1 EXT PLAIN OF HOTH - HELICOPTER SHOT - DAY 1
A white snowscape races toward camera ... the MAIN
TITLE quickly recedes, followed by a roll-up.
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
As the Imperial grip of tyranny
tightens, Princess Leia and the
small band of freedom fighters
search for a more secure base of
The roll-up disappears into the black horizon.
2 EXT PLAIN OF HOTH - HELICOPTER SHOT - DAY 2
The camera tilts down bringing into view a small
figure galloping across the windswept ice slope.
3 EXT PLAIN OF HOTH - DAY 3
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 4
The rider gallops up a slope and reins his lizard to
5 EXT PLAINS OF HOTH - SLOPE - DAY 5
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 6
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 7
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
Han ... Han ol' buddy, do you
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 read-
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 8
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
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 9
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 10
The WAMPA ICE MONSTER grabs Luke by one ankle and
drags him away.
11 EXT METEORITE CRATER - SNOW PLAIN - DAY 11
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 disap-
pears into the distance.
12 EXT ICE CAVES - REBEL BASE ENTRANCE - DAY 12
A stalwart figure rides his Tauntaun up to the entrance
of an enormous ice cave.
13 INT MAIN HANGAR DECK - REBEL BASE 13
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
The Wookiee GRUMBLES a reply.
All right. I'll go report 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 14
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
(indicates radar screen)
With all the meteor activity in
this system, it's going to be
difficult to spot approaching
The Empire won't look for you out
here. I'd say you're all set ...
which means it's time for me to
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
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 15
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.
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,
No, your worship.. That's not
what I'm talking about.
Leia stares at him, 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
I'd just as soon kiss a wookiee.
There's no accounting for taste.
Believe me, you could use a good
(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 here.
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, hot shot!
Leia walks away.
16 EXT ICE PLAIN OF HOTH - DAY 16
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 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
The evil robot moves off toward the horizon.
21 EXT ICE GORGE - HOTH - DUSK 21
The jagged face of a huge ice wall sits gloomily in the
dim twilight of a Hoth day. Luke hangs spreadeagle
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 22
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. Rever-
berating 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.
BEN (Voice Over)
Luke, think the saber in your
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 ....
BEN (Voice Over)
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 pain.
23 EXT ENTRANCE TO ICE GORGE - HOTH - DUSK 23
Luke staggers out of the gorge and stumbles down a
24 INT MAIN HANGAR DECK - MILLENNIUM FALCON - DUSK 24
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
It is not my fault, you malfunc-
tioning 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
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
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
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
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 whistle.
I don't know, Artoo.
Sir, might I inquire what's going
Go tell your precious Princess ...
Luke is dead unless he shows up
Artoo lets out with a hysterical whistle.
25 INT MAIN HANGAR DECK - TAUNTAUN CORRAL - NEAR ENTRANCE 25
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
Not likely! Where are the
We haven't got them adapted to
this cold yet ...
We'll have to go out on Tauntauns.
The temperature is dropping too
You bet it is ... and Luke's out
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 26
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 27
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 snow.
28 EXT PLAIN OF HOTH - DUSK 28
Han rides across the plain on his Tauntaun.
29 EXT PLAIN OF HOTH - CLOSE-UP HAN - DUSK 29
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 that direction.
30 EXT PLAIN OF HOTH - DUSK 30
Han rides off across the plain on his Tauntaun.
31 EXT SNOW DRIFT - HOTH - DUSK 31
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.
I can't ...
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
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
Ben ... Ben ...
Luke ... you are the only hope.
The image of Ben fades, revealing a lone rider on a
Tauntaun in the windswept horizon.
Luke drops into unconsciousness.
32 EXT SNOW DRIFT - HOTH - DUSK 32
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
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 33
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
Han starts pulling things out of a pack on the dead
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 it.
If I don't get this shelter up
fast, Jabba the Hutt won't need
those bounty hunters.
34 SNOW DRIFT - HOTH - DUSK 34
A veil of icy snow flows across the snow drift obscuring
the doomed warriors.
35 INT MAIN HANGAR DECK - ENTRANCE - NIGHT 35
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
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
The speeders should be ready in
the morning. They'll make the
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.
Beggin' 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 36
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 37
A small, snub-nosed, armored landspeeder races across
the white landscape.
38 INT ARMORED SNOWSPEEDER - HOTH SNOWDRIFTS - DAY 38
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 39
The small craft banks and makes a slow arc racing off
in a new direction.
40 INT ARMORED SNOWSPEEDER - HOTH SNOWDRIFTS - DAY 40
The pilot switches over to a new transmitter.
This is S-122 calling Captain
Solo, Commander Skywalker. Do
you copy? This is S-122 ...
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 41
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 42
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 43
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
Watch out ... snow creatures ...
dangerous ... Yoda ... go to Yoda
... only hope ... must survive ....
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,
I do hope he's all there ... if
you take my meaning. I would hate
to see Master Luke develop a short
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
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
Chewie WHINES, looks around.
That's right, Chewie, inside the
44 INT CORRIDOR - REBEL BASE 44
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
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
45 INT COMMAND CENTER - REBEL BASE 45
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
Not yet. They're working on it
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 form.
46 INT COMMAND CENTER BY CONSOLE - REBEL BASE 46
Rieekan looks up grimly from the console in the back-
ground. 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 intensely.
I must say, sir, I'm fluent in
over six million forms of communi-
cation, 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,
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 47
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 48
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 49
The speeder disappears behind a snow dune.
50 EXT SNOW PLAIN - OVER REBEL BASE - HOTH - DAY 50
The sinister robot continues to send out its high pitched
signal while frantically searching the landscape for the
51 EXT SNOW PLAIN - OVER REBEL BASE - HOTH - DAY 51
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 52
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 53
Princess Leia and Rieekan listen to Han on the com-link.
.... I'm afraid there's not much
What was it?
Droid of some kind. I didn't hit
it that hard. It must have had a
An Imperial probe droid.
Now don't panic. We don't know
But, we don't know it wasn't.
