Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

Theatrical Release: May 25, 1983
DVD Release: September 21, 2004
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi


Light sabers sparkle, the Millennium Falcon flashes through hyperspace and creatures from all over the galaxy defy the Imperial Empire, in this stunning chapter of the “Star Wars” saga. As the rebels prepare to attack the Emperor’s awesome new Death Star, Han Solo remains imprisoned by the loathsome outlaw Jabba the Hutt, who has also captured Princess Leia. Luke Skywalker rescues his friends, but he will not be a true Jedi Knight until he defeats Darth Vader, who has sworn to win him over to the Dark Side of the Force. With old favorites like Chewbacca, Yoda, R2-D2, C-3PO and Lando Calrissian, plus the small but stalwart Ewoks, “Return of the Jedi” takes the “Star Wars” adventure to new heights of excitement.

Dove Review

The final film in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, and now the final film of all six films, including the “prequels,” caps off the trilogy in style. All of the relevant questions are answered: Is Darth Vader Luke Skywalker’s father? Who is “the other”? Who wins-the Empire or the Rebellion? Does Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader prevail in their final lightsaber battle?

This film is jam-packed with action, from the opening scenes in Jabba’s palace, to the finale in the Ewok village. There is an exciting, almost out-of-control space battle, the speeder bikes sequence in the forest, the battle at the Sarlaac Pit, and the lightsaber battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

Mark Hamill grows as an actor from the previous two films. He handles Yoda’s death with seemingly real emotion, even though Yoda is, as we know, a puppet operated by wizard Frank Oz. His appeal to Vader to turn back to the good side is compelling, and he also wields a mean lightsaber when Vader ticks him off! This film caps off the first triple crown in motion picture history. This film delivers and it is a worthy conclusion to the series.

Content Description

Sex: Man and woman kissing.
Language: None
Violence: Some characters die in battles. A character's hand is cut off--no blood.
Drugs: The Ewoks smoke pipes.
Nudity: A slave-girl bikini is worn by one character.
Other: None, although some people may question the use of the force, which is allegorical.


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: George Lucas
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 134 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter