The Empires Strikes Back joins Planet of the Apes, The Sixth Sense, Fight Club, Psycho, Citizen Kane, Friday the 13th, Chinatown, Soylent Green and The Usual Suspects, among others in Premiere magazine’s 20 Big-Time Plot Twists.
Movie: Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Director: Irvin Kershner
The Setup: After blowing up the Death Star in 1977’s Episode IV: A New Hope, Luke Skywalker trains to become a Jedi while Vader and the Empire strike back, frequently.
The Twist: Darth Vader is Luke’s father. Though as we learned later, he was also Princess Leia’s father and, in a way, C-3PO’s father. Which kind of makes him the Sith version of K-Fed.
Fun Fact: In an attempt to keep this twist a secret, the scene was originally shot with actor David Prowse — who was the guy in the Darth Vader suit — saying to Mark “Luke” Hamill, “Obi-Wan killed your father.”
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20 Big-Time Plot Twists