S T A R W A R S

EPISODE VI

RETURN OF THE JEDI

BY

LAWRENCE KASDAN

AND

GEORGE LUCAS

FROM THE NOVEL

BY

GEORGE LUCAS

ANNOTATIONS

BY

MARK O’TOOLE

 

SECOND DRAFT - DECEMBER 19, 1982

 

EXT SPACE

The boundless heavens serve as a back-drop for the MAIN TITLE,

followed by a ROLL-UP, which crawls into infinity.

Episode VI:

RETURN OF THE JEDI...

As the Galactic civil war rages on,

LEIA ORGANA with the help of LANDO CALRISSIAN

And CHEWBACCA have caught up with the

Bounty hunter BOBA FETT, in their attempt to rescue their friend HAN SOLO

Meanwhile, LUKE SKYWALKER has been residing on Dagobah,

Where he hopes to complete his training and become a Jedi Knight.

Little does Luke know that the GALACTIC

EMPIRE has secretly begun construction on a

new armored space station even more powerful

than the first dreaded Death Star.

When completed, this ultimate weapon will

spell certain doom for the small band of

Rebels struggling to restore freedom to the

galaxy...

PAN DOWN to reveal a monstrous half-completed Death Star, its

massive superstructure curling away from the completed section

like the arms of a giant octopus. Beyond, in benevolent contrast,

floats the small, green moon of ENDOR.

An Imperial Star Destroyer moves overhead toward the massive

armored space station. Darth Vader’s shuttle rockets from the main bay of the ship flanked by two TIE fighters and

hustles toward the Death Star.

INT IMPERIAL SHUTTLE - COCKPIT

The shuttle captain makes contact with the Death Star.

SHUTTLE CAPTAIN

Command station, this is ST 321. Code

Clearance Blue. We're starting our approach.

Deactivate the energy shield.

DEATH STAR CONTROLLER

(filtered VO)

The security deflector shield will be

deactivated when we have confirmation of your

code transmission. Stand by... You are clear

to proceed.

SHUTTLE CAPTAIN

We're starting our approach.

EXT DEATH STAR – SHUTTLE

The shuttle moves towards the Death star, which is patrolled by fleets of TIE fighters. The Shuttle’s TIE escort breaks away as the shuttle lands in one of the docking bays.

INT DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM

Operators move about among the control panels. A SHIELD OPERATOR

hits switches beside a large screen, on which is a display of the

Death Star, the moon Endor, and a bright web delineating the

invisible deflector shield.

A control officer rushes over to the shield operator.

OFFICER

Inform the commander that Lord Vader's

shuttle has arrived.

OPERATOR

Yes, sir.

The control officer moves to a view port and watches as the

Vader’s shuttle lands in the massive docking bay. A squad of

Imperial stormtroopers moves into formation before the craft.

INT DEATH STAR - MAIN DOCKING BAY

The DEATH STAR COMMANDER, MOFF JERJERROD, a tall, confident

technocrat, strides through the assembled troops to the base of

the shuttle ramp. The troops snap to attention; many are uneasy

about the new arrival. But the Death Star commander stands

arrogantly tall.

The exit hatch of the shuttle opens with a WHOOSH, revealing only

darkness. Then, heavy FOOTSTEPS AND MECHANICAL BREATHING. From

this black void appears DARTH VADER, LORD OF THE SITH. Vader

looks over the assemblage as he walks down the ramp.

JERJERROD

Lord Vader, this is an unexpected pleasure.

We're honored by your presence.

VADER

You may dispense with the pleasantries,

Commander. I'm here to put you back on

schedule.

The commander turns ashen and begins to shake.

JERJERROD

I assure you, Lord Vader, my men are working

as fast as they can.

VADER

Perhaps I can find new ways to

motivate them.

JERJERROD

I tell you, this station will be operational

as planned.

VADER

The Emperor does not share your

optimistic appraisal of the situation.

