Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

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."

Trivia: When they were filming the scenes on Endor, Peter Mayhew was told to stay close to the set so no one would mistake him for Big Foot and attempt to shoot him.

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.

Trivia: There was a rumour that the Lucas crew ran out of space ships in the final battle and threw a sneaker in and used it as a space ship. In the final battle, there is a space ship that looks exactly like the sole of the sneaker.

Trivia: The Ewoks' language is a mixture of Tibetan, Nepalese and Mongol.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: In the new box set of the three original films, they have changed the ending in RotJ to correspond better with the ending in Revenge of the Sith. When Luke sees his father as the Anakin Skywalker spirit, in the final scene at the celebration, it is young Hayden Christensen as Anakin's spirit instead of older Sebastian Shaw, who is the spirit in the original version.

Trivia: On Endor when Leia is shot by a Stormtrooper she falls over and Han turns around and grabs her left breast. Carrie Fisher smiles slightly before the shot changes.

Trivia: The funeral pyre scene wasn't in the original script.

Trivia: The 2 four-note horn blasts (short-short-short-long, call-and-reply) used by the Ewoks to signal their attack to rescue Han and the rebels from the imperials on Endor is the same clarion call used by the Hebrews to signal their exit from Egypt in "The Ten Commandments".

Trivia: Notice when Luke is hiding in the shadows from Darth Vader his face is half shadowed, to represent the decision Luke has to make: one side is light, on the other, dark.

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Trivia: Sound designer Ben Burtt makes an uncredited cameo as the Imperial officer in the bunker who shouts "Freeze!" and is subsequently knocked into the generator room by a thrown satchel. (01:33:45)

Trivia: Most people today know what an Ewok is, despite the fact that the word is never actually spoken in the film.

Xofer

Trivia: This film and the first film (New Hope) were released on the same day, exactly six years apart.

Trivia: The alien language spoken by Lando's co-pilot on the Falcon contains elements of Kenyan, and one line literally translates as, "A thousand herds of elephants are standing on my foot."

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Trivia: In frame by frames views of the scene where Vader lifts the Emperor and throws him down the shaft you can see x-rays of Darth Vader.

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Trivia: When George Lucas first wrote Star Wars, he was going to have Wookies in Endor but he thought that the movie was going to be so unpopular the he would never release "Return Of The Jedi," so he put Chewbacca in "Star Wars" and the Ewoks in "Return of the Jedi."

Trivia: Ken Ralston, the man who was pretty much in charge of the space battle, put a number of interesting objects in the background. He sometimes used a wad of gum as a far-away shot of a Mon Cal star cruiser, and there is also a sneaker and a yogurt cup floating around.

Trivia: When the A-Wing is going to hit the Death Star, it's visibly an A-Wing but when it hits it they used a model car - you can see the wheels and the axle.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: There is a shot of a hangar filled with TIE Fighters, and a brigade of Stormtroopers. One of them has a smiley face on his white helmet.

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Revealing mistake: After the heroes get snared and surrounded by Ewoks on Endor, the Ewoks mistake C3PO for a god and start bowing. There is one Ewok which only has holes where the eyes and mouth are and you can see the eyes and mouth of the person inside the Ewok costume. (01:07:50)

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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.

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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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