Star Wars: Resurfaced Video Shows 1980 Audience’s Reaction To Empire Strikes Back’s Famous Scene

The year was 1980. It was a much simpler time. A time where spoiler culture wasn’t a thing. The world was several years away from its greatest accomplishment (me), but it had a pretty solid movie in theaters. I’m talking about The Empire Strikes Back. It was the follow-up to the surprise hit Star Wars and it featured one of the most surprising twists of all-time. Completely out of the blue, it is revealed that Darth Vader is actually protagonist Luke Skywalker’s father. 

While I don’t think the reveal ages well, there is definitely an iconic nature to it. Many childhoods were shaped by it. Like many fans, I wish I could have been a fly on the wall to hear what audience reactions were. Would the reactions be coated in the same cynicism a reveal today would elicit? Well, wonder no longer.

A few months back, someone posted a video on YouTube. It features what they claim to be a genuine audience reaction to the iconic twist. Check it out down below!

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The poster of the video claims he got the VHS at a Goodwill back in January of 2017. But there is something weird about the footage. Instead of Vader saying, “No, I am your father,” he appears to say, “No, Luke, I am your father.” Longtime fans know the movie never has the phrase, “Luke, I am your father.” So, this must be B.S., right?

Maybe…but maybe not. One of the commenters claims that the video was captured by his father back in 1980 and he addresses the weird audio quirk.

“Howdy! My father captured the audience in 1980. I think this may be a copy of his tape. I have seen it countless times in the past. He worked for a local news station in Phoenix, Arizona at the time. A GREAT FIND! The ‘no, Luke’ is a pure coincidental glitch on the tape, nothing to do with the sound mix or ‘Mandela effect’.”

Can we believe this commenter? Honestly, it’s impossible to say, but it’s a fun video nonetheless. Even if it is fake, it is fun to imagine that this could have been an actual reaction to the film back in 1980.

What do you think of this Empire Strikes Back video? Do you buy it? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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