JERJERROD

But he asks the impossible. I need more men.

VADER

Then perhaps you can tell him when he

arrives.

JERJERROD (aghast)

The Emperor's coming here?

VADER

That is correct, Commander. And he is most

displeased with your apparent lack of

progress.

JERJERROD

We shall double our efforts.

VADER

I hope so, Commander, for your sake. The

Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.

Vader walks away, leaving the commander aghast.

EXT SWAMP – DAGOBAH

We see from someone’s POV as they trudge through the swamp, a hand comes into view moving a stray tree branch away.

The camera swaps to the person’s knees, just above the misty water line of the swamp, a familiar-looking Jedi robe, sweeps over through the water. We move up this mysterious Jedi’s body until we see it is in fact LUKE SKYWALKER. He looks a little older at 25, his hair is cut short, and he is growing a small beard. He has an alert expression on his face, as if he is expecting to be attacked at any moment. Suddenly, two large logs swing from either side towards Luke, in an attempt to crush him, but he manages to flip forward narrowly avoiding them. As he lands on his feet in the shallow muddly water again, four training droids emerge from the swamp surrounding Luke and begin firing their non-lethal, but rather painful stun-blasters. In an instant Luke has ignited his now green lightsabre, and is deflecting the blasts back at the droids. One by one, they succumb to the blasts, in a display of electrical overload. When all is quiet a familiar voice can be heard coming from the banks.

YODA

Good, good…much you have learned young padawan..hmmmm.

Luke deactivates his sabre, and breathes out a relaxed sigh. Suddenly there is a loud crack as a large branch sweeps out and takes Luke’s feet from under him, knocking him into the slimy swamp water.

YODA (chuckling)

But decide you do not, when over the training is.

Yoda laughs, then coughs.

LUKE (getting up, soaking wet)

Master Yoda, I –

Suddenly there is the sound of R2 beeping frantically on the shore, and we see ARTOO-DETOO as Luke wades towards him.

LUKE

What is it, R2? A message from the others?

He almost starts off towards his X-wing, but stops and gives Master Yoda recognition. Yoda slowly nods with a grunt, and Luke takes flight excitedly.

EXT LUKE’S X-WING – DAGOBAH

A holographic communications device sits on the muddy ground by the cockpit of the X-wing, a few cables lead into the cockpits controls. Luke is kneeling in front of the comm.-link, with R2 behind him and presses a few buttons. The familiar holographic image of the beautiful Leia forms and Luke smiles to himself, glad to see she is alright. R2 beeps his relief

LEIA

Luke, I have news about Han.

Luke, sits upright, listing more intently now.

LEIA (cont)

We’ve tracked the bounty hunter to Tatooine, and discovered he is being held in Jabba the Hutt’s palace. Lando has already infiltrated the compound, and is keeping an eye on things. Luke, we need you. Please hurry.

Luke bows his head in thought.

EXT YODA'S HOUSE - DAGOBAH

Yoda’s cottage sits as if it grew there in the stormy rain. Warm yellow light escapes the oddly shaped windows to

fight the gloom.

INT YODA'S HOUSE

The tip of a walking stick taps hesitantly across the earthen

floor of the cottage. Our view travels up the stick to the small

green hand that clutches it, and then to the familiar face of

YODA, THE JEDI MASTER. His manner is frail, and his voice, though

cheerful, seems weaker.

YODA

Hmm. That face you make. Look I so old to

young eyes?

Luke is sitting in a corner of the cramped space and, indeed, his

look has been woeful. Caught, he tries to hide it.

LUKE

No... of course not.

YODA (tickled, chuckles)

I do, yes, I do! Sick have I become. Old and

weak. (Points a crooked finger) When nine

hundred years old you reach, look as good you

will not. Hmm?

Yoda chuckles at this, coughs, and hobbles over toward his bed.

YODA

Soon will I rest. Yes, forever sleep. Earned

it, I have.

