Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Script

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Echo Three to Echo Seven.

Han, old buddy, do you read me?

Loud and clear, kid. What's up?

Well, I finished my circle. I don't pick up any life readings.

There isn't enough life on this ice cube to fill a space cruiser.

The sensors are placed. I'm going back.

Right. I'll see you shortly.

There's a meteorite that hit the ground near here.

I want to check it out. It won't take long.


Steady, girl. What's the matter? You smell something?

Chewie. Chewie?

All right. Don't lose your temper.

I'll come right back and give you a hand.


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.

With all the meteor activity, it's gonna be difficult to spot approaching ships.

General, I gotta leave. I can't stay any more.

I'm sorry to hear that. There's a price on my head.

If I don't pay off Jabba the Hutt, 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.

Well, Your Highness, guess this is it.

That's right.

Don't get all mushy on me. So long, Princess.


Yes, Your Highnessness. I thought you had decided to stay.

The bounty hunter we ran into in Ord Mantell changed my mind.

Han, we need you.

We need? Yes.

What about you need? I need?

I don't know what you're talking about.

You probably don't. What precisely am I supposed to know?

Come on. You want me to stay because of the way you feel about me.

Yes. You're a great help to us. You're a natural leader.

No. That's not it.

Come on.

Come on. You're imagining things.

Am I? Then why are you following me?

Afraid I'd leave without giving you a goodbye kiss?

I'd just as soon kiss a Wookiee. I can arrange that.

You could use a good kiss!

Don't blame me. I didn't ask you to turn on the thermal heater.

I merely commented that it was freezing in the princess's chamber.

It's supposed to be freezing.

How we're going to dry her clothes I really don't know.

Oh, switch off!

Why did you take this apart now? I'm trying to get us out of here.

Excuse me. Put them back together right now.

Might I have a word? What do you want?

Princess Leia's been trying to get you on the communicator.

I turned it off. I don't want to talk to her.

Princess Leia is wondering about Master Luke. He hasn't come back.

She doesn't know where he is. I don't know where he is.

Nobody knows where he is. What do you mean, nobody knows?

Deck Officer.

Deck Officer. Excuse me, sir. Might I...

Do you know where Commander Skywalker is?

I haven't seen him. It's possible he came in the south entrance.

It's possible? Why don't you go find out?

It's getting dark out there. Yes, sir.

Excuse me, sir. Might I enquire what's going on?

Why not? Impossible man.

Come along, R2. Let's find Princess Leia.

Between ourselves, I think Master Luke is in considerable danger.

Commander Skywalker hasn't come in the south entrance.

Maybe he forgot to check in. Not likely. Are the speeders ready?

Not yet. We're having trouble adapting them to the cold.

We'll have to go out on tauntauns. The temperature's dropping too rapidly.

That's right, and my friend's out in it.

Your tauntaun will freeze before you reach the first marker.

Then I'll see you in hell.

You must come along now, R2.

There's really nothing more we can do.

And my joints are freezing up.

Don't say things like that. Of course we'll see Master Luke again.

And he'll be quite all right. You'll see.

Stupid little short circuit. He'll be quite all right.

Sir, all the patrols are in. Still no...

Still no contact from Skywalker or Solo.

Mistress Leia, R2 says he's been quite unable to pick up any signals... although he admits that his own range is far too weak to abandon all hope.

Your Highness, there's nothing more we can do tonight.

The shield doors must be closed.

Close the doors. Yes, sir.

R2 says the chances of survival are 725-to-1.

Actually, R2 has been known to make mistakes...

from time to time.

Oh, dear. Oh, dear.

Don't worry about Master Luke. I'm sure he'll be all right.

He's quite clever, you know, for a human being.




You will go to the Dagobah system.

Dagobah system?

There you will learn from Yoda... the Jedi master who instructed me.

Don't do this, Luke. Give me a sign here.

Not much time. Ben.

Hang on, kid.

Dagobah system. Dagobah.

This may smell bad, kid...


But it'll keep you warm till I get the shelter up.

Ben. Dagobah.

I thought they smelled bad... on the outside.

Echo Base, I've got something.

Not much, but it could be a life form.

Commander Skywalker, do you copy?

This is Rogue Two.

Captain Solo, do you copy?

Commander Skywalker, do you copy?

This is Rogue Two.

Good morning. Nice of you guys to drop by.

Echo Base, this is Rogue Two.

I've found them. Repeat. I've found them.

Master Luke, sir, it's so good to see you fully functional again.

Thanks, 3PO. R2 expresses his relief also.

How ya feelin', kid? You don't look so bad to me.

You look strong enough to pull the ears off a gundark.

Thanks to you. That's two you owe me, junior.