54 SPACE - IMPERIAL FLEET 54
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 55
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 forms ...
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 men ....
56 INT ICE CORRIDOR - REBEL BASE - HOTH 56
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 57
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 still hurt?
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
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 myself? ...
... I was getting along just fine
before I met you two moon jockeys.
Calm down, will ya? Tell me about
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.
Snow creatures ... they're here?!
Yes, sir. But they're being trapped
Artoo beeps and whistles proudly.
What do you mean, you took care
of that? I would hardly call your
part in that matter great ...
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 longer.
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 sight.
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 Chewie good-humoredly.
Laugh it up, fuzz ball. You didn't
see her alone with me in the south
Luke sparks to this; he looks at Leia.
I don't know what he's talking
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 kiss?
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 every-
thing about women yet ... do you,
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 58
Six huge star destroyers rest in the Hoth
59 INT STAR DESTROYER - VADER'S CHAMBER 59
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
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
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 60
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
... 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
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 61
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 62
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
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 63
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 64
FULL SHOT - Interior Imperial Star Destroyer. Out
window stars and the white planet on the left side of
Sir ... rebel ship coming into
Good, our first catch of the day.
Close in ....
65 COMMAND CENTER - REBEL BASE 65
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
Open the shield and fire.
66 EXT ION CANNON - REBEL BASE ICE COVE 66
FULL SHOT - Giant ball-shaped ion cannon as it rotates
into position and blasts two red energy beams skyward.
67 SPACE - HOTH REBEL TRANSPORT 67
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 68
FULL SHOT TRUCKING 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 69
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 safety.
70 MAIN HANGAR DECK - REBEL BASE - HOTH 70
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 awhile.
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 looks.
I hope you make your peace with
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 announce-
ment which echoes through the hangar.
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
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,
(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
71 ICE CORRIDOR - REBEL BASE - HOTH 71
Threepio and Artoo stand in the middle of the corridor
as troops and aides rush past them.
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) 72
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 73
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 74
MED SHOT - Rebel troops load power packs into a gun
turret and swing its guns into position.
75 EXT ICE PLAIN - POWER GENERATORS - GUN TOWERS 75
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 76
MED SHOT of generator, as men scurry about in the fore-
ground 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 77
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 78
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 79
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 80
MED SHOT - The rebel officer lifts a pair of electro-
binoculars to his eyes.
81 EXT ICE PLAIN - HOTH - POV 81
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 82
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
83 EXT ICE PLAIN - POWER GENERATORS - GUN TOWERS 83
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 84
MED FULL SHOT - Four speeders race over camera at full
throttle. Slight left to right angle.
85 EXT ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 85
HIGH ANGLE - Trucking with speeders as they accelerate
away from camera toward the distant walkers.
86 EXT ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 86
MED CLOSE-UP - Walker head fires at speeders. Second
walker in background. Moving right to left.
87 EXT ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 87
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 88
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 89
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 90
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 91
INT PILOT POV - Speeder cockpit. Speeder turns,
approaching walker number one, and flys through the
legs of the monstrous machine. The horizon twists as
the speeder banks through the legs. Second walker in
Rogue Leader to Rogue Three.
Copy, Rogue Leader.
92 INT LUKE'S SNOW SPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER 92
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 93
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 94
MED FULL SHOT - Three walkers marching right to left
firing all cannons.
95 INT LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER 95
CLOSE-UP LUKE - Luke speeds towards approaching snow
96 INT WALKER NO. 3 COCKPIT 96
Two pilots watch the distant gun emplacements as they
maneuver their war machine forward.
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
97 EXT ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 97
FULL SHOT - Moving across the top of the walker as
Luke's speeder skims across it. Trucking with the
speeder then it flys overhead.
98 INT LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER 98
CLOSE-UP LUKE LOOKING BACK as the walker grows small
in the distance.
That armor is too strong for
99 EXT ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 99
OVERHEAD TWISTING FULL SHOT WALKER - Luke's speeder
banks up toward camera and turns.
100 INT LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER 100
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 101
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 controls.
Well stick close now.
102 EXT ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 102
FULL OVERHEAD TRUCKING - 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 103
SIDE CLOSE-UP DACK - Struggles with his harpoon gun as
he bounces around in the tumbling ship.
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 104
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 105
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 106
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
107 INT LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER 107
SIDE CLOSE-UP LUKE - Interior speeder as Luke struggles
to turn around to see if Dack is alright. In the back-
ground the giant legs of the walker pass by as Luke
banks under the monstrous machine.
108 INT LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER 108
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 109
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 110
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 111
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 112
MED SHOT - Rebel troops fire the dish-like ray gun.
The generator is seen in the background.
113 EXT ICE PLAIN - BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 113
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 114
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
115 COMMAND CENTER - REBEL BASE - HOTH 115
Large chunks of snow tumble into the command center.
Leia seeks shelter.
Two transports at a time is awfully
We have no choice. Send them
up ... and start clearing everyone
116 INT IMPERIAL WALKER NO. 1 116
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
Six twenty one .... still too far
out of range, but it won't be long.
117 INT IMPERIAL WALKER NO. 1 COCKPIT 117
CLOSE-UP VEERS - As he bounces along, he pulls down an
electro-telescope and studies the rebel positions.
We have that line of gun emplace-
ments 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 118
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 119
CLOSE-UP FRONT - Wedge lets out a rebel yell, the
horizon twisting behind him.
120 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 120
FULL SHOT TRUCKING - 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 121
OVER THE SHOULDER POV of Wedge as he heads toward
Walker No. 3, going almost to where it passes between
122 INT WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE 122
CLOSE-UP SIDE SHOT of the gunner as he passes the legs.
He reaches for the firing switch.
123 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 123
MED FULL SHOT of the speeder racing to camera through
the legs of Walker No. 3.
124 INT WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE 124
CLOSE-UP HAND pushes button that fires harpoon.
125 INT WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE 125
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 126
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 127
CLOSE-UP SIDE WEDGE as he checks his controls, and banks
around the walker's front. Left to right.
