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...

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Directed by

 

Richard Marquand

 

 

 

Produced by

 

Howard Kazanjian

 

 

 

Screenplay by

 

Lawrence Kasdan

 George Lucas

 

 

 

Story by

 

George Lucas

 

 

 

Starring

 

Mark Hamill

 Harrison Ford

 Carrie Fisher

 Billy Dee Williams

 Anthony Daniels

 David Prowse

 Ian McDiarmid

 Kenny Baker

 Peter Mayhew

 Frank Oz

 

 

 

Music by

 

John Williams

 

 

 

Cinematography

 

Alan Hume, BSC

 

 

 

Editing by

 

Sean Barton

 Marcia Lucas

 Duwayne Dunham

 

 

 

Studio

 

Lucasfilm

 

 

 

Distributed by

 

20th Century Fox

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (also known as Return of the Jedi) is a

1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand and written by

George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan, with Lucas as executive producer. It is

chronologically the sixth and final film in the Star Wars franchise and the

first film to use THX technology. The film is set approximately one year after

The Empire Strikes Back.[1] The evil Galactic Empire, under the direction of the

ruthless Darth Vader, is building a second Death Star in order to crush the

Rebel Alliance. Since Emperor Palpatine plans to personally oversee the final

stages of its construction, the Rebel Fleet launches a full-scale attack on the

Death Star in order to prevent its completion and kill Palpatine, effectively

bringing an end to the Empire. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker, a Rebel leader and

Jedi Knight, struggles to bring Vader, who is his father and himself a fallen

Jedi, back from the Dark Side of the Force.

 

David Lynch and David Cronenberg were considered to direct the project before

Marquand signed on as director. The production team relied on Lucas' storyboards

during pre-production. While writing the shooting script, Lucas, Kasdan,

Marquand, and producer Howard Kazanjian spent two weeks in conference discussing

ideas to construct it. Kazanjian's schedule pushed shooting to a few weeks early

to allow Industrial Light & Magic to work on the film's effects in

post-production. Filming took place in England, California and Arizona from

January to March 1982, with Lucas handing second unit work. Heavy secrecy

surrounded production and the film was given the title Blue Harvest to prevent

price gouging.

 

The film was released in theaters on May 25, 1983, receiving mostly positive

reviews. Observers have considered the film to be a slightly lesser achievement

than the previous films. The film grossed over $475 million worldwide. Several

home video and theatrical releases and revisions to the film followed over the

next 20 years. Star Wars continued with Episode I: The Phantom Menace as part of

the film series' prequel trilogy. A 3-D version of the film is scheduled to be

released in 2017 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars saga.

 

 

 

 

 

  Contents

    [hide]  1 Plot

     2 Cast

     3 Production 3.1 Development

       3.2 Filming

       3.3 Music

       3.4 Post-production

      

    4 Releases 4.1 Reception

       4.2 Home video

       4.3 3D re-release

      

    5 Marketing 5.1 Novelization

       5.2 Radio drama

      

    6 References 6.1 Citations

       6.2 Bibliography

      

    7 External links

    

 

[edit] Plot

 

Luke Skywalker initiates a plan to rescue Han Solo from the crime lord Jabba the

Hutt with the help of Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, C-3PO and

R2-D2. Leia infiltrates Jabba's palace on Tatooine disguised as a bounty hunter

and releases Han from a block of carbonite, but she is captured and enslaved.

Luke arrives soon afterward and allows himself to be captured. After Luke

survives a battle with the Rancor, Jabba sentences Luke and Han to be executed

by the Sarlacc. Luke breaks free and a large battle erupts, during which Leia

strangles Jabba to death, Han knocks Boba Fett into the gaping maw of the

Sarlacc and Luke destroys Jabba's sail barge. While Han and Leia meet with the

other Rebels, Luke returns to Dagobah, only to find that Yoda is dying. With his

last breaths, Yoda confirms that Darth Vader is Luke's father; he also mentions

"another Skywalker". The spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi reveals that the "other

Skywalker" Yoda spoke of is Luke's twin sister, who Luke discovers is Leia.

Obi-Wan then tells Luke that he must confront Vader again to defeat the Empire.

 

The Rebel Alliance learns that the Empire has been constructing a new Death

Star, and hatch a plan to destroy it. Han leads a strike team to destroy the

battle station's shield generator on the forest moon of Endor, allowing a

squadron of starfighters to enter the incomplete superstructure and destroy the

station from within. The strike team, with Luke in tow, travels to Endor in an

Imperial shuttle; Vader senses Luke's presence on the shuttle, but lets them

through so that they will be ambushed by the Imperial forces lying in wait on

Endor. Sensing Vader's presence, Luke fears he is endangering the mission.

 

On Endor, Luke and his companions encounter a tribe of Ewoks and form a

partnership with them. Later, Luke confesses to Leia that she is his sister,

that Vader is their father and that he is leaving to confront him. Luke

surrenders to Imperial troops, so that they will bring him to Vader. He

unsuccessfully tries to convince Vader to turn from the dark side of the Force,

but Vader takes Luke to the Death Star to meet Emperor Palpatine, his Sith

master and leader of the Empire.

