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

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  25 May 1983 (USA)
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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 return from 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)  »

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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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Yecch.
3 December 1999 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Easily my least favorite of the first three films. WAY too much cutesy-poo, some below-par special effects, and the *worst* extras in the business -- remember the guy who says "You Rebel Scum?" How about 87 different Imperials saying "Freeze! -- Don't move!" at different points? What is this, a bad 70's cop show?

I have heard rumors that Lucas originally planned to have Endor populated by Wookies, which would have been *far* more interesting than those obnoxious little Ewoks, who simply stretched my credulity past the breaking point. I mean, the Storm Troopers have *helmets* on -- yet a 3-foot teddy bear with a stick can take one down with a couple of ineffectual whacks to the head? Please...


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