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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 a more powerful 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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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:

| (special edition)

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Anakin Skywalker becoming a Force ghost at the end is explained by George Lucas in the commentary, Yoda and Obi-wan Kenobi taught him how to transcend into the Force. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

A Special Edition was released on 14 March 1997 (USA). It contains a variety of new special effects shots including:
  • A new dance number for Jabba's palace, with new band members and dancers/backup singers.
  • New shots of Boba Fett flirting with one of the dancers at Jabba's palace.
  • The Sarlacc Pit is now more a Sarlacc Beast, with more flailing tentacles and a protruding mouth.
  • The lightsabers in all 3 movies are less beam-of-light-like and more sword-like.
  • A brand new ending shows celebrations on Endor, Bespin, Tatooine, and Coruscant, the Imperial Homeworld.
  • A new shot of a computer generated Bantha herd seen crossing the desert as Jabba's barge sails by in the distance.
  • When Han Solo is trying to shoot the Sarlacc to help Lando, he says "I can see a lot better now" instead of "Its all right. Trust me."
  • A new Death Star explosion (similar to the one in the Star Wars Special Edition)
  • New music in several sections, most noticeable in the end celebration.
  • One of the little known Special Edition additions was a digital re-mix of the Emperor's death scene. When Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker betrays the Emperor, he now lets out a tortured scream as he picks up the Emperor. This was re-mixed with James Earl Jones's scream, Mark Hamill's screams and a sound of a screeching tire.
  • A short moment at the end when Luke winks at the Jedi ghosts was removed.
  • The audio track for the very last scene of the film, with all of the actors gathered, was corrected to have music continue to play. In the original release, the actors' voices and laughter could be heard in this scene.
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Connections

References TRON (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Jedi Rocks
(1997 Special Edition) (uncredited)
Composed and Arranged by Jerry Hey
Remix Engineer Thomas Vicari
Produced by Nick Redman
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One Of The Best In The Series
12 February 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Up until the sixth and last episode of the Star Wars saga, which finally ended in 2005, I had always looked at this 1983 entry as my favorite film of the long-running series. The varied action scenes and really different characters (Jabba The Hut, furry woodland creatures, etc.) made this a particularly appealing movie.

None of the action ever focused too long in one spot, either. The last half hour exemplifies this the most as the scene switches every few minutes from the woods to the battle among space ships to the individual laser-duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

Another nice characteristic this film had that the two previous did not was the absence of in-fighting between two of the stars. Gone was the incessant bickering between Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. Finally, everyone was on the same page! It was nice to see.

In the end, this was simply a wonderful adventure tale, more than anything else.


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