128 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 128
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 129
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 130
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 131
CLOSE-UP OF WEDGE as he swings the speeder between the
legs of the giant walker.
132 INT WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE 132
PILOT'S POV of walkers legs as the speeder races along
the side close to the lumbering machine.
ROGUE THREE GUNNER
133 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 133
FULL SHOT panning with the speeder as it zooms behind
the legs moving right to left.
134 INT WEDGE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE THREE 134
CLOSE-UP HAND pushes button on cable release inside
135 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 135
CLOSE-UP CABLE RELEASE on back of the speeder as it
snaps loose and the cable drops away.
136 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 136
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 137
MED SHOT of the tangled legs and feet of Walker No. 3
coming to camera. The monster begins to stumble.
138 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 138
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
CLOSE FULL SHOT of Walker No. 3 coming to camera
crashing into the snow which flies in all directions.
140 INT LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER 140
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 141
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 142
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 143
FULL SIDE TRUCKING SHOT of rebel troops running left
to right as two speeders race overhead going in the
144 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 144
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 145
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 146
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 around
147 INT LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER 147
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
148 INT ZEV'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE TWO 148
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 149
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 150
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
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
151 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 151
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 152
INT CLOSE-UP inside Luke's cockpit as he struggles to
get out. He gets desperate as he looks out the cockpit
153 INT LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER 153
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 154
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 155
FULL SIDE SHOT of Rogue Two's speeder in a
ball of flames going left to right.
156 INT LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - ROGUE LEADER 156
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 157
EXTREME CLOSE-UP of giant walking foot as it comes
crashing to the ground, sending snow in all directions.
158 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 158
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 159
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 160
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 some-
thing else, glancing up with a worried look.
161 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 162
LUKE'S POV of the moving underbelly of the huge Walker
No. 2 as it passes over his head.
162 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 162
CLOSE-UP of Luke outside the speeder as he searches
the cockpit, straining to reach inside.
163 INT LUKE'S SNOWSPEEDER - INSERT 163
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 164
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 165
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 166
CLOSE-UP LUKE as walker foot raises in background.
167 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 167
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 168
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 169
MED SHOT of Luke running and climbing up the cable.
The second walker can be seen left to right in the
170 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 170
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 171
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
172 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 172
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 173
MED SIDE SHOT of Luke as he reaches the hull of Walker
No. 2, next to a small hatch. Luke, hanging pre-
cariously, cuts the solid metal hatch with his laser-
174 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 174
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
175 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 175
LOW ANGLE looking up at Walker No. 2 as Luke slides
down the cable, then drops past camera.
176 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 176
SIDE MED SHOT of Luke falling, then drops out of the
177 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 177
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 locomotive.
178 COMMAND CENTER - REBEL BASE 178
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
I'm afraid he's no longer functioning.
Leia is truly sorrowful. She holds the General's hand a
moment and regards him reflectively.
The last transport is waiting.
Another explosion rocks the area.
Beg your pardon, ma'am, but our
possible avenues of exit are
being rapidly reduced.
Leia nods, stands, and speaks to the controller with
Tell the ship we're on our way,
and signal the troops in the
field to retreat to their fighters.
179 INT ICE CORRIDOR - REBEL BASE - HOTH
Apart from the distant thunder of laser blasts, the
corridor is strangely quiet and empty. Running foot-
steps 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 for you.
180 INT ICE CORRIDOR - REBEL BASE - HOTH 180
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
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 181
The pilots are getting nervous, the captain leans
I don't know if there's anyone
left alive in there. Give it one
Control unit 33, this is transport
XJ ... we can't wait any longer ....
182 INT ICE CORRIDOR 182
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 him-
self out of the snow.
Transport XJ. get out of here.
The energy shield is down. We'll
be stuck here forever.
183 EXT REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT - HOTH 183
The icy wind picks up as the battle rages. Rebel and
Imperial troops are firing at each other at point blank
184 EXT SNOW BY REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT - HOTH 184
A walker steps on several rebel troops as they attempt
185 EXT REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT 185
A rebel officer puts his hand to his helmet earphone in
an attempt to hear his com-link.
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 186
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 187
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 188
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 189
MED SHOT - Rebel troops retreat under the onslaught.
190 EXT REBEL GUN EMPLACEMENT - HOTH 190
ANOTHER ANGLE - Rebel troops retreat as a walker looms
in the background. Pan down to troops as an explosion
191 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 191
HIGH ANGLE of troops fleeing and firing back toward
192 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 192
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
193 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 193
BACK CLOSE-UP of guns on walker-head, firing.
194 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 194
MED BEHIND TROOPS fleeing over camera, the ground
explodes around them.
195 INT WALKER NO. 1 - COCKPIT 195
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 196
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 197
OVER THE SHOULDER of Veers and his pilots as the speeder
crashes into the front window.
He's going to ....
Impact, huge explosion.
198 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 198
FULL SHOT of Walker No. 1 with head exploding and frying
into a million pieces.
199 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 199
FULL SHOT Walker No. 1. After a few moments the
headless walker topples over on its side in a cloud
200 EXT BATTLEFIELD - HOTH 200
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 wind.
201 EXT BATTLEFIELD - SNOWDRIFT - HOTH 201
Luke pops his head out of a hole in the snow. Still a
little shaken, he tries to stand up, but can't. His
... ships away. Begin retreat
action. All troops begin retreat
Luke musters all his strength and starts off through
the snow toward a distant ice formation.
202 INT MAIN HANGAR - REBEL BASE - HOTH 202
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 203
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 over soon
204 S C E N E M O V E D 204
204X INT ICE CORRIDOR - REBEL BASE - HOTH 204X
Imperial troops appear pushing through an ice blockage.
Vader is revealed.
204Y INT COMMAND CENTER - REBEL BASE - HOTH 204Y
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 205
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
Don't worry, your holiness, I'll
get her started.
Threepio clanks into the hold.
Sir, I was wondering if I might ...
