THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
1st draft by Leigh Brackett?
From a story by George Lucas
*possible second draft revised edition by Kasdan and Lucas*
1. EXT. PLAIN OF HOTH - HELICOPTER SHOT - DAY.
A white snowscape races toward camera ... the MAIN TITLE quickly recedes,
followed by a roll-up.
Episode V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK ...
After the destruction of its most feared battle station, the Empire has declared
martial law throughout the galaxy.
A million worlds have felt the oppressive hand of the Emperor as he attempts to
crush the growing rebellion.
As the Imperial grip of tyranny tightens, Princess Leia and the small band of
freedom fighters search for a more secure base of operations...
The roll-up disappears into the black horizon.
2. EXT. PLAIN OF HOTH - HELICOPTER SHOT - DAY.
The camera tilts down bringing into view a small figure galloping across the
windswept ice slope.
3. EXT. PLAIN OF HOTH - DAY.
A closer panning shot reveals a bundled rider on a large gray snow lizard,
called a Tauntaun. Curving plumes of snow rise from beneath the speeding paws of
the two-legged beast.
4. EXT. PLAIN OF HOTH - SLOPE - DAY.
The rider gallops up a slope and reins his lizard to a stop.
5. EXT. PLAINS OF HOTH - SLOPE - DAY.
He pulls off his protective goggles. It is Luke Skywalker. He notices something
in the sky and takes a pair of electro-binoculars from his utility belt.
6. EXT. PLAIN OF HOTH - LUKE'S POV - DAY.
From Luke's POV, we follow a bright object as it falls to the ground. On the
distant horizon, an explosion marks the point of impact.
7. EXT. PLAIN OF HOTH - SLOPE - DAY.
The wind whips at Luke's fur-lined cap as he activates a com-link transmitter.
His lizard is nervous.
(to the Tauntaun)
Easy girl, it's just another meteorite.
Han ... Han ol' buddy, do you read me?
After a little static a familiar voice is heard.
Loud and clear, kid. What's up?
I've finished my circle and I haven't picked up any life readings.
There isn't enough life on this ice cube to fill a space cruiser. My sentry
markers are placed. I'm heading back to the base.
I'll see you shortly. A meteorite just hit the ground near here and I want to
check it out...Won't be long.
8. EXT. PLAIN OF HOTH - SLOPE - DAY.
Luke clicks off his transmitter and reins back on his lizard, which seems
frightened. Luke pats the beast on the head to calm it.
Weeho, girl! What's the matter ... you smell something? There's nothing out
there. I'll check again...
Luke takes a small device from his belt and starts to adjust it when suddenly a
large shadow falls over him from behind, followed by a monstrous howl. Luke
turns and looks up at an eleven foot high shape towering over him.
Son of a jumping...!!!
He grabs for his pistol, but is hit flat in the face by a huge, white claw,
knocking him into the snow, bloody and unconscious.
9. CLOSE-UP LUKE.
Luke falls unconscious into the snow. The terrified screams of the Tauntaun are
cut short by the horrible snap of a neck being broken.
10. EXT. PLAIN OF HOTH - SLOPE - DAY.
The Wampa Ice Monster grabs Luke by one ankle and drags him away.
11. EXT. METEORITE CRATER - SNOW PLAIN - DAY.
A weird mechanical sound is heard over the whining of the wind. A strange Probe
Robot, with several extended sensors, emerges from the smoke-shrouded crater.
The ominous robot floats across the snow plain, and disappears into the
12. EXT. ICE CAVES - REBEL BASE ENTRANCE - DAY.
A stalwart figure rides his Tauntaun up to the entrance of an enormous ice cave.
13. INT. MAIN HANGAR DECK - REBEL BASE.
Rebel troopers are rushing about unloading supplies and otherwise securing their
new base. The rider swings rakishly off his lizard and pulls away his goggles:
Han Solo. He walks briskly into the main hangar deck toward the Millennium
Falcon, which is parked among several fighters. Mechanics, R-2 units and various
other droids hurry about. Han stops at the Millennium Falcon. His Wookiee co-
pilot is welding on the back of a central lifter. Now he stops work and lifts
his face shield; Chewie growls a greeting to his boss.
Cold isn't the word for it, Chewie. I'll take a good fight any day over all this
hidin' and freezin'!...How you coming with those lifters?
The Wookiee grumbles a reply.
All right. I'll go report in, then I'll give you a hand with them. Soon as those
lifters are fixed, we're out of here.
Chewbacca lets out with a joyful chuckle and returns to his work as Han leaves.
14. INT. COMMAND CENTER - ICE CAVE.
A makeshift command center has been set up in a blaster area of thick ice. The
low-ceilinged room is a beehive of activity. Controllers, troopers, and droids
move about setting up electronic equipment and monitoring radar signals. General
Rieekan straightens up from a console as Han approaches.
Captain Solo. What's the situation?
There isn't a hint of life in the area. But all the perimeter markers are set,
so you'll know if anyone comes calling.
Good, and Commander Skywalker?
He's checking out a meteorite that hit near him. He'll be in soon.
(indicates radar screen)
With all the meteor activity in this system, it's going to be difficult to spot
The Empire won't look for you out here. I'd say you're all set...which means
it's time for me to get going.
The two men turn to see Princess Leia, dressed in a short white combat jacket
and pants. She is upset by Han's news. Her hair is braided and tied across her
head in a "30's" Nordic fashion...
You're an extraordinary fighter. I hate to lose you.
Thank you, General. But there's a price on my head. If I don't pay off Jabba the
Hutt, I'm a walking dead man.
I understand. A death mark is not an easy thing to live with...Until our paths
cross again, may the force be with you.
Rieekan touches Han and moves away. Han turns to Leia.
I guess this is it, Your Highness.
Leia is angry. Han sees she has no warmth to offer him. He shakes his head and
adopts a cooler tone.
Well, don't get all mushy on me. So long, Princess.
Han walks away. Leia stews a moment, then follows him.
15. INT. ICE CORRIDOR - REBEL BASE - HOTH.
Han strides down a corridor carved from the ice. Leia follows quickly, agitated.
Behind them, unnoticed, an appendage of a Wampa Ice Monster suddenly detaches
from a seemingly solid section of ice wall.
Han stops in the quiet corridor and turns to face Leia.
Yes, Your Highness?
You said you were going to stay. What happened?
That bounty hunter we ran into on Ord Mantell changed my mind.
Does Luke know?
He'll know when he gets back...Don't give me that look. Every day more bounty
hunters are searching for me. If I don't pay off Jabba soon, there'll be too
many to stop ... Remotes, Gank killers, and who knows what else. I've got to get
that price off my head while I still have a head.
Han, we need you here.
Me? I don't know what you mean.
(shakes his head, fed-up)
You probably don't. How could you? You're so terrified of your own emotions...
And what are they, pray tell?
You want me to stay because of the way you feel about me.
I respect you. You're a bold fighter, maybe not the brightest, but...
Han understands, then laughs.
You're imagining things.
Han has had it with this broad. He steps closer. Leia is almost against the
wall. Han puts a hand against the wall to cut off any retreat.
Am I? I say you came running after me because you were afraid I was leaving you
without even a kiss.
I'd just as soon kiss a wookiee.
There's no accounting for taste. Believe me, you could use a good kiss.
(warming to the subject)
You've spent so much time doing your duty and giving orders you've never learned
how to be a woman. It's a shame, because you've got all the makings for one. I
could have helped you plenty in that department... if you'd have let go for a
minute. But it's too late now, sweetheart. Your big opportunity is flying out of
We are fighting for a cause much...
Spare me please! Don't tell me about the Rebellion again. I've had it with your
noble mission. All you let yourself think about is the Rebellion. The result is
you're as cold as this planet.
And you think you're the one to apply some heat?
Sure...If I were interested. But I don't think it'd be much fun.
He steps away from her, takes a last cool appraisal.
We'll meet again. Maybe you'll have grown up a little by then.
You have all the breeding of a Bantha, but not as much class...Enjoy your trip,
Leia walks away.
16. EXT. ICE PLAIN OF HOTH - DAY.
Track with the sinister, probe robot as it moves across the vast frozen
wilderness. One of its extended sensors detects something and the robot stops,
turns and heads off in another direction, at high speed.
17. EXT. MOUND OF SNOW - ICE PLAIN - HOTH - DAY.
The robot stops before a large mound of snow about twenty feet long and six feet
high. It circles the mound, then shoots a thin laser bolt at the snow drift
18. CLOSE-UP MOUND OF SNOW.
The mound shakes a little bit and two large eyes appear at one end, staring
directly at the robot. A primeval bellow issues forth from the mound.
19. EXT. MOUND OF SNOW - ICE PLAIN - HOTH - DAY.
The robot backs off a few feet, then blasts the mound with a heavy laser bolt
that disintegrates the snow-covered creature in a cloud of smoke and flame.
20. EXT. ICE PLAIN - HOTH - DAY.
The evil robot moves off toward the horizon.
21. EXT. ICE GORGE - HOTH - DUSK.
The jagged face of a huge ice wall sits gloomily in the dim twilight of a Hoth
day. Luke hangs spread-eagle upside down, ankles tied by hide thongs to ice
stalactites, his extended arms within a meter of the snow floor. His face is
covered in dried frozen blood on one side. He opens his eyes as a chilling moan
of the hideous ice creature echoes off the gorge walls.
22. EXT. ICE GORGE - MED SHOT LUKE - DUSK.
Luke pulls himself up, grabs hold of his ankles, and futilely tries to unfasten
the thongs. Exhausted, he drops back into the hanging position.
Luke spies his laser sword lying near a pile of his discarded gear about three
feet out of reach. Reverberating through the gorge, the growling and crunching
sounds of the approaching ice monster can be heard. Luke desperately strains for
his sword. Quietly, almost a whisper, Luke hears old Ben's calm voice.
Luke, think the saber in your hand.
Luke focuses on the saber as the huge monster's feet crunch closer. Luke's hand
strains toward the weapon, his eyes squeeze tight in concentration.
Gotta relax, relax....
Let The Force flow, Luke.
Just as the ice monster looms over Luke, the light saber suddenly jumps three
feet into Luke's hand. The young warrior instantly ignites the sword, swings up
and cuts both of his bindings. He drops to the snow in a heap. The startled ice
monster moves back, his giant yellow eyes blinking. The most that can be
discerned of the creature is a shape, and those two perplexed eyes. Luke
scrambles to his feet. He swings his light saber and the monster screams in
23. EXT. ENTRANCE TO ICE GORGE - HOTH - DUSK.
Luke staggers out of the gorge and stumbles down a snow bank.
24. INT. MAIN HANGAR DECK - MILLENNIUM FALCON - DUSK.
The hangar is full of activity. We hear a familiar stream of beeps and whistles
a moment before catching sight of Artoo and Threepio, who appear from a corridor
and move along an ice wall toward the Millennium Falcon. Behind them, in the
ice, two large yellow eyes blink open.
It is not my fault, you malfunctioning twerp. I merely commented that it was
freezing in her chamber. But it's supposed to be freezing. I did not ask you to
turn on the thermal heater. I don't know how we'll get all her things dried
out...Ah. Here we are.
The two robots stop at Han Solo's space freighter. Han and Chewie are still
struggling with their central lifters.
Captain Solo, sir. Might I have a word with you?
What is it?
Mistress Leia has been trying to reach you on the communicator, but either you
have it turned off, or it is malfunctioning...if it's damaged, Artoo could fix
it, if you like.
I shut it off. What's her royal holiness want?
She is looking for Master Luke, and assumed he would be here with you. No one
seems to know...
Han glances at the fading light at the entrance of the ice cave as night slowly
begins to fall on the planet.
Luke's not back yet? It's almost night out there!
Han jumps down off the lift.
Bolt it down, Chewie...
Control, has Commander Skywalker reported in yet?
He gets a negative reply as the deck sergeant and an aide rush up to Han.
Sergeant, is Commander Skywalker back yet?
I haven't seen him. He probably came in through the south entrance.
Probably isn't good enough, Sergeant. Check on it!
The Deck Sergeant and his aide turn and rush off. Artoo lets out a confused
I don't know, Artoo.
Sir, might I inquire what's going on?
Go tell your precious Princess...Luke is dead unless he shows up soon.
Artoo lets out with a hysterical whistle.
25. INT. MAIN HANGAR DECK - TAUNTAUN CORRAL - NEAR ENTRANCE - DUSK.
The Deck Sergeant and several Troopers inspect the mangled remains of three dead
Tauntauns. Some of the hardware nearby has also been brutally pulled out of
shape. Several surviving Tauntauns shuffle nervously nearby. Outside the light
is slowly fading.
(to Deck Sergeant)
...I can't imagine, sir. Their necks are broken.
The Deck Sergeant nods, then notices Han running up and steps out of the group
to meet him.
Commander Skywalker hasn't come through the south entrance, sir. Maybe he
slipped by without checking in.
Not likely! Where are the speeders?
We haven't got them adapted to this cold yet...
We'll have to go out on Tauntauns.
The temperature is dropping too fast.
You bet it is...and Luke's out in it.
Han pushes through the troops and mounts a snow lizard. Huge monster feet move
into the shadows of one of the X wing bays.
The night storms will start before you can reach the first marker.
Then I'll see you in Hell.
26 EXT. SNOW CAVE ENTRANCE - REBEL BASE - DUSK.
The small, lone figure riding a snow lizard races off into the hostile vastness
of snow and cold. The slightest hint of wind blows up the snow behind the
27 EXT. PLAIN OF HOTH - DUSK.
The dark, evil probe robot moves across the frozen floor of the Hoth plain. The
wind is beginning to pick up, and snow starts to cake on the front of the robot.
It stops, hovers, then drops to the ground. Several probes emerge from its metal
hull and a dome shaped force field around the robot begins to glow. Eventually,
the force field becomes a solid shape and is quickly covered with the blowing
28. EXT. PLAIN OF HOTH - DUSK.
Han rides across the plain on his Tauntaun.
29. EXT. PLAIN OF HOTH - CLOSE-UP HAN - DUSK.
He reigns his mount to a stop, looks around and listens. It's almost as if he
hears something. He turns and looks in one direction, then spurs his lizard in
30. EXT. PLAIN OF HOTH - DUSK.
Han rides off across the plain on his Tauntaun.
31. EXT. SNOW DRIFT - HOTH - DUSK.
The wind is blowing quite strong now. Luke struggles to stay upright, but a
blast of freezing snow knocks him over. He struggles to get up, but can't. The
young warrior from Tatooine drags himself a couple of feet and then collapses.
You must. Luke, look at me!
Luke looks up and sees old Ben Kenobi standing not ten feet away. Luke strains
to lift himself up. He is speechless.
You must survive, Luke.
I'm cold...so cold...
You must go to the Dagobah System...There you will learn from one who taught me:
Yoda, the Jedi Master.
Luke...you are the only hope.
The image of Ben fades, revealing a lone rider on a Tauntaun in the windswept
Luke drops into unconsciousness.
32. EXT. SNOW DRIFT - HOTH - DUSK.
Han pulls up, leaps off his lizard. He goes to his snow-covered friend and
cradles him in his arms. Han's Tauntaun lets out a low, pitiful bellow. There is
real fear in Han's face as he shakes Luke.
Come on, buddy, you aren't dead yet. Give me a sign here.
Luke doesn't respond. Han begins frantically rubbing Luke's wounded face. Soon
he is slapping him.
Don't do this, Luke, it's not your time...
Luke responds to a slap. Han is joyous.
All right! I knew you wouldn't leave me out here all alone!
Han glances over toward his Tauntaun with concern as he starts to lift Luke.
We've got to get you out of here before our transportation freezes.
33. EXT. SNOW DRIFT BY TAUNTAUN - HOTH - DUSK.
Han has carried Luke almost to the lizard when the Tauntaun dies with a moan.
Han checks the lizard.
Blast! Deader than a Triton moon. We haven't got much time.
Han ignites Luke's light saber and cuts the beast from head to toe. He quickly
shovels the steaming innards of the beast into the snow. Then he lifts Luke's
inert form and stuffs him inside the carcass.
I know this doesn't smell so good, Luke, but it'll keep you from freezing. I'm
sure this Tauntaun wouldn't hesitate if it were the other way around.
Han gets an awful whiff of the insides.
Whew! It's just as well you're out, pal.
Han starts pulling things out of a pack on the dead lizard's back.
Base one, do you copy?...This com-link is useless.
The wind has picked up considerably and Han is beginning to find it difficult to
move. He struggles with the shelter container, opens it and starts constructing
If I don't get this shelter up fast, Jabba the Hutt won't need those bounty
34. SNOW DRIFT - HOTH - DUSK.
A veil of icy snow flows across the snow drift obscuring the doomed warriors.
35. INT. MAIN HANGAR DECK - ENTRANCE - NIGHT.
Princess Leia and her two robots stand before the dark entrance to the rebel
base, waiting for a sign of the two rebel heroes. Leia shivers as the cold wind
blows in on her. Artoo beeps a mournful tone. Chewie is sitting nearby with his
head in his hands.
Artoo can pick up no signals, although he feels his range is probably too
limited to give up hope.
Leia nods an acknowledgement, but she is lost in thought that is only broken
when General Rieekan approaches.
Nothing more can be done tonight. The shield doors must be closed. I can't wait
any longer. I'm sorry.
Chewie lets out a long, mournful howl, somewhat like a coyote.
The speeders should be ready in the morning. They'll make the search easier.
Is there any chance of them surviving out there?
Slim, but yes, there's a chance. They have a shelter. It's not much, but...
Artoo lets out with a complex series of efficient beeps.
Begging your pardon, ma'am, but Artoo says the chances of survival are one
thousand, seven hundred twenty-seven to one.
Actually, I don't think we needed to know that.
Leia stands praying to herself as the huge metal doors slam across the entrance
of the ice cave. The loud booms echo through the huge cavern. Chewie lets out
36. EXT. ICE PLAIN - HOTH - DAWN.
The huge dim sun of Hoth crawls lazily over the horizon in the North as a spurt
of snow shoots skyward revealing the dark probe robot. The sinister object pulls
in several of its extended arms, hovers for a few moments, then starts off
across the bleak Hoth plain.
37. EXT. SNOWDRIFT - HOTH - DAY.
A small, snub-nosed, armored landspeeder races across the white landscape.
38. INT. ARMORED SNOWSPEEDER - HOTH SNOWDRIFTS - DAY.
There is only one pilot, Zev, in the enclosed two-man craft. He concentrates on
the scopes which ring his cockpit. A low beep can be heard.
I've got something! Not much but it could be a life form FTC 2321 by TRX 1173.
I'm closing in...
39. EXT. ARMORED SNOWSPEEDER - HOTH SNOWDRIFTS - DAY.
The small craft banks and makes a slow arc racing off in a new direction.
40. INT. ARMORED SNOWSPEEDER - HOTH SNOWDRIFTS - DAY.
The pilot switches over to a new transmitter.
This is S-122 calling Captain Solo, Commander Skywalker. Do you copy? This is S-
There is a sharp crackle of static then a faint voice.
Nice of you guys to drop by. Hope we didn't get you up too early.
Base One, I found them, Repeat, I found them....
41. EXT. SNOWDRIFT - HOTH - DAY.
The small shelter is covered with snow on the windward side. Han has made a
makeshift antenna which rests gingerly on top of the snowdrift. The small
armored speeder can be seen approaching in the distance as Han waves frantically
in the foreground.
42. INT. MEDICAL CENTER - REBEL BASE.
Strange robot surgeons adjust a mass of electronic equipment. A switch is thrown
and a sudden blinding flash obscures Luke in a chamber filled with a thick,
gelatinous red slime. Luke begins to thrash about, raving in his delirium.
43. INT. MEDICAL CENTER OBSERVATION ROOM - REBEL BASE.
Leia, Threepio, and Chewbacca are watching from a glassed-off room next door,
where Han is resting on a cushioned medical table. They can hear the mechanical
surgeons working and Luke's ravings on a speaker in the room.
Watch out...snow creatures...dangerous...Yoda...go to Yoda...only hope...must
Han raises himself on the table, listening to Luke. Chewbacca makes him lie back
down, then barks a comment in reference to Luke.
He doesn't make sense to me either, Chewie.
I do hope he's all there...if you take my meaning. I would hate to see Master
Luke develop a short circuit...
The kid ran into something mean, and it wasn't the cold.
Those creatures he keeps talking about...we'd better double the security...Han,
I don't know how...
TOO-ONEBEE (2-1B), a surgeon droid, enters the room.
He had gone into dormo-shock, almost hibernation. But he's responding to the
Bacta. We'll bring him through.
Leia breathes a sigh of relief. Chewie lets out a long grunt of approval.
Now all we've got to worry about is what attacked him.
No kidding. If this snowball's got nasty natives, they could be anywhere. Chewie
whines, looks around.
That's right, Chewie, inside the base.
44. INT. CORRIDOR - REBEL BASE.
The drip, drip, drip of melting ice echoes throughout the long eerie corridor. A
trooper walks by, followed at a short distance by Artoo, who rolls along
whistling to himself. Behind him, a Wampa Ice Monster suddenly appears from out
of the wall and begins following the little droid. Up ahead Artoo sees several
troopers begin to act rather strangely, pointing at him and yelling. This
puzzles Artoo, and he stops for a moment to figure it out. Far in the distance,
alarms begin to go off. Artoo comes to a conclusion, spins his head around and
sees the Ice Monster staring down at him. The droid lets out a screech and races
down the hall at full tilt ahead of the advancing monster. A small troop of
soldiers has gathered at the end of the hallway with weapons. Artoo races
through the armed gathering as the creature screams and charges the troopers,
laser bolts exploding around him. Artoo peeks from around a corner in time to
see several troopers hurled against the walls like rag dolls. Two soldiers fire
a laser bazooka at the monster and it is obscured by an enormous explosion. The
smoke clears. The silence is spooky. The Ice Monster stands seemingly
dumbstruck. Artoo gives a short, worried beep. The creature topples over in a
dead heap. A cheer goes up from Artoo and the troopers as they converge to
inspect the fallen creature. A young corporal pulls his com-link off his belt
and speaks into it.
We got it, sir, but there may be more.
