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Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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Return of the Jedi, officially titled Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film by George Lucas that debuted in 1983. This film was the third film in a trilogy that started with the very successful Star Wars (renamed by Lucas to Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope after the success of the first film, and the prospect of sequels). This film is based upon a nine part series of short stories written by Lucas in the 1970s (hence the episode numbering).

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Return of the Jedi begins where the second film in the trilogy, Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back leaves off. In this film, the Empire is attempting to create a second Death Star and the rebels attempt to destroy a shield generator which is protecting the station. In the process it is revealed that Princess Leia is the sister of Luke Skywalker and the film ends with a battle between Darth Vader and the Emperor Palpatine on one side and Luke Skywalker on the other. The fight ends with Darth Vader's redemption as he saves Skywalker by destroying the Emperor.

The film was originally named Revenge of the Jedi until it was pointed out that revenge is contrary to the Jedi code.

The movie was a commercial success, but is regarded by many critics and much of the public as the weakest of the original trilogy. The stone-age inhabitants of the Endor moon, the Ewoks, particularly, annoy contemporary adult viewers, as their cuteness[?] is generally regarded as a ploy to sell merchandising by Lucas (a trend they see continued with Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace) and their ability to overcome the "Empire's best troops" strains credibility even in a fantasy film, those critics argue.

The space battle between the Rebel and Imperial fleets, and the starfighter attack on the Death Star, were well-regarded by critics.



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