Return of the Jedi, retitled Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, is a 1983 American science-fiction film directed by Richard Marquand. It is a sequel to Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, and was produced by Lucasfilms and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was released on May 25, 1983.
After Han Solo's capture by Boba Fett, he is taken to Tatooine to be given to crime lord Jabba the Hutt while his friends go on a mission to rescue him. Meanwhile, the Galactic Empire is constructing a new, more powerful Death Star after the original was destroyed. Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader, arrives in the new Death Star and meets the commander, informing him that his master, Emperor Palpatine, will soon be arriving as well. At the same time, Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, arrives at Tatooine to rescue Han, along with Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Lando Calrissian. Luke offers a bargain with Jabba in exchange for Han, but the crime lord refuses. Leia and Chewbacca are captured by Jabba while Luke is dropped into a pit to be fed to Jabba's pet, the Rancor.
Though Luke manages to kill the Rancor, Jabba schedules him, Chewbacca, and Han to be devoured by the Sarlaac, a beast withia sand pit. However, Luke frees himself and retrieves his lightsaber and battles Jabba's guards. During the struggle, Boba is knocked into the sarlaac pit and devoured while Leia strangles Jabba with her chains. Jabba is killed when his sail barge explodes, but his former prisoners escape Tatooine in an X-wing fighter and the Millennium Falcon and meet the Rebel fleet at Sullust. Meanwhile, Emperor Palpatine arrives at the new Death Star and meets Vader. Palpatine and Vader then plan to capture Luke and turn him to the dark side of the force.
Luke returns to Dagobah to meet Master Yoda to continue training, but finds the Jedi Master to be ill. Yoda tells Luke that he requires no more training and must now confront Vader. Luke, having been told previously that Vader is his father, asks Yoda for confirmation. Yoda eventually confirms that Vader is indeed Luke's father. Yoda warns Luke of the corrupting nature of the dark side of the force and that Vader and Emperor Palpatine may attempt to manipulate him into joining the Empire. Yoda, in his final moments, tells Luke that there is another Skywalker before passing away and becoming one with the force. An apparition of Luke's deceased mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, arrives and confers with Luke, admitting to being indirectly responsible for Darth Vader's corruption. Luke realizes that Princess Leia is his twin sister, separated from birth.
Luke rejoins the Rebel fleet as they devise a strategy to defeat the Empire. It is decided that they will land on the forest moon of Endor and deactivate the generator projecting a shield protecting the new Death Star. A team of rebels led by Han land on the moon, encountering Imperial soldiers. In the battle, Leia is separated from the team. While searching for her, the team is captured by Ewoks, furry natives to Endor. Though Leia befriends one of the natives named Wicket, the rest of the tribe attempt to sacrifice the team. However, the team manages to form an alliance with the Ewoks. Luke, meanwhile confesses to Leia that he is her brother before turning himself over to the Empire. However, he actually intends to redeem his father.
Luke and Darth Vader meet the Emperor on the Death Star, who reveals the rebels to be falling into a trap. Han and Leia lead the team to the generator, but are ambushed by Imperial stormtroopers. However, the Ewoks arrive and help the rebels battle the stormtroopers. Meanwhile, Emperor Palpatine reveals his plan of luring the Rebel Fleet to the new Death Star and eliminate them. Enraged, Luke attacks the Emperor, but is stopped by Darth Vader. Luke and Vader battle while the Rebel Fleet arrives over Endor and are ambushed by the Imperial Fleet. The new Death Star fires its super-laser at the fleet, resulting in major casualties. However, Luke gains the upper hand against Vader, severing his robotic hand. The Emperor goads Luke to kill his father, but Luke refuses, declaring himself a Jedi.
The Emperor, angered at failing to corrupt Luke, attempts to kill him by bombarding him with Force lightning. Vader recovers and, finding the notion of his son being killed unbarable, turns on the Emperor and throws him down a reactor shaft, killing him. However, he is mortally wounded by the Emperor's Force lightning. Vader, who's name in truth is Anakin, asks Luke to remove his helmet. Anakin asks Luke to tell Leia about him before succumbing to his injuries and dying. Meanwhile, the rebels destroy the shield generator, leaving the Death Star unprotected. Lando and rebel pilot Wedge Antilles fly inside the Death Star and fire at it's main reactor, destroying it before escaping the space station. Luke escapes in a shuttle, along with the body of Anakin, as the Death Star explodes.
On Endor, the Imperial troops are defeated by the combined forces of the Ewoks and the rebels. Leia confesses her love for Han and reveals that Luke is her brother. Luke arrives at Endor and holds a funeral for his father. The galaxy then celebrates the fall of the Empire while the rebels hold a celebration party at Endor, along with the Ewoks. Luke, attending the celebration, witnesses the ghosts of Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin, watching the celebration in joy.
- Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker.
- Harrison Ford as Han Solo.
- Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa.
- Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.
- Anthony Daniels as C-3PO.
- Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca.
- Sebastian Shaw as Anakin Skywalker.
- Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine.
- Frank Oz as Yoda.
- David Prowse as Darth Vader.
- Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Kenny Baker as R2-D2/Paploo.
- Michael Pennington as Mof Jerjerrod.
- Kenneth Colley as Admiral Piett.
- Michael Carter as Bib Fortuna.
- Denis Lawson as Wedge Antilles.
- Tim Rose as Admiral Ackbar.
- Dermot Crowley as General Madine.