45. INT. COMMAND CENTER - REBEL BASE.
Alarms buzz softly in the background. The entire command center is on full
alert. General Rieekan is conferring with the head controller as Han and Leia
enter the room. Threepio and Chewie follow.
Have they analyzed the one that was killed?
Not yet. They're working on it now.
Another alarm goes off at a console behind them and the sensor controller at
that spot calls across the room.
Rieekan leaves the group as they continue...
It won't be long before our sensors will be able to track them.
It figures Artoo would be in the middle of this.
It's going to be a little tricky around here until we know where they're coming
46. INT. COMMAND CENTER BY CONSOLE - REBEL BASE.
Rieekan looks up grimly from the console in the background. He calls over to
Leia and Han.
We have a visitor.
The group hurries over to Rieekan.
We've picked up something outside the base in zone one, moving East.
What is it?
Can't tell yet...Metal.
Then it's not one of those creatures.
Could it be one of ours? A speeder?
I'm getting no signal. Wait, something very weak.
Threepio steps up to the control panel and listens to the strange signal
I must say, sir, I'm fluent in over six million forms of communication, but this
is something new...must be in code or...
A new voice comes over the com-link.
This is station five and we have your object on our scopes...It's just over the
ridge, we should have visual contact in about...What the?...Oh no!
The transmission ends in static.
Whatever it is, it isn't friendly. I'm going to have a look. Come on, Chewie.
Wait. I'll send a patrol with you.
(over his shoulder)
Fine. But they'll have to take care of themselves.
47. EXT. SNOW PLAIN - OVER REBEL BASE - HOTH - DAY.
The dark probe robot moves past the smoldering ruins of the station fire and
down a ridge toward the rebel base.
48. EXT. SNOW PLAIN - SPEEDER - OVER REBEL BASE - HOTH - DAY.
The robot stops when it sees in the distance a tiny speeder racing toward it
followed by several other speeders. A large antenna projects skyward from the
robot's top and it begins to send out a piercing signal.
49. EXT. SNOW DUNE - SPEEDER - HOTH - DAY.
The speeder disappears behind a snow dune.
50. EXT. SNOW PLAIN - OVER REBEL BASE - HOTH - DAY.
The sinister robot continues to send out its high pitched signal while
frantically searching the landscape for the rebel speeders.
51. EXT. SNOW PLAIN - OVER REBEL BASE - HOTH - DAY.
Shortly, Chewbacca pops his head over a snow bank not thirty feet away. The
robot swings around, its deadly ray ready to fire. But before it can get a shot
off, it is hit from behind by a laser bolt, and explodes in a million pieces.
52. EXT. SNOW PLAIN - OVER REBEL BASE - HOTH - DAY.
Han Solo rises from the direction of the deadly bolt and walks over to the spot
where the robot was a moment before, taking out his com-link.
53. INT. COMMAND CENTER - REBEL BASE.
Princess Leia and Rieekan listen to Han on the com-link.
...I'm afraid there's not much left.
What was it?
Droid of some kind. I didn't hit it that hard. It must have had a self-
An Imperial probe droid.
Now don't panic. We don't know that.
But, we don't know it wasn't.
54. SPACE - IMPERIAL FLEET.
Darth Vader's Star Destroyer, larger and stranger than the five Imperial Star
Destroyers that surround it, sits in the vastness of space. The six huge ships
are surrounded by a convoy of smaller spacecraft. Tie fighters dart to and fro.
55. INT. BRIDGE - MAIN CONTROL DECK - VADER'S STAR DESTROYER.
Controllers working the vast complex of electronic controls hear ominous,
approaching footsteps and look up from their controls. The squat, evil-looking
Admiral Ozzel and the young, powerfully-built General Veers, who have been
conferring near the front, also feel the approaching presence and turn that way.
Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith, enters like a chill wind. As he moves across the
wide bridge, Captain Piett hurries up to Ozzel.
I think we've found them, Admiral.
Are you sure, Captain?
Well, the report we have is only a fragment, from a probe droid in the Hoth
System, but it's the best lead we've had in...
We have millions of probe droids searching the galaxy...I want proof, not leads.
I don't intend to continue to chase around from one side...
(looming over the group)
The Hoth System?
Yes, Sir...we have visuals...the System is supposed to be devoid of human
On a large screen, an image of the rebel snow base appears surrounded by
complicated computer readouts. The rebel speeders can be seen approaching in the
distance. Vader studies the image.
That's it. That's the one.
My Lord, how do you know it's them? There are so many uncharted settlements. It
could be smugglers...
I know. And I know young Skywalker is with them. Bring in the patrol ships,
Admiral, and set your course for the Hoth System. General Veers prepare your
56. INT. ICE CORRIDOR - REBEL BASE - HOTH.
Artoo and Threepio are moving by a steel door on which an X had been painted.
From behind it come intermittent thumps and roars.
...It seems the snow creatures are attracted to a high-pitched whistle. That's
how they're being drawn to this trap.
Artoo whistles his understanding as he stands before the door. Immediately the
thumping on the door picks up. Artoo beeps a question.
See, your whistles upset them. No, I told you they can't get out! Now will you
hurry up? I don't know why I bother...
Threepio moves around a corner. Artoo stares at the door another moment, then
proceeds to tell the Ice Monsters off in a burst of beeps and whistles. The
thumping picks up as Artoo moves casually away.
57. INT. MEDICAL CENTER - REBEL BASE.
Luke is out of the chamber, lying on the bed previously occupied by Han. Leia is
at his side. She brushes the hair out of his eyes and runs her fingers along the
scar on his face.
The Bacta are growing well. The scars should be gone in a day or so. Does it
I'm fine. Really. Leia...when I was out there and it looked pretty bad...well,
it made me think about things.
Me too. I was afraid.
Their eyes meet. Luke touches her cheek with his hand.
I don't really know how to say this...I never have before...Leia, you know how I
feel about you...
She does and it's confusing. Their lips are very close. About to kiss. The door
opens noisily and Threepio enters with Artoo. Leia pulls back, startled. Luke
realizes the moment has been lost. His mind races for a way to regain it as Leia
takes on her more formal manner. The droids are a bothersome distraction; Luke's
concentration is on Leia. Artoo beeps a cheerful greeting.
Master Luke, it's so good to see you functional again.
Thanks, Threepio. Leia...
Artoo beeps and whistles.
Artoo expresses his relief also.
Good. Thanks, Artoo.
(about to leave)
You rest now.
So much has happened during the period of your indisposition, sir.
I'll be back later.
(anxious to keep her)
Leia...What would you think if I went away for a while?
What did you say?!
Leia's reaction is so much bigger and more vociferous than Luke expected, it
starts what is to become a growing snowball of confusion for him.
Where are you going?
I have this...feeling. I'm not sure, really...
That's just great. Why doesn't everyone just take off?
What are you talking about?
First Han, now you. When am I going to learn not to count on anyone but
...I was getting along just fine before I met you two moon jockeys.
Calm down, will ya? Tell me about Han.
He wants to pay off that criminal he's in hock to.
Jabba the Hutt?
(back to her tirade)
I could get more loyalty if I went down the hall and recruited some of those
Snow creatures...they're here?!
Yes, sir. But they're being trapped quite cleverly.
Artoo beeps and whistles proudly.
What do you mean, you took care of that? I would hardly call your part in that
Luke's head is spinning as Han and Chewie make a vigorous entrance. The Wookiee
growls a greeting.
Hi kid, you look strong enough to wrestle a Gundark.
Thanks to you.
That's two you owe me, junior.
Han turns to Leia with a big, devilish grin.
Well, your worship, it looks like you arranged to keep me close by for a while
I had nothing to do with it. General Rieekan thinks it's dangerous for any ships
to leave the system until we know where that probe came from.
Probe? What probe?
That makes a good story. But I think you just can't bear to let me out of your
I don't know where you get your delusions, laser brains.
Chewie is amused; he laughs in his manner. Han is enjoying this. He regards
Laugh it up, fuzz ball. You didn't see her alone with me in the south passage.
Luke sparks to this; he looks at Leia.
I don't know what he's talking about.
Ooops! I guess you haven't told Luke about that yet.
Now don't get the wrong idea, pal. She was just trying to express her true
feelings for me.
You must have gone completely out of your feeble mind.
Come on, your highness, are you telling me you haven't been thinking about that
Leia is flushed, eyes darting between Luke And Han.
Why you low-down, stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder.
(a big grin)
I tell ya' sweetheart, I must've hit pretty close to the mark to get you hoppin'
like this. Doesn't it look that way to you, Luke?
(staring at Leia)
Yeah...it does...kind of.
Leia looks vulnerable for a moment, then the mask again, focusing on Luke.
Oh it does, does it? Well, I guess you don't understand everything about women
yet...do you, sonny?
With that Leia leans over and kisses Luke on the lips. Then she stands and walks
out. Everyone is dumbstruck. The door closes behind Leia and they all look at
each other in silence. In the distance, the muffled sound of an alarm is heard.
58.. SPACE - IMPERIAL FLEET.
Six huge star destroyers rest in the Hoth System.
59. INT. STAR DESTROYER - VADER'S CHAMBER.
A dark cubicle is illuminated by a single shaft of light from above. The
brooding Dark Lord sits on a raised meditation cube. General Veers enters the
room and approaches Vader. Vader doesn't move. Veers, although seemingly very
sure of himself, is still not bold enough to interrupt the meditating Lord. The
young general stands quietly at attention until the evil presence speaks.
What is it, Veers?
My Lord, the fleet has moved out of light speed. Com-Scan has detected an energy
field protecting an area on the sixth planet in the Hoth System. The field is
strong enough to deflect any bombardment.
The rebel scum is alerted to our presence. I told Admiral Ozzel not to go out of
light speed so close to the system.
He felt surprise was a wiser...
He's as clumsy as he is stupid. A clean bombardment is impossible with that
energy shield up. Prepare your troops for a surface attack.
Veers turns smartly and leaves as Vader activates a large view-screen showing
the bridge of the mighty space cruiser. Admiral Ozzel appears, with Captain
Piett in the background.
Lord Vader, the fleet has moved out of light...
The Captain steps forward, as the Admiral moves away slightly confused, touching
his throat as it begins to constrict.
Yes, My Lord.
Make ready to land General Veers' assault troops on the surface. Then deploy the
fleet so that nothing can get off that system. You're in command now, Admiral
Piett is as pleased as he is surprised. Admiral Ozzel has been struggling to
breathe in the background and now with a final choke, he dies.
60. INT. MAIN HANGAR DECK - REBEL BASE.
Alarms sound. Troops, ground crews and droids rush to their alert stations.
Armored landspeeders are lined up in attack formation near the main entrance.
Leia is briefing a group of pilots gathered in the center of the hangar. Beyond
them Han can be seen doing some frantic welding on the lifters of the Millennium
...the large transport ships will leave as soon as they've loaded. Only two
fighter escorts per ship. The energy shield can only be opened for a split
second at a time, so you'll have to stay very close to the transports.
What about those Imperial ships out there?
The ion cannon will fire two blasts which will destroy any enemy ships in your
flight path. Then proceed to the rendezvous point. Good luck.
The pilots hurry away.
61. INT. MAIN HANGAR DECK - MILLENNIUM FALCON - REBEL BASE.
Han finishes his work and hops down to the hangar floor. He pulls out his com-
link, all the time eyeing the lifters.
All right, Chewie, give it a try.
Leia passes, giving Han a dirty look. A mechanism on the pirate's ship makes a
noise and the lifters begin to rise. Suddenly there is a malfunction and the
right lifter breaks partially loose, swinging down with a crash. Han winces.
Leia, across the hangar, turns at the sound and shoots Han a "What a screw-up!"
look, then goes out.
Hold it, Chewie.
62. INT. COMMAND CENTER - REBEL BASE - HOTH.
The command center is quiet but tense, a marked contrast to the rushing about on
the hangar deck. Only the buzz of complicated electronic equipment overrides the
silence. General Rieekan watches over the shoulder of a radarman as hundreds of
small dots dance across a scope readout. Leia joins him.
Imperial assault craft have landed on the far side.
If they reach the power generators, that will be the end of our energy shield.
We must hold them off until all our ships are safely away.
The first transport is ready...Stand by to fire the ion cannon.
63. EXT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - A huge Imperial Star Destroyer rests against a sea of stars with the
white surface of the planet Hoth far below in the left part of the frame.
64. INT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER NO. 1 BRIDGE.
FULL SHOT - Interior Imperial Star Destroyer. Out window stars and the white
planet on the left side of the frame.
Sir...rebel ship coming into our sector.
Good, our first catch of the day. Close in...
65. COMMAND CENTER - REBEL BASE.
The long line of rebel controllers are tense, as are Princess Leia and General
Rieekan, although they try not to show it. R-2 scoots by in the background
followed by Threepio; they leave the room.
Our transport is approaching the shield.
Open the shield and fire.
66. EXT. ION CANNON - REBEL BASE ICE COVE.
FULL SHOT - Giant ball-shaped ion cannon as it rotates into position and blasts
two red energy beams skyward.
67. SPACE - HOTH REBEL TRANSPORT.
FULL SHOT - SPACE - The planet Hoth covers two-thirds of the frame, left and
lower. A medium rebel transport races away from the planet, followed by the two
red energy beams. All race over camera.
68. SPACE - IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - REBEL TRANSPORT.
FULL SHOT TRACKING as the rebel transport races over the camera toward the
waiting Imperial Star Destroyer, followed, then overtaken by the two red energy
bolts. The Imperial Star Destroyer is hit in the conning tower by the bolts,
causing great explosions
69. SPACE - IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - REBEL TRANSPORT.
FULL SHOT - Imperial Star Destroyer as a series of explosions rock the ship
causing it to veer, then spin wildly out of control. SIDE VIEW of Star Destroyer
right to left as it careens into deep space, and the rebel transport moves
across the screen left to right. PAN with the rebel ship as it races away to
70. MAIN HANGAR DECK - REBEL BASE - HOTH.
Pilots, gunners and R-2 units hurry about. Luke, pulling on his heavy weather
gear, is headed toward a row of armored speeders. He stops at the back of the
Millennium Falcon, where Han and Chewie are trying to repair the right lifter
with even more haste than before. Luke speaks up to them.
Looks like this'll be it for a while. Chewie, take care of yourself...and watch
over this guy, will ya.
Chewie barks a farewell and returns to his work. Han and Luke exchange warm
I hope you make your peace with Jabba.
Don't worry. You haven't seen the last of us.
Han swings down by one arm like a monkey and clasps Luke's hand. They hold for a
long moment, then break. Luke nods and moves away. Han watches him go.
Give 'em hell, kid.
He goes back to work. Everyone cheers at the announcement which echoes through
ANNOUNCER (OVER PA)
First transport is clear and away.
Luke hurries up to his landspeeder. His gunner, Dack, a fresh-faced, eager kid,
is glad to see him. They climb in.
Are you feeling all right, sir?
Like new, Dack. How 'bout you? Ready to try some real fighting?
Yes, sir! Right now I feel like I could take on the whole Empire myself. You
know what I mean, Commander?
(quietly, strapping in)
Yeah, I know...I know.
Leia's voice comes over the PA system.
LEIA (OVER PA)
Speeder pilots...Your fighters are being towed to the south slope. They should
be safe there. You'll get a signal when the evacuation is complete.
71. ICE CORRIDOR - REBEL BASE - HOTH.
Threepio and Artoo stand in the middle of the corridor as troops and aides rush
Why is it when things seem to get settled, everything falls apart. Well, I guess
it's goodbye then...Take good care of Master Luke...and take good care of
yourself, too. Until we meet again...
Artoo replies with a whistle and a toot, turns and speeds down the hallway.
Threepio waves, then turns and moves off in the opposite direction.
72. EXT. ICE CAVE (MATTE).
With gun tower in the foreground, men rush about getting ready for the battle.
The giant gun swings around pointing to camera slightly left to right.
73. EXT. ICE PLAIN - SNOW TRENCH - HOTH.
MED SHOT - Rebel troops carry heavy bazooka-type weapons into position along a
snow trench. Men rush about as officers yell orders and brace themselves against
the rhythmic gusts of wind.
74. EXT. ICE PLAIN - GUN TOWERS.
MED SHOT - Rebel troops load power packs into a gun turret and swing its guns
75. EXT. ICE PLAIN - POWER GENERATORS - GUN TOWERS.
MED SHOT - Rebel troops move a dish-like ray gun into position. The huge power
generator can be seen in background against the ice cliffs.
76. EXT. ICE PLAIN - POWER GENERATORS - GUN TOWERS.
MED SHOT of generator, as men scurry about in the foreground carrying equipment.
The loud buzz and popping of the generator is deafening. Long fingers of energy
fly off the huge cores every so often. One trooper moves into the foreground as
he hears something but can't quite make out what it is.
77. EXT. ICE PLAIN - POWER GENERATORS - GUN TOWERS.
MED CLOSE-UP - An officer in the trench hears the sound also. He turns toward
the ice plain horizon. All work stops as the men listen to the distant, thump,
thump, thump sound. The officer squints to see something.
78. EXT. ICE PLAIN - HOTH - POV.
WIDE SHOT - A thin horizon line cuts across the bleak landscape. Small dot-sized
objects begin to appear on the horizon: the wind begins to pick up.
79. EXT. ICE PLAIN - HOTH.
EXTREME CLOSE-UP - The giant foot of an Imperial snow walker crashes thru frame,
kicking up snow and ice. It rises out of frame.
80. EXT. ICE PLAIN POWER GENERATOR - GUN TOWERS.
MED SHOT - The rebel officer lifts a pair of electrobinoculars to his eyes.
81. EXT. ICE PLAIN - HOTH - POV.
ELECTRO-BINOCULAR POV of very close view on a giant walker, the view zooms back
to reveal a full shot of three approaching walkers. Small flashes appear around
the guns of the lumbering monsters.
82. EXT. ICE PLAINS - POWER GENERATORS - GUN TOWERS.
MED SHOT - The officer drops his binoculars as the regular rhythmic pounding
begins to vibrate the ground. It grows louder, with a high-pitched, metallic
rattling. He speaks into a com-link.
Incoming! Open up...they're point 03, Commander Skywalker.
We're on our way.
The ice and snow explode around the officer and his men.
83. EXT. ICE PLAIN - POWER GENERATORS - GUN TOWERS.
MED SIDE ANGLE - The rebel troops aim their weapons at the horizon as explosions
erupt all around them. They are nervous, and tighten their weapons from the cold
or fear. Behind the troops a dozen speeders race screen left to right.
84. EXT. ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED FULL SHOT - Four speeders race over camera at full throttle. Slight left to
85. EXT. ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
HIGH ANGLE - Trucking with speeders as they accelerate away from camera toward
the distant walkers.
86. EXT. ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED CLOSE-UP - Walker head fires at speeders. Second walker in background.
Moving right to left.
87. EXT. ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED FULL SHOT - Two speeders going left to right across ice plain. The one in
the foreground explodes in a ball of flames. Camera trucking with ships.
88. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
INT. SPEEDER OVER-SHOULDER - Pilot (Luke) works his controls as he fires at the
approaching walkers. The monstrous machines fire back, shaking the speeder in a
hail of flack.
89. EXT. ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED SHOT - Side view looking forward along head of walker as two speeders race
toward it, split and fly past. One speeder on the far side of the head, the
other to camera.
90. EXT. ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT - Two speeders going away, race over camera past walker and bank to
the right. Camera trucks in at slower speed toward flank of walker during shot.
91. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
INT. PILOT POV - Speeder cockpit. Speeder turns, approaching walker number one,
and flies through the legs of the monstrous machine. The horizon twists as the
speeder banks through the legs. Second walker in background.
Rogue Leader to Rogue Three.
Copy, Rogue Leader.
92. INT. LUKE'S SNOW SPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
CLOSE-UP LUKE - Looking back to the speeder cockpit. The horizon twists and
shakes behind Luke's head as he swings the tiny craft around for another run.
Wedge, split your squad into pairs...
93. EXT. ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT - Pan through foreground legs of walker as speeder banks and turns
away. Two other speeders pass the first speeder going in the opposite direction.
94. EXT. ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED FULL SHOT - Three walkers marching right to left firing all cannons.
95. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
CLOSE-UP LUKE - Luke speeds towards approaching snow walkers.
96. INT. WALKER NO. 3 COCKPIT.
Two pilots watch the distant gun emplacements as they maneuver their war machine
On the right!
Luke's speeder banks in from the side and heads straight for the viewport,
blasting away. A huge explosion hits the window and dissipates. The speeder
roars over the window.
97. EXT. ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT - Moving across the top of the walker as Luke's speeder skims across
it. Trucking with the speeder then it flies overhead.
98. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
CLOSE-UP LUKE looking back as the walker grows small in the distance.
That armor is too strong for blasters.
99. EXT. ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
OVERHEAD TWISTING FULL SHOT WALKER - Luke's speeder banks up toward camera and
100. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
SIDE VIEW CLOSE-UP LUKE - On the horizon a walker moves up past the cockpit
window twisting as Luke banks and starts another run.
Rogue Group use your harpoons and tow cables. Go for the legs. It's our only
hope of stopping them. Hobbie, are you still with me?
101. INT. HOBBIE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE FOUR.
CLOSE-UP FRONT HOBBIE as the horizon twists then rights itself in the
background. Hobbie, a tanned-skin vet of many battles, expertly works his
Well stick close now.
102. EXT. ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL OVERHEAD TRACKING - Luke's speeder races into the frame from the left in
full bank, then straightens out. Hobbie's ship comes in from the left and moves
in next to Luke's ship in a tight formation. They bank in unison and drop closer
to the ice surface.
103. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
SIDE CLOSE-UP DACK - Struggles with his harpoon gun as he bounces around in the
Whoea! Luke, I can't seem to find my restraints...
Explosions flash outside the window. As the ship moves left to right they pass a
walker in the distance.
104. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
INT. PILOT'S POV - Over the shoulder of Luke as he swings the speeder around and
aims it at the oncoming walker. Laser bolts and flack create a deadly wall the
speeder must pass through.
Just hang on Dack, and get ready to fire that tow cable...
A huge explosion engulfs Luke's speeder, the battered craft wobbles a bit.
105. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
FRONT CLOSE-UP LUKE - As the speeder shudders under the impact of the explosion,
but he manages to regain control of the craft. The horizon twists in the back-
Stand by, Dack, we're almost there. Are you okay, Dack?
106. EXT. ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL LOW ANGLE - The speeders fly in a tight formation toward the camera as
explosions burst all around the craft. The speeders fly right over the camera.
107. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
SIDE CLOSE-UP LUKE - Interior speeder as Luke struggles to turn around to see if
Dack is alright. In the background the giant legs of the walker pass by as Luke
banks under the monstrous machine.
108. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
CLOSE-UP DACK FROM LUKE'S POV - Dack is lost, blood streams down his forehead
which rests on his smoldering controls. Out the back window the receding walker
can be seen in the distance.
109. EXT. ICE PLAIN - POWER GENERATORS - GUN TOWERS.
MED SHOT - Rebel troops fire their strange weapons at the oncoming walker.
Explosions burst all around them. A gun turret explodes in the foreground.
110. EXT. ICE PLAIN - POWER GENERATORS - GUN TOWERS.
MED SHOT - Rebel troops fire at camera with the generator visible in the
distance. Explosions erupt in the foreground.
111. EXT. ICE PLAIN - POWER GENERATORS - GUN TOWERS.
MED SHOT - The rebel officer we had seen earlier is hit by laser fire. Troops
rush to his aid.
112. EXT. ICE PLAIN - POWER GENERATORS - GUN TOWERS.
MED SHOT - Rebel troops fire the dish-like ray gun. The generator is seen in the
113. EXT. ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT - Two walkers (one near, one far) lumber on toward camera as a speeder
between them explodes in a ball of flames going left to right.
114. INT. MAIN HANGAR DECK - HOTH.
Muffled explosions create ear-shattering cracks in the ice roof of the hangar.
Han and Chewie look up from their frantic welding to see the gap in the ceiling
grow wider. Han makes a final weld.
First chance we get, we're giving this crate a complete overhaul...That's tight
enough. Let's get out of here before we become permanent residents.
115. COMMAND CENTER - REBEL BASE - HOTH.
Large chunks of snow tumble into the command center. Leia seeks shelter.
Two transports at a time is awfully risky.
We have no choice. Send them up...and start clearing everyone out.
116. INT. IMPERIAL WALKER NO. 1.
COCKPIT - Over the shoulder of the pilots to the power generator in the
distance. Explosions all around. Two speeders race by right to left. The pilots
fire at the gnat-like attackers. General Veers moves in between the pilots.
What's the range to the power generators?
Six twenty one...still too far out of range, but it won't be long.
117. INT. IMPERIAL WALKER NO. 1 COCKPIT.
CLOSE-UP VEERS - As he bounces along, he pulls down an electro-telescope and
studies the rebel positions.
We have that line of gun emplacements to get through...
No problem...Suddenly, the huge vehicle rocks violently. The pilots scramble
over their controls to level the crafts.
118. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
HIGH SHOT - Side view of a speeder going left to right as it banks sharply and
dives away from camera toward the fast rushing surface.
119. INT. WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE.
CLOSE-UP FRONT - Wedge lets out a rebel yell, the horizon twisting behind him.
120. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT TRACKING - Panning with the speeder as it turns around and races under
camera. Starts going left to right, turns to go overhead.
121. INT. WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE.
OVER THE SHOULDER POV of Wedge as he heads toward Walker No. 3, going almost to
where it passes between the legs.
122. INT. WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE.
CLOSE-UP SIDE SHOT of the gunner as he passes the legs. He reaches for the
123. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED FULL SHOT of the speeder racing to camera through the legs of Walker No. 3.
124. INT. WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE.
CLOSE-UP HAND pushes button that fires harpoon.
125. INT. WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE.
BACK POV from gunner as the harpoon flashes and fires at the receding legs.
ROGUE THREE GUNNER Cable out! Let her go...
126. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED SHOT of the harpoon going right to left and embedding itself in one of the
legs of Walker No. 3.
127. INT. WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE.
CLOSE-UP SIDE WEDGE as he checks his controls, and banks around the walker's
front. Left to right.
128. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT SPEEDER as it races left to right around one of the giant walker feet,
trailing the cable behind it. The speeder continues around the back foot going
right to left. Truck with the Walker No. 3.
129. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
HIGH OVERHEAD MOVING SHOT of speeder as it circles the walker moving around the
tail end. A second speeder passes in the foreground with the cable in tow.
130. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL PANNING SHOT of speeder moving left to right in front of the giant legs of
the walker towing the cable.
131. INT. WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE.
CLOSE-UP OF WEDGE as he swings the speeder between the legs of the giant walker.
132. INT. WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE.
PILOT'S POV of walkers legs as the speeder races along the side close to the
lumbering machine. ROGUE THREE GUNNER Cable out!
133. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT panning with the speeder as it zooms behind the legs moving right to
134. INT. WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE.
CLOSE-UP HAND pushes button on cable release inside speeder cockpit.
135. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
CLOSE-UP CABLE RELEASE on back of the speeder as it snaps loose and the cable
136. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT OF THE SPEEDER zooming over camera and away into the distance moving
slightly right to left. Low angle, no horizon.
137. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED SHOT of the tangled legs and feet of Walker No. 3 coming to camera. The
monster begins to stumble.
138. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
EXTREME LONG SHOT OF WALKER NO. 3 through the legs of a foreground walker. The
giant Imperial assault machine stumbles and starts to fall to the ground. Side
angle moving right to left.
139. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 139.
FULL SHOT of Walker No. 3 coming to camera crashing into the snow which flies in
140. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
CLOSE-UP LUKE FRONT with twisting horizon background.
Rogue Leader...One down, Luke.
I see it Wedge...good work.
141. EXT. ICE PLAIN - SNOW TRENCH - GUN TOWERS.
MED SHOT OF TROOPS in the trenches cheering at the fallen walker. A damaged gun
turret smolders in the background. An officer gives a signal in the fore- ground
and the rebel troops charge the fallen walker moving left to right.
142. EXT. ICE PLAIN - POWER GENERATORS - GUN TOWERS.
FULL SHOT of the troops jumping out of the trenches running to camera. The main
power generator can be seen in the distance.
143. EXT. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SIDE TRACKING SHOT of rebel troops running left to right as two speeders
race overhead going in the same direction.
144. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT of downed Walker No. 3 as Imperial Snow Stormtroopers climb out of the
smoldering walker and start firing at the coming rebels. The rebel troops run
over the camera toward the Imperial forces, followed by two rebel speeders
flying low overhead.
145. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
CLOSER ANGLE - Troops rush and fire at the fallen walker as a speeder banks low
overhead, blasting away, causing great explosions around the walker.
146. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT of Luke and Rogue Two's speeder flying in formation, banking from
right to left and flying over- head. Low angle, no horizon. Flak bursts all
147. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
CLOSE-UP OF LUKE from the front. He looks over to Rogue Two on his left. The
horizon levels out behind him. The ship shudders as flack bursts all around his
Steady, Rogue Two, I'll cover for you.
148. INT. ZEV'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE TWO.
SIDE CLOSE-UP ANGLE on Rogue Two. Luke's speeder can be seen in the background.
The speeders are moving left to right. Rogue Two is wounded in the face.
ROGUE TWO (ZEV)
It's no good, I can't see.
Steady, just keep it steady.
The ship bounces under the constant impact of flack.
149. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
LUKE'S POV OUT THE SPEEDER window at the distant oncoming walker as flack bursts
on all sides. Laser bolts streak past.
I'll lead you in.
150. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
CLOSE-UP FRONT Luke works his controls, as the ship shudders under the impact.
He keeps looking screen left to Rogue Two.
Is your gunner alright?
ROGUE TWO GUNNER (VO)
I'm O.K., sir.
Just keep it steady. Don't try to...
Luke's speeder is rocked by a huge explosion, and a loud metal scream drowns out
Luke's sentence. He struggles with the controls as a look of terror crosses his
face. Smoke pours out the back and the horizon twists.
151. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT of oncoming walkers in distance as Luke's speeder races over camera
moving left to right trailing smoke and flames. The speeder crashes into the
snow a few yards in front of the walker.
152. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
INT. CLOSE-UP inside Luke's cockpit as he struggles to get out. He gets
desperate as he looks out the cockpit window.
153. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
LUKE'S POV out cockpit window of giant walker feet crunching even closer. The
ship shudders under the impact of the huge metal feet pounding the ice plain.
154. INT. ZEV'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE TWO.
CLOSE-UP FRONT Rogue Two, blood streaming down his face, struggles with his
controls. The flack is murder.
ROGUE TWO (ZEV)
Luke...What happened, I can't...
The cockpit explodes in a ball of flames.
155. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SIDE SHOT of Rogue Two's speeder in a ball of flames going left to right.
156. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER.
SIDE ANGLE CLOSE-UP from inside the cockpit as Luke manages to get the hatch
open and pulls himself out. The ship shakes from the approaching walker.
157. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
EXTREME CLOSE-UP of giant walking foot as it comes crashing to the ground,
sending snow in all directions.
158. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED FULL SHOT (looking back at Luke, away from walker) as Luke climbs out of the
speeder and starts to run forward. The ominous shadow of the huge Walker No. 2
falls over him as he looks up at the approaching monster. The ground shakes
under the impact of the pounding feet. Luke gets an idea and runs back to the
speeder, reaching inside the cockpit for something.
159. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
EXTREME CLOSE-UP of the giant walker's foot as it comes crashing to the ground,
sending snow in all directions.
160. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED CLOSE-UP as Luke rummages through the smoldering speeder and comes up with a
climbing gun. Luke looks up, and ducks as the front foot of the walker comes
crashing down right behind him, shaking the speeder violently. He reaches back
in the cockpit for something else, glancing up with a worried look.
161. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
LUKE'S POV of the moving underbelly of the huge Walker No. 2 as it passes over
162. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
CLOSE-UP of Luke outside the speeder as he searches the cockpit, straining to
163. INT. LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - INSERT.
CLOSE-UP Luke's arm inside the speeder. He grabs a hold of a large landmine-type
bomb and pulls it out of the speeder cockpit.
164. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED FULL SIDE VIEW as Luke pulls the landmine out of the cockpit and leaps away
just as the huge black foot of Walker No. 2 comes crashing down on the tiny
speeder. The rebel vehicle is crushed flat by the powerful walker.
165. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED CLOSE-UP of Luke as he stumbles up out of the snow and runs toward camera
slightly left to right chasing after the lumbering walker. He hooks the landmine
around his neck.
166. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
CLOSE-UP LUKE as walker foot raises in background.
167. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED PAN PAST the back legs of Walker No. 2 following Luke as he runs under the
monstrous machine and fires the gun at the underbelly of the walker, directly
above him. A thin cable follows the projectile from the gun. Another walker can
be seen in the background moving left to right.
168. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
CLOSE-UP OF MAGNETIC head and cable attaching itself on the underbelly of Walker
No. 2. The cable is pulled tight as Luke tests it.
169. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED SHOT of Luke running and climbing up the cable. The second walker can be
seen left to right in the background.
170. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
EXTREME LONG SHOT of Luke dangling from the underbelly of Walker No. 2, moving
right to left. The giant legs of a second walker move through the foreground.
171. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED CLOSE-UP of Luke climbing the cable to the under- belly of Walker No. 2
going right to left. The two rebel speeders pass in the background. Flack burst
in the distance.
172. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
HIGH ANGLE LOOKING down at Luke as he climbs the cable into a close shot. The
walker's giant feet are seen pounding across the moving snow. Stray laser bolts
pass him as he swings.
173. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED SIDE SHOT of Luke as he reaches the hull of Walker No. 2, next to a small
hatch. Luke, hanging precariously, cuts the solid metal hatch with his laser-
174. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
CLOSE SIDE ANGLE of Luke taking the landmine from around his neck and placing it
inside the Imperial machine. He closes the hatch and starts sown the cable,
175. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
LOW ANGLE looking up at Walker No. 2 as Luke slides down the cable, then drops
176. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
MED SHOT of Luke falling, then drops out of the frame.
177. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
3/4 REAR LOW ANGLE SHOT of the giant Walker No. 2. It stops in mid-step. A
muffled explosion is heard, then the insides of the giant walker come blasting
out every conceivable opening. It sits dead in its tracks, smoking like a
178. COMMAND CENTER - REBEL BASE.
The command center is a shambles. The continual explosions outside have caused a
massive cave-in. A lone controller works at the remaining computer board, while
Leia, Threepio and another controller attempt to move a cake of ice off of
General Rieekan. Finally, the ice tumbles to one side and Leia goes to the
General, but it's too late. Threepio inspects the General's pulse.
I'm afraid he's no longer functioning.
Leia is truly sorrowful. She holds the General's hand a moment and regards him
The last transport is waiting.
Another explosion rocks the area.
Beg your pardon, ma'am, but our possible avenues of exit are being rapidly
Leia nods, stands, and speaks to the controller with renewed authority.
Tell the ship we're on our way, and signal the troops in the field to retreat to
179. INT. ICE CORRIDOR - REBEL BASE - HOTH.
Apart from the distant thunder of laser blasts, the corridor is strangely quiet
and empty. Running footsteps echo through the freezing hallway, then Han
appears. He hurries toward the Control Center just as Leia, Threepio and the two
controllers exit the room. Leia is surprised to see him. Han is greatly relieved
to see her.
...I heard on the com-link the command station was destroyed. You all right?
Leia nods, still a little confused.
General Rieekan's dead.
Han grimaces at the news, then looks them over.
This all that's left of your unit? You'd better hurry, the transport's waiting
180. INT. ICE CORRIDOR - REBEL BASE - HOTH.
With 3PO trailing behind, they race down the corridor to where it ends in a T
and round the corner only to find it blocked with ice and snow. They start back
the other way when Han stops at a door with a big cross on it.
That way is going to take too long. Let's go through these storage rooms.
He starts for the door and hears a faint banging.
Hey! Someone's still in here.
Wait, don't open it...that's one of the traps for the ice creatures.
The pounding increases.
Oh my, there must be a hundred of them in there.
They race down the corridor.
181. INT. COCKPIT - REBEL TRANSPORT.
The pilots are getting nervous, the captain leans over one.
I don't know if there's anyone left alive in there. Give it one more try.
Control unit 33, this is transport XJ...we can't wait any longer...
182. INT. ICE CORRIDOR.
Han pulls his com-link out and talks as he runs.
Hello, XJ! They're coming now...
Suddenly there is an explosion, a loud crack. Han turns, grabs the Princess and
pulls her to the wall as a giant cave-in smothers the two controllers. Han grabs
his com-link as Leia helps Threepio dig himself out of the snow.
Transport XJ. get out of here. Go!
The energy shield is down. We'll be stuck here forever.
183. EXT. REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT - HOTH.
The icy wind picks up as the battle rages. Rebel and Imperial troops are firing
at each other at point blank range.
184. EXT. SNOW BY REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT - HOTH.
A walker steps on several rebel troops as they attempt to flee.
185. EXT. REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT.
A rebel officer puts his hand to his helmet earphone in an attempt to hear his
Disengage - Disengage - Ships away. Begin retreat action.
The officer flips a switch on his com-link and a loud whistle is heard. He
signals his men to retreat.
186. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT of Walker No. 1 as it advances at camera, going slightly
right to left. The smoldering walker that Luke just blasted stands dead in its
tracks in the background.
187. INT. IMPERIAL WALKER NO. 1 - COCKPIT.
CLOSE over the shoulder of walker pilot. POV of rebel troops and power
generators. Veers steps into the frame.
188. INT. IMPERIAL WALKER NO. 1 - COCKPIT.
REVERSE CLOSE-UP of Veers as he studies various readouts.
All resistance is fading.
Good, we have them now. Prepare to target the main generator.
189. EST REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT - HOTH.
MED SHOT - Rebel troops retreat under the onslaught.
190. EXT. REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT - HOTH.
ANOTHER ANGLE - Rebel troops retreat as a walker looms in the background. Pan
down to troops as an explosion hits.
191. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH .
HIGH ANGLE of troops fleeing and firing back toward camera.
192. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH .
LOW ANGLE FULL SHOT of three of the giant walkers advancing to camera, firing
lasers, with troops in foreground running toward and over camera as the snow
erupts all around them. A lone rebel speeder is in the background.
193. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH .
BACK CLOSE-UP of guns on walker-head, firing.
194. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH .
MED BEHIND TROOPS fleeing over camera, the ground explodes around them.
195. INT. WALKER NO. 1 - COCKPIT.
CLOSE-UP VEERS inside Walker No. 1 cockpit. He speaks over the com-link as he
studies various readouts.
...yes, Lord Vader. I've reached the main power generators and I'm destroying
them now. The shield will be down in moments. You may start your landing...
Veers looks out the cockpit window.
196. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT of Hobbie's speeder, Rogue Four, as it races over camera right at the
head of the oncoming walker.
197. INT. WALKER NO. 1 - COCKPIT.
OVER THE SHOULDER of Veers and his pilots as the speeder crashes into the front
He's going to...
Impact, huge explosion.
198. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT of Walker No. 1 with head exploding and frying into a million pieces.
199. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
FULL SHOT Walker No. 1. After a few moments the headless walker topples over on
its side in a cloud of snow.
200. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - HOTH.
The clamor of battle is heard in the distance. Stray laser bolts whiz past.
Debris and rubble are scattered everywhere. Nearby stands the burned-out hulk of
No. 2 Walker Luke destroyed, hatches and metal parts clanking in the chilly Hoth
201. EXT. BATTLEFIELD - SNOWDRIFT - HOTH.
Luke pops his head out of a hole in the snow. Still a little shaken, he tries to
stand up, but can't. His com-link whistles.
...ships away. Begin retreat action. All troops begin retreat action.
Luke musters all his strength and starts off through the snow toward a distant
202. INT. MAIN HANGAR - REBEL BASE - HOTH.
A distant, huge explosion rocks the hangar deck. Ice cakes come crashing down on
the Millennium Falcon. Chewie is pacing under the safety of the ship's landing
gear. The giant Wookiee pats the underbelly of his beloved ship and barks a few
reassuring words. Chewie searches in vain for his captain. Something catches the
Wookiee's eye and he lets out a loud shriek. It is Han and Leia running toward
the ship. Chewie runs out into the falling ice, lets out another shriek, then
runs up the ship's ramp. Han and Leia run up the ramp after Chewie. Threepio is
not far behind.
203. INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON COCKPIT - INT. ICE CAVE.
Ice batters the cockpit windows as Chewie works at the controls. Han rushes in
and sits in the pilot's seat. Chewie barks a blue streak at his friend.
I couldn't get back any faster. It's pretty shaky out there.
Chewie starts chattering a mile a minute about something and points to one of
the gauges. Han looks worried.
I know...I know. It's not good. But cheer up...one way or another it will be
[204. SCENE MOVED.]
204X INT. ICE CORRIDOR - REBEL BASE - HOTH.
Imperial troops appear pushing through an ice blockage. Vader is revealed.
204Y INT. COMMAND CENTER - REBEL BASE - HOTH.
Imperial troops come rushing through. Vader surveys the place. A huge ice chunk
falls, almost hitting him. He continues around it.
205. INT. MAIN HOLD MILLENNIUM FALCON - MAIN HANGAR - HOTH.
Han standing before a control panel, is busy flipping switches as Chewie watches
the troublesome gauge. Leia worriedly watches their efforts.
How's that, Chewie?
The Wookiee barks a negative reply.
Would it help if I got out and pushed?
Don't worry, your holiness, I'll get her started.
Threepio clanks into the hold.
Sir, I was wondering if I might...
Han gives the gold robot a devastating look.
It can wait.
Threepio turns and makes a hasty retreat.
This bucket of bolts is never going to get us past that blockade.
This baby's got a few surprises left in her.
I'll be surprised if we ever start moving.
Chewie lets out a loud whelp as laser bolts begin to hit the cockpit window.
206. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - MAIN HANGAR - HOTH.
SIDE VIEW - Han and Chewie look out the window and see a squad of stormtroopers
rushing into the hangar deck, firing. Han makes a final panel adjustment.
Well, I've tried everything, Chewie...You'll just have to switch over, and hope
for the best.
Chewie pulls back on the controls and the first stage of engine fire can be
heard. Han flashes a big grin at Leia as he swings past her into the pilot's
seat. Leia straps herself into one of the navigator's chairs.
Someday you're going to be wrong, and I just hope I'm there to see it.
Han sets himself, looks at Chewie.
The roar of the Falcon's main engines blast out everything as the ice cave wall
rushes by outside the cockpit window, moving right to left.
Han straps himself into the seat. Leia gets into the navigator's chair.
206W. INT. MAIN HANGAR DECK - HOTH.
Stormtroopers are setting up a large Bazooka-like weapon. Behind them the giant
hangar doors are opening.
206X. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - MAIN HANGAR - HOTH.
A laser gun appears and swings around.
206Y. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - MAIN HANGAR - HOTH.
Long shot main hangar. Angle behind Stormtroopers with Millennium Falcon in
background. The Stormtroopers are preparing to fire their Bazooka cannon when
they are hit by the gun on the Millennium Falcon. They are thrown about in all
206Z. INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - MAIN HANGAR - HOTH.
Chewie comes dashing into the cockpit.
We'll just have to switch over, and hope for the best.
A laser hits the window near Chewie as he is settling into his chair. He lets
out a loud whelp. Chewie pulls back on the controls and the first stage of
engine fire can be heard. Han flashes a big grin at Leia.
Someday you're going to be wrong, and I just hope I'm there to see it.
Han looks at Chewie.
The roar of the Falcon's main engines blast out everything as the ice cave wall
rushes by outside the cockpit window, moving right to left.
207X. INT. MAIN HANGAR - HOTH.
Stormtroopers run into hangar. Vader comes out of an ice corridor. The roar of
the Millennium Falcon engines is very loud. He stops.
207Y. POV VADER - INT. MAIN HANGAR - HOTH.
Shooting toward the main hangar doors as the Millennium Falcon (which is now
through the door) lifts up and disappears.
