Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewy arrive on Endor, but they are separated during a skirmish with Storm Troopers. Leia encounters Ewoks, small furry creatures who take her to their tree village. Luke, Han, Chewbacca, C3PO, and R2 become ensnared in an Ewok net, and the Ewoks believe C3PO is a god. The group is reunited with Leia, and Luke persuades the Ewoks to help the Rebels. Sensing Vader is aboard the space station and knowing he can sense his presence on Endor, Luke tells Leia he’s endangering the mission and must leave. He reveals to her Darth Vader is his father and that she is also his child. Luke surrenders to Vader who takes him to Emperor Palpatine on the Death Star. The rebel fleet arrives to attack the Death Star, but the protective shield is still operational. Watching helplessly as the battle unfolds, Luke vows never to turn to the dark side. He struggles to submerge his anger and hate but is goaded by Palpatine to surrender to his emotions and attack him with his light saber. Luke attempts to strike, but Vader intervenes and they duel. Vader hears Luke’s thoughts that Leia is his sister and now he intends to turn her to the dark side. To protect Leia, Luke furiously attacks Vader. He has become powerful and after an intense battle, defeats Vader. Palpatine urges Luke to kill Vader and assume his position, but Luke refuses and tosses aside his light saber. Accepting that Luke can never be turned, the emperor showers him with electrical bolts. As Luke writhes in agony, Vader picks up Palpatine and throws him to his death down a deep reactor shaft. Vader is mortally wounded. Aided by Ewoks, Han and Leia destroy the shield generator. The Rebel fleet attacks the Death Star, delivering it a lethal blow. With destruction imminent, Luke drags the dying Vader to a small ship. Near death, Vader asks Luke to remove his mask so he can look upon his son with his own eyes and then dies. Luke escapes moments before the space station explodes. With Palpatine and Vader dead, the Empire collapses and the Republic is restored. During celebrations on Endor, the ghostly specters of Obi Wan, Yoda, and the youthful Anakin (Vader) appear to Luke. Redeemed and fulfilling his destiny to return balance to the Force, Anakin is a Jedi once again.


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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 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: 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.


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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