Well, Your Worship... looks like you managed to keep me around for a little while longer.

I had nothing to do with it.

General Rieekan thinks it's dangerous for any ships to leave... until we've activated the energy field.

That's a good story.

I think you just can't bear to let a gorgeous guy like me out of your sight.

I don't know where you get your delusions, laser brain.

Laugh it up, fuzzball... but you didn't see us alone in the south passage.

She expressed her true feelings for me.


Why, you stuck-up, half-witted... scruffy-looking nerf herder!

Who's scruffy-lookin'?

I must have hit close to the mark to get her riled up like that, huh, kid?

I guess you don't know everything about women yet.

Headquarters personnel, report to command center.

Headquarters personnel, report to command center.

Take it easy.

Excuse us, please.

Princess, we have a visitor.

We picked up something outside Zone 12 moving east.

It's metal. It couldn't be one of those creatures.

Could be one of our speeders. No. Wait.

There's something very weak coming through.

Sir, I am fluent in six million forms of communication.

This signal is not used by the Alliance. It could be an imperial code.

It isn't friendly. Chewie, let's check it out.

Send Rogues 10 and 11 to Station 38.

- I'm afraid there's not much left. What was it?

Droid of some kind. I didn't hit it that hard.

- Must have had a self-destruct. An imperial probe droid.

It's a good bet the Empire knows we're here.

We'd better start the evacuation.

Admiral. Yes, Captain?

I think we've got something, sir. The report is only a fragment... from a probe droid in the Hoth system, but it's the best lead we've had.

We have thousands of probe droids searching the galaxy.

I want proof, not leads. The visuals indicate life readings.

It could mean anything. If we followed up every lead...

But, sir, the Hoth system is supposed to be devoid of humans forms.

You found something? Yes, my lord.

That's it. The rebels are there.

My lord, there are so many uncharted settlements.

It could be smugglers... That is the system.

And I'm sure Skywalker is with them.

Set your course for the Hoth system.

General Veers, prepare your men.


Groups Seven and 10 will stay behind to fly the speeders.

As soon as each transport is loaded... evacuation control will give clearance for immediate launch.

Right, sir.

All right. That's it.

Try it.

Turn it off! Turn it off!

Sir, it will take quite a while to evacuate the T-47s.

Forget the heavy equipment. There's time to get small modules on the transports.

Take care, sir. Thanks.

Chewie, take care of yourself, okay?

Okay, okay.

Hi, kid.

There's gotta be a reason for it. Check it at the other end.

Wait a second.

Are you all right? Yeah.

Be careful.

You too.

General, there's a fleet of Stardestroyers... coming out of hyperspace in Sector Four.

Reroute all power to the energy shield.

We gotta hold them till all transports are away.

Prepare for ground assault.

What is it, General? The fleet has moved out of light speed.

ComScan has detected an energy field... protecting an area of the sixth planet of the Hoth system.

The field is strong enough to deflect any bombardment.

The rebels are alerted to our presence.

Admiral Ozzel came out of light speed too close to the system.

He felt surprise was wiser.

He is as clumsy as he is stupid.

General, prepare your troops for a surface attack.

Yes, my lord.

Lord Vader.

The fleet has moved out of light speed, and we're preparing to...

You have failed me for the last time, Admiral.

- Captain Piett. Yes, my lord?

Make ready to land our troops beyond their energy field... and deploy the fleet so that nothing gets off the system.

You are in command now, Admiral Piett.

Thank you, Lord Vader.

All troop carriers will assemble at the north entrance.

The heavy transport ships will leave as soon as they're loaded.

Only two fighter escorts per ship.

The energy shield can only be opened for a short time... so you'll have to stay very close to your transports.

Two fighters against a Stardestroyer?

The ion cannon will fire several shots... to make sure that any enemy ships will be out of your flight path.

When you've gotten past the energy shield... proceed directly to the rendezvous point.


Good luck.

Everybody to your stations. Let's go.

Their primary target will be the power generators.

Prepare to open shield.

Sir, rebel ships are coming into our sector.

Good. Our first catch of the day.

Stand by, ion control.


The first transport is away.

Feeling all right, sir?

Just like new, Dak. How about you?

Right now I feel I could take on the whole Empire myself.

I know what you mean.

Echo Station 3-T8. We've spotted imperial walkers.

Imperial walkers on the north ridge.

Echo Station 57, we're on our way.

All right, boys, keep tight now.

Luke, I have no approach vector. I'm not set.

Steady, Dak.

Attack pattern Delta. Go now.

I'm coming in.

Hobbie, you still with me?

That armor's too strong for blasters.

Rogue Group, use your harpoons and tow cables.

Go for the legs. It might be our only chance.

