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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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Box Office

Budget:

$32,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Darth Vader's funeral pyre was added at the very last minute, long after principle photography and pick-ups had wrapped. The scene was thrown together and shot near the hills of Skywalker Ranch. See more »

Goofs

During the climactic light saber battle, when Darth Vader is searching for Luke in the lower section of the Emperor's throne room, you clearly see that all large structures in the area are suspended from the ceiling with a few support 'poles' holding up the platform that the Emperor's throne sits on. Luke seems to be hiding behind a wall that doesn't exist in the established geography/architecture of the sub-level. When Darth Vader taunts Luke enough to get him to attack, Luke jumps out and the wall is nowhere to be seen as it's just the open staircase behind him. See more »

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[first lines]
Shuttle captain: Command station, this is ST321, code clearance blue. We're starting our approach; deactivate the security shield.
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Connections

Referenced in Return of the Ewok (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title/Approaching The Death Star/Tatooine Rendezvous (Medley)
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Written by John Williams
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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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