208. EXT. ICE SLOPE - MILLENNIUM FALCON - HOTH.
FULL SHOT of Luke and two other pilots looking up in the snowstorm as the
Millennium Falcon races from the distance and over the camera. The ship is
flying very close to the ground.
209. EXT. SKY OVER ICE SLOPE - HOTH.
Luke's POV Millennium Falcon racing skyward.
210. EXT. ICE SLOPE - X WING - HOTH.
Luke, Wedge, and the pilot trudge onward toward the outline of an X wing
There goes the Falcon. At least Han got away. Wedge, that looks like yours over
Right. Good luck, Luke.
The pilots split up. Luke waves as the others disappear in the windblown snow.
He walks on, and hears a familiar whistle coming from the vague silhouette of a
Artoo, is that you?!
Artoo chirps an excited acknowledgement as Luke climbs aboard the snow-covered
spacecraft. Artoo beeps his relief. The roar of the departing X wings can be
heard in the distance.
Don't worry, we'll be airborne in a second. Open the cockpit and activate the
211. INT. MAIN HANGAR DECK - REBEL BASE - HOTH.
Darth Vader strides through the remains of the rebel fortress. Two stormtroopers
struggle to keep up with the giant presence. Admiral Piett catches up with the
Seventeen ships destroyed, we don't know how many got away.
Anything on the Millennium Falcon?
It won't get through the blockade.
I want that ship.
212. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTER - STAR DESTROYER - SPACE.
SPACE FULL SHOT with the white planet of Hoth in the lower part of the frame.
The Millennium Falcon speeds away from the planet and over camera, closely
followed by one huge Star Destroyer and six tiny Tie fighters which also race
past camera. The slow moving Star Destroyer fills the frame as it plows ever
213. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - STAR DESTROYER - SPACE.
SPACE FULL SHOT. The Falcon races low over camera toward two very bright star-
sized objects. The six Tie fighters zoom overhead in pursuit followed by a huge
Imperial Star Destroyer.
214. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
OVERSHOULDER HAN AND CHEWIE. Inside the cockpit Chewie lets out a loud howl. Han
checks the deflectors as the ship begins to get buffeted by exploding flak. He
appears to be doing six things at once.
I know, I know, I see them...
Two more Star Destroyers heading right at us.
I'm glad you said there was going to be no problem, or I'd be worried.
Threepio bumps and bangs his way into the cockpit.
Sir, I was wondering...
Sit down, and shut up!
It can wait.
215. INT. COCKPIT MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
FULL SHOT INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON. POV out window at two approaching Star
Destroyers as they grow larger. Small flashes of light on the oncoming Star
Destroyers turn into large flak bursts which rock the Falcon. The Star
Destroyers grow larger as they get ever closer.
Chewie, how's the deflector shield holding up?
Chewie barks a reply as he readjusts an overhead switch.
Good...at sub-light, they may be faster, but we can still out-maneuver them.
216. INT. COCKPIT MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
CLOSE POV - out the Falcon cockpit window as the stars and looming Star
Destroyers suddenly shift radically, rising through the top of the cockpit
window as the Millennium Falcon starts into a steep dive. Everyone's stomach is
in their throat as Han makes a ninety degree dive straight down.
217. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - STAR DESTROYERS - SPACE.
FULL SHOT underneath one of the huge oncoming Star Destroyers as the Millennium
Falcon races toward it. Suddenly the Falcon starts into a steep dive straight
down toward camera. The Falcon races over camera followed by four Tie fighters.
The bottom side of the Star Destroyer continues on a collision course.
218. EXT. STAR DESTROYERS - SPACE.
A huge Star Destroyer in the foreground heads right at two oncoming Star
Destroyers and slowly starts to veer to the left.
219. INT. STAR DESTROYER NO. 2 BRIDGE - SPACE.
INT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - Out the front window the two oncoming Star
Destroyers can be seen veering to the left. Alarms, panic. Pilots are abandoning
their posts as the Imperial Star Destroyers on the view-scanner get closer. The
Captain tries to keep control of the situation.
Turn it! Turn it!
220. EXT. SPACE - MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS.
FULL SHOT, SPACE - The Millennium Falcon races to camera followed by four Tie
fighters with laser bolts.
221. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
Things have calmed down a bit, but the race isn't over yet. Chewie barks at Han.
Leia is still trying to find her stomach. The ship is buffeted by laser blasts.
That slowed them down a bit. Chewie stand by to make the jump to light speed.
The buffeting of the lasers becomes louder and stronger.
They're getting awfully close...
(With a gleam in his eye.)
Oh yeah...Watch this.
222. INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT.
REVERSE POV over shoulder out cockpit window as stars DO NOT go into hyperspace,
but just sit there.
223. INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT.
Han and Chewie look at each other and are thrown into an acute state of concern.
Han tries again...nothing.
I think we're in trouble.
If I may say so, Sir, I noticed earlier that the entire main paralight system
seems to be damaged.
We're in trouble!
The explosions become heavier.
224. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - STAR DESTROYER.
SPACE FULL SHOT - The Falcon races over camera into the starry vastness followed
by six Imperial Tie Fighters and an Imperial Star Destroyer.
225. EXT. SPACE LUKE'S X WING - HOTH.
FULL SHOT, HOTH - Luke's fighter speeds away from the tiny planet, wings closed.
226. EXT. LUKE'S X WING - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - Luke's fighter over camera, wings closed disappears into stars.
227. INT. COCKPIT - LUKE'S X WING - SPACE.
CLOSE SHOT Luke's interior fighter, very small planet in background. He makes a
decision and flips several switches.
228. INT. COCKPIT - LUKE'S X WING - SPACE.
LUKE'S POV - Stars shift right to left as Luke banks his fighter into a steep
229. EXT. LUKE'S X WING - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - Fighter comes to camera, banks sharply to left. PAN with ship flying
away in a new direction.
230. EXT. LUKE'S X WING - SPACE.
OVER ARTOO looking forward as the stars continue to move right to left, then
stop as the fighter pulls out of its bank.
231. INT. LUKE'S X WING - SPACE.
INT. CLOSE-UP LUKE, stars in background slowly moving from the bottom of the
frame to the top. The monitor screen on Luke's control panel prints out R-2's
There's nothing wrong, Artoo. I'm just setting a new course...
No, we're not going to regroup with the others.
232. EXT. LUKE'S X WING - SPACE.
SIDE VIEW of Artoo as he begins his protest. Artoo whistles an unbelieving:
233. INT. LUKE'S X WING - SPACE.
Luke reads Artoo's exclamation on his control panel.
We're going to the Dagobah System.
We have enough power.
(Artoo sing-songs a bit of chatter)
They don't need us there.
I'm countermanding the order...I'm a commander, remember.
Luke checks his readouts and makes a few adjustments. He rides along with only
the soft hum of the instruments to break the silence. Finally, Artoo chirps up.
Artoo answers with a soft carefully-put phrase of whistles.
Yes, Artoo, I know the Dagobah System doesn't appear on any of our navigational
charts. But, don't worry, it's there.
(Artoo beeps a worried beep)
I'm very sure...trust me.
Artoo lets out a limp little sigh. The little droid is silent for a moment, as
though thinking. Then another beep.
(a carefully-put sentence of whistles)
No...no headache, I feel fine...Why?
(Artoo chirps an innocent phrase)
No dizziness, no drowsiness, the scars are even gone...
(Artoo whistles a question)
No, that's all right. Artoo, I'd rather keep it on manual control for a while.
Artoo lets out a defeated whimper. Luke just smiles at his worried little
Trust me, Artoo. I know where I'm going and I'll get us there safely...it's not
234. EXT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - TIE SHIPS - MILLENNIUM FALCON.
The Falcon races to camera followed by four Tie fighters. The Falcon flies under
camera, the Tie fighters fly over camera followed by Star Destroyer No. 2 in the
235. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
SIDE VIEW INT. COCKPIT right to left. Stars race by left to right as flak bursts
outside the window.
236. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
Han works furiously at his controls while giving various orders to Chewie.
I don't know how we're going to get out of this one.
He gives Leia a glance, then a double take.
I didn't say anything...
Suddenly, a loud thump hits the side of the Falcon, causing it to lurch
radically. Chewie barks louder.
That was no laser blast...something hit us...
Or you ran into something ...
237. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON.
POV out front cockpit window as asteroids race by right to left.
238. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID BELT.
Han continues to work his ship controls as a chunk of rock crosses in front of
Asteroids! Chewie, bank left, let's find out where they're coming from...
Probably an asteroid field...
Let's hope so...it's just the chance we need.
To get killed...you're not seriously going into an asteroid field?
Aren't I? Hang on, sweetheart. We're gonna do some flyin'.
Another asteroid thumps against the ship. Leia winces.
You don't have to do this to impress me.
If I might remind you, sir, the probability of successfully navigating through
an asteroid field is approximately 365,000 to one...a graceful surrender might
Chewie turns and barks at Threepio, who immediately shuts up.
239. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID BELT.
OVER SHOULDER POV as stars move right to left as the Falcon turns into the
asteroid storm. Once the stars stop moving right to left and the ship completes
its turn, asteroids start coming toward the cockpit window from the distance.
240. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - ASTEROID BELT.
CLOSE-UP of asteroid as it tumbles away from the camera at fast speed. When
about 40 per cent of the screen is filled with the asteroid, several smaller
asteroids crash into it from the side, creating small explosions on the surface.
Other asteroids in many sizes pass by in all directions, some colliding and
creating explosions. When the big asteroid is 20 per cent of the screen, the
tiny Millennium Falcon appears from behind it, veers around the right side and
races past camera on the left side through the rain of rocks, followed by the
four Tie fighters, bobbing and weaving around the asteroids.
241. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - ASTEROID BELT.
FULL SIDE VIEW, TRACKING with the Falcon as it dodges an asteroid. Several
smaller asteroids explode as they collide with the hamburger-shaped ship. PAN
with the ship as it banks away from the camera. Four Tie fighters follow, one of
which connects with an asteroid and explodes. The other Tie Fighters are pelted
with smaller explosions.
242. EXT.. SPACE - IMPERIAL STAR FLEET.
FULL SHOT - Vader's Star Destroyer and two others flanked by several smaller
Imperial warships move out of Hoth's orbit and over camera.
243. OMIT OMIT.
244. INT. VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - VADER'S CHAMBER.
Admiral Piett hesitates in the entryway to Vader's private cubicle.
Come in, Admiral.
Admiral Piett steps into the room and pauses at the sight of...Darth Vader, his
back turned, is silhouetted in the gloom on the far side of the chamber. A
black, insect-looking droid attends him. Among the various apparatus surrounding
them, a respirator tube now retracts from Vader's uncovered head. The head is
bald with a mass of ugly scar tissue covering it. The black droid then lowers
Vader's mask and helmet onto his head. When it is in place, he turns.
Our pursuit ships have sighted the Millennium Falcon, My Lord. It has entered an
Asteroids don't concern me, Admiral. I want that ship, not excuses. How long
until you can have Skywalker and the others in the Millennium Falcon before me?
Soon, Lord Vader.
245. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - ASTEROID BELT.
FULL SHOT of two huge asteroids tumbling toward camera as the Millennium Falcon
banks around both of them and over camera as a third asteroid barely misses the
ship as the three Tie fighters follow in hot pursuit. One Tie fighter scrapes an
asteroid and tumbles over camera out of control.
246. EXT. STAR DESTROYER NO. 2 - ASTEROID BELT.
FULL SHOT Star Destroyer coming to camera blasting oncoming asteroids as it
goes. Smaller asteroids explode across its massive surface.
247. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - ASTEROID BELT.
FULL TWISTING SHOT of the Falcon on its side as it races under camera and around
an oncoming asteroid tumbling over camera, revealing the Falcon still twisting
and ending right side up. Two Ties follow in the distance, coming from either
248. INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID FIELD.
Asteroids race by the cockpit window as Han pilots his trusty craft through the
249. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID BELT.
INT. POV out cockpit window as a big asteroid drops past the window, narrowly
missing the Falcon.
250. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID BELT.
Chewie barks in terror as a small asteroid comes especially close...too
close...and bounces off the Falcon with a loud crunch. Threepio's hands cover
his eyes. He manages a short peek at the cockpit window. Princess Leia sits
stone-faced, staring at the action. Han gives her a quick look.
Well, you said you wanted to be there when I was wrong.
I take it back.
That Star Destroyer is slowing down.
251. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID.
SIDE VIEW INT. FULL SHOT of group as asteroids race by outside the window.
But we're going to get pulverized if we stay out here much longer.
I'm against that.
We've got to get out of this shower.
Now you're making sense.
Right. I'm going to get in closer to one of these big ones...
Chewbacca barks the same word, only louder.
252. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID BELT.
INT. OVER THE SHOULDER POV of the dense asteroid field as a giant asteroid comes
right at the Falcon and it banks sharply around it.
253. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - ASTEROID BELT.
FULL MOVING SHOT as the Millennium Falcon dives away from camera toward the
surface of one of the moon-sized asteroids. There is a continued display of
explosions across the surface as smaller asteroids collide with the larger
chunks of rock. Two Ties follow the Falcon to the surface.
254. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GIANT ASTEROID.
FULL OVERHEAD VIEW as the Falcon moving right to left skims the surface of the
giant asteroid. Small asteroids explode on the surface of the ship.
255. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - GIANT ASTEROID.
LOW TRACKING across surface as the Falcon and Ties race to camera and zoom
overhead under a hail of asteroids.
256. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - GIANT ASTEROID.
REVERSE LOW TRACKING as the Falcon and the two Tie fighters race over camera and
into the distance.
257. INT. COCKPIT - TIE FIGHTER - GIANT ASTEROID.
Stars whip by in the background. Pilot looks up screen left.
258. INT. COCKPIT - TIE FIGHTER - GIANT ASTEROID.
POV of giant asteroid racing to camera from out of the starry sky, slightly left
259. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - GIANT ASTEROID.
LOW TRACKING SHOT of the Falcon as it races toward camera and past. The Tie
fighters approach in the distance, but as the Falcon passes, a giant asteroid
intersects the frame in front of the Tie fighters creating a silhouetted
explosion. As the asteroid continues on its way, it leaves the remains of two
260. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
Han notices something on his main scope and nudges his faithful Wookiee,
There, there. Chewie get a reading on that. Looks pretty good.
What is it?
That should do nicely.
261. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - GIANT ASTEROID.
POV OVER THE SHOULDER out cockpit window, skimming the surface of the asteroid
as a large crater approaches.
262. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GIANT ASTEROID.
FULL SHOT of the Millennium Falcon as it dives into the huge crater and
263. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID SURFACE AND CRATER.
FULL SHOT of Falcon racing over camera and down into crater. The walls are
barely visible as the camera tracks with the Falcon, but at a slower speed. A
small cave appears on one side of the crater in the distance. The Falcon turns,
slows and scoots into the smaller cave.
264. EXT. LUKE'S X WING - SPACE.
FULL SHOT X WING over camera and away toward the cloud cover of Dagobah. Half
the planet is seen.
265. EXT. LUKE'S X WING - ARTOO - SPACE.
CLOSE SIDE VIEW of R-2 as he rides on the back of the X wing.
266. INT. COCKPIT - LUKE'S X WING - SPACE - DAGOBAH.
CLOSE-UP LUKE FRONT with stars moving right to left in background. Luke watches
Artoo's words translated on the computer scope.
Yes, that's Dagobah, Artoo...looks a little grim doesn't it...
...No, I don't want to change my mind about this...I'm not picking up any cities
(a little nervous)
...Massive life form readings though. There's something alive down there...
(Artoo beeps a worried query)
...Yes, I'm sure it's perfectly safe for droids. Will you take it easy?...I
guess I imagined that landing beacon. We'll just have to go in and see what
267. EXT. LUKE'S X WING - SPACE - PLANET DAGOBAH.
X-Wing to camera flying through twilight between space and planet.
268. EXT. LUKE'S X WING - SPACE - PLANET DAGOBAH.
CLOSER VIEW as the X wing races over camera and dives into the cloud cover and
269. INT. COCKPIT LUKE'S X WING - CLOUDS.
SIDE VIEW LUKE as the clouds race by in the background, bottom to top.
270. INT. COCKPIT LUKE'S X WING - CLOUDS.
Luke works desperately at his controls. The cloud cover had completely obscured
his vision. An alarm buzzes in the background. Artoo beeps and whistles
I know, I know! All the scopes are dead! I can't see a thing...Hang on, I'm
going to start the landing cycle...Let's just hope there's something underneath
The blast of the retro rockets is deafening. Artoo's squeals are barely heard.
Suddenly, there is a cracking sound as if limbs were being broken off trees and
then a tremendous splashing jolt as the spacecraft hits the surface. Luke is
considerably shaken, but all right. Artoo lets out a rattled little beep which
shows up on the view screen.
Yeah, I'm all right...You still in one piece?
(CLOSE-UP Artoo beeps affirmative)
Good. Come on, I think we're sinking.
Luke pulls a switch and his canopy pops open.
271. EXT. BOG - SWAMP - DUSK - DAGOBAH.
The mist-shrouded X wing fighter is barely visible, half buried in the murky
swamp. Luke climbs out onto the long nose of the spacecraft as Artoo pops out of
his cubby-hole on the back. The young warrior surveys his hostile new
environment. Huge, twisted trees covered with vines and moss outline the misty
Artoo, I wonder if that water is safe?
Artoo lets out a short beep, then steps forward, loses his balance and
disappears with a splash into the water.
272. EXT. SWAMP - DUSK.
Luke dives in near the spot where Artoo fell. He surfaces and scans the water
frantically until he sees a small periscope pop up. The periscope turns until it
gets a fix on Luke, then lets out a bubbling beep, and starts through the water
toward the muddy beach. Luke follows.
273. EXT. SWAMP - DUSK.
We see the POV of an underwater swimming "thing" as it watches R-2 and his young
master struggling toward shore. R-2 is powered by two bubbling jets.
274. EXT. SWAMP - DUSK.
A dark, ominously finned back breaks the surface. Luke stops swimming for a
second and sees the disturbing shape swimming toward him. Luke swims for his
life, racing past Artoo and finally scrambling up on shore.
275. EXT. SWAMP - DUSK.
The thing swims up behind the little droid and dives, creating a loud clunk.
Artoo's periscope disappears as he lets out a pathetic electronic scream. Luke
wades a few feet into the murky pool looking for any sign of his little friend.
The black surface is as still as death itself...a few bubbles begin to appear,
then PHHEEWAATT! The runt-sized robot is spit out of the water, makes a graceful
arc and comes crashing down in a patch of moss.
Artoo, are you okay?
Artoo responds with a series of feeble whistles and tones.
If you said you thought coming here was a bad idea, I'm beginning to agree with
276. EXT. SWAMP - BEACH - DUSK.
Luke is shivering cold as the fog begins to close in. He helps little Artoo
upright and starts to clean him off. All is quiet except for an eerie and
inhuman cry every once in awhile in the distance. Both the robot and the boy
glance around at the spooky swamp-jungle that surrounds them. Sinister shadows
move among the trees, as Luke notices a tiny, but vicious pair of eyes wink out
and disappear in a scutter of feet.
I'm sorry Artoo, I can't explain the urge that made me come here. It was part of
a dream...or...maybe I'm just going crazy.
277. EXT. SWAMP - POV - DUSK.
Luke looks back at the slowly sinking spacecraft.
278. EXT. SWAMP - BEACH - DUSK.
Artoo bubbles electronic profanity and ejects a stream of muddy water from one
of the ports in his head.
How are we going to get that thing flying again? What am I doing here?
Artoo beeps a short, "Got me boss."
279. EXT. IMPERIAL FLEET - SPACE - ASTEROID FIELD.
FULL SHOT - Fleet around Vader's ship in the asteroid storm. Asteroids big and
small begin to pelt the huge surface of the ships. One of the smaller Imperial
vessels in the foreground gets hit by a huge asteroid and explodes.
280. INT. BRIDGE - VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - MAIN CONTROL DECK.
INT. FULL SHOT - Asteroids collide, creating a fireworks display out the bridge
window. Darth Vader stands in the hologram cage above the control deck. Before
him are the hologram images of twenty Battleship Commanders. One of these
images, the Commander of the ship just exploded, is fading quickly away at this
moment. Another image, in the center and a little apart from the others, is
faded and continually disrupted by static. It is the Captain Needa of the Star
Destroyer which was most hotly on the tail of the Millennium Falcon. Admiral
Piett and an aide stand behind the Dark Lord.
CAPTAIN NEEDA (IN HOLOGRAM)
...which was the last time they appeared in any of our scopes. Considering the
amount of damage we've sustained, they must have been destroyed...
They're alive, Captain. I know it and I want every ship available to sweep the
asteroid field until they're found.
The Imperial Star Captains fade off one by one as Vader turns to Admiral Piett.
Now what's so important it couldn't wait, Admiral? Speak up!
The Admiral is scared white as a sheet. He's shaking.
It was...the Emperor...
Yes, he commands you make contact with him...
Move this ship out of the asteroid field and into a position where we can send a
Yes, My Lord.
And code the signal to my private chamber.
281. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID CAVE.
The pirate starship rests in a dark, dripping asteroid cave. It is so dark, the
exact dimensions are impossible to determine.
282. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CAVE.
Han and Chewie are busy shutting down the engine and the electronic systems.
Threepio and Leia watch worriedly as all the service lights go out. Han glances
from the dimming lights to Leia with a quick grin.
Getting kinda romantic in here.
Chewie suggests with a growl that Han pay attention to the business at hand. Han
returns to work.
What are you so grouchy about?
Sir, I'm almost afraid to ask, but does shutting down all but emergency power
systems include me?
Chewie barks yes, but Han think otherwise.
No, we're going to need you to talk to the ship and find out what happened to
our hyperdrive...How good are you with a macrofuser, Your Holiness?
Suddenly the ship lurches, causing all the loose items in the cockpit to go
flying. Chewie howls.
Sir, it's very possible this asteroid is not stable.
I'm glad you're here to tell us these things...
The ship begins a violent motion. Chewie howls.
Hang on! Watch out.
