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


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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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Jabba the Hutt puppet took Stuart Freeborn's team three months to build, cost $500,000 to make and weighed 2000lbs. See more »


Just after R2-D2 is fried on Endor trying to unlock the blast door of the energy-shield's power station, two Ewoks (Wicket, followed by a gray-and-black striped fellow) are running from a AT-ST chicken-walker. The striped one throws himself to the ground about a half-second before he's actually hit by the blaster. 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 »


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Ewok Celebration
(original 1983 version) (uncredited)
Music by John Williams
Ewokese Lyrics by Ben Burtt
Original English by Joseph Williams
Published by Bantha Music (admin. by Warner Tamerlande Publ. Corp.)
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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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