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Return of the Jedi

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As Rebel leaders map their strategy for an all-out attack on the Emperor's newer, bigger Death Star. Han Solo remains frozen in the cavernous desert fortress of Jabba the Hutt, the most loathsome outlaw in the universe, who is also keeping Princess Leia as a slave girl. Now a master of the Force, Luke Skywalker rescues his friends, but he cannot become a true Jedi Knight until he wages his own crucial battle against Darth Vader, who has sworn to win Luke over to the dark side of the Force.

Directed by: Richard Marquand

Who Stars in Return of the Jedi

Mark Hamill
Luke Skywalker

Mark Hamill

Harrison Ford
Han Solo

Harrison Ford

Carrie Fisher
Princess Leia

Carrie Fisher

Billy Dee Williams
Lando Calrissian

Billy Dee Williams

Anthony Daniels
C-3PO

Anthony Daniels

David Prowse
Darth Vader

David Prowse


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Review for Return of the Jedi

Author: John Chard

This is not quite Bantha fodder. Following on from the freshness of Star Wars (1977) and the all round greatness of craft and story telling that was The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi was always going to struggle in comparison. That's not to say there are not fans who prefer it of the original trilogy, because there are many, and like minded fans of George Lucas' space saga shouldn't have a problem with that. However, it is the weakest of the three. The characters we have come to love, and to be a part of their universe, are performed with gusto - but they are mostly thinly written, reduced to playing second fiddle to special effects, while the dark heart has been replaced with - well - smokey hokey (furry teddy bears with sticks and stones, I ask you). Then there's the lack of sexual tension so evident in the previous two films. Oh we love Han and Leia because that's love! But one can't help missing the sparks that was once between them - and Luke of course, hmm... Yet for all that, of the irks and complaints, Return of the Jedi is still a thrilling film, the budget up on the screen to entertain the children and the adults with the child within. Characters and creatures wander into this wonderful world for super impact. The Emperor, Jabba the scene stealer, Rancor and Sarlaac, while the speeder bike chase, further lightsaber shenanigans and the space battle ensure the action is never far away - even if one can be a little underwhelmed by the big finale not all it can be. Ultimately it was not without faults, but still it was one hell of a conclusion to a genre defining (then) trilogy. 8/10


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Production

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Lucasfilm

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20th Century Fox


Facts

Status
Released

Release Date
1983-05-23

Original Language
English

Runtime
2 hr 15 mins

Budget
$ 32,350,000.00 (Estimated)

Revenue
$ 572,700,000.00 (USA)

Profit
$ 540,350,000.00 (Estimated in USA)

Homepage
http://www.starwars.com/films/star-wars-episode-vi-return-of-the-jedi

Genres
Adventure Action Science Fiction

Keywords
sibling relationship rebel emperor space battle matter of life and death spaceship death star jabba the hutt ewoks jedi space opera


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