Stand by, Dak.

Luke, we've got a malfunction in fire control.

I'll have to cut in the auxiliary.

Just hang on.

Hang on, Dak. Get ready to fire that tow cable.


Yes, Lord Vader. I've reached the main power generators.

The shield will be down in moments. You may start your landing.

Rogue Three.

Copy, Rogue Leader.

Wedge, I've lost my gunner. You'll have to make this shot.

I'll cover for you.

Set your harpoon. Follow me on the next pass.

Coming around, Rogue Leader.

Steady, Rogue Two.

Activate harpoon.

Good shot, Janson.

One more pass.

Cable out. Let her go!

Detach cable.

Cable detached.

Come on!

That got him! I see it, Wedge. Good work.

I don't think we can protect two transports at a time.

It's risky, but we can't hold out much longer.

We have no choice.

Launch patrol. Evacuate remaining ground staff.

This one goes there, that one goes there. Right?

R2, you take good care of Master Luke now, understand?

And do take good care of yourself.

Oh, dear. Oh, dear.

All troops will debark for ground assault.

Prepare to target the main generator.

Rogue Two, are you all right? Yeah. I'm with you, Rogue Leader.

Set harpoon. I'll cover for you.

Coming around. Watch that crossfire, boys.

Set for position three.


Stay tight and low. This is it!


I've been hit!

You all right? Why are you still here?

Heard the command center had been hit. You've got your clearance to leave.

Don't worry. I'll leave. First I'm gonna get you to your ship.

Your Highness, we must take this last transport. It's our only hope.

Send all troops in Sector 12 to the south slope to protect the fighters.

Imperial troops have entered the base.

Imperial troops have entered...

Come on. That's it.

Give the evacuation code signal.

And get to your transports.

Wait for me.

Begin retreat!

Fall back!

Distance to power generators? 17.28.

Target. Maximum firepower.

Transport, this is Solo. Take off. I can't get to you.

I'll get her out on the Falcon. Come on.

Where are you going? Come back!

Wait! Wait for me! Stop!

How typical. Come on.

Hurry up, goldenrod! You're gonna be a permanent resident.

Wait! Wait!

How's this? Would it help if I got out and pushed?

Captain Solo. Captain Solo. It might.

Sir, might I suggest that you...

It can wait.

This bucket of bolts will never get past that blockade.

This baby's got a few surprises left in her.

Come on! Come on!

Switch over. Let's hope we don't have a burnout.


Someday you're gonna be wrong. I just hope I'm there to see it.

Punch it!


Get her ready for take-off.

Good luck, Luke. See you at the rendezvous.

Don't worry, R2. We're going. We're going.

There's nothing wrong, R2. I'm just setting a new course.

We're not gonna regroup with the others. We're going to the Dagobah system.

Yes, R2.

That's all right. I'd like to keep it on manual control for a while.

I saw 'em! I saw 'em! Saw what?

Stardestroyers, two of'em coming right at us.

Sir, might I suggest... Shut him up or shut him down!

Check the deflector shield.

Great. Well, we can still outmaneuver them.

Take evasive action!

Prepare to jump to light speed. But, sir!

They're getting closer.

Oh, yeah? Watch this.

Watch what?

I think we're in trouble. If I may say so...

I noticed earlier the hyperdrive motivator has been damaged.

It's impossible to go to light speed. We're in trouble.

Horizontal boosters!

Alluvial dampers.

That's not it. Bring me the hydrospanner.

I don't know how we're gonna get out of this one.


That wasn't a laser blast. Something hit us.

Han, get up here.

Come on, Chewie!


Chewie, set 271. What are you doing?

You're not actually going into an asteroid field?

They'd be crazy to follow us, wouldn't they?

You don't have to do this to impress me.

Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field... is approximately 3,720-to-1. Never tell me the odds.

You said you wanted to be around when I made a mistake. This could be it.

I take it back.

We're gonna get pulverized if we stay out here much longer.

Ain't gonna argue with that. Pulverized?

I'm going closer to one of the big ones.

Closer? Closer?

This is suicide! There's nowhere to go.

There. That looks pretty good.

What looks pretty good?

Yeah. That'll do nicely.

Excuse me, ma'am, but where are we going?

I hope you know what you're doing.

Yeah. Me too.

Yep, that's it. Dagobah.

No, I'm not gonna change my mind about this.

I'm not picking up any cities or technology.

Massive life form readings though.

There's something alive down there.

Yes. I'm sure it's perfectly safe for droids.

I know! I know!

All the scopes are dead. I can't see a thing.

Just hang on. I'm gonna start the landing cycle.

No, R2, you stay put. I'll have a look around.


Where are you?


You be more careful.

R2, that way.


