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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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. 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
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.
[hide] 1 Plot
3 Production 3.1 Development
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
7 External links
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.
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
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
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