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Monday, 6 September 2010
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Entitled Return of the Jedi until the start of the prequel trilogy sixteen years later, the final part of George Lucas's original trilogy picks up some time after its predecessor. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is now a brooding warrior (hence his new black clothing) skilled in the Force. He returns to his home planet of Tatooine to help Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher, clad in a sci-fi bikini that men still lust over a quarter-century on), Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) rescue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from a casing of carbonite in the clutches of Jabba the Hutt (voiced by Larry Ward) and Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch).
The main strand of the plot is a bit of a retread of the first in the trilogy (1977). The evil Empire is constructing a new Death Star, which the Rebellion must destroy. Lucas (executive producer), co-writer Lawrence Kasdan and director Richard Marquand introduce Ewoks - a race of teddy bear like creatures lead by Wicket W. Warrick (Warwick Davis) - to entertain younger audience members. The stars, though, stand out as much as ever and never get swamped by the special effects, which once again won an Oscar. Add a heart-breaking ending in which Darth Vader (David Prowse, with the voice of James Earl Jones) sacrifices himself to save Luke from Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and George Lucas's intergalactic good-verses-evil trilogy comes to a stunning and memorable close.
Stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Ian McDiarmid, Warwick Davis, Sebastian Shaw, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness, Denis Lawson, Kenneth Colley, Jeremy Bulloch.
Oscar: Best Visual Effects (Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston, Phil Tippett).
Oscar Nominations: Best Art Direction (Norman Reynolds, Fred Hole, James L. Schoppe, Michael Ford), Best Sound Editing (Ben Burtt), Best Original Score (John Williams), Best Sound Mixing (Ben Burtt, Gary Summers, Randy Thom, Tony Dawe).