Cast and Crew: Irvin Kershner (Director); John Williams (Music); Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz
What It’s About: The continuing adventures of the Luke, Leia, Han, and the Rebels in their struggle against Darth Vader and the Imperial forces.
Why Watch it Today?: Composer of the film’s score and former conductor of the Boston Pops, John Williams turns 80 years old today. In an era of disco, punk, and modern music beginning to appear in movies, Williams reminded the world that an original score can still be an amazing way to take filmmaking to an epic level. Star Wars had a great original score, but with Empire, Williams was able to take preexisting themes, expand on them, and add new pieces that seamlessly blend into the oeuvre of the film series.
Where to Get It: Netflix (Rental Only) or your local library.