RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983 film)

Three years after the unprecedented success of The Empire Strikes Back, Lucasfilm Ltd. released the third Star Wars film and the last instalment of the original trilogy. The previous film, a dark, melancholic, and glorious cinematic experience, was largely discrepant from Return of the Jedi and Star Wars, two lighter, more optimistic movies. Unlike the movies it succeeded, Return of the Jedi did not fare as well with critics and movie-goers. The Ewoks, little bear-like creatures in the movie, and the light-hearted nature of the movie were (and still are) considered by many to be childish, silly, and the beginning of Lucas' emphasis on children and decline as a creative force. Many have pointed out that the Second Death Star was a shameless rehash and lament that the original setting of Had Abbadon, as seen in early scripts/screenplays/treatments (the original conception and name of the Imperial Homeworld) was not brought to life in the film. However, Return of the Jedi was still a great box-office success, and the film has received much better reviews in recent years.

Return of the Jedi begins one year after the events of The Empire Strikes Back (although the novelization gives the time period as six months, which, in all honesty, seems more correct).

This group page celebrates the original 1983 theatrical release of the film and known events and sources from 1983 and prior. Discussion of fan edits/preservation efforts, etc. is welcome, however. This group is SOLELY dedicated to Return of the Jedi, however - without exception.


Luke Skywalker: Mark Hamill.
Han Solo: Harrison Ford.
Princess Leia Organa: Carrie Fisher.
Lando Calrissian: Billy dee Williams.
C-3P0: Anthony Daniels.
Chewbacca: Peter Mayhew.
The Galactic Emperor: Ian McDiarmid.
Master Yoda: Frank Oz.
Voice of Darth Vader: James Earl Jones.
Darth Vader: David Prowse.
Anakin Skywalker: Sebastian Shaw.

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi: Alec Guinness.
R2-D2: Kenny Baker.


Writers: George Lucas (story).
Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas (screenplay)
Director: Richard Marquand.
Producers: Howard G. Kajanjian.
George Lucas (executive).
Music by: John Williams and his Orchestra.
Distributor: 20th Century Fox.
Released: May 25th, 1983.
Runtime: 134 minutes.
Budget: 32, 500, 000.