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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

Writers:

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

The trumpeting sound by the Ewoks at the end of the Battle of Endor was also heard in The Ten Commandments (1956). See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

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[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

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 at least one earlier video release of the movie, Lando inexplicably says "now," right before saying "Come on, Han, old buddy. Don't let me down." The Special Edition restores the rest of the scene and shows that Lando says "We're sure in the middle of it now." The restored dialogue with Lando mentioned above is also present in full on the CBS/Fox 1990 U.S Widescreen Laserdisc, which is a re-issue of the 1986 Japanese Widescreen Laserdisc. See more »

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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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All good things come to an end... Until the sequels.
21 December 2019 | by Aaron_KyleSee all my reviews

Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi was released and 1983 and it is the end of the original Star Wars trilogy.

Out of the original trilogy, this film is usually known as the weakest and for the right reasons. Again the director was replaced, this time Irvin Kershner with Richard Marquand which resulted in poor pacing and the introduction of kid-friendly Ewoks who completely undercut the dark tone The Empire Strikes Back set up.

Aside from that, I have no issues other with Return of the Jedi. It finally revealed the terrifying Emperor, we saw Luke as a badass and a very powerful Jedi and his battle with Darth Vader eventually leading up to a very satisfying and emotional conclusion. Another quality of Return of the Jedi is that it has the single best opening and the first act of any other Star Wars film. Also, we were introduced to many interesting alien species (not you Ewoks) who played a crucial role in the rebellion's success against the Empire.

Like the first two parts of the trilogy, Return of the Jedi is filled with beautiful and detailed scenes, great battles (such as the Battle of Endor) and memorable visual and sound effects.

Final Rating - 9-/10


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1983 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,019,618, 29 May 1983

Gross USA:

$309,306,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$475,347,111
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Company Credits

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Sound Mix:

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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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