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Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

  • Sci-fi
  • Drama
  • 1983
  • Richard Marquand
  • 134 mins
  • U

Summary

Science-fiction epic adventure that completed the first Star Wars trilogy of films, starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. A new indestructible "Death Star" is being built by the Empire under the orders of the evil Darth Vader. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker launches a rescue mission to free his friend Han Solo, who is being held captive by crime lord Jabba the Hutt.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Sequels are usually a case of diminishing returns, but this conclusion to the original Star Wars trilogy is still essential viewing. Director Richard Marquand jumps straight in where The Empire Strikes Back finished off with a stunning sequence involving the monstrous Jabba the Hutt, and the pace rarely falters from then on, even if the plot is a bit stop-start at times. Mark Hamill still looks more like an enthusiastic schoolboy than an intergalactic hero, yet his climactic scenes with Darth Vader work a treat, and, while adults will probably cringe at the cutesy Ewoks, their presence makes this a particular favourite with younger viewers.

Credits

Cast

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Luke SkywalkerMark Hamill
Han SoloHarrison Ford
Princess LeiaCarrie Fisher
Lando CalrissianBilly Dee Williams
C-3POAnthony Daniels
ChewbaccaPeter Mayhew
Anakin SkywalkerSebastian Shaw
Emperor PalpatineIan McDiarmid
YodaFrank Oz
Darth VaderDave Prowse
Voice of Darth VaderJames Earl Jones
Obi-Wan "Ben" KenobiAlec Guinness
R2-D2Kenny Baker (2)
Moff JerjerrodMichael Pennington
Mon MothmaCaroline Blakiston
Admiral PiettKenneth Colley
Bib FortunaMichael Carter

Crew

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DirectorRichard Marquand

Details

Released on
1983-06-02
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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