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Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
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Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and was re-released in 1997. Howard Kazanjian served as Producer. This film was the third film in a trilogy that started with the very successful Star Wars (renamed by Lucas to after the success of the first film, and the prospect of sequels). This film is based upon a nine part series of short stories drafted out by Lucas in the 1970s (hence the episode numbering).

Warning: Plot details follow.

Return of the Jedi begins in 4 ABY, one year after the events of .

In this film, the Empire is attempting to create a second and much more powerful Death Star and the rebels attempt to destroy a shield generator which is protecting the station. In the process it is revealed that Princess Leia is the sister of Luke Skywalker and the film ends with a battle between Darth Vader and the Emperor Palpatine on one side and Luke Skywalker on the other. The fight ends with Darth Vader's touching and dramatic redemption as he saves Skywalker by destroying the Emperor, and sacrificing his own life in the process.

Direction is credited to the late Richard Marquand. However, reports have suggested that Marquand's involvement in the creative process was minimal, and George Lucas effectively took over the making of the film.

The film was originally named Revenge of the Jedi until it was pointed out that revenge is contrary to the Jedi code, though many speculate that the change was always planned to throw fans off. But it has also been claimed that was originally subtitled The Vengeance of Khan, and that the title was changed because of its similarity to Revenge of the Jedi. However, this doesn't seem to be the case, as the third installment of Star Wars was named Revenge of the Sith.

During production, in an attempt to maintain secrecy and disguise the filming from fans and press, it was alleged it was a horror film entitled Blue Harvest and utilizing the slogan "Horror Beyond Imagination".

The movie was a commercial success, but is regarded by many critics and much of the public as the weakest of the original trilogy. The stone-age inhabitants of the Endor moon, the Ewoks, particularly, annoy contemporary adult viewers, as their cuteness is, by some, regarded as a ploy to sell merchandising by Lucas (a trend they see continued with Jar Jar Binks in ) and their ability to overcome the "Empire's best troops" strains credibility even in a fantasy film, those critics argue.

The space battle between the Rebel and Imperial fleets, and the starfighter attack on the Death Star, were well-regarded by critics.

The first two Star Wars movies were adapted for National Public Radio in the early 1980s, but it was not until 1996 that a radio version of Return of the Jedi was heard. See Star Wars (radio) for details.

With a massive worldwide marketing campaign, Star Wars series artist Drew Struzan created the iconic and distinctive images for the movie posters and other advertising.

A serious wardrobe problem was present in the film in that all Imperial characters, regardless of rank, are shown wearing identical rank insignia, being that of an Imperial Navy Commander. This was not recognized by the production staff until halfway through the film's shooting and this very obvious error survived into the final version of the film.


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