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
Chewie lets out a loud WHELP as laser bolts begin to
hit the cockpit window.
206 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - MAIN HANGAR - HOTH 206
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 every-
thing 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
206W INT MAIN HANGAR DECK - HOTH 206W
Stormtroopers are setting up a large Bazooka-like
weapon. Behind them the giant hangar doors are opening.
206X EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - MAIN HANGAR - HOTH 206X
A laser gun appears and swings around.
206Y EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - MAIN HANGAR - HOTH 206Y
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 directions.
206Z INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - MAIN HANGAR - HOTH 206Z
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
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 every-
thing as the ice cave wall rushes by outside the cock-
pit window, moving right to left.
207 OMIT OMIT 207
207X INT MAIN HANGAR - HOTH 207X
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 207Y
Shooting toward the main hangar doors as the Millennium
Falcon (which is now through the door) lifts up and
208 EXT ICE SLOPE - MILLENNIUM FALCON - HOTH 208
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 209
Luke's POV Millennium Falcon racing skyward.
210 EXT ICE SLOPE - X WING - HOTH 210
Luke, Wedge, and the pilot trudge onward toward the outline
of an X wing fighter.
There goes the Falcon. At least
Han got away. Wedge, that looks
like yours over there.
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 fighter.
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 power.
211 INT MAIN HANGAR DECK - REBEL BASE - HOTH 211
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 - 212
FULL SHOT, SPACE, 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 forward.
213 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - STAR DESTROYER - 213
FULL SHOT, SPACE. 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 214
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 215
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
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. Hold on!
216 INT COCKPIT MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE 216
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 217
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 218
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 219
INT IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - Out the front window the
two oncoming Star Destroyers can be seen veering to the
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 220
FULL SHOT, SPACE - The Millennium Falcon races to
camera followed by four Tie fighters with laser bolts.
221 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE 221
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
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 222
REVERSE POV over shoulder out cockpit window as stars
DO NOT go into hyperspace, but just sit there.
223 INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT 223
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 para-
light system seems to be damaged.
We're in trouble!
The explosions become heavier.
224 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - STAR DESTROYER 224
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 225
FULL SHOT, HOTH - Luke's fighter speeds away from the
tiny planet, wings closed.
226 EXT LUKE'S X WING - SPACE 226
FULL SHOT - Luke's fighter over camera, wings closed
disappears into stars.
227 INT COCKPIT - LUKE'S X WING - SPACE 227
CLOSE SHOT Luke's interior fighter, very small planet
in background. He makes a decision and flips several
228 INT COCKPIT - LUKE'S X WING - SPACE 228
LUKE'S POV - Stars shift right to left as Luke banks
his fighter into a steep turn.
229 EXT LUKE'S X WING - SPACE 229
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 230
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 231
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
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 232
SIDE VIEW of Artoo as he begins his protest. Artoo
whistles an unbelieving: "What?"
233 INT LUKE'S X WING - SPACE 233
Luke reads Artoo's exclamation on his control panel.
We're going to the Dagobah System.
We have enough power.
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
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
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
(a carefully-put sentence
No ... no headache, I feel fine
(Artoo chirps an innocent
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
Artoo lets out a defeated whimper. Luke just smiles
at his worried little friend.
Trust me, Artoo. I know where I'm
going and I'll get us there safely ...
it's not far.
234 EXT IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - TIE SHIPS - MILLENNIUM 234
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 distance.
235 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE 235
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 236
Han works furiously at his controls while giving various
orders to Chewie.
Horizontal booster ....
Alluvial damper ....
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 .... some-
thing hit us ....
Or you ran into something ....
237 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON 237
POV out front cockpit window as asteroids race by
right to left.
238 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID BELT 238
Han continues to work his ship controls as a chunk of rock
crosses in front of the ship.
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
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
If I might remind you, sir, the
probability of successfully navi-
gating through an asteroid field
is approximately 365,000 to one
... a graceful surrender might
not be ...
Chewie turns and barks at Threepio, who immediately
239 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID BELT 239
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 240
CLOSE-UP of asteroid as it tumbles away from the camera
a 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 241
FULL SIDE VIEW, TRUCKING 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
242 EXT. SPACE - IMPERIAL STAR FLEET 242
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 243
244 INT VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - VADER'S CHAMBER 244
ADMIRAL PIETT hesitates in the entryway to Vader's
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 asteroid field.
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.
Yes, Admiral .... soon.
245 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - ASTEROID BELT 245
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 246
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 247
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 side.
248 INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID FIELD 248
Asteroids race by the cockpit window as Han pilots his
trusty craft through the dangerous field.
249 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID BELT 249
INT POV out cockpit window as a big asteroid drops
past the window, narrowly missing the Falcon.
250 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID BELT 250
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
251 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID 251
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 252
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 253
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 254
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 255
LOW TRUCKING across surface as the Falcon and Ties
race to camera and zoom overhead under a hail of
256 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - GIANT ASTEROID 256
REVERSE LOW TRUCKING as the Falcon and the two Tie
fighters race over camera and into the distance.
257 INT COCKPIT - TIE FIGHTER - GIANT ASTEROID 257
Stars whip by in the background. Pilot looks up screen
258 INT COCKPIT - TIE FIGHTER - GIANT ASTEROID 258
POV of giant asteroid racing to camera from out of the
starry sky, slightly left to right.
259 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - TIE FIGHTERS - GIANT ASTEROID 259
LOW TRUCKING 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 260
Han notices something on his main scope and nudges his
faithful Wookiee, pointing.
There, there. Chewie get a
reading on that. Looks pretty
What is it?
That should do nicely.
261 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - GIANT ASTEROID 261
POV OVER THE SHOULDER out cockpit window, skimming the
surface of the asteroid as a large crater approaches.
262 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - GIANT ASTEROID 262
FULL SHOT of the Millennium Falcon as it dives into
the huge crater and disappears.
