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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 Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Luke Skywalker
... Han Solo
... Princess Leia
... Lando Calrissian
... C-3PO
... Chewbacca
... Anakin Skywalker
... The Emperor
... Yoda (voice)
... Darth Vader (voice)
... Darth Vader
... Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi
... R2-D2 / Paploo
... Moff Jerjerrod
... Admiral Piett
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Storyline

Luke Skywalker battles horrible Jabba the Hut and cruel 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 the androids 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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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 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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Trivia

Luke and Han's meeting in Jabba's palace is the first time that Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill have been on-screen together since saying their goodbyes in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). See more »

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Underrated, and completely satisfying
13 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

Some people have disliked this film, and I truly don't see why. "Return of the Jedi," does not, contrary to popular opinion, ruin the original "Star Wars" trilogy but rather ties it up in a perfectly satisfying way. The opening scenes at Jabba the Hutt's palace are well done. Jabba is a much meaner and scarier villain here than the short clip in the 1997 re-release of "A New Hope" showed him to be. Luke Skywalker is forced to make his most difficult choices in this film, and the intensity of the film's last half-hour is some of the most compelling film-making I've ever seen. The themes and messages of redemption and good vs. evil are superbly done here. "Return of the Jedi" is a very exciting and engaging film, memorable and worth watching many times, especially now that Episode III has been made. It's not as perfect as the previous two Star Wars films were, but it is a very pleasing and happy conclusion to an amazing story. The fourth best in the saga, behind the two originals and Episode III. Nearly perfect.

***1/2 out of ****


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