In the spectacular final chapter of the Star Wars saga, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia must travel to Tatooine to free Han Solo by infiltrating the wretched stronghold of Jabba the Hutt, the galaxy's most loathsome gangster. Reunited, the Rebels team up with tribes of Ewoks to combat the Imperial forces on the forest moon of Endor. Meanwhile the Emperor and Darth Vader conspire to turn Luke to the dark side, and young Skywalker is determined to rekindle the spirit of the Jedi within his father. The Galactic Civil War culminates in the ultimate showdown, as the Rebel forces gather to attack the seemingly defenseless and incomplete second Death Star in the battle that will determine the fate of the galaxy.


Character's name Portrayed by
Luke Skywalker Mark Hamill
Han Solo Harrison Ford
Princess Leia Carrie Fisher
Lando Calrissian Billy Dee Williams
Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi Alec Guinness
Darth Vader David Prowse
C-3PO Anthony Daniels
R2-D2 Kenny Baker
Chewbacca Peter Mayhew
Yoda Frank Oz
Boba Fett Jeremy Bulloch
Wedge Antilles Denis Lawson
Emperor Palpatine Ian McDiarmid
Anakin Skywalker Sebastian Shaw
Admiral Piett Kenneth Colley
Wicket Warwick Davis
Mon Mothma Caroline Blakiston

In Other Languages

Language Title
Spanish El Regreso del Jedi
Portuguese O Retorno de Jedi
Japanese スター・ウォーズ:ジェダイの帰還
Chinese 星球大战:絕地大反攻
Korean 스타 워즈: 제다이의 귀환
Thai สตาร์ วอร์ส: การกลับมาของเจได

Production timeline

  • January 11, 1982: Filming began on this date.
  • May 20, 1982: Filming was completed on this date.
  • Q4 1982: When the teaser trailer was released in theaters, it contained the title "Revenge of the Jedi". It was later renamed "Return of the Jedi".

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Original theatrical USA May 25, 1983
First re-release USA March 29, 1985
VHS Japan February 21, 1986
VHS USA February 25, 1986
VHS UK April 1986
VHS re-release USA September 11, 1990
VHS re-release (subtitled) Japan November 21, 1990
VHS re-release (THX-certified) USA August 29, 1995
VHS re-release (THX-certified) Japan October 21, 1995
Special Edition USA March 14, 1997
VHS (Special Edition) USA August 26, 1997
VHS (Special Edition) UK October 6, 1997
VHS (Special Edition) France October 16, 1997
VHS (Special Edition) South Korea October 20, 1997
VHS (Special Edition) Latin America October 31, 1997
VHS (Special Edition) Japan November 7, 1997
VHS (Special Edition re-release) USA November 21, 2000
VHS (Special Edition re-release) Japan November 22, 2000
DVD USA September 21, 2004
DVD (separate film) USA September 12, 2006
DVD re-release USA November 4, 2008
Blu-ray Disc USA September 16, 2011
Blu-ray/DVD Combo USA October 8, 2013

Home video timeline

Main article: Home video timeline for the Star Wars films


Entire trilogy

  • The Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition/Star Wars Trilogy: Official Website (1996-1997)
  • Official Star Wars Web Site (1997-1998)
  • Star Wars: Welcome to the Official Web Site (1998-1999)
  • Star Wars: Welcome to the Official Site (2000-2008)
  • (2008-present)

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1998-2001)
  • Star Wars: Welcome to the Official Site (2001–July 1, 2008) (redesigned on October 23-24, 2004)


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