263 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID SURFACE AND CRATER 263
FULL SHOT of Falcon racing over camera and down into
crater. The walls are barely visible as the camera
TRUCKS 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 264
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 265
CLOSE SIDE VIEW of R-2 as he rides on the back of the
266 INT COCKPIT - LUKE'S X WING - SPACE - DAGOBAH 266
CLOSE-UP LUKE FRONT with stars moving right to left in
Luke watches Artoo's words translated on the computer
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 or technology ...
(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 happens.
267 EXT LUKE'S X WING - SPACE - PLANET DAGOBAH 267
X wing to camera flying through twilight between space
268 EXT LUKE'S X WING - SPACE - PLANET DAGOBAH 268
CLOSER VIEW as the X wing races over camera and dives
into the cloud cover and disappears.
269 INT COCKPIT LUKE'S X WING - CLOUDS 269
SIDE VIEW LUKE as the clouds race by in the background,
bottom to top.
270 INT COCKPIT LUKE'S X WING - CLOUDS 270
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
Good. Come on, I think we're
Luke pulls a switch and his canopy pops open.
271 EXT BOG - SWAMP - DUSK - DAGOBAH 271
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 cubbyhole on the back. The young warrior surveys
his hostile new environment. Huge, twisted trees
covered with vines and moss outline the misty landscape.
Artoo, I wonder if that water is
Artoo lets out a short beep, then steps forward, loses
his balance and disappears with a splash into the water.
272 EXT SWAMP - DUSK 272
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.
273 EXT SWAMP - DUSK 273
We see the POINT OF VIEW of an underwater swimming
"thing" as it watches R-2 and his young master strug-
gling toward shore. R-2 is powered by two bubbling jets.
274 EXT SWAMP - DUSK 274
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 275
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 you.
276 EXT SWAMP - BEACH - DUSK 276
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 277
Luke looks back at the slowly sinking spacecraft.
278 EXT SWAMP - BEACH - DUSK 278
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 279
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
280 INT BRIDGE - VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - MAIN CONTROL DECK 280
INT FULL SHOT - Asteroids collide, creating fireworks
display out 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
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 clear transmission.
Yes, My Lord.
And code the signal to my private
281 EST MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID CAVE 281
The pirate starship rests in a dark, dripping asteroid
cave. It is so dark, the exact dimensions are impos-
sible to determine.
282 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CAVE 282
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,
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 inscrutable interest.
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
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 283
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 swamp.
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 thermal heater.
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 sword.
(looking at creature)
... Like we're being watched.
Away put your weapon. I mean you
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
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 on those. Wars don't
make one great.
Yoda jumps and lands on one of the cases of supplies.
He begins to rummage around.
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 cases.
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
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
Beeps a few "gimme thats."
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
Whistles a blue streak.
You'd better stay here and watch
over the camp.
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
284 EXT BOG TRAIL - DUSK - DAGOBAH 284
Down the misty trail, the creature moves along alone.
Heh ... safe ... heh ...
quite safe (laughs) ... yes, of
285 EXT VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - SPACE 285
FULL SHOT - Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer floats
against a vast sea of stars.
286 INT VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - VADER'S CHAMBER 286
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,
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 Emperor will be with you in
I wait at his convenience.
287 EXT IMPERIAL CRUISER - ASTEROID BELT - SPACE 287
FULL SHOT - Looking down on two medium-sized Imperial
cruisers moving across the surface, dropping
bombs which create powerful shock waves centered around
288 EXT IMPERIAL CRUISERS - CRATER - GIANT ASTEROID - SPACE 288
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 289
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
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 ...
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
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 afraid.
Barks his understanding and
returns to his wires.
Leia finishes welding the valve she's been working on.
She attempts to reengage 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
Easy, your worship. Only trying
Would you please stop calling
Han hears a new tone in her voice. He watches her pull
on the lever.
Sure. I guess I make it difficult
Yes, you do.
You could be a touch warmer,
(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
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
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
and excited whisper, in complete opposition to what she's
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 back-
ward. 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 290
A slight breeze moves the fog around in swirls. Artoo
is all alone. The swamp had become even more fore-
boding. 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
291 EXT BOG MEADOW - CREATURE'S HOUSE - DUSK 291
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
292 INT CREATURE HOUSE 292
The inside of the house is very plain, but cozy. Every-
thing 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 Yoda now.
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
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
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 nod.
Will he finish what he begins?
We've come this far ... He is our
Yoda concedes with a resigned look and Ben's image
fades away. Yoda continues to stare at the spot for a
I will not fail you. I'm not
(turns slowly toward him)
You will be, my young one. Heh.
You will be.
293 EXT VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - SPACE 293
FULL SHOT - Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer floats
against a vast sea of stars.
294 INT VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - VADER'S CHAMBER 294
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 material-
izes 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 contin-
ually looks at his feet.
What is thy bidding, My Master?
There is a grave disturbance in
I have felt it.
Our situation is most precarious.
We have a new enemy who could
bring about our destruction.
Our destruction? Who?
The son of Skywalker. You must
destroy him ... or he will be
He's not a Jedi, he's just a boy.
Obi-wan could not have taught him
so much that ...
You are weak! I have seen it.
The Force is strong with him.
He must be destroyed.
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 295
The pirate starship rests in a dark, dripping asteroid
cave. It is so dark, the exact dimensions are impossible
296 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON 296
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
The young Princess catches her breath, jumps out of her
chair and races from the cockpit.
297 INT MAIN HOLD AREA 297
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
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
It sounds like it's trying to get
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 298
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
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 now.
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
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,
Chew BARKS and starts for the ship. Leia and Han follow
299 INT MILLENNIUM FALCON ENTRY - HOLD AREA 299
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 to.
Han rushes past her and heads for the cockpit.
There's no time to discuss this
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 300
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
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 301
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
302 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CAVE 302
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 303
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 304
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 305
FULL SHOT - The Falcon races out of the asteroid crater
into the deadly rain of the asteroid storm. From
306 EXT YODA'S BOG (MONTAGE) - DAY - DAGOBAH 306
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 306X
(pt 310) Luke runs through the dense jungle on the last leg (part 310)
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, unlearn.
