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

Goofs

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Following the line in Jabba's droid torture chamber, spoken by EV-9D9: "Splendid! We have been without an interpreter since our master got angry with our last protocol droid and disintegrated him," the camera cuts to a 21B Medic droid which is seen being disintegrated. This is not meant to be the actual protocol droid in question, just a demonstration of what happens to droids who displease Jabba.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Leia offers Wicket something to eat, as he approaches Leia, you can see her smiling and moving her lips saying something, however, the only thing you hear her say is, "Come on," in a serious tone.
When Leia points the cannon at the deck, she runs to Luke who says, "Come on!" but his lips do not move.
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When Luke and Leia are on the speeder bikes, Luke says, "You take that one I'll take these two" telling Leia which enemy to attack. When he says this, his lips don't move with the sound at all.
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When Han is looking at the Millennium Falcon and wondering if he will ever see it again, Leia says, "Come on, General. Let's move." However, her lips say, "Come on, Cap. Let's move."
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When Han is approaching Endor, he tells Chewie to "fly casual". The words are heard before he starts speaking.
At the end, when an ewok hits some stormtroopers helmet to make music as if they were drums, we hear metallic sounds. Stormtroopers armor and helmet are clearly made out of plastic, so they can't produce any metallic sound like this.

Character error 

During the Battle of Endor, Wedge sends a message to pilots in Red Squadron, yet the pilot who responds to the message is clearly an A-Wing pilot with Green Squadron.
During the scene in which Luke tells Leia that Vader is his father, he claims he can sense Vader on the planet. Vader's shuttle does not arrive on Endor until the next scene. This is possibly a white lie by Luke to convince Leia that he must go.
After C3PO gives himself up outside the bunker entrance in preparation for the Ewok ambush, the commander shouts "Bring those two down here". Both the current and subsequent shots reveal that he could only possibly have know that C3PO was there as R2D2 was completely out of view to the Imperial forces.
During the Death Star 2 dogfight, a TIE interceptor is destroyed by "Grey Leader" of the Y Wing squadron. However, Wedge ("Red Leader") acknowledges the hit by saying "Good shot, Red 2".
When the Imperial troops on Endor have the rebel force captured, C-3PO walks into a clearing and makes himself known to them. The Imperial troop commander orders his men to "Go get those two," referring to C-3PO and R2D2, but only C-3PO was visible to the troops below.

Continuity 

Before Leia is shot, the burn mark is visible on her poncho.
When Leia releases Han from the frozen carbonite, he falls forward to the ground, soiling his shirt and face. In the next shot he is clean. Fixed on DVD.
As Boba Fett is aiming at him from behind, Luke can be seen throwing a kick at a henchman (with a "WW2 German style" helmet) that misses by a mile and has no effect. While Boba Fett flies by him after being hit by Han immediately afterwards, Luke throws yet another kick at the same henchman, missing again - yet this time the guy throws away his blaster and jumps overboard.
Han Solo falls off the skiff feet first in one shot, but head first in the next.
Lando can be seen wearing black gloves only when shown in close-up hanging onto the skiff over the Sarlacc pit.
When the Emperor and Vader are trying to make Luke convert to the "Dark Side", Darth Vader's helmet is alternately clean/dusty between shots.
During Luke's message where he offers C3PO and R2D2 to Jabba the Hutt, when the scene switches to Jabba, then pans down to the small creature sitting in front of Jabba, the bubbles in Jabba's pipe and the smoke behind him can be seen floating down instead of up, indicating the scene was played backwards.
In Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, just before Han Solo is encased in carbonite, the metal shackles on his wrists are removed, but the strap binding his upper arms is not removed. When released from the carbonite, his upper arms are no longer bound.
Despite the fact that Jerjerrod is commander of the Death Star and Piett is an Admiral, their rank insignia of 6 pips indicates that they are merely captains (as Piett was before his promotion in "The Empire Strikes Back". In "Star Wars" Tarkin, and in "Empire", Piett are wearing 12 pips. In all of "Jedi," no Imperial officer is seen wearing rank insignia with more than 6 pips.
After Luke uncovers Vader's helmet to reveal Anakin underneath, the breathing apparatus was never removed due to being encircled around Anakin's neck. When Anakin dies and leans back on the ramp, from behind you can see the breathing apparatus covering up the lower half of his face. In the very last closeup shot of from behind, the apparatus has disappeared and you can see Anakin's chin clearly.
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.
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In Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Han's shirt as he's being frozen is single-breasted, but when he's unfrozen, it's now double-breasted.
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When Chewie is presented to Jabba in Jabba's palace, C-3PO has slime from Jabba on his chest, face and shoulder in one shot and is perfectly clean in the next. (Slime still on C-3PO on Special Edition version.)
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Lando's rank insignia swaps sides just before Han departs for the mission on the Forest Moon of Endor.
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When Luke leaps from one skiff to another, the long shot showing him making the jump shows the 'stunt saber' used. The saber is maybe 1/3 as long as the regular one, and the blade is not even glowing.
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When Luke is explaining to C-3PO about the "magic", R2-D2 is (not) tied up. [Letterboxed version only]
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As C-3PO is trying to get his friends untied, Chewbacca pokes his head onto the set before he is cut loose. (Letterboxed version only?)
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In the rebel hangar, Lando's shoulder holster strap switches sides twice.
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Han's hair is shorter when he is released from the carbonite than when he was frozen.
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When Wicket wakes up Leia in the woods, his spear is alternately on top of and underneath the bottom of his hood/bib, and this garment also changes length within this scene.
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Just after landing on Endor, the rebels spot some storm troopers in the forest. You can see a close-up of Luke and Leia. The left side of Leia's helmet has a large round dent in it. During the speeder bike scene there is a shot of the left side of her helmet and there is no dent.
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The Executor is at the front of the Star Destroyer squadron during the combat scenes of the Battle of Endor, but is in the middle of the squadron in the view from Palpatine's tower.
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When Vader is watching the Emperor attack Luke, his helmet is very dusty and what looks like streaks of finger marks can be seen on the helmet. In the next shot, just before Vader picks up the Emperor, his helmet has been cleaned and is shiny again.
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When C3PO walks down the stairs entering Jabba's residence, R2D2 does not follow. The next moment R2D2 is following again downstairs.
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In the forest battle Chewbacca is with two Ewoks. They appear from behind a tree and Chewbacca's shoulder belt is over his left shoulder. When the scene shifts to them running towards a walker his belt is over his right shoulder.
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In the Sarlacc fight scene after Luke jumps off the plank he grabs the end of it by his right hand with his crown of head under it. In the next scene he is back in a higher position with his crown of head in line with the plank and both his hands grabbing it.
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When Vader's shuttle arrives on the Death Star, the shuttle's co-pilot is seen standing behind the Death Star's commander as part of the reception ceremony in the hanger.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the Rancor scene, when we get a full frontal shot of the beast as Luke tries to find a way out, you can see the puppeteer's blue-clothed arm operating the Rancor on its left side (right for the viewer). It isn't that easily noticeable, since it is dark like the surroundings, but its color makes it stand out.
During the speederbike chase, there are several shots where the support arms are visible holding the front of the bikes up.
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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.
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Miscellaneous 

