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


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

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

David Prowse only portrayed Darth Vader completely for the first half of the movie. In the second half of the movie, the character was played by Bob Anderson (stuntman) during the fight sequence, and Sebastian Shaw after the character is unmasked. James Earl Jones voiced the character throughout, with the exception of the unmasking scene. See more »

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When riding on the skiff, after Luke tells Han he used to live there, Han turns to Luke when he says, "You're going to die here, you know. Convenient." But in the very next shot he is facing away from Luke. See more »

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Shuttle captain: Command station, this is ST321, code clearance blue. We're starting our approach; deactivate the security shield.
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Jabba's Baroque Recital
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Episode VI - Return of the Merchandising
10 November 2003 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Like most kids from my generation, I grew up on Star Wars. But if there is such a thing as guilt by association, then there also has to be undue credit by association, and I think Jedi has plenty of that. As part of the original trilogy, it will always be a hallmark film, and it has plenty of good elements. But its main contribution, aside from a happy ending, was cramming a record number of elements in the special effects shots.

Let's face it: a new, improved Death Star and a race of teddy bears? How creatively bankrupt can you get?


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