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Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

The Story

Return of the Jedi begins as the Rebel Commanders are planning their next move against the evil Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia have made their way to the desert planet Tatooine in an attempt to rescue their friend Han Solo, who remains frozen in carbonite, from the clutches of the vile gangster Jabba The Hutt.
After re-grouping with the Rebel Fleet near the forest moon of Endor, construction site of the new Death Star, the party splits into two groups. Lando Calrissian and the Rebel warships prepare for the assault on the Death Star, while Luke, Han and Leia lead a group on the forest moon attempting to disable the force-field around the unfinished battle station. When Luke turns himself over to Darth Vader in the hope of converting him from the dark side, he comes face-to-face with the Emperor himself. His battle with the Emperor and Darth Vader heats up just as the Rebels commence their attack on the space station.


About the movie...

Along with countless other firsts, Return of the Jedi was the only Star Wars film to employ U.S. locations for filming. Buttercup Valley, just outsite Yuma, Arizona, may have been on American soil, but it felt more like the equator. Arriving from the UK's climate-controlled set, the cast and crew endured temperatures of 120 degrees. Buttercup's spectacular dunes provided the perfect backdrop for the creatures of Tatooine.
In contrast to the hellish dunes, Endor's mist-shrouded woods were a cool relief for both cast and crew. Crescent City, with California's spectacular sequoias, some of which can like for 2,000 years, provided total shade, unique scenery, and a home for the combative Ewoks.
From Jabba the Hutt to Admiral Ackbar, Jedi features more bizarre aliens and creatures than both previous Star Wars epics combined. Considered the creature movie of the trilogy, Jedi stunned audiences with an array of characters only its creators could have imagined.
Phil Tippet, the film's supervisor of makeup and creature design, explained three ways he brought the magical creations to life. "Sometimes a real actor can fit inside a creature costume. That actor is often supplemented by a cable running into the costume, winding its way up the actor's back, then running via the mask to the face and eyes. The cable grips are operated manually by someone else who is off-camera and the grips are synchronized in order to make the face move and the eyes blink. We also used air bladders and tubes attached to bellows, so when an off-camera operator presses a bladder, the lips or the cheeks on a creature will pooch out a bit."
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