The Empire Strikes Back Hotline Recordings (1980)

A big thanks to Colby Widener for uploading this awesome collection of hotline phone recordings featuring the voices of Anthony Daniels, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and James Earl Jones for the then upcoming Empire Strikes Back.

This hotline was set up for subscribers to the Bantha Tracks newsletter to hear teasers concerning the story of the Empire Strikes Back. Thankfully for us all Craig Miller the then Director of Fan Relations kept his audio cassette recording and shared it with Star Wars.Com a couple of years back.

The hotline was set up as a toll-free call since it was intended to be something to drum up fan interest once again in the film series…it was so popular it brought AT&T down for several hours. Makes you wish you could still call and hear some of your favorite Star Wars characters today!


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6 thoughts on “The Empire Strikes Back Hotline Recordings (1980)

  1. I called and we listened to 3P0. This brought back strong memories of me and my sister fighting over the phone handset, then pop getting perturbed, him hanging up the phone, and me calling later. I’ve never heard the Han and Lea versions before. Thanks Vic!!

  2. Glad you enjoyed it, friends! That is as always, Zerbinator, an awesome memory and I thank you for sharing it. :)

    All thanks though goes to Colby Widener for being awesome enough to upload this. :)

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    We never got these hotline recordings in our snowy, Hoth-like Canada-land, but listening to them today launches my hyperdrive memory into full pre-ESB mode, where Star Wars-mania was snowballing into excruciating anticipation.

    And Hey! Threepio! Spoilers, much?
    Don’t make me pop a restraining bolt on you!

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