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Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoda (voice)
Darth Vader (voice)


Luke Skywalker battles horrible Jabba the Hut and cruel Darth Vader to save his comrades in the Rebel Alliance and triumph over the Galactic Empire. Han Solo and Princess Leia reaffirm their love and team with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, the Ewoks and the androids C-3PO and R2-D2 to aid in the disruption of the Dark Side and the defeat of the evil emperor. Written by Jwelch5742

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Coming May 25, 1983 to your galaxy. [Second Advance poster] See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 May 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blue Harvest  »

Box Office


$32,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,293,531 (USA) (14 March 1997)


$309,125,409 (USA) (6 June 1997)

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Production Co:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)| (1997 print)| (1997 print)| (1997 print)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


An early version of the script featured Obi-Wan actually returning from the dead rather than just appearing in spirit form. See more »


When Vader is watching the Emperor attack Luke, his helmet is very dusty and what looks like streaks of finger marks can be seen on the helmet. In the next shot, just before Vader picks up the Emperor, his helmet has been cleaned and is shiny again. See more »


[first lines]
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Crazy Credits

To compensate for the longer credits, later versions of the film like the special edition and DVD release extend the piece of musical score that plays over the credits. See more »


Referenced in Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (2010) See more »


Jedi Rocks
(1997 Special Edition) (uncredited)
Composed and Arranged by Jerry Hey
Remix Engineer Thomas Vicari
Produced by Nick Redman
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

Fitting closure to the 'Star Wars' series, now out on DVD.
7 October 2004 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

My five children were growing up but all still at home when 'Return of the Jedi' came to the theater. While there had been other Sci-Fi movies with a theme of conflict in outer space, the 'Star Wars' trilogy filled our imaginations like no other movies before them. The fantastic, strange worlds were presented almost like we were there too. Aliens sitting around a tavern, enjoying drinks and speaking in all sorts of languages. Nothing before had approached the sheer size of the space ships depicted here, huge cities traveling all over the galaxy. And how about the jump to hyper speed, then disappearing from the screen as the speed exceeds light speed! And the light sabres of the Jedi Knights. The Jedi Knights, a striking parallel to the Japanese Samurai.

After the fantastic 'Star Wars' and 'Empire Strikes Back' (now called parts IV and V on DVD), the last episode 'Return of the Jedi' was bound to be somewhat of a let down, but not much of one. It was made to achieve resolution. Of the rebels' battle with the evil Empire. The relationship between Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and the Princess, and her relationship with Han Solo. We witness Luke's Jedi training at the hands of Yoda, as Luke becomes the Last Samurai, I mean Jedi. The DVDs finally came out last month, and they are near perfect, as we should expect from Lucas Films and THX. The bit rate is high, and the picture is nothing short of superb. As is the Dolby EX surround track.

My wife and I watched all three of the movies on DVD this week -- Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi (now on DVD called parts IV, V, and VI) -- compliments of our local public library. It was an appropriate reminder how good these movies are, and still ahead of their time. Nothing else has been made to compare to them.

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