307X EXT YODA'S BOG (MONTAGE) - DAY - DAGOBAH 307X
(308) At the edge of a wide pond, Yoda sits on a log. (308)
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 308X
(307) In the bog clearing, Yoda and Luke sit facing two (307)
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.
309X EXT YODA'S BOG (MONTAGE) - DAY - DAGOBAH 309X
(309 and)Luke's face is upside-down and showing enormous (309 and)
(pt 310) strain. Soon we see why. He is standing on his (pt 310)
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
Artoo races up to his master whistling and beeping
like mad. Luke is trying to maintain his balance,
desperately and finally collapses. Yoda jumps
(a little annoyed)
Oh, Artoo, what is it?
310X EXT BOG CLEARING - SWAMP - DUSK - DAGOBAH 310X
(pt 310) Artoo runs around in circles, chirping franti- (pt 310)
cally, 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 311
The fighter begins to shake a little, but doesn't rise.
312 EXT BOG CLEARING - SWAMP - DUSK 312
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 Force.
... Yes, everywhere, waiting to
be felt and used ... Yes, even
between this land and that ship!
313 EXT SWAMP - BEACH - X WING FIGHTER - DUSK 313
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 314
Artoo runs behind some barrels in terror. Luke is
I don't believe it.
That is why you fail.
315 EXT VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - SPACE 315
FULL SHOT - Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer in space
with Tie Fighters buzzing around.
316 INT VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - BRIDGE - SPACE 316
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 us ....
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; TUCKUSS 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 disintegrations.
At that moment, Admiral Piett approaches Vader in a rush
My Lord, we have them!
317 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - STAR DESTROYER - ASTEROID BELT 317
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
318 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID BELT 318
INT COCKPIT, OVER THE SHOULDER, of the asteroid storm
319 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - ASTEROID FIELD 319
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
I can see the edge of the asteroid
Good. Soon as we're clear, we'll
kick this baby into hyperdrive.
320 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - STAR DESTROYER - SPACE 320
FULL SHOT - The Millennium Falcon races past camera,
right to left, followed by the Star Destroyer, firing
321 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE 321
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 322
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
323 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE 323
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 324
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 325
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 under-
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 326
INT COCKPIT, POV of flak, banking as the Falcon makes
a steep turn.
327 EXT SPACE - MILLENNIUM FALCON - STAR DESTROYER 327
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 328
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. Flak.
329 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - STAR DESTROYER SURFACE - SPACE 329
FULL SHOT - TRUCKING 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 over
330 INT IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER NO. 2 BRIDGE 330
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 331
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
Track them, they may come around
for another pass.
What is it?
The ship doesn't appear on any of
It couldn't have disappeared ...
Could a ship that small have a
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
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 time.
332 EXT SWAMP - BOG - DUSK 332
Luke lies motionless in the mud with Artoo leaning
over him. Two glowing balls about the size of base-
balls 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
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 balls.
Concentration. Heh? Concentration.
I thought those seekers were set
That they are.
They're a lot stronger than I'm
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
No, no. Easier, quicker, more
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 be ... at peace ...
Luke stops protesting, relaxes his body.
... Yes ... calm ...
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 333
FULL SHOT - Fleet around Vader's Star Destroyer with
second Star Destroyer in the foreground.
334 INT VADER'S STAR DESTROYER BRIDGE - CONTROL DECK 334
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
Yes, My Lord. We'll find them.
The Admiral turns to and aide, a little more worried
than when he arrived.
Deploy the fleet.
335 EXT IMPERIAL FLEET - SPACE 335
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
336 EXT STAR DESTROYER SURFACE - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE 336
MED SHOT of Star Destroyer bridge as camera trucks into
the Millennium Falcon, clinging to the side of the ship.
337 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE 337
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
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
(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
Leia gets it after a moment. She smiles and pats Han
like a puppy.
Not bad, hot shot, not bad. Then
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-
around scoundrel ...
(winks at Leia)
... your kind of guy. The system
is called Bespin. It's a ways
from here, but reachable.
(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
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 kiss.
You do have your moments ... Not
many, but you do have them.
Let 'er go, Chewie.
338 EXT IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - SPACE 338
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 SHIP - SPACE 339
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 340
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
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 341
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 342
Yoda sits on the root, calmly chewing on his Gimer
343 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - BESPIN SYSTEM 343
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 344
FULL SHOT, TRUCKING - 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 345
TRUCKING, 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 346
FULL SHOT, TRUCKING 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
347 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUDS - BESPIN 347
INT SIDE VIEW from Falcon cockpit of clouds and cloud
car outside, clouds move left to right. Wookiee in
foreground. FLAK rocks ships. Chewie barks his
No ... I do not have a landing
permit ... my registration is
... (static) ...
348 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUDS - BESPIN 348
Flak bursts outside the cockpit window and rattles the
ship's interior. Leia looks worried.
INTERCOM 9.S. Voice)
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.
Barks and growls at his boss.
That was a long time ago. I'm
sure he's forgotten all about it,
and so should you.
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 349
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
350 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CAR - CLOUD CITY - 350
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 351
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 352
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
353 EXT LANDING PLATFORM - DOOR OF MILLENNIUM FALCON - 353
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
(to Han, low)
I don't like this.
It'll be all right. Trust me.
And keep your eyes open. You
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 his head.
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,
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
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 square.
Lando concedes this with a little gesture, speaks to
That ship saved my life a few
times. It's the fastest hunk of
machinery in the galaxy.
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
354 INT CORRIDOR - CLOUD CITY 354
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 legs 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 respon-
sible 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 355
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
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 356
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 the
357 EXT YODA'S BOG (MONTAGE) 357
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 to eye.
358 EXT YODA'S BOG (MONTAGE) 358
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 359
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
I see a city in the clouds.
Bespin. I see it too ... Friends
you have there, heh? Concentrate
and see them you will.
I see them! ... They're in pain ...