The jolting movement throws Leia across the cabin into Han's arms. The motion
stops as suddenly as it started. Han and Leia realize they are in each others
arms. The pirate grins down at the girl. Chewie watches the embrace with
Why, Princess, this is so sudden.
Very funny. You can let go now...I'm getting angry.
You don't look angry.
How do I look?
Leia flushes, averts her eyes. She's not exactly fighting to get free. But, of
course, Han blows it...
The anger rises in Leia.
Sorry, Captain, being held by you isn't enough to get me excited.
Well, I hope you don't expect more.
I don't expect anything, except to be left alone.
Fine with me. But I'm afraid you'll have to let go.
Han has lifted his arms lightly away, which makes it very clear that Leia has,
in fact, been returning his embrace. Leia realizes this and steps back,
embarrassed and angry. Her words are measured.
Don't you think it's time we got to work on your ship...
She turns and leaves the cockpit. Han turns to his faithful Wookiee, who's been
watching all this with Threepio.
Come on, Chewie, let's tear into this flying short circuit before we get hit
with another tremor.
Chewie barks and starts out of the cockpit with Han.
You, too, golden rod.
I must admit there are times I don't understand human behavior.
283. EXT. BOG CLEARING - DUSK.
The mist has disappeared a bit, but it is still a gloomy looking swamp. The X-
Wing fighter has stopped sinking and is now only about one third above water. A
transfer cable has been rigged between the starfighter and the shore. Artoo is
on the back of the fighter sending a power case to Luke on the edge of the
I think that will do it, Artoo. Come on back.
Luke hears a loud snapping crash in the dense jungle right behind him. It is too
dark to see anything, but Luke already has his light saber in his hand, waiting
to be ignited. Nothing emerges from the obscure foliage so Luke clips his weapon
back to his utility belt and continues to unpack the gear. Meanwhile, Artoo has
hooked a pulley from his midsection to the transport cable and is whizzing
toward his master. The stubby little droid lands with a beep.
You ready for some power?
Luke has ignited a little fusion furnace which throws off a warm glow. He warms
his hands, then plugs a power cable into Artoo's nose. The droid whistles his
appreciation. Luke opens a container of processed food and sits before the
Now all I have to do is find this Yoda...if he even exists.
Artoo beeps and Luke nervously looks around at the foreboding jungle. He
grimaces as he forces down the ill-tasting food.
This seems like a strange place to find a Jedi master...Gives me the creeps.
(Artoo beeps "I'm with you")
...There's something familiar about this place...I feel like...
You feel like what?
Luke jumps out of his skin. Artoo screeches in terror. The young warrior grabs
for his light saber as he spins around, looking for the speaker. Mysteriously,
standing right in front of Luke is a strange, blue creature, not more than two
feet tall. The wizened little thing is dressed in rags. It motions toward Luke's
(looking at creature)
...Like we're being watched.
Away put your weapon. I mean you no harm.
After some hesitation, Luke puts away his weapon, although he really doesn't
understand why. Artoo watches with interest.
I'm wondering...why are you here?
I'm looking for someone.
Looking? Looking? You've found someone I'd say. Heh? Yes!
(trying to keep from smiling)
Help you I can...yes...yes.
I'm looking for a great warrior.
A great warrior?
(shakes his head)
Not many of those. Wars don't make one great.
Yoda jumps and lands on one of the cases of supplies. He begins to rummage
Get away from there.
Artoo moves to the edge of the case (almost eye level to the creature who is
carelessly handling the supplies) and squeaks his disapproval. The creature
picks up the container of food Luke was eating from and takes a bite.
Hey, that's my dinner!
The creature spits out the bite he has taken. He makes a face.
Peewh! Awful, awful. Thank you, no. How get you so big eating food of this kind?
He flips the container in Luke's direction and reaches into one of Luke's supply
Listen, friend, we didn't mean to land here, and if I could get my fighter out
of this puddle I would, but I can't. So...
Can't get your ship out? Have you tried? Have you tried?
The creature spots something of interest in Luke's case; Luke loses patience and
grabs the case away. The creature retains his prize...a tiny power lamp. The
creature examines it with delight.
Give me that!
(retreating with it)
Mine! Mine! Or I'll help you not.
Clutching the lamp, the creature backs away from Luke right into Artoo, who the
creature barely recognizes as animate. But as the following exchange takes
place, one of Artoo's little arms slowly moves out toward the power lamp,
completely unnoticed by the creature.
I don't want your help. I want my lamp back. I'll need it in this slimy mudhole.
Mudhole? Slimy? My home this is.
Artoo grabs hold of the lamp and the two little figures are immediately engaged
in a tug-of-war over it. Artoo beeps a few "gimme that"s.
Mine, mine. Give it back.
The creature lets go with one hand and pokes Artoo lightly with one finger.
Artoo reacts big with a squeal, and lets go.
Okay, Artoo, let him have it. Now get out of here, little fellow, we've got
things to do.
No, no! I'll stay and help you find your friend.
I'm not looking for a friend. I'm looking for a Jedi Master.
Oh, a Jedi Master. Different altogether. Yoda you seek, Yoda.
(surprised and skeptical)
You know the Jedi Master?
Of course, yes. But now eat we must. Good food, I have good food. Come, come.
With that, the creature scurries out of the clearing and down a path which is
suddenly more apparent than before. Luke looks after him, thinking, then starts
that way. Artoo (quite upset) whistles a blue streak.
You'd better stay here and watch over the camp.
Artoo beeps even more frantically. Luke is almost out of sight. He yells back.
Artoo, now settle down...I can take care of myself...I'll be safe...okay?
The little droid grows quiet as Luke disappears from view.
284. EXT. BOG TRAIL - DUSK - DAGOBAH.
Down the misty trail, the creature moves along alone.
...yes, of course.
285. EXT. VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer floats against a vast sea of stars.
286. INT. VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - VADER'S CHAMBER.
Darth Vader stands before a shimmering holographic image which slowly comes into
focus. The image is that of Sate Pestage, Grand Vizier to His Eminence, Emperor.
Sate Pestage, I would see the Emperor. He commands it.
I must warn you, Lord Vader, The Emperor is in a foul mood. He bids you wait.
Have you any progress to report?
The rebel base on Hoth has been destroyed. I am tracking down the survivors.
The Emperor will be with you in time.
I wait at his convenience.
287. EXT. IMPERIAL CRUISER - ASTEROID BELT - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - Looking down on two medium-sized Imperial cruisers moving across the
surface, dropping bombs which create powerful shock waves centered around blue
288. EXT. IMPERIAL CRUISERS - CRATER - GIANT ASTEROID - SPACE.
The ships move over the crater in which the Millennium Falcon is hiding. A faint
ball of light emerges from the crater as a bomb hits bottom.
289. INT. MAIN HOLD AREA - MILLENNIUM FALCON.
The ship rattles and vibrates. Threepio is sitting at the main control panel.
The flooring and part of the ceiling have been removed revealing a section of
the complex powertrain. Chewie's head pops upside-down out of a bundle of wires
in the ceiling. He barks. Han looks up from where he's working in one of the
floor compartments. Princess Leia, who is welding something nearby, also stops
working and looks up at Chewie.
That was no earthquake.
Felt like a hydro concussion...an Imperial Cruiser.
Oh my, they've found us.
Everyone is quiet for a moment, waiting for a second blast. A very slight
vibration is felt.
They're moving away.
They're just trying to see if they can stir something up...we're safe.
Where have I heard that before?
Han ignores her sarcasm and moves past her, rubbing against her in the tight
quarters, to continue his work. She watches him for a moment, then goes back to
her welding. Threepio whistles and beeps into the control panel in front of him
and the control panel whistles back.
Where is Artoo when I need him? I don't know where your ship learned to
communicate, but its dialect leaves something to be desired. It says the power
coupling on the negative axis has been polarized. You'll have to replace it, I'm
Chewie barks his understanding and returns to his wires. Leia finishes welding
the valve she's been working on. She attempts to re-engage the system by pulling
on a lever attached to the valve. It doesn't budge. Han notices her struggle,
and moves to help her. She rebuffs him.
Easy, your worship. Only trying to help.
Would you please stop calling me that?
Han hears a new tone in her voice. He watches her pull on the lever.
Sure. I guess I make it difficult sometimes.
Yes, you do.
You could be a touch warmer, though.
(he watches her reaction)
Admit it, against your better judgment you think I'm all right.
She lets go of the lever and rubs her sore hand.
(a little smile, haltingly)
Sometimes, maybe...occasionally, when you aren't acting like a scoundrel.
That's quite a compliment.
With that, Han takes her hand, turns it over and presses his lips into her palm.
Leia is flushed, confused.
My hands are dirty.
Han kisses her hand again. Leia yanks it away and steps back. She can only move
a few feet in the cramped space, but Han does not follow her.
What are you afraid of?
Afraid of? Certainly not you Captain Solo...or any other man in this galaxy.
Han looks at her with a piercing look. He's never looked handsomer, more
dashing, more confident. He reaches out slowly and takes Leia's hand again from
where it is resting on a console. He draws it toward him.
Then why are you trembling?
Then, with an irresistible combination of physical strength and emotional power,
the space pirate begins to draw Leia toward him...very slowly.
You know what I think? I think you like me because I'm a scoundrel. I think you
haven't run into enough scoundrels in your life.
Leia is now very close and the following exchange takes place as their faces
draw even nearer. Leia's voice is an excited whisper, in complete opposition to
what she's saying.
Don't count on it. I happen to like nice men.
Sure, they're safer. You always know what they're going to do. Trouble is, it
gets a little dull.
There's nothing dull about a man I can depend on to be civilized.
You mean a man you can control.
I do not!
Try and control this...
He kisses her now, with slow hot lips. He takes his time, as though he had
forever, bending her body backward. She has never been kissed like this before,
and it almost makes her faint. When he stops, she regains her breath and tries
to work up some indignation, but finds it hard to talk.
You're wrong...This isn't what...
(he begins to kiss her again)
...not what I...want...
His mouth stops her. A swimming giddiness spins her around until, before she
knows it, she is kissing him back. Finally, Han breaks the kiss and looks at
her. They stand there for a moment looking at each other. Leia is totally,
frantically confused by her feelings. First with her eyes, then with her body,
she withdraws, detaches from Han. She slips from his arms and hurries from the
cabin. Han stares after her thoughtfully, then turns his attention to the stuck
lever. He gives it a confident, mighty pull. It doesn't budge.
Chewie! Gimme a hand with this.
290. EXT. BOG - EDGE OF SWAMP CAMP - DUSK.
A slight breeze moves the fog around in swirls. Artoo is all alone. The swamp
had become even more foreboding. A light slapping sound can be heard across the
water. The tiny droid's head zips around looking for danger in every direction.
He feels very alone, and attempts to warm several of his utility arms in front
of the thermal heater. He whimpers a nervous little whistle.
291. EXT. BOG MEADOW - CREATURE'S HOUSE - DUSK.
The gnarled trees thin out around a small moss-covered knoll where a strange,
baroque mud house is built. The small, gnomish structure radiates a warm glow
from its thick-glassed windows.
292. INT. CREATURE'S HOUSE.
The inside of the house is very plain, but cozy. Everything is in the same scale
as the creature. The only thing out of place in the miniature room is Luke, who
is cramped by the four foot ceiling. He sits crossed-legged on the floor of the
living room. The creature is in an adjoining area, which serves as the kitchen,
cooking up some incredible meal. The stove is a steaming hodgepodge of pots and
pans. The wizened little creature scurries about chopping this, shredding that
and showering everything with exotic herbs and spices. He rushes back and forth
putting platters on the table in front of Luke, who watches the creature
... I told you, I'm not hungry.
Patience. It's time to eat.
Look, it smells good. I'm sure it's delicious But I don't know why we can't see
It's the Jedi's time to eat, too.
Will it take long to get there? How far away is he?
Not far, not far. Be patient. Soon you will see him. Why wish you become a Jedi?
Because of my father, I guess.
(placing food on the table)
Oh, your father...a powerful Jedi was he, powerful Jedi.
(a little angry)
How could you know my father? You don't even know who I am.
Can't we get on with this already?
The creature turns away from Luke and speaks to a third party.
No good is this. This will not do. I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience!
Luke's head spins in that direction. He is startled to see the shimmering image
of Ben Kenobi.
Ben is focused on the creature. They ignore Luke for the moment. The boy is
bewildered, but over the next few exchanges it dawns on him that the little
creature is Yoda, the Jedi Master.
He will learn patience.
Much anger in him, like in his father.
We've discussed this before.
I can be a Jedi. I'm ready.
Yoda sits across the table from Luke.
Ready are you? What know you of ready? I have trained Jedi for 800 years. My own
counsel I'll keep on who is to be trained.
Why not me?
To become a Jedi takes the deepest commitment, the most serious mind.
He can do it.
(to Ben, indicating Luke)
This one I have watched a long time. All his life has he looked away...to the
horizon, to the sky, to the future. Never his mind on where he was, on what he
was doing. Adventure, excitement...
(turning to Luke)
A Jedi craves not these things!
Luke looks down, knows it's true.
I have followed my feelings.
You are reckless!
He's too old. Yes. Too old to start the training.
Luke thinks he hears a tiny softening.
But it hasn't been wasted time. I've learned much already.
Yoda turns his piercing gaze on Luke, as though the Jedi Master's huge eyes
could somehow determine how much the boy has learned. After a long moment, the
little creature turns toward Ben, who meets his look evenly and seems almost to
Will he finish what he begins?
We've come this far...He is our only hope.
Yoda concedes with a resigned look and Ben's image fades away. Yoda continues to
stare at the spot for a long time.
I will not fail you. I'm not afraid.
(turns slowly toward him)
You will be, my young one. Heh. You will be.
293. EXT. VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer floats against a vast sea of stars.
294. INT. VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - VADER'S CHAMBER.
The Dark Lord, Darth Vader, is alone in his chamber. A strange sound is heard
and light begins to play across Vader's black figure. He looks up and bows
quickly. A twelve foot hologram of the Galactic Emperor materializes before
Vader. The Emperor's face cannot be seen, for it is shrouded in dark robes with
a monk's hood, reminiscent of the cloak worn by old Ben Kenobi. His voice is
even deeper and more frightening than Vader's.
You may rise, my servant.
Vader rises, but he is afraid of his master and continually looks at his feet.
What is thy bidding, My Master?
There is a grave disturbance in The Force.
I have felt it.
Our situation is most precarious. We have a new enemy who could bring about our
Our destruction? Who?
The son of Skywalker. You must destroy him...or he will be our undoing.
He's not a Jedi, he's just a boy. Obi-wan could not have taught him so much
You are weak! I have seen it. The Force is strong with him. He must be
But, if he could be turned, he would be a powerful ally.
(a long pause)
Yes...yes. That would be a great asset.
He will join us or die, My Master.
Vader kneels. The supreme Emperor passes a hand over the crouched Lord of the
Sith and fades away.
295. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID CAVE.
The pirate starship rests in a dark, dripping asteroid cave. It is so dark, the
exact dimensions are impossible to determine.
296. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON.
The cockpit is quiet and lit only by the indicator lights on the control panel.
Princess Leia is sitting alone in the pilot's seat. She runs her hand across the
control panel as she thinks of Han, and the confusion he's created within her.
Something catches her eye outside the cockpit window. With the reflection of the
dash lights, it's hard to make out what it is. She moves closer to the glass and
peers into the gloom. Suddenly, there are two large yellow eyes staring back at
her. Leia is startled and jumps back into her seat, her heart pounding. There is
a scurry of feet and a loud screech, the eyes are gone. The young Princess
catches her breath, jumps out of her chair and races from the cockpit.
297. INT. MAIN HOLD AREA.
The lights go bright for a second, then go out again. Threepio turns to
Chewbacca who is looking over his shoulder at the control panel. Han finishes
with some wires.
Everything checks out here. If I might say so, I believe that should do it.
The Wookiee barks and turns as Leia rushes into the cabin. Han drops the final
floor panel into place.
There's something out there!
Outside, in the cave. There's a sharp banging on the hull.
Chewie looks up and barks.
It sounds like it's trying to get in.
I'm going to see what it is.
Are you crazy!
Look, we just got this bucket going again. I'm not about to let some varmint
tear it apart...
He grabs a breath mask off a rack and the Wookiee does likewise. Leia follows.
If there's more than one, you're going to need help.
Threepio looks around and sees that he's been deserted.
But that leaves me here all alone!
298. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID CAVE.
It is very dark and dank inside the huge asteroid cave. Too dark to see what is
tearing apart the ship. Chewie barks through his face mask, and points over the
jutting cockpit. A five foot shape can be seen moving across the top of the
Falcon. The leathery creature lets out a screech as Han blasts it with a laser
bolt. The black shape stumbles, then tumbles off the spaceship and lands at the
feet of the Princess. She leans over and studies the thing.
Looks like some kind of Mynock.
There will be more of them. They always travel in groups. And there's nothing
they like better than to attach themselves to ships. Just what we need right
Leia stamps her foot on the floor of the cave.
This asteroid has the strangest consistency...Look at the ground, it's not like
rock at all.
Han kneels and studies the ground, then attempts to study the outline of the
cave. There is a Mynock screech in the distance.
There's an awful lot of moisture in here.
Han unholsters his blaster and fires at the far side of the huge cave. Moments
later the cavern begins to shake and the ground begins to buckle.
I was afraid of that.
Chewie barks and starts for the ship. Leia and Han follow quickly.
299. INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON ENTRY - HOLD AREA.
As soon as Han and Leia are on board, Chewie closes the main hatch. The ship
continues to shake and heave.
Chewie, fire her up! We're getting out of here.
Threepio and the Wookiee head for the cockpit as Han rushes to the control panel
in the hold area and checks the scopes. Leia follows.
It's just another tremor the Empire is still out there. I don't think it's safe
Han rushes past her and heads for the cockpit.
There's no time to discuss this in committee.
And with that he's gone. The main engines of the Falcon begin to whine. She
races after him, bouncing around in the shaking ship.
I am not a committee!
300. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CAVE.
Han is already in the pilot's seat pulling back on the throttle. The earthquake
begins to stop. Leia enters.
Those Star Destroyers will spot us long before you can get into light speed. You
can't make the jump in this asteroid field.
Strap yourself in, sweetheart, we're taking off!
But the tremors have stopped.
The ship begins to move forward, the sides of the cave move away. Chewie barks
as he notices something out the window ahead.
301. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CAVE - POV.
INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON COCKPIT, POV out window of row of jagged white
stalagmites and stalactites surrounding the entrance. The entrance of the cave
is growing smaller.
302. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CAVE.
Han pulls hard on the throttle as the ship surges forward.
I see it Chewie, hang on.
The entrance is collapsing!
We're doomed. Goodbye, Mistress Leia. Goodbye, Captain...
Not collapsing, honey. It's closing! This is no cave...
Oh my, no!
Leia's mouth drops open as the rocks of the cave entrance are revealed to be
giant teeth quickly closing around the tiny ship. Chewie howls.
303. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - INT. MONSTER MOUTH.
FULL SHOT inside monster's mouth as the Millennium Falcon rolls on its side and
barely makes it between two of the monster's teeth before the huge jaw slams
304. EXT. CAVE ENTRANCE - ASTEROID CRATER.
FULL SHOT - The monstrous slug-type creature moves its head out of the cave as
the Falcon flies out of its mouth into relative safety. The monster tilts its
head as it watches the starship fly away.
305. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GIANT ASTEROID.
FULL SHOT - The Falcon races out of the asteroid crater into the deadly rain of
the asteroid storm. From monster's POV.
306. EXT. YODA'S BOG (MONTAGE) - DAY. - DAGOBAH.
Yoda is sitting on a branch high in one of the bog's weird trees. His legs
straddle the branch and clasped in his webbed feet is Luke's laser sword. On the
ground below, Luke sets himself up and jumps toward Yoda. He jumps incredibly
well for a human, but it doesn't bring him close to his object.
306X. EXT. BOG CLEARING - SWAMP - DUSK - DAGOBAH.
Luke runs through the dense jungle on the last leg of what must have been quite
a marathon. Yoda rides in a pouch on Luke's back. The young apprentice is sweaty
and exhausted. He stumbles into the clearing where Artoo has been patiently
waiting. As Luke is about to collapse, Yoda throws a small metal bar in front of
him. Luke ignites his laser sword and swings at it. He missed and the bar falls
to the ground. Luke does too.
I can't...Too tired.
It would be in seven pieces, were you a Jedi.
I thought I was in good shape.
Yes, but by what standard, ask I? Forget your old measures. Unlearn, heh,
307X. EXT. YODA'S BOG (MONTAGE) - DAY. - DAGOBAH.
At the edge of a wide pond, Yoda sits on a log. In his mouth is a Gimer Stick, a
short twig with three little branches at the far end. Luke is nowhere in sight,
but now we begin to hear the sound of someone crashing through the foliage.
Suddenly Luke appears on the far side of the pond at a run and leaps out toward
Yoda. It's an extraordinary leap, but he falls short by six feet, creating a
huge splash, which drenches Yoda and his Gimer Stick.
308X. EXT. YODA'S BOG (MONTAGE) - DAY. - DAGOBAH.
In the bog clearing, Yoda and Luke sit facing two bowling ball-size rocks. Artoo
observes from the side. Luke stares at the rocks, Yoda stares at Luke. Slowly,
one of the rocks lifts from the ground and floats up to rest on the other. Luke
smiles with satisfaction and turns to Yoda for approval. The floating rock
tumbles off. Artoo beeps his review.
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309X. EXT. YODA'S BOG (MONTAGE) - DAY. - DAGOBAH.
Luke's face is upside-down and showing enormous strain. Soon we see why. He is
standing on his hands and Yoda is perched up on Luke's feet. Yoda taps Luke's
leg. Luke focusing and quickly removes one hand. His body wavers, but he
maintains his balance. Artoo races up to his master whistling and beeping like
mad. Luke is trying to maintain his balance, desperately and finally collapses.
Yoda jumps clear.
(a little annoyed)
Oh, Artoo, what is it?
310X. EXT. BOG CLEARING - SWAMP - DUSK - DAGOBAH.
Artoo runs around in circles, chirping frantically, then scoots over to the edge
of the swamp where the X-Wing fighter has sunk almost from sight. Luke rushes to
the water's edge.
