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Why did Luke use his left hand to shoot?

Luke is pretty consistently shown to be ambidextrous (having the ability to use both hands without favouring one) throughout the original trilogy film series. In A New Hope he totes a gun and shoots ...
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Is there a story behind the misquote, "Luke, I am your father"?

Contextualization matters more than words In common speech, the quote is fairly vague, and likely only those who have seen the movie would understand the reference (at least, right away, to the ...
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Why did Lando give up his role as Administrator of Cloud City just to side with Leia, Chewie and the Rebellion?

You have to consider the timeline, the way the deal is changed through the course of the film, and his reasons why. When the Imperials first arrive at Bespin, he is trying to protect his interests ...
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Why did Captain Needa apologize to Darth Vader?

There are a few probable reasons: He wanted to save his soldiers from punishment If Vader had found out this information before Needa had come to him, he might have blamed not only Needa for the ...
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How was Luke's prosthetic hand in Episode V filmed?

You can see the original prop here. Note that the metal collar has slipped down slightly. The actor would sit under the table and reach up through a hole, then place their hand flat onto the table. ...
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What was the deal Lando made with Darth Vader?

Han and Lando have a conversation about it for starters HAN: Aren't you afraid the Empire's going to find out about this little operation and shut you down? LANDO: That's always been a danger ...
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How did Darth Vader know the rebel base was on Hoth?

Anomalous life readings “I think we’ve got something, sir,” Piett informed him. “The report is only a fragment from a probe droid in the Hoth system, but it’s the best lead we’ve had.” ...
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Why did Luke use his left hand to shoot?

During the Detention Centre shootout, Luke is taking cover on the right-hand side of the corridor (from his perspective) and the alcove he's using for cover would make it harder to fire his blaster ...
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Why does Luke draw his blaster instead of his lightsaber to deal with an apparent threat?

As originally scripted, Luke did pull out his lightsaber. Nervously, he looks around at the foreboding jungle. Luke: Still... there's something familiar about this place. I feel like... I don't know.....
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Why didn't Vader execute Piett?

It was probably not Piett's fault, and Vader recognized that. Vader had been in personal command of the imperial forces on Bespin, while Piett remained aboard the Executor, out in orbit. There is no ...
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How was Luke's prosthetic hand in Episode V filmed?

If you look closely at the slope of the back of Mark Hamill's hand, you can see that it seems to turn a bit more toward the vertical as it approaches the metal clamp on his wrist. In fact, Hamill is ...
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Did Captain Needa die in The Empire Strikes Back?

He's dead, Jim. The script confirms his death. Clutching desperately at his throat, Captain Needa slumps down, then falls over on his back, at the feet of Darth Vader. Two stormtroopers pick up the ...
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What are Luke and Yoda eating in Yoda's hut in Episode V?

There's mention in the film and film script that he's cooking something called rootleaf. CREATURE: Not far. Yoda not far. Patience. Soon you will be with him. (tasting food from the pot) Rootleaf,...
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Why did Lando give up his role as Administrator of Cloud City just to side with Leia, Chewie and the Rebellion?

One of the things that Vader was threatening was to to station a garrison, effectively turning the residents of the station into slaves and the administrators (including Lando) into puppets: VADER: ...
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Why does Luke ignore Yoda's advice?

This is another example of Luke's lack of belief in himself and in the power of the Force and the potential for him to fall to the Dark Side. When faced with evil, he seeks to confront that evil with ...
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What happened to the Rebel soldiers on Hoth?

The film's canon novelisation indicates that Luke heard sounds of battle after the final transport (and the X-Wings carrying the remaining pilots) left the planet. Given that Luke's ship was the ...
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Why didn't the Imperial fleet detect the Millennium Falcon on the back of the star destroyer?

There appears to be six elements to Han's plan that prevent the detection of the Falcon by the fleet. The ship is shut down and not emitting any electromagnetic radiation that might give them away. ...
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Why did Captain Needa apologize to Darth Vader?

Needa was well aware he was going to his death. You can see that on his face. He went and accepted responsibility to protect his crew from Vader's reprisals. Ozzel was killed because his personal ...
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Would the Millennium Falcon have been carried along on the hyperspace jump if it stayed attached to the Star Destroyer?

In episode 2, Obiwan throws a tracking device onto Slave 1 (as shown in this clip on youtube), enabling him to follow it to another system. So we have a Canon example of something that is small ...
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Why does Luke draw his blaster instead of his lightsaber to deal with an apparent threat?

During Empire, Luke simply seems to be more comfortable with a blaster than with his lightsaber. He also draws it earlier on Dagobah when R2 has been pulled underwater and later when sneaking around ...
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How did Darth Vader know the rebel base was on Hoth?

Vader sensed it (with the Force). He also noted the presence of another powerful Force user; Luke Skywalker. “It is they,” he intones. “The rebels are there.” “Lord Vader,” objects Admiral Ozzel, ...
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What does 'E chu ta' mean?

We don't know, but it's very (very) rude. “E chu ta!” replies the droid. C-3PO stops, stunned. “How rude!” (“E chu ta,” is, of course, Huttese. It is absolutely not appropriate to translate. ...
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Where did the torture rack in Cloud City come from?

According to the Star Wars Fact File (#34), the device is a scan grid, used in the assaying process on Cloud City. The scan grid was normally used in the analysis of metals. A version of the system ...
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Why didn't Vader execute Piett?

This is addressed in the film's original junior novelisation. Vader doesn't kill mindlessly and he doesn't kill flunkies who've done nothing wrong. Maintaining his slow stride, Vader glanced to his ...
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Why didn't Darth Vader follow the Millennium Falcon?

The ship went into hyperspace. With the tracking beacon deactivated, Vader and Piett simply had no means of following them. “We did it!” Lando yelled triumphantly. The Millennium Falcon had shot ...
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Where did the torture rack in Cloud City come from?

In Legends, the device used to torture Han is a scan grid, a piece of mining equipment. Improvised torture methods are a mainstay of world history (see inventive things done with curling irons) so it'...
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How did Obi-Wan not know about Leia in Episode 5?

Obi-wan did not believe Leia to be another hope. From the script of The Return of the Jedi, we have the following exchange BEN: Then the Emperor has already won. You were our only hope. LUKE: Yoda ...
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Why did Lando give up his role as Administrator of Cloud City just to side with Leia, Chewie and the Rebellion?

Cloud City is not "neutral" from the Empire's point of view, and Vader's increasing demands make Lando finally realize that. In your own answer, you write that Cloud City is neutral. You may ...
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Why did "A Stanley Kubrick Production" not draw a fine, while "Lucasfilm Ltd." did?

A key reason* is that Kubrick was not displacing anyone else from appearing in the opening credits. Lucas's name appeared in the opening of Star Wars, in the form of a production studio credit. ...
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Would the Millennium Falcon have been carried along on the hyperspace jump if it stayed attached to the Star Destroyer?

In Legends, it is clear that any object fixed to the side of a ship that jumps to hyperspace is carried along with it (potentially without that ship's knowledge). For instance, there are several ...
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