Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Continuity mistake: When Lando orders half the fighters to break off and return to the surface, an A-Wing and an X-Wing break off to the right. When Green Leader acknowledges, the same A-Wing and X-Wing break off to the right again.

AdmRose

Continuity mistake: When R2-D2 cut the net, only Han, Luke and Chewbacca fall from it. Maybe C3P0 would have hold for a moment because his leg was stuck in the net, but R2 was right over the hole.

Dr Wilson

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Continuity mistake: When Luke is riding the speeder bike against the trooper, the black glove on his right hand jumps to his left and then back again. (01:01:15)

ozwal13

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Continuity mistake: During the fight between Luke and Darth Vader, when Vader throws his lightsaber at Luke, it is not only Luke's lightsaber from Episodes IV & V instead of his own, it is ignited upside-down, with the blade protruding from the pommel rather than the emitter. (01:50:20)

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Han and Chewie sneak up on the two storm troopers on the Endor moon, Han steps on a twig, it snaps, and the trooper turns around and punches him. Watch in slow motion as the punch is released, Han starts falling backwards before the fist hits him.

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Audio problem: After R2-D2 gets shot, Leia says to Han, "I'll cover you.", but the words don't match the movement of her lips. (01:39:00)

Audio problem: When the shuttle Tydirium is approaching Endor, look closely when Han says, "Fly casual" - he begins to say the words before his lips start moving. When he stops talking, his mouth is still moving.

Revealing mistake: When the Tydirium shuttle is flying toward the imperial spaceships, there's a frontal shot of it and a strange thing appears near the shuttle for a few frames. It's not the kind of marks that appears on an old film, or a special effects box. It's like a problem with the mate painting.

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: When Anakin Skywalker (Vader) dies, the path of a tear is visible under one of Luke's eyes. Two shots later, the tear path is dry. (01:55:45)

Revealing mistake: When Luke jumps from Jabba's prisoner's skiff over to another skiff, if you watch Lando hanging underneath the prisoner's skiff, you can easily see that he is a matte painting in this shot, because he doesn't move at all.

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Continuity mistake: Vader tosses the Emperor and then collapses on some barrels next to the railing. Look at Vader's arm - the one with the severed hand. His arm is bent at the forearm in a way that arms just don't bend. This is because David Prowse's hand was inside an "elongated" arm to simulate it being chopped off. He couldn't keep his wrist straight, giving the appearance of a bent forearm. (01:57:00)

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Revealing mistake: When Jabba's sail barge begins to explode, you can see that one of the floating skiffs is standing on stilts. (00:36:30)

Continuity mistake: In the scenes where the Emperor is trying to convert Luke, watch the stars through the window behind him. The same group of stars go floating past every time.

Continuity mistake: Look at the full body shot of the holographic Luke. Luke, who normally has his lightsaber clipped to his left hip, now has it hung from his right hip. As well, his hair, which normally has a part on his left hand side, is now parted on the right. Afterwards, just before Artoo turns the message off, we get a shot from behind Artoo, and Luke's hologram is visible on the extreme right of the screen. Luke's lightsaber is now hanging from his left hip where it normally is.

Other mistake: On Endor, after Han Solo's group was captured, C-3PO called out to the Empire's soldiers. One of them said "Bring those two down here!" Both C-3PO and R2-D2 were up there, but from the Imperials were standing, they could only see C-3PO. R2 was hidden behind a tree. They wouldn't know that he was there until they actually got close to the two.

Continuity mistake: When Han is speaking to Lando before he departs for Endor, the distance between the two men changes between shots.

Revealing mistake: The interior matte painting of the hangar on the Rebel ship holding the stolen Imperial shuttle doesn't match the appearance of the hangar from the exterior shot of the Rebel ship. The interior hangar shows an extended platform and four banks of vertical lights bordering the opening and then walls. From the exterior, the hangar appears to have a big light bank near the opening, and then thinner light banks behind it spaced further apart than the interior shot. The exterior shot also doesn't have a platform. (00:50:45 - 00:53:20)

Vader47000

Continuity mistake: Before the rebels take off for Endor, Han says to Lando to take the Millennium Falcon as "she's the fastest ship in the fleet". At this point, Lando can be seen moving his head down, but as the scene changes he is looking straight ahead again.

Darth Vader: If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny!

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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).

TonyPH

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.

TonyPH

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.

envisaged0ne

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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