Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Director George Lucas delivers the finale to his original epic space trilogy with the rebel forces' last stand against the Empire and Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) fateful confrontation with his nemesis, Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones). Skywalker tries to rescue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from Jabba the Hutt, while the rebel army and the small, furry Ewoks battle the enormity of the rebuilt Death Star.
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- Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Sebastian Shaw, Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz, David Prowse, Alec Guinness, Kenny Baker, Michael Pennington, Kenneth Colley, Michael Carter, Denis Lawson, Timothy M. Rose, Dermot Crowley, Caroline Blakiston, Warwick Davis, Jeremy Bulloch, Femi Taylor, Annie Arbogast, Claire Davenport, Mike Edmonds, Jane Busby
- Richard Marquand
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1984 Academy Award®
- Best Music Score nominee
- Best Art Direction nominee
- Best Sound Effects Editing nominee
- Best Sound nominee
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary.
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French, PortugueseClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 6.1 Surround Sound, English DVS: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: DTS 5.1 Surround, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video ServiceOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary with George Lucas and crew; audio commentary from archival cast and crew interviews.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that there are two versions of The Return of the Jedi, the original 1983 release (on VHS and Laserdisc) and a later one on DVD to which George Lucas added enhanced special effects -- some of the aliens are obvious puppets, others are obvious CGI. Both feature abundant fantasy violence, from spaceship dogfights and light-saber duels to guerrilla-style war waged with primitive weapons by the cute Ewoks (which is played largely for laughs, though one Ewok is shown dead). Robots and pig-like aliens are dismembered and devoured in Jabba the Hutt's dungeons. Jabba is strangled slowly by a chain. Deaths of prominent characters in the series, including a peaceful one in bed for Master Yoda and a more dramatic exit (and funeral pyre) for Anakin Skywalker. Scantily-clad harem girls dance suggestively in the lair of Jabba the Hutt, including Princess Leia.
- Sexual Content
- Scantily clad harem girls dance suggestively in the lair of Jabba the Hutt, including Princess Leia.
- Explosions of spacecraft and ground weapons. Light-saber fighting results in loss of limbs. Speedy airborne craft slam into trees, and soldiers are shot down by blaster fire, and one Ewok dies. Robots and pig-like aliens are dismembered and devoured in Jabba the Hutt's dungeons. Jabba is strangled slowly by a chain.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Luke Skywalker successfully resists giving in to the dark side of the Force, and he repeatedly asserts that there is still good remaining in his father, the diabolical Darth Vader. Both the roguish Han Solo and Lando Calrissian end up in heroic leadership roles. The Empire is composed entirely of white males, while the rebels are a blend of genders, races, and species.
- There was an Empire of toy tie-ins and cartoon spin-offs.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- None, unless you count the hookah pipes in Jabba's place.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it