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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back A U film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over, although it is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child.

U films should be set within a positive framework and should offer reassuring counterbalances to any violence, threat or horror. If a work is particularly suitable for pre-school children, this will be indicated in the ratings info.

BBFC


1980
U
124 minutes (2 hours 04 minutes)
21st May
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Directed by

Irvin Kershner

Starring

Actor
Character
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia
Billy Dee Williams
Lando Calrissian
Anthony Daniels
C-3PO
David Prowse
Darth Vader
Peter Mayhew
Chewbacca
Kenny Baker
R2-D2
Frank Oz
Yoda
Alec Guinness
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Jeremy Bulloch
Boba Fett
John Hollis
Lando's Aide
Jack Purvis
Chief Ugnaught
Des Webb
Snow Creature
Clive Revill
Emperor
Kenneth Colley
Admiral Piett
Julian Glover
General Veers
Michael Sheard
Admiral Ozzel
Michael Culver
Captain Needa
John Dicks
Imperial Officer
Milton Johns
Imperial Officer
Mark Jones
Imperial Officer
Oliver Maguire
Imperial Officer
Robin Scobey
Imperial Officer
Bruce Boa
Rebel Force General Rieekan
Christopher Malcolm
Rebel Force Zev (Rogue 2)
Denis Lawson
Rebel Force Wedge (Rogue 3)
Richard Oldfield
Rebel Force Hobbie (Rogue 4)
John Morton
Rebel Force Dak (Luke's Gunner)
Ian Liston
Rebel Force Janson (Wedge's Gunner)
John Ratzenberger
Rebel Force Major Derlin
Jack McKenzie
Rebel Force Deck Lieutenant
Jerry Harte
Rebel Force Head Controller
Norman Chancer
Other Rebel Officer
Norwich Duff
Other Rebel Officer
Ray Hassett
Other Rebel Officer
Brigitte Kahn
Other Rebel Officer
Burnell Tucker
Other Rebel Officer
Bob Anderson
Imperial Officer
Elaine Baker
Lightning Bear
Stormtrooper
Richard Bonehill
Stormtrooper / Snowtrooper / Rebel Soldier / Tauntaun Handler
Stephen Buchanan
Holographic Officer
Morris Bush
John Cannon
Holographic Imperial Officer
Mark Capri
Officer M'kae (Captain Needa's Communications Officer)
Shaun Curry
Hoth Rebel Commander
Martin Dew
Cloud City Guard
Peter Diamond
Snowtrooper Gunner
Tom Egeland
Hoth Trooper
Stuart Fell
Snowtrooper
Michael A. Frandy
Imperial Shuttle Mechanic
Alan Harris
Bossk / Bespin Security Guard
Susie Hudson
Bespin Woman
James Earl Jones
Darth Vader
Arve Juritzen
Rebel Soldier
Paul Klein
IG-88 (Bounty Hunter Droid)
Tiffany L. Kurtz
Emperor (2004 DVD version)
Mac McDonald
Rebel Pilot
Ralph McQuarrie
General McQuarrie
Temuera Morrison
Boba Fett (2004 DVD version)
Ralph Morse
Stormtrooper / Imperial Comms Officer / Rebel Soldier
Cathy Munroe
Zuckuss / Wiokettle
C. Andrew Nelson
Darth Vader (special edition)
Chris Parsons
4-LOM / K-3PO / Stormtrooper
Terry Richards
Wampa
Doug Robinson
Snowtrooper
Michael Santiago
Tony Smart
Snowtrooper
Harold Weed
Wampa (special edition)
Treat Williams
Echo Base Trooper
Jason Wingreen
Boba Fett
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Total Grosses
UK total gross
£22,825,910
209
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
210

Global total gross
$538,375,067
184
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
UK Age Rating
UK BBFC Certificate: U
Genres
Popular in these countries
  • United Kingdom
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
UK Box Office Release Breakdown
UK release date:

Highest chart position: 1

UK Box Office Chart History
Date
Place
Week
Total
1N
£4,925,796
£4,925,796
1▲▼
£1,838,162
£6,763,958
1▲▼
£1,294,358
£8,058,316
1▲▼
£1,125,796
£9,184,112
1▲▼
£1,022,538
£10,206,650
1▲▼
£972,151
£11,178,801
1▲▼
£861,342
£12,040,143
1▲▼
£579,197
£12,619,340
1▲▼
£375,265
£12,994,605
3
£150,810
£13,145,415
2
£88,429
£13,233,844
3
£75,796
£13,309,640
3▲▼
£63,162
£13,372,802
2
£37,898
£13,410,700
2▲▼
£50,531
£13,461,231
1
£25,266
£13,486,497
4
£12,633
£13,499,130
6
£10,420
£13,509,550
1
£1,550,000
£15,059,550
4
£850,000
£15,909,550
4▲▼
£450,000
£16,359,550
10
£150,000
£16,509,550
8
£304,115
£16,813,665
7
£261,525
£17,175,890
9
£284,590
£17,564,415
5
£275,875
£17,924,565
7
£293,275
£18,302,765
7▲▼
£287,225
£18,696,840
11
£303,625
£19,108,940
9
£304,900
£19,519,015
8
£295,275
£19,906,265
8▲▼
£261,750
£20,262,490
12
£289,000
£20,635,655
12▲▼
£278,575
£21,017,135
12▲▼
£274,625
£21,377,805
11
£262,425
£21,709,615
9
£254,125
£22,019,955
7
£281,600
£22,381,695
8
£294,775
£22,825,910
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News from around the web
26th April 2017

In a week where not a lot has changed on the box office and the top 3 are the same headed up by Fast and Furious 8 the highest new entry is Their Finest at number 4.

