist was Vader was really Anakin himself. Creator/DavidProwse was instead led to believe that it was Obi-Wan really killed Anakin and, as noted below, he was pissed upon finding out the truth, stating he'd acted differently if he'd known.

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* ActingInTheDark: As GeorgeLucas Creator/GeorgeLucas didn't want the twist getting out, outside of Creator/JamesEarlJones and Creator/MarkHamill, no one knew the twist was Vader was really Anakin himself. Creator/DavidProwse was instead led to believe that it was Obi-Wan really killed Anakin and, as noted below, he was pissed upon finding out the truth, stating he'd acted differently if he'd known.

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* ActingInTheDark: As GeorgeLucas didn't want the twist getting out, outside of Creator/JamesEarlJones and Creator/MarkHamill, no one knew the twist was Vader was really Anakin himself. Creator/DavidProwse was instead led to believe that it was Obi-Wan really killed Anakin and, as noted below, he was pissed upon finding out the truth, stating he'd acted differently if he'd known.


* EnforcedMethodActing: When shooting the big scene between Luke and Vader, [[ActingInTheDark David Prowse]] said "No, Obi-Wan killed your father", and that's what the entire crew of the film thought would be said when Creator/JamesEarlJones dubbed in his lines. Only 5 people (Lucas, Jones, Creator/MarkHamill so he would react correctly, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and director Irvin Kershner) knew the actual line.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: EnforcedMethodActing:
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When shooting the big scene between Luke and Vader, [[ActingInTheDark David Prowse]] said "No, Obi-Wan killed your father", and that's what the entire crew of the film thought would be said when Creator/JamesEarlJones dubbed in his lines. Only 5 people (Lucas, Jones, Creator/MarkHamill so he would react correctly, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and director Irvin Kershner) knew the actual line.


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* FoilerFootage: Before the movie's premiere, the number of people who knew about TheReveal could be counted on one hand: George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Gary Kurtz, James Earl Jones, Mark Hamill and whatever editors Lucas trusted to see the scene. Even Creator/DavidProwse, who had to say ''something'' during filming, was given the fake line "Obi-Wan killed your father." {{Urban Legend}}s now abound of Creator/HarrisonFord turning to Hamill ''in the middle of the premiere'' and giving a BigWhat, as well as David Prowse leaning forward and telling George Lucas "Why didn't you tell me? I would have said it."


*** Yoda was originally named Minch, who dueled Obi-Wan's ghost, and Lando was a clone.

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*** ** Yoda was originally named Minch, who dueled Obi-Wan's ghost, and Lando was a clone.


* ApprovalOfGod: Irvin Kershner had no problem at all with Lucas' Special Edition, feeling the changes were so minor that they didn't really affect the experience of watching at all. He also consulted Lucas and was insistent that the Cloud City exteriors show up in the windows during the corridor chase between Luke and Boba Fett, and was happy that it showed up in the final film.

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* ApprovalOfGod: Irvin Kershner had no problem at all with Lucas' Lucas's Special Edition, feeling the changes were so minor that they didn't really affect the experience of watching at all. He also consulted Lucas and was insistent that the Cloud City exteriors show up in the windows during the corridor chase between Luke and Boba Fett, and was happy that it showed up in the final film.



** According to Rinzler's book on the making of Empire, one sequence that was written had a scene in the finale where Luke encounters Storm Troopers and massacres them all with his lightsaber. The scene was intended to build tension with the audience about Luke potentially going to the Dark Side, while also suggesting that he could potentially beat Vader in a duel, making his defeat that much more shocking. It was remove because Lucas felt that the violence would be out-of-character for Luke especially the cold-blooded and methodical manner the scene was done. He would repurpose the concept for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' when Anakin massacres the Tusken Raiders.

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** According to Rinzler's book on the making of Empire, ''Empire'', one sequence that was written had a scene in the finale where Luke encounters Storm Troopers and massacres them all with his lightsaber. The scene was intended to build tension with the audience about Luke potentially going to the Dark Side, while also suggesting that he could potentially beat Vader in a duel, making his defeat that much more shocking. It was remove removed because Lucas felt that the violence would be out-of-character for Luke especially the cold-blooded and methodical manner the scene was done. He would repurpose the concept for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' when Anakin massacres the Tusken Raiders.


* ApprovalOfGod: Surprisingly, Irven Kershner had no problem at all with the changes made to the film in the Special Edition edit, feeling the changes were so minor that they didnt really effect the experience of watching at all.

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* ApprovalOfGod: Surprisingly, Irven Irvin Kershner had no problem at all with the changes made to the film in the Lucas' Special Edition edit, Edition, feeling the changes were so minor that they didnt didn't really effect affect the experience of watching at all.all. He also consulted Lucas and was insistent that the Cloud City exteriors show up in the windows during the corridor chase between Luke and Boba Fett, and was happy that it showed up in the final film.


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** According to Rinzler's book on the making of Empire, one sequence that was written had a scene in the finale where Luke encounters Storm Troopers and massacres them all with his lightsaber. The scene was intended to build tension with the audience about Luke potentially going to the Dark Side, while also suggesting that he could potentially beat Vader in a duel, making his defeat that much more shocking. It was remove because Lucas felt that the violence would be out-of-character for Luke especially the cold-blooded and methodical manner the scene was done. He would repurpose the concept for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' when Anakin massacres the Tusken Raiders.


