Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi parents guide

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi Parent Guide

Can the Force restore balance to the universe?

Overall B+

In the last episode of the original Star Wars trilogy, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and his friends(Harrison Ford and Carrie Fischer) gain control of a forest moon to help the Rebel Alliance overthrow the Galactic Empire.

Release date May 24, 1983

Violence C
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A
Substance Use B

Why is Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi rated PG? The MPAA rated Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi PG

Run Time: 134 minutes

Parent Movie Review

What is about four feet tall, fuzzy, has big adorable eyes and can take out a squadron of storm troopers with only sticks and stones? An Ewok, of course. Introduced in this, the final instalment of the original Star Wars trilogy, these hairy forest creatures join in the rebel fray against the evil galactic empire.

In Return of the Jedi, the saga comes full circle as Luke returns to Tatooine, his home planet, to rescue buddy Han from the rubbery clutches of Jabba the Hut. Not your average pea-brained mega-slug; this villain is slippery enough to resist the influence of the Force and soon turns the tables on Luke, Leia, Landau and Chewie. After narrowly escaping becoming the main course, the young Jedi knight and his friends rejoin the Rebellion.

Meanwhile, Imperial upper management (Darth Vader and the evil Emperor of the dark side of the Force), are busily inspecting the construction process of a new and more deadly armored space station. This occasion affords the perfect strategic moment for the heroes to attack their foes.

Still, the job isn’t going to be easy as it appears. Not only do they need to destroy a heavily guarded generator that shields the orbiting Death Star, but Luke must also confront his father. Both obstacles offer plenty of excuses for battles—and a chance for the Ewoks to get in on the action.

Although a few of the fur-balls meet their demise, their cutesy presence almost “did in” the whole film. Fortunately for George Lucas, fans that anxiously waited six years for the conclusion of the epic lined up in droves anyway.

When Return of the Jedi re-released in 1997, filmmakers advantageously took the opportunity to add some new special effects, a musical number in Jabba’s palace, and a more fitting ending sequence. The improvements made the first series (episodes IV, V, and VI), more compatible with plans for its counterparts (episodes I, II, and III). With each film as successful as the last, it’s no wonder there are rumours about episodes VII, VIII, and IX.

Directed by George Lucas. Starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fischer. Running time: 134 minutes. Theatrical release May 24, 1983. Updated

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi
Rating & Content Info

Why is Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi rated PG? Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi is rated PG by the MPAA

Overall: B+

In the last episode of the original Star Wars trilogy, Luke Skywalker and his friends gain control of a forest moon to help the Rebel Alliance overthrow the Galactic Empire.

Violence: C

Robots are tortured by having their feet burned; limbs are also torn off. Characters are fed to huge creatures. A crowd is threatened with a hand held bomb. Characters have their throats crushed and another is strangled. Characters fall through trap door into the cage of a huge hungry beast: a fight for life ensues and one is consumed graphically. Door falls and crushes character. Characters receive electrical shocks. Numerous battle sequences occur with characters fighting against each other in spaceships or hand-to-hand combat. Characters use weapons like blasters, lightsabers, and various rudimentary devices such as slings, spears, bows, arrows, traps, rocks and logs. Characters race dangerously on speeding vehicles and crash into trees. Vessels explode, loss of life assumed.

Sexual Content: A-

Several females appear scantily clad, including one wearing a collar and leash. Couple embrace and kiss.

Language: A

Minor insults and name calling only.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B

Character smokes pipe. Drinks served at party.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

Young children may be saddened by the death of some cute teddy-bear-like creatures, and two other major characters. The body of a deceased character is burned.

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Home Video

The most recent home video release of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi movie is September 11, 2006. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Star Wars: Episodes IV - VI

Release Date: 8 October 2013

20th Century Fox is releasing Star Wars: Episodes IV - VI to home video (Blu-ray and DVD). This 6 Disc Combo Set (3 Blu-ray +3 DVD) includes:

- Blu-ray Only Bonus Features: Audio Commentary for Each Movie from Archival

Interviews with George Lucas, Cast and Crew.

Note: Star Wars: Episodes I - III are also being released on the same date as a separate package.

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