Return of the Jedi (also known at Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi) is a 1983 American epic space-opera film directed by Stephen Spielberg. Lawrence Kasdan and Melissa Mathison wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story and serving as executive producer, it produced by Gary Kurtz for Lucasfilm and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, and Frank Oz. It is the third and final installment in the original Star Wars trilogy and the sixth installment of the "Skywalker saga", though it was the third film to be produced chronologically.
The plot for this version is mostly the same as the real life version with a few key differences.
- It isn't revealed that the Empire is building a second Death Star until about halfway through the film.
- The Han Solo rescue sub-plot runs concurrently with the main plot through the first half of the film.
- Boba Fett escapes the sarlac pit and returns as an adversary to Han Solo during the final battle.
- It isn't revealed that Luke and Leia are siblings until the very end.
- Instead of Endor, the battle takes place on Kashyyyk instead of Endor, and features an army of enslaved Wookies being liberated and helping the rebellion, along with another native species, the ewoks.
- During the final battle, Boba Fett captures Leia and threatens Solo with her life. Han, who at the beginning of the trilogy, would have shot a foe at point blank range without provocation and with no second thought, is hesitant to shoot him and risk Leia's life. Leia manages to escape in a way that hints that she may have a connection with the force, and Han is able to finish Boba off.
- The film gets a bit more into why Darth Vader turned to the darkside, mentioning the horrors he saw during the Clone Wars and his disillusionment with the Jedi.
- The movie ends on a bittersweet but optimistic note. After the Empire is defeated, as everyone is celebrating, Luke slips away from the crowd, which Leia sees and she follows him. She finds him standing off looking out at the night sky alone and asks him whats wrong. He tells her that he has to leave and rebuild the Jedi order. Leia tries to convince him otherwise, but he assures her that she will be able to lead going forward, because she has the same power that he does. He tells her that after his confrontation with the Emperor, he realized who the "Other Skywalker" Yoda spoke of is. It's her, Luke and Leia are twin siblings. Luke promises it won't be the last she see's of him and he leaves. He gets in his X-Wing ready to take off, but before he does, he see's the spirits of Obi-Wan and Yoda, now joined by the spirit of his redeemed father. He smiles at them before taking off. Leia reunites with Han and the two of them look out to the sky, as Luke's fighter shoots out into the stars, and kiss.