Oh no. We'll never get it out now.
Yoda stamps his foot in irritation.
So sure are you? Tried have you? Always with you it can't be done. Hear you
nothing that I say?
Luke looks uncertainly out at the ship.
Master, moving rocks is one thing, but this is a little different.
No! No different! The differences are in your mind. Throw them out! No longer of
use are they to you.
Okay. I'll give it a try.
No. Try not. Do, do. Or do not. There is no try. Luke closes his eyes and tries
to think the ship out.
311. EXT. SWAMP - X WING FIGHTER - DUSK.
The fighter begins to shake a little, but doesn't rise.
312. EXT. BOG CLEARING - SWAMP - DUSK.
Luke tries as hard as he can.
I can't. It's too big.
Size has no meaning. It matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size do you?
Luke shakes his head no.
And well you shouldn't. For my ally is The Force. And a powerful ally it is. All
of life feeds it and makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us.
Luminous beings are we...
(Yoda pinches Luke's skin)
...not this crude matter.
(a sweeping gesture)
Feel it you must. Feel the flow. Feel The Force around you...
...Here, between you and I and that tree and that rock...
Yoda indicates the vicinity of Artoo, whose head spins around looking for The
...Yes, everywhere, waiting to be felt and used...Yes, even between this land
and that ship!
313. EXT. SWAMP - BEACH - X WING FIGHTER - DUSK.
With that, Yoda, Jedi master, raises his arm. The huge X-Wing fighter moves
magically out of the muddy swamp and lands gently on the shore.
314. EXT. BOG CLEARING - SWAMP - DUSK.
Artoo runs behind some barrels in terror. Luke is amazed.
I don't believe it.
That is why you fail.
315. EXT. VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer in space with Tie Fighters buzzing
316. INT. VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - BRIDGE - SPACE.
INT. BRIDGE - Starfield, Tie fighters in background. Vader stands in the back
control area of the bridge with a motley group of men and creatures. Admiral
Piett and one of his star captains stand at the front of the bridge and watch
the group with scorn.
Bounty hunters! Why should he bring them into this? The rebels won't escape
A Controller interrupts.
Sir, we have a priority signal from the Star Destroyer Vengeful.
The group standing before Vader is a bizarre array of galactic fortune hunters:
there is Bossk, a slimy, tentacled monster with two huge, bloodshot eyes in a
soft baggy face; Zuckuss and Dengar, two battle-scarred, mangy human types; IG-
88, a battered, tarnished chrome war droid; and Boba Fett, a man in a weapon-
covered armored space suit.
...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 proof...no
At that moment, Admiral Piett approaches Vader in a rush of excitement.
My Lord, we have them!
317. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - STAR DESTROYER - ASTEROID BELT.
FULL SHOT, asteroid field, of the Millennium Falcon followed by a firing
Imperial Star Destroyer, head to camera. A large asteroid about the same size as
the Falcon tumbles over camera and toward the Falcon, covering it from view. The
tiny starship banks to miss the giant asteroid as smaller rocks pelt its surface
and it roars under camera. The asteroid grows small in the distance as it
explodes harmlessly on the Star Destroyer.
318. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID BELT.
INT. COCKPIT, OVER THE SHOULDER, of the asteroid storm and flak.
319. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID FIELD.
The ship shudders as flak explodes near the cockpit window. Threepio is watching
a tracking scope of the side control panel. Leia watches tensely out the window.
I can see the edge of the asteroid field, sir.
Good. Soon as we're clear, we'll kick this baby into hyperdrive.
320. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - STAR DESTROYER - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - The Millennium Falcon races past camera, right to left, followed by
the Star Destroyer, firing away.
321. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
Chewie barks excitedly as the rain of asteroids begins to subside. A bolt from
the Star Destroyer creates a huge explosion on the back side of the Millennium
Falcon. The ship lurches to one side.
322. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - STAR DESTROYER - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - The Falcon going from camera is hit by a bolt from the Star
Destroyer, creating a huge explosion on the back side of the Falcon. The ship
lurches to one side, then rights itself. End asteroid storm.
323. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
Han corrects the attitude of the ship. Chewie whines.
I'm with you, Chewie. Let's vacate the area. Stand-by for light speed. This time
they get the surprise. Hang on...
324. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
INT. COCKPIT, OVER THE SHOULDER - Han pulls back on the hyperspace throttle and
nothing happens. Flak bursts continue outside.
325. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
Han is frantic.
This isn't fair!
Chewie is very angry and starts to growl and bark at his friend and captain. Han
desperately pulls back on the throttle again.
(sheepish on the defensive)
Couldn't be, I checked the transfer circuits, just like you said!
I tell you this time it's not my fault. I'm sure I checked it.
(almost expecting it)
It's not my fault. I can't understand it!
Sir, we've lost the rear deflector shield. One more direct hit on the back
quarter and we're done for.
Well, what now?
Han thinks for a moment, makes a decision and pulls back on a lever.
Sharp bank, Chewie. Let's turn this bucket around.
(Chewie puzzled, barks)
You heard me, turn around! Full power on the front shield.
You're going to attack them?!!!
Sir, if I might point out, the odds of surviving a direct assault on an Imperial
Star Destroyer are...
Chewie barks and the golden droid shuts up.
326. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - POV - SPACE.
INT. COCKPIT, POV of flak, banking as the Falcon makes a steep turn.
327. EXT. SPACE - MILLENNIUM FALCON - STAR DESTROYER.
FULL SHOT - The Falcon races past camera, right to left. Pan as the starship
does a twisting turn and heads back over camera.
328. EXT. SPACE - MILLENNIUM FALCON - STAR DESTROYER.
FULL SHOT - Moving toward the Star Destroyer as the Falcon races over camera and
away, becoming very small against the massive surface of the Star Destroyer.
329. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - STAR DESTROYER SURFACE - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - TRACKING with the Falcon across the surface of the Star Destroyer as
it is bobbing and weaving to avoid the numerous flak bursts. The Falcon flies
330. INT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER NO. 2 BRIDGE.
INT. STAR DESTROYER BRIDGE, POV of stars as tiny Falcon heads at camera, stars
and window in foreground. Lots of excitement on the bridge of the Star Destroyer
as the tiny spaceship races low across the hull headed directly at the huge
windows of the bridge area. Alarms go off everywhere.
He's coming in too low to hit!
We're going to collide!
Shields up? He's insane!
331. INT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER NO. 2 - BRIDGE - ANOTHER ANGLE.
INT. BRIDGE window with the Falcon racing at the window as the officers duck. At
the last minute, the Falcon veers off and out of sight. Stars, all is quiet.
Track them, they may come around for another pass.
What is it?
The ship doesn't appear on any of our scopes.
It couldn't have disappeared...Could a ship that small have a cloaking device?
No, sir...Maybe they went into light speed at the last minute.
Then why did they attack? They could have gone into hyperspace when they cleared
the asteroid field.
Well, there's no trace of them, sir, no matter how they did it. The only logical
explanation is that they went into lightspeed...
Sir, Lord Vader demands an update on the pursuit...What should he be told?
The captain looks at his aide with a resigned expression.
I am responsible for this. Get the shuttle ready. When we rendezvous with Lord
Vader, I will apologize to him myself...Turn around and scan the area one more
332. EXT. SWAMP - BOG - DUSK.
Luke lies motionless in the mud with Artoo leaning over him. Two glowing balls
about the size of baseballs hover above them like mosquitoes and occasionally
the angry Artoo swats at them; they move just out of the stubby droid's reach.
Artoo whistles to his master several times, but gets no response. Artoo turns
toward Yoda, who is sitting quietly nearby chewing on his Gimer Stick, and
begins to furiously beep and scold the little Jedi Master. Artoo turns back to
Luke. A small metal electrode projects out of Artoo and rests on Luke's chest.
There is a concerned whistle from the droid, a short electronic yap, and Luke
jumps awake with a start. The young Jedi shakes his head clear and rubs his
shoulder. He is very angry; his glare moves between Yoda and the two glowing
Concentration. Heh? Concentration.
I thought those seekers were set for stun!
That they are.
They're a lot stronger than I'm used to.
That would matter not were The Force flowing through you. Higher you'd jump!
Faster you'd move! Open yourself to The Force you must.
Artoo scoots away as the fed-up Luke grabs his laser sword from the mud, ignites
it and jumps up.
I'm open to it now! I feel it. Come on you little flying blasters!
As he moves toward the hovering balls with a poised saber and ferocious look,
they draw away, retreating to the area around Yoda's head.
No, no. This will not do. Anger is what you feel.
But I feel The Force flowing!
Anger, fear, aggression! The dark side of The Force are they. Easily they
flow...quick to join you in a fight. Beware, beware, beware of them. A heavy
price is paid for the power they bring.
Luke lowers his light saber, confused.
Price? What do you mean?
The dark side beckons. But if once start down the dark path, forever will it
dominate your destiny. Consume you it will...as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice.
Lord Vader...Is the dark side stronger?
No, no. Easier, quicker, more seductive.
But how am I to know the good side from the dark?
You will know. When you are at peace...calm...passive. A Jedi uses The Force for
knowledge and defense. Never for attack.
But tell me why...
No! Nothing more will I tell you now. Clear your mind of questions...Quiet now
Luke stops protesting, relaxes his body.
Luke closes his eyes, tries to clear his thoughts.
...passive...Let yourself go...
After a long moment, Yoda makes the tiniest little gesture and the two glowing
balls near his head race toward Luke, firing stun bolts. Luke immediately
springs to life, but in a lovely, graceful way. He moves incredibly fast,
deflecting bolts thrown at him from all directions, jumping incredibly high. The
seeker attack stops as suddenly as it started and the two balls retreat to
either side of Yoda's head. Artoo lets out a sigh and shakes his head. Luke
grins proudly at Yoda who continues to chew away.
Much progress do you make, young one. Stronger do you grow.
Luke is bursting with his achievement as two more glowing seekers float into
view from behind Yoda's back, making a poised line of four above Yoda. Luke's
grin melts away.
333. EXT. VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - Fleet around Vader's Star Destroyer with second Star Destroyer in
334. INT. VADER'S STAR DESTROYER BRIDGE - CONTROL DECK.
The dead body of Captain Needa lies at the feet of Darth Vader. Two
stormtroopers pick it up and carry it quickly away as Admiral Piett and two of
his captains hurry up to the Dark Lord.
Lord Vader, our ships have completed their scan of the area and found nothing.
The Millennium Falcon definitely went into lightspeed. It's probably on the
other side of the galaxy by now.
Alert all commands. Calculate every possible destination along their last known
trajectory and disburse the fleet to search for them. Don't fail me again,
Admiral, I've had quite enough!
Yes, My Lord. We'll find them.
The Admiral turns to an aide, a little more worried than when he arrived.
Deploy the fleet.
335. EXT. IMPERIAL FLEET - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - Imperial fleet as Vader's ship moves away with the smaller ships.
Into the foreground, from the bottom, comes a huge Star Destroyer which moves
into the distance.
336. EXT. STAR DESTROYER SURFACE - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
MED SHOT of Star Destroyer bridge as camera tracks into the Millennium Falcon,
clinging to the side of the ship.
337. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
INT. FALCON COCKPIT, stars moving slowly. Everyone is hanging in their chairs
sideways. Threepio is shut down. Leia glances at him.
You could have warned him before you shut him off.
Oh, so sorry! Didn't mean to offend your droid. You think braking and shutting
down in that amount of time is easy?
I'm still not sure what you've accomplished.
Chewie, check the manual release on the landing claws.
Chewie barks, struggles from his seat, and climbs out of the cabin.
What'd you have in mind for your next move?
(pointing out window)
The fleet is finally breaking up. I'm hoping they'll follow standard Imperial
procedure and dump their garbage before they go into light speed.
Leia gets it after a moment. She smiles and pats Han like a puppy.
Not bad, hot shot, not bad. Then what?
Then we have to find a safe port around here. Got any ideas?
That depends. Where are we?
Here...near the Anoat system.
Han points to a configuration of small light points on a computer map screen on
the control panel. Leia slips out of her chair and moves next to the handsome
pilot. Several systems flash by on the computer screen.
Funny, I have the feeling I've been in this area before. Let me check my logs.
You keep logs? My, how organized.
Well, sometimes...Ah-hah, I knew it! Lando Calrissian.
Never heard of that system.
Lando's not a system, he's a man. A gambler, con-artist...all-round scoundrel...
(winks at Leia)
...your kind of guy. The system is called Bespin. It's a ways from here, but
(reading from the computer)
A mining colony.
A Tibanna gas mine. Lando won it in a sabacc match, or so he claims. Lando and I
go way back.
Can you trust him?
No. But he has no love for the Empire, that much I know...
Chewie barks something on the intercom. Han quickly changes his readouts and
stretches to look out the cockpit window.
I see it, Chewie, I see it...Prepare the manual release.
(turns to Leia)
Here goes nothing, sweetheart.
Han leans back in his chair and gives her an inviting smile. She thinks for a
moment, shakes her head; a grin creeps across her face and she gives him a quick
You do have your moments...Not many, but you do have them.
Let 'er go, Chewie.
338. EXT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - Space and Star Destroyer moving slowly away from camera. Junk begins
to trail out of the ship and float over camera as the Falcon tumbles by. The
Star Destroyer roars and zooms into hyperspace.
339. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - JUNK - BOBA
FETT'S SHIP - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - Junk over camera. Going away, the Falcon starts engines and races
off into the distance. The junk slowly drifts away. Boba Fett's ship appears in
the foreground and moves after the Falcon.
340. EXT. BOG TRAIL - DUSK.
Luke runs through the Bog, jumping incredibly high over roots, doing amazing
double flips across mud holes, racing in and out of the heavy ground fog. Yoda
again rides on Luke's neck. Yoda tosses a silver bar high above Luke, but behind
him. The young warrior instantly turns and cuts the bar into four pieces. Yoda
is pleased, but Luke is suddenly distracted, wary.
Four this time! The Force you feel.
Yes...I also feel danger...death. Something's not right.
Luke turns to see a huge, tangled, dead black tree. It's base is surrounded by a
few feet of water. Giant, twisted roots form a dark and sinister cave near one
side. Luke lets Yoda down to the ground. He stares at the tree, breathing hard.
You brought me here purposely.
Yoda sits on a large root, pulls out his chew stick.
I feel cold.
This tree is strong with the dark side of The Force. A servant of evil it is.
Into it you must go.
What's in there?
Only what you take with you.
Luke looks warily between the tree and Yoda. He ignites his light saber and
steps into the water.
Your weapon...you won't need it.
Luke gives the tree a long look, then shakes his head "no." Yoda shrugs. Luke
wades across the water and steps into the darkness of the cave.
341. INT. TREE CAVE - DAGOBAH.
Luke moves into almost total darkness. It's wet and slimy. The young Jedi can
barely make out the edge of the passage. Suddenly, he is enveloped by a thick
spider web-like membrane. He thrashes to clear himself and cuts through it with
his laser sword. When he is free of it, he holds the saber out before him. Five
inches from his face, a beetle the size of Luke's hand scurries up the wall to
join its mates. Luke draws back only a moment, then pushes deeper into the cave.
The space widens around him, but he can feel that rather than see it. His sword
casts the only light. Luke peers into the darkness. It has become very quiet
here. There is a long, long beat. A loud hiss! Darth Vader appears across the
blackness, illuminated by his just-ignited laser sword. Immediately, he charges
Luke, saber before him. He is upon him in seconds, but Luke sidesteps perfectly
and slashes at Vader with his sword. Vader is decapitated. His head and helmet
fly from his shoulders as his body disappears into the darkness. The metallic
banging of the helmet fills the cave as Vader's head spins and bounces, smashes
on the floor and stops. For one instant it sits whole on the floor. Then it
cracks vertically. The black helmet and breath mask fall away to reveal...Luke's
head. Across the space, the standing Luke gasps at the sight, wide-eyed in
terror. The decapitated head fades away, as in a vision.
342. EXT. OUTSIDE THE TREE - DUSK.
Yoda sits on the root, calmly chewing on his Gimer Stick.
343. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - BESPIN SYSTEM.
FULL SHOT - The powerful pirate starship over camera as it heads toward the soft
pink planet of Bespin. Planet is about 25 per cent of frame - moons.
344. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - BESPIN SURFACE.
FULL SHOT, TRACKING - Bespin's surface. It is dawn on the gaseous planet. Huge
billowing clouds form a canyon as the ship banks around them and past camera.
345. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - TWIN CARS - CLOUDS - BESPIN.
TRACKING, FULL SHOT of Falcon moving right to left in distance as a twin pod
cloud car races over camera and toward the Falcon.
346. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - TWIN CAR - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN.
FULL SHOT, TRACKING with the Falcon coming to camera as the cloud car banks in
from the right and pulls along side on the left. Falcon slowly gains on camera
and goes overhead.
347. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUDS - BESPIN.
SIDE ANGLE INT. SIDE VIEW from Falcon cockpit of clouds andcloud car outside,
clouds move left to right. Wookiee in foreground. Flak rocks ships. Chewie barks
No...I do not have a landing permit...my registration is...(static)...
348. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUDS - BESPIN.
Flak bursts outside the cockpit window and rattles the ship's interior. Leia
Standing by...any aggressive move will bring about your destruction.
Rather touchy, aren't they.
I thought you knew this person.
Well, it's been awhile.
Chewie barks and growls at his boss.
That was a long time ago. I'm sure he's forgotten all about it, and so should
Permission granted to land on platform 327...any deviation of flight pattern
will bring about your...
Han snaps off intercom. He is angry. The giant Wookiee turns to Han and grunts.
Han turns to the worried Princess and her droid.
He'll help us...We go way back...really. Don't worry.
Leia doesn't look convinced.
349. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CAR - CLOUD CITY.
FULL SHOT - Camera moves through clouds to reveal the city in a long shot. We
see the ball at the bottom as it bobs in and out of the cloud surface. The cloud
car and the Falcon pass over camera and head for the city.
350. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CAR - CLOUD CITY.
FULL SHOT - Ships come to camera, PAN as they pass on left to closer view of
city as ships grow small.
351. EXT. LANDING PLATFORM - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CITY.
HIGH ANGLE - With cloud car near camera and Falcon dives into the distance,
landing on one of the tiny city platforms. Several ships in background.
352. INT. CORRIDOR - CLOUD CITY - DAY - BESPIN.
Lando Calrissian, a suave, dashing black man in his thirties leads a group of
aides and bodyguards toward the landing platform. The group, like the other
citizens of the city, is a motley collection of aliens, blacks, humanoids,
whites and Orientals. Lando has a grim expression on his face as he exits onto
the landing platform.
353. EXT. LANDING PLATFORM - DOOR OF MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN.
Han and Leia stand at the open door, armed. Behind them stands Chewie, also
armed. They survey the scene warily. A dawn wind whips at Lando and his troops
as they march across the narrow bridge leading to the landing platform.
(to Han, low)
I don't like this.
It'll be all right. Trust me.
And keep your eyes open. You wait here.
Han walks down the ramp, followed by Chewie. Lando has a pleased, proprietory
look on his face as he gazes at the ship, which fades to a neutral look as he
stops ten feet from Han. The two men eye each other carefully. Lando just shakes
Why you slimy, double-crossing, no-good swindler...am I glad to see you.
No hard feelings?
Are you kidding?
I always said you were a gentleman.
The two old friends embrace, laughing and chuckling.
How you doing, Chewbacca? Still wasting your time with this clown, eh?
Chewie growls a reserved greeting.
Leia starts down the ramp, followed by Threepio. Lando glances up at her and
does a slow take.
Hello! What have we here? Welcome, I am Baron Lando Calrissian, Administrator of
this facility...and who might you be?
You may call me Leia.
Lando bows before Leia and kisses her hand.
And I am See-Threepio, human-cyborg relations, at your...
Before Threepio can finish his introduction, Han has put his arm around Lando
and steered away from Leia, back toward the city.
She's traveling with me, Lando and I don't intend to gamble her away, so you
might as well forget she exists.
Lando glances longingly over his shoulder at Leia who is following behind the
two old friends.
That won't be easy, my friend...What brings you here, anyway?
What have you done to my ship?
Han smiles, explains over his shoulder to Leia.
Lando used to own the Falcon. And he sometimes forgets that he lost it fair and
Lando concedes this with a little gesture, speaks to Leia.
That ship saved my life a few times. It's the fastest hunk of machinery in the
What's wrong with her?
I'll have my people get to work on it right away. Hate the thought of the
Millennium Falcon without her heart.
354. INT. CORRIDOR - CLOUD CITY.
The group has crossed the narrow bridge and entered the city. They walk down the
lovely art-deco passageway, rounding several corners and passing many small
plazas as they go. Threepio lags a bit behind.
How's your mining operation going?
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 and...
(catches Han grinning at him)
What's so funny?
Nothing. I never would have guessed that underneath that wild schemer I knew was
a responsible leader and businessman...But you wear it well.
Lando is reflective, he looks at Han a moment.
Seeing you sure brings back a few things...
(shakes his head)
Yeah, I'm responsible these days. It's the price of success. And you know what,
Han, you were right all along. It's over-rated.
Han and Lando laugh together. As the lagging Threepio passes a doorway, he hears
the muffled beeping and whistling of an R-2 unit.
355. INT. SIDE CORRIDOR - CLOUD CITY.
Threepio enters the off-shoot corridor.
Oh, an R-2 unit, I'd almost forgotten what they sound like...
As Threepio is about to reach another doorway, the door to the main passage
closes behind him. He looks into the room.
Oh my!...Those look like...
A laserbolt to Threepio's chest sends him flying in twenty directions.
Smoldering mechanical arms and legs bounce off the walls
356. INT. CORRIDOR - CLOUD CITY.
Lando, Han and Leia continue down the corridor unaware of Threepio's demise.
Chewbacca glances around, sniffs the air, but shrugs his shoulders and follows
357. EXT. YODA'S BOG (MONTAGE).
Again Yoda sits on the high branch with Luke's laser sword clasped in his webbed
feet. Far below, Luke sets, then jumps. This time he not only grabs the sword
but soars an extra couple feet, high enough to flash a quick grin at Yoda, eye
358. EXT. YODA'S BOG (MONTAGE).
Luke is standing on one hand again, with Yoda perched up on his feet. But now
Luke's face shows less strain, more concentration. Suddenly, Luke holds his four
fingers off the ground. He is balancing on his thumb.
