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

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After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

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Richard Marquand

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Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay by), George Lucas (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Hamill ... Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford ... Han Solo
Carrie Fisher ... Princess Leia
Billy Dee Williams ... Lando Calrissian
Anthony Daniels ... C-3PO
Peter Mayhew ... Chewbacca
Sebastian Shaw ... Anakin Skywalker
Ian McDiarmid ... The Emperor
Frank Oz ... Yoda (voice)
James Earl Jones ... Darth Vader (voice)
David Prowse ... Darth Vader
Alec Guinness ... Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi
Kenny Baker ... R2-D2 / Paploo
Michael Pennington ... Moff Jerjerrod
Kenneth Colley ... Admiral Piett
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Storyline

Luke Skywalker battles Jabba the Hutt and Darth Vader to save his comrades in the Rebel Alliance and triumph over the Galactic Empire. Han Solo and Princess Leia reaffirm their love, and team with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, the Ewoks, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 to aid in the disruption of the Dark Side, and the defeat of the evil emperor. Written by Jwelch5742

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The Empire Falls.... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,490,619, 30 May 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$309,125,409, 8 June 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$572,705,079, 31 December 2015
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lucasfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)| DTS (1997 print)| Dolby Digital (1997 print)| SDDS (1997 print)| Dolby Digital EX (DVD)| DTS-ES (6.1 channels) (blu-ray)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

George Lucas intentionally mirrored the father and son conflict between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker and that of Zeus and Zeus' father Cronus. See more »

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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.) 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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Crazy Credits

Opening crawl: "Luke Skywalker has returned to his home planet of Tatooine in an attempt to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. Little does Luke know that the GALACTIC EMPIRE has secretly begun construction on a new armored space station even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star. When completed, this ultimate weapon will spell certain doom for the small band of rebels struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy..." See more »

Alternate Versions

In the special edition, the first shot of Jabba's sail barges sailing over the dunes is preceded by a shot of a herd of Banthas. The sail barges themselves originally were only a short distance off the ground, with the hull concealing part of the shadows. Now, the sail barges are elevated, so that the space beneath them and above the shadows can be seen. See more »

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Remembering
23 October 2004 | by MarielSongSee all my reviews

I first became a Star Wars fan with the help of my father who would sit with me and watch the entire trilogy together. I always loved A New Hope [which I always called Star Wars up until the re-release because we had the original VHS set], had a semi-dislike of The Empire Strikes Back [but, I have grown to like it now], and absolutely loved The Return of the Jedi. My favorite scene was always the ending scene of Luke looking at the three Jedi Masters of his life.

And now I after watching the DVD edition, I miss Sebastian Shaw, the original Anakin Skywalker. Now, I am forced to watch Hayden Christensen take his spot. Yes, he is who portrays Anakin before and during his fall to the dark side in the beginning trilogy, but I feel that Mr.Lucas should have left Mr.Shaw at the end of Return of the Jedi. It is almost like forgetting that Darth Vader turned away from the dark side and became part of the light in the end.

Unfortionatly, my family no longer has our original VHS of RotJ due to over watching. It became so well worn with use that it would no longer play. I am deeply enamored of those who still have the pleasure of the original VHS, for I believe that to be the better rendition of a favorite movie of mine.


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