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
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
Luke is stopped cold by Yoda's words. Gloom shrouds
him as he plops down and Artoo comes over to comfort
359X INT JUNK ROOM - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN 359X
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 360
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
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
Luke! I'm sure he's fine. Probably
sitting around wondering what we're
doing right now.
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.
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 him.
Well, I do trust him. Lando's
an old friend. Must have been
Chewie, do you think you can repair
The giant Wookiee has been studying the array of robot
parts. He looks at the Princess.
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 guards.
Sorry, am I interrupting anything?
I must say, your beauty is unpar-
alleled. Truly you belong here
with us among the clouds.
Would you care to join me for a
Han looks at Lando suspiciously.
Barks at the mention of food.
Licks his lips.
Everyone's invited, of course.
Leia takes Lando's proffered arm and the group turns
to go. Lando spots Threepio's remains.
Having problems with you droid?
Han and Leia exchange a quick glance.
An accident. Nothing we can't
The door slides closed behind them, leaving the battered
droid on the table.
361 INT CORRIDOR - CLOUD CITY - DAY 361
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 columns.
.... We are a free station and do
not fall under the jurisdiction
of the Empire.
You're part of the mining guild
Not actually .... Our operation
is small enough not to be noticed,
so you might say we're enterprisers.
Most of our trade is, well ...
362 EXT VERANDA - CLOUD CITY - DAY 362
The corridor opens onto a veranda which overlooks the
spiraled top of the city.
City Plaza - as Lando and group pass. City in back-
ground 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
363 INT CORRIDOR - CLOUD CITY - DAY 363
They re-enter the corridor and head for a huge doorway
at the far end. Chewie begins to sniff something.
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
364 INT DINING ROOM - CLOUD CITY - DAY 364
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 mean look.
Sorry friend, I had no choice.
They arrived right before you
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 meal.
365 EXT YODA'S BOG (MONTAGE) - DAGOBAH 365
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 366
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, deflect-
ing all the bolts with the pot lid in his left hand and
the spoon in his right.
367 EXT YODA'S HOUSE - DUSK - DAGOBAH 367
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 feel that ...
Suddenly the shimmering image of Ben Kenobi appears
... 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
Will you? You underestimate The
Emperor. It is you he wants ... that
is why your friends suffer.
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
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
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 367X
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 light.
I cannot protect you, Luke. If
you choose to face Vader, you
will do it alone. Once you've
made this decision, I cannot
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.
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 worse.
The boy is our last hope.
No ... there is another.
368 EXT PLANET DAGOBAH - SPACE 368
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 369
FULL SHOT - X wing, over camera and into space.
370 INT LARGE CELL - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN 370
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 dis-
assembled Threepio rests on one of the beds. The
Wookiee picks up the golden droid's head and meditates
on it a few moments.
Barks a few remarks of a philoso-
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
Chewie looks at Threepio in bewilderment, then scratches
his furry head, gets and idea and adjusts some connections.
Threepio immediately begins speaking normally.
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 been shot!
371 INT PRISON AREA - CLOUD CITY 371
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 Skywalker.
(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
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
That was never mentioned. Neither
was this bounty hunter taking Han.
I hope you haven't forgotten our
I forget nothing, Calrissian.
Perhaps you think you're being
(glances at his aide)
Good. It would be most unfortunate
if I had to leave a permanent
Vader turns and sweeps into the elevator with Boba Fett.
Lando turns with his aide and walks swiftly down another
This deal's getting worse all
Maybe you should have argued with
Lando gives his aide a look that speaks volumes, then
walks a few steps in silence, thinking.
I've got a bad feeling about this.
372 INT LARGE CELL 372
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
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.
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 war 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
Me either. They had me howling
on the scan grid, but they never
asked me any questions.
The cell door slides open. Lando and two Bespin troops
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
What about Han?
I didn't know you had a price on
your head. Vader has given you
to the bounty hunter.
Leia looks with concern to Han.
You don't know much about much if
you think Vader won't want us dead
before this is over.
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
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
(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
(dabs at his wound)
You certainly have a way with people.
373 EXT LUKE'S X WING - SPACE - BESPIN SYSTEM 373
FULL SHOT - X wing, past camera toward Bespin in the
374 INT COCKPIT LUKE'S X WING - SPACE - BESPIN SYSTEM 374
Luke is grim-faced as he pilots his course to Bespin.
Artoo beeps and whistles to Luke which reads out on
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 375
CLOSE-UP side R-2, stars left to right.
376 INT CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN 376
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 kill him.
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 377
FULL SHOT - X wing, through clouds, side-trucking PAN
as ship approaches city.
378 INT COCKPIT LUKE'S X WING - BESPIN SYSTEM - SPACE 378
Luke scans his display panels with concern.
You haven't picked up any patrol
Beeps a "negative" which prints
out on a panel.
379 INT CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN 379
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-cold chamber.
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 reinforce-
ments 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 arm ...
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
Han gives the Wookiee a stern look, then a big hug.
Save your strength for another
time, Chewie, when the odds are
Han winks at the Wookiee.
Barks a doleful farewell.
I'm sure I'll see you again, too.
(turns to guard)
You'd better chain him until it's
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
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
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
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
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
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 and Threepio.
380 INT CORRIDOR - CLOUD CITY 380
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 381
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 Storm-
troopers down a second hallway.
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
382 INT CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN 382
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
383 INT HALLWAY LEADING TO CHAMBER - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN 383
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 384
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 opponent.
The Force is with you young Skywalker,
but you are not a Jedi yet.
385 INT CORRIDOR - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN - DAY 385
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 mistake.
And when do you betray us again?
Lando has to take another look at this broad. She
doesn't seem very appreciative.
Look, I stand to lose everything
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.
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 Solo .... Artoo!!
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 little friend.
Wait! Where'd he go? Turn
around, you woolly ... Ah, Artoo!
Artoo has managed to get under Threepio.
Beeps a wild series of exclamations
about his friend's condition.
Chewie's right. We must try to
There's not much chance, but the
bounty hunter's ship is on the
East Landing Platform.
Lando leads the others quickly down a hall.