359. EXT. BOG - SWAMP - DUSK - DAGOBAH.
Artoo is busy washing down the X-Wing fighter. A powerful stream of water sprays
from a nozzle in the droid's side, while a hose from his other side trails off
into the watery swamp. Luke and Yoda are sitting in the camp facing each other.
The young warrior's eyes are closed.
Be calm. Through The Force, things you will see: other places, other thoughts,
the future, the past, old friends long gone.
How's the boy doing?
A most gifted apprentice...if concentrate he would!
Luke turns to see the image of Ben fade away.
Free your mind and return he will.
My mind fills with so many images.
Control, control you must learn of what you see. Not easy, not fast.
I see a city in the clouds.
Bespin. I see it too...Friends you have there, heh? Concentrate and see them you
I see them!...They're in pain...they're suffering.
It is the future you see.
As Luke moans, Artoo stops his work and rushes over to his master and starts
beeping angrily at Yoda, crowding him.
Will they die?
Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future...Back away, little machine!
Yoda lifts his hand towards the pushing droid and Artoo lets out a quick shriek
of shock and moves away, mumbling and looking back at Yoda. Luke has started to
gather up his things.
They're my friends.
Foreknowledge is helpful, but painful sometimes and dangerous too. You have far
to go in your training.
Luke is stopped cold by Yoda's words. Gloom shrouds him as he plops down and
Artoo comes over to comfort him.
359. INT. JUNK ROOM - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN.
A room piled high with broken or discarded parts. Chewie is poking
around...seems to find a piece that pleases him...tosses another part away.
Moves around a large piece, which partially obscures him - he lets out a savage
growl at what he sees.
360. INT. LIVING QUARTERS - CLOUD CITY - DAY - BESPIN.
Sunlight pours through the skylight in a large art-deco living area onto which
four apartments open. Han slouches in a lounge chair with his feet on a table.
He aims his blaster at a glow globe and makes a firing sound with his tongue. He
turns to see Leia standing in the doorway to her apartment. Han is knocked out
by the sight. He holsters his blaster distractedly as he ogles the radiant Leia.
She has changed from her cold weather pants and jacket to a lovely dress. Her
hair is up, tied with ribbons.
What are you staring at?
You look silly.
You look great.
Has Threepio turned up yet?
Huh? Oh. Your droid's been gone too long just to be lost. He may have gotten
into some trouble. Chewie went to look for him.
(he pats a spot on his lounge)
Come over here. I want to check this out.
Leia thinks it over a moment, then walks over and settles next to Han, who's
overjoyed with her apparent pliancy. He's about to envelop her when she throws
on the ice water...
I hope Luke made it to the fleet all right.
Luke! I'm sure he's fine. Probably sitting around wondering what we're doing
Han puts his arm around her. They are ready to kiss. The door zaps open.
Chewbacca walks in carrying a packing case of Threepio, arms and legs hanging
over the edge. He drops the box on the table. Chewie barks at his master.
He found him in a junk pile...
Something's wrong here. Your friend Lando is very charming, but I don't trust
Well, I do trust him. Lando's an old friend. Must have been an accident.
Chewie, do you think you can repair him?
The giant Wookiee has been studying the array of robot parts. He looks at the
Princess. Chewie howls and shrugs his shoulders.
Why don't we just turn him over to Lando to fix?
Look, sweetheart, I'm not going to have you accusing my friend of...
There is a buzz and the door slides open revealing Lando and a pair of body
Sorry, am I interrupting anything?
I must say, your beauty is unparalleled. Truly you belong here with us among the
Would you care to join me for a little refreshment?
Han looks at Lando suspiciously. Chewie barks at the mention of food. Licks his
Everyone's invited, of course.
Leia takes Lando's proffered arm and the group turns to go. Lando spots
Having problems with you droid?
Han and Leia exchange a quick glance.
An accident. Nothing we can't handle.
The door slides closed behind them, leaving the battered droid on the table.
361. INT. CORRIDOR - CLOUD CITY - DAY.
Leia walks between Han and Lando as Chewie and the two bodyguards follow a short
distance behind. Long shafts of light pour across the corridor between tall
...We are a free station and do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Empire.
You're part of the mining guild then?
Not actually...Our operation is small enough not to be noticed, so you might say
we're enterprisers. Most of our trade is, well...unofficial.
362. EXT. VERANDA - CLOUD CITY - DAY.
The corridor opens onto a veranda which overlooks the spiraled top of the city.
As Lando and the group pass by, City Plaza is in background with several cloud
cars flying around.
It's a lovely outpost.
Yes, we keep pollution down by having the power reactor far below the city. It's
connected by a transfer shaft.
363. INT. CORRIDOR - CLOUD CITY - DAY.
They re-enter the corridor and head for a huge doorway at the far end. Chewie
begins to sniff something. Chewie barks at Han.
Not now, Chewie. Lando, aren't you afraid the Empire might discover this little
operation and shut you down?
That's always been the danger. It's loomed like a shadow over everything we've
built here. But circumstances have developed which will insure security. You
see, I've just made a deal that will keep the Empire out of here forever ...
364. INT. DINING ROOM - CLOUD CITY - DAY.
The mighty doors to the dining room slide open and the group enters the elegant
room. At the far end of a huge banquet table sits Darth Vader. At his side and
slightly behind him is standing Boba Fett, the bounty hunter. Han gives Lando a
Sorry friend, I had no choice. They arrived right before you did.
I'm sorry too.
Faster than the wink of an eye, Han has drawn his blaster and popped off a
couple of quick shots directly at Vader. The Dark Lord quickly raises his hand,
deflecting the bolts into one of the side walls, where they explode harmlessly.
Just as quickly, Han's weapon zips out of his grip and mysteriously flies across
the room into Vader's hand. The evil presence calmly places the gun on the table
in front of him.
I'm glad you could join us. Have some nourishment, for it will be your last
365. EXT. YODA'S BOG (MONTAGE) - DAGOBAH.
In the bog clearing, Yoda watches as Luke stares at two equipment cases from the
supplies of his fighter. Artoo watches from nearby. Now the two cases lift into
the air and exchange places. Luke smiles to himself feeling strong and playful.
Now he lifts the two equipment cases again, plus a bewildered, beeping Artoo,
who is roughly the same size.
366. EXT. YODA'S HOUSE (MONTAGE) - DAGOBAH.
Luke is squatting before Yoda's little stove, working over a chaos of steaming
pots, chopping, stirring and sprinkling in a manner strongly reminiscent of
Yoda, who, by the way, is not around. Suddenly a painful vision fills Luke's
mind; he winces and stops his cooking for a few moments. It passes away, Luke
shakes it off and goes back to his cooking. After a few long beats, behind
Luke's back and unseen by him, three of Yoda's glowing-ball seekers float
quietly into view. They pause, then race toward Luke firing stun bolts. The
young Jedi instantly twists to face them, deflecting all the bolts with the pot
lid in his left hand and the spoon in his right.
367. EXT. YODA'S HOUSE - DUSK - DAGOBAH.
It is almost dark...in the woods a tiny light moves towards us...finally we see
it is Artoo...he stops within sight of Yoda's house. A warm light pours out of
the house illuminating Luke who is asleep on the ground. A blanket lies half-off
Luke; Artoo carefully pulls it up to fully cover Luke. As Artoo moves away Luke
begins reacting to a nightmare. He moans...opens his eyes wide and sits up. Yoda
comes to the doorway and looks out.
I can't keep the vision out of my head...My friends...they're in trouble...I
Suddenly the shimmering image of Ben Kenobi appears before Luke.
...Luke, you must not go.
But Han and Leia will surely die.
You don't know that. Even I cannot see their fate.
I can help them!
You're not ready yet. You still have much to learn.
I feel The Force.
But you cannot control it. This is a dangerous time for you, Luke. You are now
most susceptible to the temptations of the dark side.
Yes, yes. To Obi-wan you listen young one. The tree. Remember your failure at
the tree! Heh?
I've learned so much since then. And I'll return to finish...I promise that,
Will you? You underestimate The Emperor. It is you he wants...that is why your
And that is why I must go.
Luke, I will not lose you to the Emperor, as I lost Vader.
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 the galaxy will be
plunged deeper into the abyss of hate, despair and pain that you feel your
friends suffering now.
Stopped they must be. Do you hear? On this all depends.
You are the last Jedi, Luke. You are our only hope. Be patient.
And sacrifice Han and Leia?
If it must be. Yes.
Luke is in great anguish. He struggles with the dilemma, a battle raging in his
head. But then there is a clearing in his expression, a choice made.
I cannot. Ben, I must go. Now that I can see their suffering, I must help...
Luke looks for a long moment at Ben and Yoda. Then he turns and starts toward
his ship followed by his faithful droid. Yoda looks at Ben with a certain
irritation, but Ben is focusing on Luke. The old man's expression is resigned.
367X. EXT. X-WING FIGHTER - EDGE OF WATER - DUSK - DAGOBAH.
The fighter's lights come on. Luke is in the process of hoisting a heavy case
into the belly of the ship by a cable. Artoo is on top of the ship settling down
into his place. Luke stops what he is doing as Ben appears. Yoda steps into the
I cannot protect you, Luke. If you choose to face Vader, you will do it alone.
Once you've made this decision, I cannot interfere.
Artoo unfastens power couplings on the ship.
I'll be back, Master Yoda. I will finish what I have begun, I give you my word.
Artoo, fire up the power converters.
Artoo whistles a happy reply.
Luke, use The Force only for knowledge and for defense, not as a weapon. Don't
give in to hate or anger or fear...they lead the way to the dark side...
Luke nods and climbs back into his ship.
Strong is Vader. Clouded is your fate. Mind what you have learned...Notice
everything, everything! It can save you.
I will, master, I will!
Artoo closes the cockpit. Ben and Yoda stand watching as the roar of the engines
and the wind engulfs them.
Told you, I did. Reckless is he...Now things are going to get worse.
The boy is our last hope.
No...there is another.
368. EXT. PLANET DAGOBAH - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - Luke's tiny X-Wing rockets to camera, left to right, away from the
green planet of Dagobah.
369. EXT. LUKE'S X WING - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - X-Wing, over camera and into space.
370. INT. LARGE CELL - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN.
Chewie, huffing and puffing, paces the cell in anger. He puts his ear to the
wall, hears nothing and goes back to an area where there are four beds. A
disassembled Threepio rests on one of the beds. The Wookiee picks up the golden
droid's head and meditates on it a few moments. Chewie barks a few remarks of a
philosophical nature. Chewie sticks the robot's head on its torso and starts
adjusting wires and circuits. Suddenly, the lights in Threepio's eyes spark to
life as Chewie touches two connectors together. Threepio immediately begins to
speak, but his voice is so slow and so low as to be unintelligible.
Chewie looks at Threepio in bewilderment, then scratches his furry head, gets an
idea and adjusts some connections. Threepio immediately begins speaking
Stormtroopers! Help! Oh, my head...Where am I?
Chewie barks with glee at the robot's return to life.
Chewbacca! Watch out, there are Imperial Stormtroopers hidden in...Oh no, I've
371. INT. PRISON AREA - CLOUD CITY.
The door to another cell slides open and the muffled yells of Han Solo become
sharp, piercing screams of agony and pain. Darth Vader exits the cell and is
approached by Lando, Lando's aide, and Boba Fett.
Bounty hunter, if you are waiting for your reward, you will wait until I have
(a very tough customer)
I am in no hurry, Lord Vader. My concern is that Captain Solo not be damaged.
The reward from Jabba the Hutt pays double if he's alive.
His pain is considerable, bounty hunter, but he will not be harmed.
What about Leia and the Wookiee?
You will find them well enough. But they must never again leave this city.
That was never mentioned. Neither was this bounty hunter taking Han. I hope you
haven't forgotten our bargain.
I forget nothing, Calrissian. Perhaps you think you're being treated unfairly.
(glances at his aide)
Good. It would be most unfortunate if I had to leave a permanent garrison here.
Vader turns and sweeps into the elevator with Boba Fett. Lando turns with his
aide and walks swiftly down another corridor.
This deal's getting worse all the time.
Maybe you should have argued with him.
Lando gives his aide a look that speaks volumes, then walks a few steps in
I've got a bad feeling about this.
372. INT. LARGE CELL .
Chewie now has a little more of Threepio back together. One arm is connected,
but his legs have yet to be attached. There is one small problem, however; it
appears the Wookiee has managed to put the droid's head on backwards.
Well, something's not right because now I can't see.
(Chewie barks and adjusts a wire)
There now, that's better, wait...Oh, my. What have you done? I'm backwards! You
flea-bitten furball! Only an overgrown mophead like you would be stupid enough
to put my head...
Threepio is cut off in mid-sentence as Chewie deactivates a circuit and the
droid shuts down. The Wookiee smells something and sits up. The door to the
chamber slides open and a ragged Han Solo is helped into the room by two
Stormtroopers. The huge Wookiee gives him a hug as the Stormtroopers leave. Han
is very pale, with dark circles under his eyes. Chewie barks his concern.
No, I'm alright. I'm alright.
Chewie barks again as the door slides open revealing Leia. She looks a little
worse for wear also. The troopers shove her into the cell, and the door slides
closed. Chewie helps her up and over to Han. The two lovers embrace, kiss.
I was worried about you.
I'm worried about all of us. I can't figure out what they're up to.
Me either. They had me howling on the scan grid, but they never asked me any
The cell door slides open. Lando and two Bespin troops enter.
Get out of here, Lando!
Shut up a minute and listen. I'm doing what I can to make this easier for you.
This ought to be good.
Vader agreed to turn Leia and Chewie over to me. They'll have to stay here, but
at least they'll be safe.
What about Han?
I didn't know you had a price on your head. Vader has given you to the bounty
Leia looks with concern to Han.
You don't know much about much if you think Vader won't want us dead before this
He doesn't want you at all. He's after someone named Skywalker.
Luke? I don't get it.
Leia's mind is racing.
Lord Vader has set a trap for him and...
...we're the bait.
All this just to get the kid? What's so important about him?
Don't ask me, but he's on his way.
Luke's coming here?
Lando nods. Han's rage peaks.
You fixed us all pretty good...
(spits it out)
Han hauls off and punches Lando. The two friends are instantly engaged in a
frantic close quarters fight. The guards hit Han with their rifle butts and he
flies across the room. Chewie growls and starts for the guards. They point their
laser weapons at the Giant Wookiee, but Lando stops them.
Don't shoot! I've done what I can for you. I'm sorry it's not better, but I've
got my own problems.
(turns to leave)
I've already stuck my neck out further than I should...
Yeah, you're a real hero.
Lando and the guards leave. Han wipes the blood from his chin as Leia and Chewie
help him onto one of the bunks.
(dabs at his wound)
You certainly have a way with people.
373. EXT. LUKE'S X WING - SPACE - BESPIN SYSTEM.
FULL SHOT - X-Wing, past camera toward Bespin in the distance.
374. INT. COCKPIT LUKE'S X WING - SPACE - BESPIN SYSTEM.
Luke is grim-faced as he pilots his course to Bespin. Artoo beeps and whistles
to Luke which reads out on the scope.
Yes, I'm sure Threepio is with them.
(Artoo whistles excitedly)
Just hold on, we'll be there soon.
375. EXT. LUKE'S X WING - BESPIN SYSTEM - ARTOO - SPACE.
CLOSE-UP side R-2, stars left to right.
376. INT. CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN.
Armor-suited Stormtroopers rush about the large chamber, which is filled with
pipes and chemical tanks. In the middle of the room is a square pit housing a
hydraulic platform. Darth Vader and Lando stand near the platform.
The facility is crude, but it should suit our needs.
An Aide appears.
We have a ship approaching of the X-Wing class.
Good. Monitor Skywalker's progress and allow him to land. We'll have the chamber
ready for him shortly.
We only use this chamber for carbon freezing. If you put him in there, it'll
I think not. But I don't wish my prize to be damaged. We'll test it first.
(to a Stormtrooper)
Bring in Captain Solo.
Lando's face registers his dismay.
377. EXT. LUKE'S X WING - CLOUD CITY - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - X-Wing, through clouds, side-trucking PAN as ship approaches city.
378. INT. COCKPIT LUKE'S X WING - BESPIN SYSTEM - SPACE.
Luke scans his display panels with concern.
You haven't picked up any patrol ships?
Artoo beeps a "negative" which prints out on a panel.
379. INT. CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN.
With Boba Fett in the lead, a squad of Stormtroopers bring in Han, Leia and
Chewie. Strapped to Chewie's back, with only his head, torso and one arm
assembled is Threepio. Threepio's head faces the opposite direction from
Chewie's and the droid is constantly twisting around in a vain effort to see
what's happening. His one attached arm is animate and expressive, intermittently
pointing, gesturing and covering his eyes. The remaining pieces of his body are
roughly bundled to the Wookiee's back. His legs and other arm stick out at odd
angles from the pack. Vader turns to Boba Fett.
I'll make your goods easier for you to transport. Put Captain Solo in the zero-
But the chamber is for power goods. What if he doesn't survive? This slime is
worth a lot to me...
The Empire will pay for the loss. Bring him forward!
Chewie lets out a wild howl and attacks the Stormtroopers surrounding Han.
Within seconds many Imperial reinforcements have joined the scuffle. The giant
Wookiee is clubbed with laser weapons. From the instant of Chewie's first move,
Threepio is screaming in panic while he tries to protect himself with his one
Wait! What are you doing?...Oh, no...Don't hit me! No! He doesn't mean
it!...Calm down, you hairy fool!...Ouch! I didn't do anything...
The Stormtroopers are about to bash Chewie in the face.
Chewie, no! Stop it, Chewbacca!
Han breaks away from his captors. Vader nods to the guards to let him go and the
pirate breaks up the fight.
Oh, yes...stop, stop. Thank heavens...
Han gives the Wookiee a stern look, then a big hug.
Save your strength for another time, Chewie, when the odds are better.
Han winks at the Wookiee. Chewie barks a doleful farewell.
I'm sure I'll see you again, too. Keep well.
(turns to guard)
You'd better chain him until it's over.
In a flash the guards have slipped binders on Chewbacca, who is too distraught
to protest. Han gives his furry friend a final hug and turns to Princess Leia.
He takes her in his arms and she gives him a passionate kiss.
...I love you. I couldn't tell you before, but it's true.
...just remember that, 'cause I'll be back...
He sheds his cocky smile and gives her a soft kiss on the forehead. Tears roll
down Leia's face as she watches the dashing pirate walk to the hydraulic
platform. Lando, too, watches with anguish. Imperial guards position Han on the
platform and quickly bind his arms and legs. They step back. Han looks one final
time at his friends and suddenly the platform drops. Han disappears into the
steaming vat of sub-zero cold. Chewie howls. Leia turns away in agony. Lando
winces in sorrow; it makes a life-changing impression on him. Instantly, a ladle
of fiery liquid moves over the vat, tilts and pours, creating a shower of sparks
and fluid as great as any steel furnace. Chewie has half turned away from the
sight, giving Threepio a view of the procedure.
They're encasing him in carbonite. It's high quality alloy. Much better than my
own. He should be quite well protected...if he survived the freezing process.
Chewie is in no mood for technical discussions; he gives the droid an angry
glance. A huge mechanical tong lifts the metal encased space pirate out of the
vat and places him before Vader, Boba Fett and Lando. Technicians inspect the
metal mummy with various electronic probes, drilling holes and attaching hoses.
He's alive and in perfect hibernation.
He's all yours, bounty hunter. Reset the chamber for Skywalker.
He's just landed, My Lord.
See to it that he finds his way here.
I'll take what's mine now.
Take them, but I'm keeping a detachment of troops here to watch over them.
That wasn't the bargain. You said the Empire wouldn't interfere in...
I'm altering the bargain. Pray I don't alter it any further.
Lando's hand instinctively goes to his throat as he turns back to Leia, Chewie
380. INT. CORRIDOR - CLOUD CITY.
Luke and Artoo move carefully down the deserted corridor. Luke stops as he hears
a group of people coming down a side hallway. Artoo lets out an excited series
of beeps and whistles. Luke glares at the tiny droid, who stops in his tracks
with a feeble squeak. Boba Fett enters from a side hallway followed by two
guards carrying the encased body of Han Solo and two Stormtroopers, who
immediately start firing on the young warrior. Luke draws his weapon and blasts
the two stormtroopers before they can get off a second shot. The two guards
whisk Han into another hallway as Boba lowers his arm and fires a deadly laser
at Luke, which explodes to one side.
381. INT. SIDE HALLWAY - CLOUD CITY - DAY.
By the time Luke reaches the side hallway, Boba, Han and the guards are gone. A
thick metal door blocks the passage. Luke turns to see Leia, Chewie, Threepio,
and Lando being herded away by several other Stormtroopers down a second
Luke, no! It's a trap.
Before she can finish, the group turns a corner and is gone. Luke races after
them, leaving little Artoo trailing behind.
382. INT. CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN.
Luke runs into the zero-cold chamber and stops for a second to get his bearings.
Leia and the others are nowhere in sight. Behind Luke, Artoo is whistling down
the corridor to the chamber when a giant metal door comes slamming down with a
loud clang (seemingly on top of the stubby droid), cutting off Luke's exit.
Several more doors clang shut, echoing through the chamber.
383. INT. HALLWAY LEADING TO CHAMBER - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN.
Artoo is standing with his nose up against the giant metal door. He whistles a
long sigh of relief and, a little dazed, wanders off in the other direction.
384. INT. CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN.
Luke searches the complex chamber for any sign of an enemy. There is nothing. He
walks forward toward the hydraulic platform, then stops, holstering his gun.
I know you're with me, Lord Vader, I can feel your presence. Show yourself, or
do you fear me?
Vader steps into view behind Luke. the young Jedi turns instantly to face his
The Force is with you young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet.
385. INT. CORRIDOR - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN - DAY.
Leia, Lando, Chewie and Threepio march along between four Stormtroopers. They
reach an intersection where a dozen of Lando's guards are standing at attention.