Oh, no.

Are you all right? Come on.

You were lucky to get out of there.

Anything broken?

If you're saying coming here was a bad idea...

I'm beginning to agree with ya.

R2, what are we doing here?

It's like... something out of a dream or...

I don't know.

Maybe I'm just going crazy.

Yes, Admiral?

Our ships have sighted the Millennium Falcon, lord... but it has entered an asteroid field, and we cannot risk...

Asteroids do not concern me, Admiral.

I want that ship, not excuses. Yes, lord.

I'm gonna shut down everything but the emergency power systems.

Sir, I'm almost afraid to ask, but does that include shutting me down too?

No. I need you to talk to the Falcon... find out what's wrong with the hyperdrive.

Sir, it's quite possible this asteroid is not entirely stable.

Not entirely stable?

I'm glad you're here to tell us these things.

Chewie, take the professor in the back and plug him into the hyperdrive.

Sometimes I just don't understand human behaviour.

After all, I'm only trying to do my job.

Let go.

Let go, please. Don't get excited.

Captain, being held by you isn't quite enough to get me excited.

Sorry, sweetheart.

I haven't got time for anything else.

Ready for some power? Okay.

Let's see now.

Put that in there. There you go.

Now all I gotta do is find this Yoda... if he even exists.

It's really a strange place to find a Jedi master.

This place gives me the creeps.

Still... there's something familiar about this place.

I don't know.

I feel like... Feel like what?

Like we're being watched.

Away put your weapon. I mean you no harm.

I am wondering, why are you here?

I'm looking for someone. Looking?

Found someone you have, I would say.


Help you I can. Yes.

I don't think so.

I'm looking for a great warrior.

Great warrior.

Wars not make one great.

Put that down.

Hey! That's my dinner.

How you get so big eating food of this kind?

Listen, friend, we didn't mean to land in that puddle.

If we could get our ship out, we would. But we can't.

Aw, cannot get your ship out.

Get out of there.

Hey, you could have broken this.

Don't do that.

You're making a mess.

Hey, give me that.

Mine, or I will help you not.

I don't want your help. I want my lamp back.

I'm gonna need it to get out of this slimy mud-hole.

Mud-hole? Slimy? My home this is.

R2, let him have it.

Mine! Mine! Mine! R2.

Will you move along, little fella? We got a lot of work to do.

Stay and help you I will. Find your friend.

I'm not looking for a friend. I'm looking for a Jedi master.

Jedi master. Yoda.

You seek Yoda. You know him?

Take you to him I will.

Yes, yes, but now we must eat.

Come. Good food. Come.

Come, come.

R2... stay and watch after the camp.

Where is R2 when I need him?

Sir, I don't know where your ship learned to communicate... but it has the most peculiar dialect.

I believe it says the power coupling on the negative axis has been polarized.

I'm afraid you'll have to replace it.

Well, of course I'll have to replace it.

Here. And, Chewie...

I think we better replace the negative power coupling.

Hey, Your Worship, I'm only trying to help.

Would you please stop calling me that?

Sure, Leia.

You make it so difficult sometimes. I do. I really do.

You could be a little nicer though.

Admit it. Sometimes you think I'm all right.

Occasionally, maybe... when you aren't acting like a scoundrel.


I like the sound of that.

Stop that. Stop what?

Stop that. My hands are dirty.

My hands are dirty too. What are you afraid of?

Afraid? You're trembling.

I'm not trembling.

You like me because I'm a scoundrel.

There aren't enough scoundrels in your life.

I happen to like nice men.

I'm a nice man. No, you're not.

Sir, sir!

I've isolated the reverse power flux coupling.

Thank you.

Thank you very much. You're perfectly welcome, sir.

That, Lord Vader, was the last time they appeared in any of our scopes.

Considering the damage we've sustained, they must have been destroyed.

No, Captain, they're alive.

I want every ship available to sweep the asteroid field until they are found.

Lord Vader. Yes, Admiral. What is it?

The emperor commands you to make contact with him.

Move the ship out of the asteroid field... so that we can send a clear transmission.

Yes, my lord.

What is thy bidding, my master?

There is a great disturbance in the Force.

I have felt it.

We have a new enemy... the young rebel who destroyed the Death Star.

I have no doubt this boy... is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker.

How is that possible?

Search your feelings, Lord Vader.

You will know it to be true.

He could destroy us.

He's just a boy.

Obi-Wan can no longer help him.

The Force is strong with him.

The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi.

If he could be turned... he would become a powerful ally.


He would be a great asset.

Can it be done?

He will join us or die, master.

I'm sure it's delicious. I just don't understand why we can't see Yoda now.

Patience. For the Jedi, it is time to eat as well.

