Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: If Leia already knew she was Luke's sister, why did she kiss him in The Empire Strikes back?

Correction: Because she didn't know that she was Luke's sister at that time. What's wrong with kissing someone you trust (even if it is your brother) out of gratitude?

Corrected entry: This is only noticeable in the widescreen version, but during the scene where Luke levitates Threepio there is a wide shot of the droid in midair about to start his descent. If you look closely to the far left you can see Chewbacca's head emerge from behind an Ewok hut. Not bad, considering we've already seen him hanging from a log alongside Han and Luke.

Correction: If you only watch the scene once, yes, it looks like Chewie is emerging from an Ewok hut. The reality is that you are seeing Chewbacca still tied to the pole but from a different angle. What looks like him sticking his head out of a hut is actually him swinging his head under the pole from one side to the other to get a better look at what's going on.

Corrected entry: After the Rebels have been captured, C-3PO walks out from behind a tree. An officer says, "Bring those two down here." However, you can't see R2-D2 anywhere until after the order is given. How did the officer know there were two of them? (01:33:20)

Correction: If R2 is not within the shot, it doesn't necessarily mean the officer can't see him.

Corrected entry: During the battle on Endor when the walker gets hit by the swinging logs you'll notice that the walker crushes before the logs actually hit.

Correction: I watched it in slow motion on DVD and you can see the logs hit the walker and crush it.

Corrected entry: When Han strikes Boba Fett's jetpack and it goes off, note the trajectory of his flight: When the pack fires, he is standing only slightly bend over, so the jet should carry him upward, not straight forward.

Correction: The pack fires, but since it is damaged, it is only strong enough to keep Boba from falling. Since Boba was hit from behind, and gravity is cancelled out by the weak firing of the backpack, it's logical that he would simply drift forward.

Matty Blast

Corrected entry: As R2-D2 and C3PO are being led to Jabba, the camera pans R2-D2 out of the picture. C3PO then walks down a small set of stairs. Shortly after, R2-D2 is panned back in. How did he get down those stairs?

Corrected entry: In the scene where Luke is chasing the last Imperial Scout on the Speeder, he approaches two trees with very little room between them. He turns the Speeder on it's side in order to squeeze through them. This would only work if what he is flying is wider than it is tall, i.e. an X-wing fighter. By turning the Speeder on its side, he makes himself wider, giving himself less of a chance to survive the maneuver.

Correction: He wasn't trying to squeeze through the trees, he was leaning into a turn as he swerved around them.

Correction: If you listen properly you can tell that the sound of the second shot is slightly covered over by the first shot hitting the first stormtrooper.

Correction: According to blueprints published in technical books, the Emperor's throne room is on a tower at the "north pole" of the Death Star. The Death Star was rotating both left and right (or hold position) to get open shots on the rebel's capital ships. This would explain why the stars move sometimes and don't sometimes.

Bruce Minnick

Corrected entry: When R2-D2 and C3-PO arrive at Jabba's palace, C3-PO comments to R2 that "...poor Chewbacca never made it out of this place." But Boushk shows up with the "captured" Chewie later in the film.


Correction: This was part of the story that they made up and told C-3P0. They did not tell 3P0 what they were going to do, because they were afraid he would say something by accident, so they made up a story to tell him.

Bruce Minnick

Corrected entry: Look at Jabba: he is slimy, slimy slimy, but only around his mouth, nose, and upper stomach. His arms look dry. When he bats Threepio with his arm, the droid gets a notable amount of green goop on his armor. However, whenever Jabba pulls Leia to himself, he pulls her close; her body gets smooshed against his multiple times, and yet she somehow manages to stay completely dry. Unless there are major - not to mention unmentioned - time shifts in which she either cleans up or the slime dries up and crumbles off, there is no way Leia could stay clean.


Correction: The green slime isn't from Jabba. It is from a gelatin dessert 3PO falls into, according to numerous source materials about the movie.

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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Yoda: When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not.

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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: Who is Luke talking about when he covers up his hand and says that he has a promise to keep to an old friend? Who is the old friend?

Tyler R

Answer: Yoda. When he was departing for Cloud City to save his friends in the previous film, he promised Yoda that he would return to Dagobah to complete his training.

Phaneron Premium member

OK. But I thought he was talking about the holeish thing in his hand since he covered it up when he said it. I must have misunderstood it.

The hole in Luke's robotic hand reminds him that he got that robotic hand in the first place because he lost his duel with Darth Vader at Cloud City - a confrontation Yoda warned him he was not ready for.


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