Lando stops before the sergeant of the guard.
Code force seven.
The guards immediately aim their weapons at the startled Stormtroopers. The
sergeant takes the Stormtroopers weapons from them, handing one to Lando, the
others to Chewie and Leia. They release Chewie's binders.
Hold them in the north tower. Quietly! No one must know.
Lando's guards march the Stormtroopers away.
What's going on?
I'm coming over to your side, that's what. And I have a feeling I'm making a big
And when do you betray us again?
Lando has to take another look at this broad. She doesn't seem very
Look, I stand to lose everything by this.
We have no use for your kind.
This is no time to be choosy, honey. What do you say we debate this later?
There's still a chance I can get you out of here.
Chewie barks a blue streak.
What's wrong with him?
Oh my. Oh no. He's not interested in escape. He wants to go after Captain
In the distance, down a long hallway in the direction that Threepio is facing, a
familiar whistling can be heard. Artoo appears and zips up toward the group.
Chewie turns to see the stubby droid, causing Threepio to be spun away from his
Wait! Where'd he go? Turn around, you woolly...Ah, Artoo!
Artoo has managed to get under Threepio. Artoo beeps a wild series of
exclamations about his friend's condition.
Chewie's right. We must try to save Han.
There's not much chance, but the bounty hunter's ship is on the East Landing
Lando leads the others quickly down a hall. Artoo beeps wildly.
I'm afraid Lord Vader has Master Luke. There's no hope of saving him.
386. INT. CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN.
Vader ignites his powerful light saber. Luke takes a step back and one foot
rests on the cold chamber platform. He lights his laser sword and sets himself
to face the Dark Lord.
The fear does not reach you. You have learned more than I anticipated.
You'll find I'm full of surprises.
And I too.
Vader brings his mighty sword down on Luke, who deftly blocks the attack, but
moves another step back in the process. He is now standing squarely on the
Your future lies with us, Skywalker. Now you will embrace the dark side. Obi-wan
knew this to be true.
There is much Obi-wan did not tell you. Come, The Emperor will complete your
I'll die first.
That won't be necessary.
With that, there is a slight rumble and the hydraulic platform disappears into
the vat of freezing steam, which rises to obscure Vader's vision. He looks down
into the steam.
All too easy. Perhaps you are not as strong as The Emperor thought.
Time will tell.
Vader looks up in surprise to see that Luke has leapt fifteen feet straight up
and is now hanging from some of the hoses on the carbonite ladle. Luke yanks one
of the hoses loose and swings to safety on the far side of the platform. Vader
moves toward Luke with overwhelming menace, his laser sword flaring.
Your agility is impressive. Let's see what other skills you've learned.
A section of pipe tears loose from the wall and flies toward Luke. Luke cuts it
into five pieces, which bounce around the chamber.
I feel it now...your fear, your anger. Good. Let The Force flow. Hate me. I'm
the one who destroyed your family.
Cases, tools, bits of pipe begin to fly at Luke. He cuts down or deflects them,
but is driven back by their onslaught.
Attack. Take your revenge. Destroy me.
Luke looks around for a means of escape. There is only one...a round tunnel with
pipes and conduit running through it. He makes his way for it as Vader continues
to hurtle objects at him.
There is no escape. You will use the dark side of The Force...or perish. Let
your hate flow and save yourself.
Luke backs into the tunnel followed by Vader.
387. EXT. BOBA'S SHIP - EAST LANDING PLATFORM.
Imperial Stormtroopers slide Han's encased body into an opening in the side of
the bounty hunter's ship. Boba climbs aboard on a ladder next to the side
388. EXT. EAST LANDING PLATFORM - SIDE BAY.
An elevator slides open and Lando, Leia and Chewbacca race for a large bay
overlooking the East Landing Platform.
389. EXT. EAST LANDING PLATFORM - CLOUD CITY.
FULL SHOT, INT. EAST LANDING PLATFORM - Boba Fett's ship takes off against cloud
sky at sunset.
390. EXT. EAST LANDING PLATFORM - SIDE BAY.
Chewie howls and starts firing at the ship.
It's no use, they're out of range.
Oh my, no!
A laser bolt explodes near the Princess and everyone turns to see what Threepio
has already spotted coming from the other direction: a squad of Stormtroopers
running toward them. Artoo peeks out from the elevator.
Come on, let's move!
Leia and Chewbacca start firing at the troopers as Lando makes a break for the
elevator. Laser bolts continue to explode around the Princess and the Wookiee,
but they refuse to budge. Lando sticks his head out of the elevator and motions
for the pair to run. But they barely notice. They seem possessed, transported,
as all the frustration of captivity and anger of loss pour out through their
death-dealing weapons. Threepio, at the center of all this, is frantic.
Artoo, help me! How did I get into this?...What a fate worse than death is to be
strapped to the back of a Wookiee!
Get in here! Now! Both of you, hurry up!
Reluctantly, Leia and Chewbacca move through the rain of laserfire toward the
elevator. Once they're inside, the door slams shut and the Stormtroopers race
391. INT. ELEVATOR - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN.
Leia is out of breath as the levels slowly pass outside the translucent windows.
Lando watches the display panel.
With all respect, I'm tempted to agree...
We should have stayed and finished them off.
Chewie barks his agreement.
You two almost signed off out there.
Three! I count three of us...
I don't care. It would've been worth it...for Han.
Chewie barks his "right on!"
Very noble. Not smart, but noble.
You've probably never done an honorable thing in your life.
Sure I did...once. It turned out lousy.
What chance have we got in here? What are we going to do when they cut...
Suddenly, the elevator stops with a jolt and the main lights go out, leaving
only the running lights.
... the power?
Chewie howls. Artoo whistles.
392. INT. REACTOR CONTROL STATION.
Vader's powerful thrust and parry continues as Luke is forced back into the
cluttered control area of the monstrous reactor that powers the city. Luke is
obviously outmatched by the powerful Dark Lord of the Sith; he must struggle to
avoid Vader's slashing sword. The laser weapon cuts through pipes and wires,
causing steam, fluid and sparks to fly everywhere. Luke moves behind a tall
storage case, which is neatly cut in two by one of Vader's blows. Several
electronic tools sitting on the control panel fly at Luke. He manages to deflect
the projectiles and, at the same time, hold off his awesome opponent. But he is
battered cut in several places, tired and somewhat dazed. He stumbles and can't
catch his breath.
You are beaten. It is useless to resist.
Luke lunges at Vader and attempts to put the Dark Lord on the defensive. He
succeeds in nicking the giant warrior on the shoulder. Vader reacts, but is
Don't let yourself be destroyed as Obi-wan did.
Luke is breathing hard but the mention of Ben has a curious effect on him. He
stands motionless for a moment, thinking. He closes his eyes.
Knowledge and defense.
A calm comes over Luke, as Vader raises his sword and starts another attack.
Using The Force, Vader hurtles large objects at Luke, but the boy deflects them
with the good side of The Force. Luke is backed up against a large round window.
It over-looks a narrow scaffold and, beyond, an awesome abyss that drops away to
the glowing reactor many miles below.
You will join me, or you will join Obi-wan in death!
A large tool case rises and speeds toward Luke. He deflects it slightly, and it
smashes through the window creating a massive rush of air. The gust knocks Luke
off balance and sends him flying out the window after the tool case.
393. INT. ELEVATOR SHAFT.
Lando climbs into the dimly lit elevator shaft from a door in the top of the
elevator. There is no cable, but a great deal of mechanical and electronic
gadgetry. Leia and Chewie can be seen inside the elevator looking at him. Lando
fiddles with several large braking devices and then starts banging one with his
You'd better know what you're doing, or this is going to get very messy.
Don't worry about a thing. I'll get us going.
394. INT. ELEVATOR.
Artoo has found a computer outlet in the side of the elevator control panel.
Beeping and whistling madly, he inserts his control arm in the socket.
Artoo can release the brakes through the central controls.
Lando pops his head in as a loud clanking echoes through the shaft.
Then do it! They're breaking in!
Artoo beeps a snappy okay. With a jolt, the brakes release and the elevator
rockets into oblivion. Leia, Chewie and Threepio are smashed to the ceiling.
395. INT. ELEVATOR SHAFT.
Elevator races away from camera with Lando hanging on the back.
Reverse! Stop it! Stop!
396. INT. ELEVATOR.
Artoo whistles madly, but the elevator doesn't stop.
Oh my, he's lost contact.
397. INT. ELEVATOR SHAFT.
Lando manages to hang on with one hand and fire his laser pistol at the huge
brake with the other. A direct hit and the brake snaps closed, stopping the
elevator instantly with a loud, horrible screech.
398. INT. GANTRY OUTSIDE CONTROL ROOM - REACTOR SHAFT.
The shaft is noisy with wind. Then, the wind stops and all that can be heard is
the echoing footsteps of the Dark Lord. A haggard Luke is dangling over the
abyss, struggling to climb back on to the gantry before Vader arrives. He still
holds his light saber as he hoists himself back onto the metal walkway. Vader
brings his sword down before Luke can stand, but the young Jedi manages to block
the blow. He scrambles backwards down the ramp, with Vader following, slashing
at the youth. In the distance, the muted roar of the wind blast can be heard
getting ever closer, until the two warriors are engulfed in blast of wind that
almost knocks them off the gantry. Luke manages to stand in the wind and return
Vader's powerful blows. The two battle furiously along the gantry. Vader cuts
away part of the railing that Luke is holding. Luke notices with awe as the
railing is lifted by the wind. He lets go and the metal floats away. The wind
stops and the fighting becomes even more intense. The deadly buzz of the laser
swords reverberates through the vast power shaft. An alarm sounds and the public
address system inside the control room crackles.
Fugitives heading for transport Platform Southwest-One. Secure all transport.
Your friends may escape, but you are doomed.
Luke slashes at Vader again, renewing the fight. Luke's sword whistles past
Vader and the young warrior is thrown off balance, his guard down. Vader's light
saber flashes out with deadly skill and cuts Luke, almost forcing him over the
edge. He can barely stand. He wipes the tears from his eyes, but still can
barely focus on his massive opponent.
399. INT. CORRIDOR LEADING TO LANDING PLATFORM - BESPIN.
The Millennium Falcon can be seen for a moment before the main door leading to
the landing platform slams shut. Leia, Lando, Chewie and the droids round a
corner. They duck into the alcove at the main door just as Stormtroopers arrive
at both ends of the hall and start firing. The band of rebels squeeze into the
little alcove as a rain of laser bolts stream past and explode around them.
Chewie blasts away at the Stormtroopers. Leia punches buttons on the door's
We've got to find Luke.
His fate is sealed. You'll be lucky to get out yourself. All systems are on
alert, everything's locked.
Artoo! The control panel. You can override the alert system.
Threepio points to a computer socket on the control panel. Little Artoo beeps
and scoots over to the panel and sticks his computer arm into the socket - a
short beep turns into a wild scream! Artoo's circuits light up, his head spins
around wildly and he begins to smoke. Lando pulls him away. Artoo (cooling away)
lets out a few wilted beeps.
Well, next time you pay more attention. I'm not supposed to know power sockets
from computer feeds, I'm an interpreter...
(firing at the Stormtroopers)
Anybody else got any ideas?
400. INT. GANTRY OUTSIDE CONTROL ROOM - REACTOR SHAFT - BESPIN.
The guard rail has been cut to ribbons. Luke has been driven to the edge of the
jutting platform; he is ready to collapse under Vader's powerful blows. A
continual rain of sparks showers down on the young warrior from a severed power
cable on the instrument stand. The noise of clashing laser swords is now covered
by the roar of wind working its way up the shaft. Luke almost loses his balance
and goes over the edge, but the wind props him up enough for him to regain his
balance. He attacks Vader again, with a vengeance, using his last reserves of
strength. The wind fades away again.
The Force runs strong in the Skywalker line. You will achieve great
power...Come, join with me! Together we will be the most powerful...even
stronger than The Emperor.
(INSERT B - DIALOGUE ADDED HERE).
Luke starts backing away from Vader, his strength gone at last.
There is no escape. You must join me or die. Don't make me destroy you
here...The Emperor is strong with The Force. But if you join me, together we
could overthrow Him. Do not resist. It is our destiny!
Luke lunges for Vader with his laser sword, but misses. He stumbles to the other
side of the platform. In the distance, the wind can be heard working its way up
the long shaft. Luke is out of breath, exhausted, bleeding. He hears the wind
rising and gives Vader a long, hard look.
Luke staggers to the edge of the platform and jumps off into the endless abyss.
Vader rages in disbelief.
The Dark Lord looks over the platform and sees Luke falling far below. The wind
begins to blow at Vader's cape and the torrent finally forces him back, away
from the edge. He looks out and sees Luke floating upward past him with the
force of the wind. Spread-eagle, skydiver-style, Luke attempts to maneuver
himself closer to the side of the shaft. He has hooked his laser sword to his
belt. The wind begins to fade and the wounded Jedi begins to fall fast, unable
to grab onto anything.
401. INT. - SHAFT - SMALL EXHAUST PIPE.
Suddenly, Luke is sucked into a small exhaust pipe in the side of the shaft.
Vader sees this. He turns and hurries off the platform.
402. INT. EXHAUST PIPE.
TRACKING FULL SHOT as Luke tumbles through the exhaust pipe.
403. EXT. BOTTOM OF CITY - EXHAUST PIPE - DUSK.
Luke is spit out of the exhaust pipe on the underside of the city. He manages to
grab a protruding weather vane at the exterior mouth of the pipe.
404. EXT. BOTTOM OF CITY - EXHAUST PIPE - DUSK.
FULL SHOT - Luke hanging on weather vane on bottom of the city. Dangling
helplessly above the awesome cloud sea hundreds of miles below, he struggles in
vain to pull himself to safety. Finally, he closes his eyes and begins to
Leia, Leia...Leia, I need you.
Luke swings in the gentle breeze of the cloud planet.
405. INT. CORRIDOR LEADING TO LANDING PLATFORM.
Artoo has dismantled the control panel next to the service door and is working
with the wires. His work has enabled Lando to hook into the public address
system. Now he yells into a microphone over the din of the continuing battle
with the Stormtroopers.
This is Baron Calrissian. The Empire is taking control of the city. Evacuate
immediately. Leave before more Imperial troops arrive.
An explosion hits nearby. Artoo touches two wires together and the door slides
open. Artoo whistles. Lando, Chewie, Leia and Threepio are ecstatically
Artoo, you did it! I never doubted you for a second...
Artoo lays down a cloud of fog, obscuring everything, as the group dashes
406. EXT. LANDING PLATFORM - CLOUD CITY - DUSK.
The group races for the Millennium Falcon as Stormtroopers reach the main door.
Lando and Leia hold off the troops as Chewie and the droids get on board. Chewie
starts up the ship. As the giant engines start to whine, Lando and Leia jump on
407. EXT. BOTTOM OF CITY - EXHAUST PIPE - DUSK.
MED SHOT - Luke hanging on weather vane on bottom of the city. He has attained a
better position on the weather vane and managed to hook one of his legs around
the fragile instrument.
There is an ominous cracking sound from the base of the weather vane and a piece
breaks off, falling into the clouds far below. A rush of air is constantly
blowing from the pipe.
408. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CITY - DUSK.
Chewie pulls back on the controls as Leia and Lando make their way into the
cabin. Lando sits in the co-pilot's seat. Leia sits next to one of the control
panels. Suddenly, Leia seems to hear something. She turns to Lando with a
What'd you say?
I didn't say anything?
Leia shrugs and turns back to Chewie.
409. EXT. LANDING PLATFORM - CLOUD CITY - DUSK.
The Millennium Falcon lifts gracefully into the twilight sky as the squad of
Stormtroopers vainly fires away.
Save your fire, the patrol ships will get them.
410. EXT. LANDING PLATFORM - CLOUD CITY - HIGH ANGLE - DUSK.
FULL SHOT - Looking down on the landing platform as Falcon roars up and away
past camera at dusk.
411. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CANYON.
INT. COCKPIT, SIDE as Falcon moves through cloud canyon.
412. EXT. BOTTOM OF CITY EXHAUST PIPE - DUSK.
MED SHOT of Luke dangling from weather vane. The weather vane makes another
terrifying crack and lurches a little more to one side. Luke is so weary and in
such pain, he almost doesn't notice. He is concentrating on The Force.
Leia, help. Please, Leia. Hear me.
413. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUDS - POV.
OVER THE SHOULDER POV of cloud through cockpit window in Millennium Falcon.
414. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CITY - DUSK.
Leia seems to be lost in a fog, her expression troubled. Everyone else is busy
operating the ship.
I knew that set-up was too good to last...I'm going to miss it.
Luke needs help. We must go back.
Chewie barks his consternation.
Chewie, head for the bottom of the city.
Three patrol ships are heading our way.
Chewie barks an argument and shakes his head.
No argument, just do it. That's a command!
Wait a minute. We're not going back there.
Chewie turns on Lando, the newcomer, with an ominous growl.
415. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN - DUSK.
FULL TRACKING SHOT of the Falcon making a graceful banking turn over camera.
Clouds at dusk.
416 EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - UNDERSIDE CLOUD CITY - DUS.K.
FULL SHOT as Falcon dives to the underside of the floating city.
417. INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - HOLD.
Artoo is busy trying to re-assemble his friend Threepio. He adjusts the
connections to the golden droid's second arm. Artoo beeps some news.
Turning around? Oh, no! I knew we'd never escape ...
418. EXT. BOTTOM OF CITY - EXHAUST PIPE - DUSK.
FULL SHOT - Luke on weather vane. He is almost unconscious, but he hears the
familiar whine of the approaching Millennium Falcon. As his body shifts, the
weather vane breaks, sending Luke tumbling.
419. INT. COCKPIT - CLOUD CITY UNDERSIDE - DUSK.
Leia tries to remain calm in the midst of everyone's amazement.
It's Luke. Get under him. Slow down. Easy Chewie. Line up your tracking system.
Lando, open the hatch.
420. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - POV.
POV out Falcon cockpit window as Luke falls into the clouds in the distance.
421. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CITY.
Leia watches anxiously.
Slower, Chewie, slower.
422. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CITY.
CLOSER POV out cockpit window of Luke getting bigger as the Falcon closes on
him, until his falling body skims the cockpit window and lands with a thud on
the outside hull of the ship.
423. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON HULL - CLOUD CITY - DUSK.
The hatch pops open with a hiss of pressure. Lando reaches out to help the
battered warrior inside the ship. Suddenly, there is a huge explosion near the
ship causing it to lurch wildly. Luke is almost thrown overboard, but Lando
grabs his hand in time.
424. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CITY.
OVER THE SHOULDER POV - Clouds and flak bursts as the Falcon banks away from the
425. EXT. UNDERSIDE OF CLOUD CITY - DUSK.
Three Imperial Patrol ships are firing on the Falcon as they speed into pursuit.
426. INT. COCKPIT MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CITY - DUSK.
Explosions begin to erupt all around the cockpit, buffeting the ship wildly.
Chewie howls as he frantically tries to control the ship.
The hatch is closed. Full speed.
Two more ships are closing. Leia reaches over and speaks into the com-link.
Lando, is he alright?...Lando? Are you there? How's Luke?
Leia and Chewie turn to see the bloody and battered Jedi, supported by Lando in
the cockpit entry. Lando has wrapped a blanket around him. Leia jumps up and
gives him a giant hug. Chewie howls. Lando climbs into the co-pilot's seat.
We're not out of this yet.
A huge flak burst rocks the ship.
427. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE - PLANET BESPIN.
FULL SHOT - The Falcon speeds away from the planet and over camera followed by
two Imperial ships.
428. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
FULL SHOT - The Falcon away from camera and into space, followed by two Imperial
429. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
Lights flash and muted alarm buzzers sound. Threepio leaves the cockpit. Luke is
strapped into the seat across from Leia.
The deflector shields are gone.
Are the co-ordinates set?
Chewie nods. Leia looks at the control panel warily.
This hyperdrive had better work.
I've never seen it fail.
Leia and Chewie exchange a look.
I'm sure my men fixed it. We've got nothing to worry about.
That sounds familiar.
Another explosion rocks the ship.
Okay, Chewie, it's now or never.
Chewie barks his agreement. The Wookiee shrugs and pulls back on the lightspeed
430. INT. COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
FULL SHOT, OVER THE SHOULDER POV out cockpit window, stars that streak and go
431. EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE.
FULL SHOT, SPACE - The Falcon speeds away from camera and disappears into
432. EXT. SPACE - REMAINS OF REBEL FLEET - STAR CRUISER.
FULL SHOT - Motley rebel fleet in space. The Millennium Falcon is attached to a
huge rebel cruiser by a docking tube. A large star is nearby.
433. INT. BRIDGE AREA - STAR CRUISER.
The bridge area of the Star Cruiser is relatively quiet. Most of the crew is
busy working at their control panels. Several Generals are gathered around Lando
and Chewie and one by one bow before them. Luke and Leia are standing nearby.
Leia bows before Lando and Chewie, then gives the large Wookiee a big bear hug.
Luke shakes Lando's hand and pats him on the shoulder. He then moves to Chewie
and starts scratching his chest vigorously; which the Wookiee loves. He barks
his enjoyment. Lando and Chewie start to leave the bridge, stopping only when
little Artoo races up and tugs at the furry giant with one of his claw arms and
whistles. Chewie turns and is hugged by Threepio. The Wookiee is embarrassed,
but manages a friendly pat on the droid's back and another on little Artoo's
dome head. The robots wave as the two adventurers leave the bridge.
434. INT. STAR CRUISER BY VIEW PORT.
Luke and Leia stand alone before a giant view port - stars and distant suns move
through window. Luke smiles and gives Leia a kiss on the forehead as she puts
her arm around him.
I want to go with them, but I have a promise to keep. They'll find Han. I know
The tall, golden robot, and the stubby Artoo-droid join the young Jedi and the
Princess. They gaze out the view port as the Millennium Falcon pulls gracefully
435 INT. BRIDGE - STAR CRUISER - VIEW PORT - SPACE.
POV of distant sun. The Falcon does a spectacular flip and fly-by, and banks off
into the stars.