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.

Chewbacca puts his mask back on and returns to his welding as Han



A makeshift command center has been set up in a blasted area of thick

ice. The low-ceilinged room is a beehive of activity. Controllers,

troops, and droids move about setting up electronic equipment and

monitoring radar signals.

General Rieekan straightens up from a console at Han's approach.




No sign of life out there, General.

The sensors are in place. You'll

know if anything comes around.


Commander Skywalker reported in yet?


No. He's checking out a meteorite

that hit near him.


(indicates radar


With all the meteor activity in this

system, it's going to be difficult

to spot approaching ships.

Taking a deep breath, Han blurts out what is on his mind.


General, I've got to leave. I

can't stay anymore.

Princess Leia, standing at a console nearby, is dressed in a short

white combat jacket and pants. Her hair is braided across her head in

a Nordic fashion. She overhears their conversation and seems somewhat



I'm sorry to hear that.


Well, there's a price on my head.

If I don't pay off Jabba the Hut,

I'm a dead man.


A death mark's not an easy thing

to live with. You're a good

fighter, Solo. I hate to lose you.


Thank you, General.

He turns to Leia as Rieekan moves away.


(with feeling)

Well, Your Highness, I guess this

is it.


That's right.

Leia is angry. Han sees she has no warmth to offer him. He shakes his

head and adopts a sarcastic tone.



Well, don't get all mushy on me.

So long, Princess.

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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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