Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 12 mins

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This instalment of the fantastic Star Wars saga delves into the complex sequence of events that unfold as 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?
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Did you know? Listen very carefully as Darth Vader picks up the Emperor and throws him down the Death Star shaft. This is the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Vader, reflecting his return to the light side of the Force. Read More
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as Princess Leia
as Han Solo
as Luke Skywalker
as Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi
as C-3PO
as Lando Calrissian
as Darth Vader
as Wedge
as General Madine
as The Emperor
as Teebo
as R2-D2 / Paploo
as Ewok
as Ewok
as Ewok Warrior
as Ewok
as Chewbacca
as Ewok
as Ewok
as Wicket


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Film Type:
Feature Film
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6-Track 70mm, Dolby
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24 fps
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2.35 : 1
Audio/Video Mismatch
When Leia offers Wicket something to eat, as he approaches Leia, you can see her smiling and moving her lips saying something, however, the only thing you hear her say is, "Come on," in a serious tone.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Leia points the cannon at the deck, she runs to Luke who says, "Come on!" but his lips do not move.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Luke and Leia are on the speeder bikes, Luke says, "You take that one I'll take these two" telling Leia which enemy to attack. When he says this, his lips don't move with the sound at all.

Character Error
During the Battle of Endor, Wedge sends a message to pilots in Red Squadron, yet the pilot who responds to the message is clearly an A-Wing pilot with Green Squadron.

Character Error
After C3PO gives himself up outside the bunker entrance in preparation for the Ewok ambush, the commander shouts "Bring those two down here". Both the current and subsequent shots reveal that he could only possibly have know that C3PO was there as R2D2 was completely out of view to the Imperial forces.

Character Error
During the Death Star 2 dogfight, a TIE interceptor is destroyed by "Grey Leader" of the Y Wing squadron. However, Wedge ("Red Leader") acknowledges the hit by saying "Good shot, Red 2".

Before Leia is shot, the burn mark is visible on her poncho.

When Leia releases Han from the frozen carbonite, he falls forward to the ground, soiling his shirt and face. In the next shot he is clean. Fixed on DVD.

Han Solo falls off the skiff feet first in one shot, but head first in the next.

Lando can be seen wearing black gloves only when shown in close-up hanging onto the skiff over the Sarlacc pit.
Carrie Fisher complained about her costumes in the previous two movies. She said they were so long, you could not tell "she was a woman". Those complaints led to the skimpy outfit she wore as Jabba's prisoner. The costume became something of a running joke among the crew, because the metal framework that held the top together meant that the costume didn't move well with her. Since Fisher didn't like the industry standard solution of using double-sided tape, it became necessary before each take to have a wardrobe person check to ensure that her breasts were still snug inside the costume top (and several scenes had to be re-shot when "wardrobe malfunctions" occurred).

Listen very carefully as Darth Vader picks up the Emperor and throws him down the Death Star shaft. This is the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Vader, reflecting his return to the light side of the Force.

In the DVD 2004 release, George Lucas explained the reason behind why Yoda told Luke that Darth Vader was his father. Lucas had consulted with a child psychologist during the making of the film. The psychologist said that unless it was unequivocally stated that Vader was Luke's father, moviegoers age 12 and under would dismiss Vader's claim to be Luke's father as a lie.

According to Ian McDiarmid, George Lucas originally casted him simply as the physical performance of the Emperor (similar to David Prowse as Darth Vader). This became evident to him when a producer told him that if he was able to get his voice close enough to Clive Revill's (who portrayed the Emperor's voice in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)) Lucas would let him use his on-camera vocals in the final cut of the film. However, McDiarmid felt he could conduct a stronger, more wicked and demonic voice for the Emperor as opposed to Revill's more aristocratic Emperor. Lucas, and even Steven Spielberg, were so impressed with his take that it ended up becoming a signature trait of the character.

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".

Nien Nunb, Lando's co-pilot, speaks a Kenyan dialect called Haya. According to sound designer Ben Burtt, the lines were delivered by Kipsang Rotich, a Kenyan student living in the US, and are actually correct Hayan translations of the English text. Audiences in Kenya were reportedly very thrilled to hear their language spoken in proper context.

During the shot in which Salacius Crumb (the small, annoying, rat-like thing that sits with Jabba in his palace) is chewing off C-3P0's eye, Anthony Daniels had a panic attack while in the C-3P0 suit. While filming, he didn't actually say his lines (all his lines were dubbed in post-production anyway), but repeated "Get me up. Get me up." over and over. This take is the take used in the final film.

Jabba's sail barge was filmed in Yuma, Arizona. The film crew had problems avoiding the 35,000 dune buggy enthusiasts in the area. To preserve secrecy, the producers claimed to be making a horror film called "Blue Harvest" with the tagline "Horror beyond imagination", and even had caps and t-shirts made up for the crew. A chain-link fence and a 24-hour security service could not prevent die-hard fans from entering the set and sneaking some photographs.

The Endor shots were filmed near Crescent City, California. Forest work was especially hard on the Ewok actors. Production Assistant Ian Bryce arrived on the set one day to find a note from the Ewok actors saying that they had all had enough and they were on their way to the airport. Bryce tried to drive to the airport, but got a flat tire not far from the set. He found another car and was about to leave when the Ewoks' bus pulled up, and all the Ewok actors got off wearing "Revenge of the Ewok" t-shirts.

When Leia gets shot, if you look closely you can spot Harrison Ford accidentally grab her breast before correcting himself.

As the Californian forest location the production was using was due for logging, the special effects crew were allowed to knock trees down in the Battle of Endor.

Whilst clambering over Jabba the Hutt, one of the high heels that Carrie Fisher was wearing accidentally punctured the latex casing and pierced Mike Edmonds who was operating the tail inside.

John Williams son Joseph Williams, the lead singer if the pop/rock band Toto, collaborated on part of the score, and wrote lyrics for the Ewoks songs.

Harrison Ford suggested that Han Solo sacrifice his life to save his friends, but George Lucas disagreed with him, as he wanted Han to play a heroic part at the end.

Several Ewok lines are in the Filipino (Tagalog) language. Most Ewok lines, however, were inspired by the Kalmuck language, spoken by nomadic tribes living in Central China.
Movie Connection(s):
Followed by: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (English)
Followed by: Star Wars: Episode VIII (English)