In closeups of the emperor in the throne room, the set behind the actor goes out of focus to varying degrees depending on the focal length and focal distance, etc., yet the stars seen through the windows that are supposed to be even further in the distance never are blurred or out of focus.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Vader is searching for Luke in the Emperor's throne room, he is holding his ignited 'red blade' lightsaber in his right hand, and another unignited lightsaber handle in his left hand. This is because of a deleted scene where Luke throws his lightsaber out to Vader.
Endor is repeatedly referred to as the "Forest Moon" or "Sanctuary Moon" throughout the entire movie, yet in the scene when the Rebel Fleet comes out of hyperspace, you see Endor and the Death Star from a distance, but there appears to be no sign of the planet the Endor moon is orbiting. The novelization explains that the planet has been destroyed "of unknown cataclysm and disappeared into unknown realms."
When Luke swings a blow at the Emperor in the Second Death Star, Vader blocks with his light-saber. So his blade should be between Luke's blade and the Emperor. In the 2004 DVD release, the red of Vader's light-saber is clearly visible on top of the blue of Luke's blade, so it looks more like Luke has just defended the Emperor from Vader. However, it could be that the lightsabres are interlocking.
Admiral Ackbar states that the Death Star is "orbiting" the moon of Endor. However, it is actually geostationary above the shield generator. It could be in geosynchronous orbit, which is still an orbit, but with a frequency equal to the orbited body's rotation.
When Jabba's sail barge explodes, the heroes ride away in one of the skiffs, while the other is left behind. It looks as if the remaining skiff is being held up by poles at the end of the craft. However, these poles are a decorative part of the fan-like projections on the rear of the skiff, not supports to hold it up.