Proving that the series is still well and truly alive Fast 8 takes £3.5 million on its second weekend of release, this is below the previous films second weekend.

The action drama is doing great guns in the UK and its total UK gross now sits at £23 million.

Highest new film of the week is Their Finest starring Gemma Arterton which makes its debut at number 4 with £0.8 million.

Also new this week is Unforgettable at number 7 which takes a very low £270,000 debut for star Katherine Heigl.

Longest running film of the week is Get Out which has been on the chart for 6 weeks now and highest total grossing film is Beauty and The Beast which is still at number 3 this week and has taken an incredible £68 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Jungle Book kept its hold on the chart for a second weekend while Bastile Day was the top new film at 3.

Five years ago
Battleship retained its grip on the chart and stayed at the top while Salmon Fishing in The Yeman was the top new film at 2.

Ten years ago
Wild Hogs spent a second weekend at the top while Anthony Hopkins starred in Fracture which was new at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Bend It Like Beckham remained as the top film of the week while Dwayne Johnson starred in The Scorpion King which was the top new film at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Taking over at the top on its debut as Wes Cravens Scream while Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back fell from the top to 4 in its Special Edition release.

Twenty five years ago
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle was the new film of the week making its debut at the top while Hook fell to number 2.

20th April 2017

Producing a series best with a £14 million opening weekend Fast and Furious 8 tops the UK box office easily making more than the rest of the chart added together.

This is the first instalment without the late Paul Walker and many thought the series could not continue, but number 8 in the long running series has performed better then expected.

The £14 million opening makes it the 30th best opening ever in the UK ahead ofThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and behind Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith.

After a week at the top The Boss baby falls to number 2 with £3 million bringing the films total to a rather good £16.7 million after 2 weeks.

The Handmaiden is new at number 6 with £474,752 and The Sense of an Ending is new at 10 with £329,948.

Highest total grossing movie on the chart is Beauty and The Beast with £65 million, its now the 10th top film in the UK, and the longest running film is Logan with 7 weeks.

Historical charts
A year ago
The Jungle Book hit the top of the chart on its debut while Zootopia fell to number 2.

Five years ago
Battle ship was the new film at the top of the box office while the 3D version of Titanic fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
Wild Hogs flew into the top of the box office knocking Mr. Beans Holiday down to number 2 after 2 weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago
Bend It Like Beckham was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1 while Blade II fell to number 3.

Twenty years ago
The special edition of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back made its debut at the top, it knocked the special edition of Star Wars to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Hook made its debut at the top of the box office and with an all new top 3 Deceived fell to number 4.

4th May 2014

Kick back, fire up the Blu-ray player and slap on Star Wars, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

This year seems to be the first year that Lucasfilm has recognised the day and it's mentioned on their website, is this the Disney influence, if so, good on them.

Here's what the twitterverse is saying about the day

6th February 2013

Disney have announces that as part of their ongoing continuation of the Star Wars film franchise they are to make films that expand the universe and concentrate on individual main characters, Yoda being the first.

Clearly inspired by the success, and probable continued success, of the series of films inspired from the Avengers comics, Disney will produce the films based in the star wars universe that look at the individual characters so we can look forward to Han Solo The Movie, Luke and Lia The Movie, and one a number of fans might like, Boba Fett The Movie.

These will be alongside the sequel trilogy that will be made, the first of which will be directed by J.J. Abrams and the first will be released in 2015.

Yoda will be the first to get the stand alone treatment, although there is no word on where this will fit into the overall picture, or during what time line it will take.

Best guesses are a couple of ideas, one to fill in the gap between Episode III and when we first meet him in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back which means the whole film wil be based on the swamp plant of Dagobah.

There is no reason why there couldn't be a few flash back in the film, but for all intense and purposes Yoda was supposed to be alone on this planet before Luke turned up for training, so it could be hard to fill in a full 2 hour movie?

The other is more inline with the X-Men origins style and look at where Yoda came from and how he came into existence, this would be a more interesting movie, and as he's meant to be in his mid 800's in Episode 1 this would be going way back into Star Wars history, and possible leave more a blank sheet for what to do.

Whatever happens lets hope that Disney stay true to the universe, at least as much as Lucas has, and we start getting films that fans as much as , well the original trilogy at least.

29th December 2010

The American Library of congress has added Airplane! and what is arguably the best of the Star Wars movies, The Empire Strikes Back, to the National Film Registry in a year where both films lost key legendary figures

The great Lesley Nielsen turned from a serious actor into a legendary comic actor in Airplane! who died at the end of November and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was directed Irvin Kershner who died just one day before.

These 2 additions are joined by 23 other film which includes classics such as The Exorcist, The Pink Panther, which also lost its director, Blake Edwards, this year and Saturday Night Fever.

The creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, has two connection with the list, The Empire Strikes Back which he wrote and produced and THX1138 which was his feature film debut.

The full list of additions is as follows:
Airplane! (1980)
All the President's Men (1976)
The Bargain (1914)
Cry of Jazz (1959)
Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Front Page (1931)
Grey Gardens (1976)
I Am Joaquin (1969)
It's a Gift (1934)
Let There Be Light (1946)
Lonesome (1928)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Malcolm X (1992)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
Newark Athlete (1891)
Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
The Pink Panther (1964)
Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Study of a River (1996)
Tarantella (1940)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
A Trip Down Market Street (1906)