Eat. Eat.


Good food. Good.

How far away is Yoda? Will it take us long to get there?

Not far. Yoda not far.

Patience. Soon you will be with him.

Root leaf. I cook.

Why wish you become Jedi?

Mostly 'cause of my father, I guess.

Father. Powerful Jedi was he.

Powerful Jedi. Oh, come on.

How could you know my father? You don't even know who I am.

I don't even know what I'm doing here. We're wasting our time!

I cannot teach him.

The boy has no patience.

He will learn patience.

Much anger in him... like his father.

Was I any different when you taught me?


He is not ready. Yoda.

I am ready.

I can be a Jedi. Ben, tell him I'm...

Ready, are you? What know you ready?

For 800 years have I trained Jedi.

My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained.

A Jedi must have the deepest commitment... the most serious mind.

This one a long time have I watched.

All his life has he looked away... to the future, to the horizon.

Never his mind on where he was... what he was doing.



A Jedi craves not these things.

You are reckless.

So was I, if you remember.

He is too old.

Yes, too old to begin the training.

But I've learned so much.

Will he finish what he begins? I won't fail you.

I'm not afraid.

You will be.

You will be.

Sir, if I may venture an opinion... I'm not interested in your opinion.

There's something out there.

Where? Outside in the cave.

There it is. Listen!

I'm going out there. Are you crazy?

I just got this bucket together. I won't let it get torn apart.

Then I'm going with you.

I think it might be better if I stay behind and guard the ship.

Oh, no.

This ground sure feels strange.

It doesn't feel like rock.

There's an awful lot of moisture in here.

I don't know. I have a bad feeling about this.


Watch out!

It's all right. It's all right.

Yeah, that's what I thought... mynock.

Chewie, check the rest of the ship and make sure there are no more attached... chewing on the power cables.


Go inside. We'll clean them off if there are any more.

Go away! Go away, beastly thing! Shoo!

Wait a minute.

Chewie, let's get out of here! The Empire is still out there!

No time to discuss this in committee!

I am not a committee!

You can't make the jump to light speed in this asteroid field.

Sit down, sweetheart. We're taking off.

Look! I see it.

We're doomed! The cave is collapsing.

This is no cave. What?

Yes, run.


A Jedi's strength flows from the Force.

But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression...

The dark side of the Force are they.

Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight.

If once you start down the dark path... forever will it dominate your destiny.

Consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice.


Is the dark side stronger? No, no.

Quicker, easier, more seductive.

How am I to know the good side from the bad?

You will know... when you are calm, at peace... passive.

A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense... never for attack.

But tell me why I can't... No. There is no why.

Nothing more will I teach you today.

Clear your mind of questions.

There's something not right here.

I feel cold.

Death. That place... is strong with the dark side of the Force.

A domain of evil it is.

In you must go.

What's in there?

Only what you take with you.

Your weapons... you will not need them.

Bounty hunters. We don't need their scum.

Yes, sir. Those rebels won't escape us.

Sir, we have a priority signal from the Stardestroyer Avenger.


There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon.

You are free to use any methods necessary... but I want them alive.

No disintegrations.

As you wish. Lord Vader.

My lord, we have them.

Thank goodness we're coming out of the asteroid field.

Let's get out of here. Ready for light speed?

One, two... three!

It's not fair.

Transfer circuits aren't working. It's not my fault.

No light speed? It's not my fault.

Sir, we just lost the main rear deflector shield.

One more direct hit on the back quarter and we're done for.

Turn her around.

Turn her around! I'm gonna put all power in the front shield.

You're gonna attack? The odds of surviving... a direct assault on an imperial Stardestroyer...

Shut up!

They're moving to attack position.

Shields up.

Track them. They may come around for another pass.

Captain Needa, the ship no longer appears on our scopes.

They can't have disappeared. No ship that small has a cloaking device.

There's no trace of them. Captain, Lord Vader demands an update.

Get a shuttle ready.

I shall assume full responsibility for losing them and apologize to Lord Vader.

Meanwhile, continue to scan the area. Yes, Captain Needa.

Use the Force.


Now, the stone.

Feel it.


Oh, no. We'll never get it out now.

So certain are you.

Always with you it cannot be done.

Hear you nothing that I say?

Master, moving stones around is one thing.

This is totally different.

No. No different.

Only different in your mind.

You must unlearn what you have learned.

All right. I'll give it a try. Try not.

Do... or do not.

There is no try.

I can't. It's too big.

Size matters not.

Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?

And well you should not... for my ally is the Force.

And a powerful ally it is.

Life creates it... makes it grow.

Its energy surrounds us... and binds us.

Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.

You must feel the Force around you.