Yoda sits himself on his bed, with great effort.

LUKE

Master Yoda, you can't die.

YODA

Strong am I with the Force... but not that

strong! Twilight is upon me and soon night

must fall. That is the way of things ... the

way of the Force.

LUKE

But I need your help. When I come back, I want to complete my training.

YODA

No more training do you require. Already know

you that which you need.

Yoda sighs, and lies back on his bed.

LUKE

Then I am a Jedi?

YODA (shakes his head)

Ohhh. Not yet. One thing remains: Vader. You

must confront Vader. Then, only then, a Jedi

will you be. And confront him you will.

Luke is in agony. He is silent for a long moment, screwing up his

courage. Finally he is able to ask.

LUKE

Master Yoda... is Darth Vader my father?

Yoda's eyes are full of weariness and compassion. An odd, sad

smile creases his face. He turns painfully on his side, away from

Luke.

YODA

Mmm... rest I need. Yes... rest.

Luke watches him, each moment an eternity.

LUKE

Yoda, I must know.

YODA

Your father he is.

Luke reacts as if cut.

YODA

Told you, did he?

LUKE

Yes.

A new look of concern crosses Yoda's face. He closes his eyes.

YODA

Unexpected this is, and unfortunate...

LUKE

Unfortunate that I know the truth?

Yoda opens his eyes again and studies the youth.

YODA (gathering all his strength)

No. Unfortunate that you rushed to face

him... that incomplete was your training. Not

ready for the burden were you.

LUKE

I'm sorry.

YODA

Remember, a Jedi's strength flows from the

Force. But beware. Anger, fear, aggression.

The dark side are they. Once you start down

the dark path, forever will it dominate your

destiny.

He beckons the young Jedi closer to him.

YODA

Luke...Do not...Do not underestimate

the powers of the Emperor, or suffer your

father's fate, you will. Luke, when gone am I

(cough), the last of the Jedi will you be.

Luke, the Force runs strong in your family.

Pass on what you have learned, Luke... (with

great effort) There is...

another...Sky...Sky...walker.

He catches his breath. A shiver runs through the ancient green

creature, and he dies. Luke stares at his dead master as he

disappears in front of his eyes.

EXT DAGOBAH SWAMP - X-WING

Luke wanders back to where his ship is sitting. Artoo beeps a

greeting, but is ignored by his depressed master. Luke kneels

down, begins to help Artoo with the ship, then stops and shakes

his head dejectedly.

LUKE

I can't do it, Artoo. I can't go on alone.

BEN (OS)

Yoda will always be with you.

Luke looks up to see the shimmering image of BEN KENOBI.

LUKE

Obi-Wan! Why didn't you tell me?

The ghost of Ben Kenobi approaches him through the swamp.

LUKE

You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my

father.

BEN

You father was seduced by the dark side of

the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker

and became Darth Vader. When that happened,

the good man who was your father was

destroyed. So what I have told you was

true... from a certain point of view.

LUKE (turning away, derisive)

A certain point of view!?

BEN

Luke, you're going to find that many of the

truths we cling to depend greatly on our own

point of view.

Luke is unresponsive. Ben studies him in silence for a moment.

 

BEN

Anakin was a good friend.

Luke turns with interest at this. As Ben speaks, Luke settles on

a stump, mesmerized. Artoo comes over to offer his comforting

presence.

BEN

When I first knew him, your father was

a great pilot. But I was amazed how

strongly the Force was with him. I took it

upon myself to train him as a Jedi. I

thought that I could instruct him just as

well as Yoda. I was wrong.

Luke is entranced.

LUKE

There's still good in him.

BEN

He is more machine now than man. Twisted and evil.

LUKE

I can't do it, Ben.

I can't kill my own father.

BEN

Then the Emperor has already won. You were

our only hope.

LUKE

Yoda spoke of another.

