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Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi (1983)
"Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (original title)

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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 shake off of the dark side of the Force.

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Storyline

Darth Vader and the Empire are building a new, indestructible Death Star. Meanwhile, Han Solo has been imprisoned, and Luke Skywalker has sent R2-D2 and C-3PO to try and free him. Princess Leia - disguised as a bounty hunter - and Chewbacca go along as well. The final battle takes place on the moon of Endor, with its natural inhabitants, the Ewoks, lending a hand to the Rebels. Will Darth Vader and the Dark Side overcome the Rebels and take over the universe? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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

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25 May 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blue Harvest  »

Box Office

Budget:

$32,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 1,095,587,000 (Italy) (2 May 1997)

Gross:

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

The design of Luke's new light saber is directly based on the one used by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). In fact, one of Obi-Wan's "stunt" saber props was reused in Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi (1983) as Luke's. See more »

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Lapti Nek
(original 1983 version) (uncredited)
Huttese Lyrics by Michele Gruska
Music by John Williams
Original lyrics by Joseph Williams
Snooty's vocals by Annie Arbogast
Arranged by John Williams, Joseph Williams, and Ernie Fosselius
Published by Bantha Music (admin. by Warner Tamerlande Publ. Corp.)
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Very good, if not perfect 'Jedi'

"Return of the Jedi" is almost on par with the previous "Star Wars" films. There's more special effects (some good, some cheesy) and more new characters and creatures, including the Ewoks. What makes Jedi the least perfect, is that it's very routine -- more of a reworking of "Star Wars." There's more new surprises, though. A victory is celebrated at the end. New scenes are featured in the "special edition." The ending is very satisfying. My evaluation: ***1/2 out of ****.


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