Revealing mistakes 

When Vader throws his saber at Luke who is hiding on the catwalk in the Death Star, Vader's saber blade is coming out of the butt end of the hilt - not the proper blade end.
(at around 1h 50 mins) You can see Luke and Vader's shadows, but you can also see the shadows of their lightsaber blades, even though the blades give off light and shouldn't have shadows.
When the shield generator explodes, a piece of shrapnel can be seen exiting the left side of the screen and then reentering because it bounces of the inside of the building the miniature was housed in.
In the speeder-bike chase sequence, several shots are flipped so that Luke's black glove changes repeatedly from his right hand (where it should be) to his left hand.
At 01:07:50-52 the Ewoks are bowing down and one of the faces is seen from close up. You can clearly see holes in the mask revealing the wearers face where the eyes should be.
When Vader stands up after being kicked down the stairs, you can clearly see the shadow of the stunt light saber on the floor.
There is one point in the climactic battle scene where a TIE fighter magically appears in the middle of the Falcon. The is because the old way of adding ships to a scene involved "cutouts." (This was fixed in the Special Edition.)
When Luke and his party are dropped from the Ewoks' net they shortly thereafter have their weapons taken away by the Ewoks. If you look closely you can see the actor's very human fingers sticking through the glove of the Ewok that takes away Han's blaster.
(at around 1h 22 mins) When Vader lands on Endor, as he walks down the ramp of the shuttle to the platform, his head travels through the nose of the spacecraft.
Max Rebo, the guy that looks like a blue elephant, is clearly made out of nylon.
Matte lines are visible around the Executor as it collides with the Death Star.
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Just before Luke is brought before the Emperor, octagonal matte lines are visible around the Death Star. Noticable both in old and a new version.
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Right after Lando says, "Fighters coming in," at the beginning of the space battle, you can literally see TIE fighters in the background appearing out nowhere.
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When Luke cuts a handrail with his lightsaber, we can see the small bump hiding the pyro charge.
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When Luke jumps off his speeder bike during the chase, you can clearly see him bounce on a pad or cushion when he hits the ground.
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When Han throws the piece of equipment at the Imperial Officer (the one that says, "Freeze!") inside the Shield Generator, the officer begins his 'fall' (in actuality, he jumps) over the bars before it even comes close to him. Fixed on Special Edition and DVD version?
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When Luke hits one of Jabba's guards into the monster pit, he disappears just as he gets to the monster's mouth.
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In the desert Jabba pulls Leia towards him telling her she will learn to appreciate him. Jabba's face is mirrored.
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In several scenes where the window behind the Emperor's throne is shown, the stars are moving indicating that the Death Star is rotating. However, the shadows cast by the window separators are not moving - they should be since they are from light outside the DS.
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When two ewoks got shot by the AT-ST, you can see the line on one of the costumes very clearly.
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Just after Vader throws his light saber at Luke, he walks down some steps. The fighting props shadow is briefly visible on the right.
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During the Endor battle Leia is moving backwards towards the the shield generators door. As she is firing at the storm troopers one of the blaster shots appears to have not been animated, and instead a gas discharge can been seen coming from the blaster.
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Three disappearing TIE fighters flying past the Death Star after the battle on Endor's moon.
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When Luke cuts Boba Fett's pistol by lightsaber, a muzzle begins to separate before the lightsabre touches it.
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When Luke and Han are meant to be thrown into the Sarlacc pit, they attack the guards and Luke hits one with his lightsaber. The man reacts as if he has been hit with something hard like a piece of wood, rather than a lightsaber, which would have sliced through him.
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The background behind the Imperial officer who says "freeze" is clearly visible through his torso. Also the stuntman jumps before being hit with the pack.
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Han's blaster prop was constructed by modifying a Mauser C96 pistol. During the climactic fight scene between the Rebels and stormtroopers on the moon's surface, the weapon's exposed hammer can be seen moving when Han pulls the trigger. Harrison Ford even seems to cock the hammer more than once.
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Each time the camera returns to the Emperor's throne, the stars in the window behind it have reset to the same position.
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When Boush is holding a thermal detonator there is a quick flash to Boba Fett raising his weapon. This shot is a mirror image as you can see that the weapon is being held left handed and his aiming device on his helmet is on his left side.
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When Leia shoots at the speeder bike after meeting wicket there is a brief glimpse of a stationary speeder bike which blows up just before the effects shot of a speeder bike reaches it.
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While Luke, Darth and the Emperor are talking on the death star, the depth of field in the stars doesn't match the camera depth. The window in the background of the shots is blurred due to depth but the stars are sharp.
When the AT-STs (chicken-walkers) fire their main weapons, each red bolt is usually preceded by a green muzzle flash. In several instances, the muzzle flash comes after or between shots. It most noticeably occurs just after the Ewok in a hang glider drops a rock on a AT-STs roof, its subsequent firing pattern is inconsistent.
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.

Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When, after being hurled by Darth Vader, the Emperor falls into the shaft the same shout is heard when Luke falls into space after stepping off the gantry platform following having his hand cut off by Vader in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. (The scream heard by Luke was only inserted into the Special Edition version. It wasn't in the original, and was removed for the DVD release.)

Character error 

During the Special Edition where young Anakin appears as a force ghost, he is wearing the Jedi robes Obi-Wan wears during Episodes IV, V, and VI. Anakin never wore these style robes before his conversion to Darth Vader, and are not worn by Obi-Wan until Episode IV.

Continuity 

The aerial on Boba Fett's helmet swaps sides numerous times (flipped shots).
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Continuity 

After Leia tells Han that Luke is her brother and kisses him, she removes her hand twice from Han's neck. Also in the next shot, when Han kisses Leia back, his hand disappears from Leia's face.
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Continuity 

After Vader saved Luke and the two are in the hanger, Luke is holding the fallen Vader. A tear is visible traveling down Luke's right cheek as the camera is zoomed out. In the next shot, is cheek is dry.

Continuity 

Luke removes only Vader's helmet and face mask during the unmasking, clearly he is still wearing the chin section of his mask (visible in every shot) yet right after Vader dies, Luke leans over him and the chin section is now missing.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As Yoda is dying, look closely behind him and you can just see a small, white light bulb and light fixture recessed into the ceiling.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Vader throws the Emperor down the shaft, he leans on the side and on the arm that had just had the hand cut off, you can see him bending his wrist, proving that his sleeve was just pulled over his hand.

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