Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Continuity mistake: When Green Leader's starship crashes into the Star Destroyer, Admiral Piett begins to run away. As the shot ends, he is about one meter away from the window. In the next shot, he is several meters away from it. He couldn't have moved that quickly between shots. (01:54:20)

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of Luke and Vader's lightsaber duel, and also in a few shots right after Luke knocks Vader down the stairs, Vader's cape alternates between being draped behind and over his left shoulder. (01:48:55)

Continuity mistake: In one scene of the battle of Endor, Chewbacca is accompanied by 2 Ewoks while pursuing one of the ATSTs. However soon after their first appearance, one of the Ewoks' costume looks completely different from the original one.

Continuity mistake: When Luke is to be executed, he walks to the edge of the plank, and his feet are side by side as he stops walking. But in the beginning of the next shot, one of his feet is behind the other and we see him take another step. (00:30:55)

Continuity mistake: After Han is released from the carbonite, he falls to the ground, soiling his shirt. In the following shots, the amount of dirt changes continuously between shots. Later, when Han and Luke are brought before Jabba, his shirt is clean.

Continuity mistake: After the Death Star explodes, Wicket the Ewok comes over to Han and Leia, and Leia puts her hand on his arm, and Han puts his hand on his shoulder. In the next close-up of Wicket, their hands are no longer there. This is best seen in the widescreen version.

Continuity mistake: When Leia frees Han from the carbonite, he falls on the ground and has dirt on his face. Some shots later, the dirt is gone.

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: When the little Ewok finds Leia, and she rises up, he points his spear at her and you can see that the front of his leather hood is over the spear's shaft. The shot changes to Leia, the back to the Ewok and now spear is over the hood, the shots change again and now the hood's front is crumbled up between the spear and the Ewok´s body.

Continuity mistake: When Luke and Leia land on the skiff after swinging on the rope, Luke's facial hair is much darker than in the rest of the scene. (00:35:00)

Continuity mistake: When Luke and Vader enter the Emperor's throne chamber, the stars behind him move really fast. Later, they move in a normal way.

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: After Luke kills the Rancour, Jabba says, "Bring me Solo and the Wookiee", and Lando is nowhere to be seen. In the next shot, he is suddenly standing in front of Jabba's platform, and some of the other people have changed position. (00:27:00)

Continuity mistake: In the scene on Endor where Luke and the Stormtrooper are duelling on the speeder bikes. The glove on Luke's damaged hand changes sides between the front and side on shots.

Continuity mistake: At the very end of Palpatine and Vader's conversation, we are tight on the Emperor. He is walking past a series of grey suited officers. But when we instantly cut to a wide angle shot, they are now in front of rows of stormtroopers.

Continuity mistake: Widescreen version: When the captured rebels are led out of the bunker, C-3PO walks out from behind a tree. In the next shot, the tree is much bigger, and C-3PO is further away from it. (01:33:10)

Continuity mistake: The stormtrooper that is chasing Leia on the forest moon of Endor has a symbol looking like IZ on his helmet. It keeps disappearing during the scene.

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: As we follow Fett's flight after being hit by Han, we cut to a scene showing the front half of a skiff. Luke then kicks one of Jabba's henchman. He very clearly misses the man by a few inches, yet the man still tumbles to his doom nonetheless.

Continuity mistake: When the droids enter Jabba's throne room, in the shot facing the droids, they are not standing on the same part of the floor as in the previous shot. Also, R2-D2 is facing Jabba, but in the previous shot, he was facing C-3PO. (00:08:15)

Continuity mistake: When the droids enter Jabba's throne room, a three-legged R2-D2 rolls out on the floor. In the next shot, the droid no longer has his third leg deployed.

Continuity mistake: After Luke leaps up to the catwalk during the lightsaber duel, Vader's left shoulder is more covered by his cloak than in the previous shot of him.

Continuity mistake: On the forest moon of Endor, when Chewbacca finds the dead animal, it's attached on a little tree but when they are trapped in the net, the animal is still there, but the tree has disappeared.

Dr Wilson
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Continuity mistake: When Lando says "Go on, you pirate" his entire outfit is reversed - his shoulder holster strap goes the other way, and his rank insignia changes side too. (00:50:00)

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Trivia: When Oola the dancing girl (with those two things growing out of the back of her head) is trying to get away from Jabba, she briefly falls out of the top of her costume. It isn't as visible in the letterbox version, but quite visible in the regular version.

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Question: How come this movie barely showed anything about Luke and Leia's mother? Luke doesn't even ask anyone what her name was (maybe that was hidden from Leia, but he can probably guess that Yoda or Obi-wan would know). I know we can assume that she was discussed off-screen, but they could have revealed a little more about her.

Answer: The Jedi are shown to have something of a blind spot in regards to matters of the heart. Note that when Luke confronts Obi-Wan over lying to him about his father's fate, Obi-Wan's response is haughty and defensive, and gives Luke nothing in terms of regret or apology. They're focused on their mission, not on how Luke feels. Why waste time, in their eyes, telling Luke about his mother? If they had their way, he wouldn't even know about his father. The prequels would make this more explicit, showing that the Jedi are conditioned from the beginning to let go of all "passions" because they could so easily be corrupted, and their inability to understand Anakin's emotions just contributes to his downfall.

TonyPH

Answer: Why can we assume that she was discussed off-screen? Luke's got more important things to talk about than who his mother was. Yoda dies shortly afterwards and Luke's understandably more interested in how Darth Vader, given that he's got to go up against him, can be his father when talking to Obi-wan's ghost shortly after. Not a lot of time for general chit-chat. Behind the scenes, at that point, very little would have been decided about their mother, as it would be irrelevant to the plot of the trilogy and to discuss her on-screen would have wasted time and slowed everything down.

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