Top 50 Empire Movie Details

While searching the internet for Empire movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

In The Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Rebel Alliance uses bubble wrap on the shoulder harnesses of their snowspeeders.

A very minor Empire Strikes Back(1980) detail I find hilarious is how among all the scratches and dents and other damage on Boba Fett's armor, there is a very noticeable chip on his, um, "cup" for lack of a better term. Which means someone has canonically shot Boba Fett in the crotch at some point.
A very minor Empire Strikes Back(1980) detail I find hilarious is how among all the scratches and dents and other damage on Boba Fett's armor, there is a very noticeable chip on his, um, "cup" for lack of a better term. Which means someone has canonically shot Boba Fett in the crotch at some point.

Trivia

I have collected all the famous movie trivia questions with answers from Reddit and other sources. They can be very useful in quizzes or games, or simply to learn more information. Most of the fun Empire details are suitable for kids.

  1. Preston Whitmore has an aquarium with Coelacanths, a living fossil fish that was thought to be extinct until 1938. 24 years after the film's setting of 1914

  2. Boba Fett was originally supposed to have an all white costume. Here's some test shots of it.

  3. Ending, the original script had Vader telling Luke: "Obi-Wan killed your father". This was to ensure that the reveal was kept secret from the entire cast. The line was changed in post preduction to "No, I am your father".

  4. In Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) ,before returning to the surface each members receive a crystal as a gift, once they did the return trip we can see that each members turned his into a more discreet jewel.

  5. As the submarine is sinking, Audrey shuts off a flooding section as some engineers jump for their lives. One of them is left behind.

  6. Concept designer Ralph McQuarrie makes a cameo with his sketchbook while rebels ready for battle

  7. ; the demolitions expert is named Vinny Santorini. His surname is a reference to Santorini, a Greek island known as the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history; the Minoan eruption. This eruption is also a source for the legend of Atlantis.

  8. Features one of the few times a safety railing is used by someone in the Star Wars saga. This ironically causes Luke to lose his hand.

  9. In Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back [1980], George Lucas envisioned Yoda as the hybridization of both Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, even going so far as to describe the character as their "illegitimate child."

  10. The Shepherd's Journal states that 'the Heart of Atlantis lies in the eyes of her king'. The current ruler, King Nedahk is blind - an indication of the current state of the city.

  11. The "Phantom" Darth Vader has an alternate sound effect of his iconic "breathing" and his lightsaber is colored in a more orange tone and not his traditional red in the original theatrical release.

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • By Irvin Kershner, while Chewbacca is looking for C-3PO in Bespin, you can spot an IG-series droid dismantled, BUT ALSO you can see Ugnaughts working with droid parts.

  • 1 - Mole sleeps with a stuffed toy; a mole!
    Mole sleeps with a stuffed toy; a mole!
  • The ship that escorts Milo and the crew to the drop point to find Atlantis is named "Lewis and Clark".

  • 1 - Moments after the city sinks, the swirling water creates the letter "A" in Atlantean.
    Moments after the city sinks, the swirling water creates the letter "A" in Atlantean.

Hidden Details

1 - The actor who play the imperial officer would be dragging Leia away in cloud city was a no show. So the actor who played Boba Fett, Jeremy Bulloch, put on the costume and did the part.
The actor who play the imperial officer would be dragging Leia away in cloud city was a no show. So the actor who played Boba Fett, Jeremy Bulloch, put on the costume and did the part.

Luke is upside down each time he has his worldview turned on itself: when he realises Rebellion life isn't so glamorous in the Wampa Cave, when he's training with Yoda and learns what being a Jedi actually is about, and after learning Vader is his father at Cloud City

1 - During the battle on Bespin, Vader goes on and on about Luke's training with Obi-Wan. This is because he's unaware that Yoda is still alive, and who actually trained him.
During the battle on Bespin, Vader goes on and on about Luke's training with Obi-Wan. This is because he's unaware that Yoda is still alive, and who actually trained him.
1 - Luke is seen taking on the three defining characteristics of Darth Vader: the breathing apparatus, the mask, and the mechanical limb.
Luke is seen taking on the three defining characteristics of Darth Vader: the breathing apparatus, the mask, and the mechanical limb.
1 - The fish tank behind Prof. Whitmore contains Coelacanths which some describe as a living fossil
The fish tank behind Prof. Whitmore contains Coelacanths which some describe as a living fossil
1 - A star destroyer is seen getting hit by a meteor, which fatally damages the ship, and the very next scene a hologram can be seen cutting out abruptly.
A star destroyer is seen getting hit by a meteor, which fatally damages the ship, and the very next scene a hologram can be seen cutting out abruptly.

In Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Dr Sweet defects from the villains much earlier than everyone else; after Rourke injuries the king, Sweet is disgusted and rushes to tend to him. He is notably absent when Rourke blows up the bridge and the others defect. He was busy treating the king.

1 - You can see the Pilot of a Tie-Fighter being launched into space and bursting into flames after crashing his ship.
You can see the Pilot of a Tie-Fighter being launched into space and bursting into flames after crashing his ship.

Boba Fett was inspired by Clint Eastwood's 'Man With No Name' cowboy character; you can hear the spurs on Boba Fett's boots as he walks through Cloud City

1 - George Lucas used the Wampa scene to help adjust audiences to Luke's slight change of appearance, when Mark Hamill had to have his nose reshapen after a car accident. George knew Luke would look slightly different from "A New Hope" and wrote it into the scene.
George Lucas used the Wampa scene to help adjust audiences to Luke's slight change of appearance, when Mark Hamill had to have his nose reshapen after a car accident. George knew Luke would look slightly different from "A New Hope" and wrote it into the scene.

Han Solo gets tortured by the Empire in Cloud City. The Empire does this because the Emperor knows Luke will see it in the future. Han Solo even says, "They didn't even ask me any questions."

