Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Corrected entry: When the technicians on the new Death star are preparing to fire, they look suspiciously like stock footage of the technicians preparing to fire the old Death Star in Star Wars, only reversed.

Correction: What else is it suppossed to look like? It's the same procedure, and should look the same.

Corrected entry: When Han was frozen in carbonite in "the Empire Strikes Back", his arms were bound by a leather strap. But when he is unfrozen, his arms are free. (01:18:25)

Correction: Just before Han was frozen, his hands were unbound by the Ugnaughts.

Cubs Fan

Corrected entry: When the Ewok steals the speeder to distract the stormtroopers (first time code), he gets on it, starts it up and takes off at a high enough rate of speed that he is left dangling horizontally from the handlebars. In an earlier shot (second time code), however, we see that the throttle for these bikes is a foot pedal which he couldn't have reached in the first place. How did he get this thing moving? (01:28:30)

Correction: The throttle was in the handlebars which they twisted to make it go faster, while the gear shift was in the foot pedals.

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: Several times during the speeder bike chase, the rails for the camera are visible on the ground.

Correction: This is impossible due to the fact that the back ground plates (forest at different angles) were shot by a man walking through the forest with a steady cam(this is backed up on the documentary on the DVD). Therefore there are no rails or tracks for a camera to ride on.

Corrected entry: After Han is released from the carbonite, he is blind, but when he turns around to face Jabba, he moves his arm to avoid Leia's head. (00:19:30)

Correction: Because he knows how tall she is and that she is standing right next to him.

Corrected entry: When Luke asks Leia if she remembers her real mother, she says yes, and that she died when Leia was very young. She also says that she was very beutiful, but sad all the time. In Revenge of the Sith, Padme dies in childbirth, so unless Leia has super newborn memory, she couldn't remember her mother.

Correction: There are many books stating that the Force can allow its wielder to see into the past, which is what Leia is doing.

She could also be referring to her adoptive mother.


Corrected entry: When Luke is fighting Boba Fett on the prisoner skiff, Boba fires a lasso to tie up Luke. Luke uses his lightsaber to cut himself free from Boba. Luke does not remove the remains of the lasso around his body and in the next shot he is completely free to jump onto the other skiff.

Correction: Luke cuts the rope between himself and Boba. The remainder is simply wrapped aorund him now, with nothing holding it tight. There were a couple of shots of Boba, Lando and Han before Luke jumped onto the other skiff. It simply went slack and fell off.

Corrected entry: In the Ewok village, Leia's hair is long and loose. During the final battle a short while later, it's now tightly braided and coiled in numerous strands and done in an elaborate style that would take hours to arrange. It's unlikely she would have the time, the inclination, or the resources to have her hair so stylishly coifed.

Correction: Once Luke left Leia with Han, they do not launch their attack until the next morning. That is plenty of time. The Ewoks may have groomed her, it does look like some sort of small vine is woven into her hair, it may have been part of the ceremony to make them part of the tribe. There are many reasons.

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: After the ambush in the shield generator bunker there is a cut to outside where you'll see lots of stormtroopers and the captured rebells with their hands above their heads. However, a white and black dressed soldier (speed biker?) stands to the right of the captured rebells - also with his hands in the air.

Correction: The speed biker who has his hands in the air is a rebel in a biker trooper's uniform. After the Ewok takes off on the speeder, and two of the biker troopers take off after him, the remaining biker is captured by the rebels. A rebel soldier then puts on the uniform to "stand guard" over the shield generator bunker complex, to make it appear that everything is normal. When the trap the Emperor set for Solo and the Rebels led to their capture, the disguised rebel soldier was captured as well.

Mark English

Corrected entry: Right after C-3PO has informed the rebels they can still beg for their lives a ship flies in between Jabba's caft and the one Luke and Han are on. It has no shadow, yet the other ships have long ones.

Correction: In the widescreen DVD, all 3 ships have shadows that can be seen the entire time.

Corrected entry: After the shot of C3PO talking to the ewoks in the scene in which the ewoks surround Han, Chewie, Luke, C3PO, and R2-D2, there is a shot of two ewoks talking. The first ewok says in plain English "That guy's wise."

Correction: Listen carefully, it is just Ewok speak. Many of the things they say could be incorrectly construed as English.

Corrected entry: When Vader throws his lightsaber at Luke during the duel, watch in slow motion: in the first shot of Luke, the blade is coming out of the wrong end of the hilt.

Correction: On closer inspection, the blade comes out of the correct end the entire time.

Corrected entry: After R2D2 breaks the net, Han Solo pulls out his blaster. Look at the Ewok's hand as it takes his blaster - it's a crew member's hand.

Correction: No that's an Ewok hand. It's just that it's one with paler skin. If you look at the back of the hand it has thick brown fur and it's unlikely a human hand would be that hairy.

Corrected entry: The idea that Han, Luke and the gang would jeopardize the mission by wasting time looking for Leia in the forest and hanging out with the Ewoks as long as they do is insane. They have a thousand ships on route to destroy the Death Star and they decide to go after one missing soldier?

