It’s hard to believe but 35 years ago today (May 21, 1980), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was released in theaters. Although the film opened to mixed reviews by critics, it was the highest-grossing film of 1980 and has earned more than $538 million dollars in the last 35-years. It’s currently the 12th-highest-grossing film in North America. Its predecessor, Star Wars, is #2.
Here’s the original theatrical trailer for The Empire Strikes Back which debuted in the fall of 1979. Star Wars fans might recognize some footage in the trailer that was cut from the final film, including a kiss between Luke and Leia (incest alert!) and C-3PO removing a warning sticker from a door in the Rebel base on Hoth. Also, you might recognize the trailer’s voiceover talent… Harrison Ford!
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.