The Empire Strikes Back: Everett Collection
Joshua Rich
January 01, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

We’d never dare call ”Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson (pictured) a rip-off artist. But when a movie — even one as brilliantly inventive as ”Return of the King” — is 200 minutes long, it is bound to include a few cinematic, uh, cowinkydinks.

The Ring Will Be With You
Blur your vision and you’ll think the Mumakil (the elephantlike beasts thwarted by dreamy Legolas in ”King”) are actually those mechanical AT-AT snow walkers (above) thwarted by dreamy Luke in ”The Empire Strikes Back.”

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