Here, between you, me... the tree, the rock... everywhere.

Yes... even between the land and the ship.

You want the impossible.

I don't believe it.

That is why you fail.

Apology accepted, Captain Needa.

Lord Vader, our ships have completed their scan and found nothing.

If the Millennium Falcon went into light speed... it'll be on the other side of the galaxy now.

Alert all commands.

Calculate every possible destination along their last known trajectory.

Yes, my lord. We'll find them. Don't fail me again...


Alert all commands. Deploy the fleet.

Captain Solo, this time you have gone too far.

I will not be quiet, Chewbacca. Why doesn't anyone listen to me?

The fleet's beginning to break up.

Go stand by the manual release for the landing claw.

I really don't see how that's going to help.

Surrender is a perfectly acceptable alternative in extreme circumstances.

The Empire may be gracious enough...

Thank you. What did you have in mind next?

If they follow standard imperial procedure... they'll dump their garbage before they go to light speed.

Then we just float away. With the rest of the garbage.

Then what?

Then we gotta find a safe port somewhere around here.

Any ideas?

Where are we? The Anoat system.

The Anoat system. There's not much there.

Oh, wait. This is interesting.

Lando. Lando system?

Lando's not a system. He's a man. Lando Calrissian.

Card player, gambler.

A scoundrel. You'd like him. Thanks.

Bespin. It's pretty far, but I think we can make it.

A mining colony? Yeah, a tibanna gas mine.

Lando conned somebody out of it.

We go back a long way, Lando and me.

Can you trust him? No.

But he's got no love for the Empire. I can tell you that.

Here we go, Chewie. Stand by. Detach.

You do have your moments.

Not many of them, but you do have them.


Feel the Force flow.





Through the Force, things you will see.

Other places. The future. The past.

Old friends long gone.

Control, control.

You must learn control.

I saw a city in the clouds.

Friends you have there.

They were in pain. It is the future you see.


Will they die?

Difficult to see.

Always in motion is the future.

I've gotta go to them.

Decide you must how to serve them best.

If you leave now, help them you could... but you would destroy all for which they have fought and suffered.

No, I don't have a landing permit.

I'm trying to reach Lando Calrissian.

Wait a minute! Let me explain!

You will not deviate from your present course.

Rather touchy, aren't they? I thought you knew this person.

That was a long time ago. I'm sure he's forgotten about that.

Permission granted to land on Platform 327.

Thank you.

Nothing to worry about. We go way back, Lando and me.

Who's worried?

No one to meet us.

I don't like this.

What would you like? They did let us land.

Look, don't worry. Everything's gonna be fine.

Trust me.

See? My friend.

Keep your eyes open.


Why, you slimy, double-crossing, no-good swindler.

You've got a lot of guts coming here, after what you pulled.

How you doin', you old pirate? So good to see you!

I never thought I'd see you again. Well, he seems very friendly.

Yes. Very friendly.

What are you doing here?

Repairs. I thought you could help me out.

What have you done to my ship? Your ship?

Hey, remember, you lost her to me fair and square.

How you doin', Chewbacca?

Still hanging around with this loser?

Hello. What have we here?

Welcome. I'm Lando Calrissian. I'm the administrator of this facility.

And who might you be? Leia.

Welcome, Leia.

All right, all right. You old smoothie.

Hello, sir. I am C-3PO, human-cyborg relations.

My facilities are at your... Well, really!

- What's wrong with the Falcon? Hyperdrive.

I'll get my people to work on her. Good.

That ship saved my life quite a few times.

She's the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.

How's the gas mine? Still paying off for you?

Not as well as I'd like. We're a small outpost and not very self-sufficient.

I've had supply problems of every kind.

I've had labor difficulties.

What's so funny? You. Listen to you.

You sound like a businessman, a responsible leader.

Who'd have thought that, huh?

Seeing you sure brings back a few things.


Yeah, I'm responsible these days.

It's the price you pay for being successful.

Nice to see a familiar face.

How rude!

That sounds like an R2 unit in there.

I wonder if... Hello?

How interesting.

Who are you? Oh, my. I'm terribly sorry.

I didn't mean to intrude. Please don't get up.

Luke, you must complete the training.

I can't keep the vision out of my head. They're my friends. I've gotta help them.

You must not go.

But Han and Leia will die if I don't. You don't know that.

Even Yoda cannot see their fate.

But I can help them. I feel the Force.

But you cannot control it.

This is a dangerous time for you... when you will be tempted by the dark side of the Force.

Yes, yes. To Obi-Wan you listen.

The cave.

Remember your failure at the cave.

But I've learned so much since then.

Master Yoda, I promise to return and finish what I've begun.

You have my word.

It is you and your abilities the emperor wants.