** In the original draft, Emperor Palpatine was called Cos Dashit.

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** In the original draft, Emperor Palpatine was called Cos Dashit. [[{{Narm}} Da shit]], huh?

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* ApprovalOfGod: Surprisingly, Irven Kershner had no problem at all with the changes made to the film in the Special Edition edit, feeling the changes were so minor that they didnt really effect the experience of watching at all.

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* JumpScare: Not an example from the film itself, but rather one of its DVD releases. The Limited Edition DVD release of 2006 (which paired the Special Edition with the original 1980 version) contains two within its DVD menus. The DVD plays different menu scenes at random. One is a view of an Imperial probe droid floating over the planet Hoth; click "Play Movie" and before the film begins a Wampa comes out of nowhere and dives at the viewer. A less startling one, another random menu, is a view of the Dagobah swamp; click "Play Movie" and R2-D2 shoots out of the swamp and towards the viewer.


* OffTheShelfFX: The shot of Luke force-jumping back out of the carbon freeze chamber was actually a puppet made from a 12" Kenner toy and some masking tape.


* FollowTheLeader: Building on the legacy of ''[[Film/TheGodfather The Godfather Part II]]'', the film codified the concept of the sequel being [[CharacterDevelopment deeper]], [[DarkerAndEdgier darker]] and [[EvenBetterSequel better]] that has become the de facto expectation for any sequel, especially in action genres such as superhero films. It also popularized the idea of [[PartyScattering splitting the major characters apart]] [[TwoLinesNoWaiting to facilitate more subplots]] [[SequelEscalation as a convenient way to make the story bigger.]]
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Despite the surprising and massive success of ''Star Wars'', there were serious doubts that the sequel would be anywhere near as good. Irvin Kershner nearly turned down the director's chair because he felt he could never make it as anything other than "the second one." This made sense because doing sequels was considered drudge work by most in Hollywood (hence why Creator/MarlonBrando refused to reprise Vito Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfather'' sequels) at the time. His agent convinced him otherwise, and now ''Empire'' is almost universally acclaimed as the best film in the saga.

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* FollowTheLeader: Building on the legacy of ''[[Film/TheGodfather The Godfather Part II]]'', the film codified the concept of the sequel being [[CharacterDevelopment deeper]], [[DarkerAndEdgier darker]] and [[EvenBetterSequel better]] that has become the de facto expectation for any sequel, especially in action genres such as superhero films. It also popularized the idea of [[PartyScattering splitting the major characters apart]] [[TwoLinesNoWaiting to facilitate more subplots]] [[SequelEscalation as a convenient way to make the story bigger.]]
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Despite the surprising and massive success of ''Star Wars'', there were serious doubts that the sequel would be anywhere near as good. Irvin Kershner nearly turned down the director's chair because he felt he could never make it as anything other than "the second one." This made sense because doing sequels was considered drudge work by most in Hollywood (hence why Creator/MarlonBrando refused to reprise Vito Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfather'' sequels) at the time. His agent convinced him otherwise, and now ''Empire'' is almost universally acclaimed as the best film in the saga.
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* AwesomeDearBoy: Darth Vader's BreakoutVillain status is reflected with his actor's (Creator/DavidProws) noting the movie to be his personal favorite.

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* AwesomeDearBoy: Darth Vader's BreakoutVillain status is reflected with his actor's (Creator/DavidProws) (Creator/DavidProwse) noting the movie to be his personal favorite.



** Creator/DavidProws, while pleased with the film overall, was furious at Lucas and Kershner for keeping him in the dark about the big reveal because he would have acted out the scene completely different had he known the real twist.

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** Creator/DavidProws, Creator/DavidProwse, while pleased with the film overall, was furious at Lucas and Kershner for keeping him in the dark about the big reveal because he would have acted out the scene completely different had he known the real twist.



** Creator/DavidProws was furious about learning that he'd been kept in the dark, saying that his body language would have been completely different had he known what the real line was supposed to be.

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** Creator/DavidProws Creator/DavidProwse was furious about learning that he'd been kept in the dark, saying that his body language would have been completely different had he known what the real line was supposed to be.



* LyingCreator: To make absolutely sure the big twist wouldn't leak, only Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Creator/JamesEarlJones, and Creator/MarkHamill knew about the real line, with the script featuring Vader saying "Obi-Wan killed your father." The rest of the cast and crew only learned the truth at the movie's premiere (when the true line was spoken, it allegedly prompted a BigWhat from Harrison Ford), and Creator/DavidProws was quite upset with Lucas afterwards, saying his physical acting would have been completely different if he'd known the real line.

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* LyingCreator: To make absolutely sure the big twist wouldn't leak, only Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Creator/JamesEarlJones, and Creator/MarkHamill knew about the real line, with the script featuring Vader saying "Obi-Wan killed your father." The rest of the cast and crew only learned the truth at the movie's premiere (when the true line was spoken, it allegedly prompted a BigWhat from Harrison Ford), and Creator/DavidProws Creator/DavidProwse was quite upset with Lucas afterwards, saying his physical acting would have been completely different if he'd known the real line.

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