I'm afraid Lord Vader has Master
Luke. There's no hope of saving
386 INT CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN 386
Vader ignites his powerful light saber. Luke takes a
step back and one foot rests on the cold chamber plat-
form. 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 hydraulic
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 training.
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
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
Cases, tools, bits of pipe begin to fly at Luke. He
cuts down or deflects them, but is driven back by their
Attack. Take your revenge.
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
Luke backs into the tunnel followed by Vader.
387 EXT BOBA'S SHIP - EAST LANDING PLATFORM 387
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 opening.
388 EXT EAST LANDING PLATFORM - SIDE BAY 388
An elevator slides open and Lando, Leia and Chewbacca
race for a large bay overlooking the East Landing
389 EXT EAST LANDING PLATFORM - CLOUD CITY 389
FULL SHOT, INT EAST LANDING PLATFORM - Boba Fett's
ship takes off against cloud sky at sunset.
390 EXT EAST LANDING PLATFORM - SIDE BAY 390
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,
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 forward.
391 INT ELEVATOR - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN 391
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
We should have stayed and finished
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.
Barks his "right on!"
Very noble. Not smart, but
You've probably never done an
honorable thing in your life.
Sure I did ... once. It turned
What chance have we got in here?
What are we going to do when they
Suddenly, the elevator stops with a jolt and the main
lights go out, leaving only the running lights.
... the power?
392 INT REACTOR CONTROL STATION 392
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
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 quite
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
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 393
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 weapon.
You'd better know what you're
doing, or this is going to get
Don't worry about a thing. I'll
get us going.
394 INT ELEVATOR 394
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!
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 395
Elevator races away from camera with Lando hanging on
Reverse! Stop it! Stop!
396 INT ELEVATOR 396
Artoo whistles madly, but the elevator doesn't stop.
Oh my, he's lost contact.
397 INT ELEVATOR SHAFT 397
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 398
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 rever-
berates through the vast power shaft. An alarm sounds
and the public address system inside the control room
Fugitives heading for transport
Platform Southwest-One. Secure
Your friends may escape, but you
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 399
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 control panel.
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
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
Artoo's circuits light up, his head spins around wildly
and he begins to smoke. Lando pulls him 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 400
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
(INSERT B - DIALOGUE ADDED HERE)
No! .... Never ....
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
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 401
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 402
TRUCKING FULL SHOT as Luke tumbles through the exhaust
403 EXT BOTTOM OF CITY - EXHAUST PIPE - DUSK 403
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 404
FULL SHOT - Luke hanging on weather vane on bottom of
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 405
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
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 outside.
406 EXT LANDING PLATFORM - CLOUD CITY - DUSK 406
The group races for the Millennium Falcon as Storm-
troopers 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 board.
407 EXT BOTTOM OF CITY - EXHAUST PIPE - DUSK 407
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.
Leia .... Leia ....
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 408
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 quizzical look.
What'd you say?
I didn't say anything?
Leia shrugs and turns back to Chewie.
409 EXT LANDING PLATFORM - CLOUD CITY - DUSK 409
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 410
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 411
INT COCKPIT, SIDE as Falcon moves through cloud canyon.
412 EXT BOTTOM OF CITY EXHAUST PIPE - DUSK 412
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 413
OVER THE SHOULDER POV of cloud through cockpit window
in Millennium Falcon.
414 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CITY - DUSK 414
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.
Barks his consternation.
Chewie, head for the bottom of
Three patrol ships are heading
Barks an argument and shakes his
No argument, just do it. That's
Wait a minute. We're not going
Turns on Lando, the newcomer, with
an ominous growl.
415 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CITY - BESPIN - DUSK 415
FULL SHOT TRUCKING of the Falcon making a graceful
banking turn over camera. Clouds at dusk.
416 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - UNDERSIDE CLOUD CITY - DUSK 416
FULL SHOT as Falcon dives to the underside of the
417 INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - HOLD 417
Artoo is busy trying to re-assemble his friend Threepio.
He adjusts the connections to the golden droid's second
Beeps some news.
Turning around? Oh, no! I knew
we'd never escape ...
418 EXT BOTTOM OF CITY - EXHAUST PIPE - DUSK 418
FULL SHOT - Luke on weather vane. He is almost uncon-
scious, 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 419
Leia tries to remain calm in the midst of everyone's
It's Luke. Get under him. Slow
down. Easy Chewie. Line up your
tracking system. Lando, open the
420 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - POV 420
POV out Falcon cockpit window as Luke falls into the
clouds in the distance.
421 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CITY 421
Leia watches anxiously.
Slower, Chewie, slower.
422 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CITY - POV 422
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 423
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 - POV 424
OVER THE SHOULDER POV - Clouds and flak bursts as the
Falcon banks away from the city. Dusk.
425 EXT UNDERSIDE OF CLOUD CITY - DUSK 425
Three Imperial Patrol ships are firing on the Falcon
as they speed into pursuit.
426 INT COCKPIT MILLENNIUM FALCON - CLOUD CITY - DUSK 426
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.
(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 427
FULL SHOT - The Falcon speeds away from the planet and
over camera followed by two Imperial ships.
428 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE 428
FULL SHOT - The Falcon away from camera and into space,
followed by two Imperial ships.
429 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE 429
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 coordinates 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.
Barks his agreement.
The Wookiee shrugs and pulls back on the lightspeed
430 INT COCKPIT - MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE - POV 430
FULL SHOT, OVER THE SHOULDER POV out cockpit window,
stars that streak and go into hyperspace.
431 EXT MILLENNIUM FALCON - SPACE 431
FULL SHOT, SPACE - The Falcon speeds away from camera
and disappears into nothingness.
432 EXT SPACE - REMAINS OF REBEL FLEET - STAR CRUISER 432
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 433
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
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 434
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 they will ...
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 grace-
435 INT BRIDGE - STAR CRUISER - VIEW PORT - POV - SPACE 435
POV of distant sun. The Falcon does a spectacular
flip and fly-by, and banks off into the stars.
T H E E N D