The wampa might not have been alone (remember, the Rebels didn't know much about life on the planet, having only recently arrived, and Luke likely would have had no idea if wampas were solitary or not). He didn't want to find out.
In order to be rescued, Luke would have to be found. Being in a cave means he won't easily be found.
Luke is ...
In his earlier conversation with Emperor, he says that either Luke will join us or die.
If he could be turned, he would
become a powerful ally.
Yes. Yes. He would be a great
asset. Can it be done?
He will join us or die, my
When Vader asks Luke to join him, he ...
Luke's failure in the cave was his fear.
He was afraid of what he might find so he took his light saber with him to fight what he might encounter - despite Yoda having told him that he would only face what he took with him.
In his fear, he "killed" the Darth Vader apparition. It wasn't a reasoned response to a threat, it was a reflex reaction to ...
It's possible Vader did save Luke.
When Luke lets go, he doesn't fall straight down:
INT. REACTOR SHAFT
Suddenly Luke is sucked into an exhaust pipe in the side of the shaft.
When Vader sees this, he turns and hurries off the platform.
There doesn't seem to be much air movement in the side vent, certainly not the gale-force wind which would be ...
I submit that it appears to be very difficult , perhaps impossible, for a force user to directly affect the physical person of another force user.
We see force users strike each other with lightsabers, throwing inanimate objects at each other, and hurling energy bolts at one another.
But we don't see for example, Darth Vader force-choking Obi Wan Kenobi. ...
After thinking, rewatching the scene, and considering the comments, I've heavily edited my answer.
Luke's improper actions:
Yoda told him he would not need his weapons, but he took them inside anyway
When the cave showed him Vader (which Luke must have in some way brought into the cave, since all the cave contains is "what you take with you"), ...
I would like to officially disagree with the accepted answer as I think it cheapens what is to me the most interesting story arc of the original trilogy.
I would posit that this scene found Darth Vader in a moment of weakness as we are just beginning to see the effect that reconnecting with his (when the movie came out) only child is having on the ...
The Empire hires Bounty Hunters to track Luke (and the Rebel band), of which Han is an accessory to: if not a rebel himself.
The Rebel band (Han, Chewie, Droids and Leia) seek refuge at Bespin, as its supposed neutrality is supposed to offer them some form of protection (or at least not immediately reporting their presence to the Empire), not to mention ...
Mark Hamill was picked for the role of the Trickster, because he previously played the Trickster, In the original Flash 1990 CBS Live Action Series. He also voiced the role of the Trickster, in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons (Along side Wally West, the better Flash). He has also had an extensive career as the voice of the Joker, another ...
Yes, it was Dave Prowse playing Vader in that scene.
He had the prosthetics adhered to the back of his head for the shoot.
Here is a rare photo of Dave on set in the meditation chamber - I believe it comes from the recent J. Rinzler 'making of' book.
Source - Empire Strikes Back FAQ on IMDB
"There is another." To whom is Yoda referring?
At the time that Empire was written and released, Leia was not meant to be Luke's sister. Luke instead had an unnamed sister, also undergoing Jedi training, on the opposite end of the galaxy.
Leia being Luke's sister was only decided when Return of the Jedi was ...
Most rebels would recognize Darth Vader in the same way that many WWII soldiers would have recognized Hitler, even though they never saw him. Photos and verbal descriptions would be enough. But Han had seen Vader fighting Obi Wan on the Death Star. Leia very likely would have explained who the giant guy in all black armor was in the time since.
As to why ...
In fact Boba Fett (as well as the other bounty hunters after Han) worked for Jabba, who had put the bounty on Han because he owed him money, as we learn at the beginning of Episode IV and which he (Han) states himself when leaving Hoth:
Well, there's a price on my head. If I don't pay off Jabba the Hut,
I'm a dead man.
Boba Fett has never explicitly ...
Why would he? He want Luke to willingly became his apprentice. When Luke decide to fall it's a sign that he maybe don't want to do that. So DV assume that he may die in the process of falling. And if not, well, it's not like he will suddenly get better at jediing.
The Wikipedia article is mistaken. He played Trey Callum, the "the Rebel trench officer who first reports to Echo Base the sighting of AT-ATs during the opening stages of the Battle of Hoth" (Wookieepedia)
As to the iconic fight scene, from an interview quoted in the question's Wikipedia article:
Vader actor David Prowse explains that he did his own ...
No. Until the first screening, no one knew what was coming other than George Lucas, Mark Hamil, James Earl Jones, and Irving Kirschner. My father told me that when they saw it in theaters, you could hear the wind sucked out of the room. In the bonus disc for the original trilogy, James Earl Jones said that Lucas had pulled him and Hamil into a room, told ...
I do not believe that you'll be able to definitively get an answer without hearing directly from the screenwriters or Lucas.
However, that being said - the goofs page at iMDB reveals a few issues they had with the Wampa monster. One states that you can see that the arm appears to be a glove, and you can see the puppeteer wearing it. It may have been easy ...
As we know from this meme, it was due to a debt to Jabba. Bobba Fett was just there to collect the bounty. This was made evident in the re-working Lucas did on A New Hope, where a scene with Jabba the Hutt was added to enforce the fact that Han owed him money. For those of us old enough to remember a time when Han shot first, you know Jabba wasn't in the ...
I feel Luke's failure is his impatience.
Yoda: If you end your training now, if you choose the quick and easy path, as Vader did, you will become an agent of evil.
We see it when Luke obstinately takes his weapons into the cave, against Yoda's suggestion:
Yoda: Your weapons... you will not need them.
What he takes into the cave with him is actually his ...
There are many possible answers, as can easily be seen from the many replies here offering many reasonable possibilities. So it's mainly a matter of speculation.
I think in the end the "real" answer is simply that that was what the script was asking for. The action, for the script to be successful, had to go the way it went and that's it. A clear ...
Shortly before entering the cave, Luke asks Yoda: "What's in there?"
Yoda replies: "Only what you take with you."
Luke begins to strap on his weapons and Yoda says, "Your weapons. You will not need those."
Against Yoda's advice, Luke brings his weapons anyway. Yoda was right -- Luke found in there what he took with him: His weapons, and in turn, his ...