BEN

The other he spoke of is your twin sister.

LUKE

But I have no sister.

BEN

Hmm. To protect you both from the Emperor,

you were hidden from your father when you

were born. The Emperor knew, as I did, if

Anakin were to have any offspring, they would

be a threat to him. That is the reason why

your sister remains safely anonymous.

LUKE

Leia! Leia's my sister.

BEN

Your insight serves you well. Bury your

feelings deep down, Luke. They do you credit.

But they could be made to serve the Emperor.

Luke looks into the distance, trying to comprehend all this.

EXT SPACE - DEATH STAR AND ENDOR

A Super Star Destroyer and several ships of the Imperial Fleet

rest in space above the half-completed Death Star and its green

neighbor, Endor. Four squads of TIE fighters escort an Imperial

shuttle toward the Death Star.

INT DEATH STAR - CORRIDOR TO DOCKING BAY

Lord Vader strides down the hallway, accompanied by a very

nervous Death Star commander.

INT DOCKING BAY - DEATH STAR

Thousands of Imperial troops in tight formation fill the mammoth

docking bay. Vader and the officer walk to the landing platform,

where the shuttle is coming to rest.

The shuttle's ramp lowers and the Emperor's Royal Guards come out

and create a lethal perimeter. The assembled troops move to rigid

attention with a momentous SNAP.

Then, in the huge SILENCE which follows, the EMPEROR appears. He

is a rather small, shriveled old man. His bent frame slowly makes

its way down the ramp with the aid of a gnarled cane. He wears a

hooded cloak similar to the one Ben wears, except that it is

black. The Emperor's face is shrouded and difficult to see,

except for his piercing yellow eyes. Commander Jerjerrod and

Darth Vader kneel to him. The Supreme Ruler of the galaxy beckons

to the Dark Lord.

EMPEROR (to Vader)

Rise, my friend.

Vader rises and falls in next to the Emperor as he slowly makes

his way along the rows of troops. Jerjerrod and the other

commanders stay kneeling until the Supreme Ruler and Vader,

followed by several Imperial dignitaries, pass by; only then do

they join in the procession.

VADER

The Death Star will be completed on schedule.

EMPEROR

You have done well, Lord Vader. And now I

sense you wish to continue your search for

young Skywalker.

VADER

Yes, my Master.

EMPEROR

Patience, my friend. In time he will seek you

out. And when he does, you must bring him

before me. He has grown strong. Only together

can we turn him to the dark side of the

Force.

VADER

As you wish.

EMPEROR

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

He laughs to himself as they pass along the vast line of Imperial

troops.

EXT SPACE – LUKE’S X-WING

Luke’s X-wing bursts out of hyperspace, and shoots across camera. As we pan to catch up, we see the large planet of Tatooine, dwarfing the tiny spacecraft.

EXT TATOOINE – LANDING AREA

Far below hidden by the surrounding rocky canyon walls, we see the MILLENIUM FALCON and a small base camp, as Luke’s X-wing touches down beside the large craft.

 

EXT ROAD TO JABBA'S PALACE - TATOOINE

A lonely, windswept road meanders through the desolate Tatooine

terrain. We HEAR a familiar BEEPING and a distinctive reply

before catching sight of ARTOO-DETOO and SEE-THREEPIO, making

their way along the road toward the ominous palace of Jabba the

Hutt.

THREEPIO

Of course I'm worried. And you should be,

too. Lando Calrissian

never returned from this awful place.

Artoo whistles timidly.

THREEPIO

Don't be so sure. If I told you half the

things I've heard about this Jabba the Hutt,

You'd probably short-circuit.

The two droids fearfully approach the massive gate to the palace.

THREEPIO

Artoo, are you sure this is the right place?

I better knock, I suppose.

EXT JABBA'S PALACE - GATE

Threepio looks around for some kind of signaling device, then

timidly knocks on the iron door.

