Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi

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Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi (or ROTJ) is the grand finale to George Lucas' epic space opera saga. The series captivated cinema audiences in ways previously thought unimaginable as Lucas brought sci-fi back into mainstream culture.

Although it is often seen as the weakest of the three, the film still remains in IMDb's Top 100 of all time and deserves to be praised on its own impressive merits.

The story sees the conclusion of our hero's journey as Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance attempt to defeat the Emperor once and for all by destroying the second Death Star.

However, as we all know, it's not that simple. To start, ROTJ begins with Han Solo frozen in carbonite, Princess Leia is being kept as a personal slave by Jabba the Hut and the Empire is on the rise once more, looking to spread their dominance throughout the Empire.

Following the explosive resolution to the two of those three problems mentioned, the latter parts of the film are largely based in the forest moon of Endor and the Second Death Star, as the series reaches its final conclusion as good fights evil in one last grand battle.

As well as amazing special effects, the film still keeps the warm heart of the series pumping (perhaps too much) for the last installment. With family tensions, love in the air and Ewok teddy bears cuddling our leads, director Richard Marquand balances the dark with the light.

Recent Lucas revisions have forced Hayden Christensen into the final scenes for continuity with the prequel trilogy. With co-writer Lawrence Kasdan set to pen Episode VIII, it will be interesting to see whether he carries through any of the good ol' days Star Wars spirit into the next set of adventures.

Written by Kasdan and Lucas, and released in the UK on 25 May 1983, the film has been re-released and revamped several times since its initial outing.

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Release Dates

UK Cinema release
April 25th 1997

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