Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back script
Synopsis: After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Master Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke.

Han walks away into the quiet corridor adjoining the command center.

Leia stews a moment, then hurries after him.

INT. HOTH - REBEL BASE - ICE CORRIDOR

LEIA:

Han!

Han stops in the corridor and turns to face Leia.

HAN:

Yes, Your Highnessness?

LEIA:

I thought you decided to stay.

HAN:

Well, the bounty hunter we ran

into on Ord Mantell changed my

mind.

LEIA:

Han, we need you!

HAN:

We?

LEIA:

Yes.

HAN:

Oh, what about you need?

LEIA:

(mystified)

I need? I don't know what you're

talking about.

HAN:

(shakes his head,

fed up)

You probably don't.

LEIA:

And what precisely am I supposed

to know?

HAN:

Come on! You want me to stay

because of the way you feel about

me.

LEIA:

Yes. You're a great help to us.

You're a natural leader...

HAN:

No! That's not it. Come on.

Aahhh - uh huh! Come on.

Leia stares at him, understanding, then laughs.

LEIA:

You're imagining things.

HAN:

Am I? Then why are you following

me? Afraid I was going to leave

without giving you a goodbye kiss?

LEIA:

I'd just as soon kiss a Wookiee.

HAN:

I can arrange that. You could use

a good kiss!

Angrily, Han strides down the corridor as Leia stares after him.

INT. HOTH - REBEL BASE - ANOTHER ICE CORRIDOR

A familiar stream of beeps and whistles herald the approach of Artoo-

Detoo and See-Threepio, who appear around a corner and move along an

ice wall toward the main hangar.

THREEPIO:

Don't try to blame me. I didn't

ask you to turn on the thermal

heater. I merely commented that it

was freezing in the princess'

chamber. But it's supposed to be

freezing. How are we going to dry

out all her clothes? I really don't

know.

Artoo beeps a stream of protesting whistles.

THREEPIO:

Oh, switch off.

INT. HOTH - REBEL BASE - MAIN HANGAR DECK

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George Lucas

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver. However, a terrible car accident just after his high school graduation ended that dream permanently. The accident changed his views on life. He decided to attend Modesto Junior College before enrolling in the University of Southern California film school. As a film student, he made several short films including THX-1138: 4EB (Electronic Labyinth) which won first prize at the 1967-68 National Student Film Festival. In 1967, he was awarded a scholarship by Warner Brothers to observe the making of Finian's Rainbow (1968) which was being directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Lucas and Coppola became good friends and formed American Zoetrope in 1969. The company's first project was Lucas' full-length version of THX 1138 (1971). In 1971, Coppola went into production for The Godfather (1972), and Lucas formed his own company, Lucasfilm Ltd. In 1973, he wrote and directed the semiautobiographical American Graffiti (1973) which won the Golden Globe and garnered five Academy Award nominations. This gave him the clout he needed for his next daring venture. From 1973 to 1974, he began writing the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). He was inspired to make this movie from Flash Gordon and the Planet of the Apes films. In 1975, he established I.L.M. (Industrial Light and Magic) to produce the visual effects needed for the movie. Another company called Sprocket Systems was established to edit and mix Star Wars and later becomes known as Skywalker Sound. His movie was turned down by several studios until 20th Century Fox gave him a chance. Lucas agreed to forego his directing salary in exchange for 40% of the film's box-office take and all merchandising rights. The movie went on to break all box office records and earned seven Academy Awards. It redefined the term "blockbuster". The rest is history. Lucas made the other Star Wars films and along with Steven Spielberg created the Indiana Jones series which made box office records of their own. From 1980 to 1985, Lucas was busy with the construction of Skywalker Ranch, built to accommodate the creative, technical, and administrative needs of Lucasfilm. Lucas also revolutionized movie theatres with the T.H.X. System which was created to maintain the highest quality standards in motion picture viewing. He went on to make several more movies that have introduced major innovations in film-making technology. He is chairman of the board of The George Lucas Educational Foundation. In 1992, George Lucas was honored with the Irving G. Thalberg Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his life-time achievement. more…

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