That is why your friends are made to suffer.

That's why I have to go.

Luke, I don't want to lose you to the emperor the way I lost Vader.

You won't.

Stopped they must be. On this all depends.

Only a fully trained Jedi knight, with the Force as his ally... will conquer Vader and his emperor.

If you end your training now... if you choose the quick and easy path, as Vader did... you will become an agent of evil.


And sacrifice Han and Leia? If you honor what they fight for... yes.

If you choose to face Vader, you will do it alone.

I cannot interfere.

I understand.

R2, fire up the converters.


Don't give in to hate.

That leads to the dark side.

Strong is Vader.

Mind what you have learned. Save you it can.

I will.

And I'll return. I promise.

Told you, I did. Reckless is he.

Now... matters are worse.

That boy is our last hope.

No, there is another.

The ship's almost finished. Two or three more things and we're in great shape.

The sooner the better. Something's wrong here.

No one has seen or knows anything about 3PO.

He's been gone too long to have gotten lost.


I'll talk to Lando and see what I can find out.

I don't trust Lando.

Well, I don't trust him either, but he is my friend.

Besides, we'll soon be gone.

Then you're as good as gone, aren't you?

What happened?


Found him in a junk pile?

What a mess. Chewie, you think you can repair him?

Lando's got people that can fix him. No, thanks.

I'm sorry. Am I interrupting anything?

Not really.

You look absolutely beautiful.

You truly belong here with us among the clouds.

Thank you.

Would you join me for a little refreshment?

Everyone's invited, of course.

Having trouble with your droid?

No. No problem. Why?

So you see, since we're a small operation... we don't fall into the jurisdiction of the Empire.

So you're part of the Mining Guild? No, not actually.

Our operation is small enough not to be noticed.

Which is advantageous for everybody... since our customers are anxious to avoid attracting attention to themselves.

Aren't you afraid the Empire's gonna find out, shut you down?

It's always been a danger that looms like a shadow over everything we've built here.

But things have developed that'll ensure security.

I've just made a deal that'll keep the Empire out of here forever.

We would be honored if you would join us.

I had no choice. They arrived right before you did.

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry, too.

No, 3PO's with them.

Just hang on. We're almost there.

I'm terribly sorry. I didn't mean to intrude.

No, please don't get up.

Stormtroopers? Here? We're in danger.

I must tell the others. Oh, no! I've been shot!

Lord Vader.

You may take Captain Solo to Jabba the Hutt... after I have Skywalker.

He's no good to me dead.

He will not be permanently damaged.

Lord Vader, what about Leia and the Wookiee?

They must never again leave this city.

That wasn't part of our agreement, nor was giving Han to this bounty hunter!

Perhaps you think you're being treated unfairly?


Good. It would be unfortunate if I had to leave a garrison here.

This deal is getting worse all the time.

Oh, yes, that's very good. I like that.

Something's not right because now I can't see.

That's much better.

Wait. Wait.

Oh, my! What have you done?

I'm backwards!

You flea-bitten furball!

Only an overgrown mophead like you would be stupid enough...

I feel terrible.

Why are they doing this?

They never even asked me any questions.

Get out of here, Lando. Shut up and listen.

Vader's agreed to turn Leia and Chewie over to me.

They'll have to stay here, but they'll be safe.

And Han? Vader's given him to the bounty hunter.

Vader wants us all dead. He doesn't want you at all.

He's after somebody called Skywalker.

Lord Vader set a trap for him. And we're the bait.

He's on his way. Perfect.

You fixed us all real good, didn't you?

My friend.


I've done all I can.

Sorry I couldn't do better, but I got my own problems.


You're a real hero.

You certainly have a way with people.

This facility is crude... but it should be adequate to freeze Skywalker... for his journey to the emperor.

Lord Vader, ship approaching, X-wing class.

Good. Monitor Skywalker and allow him to land.

Lord Vader, we only use this facility for carbon freezing. It might kill him.

I do not want the emperor's prize damaged.

We will test it on Captain Solo.

If you'd attached my legs I wouldn't be in this ridiculous position.

Now remember, Chewbacca, you have a responsibility for me... so don't do anything foolish.

What's going on, buddy?

You're being put into carbon freeze.

What if he doesn't survive? He's worth a lot to me.

The Empire will compensate you if he dies. Put him in.

Chewbacca, stop!

No, Chewie, stop!

You're going to get us all killed! Yes, stop. I'm not ready to die.

Hey! Hey! Listen to me.

Chewie, this won't help me.

Hey, save your strength. There'll be another time.

The princess.

You have to take care of her.

Do you hear me?

I love you. I know.

What's going on? Turn round. I can't see.

They've encased him in carbonite.