1 - As Han is being frozen in carbonite, Lando appears to feel a slight force choke from Darth Vader. This comes right after Vader tells Lando, "I have altered the deal. Pray I don't alter it further."
As Han is being frozen in carbonite, Lando appears to feel a slight force choke from Darth Vader. This comes right after Vader tells Lando, "I have altered the deal. Pray I don't alter it further."
1 - Small details you may not have noticed in the Original Trilogy. Star Wars (1977)/The Empire Strikes Back (1980)/Return of the Jedi (1983)
Small details you may not have noticed in the Original Trilogy. Star Wars (1977)/The Empire Strikes Back (1980)/Return of the Jedi (1983)
1 - Towards the end of the battle of Hoth, there's a snow speeder that is seen, this piloting the snow speeder is Wedge, Who is the only member of Rogue Squadron that was not shot down.
Towards the end of the battle of Hoth, there's a snow speeder that is seen, this piloting the snow speeder is Wedge, Who is the only member of Rogue Squadron that was not shot down.
1 - On the back of C-3PO's head is a probe hole to access his memory commonly used by many droids, but shown to be used by R2 mostly throughout the Saga.
On the back of C-3PO's head is a probe hole to access his memory commonly used by many droids, but shown to be used by R2 mostly throughout the Saga.
1 - When Milo opens the Shepherd's Journal for the first time you can read "Alex" and "592" written in Atlantean text. This is for his lead key clean-up animator Alex Topete.
When Milo opens the Shepherd's Journal for the first time you can read "Alex" and "592" written in Atlantean text. This is for his lead key clean-up animator Alex Topete.
1 - General Veers targets the main power generation saying 'Target, maximum firepower!' and the AT-AT blast is significantly larger than usual.
General Veers targets the main power generation saying 'Target, maximum firepower!' and the AT-AT blast is significantly larger than usual.

During the iconic "I am your father" scene in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) the shot of Vader saying this line is actually played backwards for 1 second to make it last a few frames longer.

In Atlantis: The Lost Empire when the submarine starts its journey you can see Mr. Whitmore (who funded the expedition to find Atlantis) crossing his fingers behind his back while giving the crew a thumb up.

1 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire (1999) may not be the best Disney movie but I was always impressed by the world building. It's set right before ww1 and the details of the era are really well done. Look at the rivets, the track set up, even the oversized wheel.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (1999) may not be the best Disney movie but I was always impressed by the world building. It's set right before ww1 and the details of the era are really well done. Look at the rivets, the track set up, even the oversized wheel.
1 - When Milo says the trip will be of great learning value, Rourke replies with "Yes, this should be enriching for all of us". This is a foreshadowing of the real reason for the trip, which is money.
When Milo says the trip will be of great learning value, Rourke replies with "Yes, this should be enriching for all of us". This is a foreshadowing of the real reason for the trip, which is money.
1 - As Milo chases after a member of the museum board near the beginning, a U.S Army recruitment poster with Uncle Sam can be seen in the background. However, the film takes place in 1914. The poster wasn't made until 1917, after the United States entered World War 1.
As Milo chases after a member of the museum board near the beginning, a U.S Army recruitment poster with Uncle Sam can be seen in the background. However, the film takes place in 1914. The poster wasn't made until 1917, after the United States entered World War 1.

Leia is the first character seen immediately proceeding Yoda revealing that "No, there is another (hope)" aside from Luke.

1 - When the crew invites Milo to take a break they aren't just being friendly. They're trying to make sure he stops snooping so he doesn't figure out their true nature as Treasure Hunters.
When the crew invites Milo to take a break they aren't just being friendly. They're trying to make sure he stops snooping so he doesn't figure out their true nature as Treasure Hunters.
1 - Han evades the Imperial Fleet by hiding in an asteroid field. An asteroid takes out the bridge on one of the Star Destroyers, and you see the holograph of the crewman react.
Han evades the Imperial Fleet by hiding in an asteroid field. An asteroid takes out the bridge on one of the Star Destroyers, and you see the holograph of the crewman react.
1 - During the escape from Cloud City scene, while C-3P0 is in pieces on Chewbacca's back, C-3P0 has a second right arm in the bag of parts, leaving him with no left arm.
During the escape from Cloud City scene, while C-3P0 is in pieces on Chewbacca's back, C-3P0 has a second right arm in the bag of parts, leaving him with no left arm.

When Rourke enters the city he leaves several of his stormtroopers behind. The first scene of his takeover is the surviving sailors and mechanics from the Ulysses disguising themselves with spare uniforms and rifles to appear like Rourke has more soldiers with him.

1 - C-3PO mentions that the Millennium Falcon has a "peculiar dialect." This is because Lando's Droid, L3-37, was integrated into it in Solo (2018), and she had a personality most droids don't understand.
C-3PO mentions that the Millennium Falcon has a "peculiar dialect." This is because Lando's Droid, L3-37, was integrated into it in Solo (2018), and she had a personality most droids don't understand.

The characters joke about a colleague who did an extensive study on Canadian Catholicism. In the sequel The Barbarian Invasions (2003), a priest hopes that someday, someone will explain the emptying of the churches in Canada. No one read the study.

Jamie tells a disgusted Mrs. Victor that she should eat the weevils in her food, as their protein might be the difference between surviving or dying "2 hours before they're saved"...

Milo describes a kind of rock, and the only one who understands him is Moliere, the demolition and soil expert.

Han almost knocks the helmet off of a stormtrooper

Empire poster
Empire poster

Empire Plot: A hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is hers.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Empire, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Empire and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Drama, Music
Main Actors Terrence Howard, Bryshere Y. Gray, Trai Byers, Taraji P. Henson
IMDB score 7.4