Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • PG
  • 2h 14m
  • 1983
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Experience the triumph of the Force in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. In the epic conclusion of the saga, the Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the Rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station. Luke Skywalker confronts Darth Vader in a final climactic duel before the evil Emperor.

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Ewok-filled finale less Force-ful than previous.

What Parents Need to Know

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.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action
  • Release Date:May 25, 1983
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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