Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Continuity mistake: During the transport to the Sarlacc Pit, in some shots, Chewbacca is standing on Han's right. In other shots, he is standing behind Luke and Han.

Revealing mistake: At the beginning of the ground battle on Endor, two stormtroopers are knocked to the ground by the Ewoks. In the following shot, one of the troopers has a big crack in the left shoulder of his armour. The crack was obviously not there in the previous shot. (01:34:40)

Revealing mistake: When Luke and Vader enter the Emperor's throne room, in the shot from behind, you can see the stairs through Luke. (01:26:30)

Continuity mistake: When Luke and Leia swing to the skiff on the rope, Leia's hands change position between shots twice.

Revealing mistake: In the battle on Endor, there is a shot of some Ewoks on a catapult and the at-st fires at them. Notice the second time they get fired at, the blast hits the catapult. Just before the shot ends, notice there is no damage to it. (01:40:10)

Continuity mistake: When Luke and Leia land on the skiff after swinging on the rope, Luke's facial hair is much darker than in the rest of the scene. (00:35:00)

Continuity mistake: When Luke and Vader enter the Emperor's throne chamber, the stars behind him move really fast. Later, they move in a normal way.

Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: When Vader throws the lightsaber at Luke and the platform collapses, the point where the platform's columns connect to the ceiling have expanding circles of smoke coming from them as the columns detach from the ceiling, created by the charges used to sever the platform. (01:50:20)

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Continuity mistake: Widescreen version: After Leia tells Han that Luke is her brother, she kisses him, and then removes her hand from his neck twice. (01:59:20)

Revealing mistake: During the speeder bike chase scenes, speeders bikes don't affect any vegetation, even though they're flying near the ground at incredible speed.

Continuity mistake: On Jabba's sail barge, Luke gets shot in his mechanical hand. This leaves a large burn mark on the back of the hand, but when he swings to the skiff on the rope with Leia, the burn is gone. (00:36:00)

Continuity mistake: In the bunker, just after R2 gets shot, Han tries to hotwire the door. A second blast door closes, and you can see that it is very flat and cardboard looking. A few moments later, Leia gets shot, and as Han is tending to her, notice that the door is now massively armored and three-dimensional, completely different from the door seen earlier.

Visible crew/equipment: During the speederbike chase, there are several shots where the support arms holding up the fronts of the bikes are visible.

Matty W

Continuity mistake: When Han enters the cockpit of the shuttle Tyderium, as the shot ends, he is about to walk past Luke. In the next shot, he has already walked past him and has begun to sit down. (00:50:25)

Revealing mistake: When Luke is being fed to the Rancor, in Jabba the Hutt's dungeon, there are black outlines around the beast's legs, from the composite's blue screen special effect. This was edited out in the special edition rerelease.

Continuity mistake: When Vader's shuttle exits the Star Destroyer in the beginning of the film, it is followed by two TIE fighters. The TIE fighters are far apart, but in the next shot, they're close together. (00:02:15)

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Revealing mistake: In the wide-shot where Luke leaps from the prisoner skiff over to another skiff, you can see the stick used during the filming, which is much shorter than the regular one. The blade is not even glowing. (It is not just simply the hilt of the sabre, it's too long for that.). (00:32:15)

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

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Trivia: When Oola the dancing girl (with those two things growing out of the back of her head) is trying to get away from Jabba, she briefly falls out of the top of her costume. It isn't as visible in the letterbox version, but quite visible in the regular version.

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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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