Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Visible crew/equipment: After Luke cuts Vader's hand, there's a shot of the Emperor walking downstairs. The shadow of the crew is visible on the lower left corner of the image. It can't be the shadow of Luke.

Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: When Luke is in his X-Wing preparing to make the jump to Dagobah, you can see the red text in the TV-type viewer in the cockpit has been superimposed as it remains stationary relative to the frame even when the cockpit is moving around.

Other mistake: When Vader first arrives at the station, he and the Commander are walking past rows of troops. If you look carefully, you will see a Stormtrooper in the back row with his helmet tipped so far forward it's almost off.

Continuity mistake: The birthmark on Leia's back keeps changing sides during the 'Jabba' scenes. This seems to happen when Jabba's tail changes sides. I guess the model of him only went one way, so they flipped the negative.

Continuity mistake: When Vader's shuttle has landed inside the Death Star, behind the stormtroopers on the left side, there is a large structure. But when Vader and Jerjerrod, the Death Star commander, pass these stormtroopers, the structure is no longer there. (00:03:20 - 00:04:05)

Continuity mistake: In the Rancor pit, watch as the Rancor starts to pick up the pig guard. The Rancor starts to grab the pig guard with its left hand. But while being eaten the pig guard is held in the Rancor's right hand. (00:25:40)

Continuity mistake: Before Chewbacca and two Ewoks swing on a vine to the roof of one of the AT-ST walkers, in a shot of them running, Chewie's bandolier is on the wrong side.

Continuity mistake: On Endor, when the stormtroopers come to take Luke away, the door of the lift is heard opening, the stormtroopers are heard walking, and then they appear behind Luke three seconds after the door opened. But in the next shot, we can see that Luke and Vader are too far away from the lift for the stormtroopers to reach them that quickly.

Continuity mistake: When Luke confronts Jabba the Hutt, Jabba says to Bib Fortuna, "You weak-minded fool." In the next shot, Jabba's tail has switched position. (00:22:55)

Revealing mistake: When Luke jumps from Jabba's prisoner's skiff, you can see a stick supporting the "floating" skiff he jumps over to. (00:32:15)

Continuity mistake: When Leia wakes up in the woods, she sits straight up. In the next shot, she is still lying on the ground. This is best seen in the widescreen version. (01:00:25)

Continuity mistake: When Luke removes Vader's mask, Anakin's eyebrows have been removed in the 2004 DVD. However, a part of his left eyebrow can still be seen in some shots, and it even changes size a few times. (01:55:50)

Continuity mistake: When Leia knocks out a scout trooper with a branch after being discovered on Endor, she is turning to the right. In the next shot, she has turned the other way.

Continuity mistake: In the sequence of the Emperor torturing Luke, there are several close-ups of Vader. Look at his helmet - it goes back and forth between being clean and being dusty.

Revealing mistake: During the speeder bike chase, the speeders never cast any shadows on the ground.

Revealing mistake: (Original theatrical release) When the imperial officer yells "Freeze", he is transparent and you can see the reactor behind him.

Mister Ed

Revealing mistake: After Wicket tells the rebels where the secret entrance to the base is, there's a shot of spaceships flying in space. An X-Wing passes through the Millennium Falcon and another one through a Calamarian cruiser.

Dr Wilson

Audio problem: After landing on Endor, Han says, "This whole party will be for nothing if they see us.", but his lips hardly move. (00:55:10)

Continuity mistake: After Leia frees Han from the carbonite, she begins to put her hand on his face as she kisses him. As the first shot ends, her hand is on his jaw, but in the next shot, her hand is on his cheek. (00:19:10)

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: 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 Premium member

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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