He should be quite well-protected... if he survived the freezing process, that is.

Well, Calrissian, did he survive?

Yes, he's alive.

And in perfect hibernation.

He's all yours, bounty hunter.

Reset the chamber for Skywalker.

Skywalker has just landed, lord.

Good. See to it that he finds his way in here.

Calrissian... take the princess and the Wookiee to my ship.

You said they'd be left in the city under my supervision.

I am altering the deal.

Pray I don't alter it any further.

Luke, don't! It's a trap!

It's a trap!

The Force is with you, young Skywalker.

But you are not a Jedi yet.

Well done.

Hold them in the security tower. And keep it quiet.


What do you think you're doing? We're getting out of here.

I knew all along. It had to be a mistake.

Do you think that after what you did to Han...

I had no choice. What are you doing? Trust him!

We understand, don't we, Chewie? He had no choice.

I'm just trying to help.

We don't need any of your help.


It sounds like Han. There's still a chance to save Han... at the east... platform.

I'm terribly sorry about all this.

After all, he's only a Wookiee.

Put Captain Solo in the cargo hold.

R2, where have you been?

Wait. Turn around, you woolly...

Hurry! We're trying to save Han from the bounty hunter.

Well, at least you're still in one piece.

Look what's happened to me.

Oh, no! Chewie, they're behind you!

You have learned much, young one.

You'll find I'm full of surprises.

Your destiny lies with me, Skywalker.

Obi-Wan knew this to be true.

All too easy.

Perhaps you're not as strong as the emperor thought.


Most impressive.

Obi-Wan has taught you well. You have controlled your fear.

Now, release your anger.

Only your hatred can destroy me.

The security code has been changed.

R2, you can tell the computer to override the security systems.

R2, hurry.

Attention. This is Lando Calrissian. Attention.

The Empire has taken control of the city.

I advise everyone to leave before more imperial troops arrive.

This way.

Well, don't blame me. I'm an interpreter.

I'm not supposed to know a power socket from a computer terminal.

We're not interested in the hyperdrive on the Falcon. It's fixed!

Just open the door, you stupid lump!

I never doubted you for a second. Wonderful!

That hurts! Bend down, you thoughtless... Ow!


I thought that hairy beast would be the end of me.

Of course I've looked better.

You are beaten. It is useless to resist.

Don't let yourself be destroyed as Obi-Wan did.

There is no escape.

Don't make me destroy you.

You do not yet realize your importance.

You have only begun to discover your power.

Join me... and I will complete your training.

With our combined strength... we can end this destructive conflict... and bring order to the galaxy.

I'll never join you!

If you only knew the power of the dark side.

Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.

He told me enough.

He told me you killed him.

I am your father.

That's not true.

That's impossible!

Search your feelings. You know it to be true.

You can destroy the emperor. He has foreseen this.

It is your destiny.

Join me... and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.

Come with me.

It is the only way.


Ben, please.

Hear me.

We've got to go back. What?

I know where Luke is. What about those fighters?

Chewie, just do it.

All right, all right!

Alert my Stardestroyer to prepare for my arrival.

Look, someone's up there.

It's Luke. Chewie, slow down.

We'll get under him. Lando, open the top hatch.

Okay. Easy, Chewie.

- Lando? Okay, let's go.

All right, Chewie. Let's go.

I'll be back.


All right, Chewie. Ready for light speed.

If your people fixed the hyperdrive.

All the coordinates are set. It's now or never.

Punch it!

They told me they fixed it.

I trusted them!

It's not my fault!

They'll be in range of our tractor beam in moments, lord.

Did your men deactivate the hyperdrive on the Millennium Falcon?

Yes, my lord. Good.

Prepare the boarding party and set your weapons for stun.

Yes, my lord. Lieutenant. Yes, sir.

Noisy brute. Why don't we just go into light speed?

We can't?

How would you know the hyperdrive is deactivated?

The city's central computer told you?

R2-D2, you know better than to trust a strange computer.

Ouch! Pay attention to what you're doing.


Son, come with me.


Why didn't you tell me?

It's Vader.

Luke, it is your destiny.

Why didn't you tell me?

Alert all commands. Ready for the tractor beam.

R2, come back at once! You haven't finished with me yet.

You don't know how to fix the hyperdrive. Chewbacca can do it.

I'm standing here in pieces and you're having delusions of grandeur!

You did it!

- Luke, we're ready for take-off. Good luck, Lando.

When we find Jabba the Hutt and that bounty hunter, we'll contact you.

I'll meet you at the rendezvous point on Tatooine.

Princess, we'll find Han. I promise.

Chewie, I'll be waiting for your signal.

Take care, you two.

May the Force be with you.