 

Luke learns that the Death Star is fully operational and set to destroy the

Rebellion. On Endor, the Rebels are captured by Imperial forces, but a surprise

counterattack by the Ewoks allows the Rebels to launch an attack. Meanwhile,

Lando leads the Rebel fleet in the Millennium Falcon to the Death Star, only to

find the station's shield is still up and the Imperial fleet waiting for them.

Palpatine tempts Luke to give in to his anger and join the dark side, and Luke

and Vader engage in a lightsaber duel. Vader discovers that Luke has a sister,

and threatens to turn her to the dark side. Luke snaps and attacks Vader,

severing his father's right hand. Palpatine entreats Luke to kill Vader and take

his place; Luke steps back from the brink and refuses, declaring himself a Jedi.

Palpatine attacks him with Force lightning. Unable to watch his son suffer,

Vader turns on Palpatine and throws him down a reactor shaft to his death, but

is mortally wounded by his master's lightning. With his dying breaths, the

redeemed Anakin Skywalker asks Luke to remove his mask and tell Leia that there

was good in him after all.

 

 

 

 

 

Luke unmasks his dying father, the redeemed Anakin Skywalker.

On Endor, the strike team, with the help of the Ewoks, defeats the Imperial

forces and destroys the shield generator, allowing the Rebel fleet to launch a

final assault on the Death Star. Lando leads the remaining ships into the

station's core and destroys the main reactor. Luke escapes on Palpatine's

Imperial shuttle with his father's body before the Death Star explodes, while

Lando escapes in the Falcon. On Endor, Han tells Leia that he knows she loves

Luke and offers to step aside; she tells him that Luke is her brother and kisses

him. That evening, Luke returns to Endor and cremates his father's body and

armor on a funeral pyre. As the Rebels celebrate the end of the Empire, Luke

sees the spirits of Obi-Wan, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker watching over them.

 

[edit] Cast

 Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker: In the year since his encounter with Darth

  Vader in Cloud City, Luke has nearly completed his Jedi training.

   Harrison Ford as Han Solo: Frozen in carbonite by Darth Vader in Cloud City,

  and taken to Jabba the Hutt, Han is freed by Princess Leia, only to be

  sentenced to death by Jabba the Hutt. He escapes with the group after Luke

  arrives at Jabba's palace.

   Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa: A princess from Alderaan, Leia has

  been aiding Luke in his search for Han. It is later revealed that she is

  actually Luke's twin sister.

   Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian: After Cloud City was taken over by

  the Empire, Lando joined the Rebel Alliance, and aided Luke in his search for

  Han Solo. He would later use the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo's ship, to lead

  an attack on the Death Star.

   Anthony Daniels as C-3PO: Luke Skywalker's protocol droid for human-cyborg

  relations, 3PO is instrumental in establishing friendly relations between the

  Rebels and the Ewoks on Endor, who mistakenly believe him to be a god.

   Kenny Baker as R2-D2: Luke Skywalker's astromech droid.

   Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca: Han Solo's Wookiee co-pilot and best friend,

  introduced in Revenge of the Sith.

   Sebastian Shaw as Anakin Skywalker: Luke's father, Anakin, was a Jedi Knight

  before being seduced by the dark side of the Force and becoming Darth Vader.

  Shaw was partly replaced by Hayden Christensen in the 2004 DVD release of the

  film.

   Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine: Simply known as "The Emperor", Palpatine

  is the supreme ruler of the Galactic Empire and a Dark Lord of the Sith. He

  now plans to destroy the Alliance with the new Death Star and turn Luke

  Skywalker to the dark side of the Force.

   Frank Oz performing Yoda. After living for 900 years, Yoda finally prepares

  to become one with the Force.

   David Prowse as Darth Vader: Vader has been relentlessly continuing his

  search for Luke, but he is set off course when the Emperor sends him to Endor

  to oversee the construction of the new Death Star and to prepare for the Rebel

  strike. James Earl Jones provided the voice of Vader.

   Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi: Struck down by Vader in A New Hope,

  Obi-Wan continues to offer guidance to Luke as a Jedi spirit.

   Denis Lawson as Wedge Antilles: Wedge is now the leader of Rogue Squadron,

  and he prepares to aid (now General) Lando Calrissian in the fighter attack on

  the Death Star.

   Kenneth Colley as Admiral Piett: Piett, one of the few officers under Vader's

  command to survive his wrath, commands the Imperial Fleet at Endor from the

  Executor.

   Warwick Davis as Wicket: An Ewok who leads Leia and eventually her friends to

  the Ewok tribe.

   Jeremy Bulloch as Boba Fett: A bounty hunter who, after capturing and

  delivering Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt, stays on at the crime lord's palace and

  engages in the battle above the Sarlacc.

   Caroline Blakiston as Mon Mothma: Mon Mothma is a co-founder of the Rebel

  Alliance and also serves as its leader. She explains the mission of destroying

  the Death Star to the Alliance.

   Kenny Baker was originally cast as the Ewok Wicket, but was replaced by

  11-year-old Warwick Davis after falling ill with food poisoning on the morning

  of the shoot. Davis had no previous acting experience and was cast only after

  his grandmother had discovered an open call for dwarfs for the new Star Wars

  film.