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160. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (#15)

Hosted by Andrew Quinn and Darren Mooney, and this week with special guest Luke Dunne, The 250 is a fortnightly trip through some of the best (and worst) movies ever made, as voted for by Internet Movie Database Users. New episodes are released Saturdays at 6pm GMT.

So this week, Irvin Kershner’s The Empire Strikes Back.

It is a time of galactic strife. Following the Empire’s defeat at the Battle of Yavin, the Rebel Alliance finds itself on the run. A surprise attack on the ice planet of Hoth scatters the rebel fighters to the wind, with Luke embarking on training with a mysterious figure named Yoda while Han Solo attempts to ferry Princess Leia to safety. However, things are not as they appear.

At time of recording, it was ranked 15th on the list of the best movie of all time on the Internet Movie Database.

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2 Responses

  1. Empire is still the best film in the franchise, I think. It’s paced well, and probably has the best writing in the series as well. It set up a lot of challenging conflicts for Return of the Jedi to resolve. Which promptly bungled almost all of them.

    • Yep. Empire is arguably the series’ masterpiece. I could see an argument it’s the only truly great film in the series, in that I think it belongs on lists of great American movies on its own quality as much as for its cultural impact. (I think the original is great fun and hugely influential, but it’s nowhere near as sleekly produced and well-made.)

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