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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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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 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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Harvest 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

The roofs of the Scout Walkers bear an uncanny resemblance to the roofs of the gun turrets on WWII German Tiger tanks-especially the small railings that these tanks had. See more »

Goofs

When Luke surrenders to Vader, it is nighttime and less than a minute later, as we see the ship take off, it's suddenly daytime. 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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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, '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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Fitting closure to the 'Star Wars' series, now out on DVD.
7 October 2004 | by TxMikeSee 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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