Friday, 2 September 2011

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Review

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Release Date: 27th October 1983 – Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 134 minutes
               135 minutes
               (Special Edition)

Budget: $32,500,000

Box Office Gross: $391,800,000

Plot Summary
In the spectacular final 
chapter of the Star Wars 
saga. Luke Skywalker 
and Princess Leia must 
travel to Tatooine to free 
Han Solo by infiltrating 
the wretched stronghold 
of Jabba the Hutt, the 
galaxy's most loathsome 
gangster. Reunited, the 
Rebels team up with tribes 
of Ewoks to combat the 
Imperial forces on the 
forest moon of Endor. 
Meanwhile the Emperor 
and Darth Vader conspire 
to turn Luke to the dark 
side, and young Skywalker 
is determined to rekindle 
the spirit of the Jedi within 
his father.

The Galactic Civil War 
culminates in the ultimate
showdown, as the Rebel 
forces gather to attack the
seemingly defenseless and 
incomplete second Death 
Star in the battle that will 
determine the fate of the 

Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford – Han Solo
Carrie Fisher – Princess Leia 
Billy Dee Williams – Lando 
Anthony Daniels – C3PO
Kenny Baker – R2D2/Paploo
Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca
David Prowse – Darth Vader
James Earl Jones – Darth Vader (Voice)
Ian McDiarmid – Emperor Palpatine
Sebastian Shaw – Anakin Skywalker
Hayden Christensen – Anakin Skywalker (2004 DVD)
Alec Guinness – Obi Wan “Ben” Kenobi
Frank Oz – Yoda
Denis Lawson – Wedge Antilles
Kenneth Colley – Admiral Piett
Warwick Davis – Wicket
Jeremy Bulloch – Boba Fett
Larry Ward – Jabba the Hutt
(Voice) (Uncredited)
Tim Rose – Admiral Ackbar
Eric Carter – Bib Fortuna
Erik Bauersfeld – Bib Fortuna/
Admiral Ackbar (Voices)

Director – Richard Marquand
Producer/Film Editor (Uncredited) – George Lucas
Screenplay – Lawrence Kasdan
Producers – Howard G. Kazanjian & Rick McCallum (Special Edition)
Co-Producers – Robert Watts & Jim Bloom
Production Designer – Norman Reynolds
Conceptual Artist – Ralph McQuarrie
Creature Design – Phil Tippett
Creature Design/Make-up Supervisor – Stuart Freeborn
Costume Designers – Aggie
Guerard Rodgers & Nilo Rolis-
Cinematography – Alan Hume
Stunt Arranger – Peter Diamond
Special Effects Supervisor – Roy Arbogast
Mechanical Effects Supervisor – Kit West
Visual Effects – Dennis Muren, Richard Edlund
& Ken Ralston
R2-D2 Designer – Tony Dyson (Uncredited)
Visual Effects Supervisors (Special Edition) – 
Dave Carson & John Knoll
Film Editors – Sean Barton, Duwayne Dunham, 
Marcia Lucas & T.M. Christopher (Special Edition)
Sound Designer/Re-Recording Mixer – Ben Burtt
Music – John Williams


1984 Academy Awards
Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects -
Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston &
Phil Tippett (Won)
Best Art Direction - Norman Reynolds, Fred Hole,
James L. Schoppe & Michael Ford (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - Ben Burtt (Nominated)
Best Original Score - John Williams (Nominated)
Best Sound - Ben Burtt, Gary Summers,
Randy Thom & Tony Dawe (Nominated)

RETURN OF THE JEDI did a good job of closing the classic trilogy of Star Wars but unfortunately, the film was a bit too family-friendly, due to the presence of The Ewoks. It does however have some dark scenes which take place on the Death Star II. My favourite scenes are the Speeder Bike chase, the space battle on the second Death Star and the final light-saber duel of Luke vs Darth Vader. There wasn't another Star Wars movie until in 1999 when THE PHANTOM MENACE came out.

Make sure you watch the movie and find out that Luke is related to someone other than Vader. Other movies in the classic trilogy that you might want to check include A NEW HOPE (click here) & THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (click here).

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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