Correction: As stated in the briefing room scene, Luke, Leia and Chewie were the command crew for the shuttle; Han has already chosen the soldiers to carry out the mission, and as such, they know the drill and can carry it out without him (after all, what if he died in battle?). Leia, whilst technically expendible as a team member, is an important leader in the Rebellion, and to lose her like that would be a terrible blow to the Alliance.


Corrected entry: Watch as Lando and Wedge are flying into the main reactor. Right as Lando is coming around the reactor you can see a glimpse of Emperor Palpatine's face and his right hand within the blue and white explosion of the reactor, still with lightning bolts around him.

Correction: My girlfriend and I watched that bit like 6 times yesterday on both DVD & video and we didnt see anything like that.

Corrected entry: In one of the first shots of Jabba the Hutt, we can see his tail is "inflating" - and I doubt that this is supposed to be muscle movement.


Correction: Without truly knowing Huttese physiology, it may be possible that portions of a hutt's skin "breathes", just like worms.

Corrected entry: In the Special Edition, when the first of Jabba's henchmen is thrown into the Sarlacc pit, the Sarlacc has reverted to its original design (without the beak). Then when the next one gets thrown in, the beak has returned. Later on, when it burps after eating Boba Fett, the beak has vanished again.


Correction: The Sarlacc is probably able to make the beak retract into the pit whenever it wants to.

Corrected entry: Where is the rope attached that Luke and Leia take to escape from Jabba's ship? On a cloud? They shouldn't be able to swing that far.

Dr Wilson

Correction: It's one of the cables holding the sails in place.

Correction: Yes, it goes up in order to fall down on Luke and wrap around him. If it went straight towards Luke it would uselessy hit him in the chest and fall to the ground.

Corrected entry: During the final celebration scene, Artoo is all fixed again, but who fixed him? We know from Part 5 that Han, Leia and Chewbacca had no idea how to fix droids (not forgetting the poor job Chewbacca did with Threepio). Threepio couldn't have because he didn't even know how to put his own leg back on in Part 5. The rebels who went with them were only trained as fighters and the Ewoks weren't intelligent enough. And Artoo was fixed when Lando arrived.

Gavin Jackson

Correction: There's no evidence that the rebels who were part of the landing party aren't trained in other areas. They could be technicians. Or, Artoo could have been fixed with something as simple as a reset button. Also, there are lots of people at the celebration who weren't there when Artoo was shot, like Luke, Wedge, some Calimarians and pilots. It's possible that Luke fixed him, he is pretty handy with droids, like his dad. To sum up, there are lots of ways Artoo could have been fixed.

Charles Fraser

Continuity mistake: On the forest moon of Endor when Princess Leia first meets the Ewok, she takes her helmet off and is holding it in her hand (which frightens the Ewok) in the very next shot she is removing it again to show it to him.

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Darth Vader: Obi-Wan once thought as you do. You don't know the power of the dark side.

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Trivia: When filming ROTJ, Lucas didn't want anyone to find out that they were shooting the third Star Wars movie, because pandemonium could break out. So when someone asked the crew what they were filming, they said "Blue Harvest". All of the crew had shirts and hats that said Blue Harvest on them. The fictitious film's tagline was "Horror beyond imagination."

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Question: After Anakin becomes Darth Vader, he seems ruthless, actually evil. "From my point of view, the Jedi are evil!" Is just one quote. That being the case, this movie makes it seem like Anakin knows that he's evil and wishes he wasn't. Basically, my question is, why didn't Anakin turn on Palpatine sooner? Or simply leave the Sith?

Answer: Darth: "Obi-Wan once thought as you do. You don't know the power of the dark side. I must obey my master." It's implied that the dark side is intoxicating, once you totally give in to the dark side it has a hold on you, and appeals to morality and rationalization are useless against your lust for its power. (On a symbolic level, the dark side is a metaphor for vice. Darth Vader is an addict and abusive parent. It's actually funny how many scenes still make sense if you replace "the dark side" with "the bottle" or similar).

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If we bring the prequels into it, it's one of the criticisms of those films that they only make the question of how much Anakin is a "true believer" more confusing. But it stands to reason that at first Anakin may feel vindicated in his resentment toward the Jedi. Later on, Vader may not feel that as strongly, but by then his anger has turned toward himself for failing to save Padme. He may feel that a man as terrible as he does not deserve to be "rescued" from the dark side, leading to a feedback loop where he only gets further enamored with its power and does more evil things which causes him to hate himself even more, and so it goes.

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Answer: Anakin was seduced by the emperor to think that the Jedi were evil. This was partly fueled by anger &fear, thinking Padme would die if Palpatine didn't help save her. After he turned to Darth Vader & joined the dark side, he eventually realised the true nature of the Emperor, but he was to weak to do anything about it. Darth Vader still wanted to rule the galaxy, but didn't want the emperor controlling everything. He just wanted to use Luke to help overthrow the emperor and take over the galaxy. It wasn't until he found out he had a daughter also, and saw Luke about to die by the hands of the emperor, that he realised that Luke was right & he needed to switch sides.


Vader was not just using Luke to kill the Emperor. He actually did want to rule the galaxy as father and son - if Luke would turn to the Dark Side, that is.

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