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Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

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After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels attempt to destroy the Second Death Star, while Luke Skywalker tries to bring his father back to the Light Side of the Force.

Release Year: 1983

Rating: 8.3/10 (285,504 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Richard Marquand

Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Darth Vader and the Empire are building a new, indestructible Death Star. Meanwhile, Han Solo has been imprisoned, and Luke Skywalker has sent R2-D2 and C-3PO to try and free him. Princess Leia - disguised as a bounty hunter - and Chewbacca go along as well. The final battle takes place on the moon of Endor, with its natural inhabitants, the Ewoks, lending a hand to the Rebels. Will Darth Vader and the Dark Side overcome the Rebels and take over the universe?

Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas

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 - Voice of 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

Taglines: The Saga Continues.


Official Website: Official Site |

Release Date: 25 May 1983

Filming Locations: Buttercup Valley, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $32,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $30,490,619 (USA) (30 May 1983) (1 Screen)

Gross: $475,106,177 (Worldwide) (1997)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (special edition)

Did You Know?

Endor is the name of a place in the Bible; it's a village found in Biblical Israel's territory of Isaachar, where king Saul went on the eve of his final battle with the Phillistines and came across "The Witch of Endor". It also the Elvish name for Middle-Earth in J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings".

Revealing mistakes: Right after Lando says, "Fighters coming in," at the beginning of the space battle, you can literally see TIE fighters in the background appearing out nowhere.

[first lines]
Shuttle captain: Command station, this is ST321, code clearance blue. We're starting our approach; deactivate the security shield.

User Review


Rating: 10/10

I noticed that A NEW HOPE and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK are in the TOP 10, but that this one isn't even in the TOP 100.

This movie has a bad reputation because of Ewoks, but there are so many reasons to love this movie:

-The Rescue of Han Solo from Jabba: This official wraps up the Han Solo in debt sub-plot that was established when we first met the character in A NEW HOPE.

-The Emperor was Finally Revealled: Well alright this might not work as well now that the prequels are out but this was the first time we saw The Emperor as kids.

-The Speeder Bike Chase: Alright, so this was a special effects moment. But it was definitely one of the most memorable and exciting moments in all the films!

-The 3 Part Climax: 1) The Battle of Endor (Led by Han and Leia) 2) Luke Confronts his Father & The Fall of the Emperor 3) The Destruction of the Second Death Star (Lando's Moment)

-The Final Celebration with Our Heroes: Like I said, this movie gets a lot of crap because of the Ewoks but I think it's kind of cool that while the entire galaxy celebrates the FALL OF THE EMPIRE, our heroes are having their own private party in the woods with each other.

All in all this was a great final chapter for our heroes and a fitting end to the STAR WARS story.

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