THREEPIO (instantly)

There doesn't seem to be anyone there. Let's

go back and tell Master Luke.

A small hatch in the middle of the door opens and a spidery

mechanical arm, with a large electronic eyeball on the end, pops

out and inspects the two droids.

STRANGE VOICE

Tee chuta hhat yudd!

THREEPIO

Goodness gracious me!

Threepio points to Artoo, then to himself.

THREEPIO

Artoo Detoowha bo Seethreepiowha ey toota odd

mischka Jabba du Hutt.

The eye looks from one robot to the other, there is a laugh then

the eye zips back into the door. The hatch slams shut. Artoo

beeps his concern.

THREEPIO

I don't think they're going to let us in,

Artoo. We'd better go.

Artoo beeps his reluctance as Threepio turns to leave. Suddenly

the massive door starts to rise with a horrific metallic SCREECH.

The robots turn back and face an endless black cavity. The droids

look at one another, afraid to enter.

Artoo starts forward into the gloom. Threepio rushes after his

stubby companion. The door lowers noisily behind them.

THREEPIO

Artoo, wait. Oh, dear! Artoo. Artoo, I really

don't think we should rush into all this.

Artoo continues down the corridor, with Threepio following.

THREEPIO

Oh, Artoo! Artoo, wait for me!

INT JABBA'S PALACE - HALLWAY

The door slams shut with a loud crash that echoes throughout the

dark passageway. The frightened robots are met by two giant,

green GAMORREAN GUARDS, who fall in behind them. Threepio glances

quickly back at the two lumbering brutes, then back to Artoo. One

guard grunts an order. Artoo beeps nervously.

THREEPIO

Just you deliver Master Luke's message and

get us out of here. Oh my! Oh! Oh, no.

Walking toward them out of the darkness is BIB FORTUNA, a

Twi’Lek alien with long tentacles protruding from his skull.

BIB

Die Wanna Wanga!

THREEPIO

Oh, my! Die Wanna Wauaga. We -- we bring a

message to your master, Jabba the Hutt.

Artoo lets out a series of quick beeps.

THREEPIO (cont)

... and a gift.

(thinks a moment, then to Artoo)

Gift, what gift?

Bib shakes his head negatively.

BIB

Nee Jabba no badda. Me chaade su goodie.

Bib holds out his hand toward Artoo and the tiny droid backs up a

bit, letting out a protesting array of squeaks. Threepio turns to

the strange-looking alien.

THREEPIO

He says that our instructions are to give it

only to Jabba himself.

Bib thinks about this for a moment.

THREEPIO

I'm terribly sorry. I'm afraid he's ever so

stubborn about these sort of things.

Annoyed, Bib gestures for the droids to follow.

BIB

Nudd Chaa.

The droids follow the tall, tentacled alien into the darkness,

trailed by the two guards.

THREEPIO

Artoo, I have a bad feeling about this.

INT JABBA'S THRONE ROOM

The throne room is filled with the vilest, most grotesque

CREATURES ever conceived in the universe. Artoo and Threepio seem

very small as they pause in the doorway to the dimly lit chamber.

Light shafts partially illuminate the drunken courtiers as Bib

Fortuna crosses the room to the platform upon which rests the

leader of this nauseating crowd: JABBA THE HUTT. The monarch of

the galactic underworld is a repulsive blob of bloated fat with a

maniacal grin. Chained to the horrible creature is the beautiful

alien female dancer named OOLA. At the foot of the dais sits an

obnoxious birdlike creature, SALACIOUS CRUMB. Bib whispers

something in the slobbering degenerate's ear. Jabba laughs

horribly, at the two terrified droids before him. Threepio bows

politely.

THREEPIO

Good morning.

JABBA

Bo Shuda!

The robots jump forward to stand before the repulsive, loose-

skinned villain.

THREEPIO

The message, Artoo, the message.

Artoo whistles, and a beam of light projects from his domed head,

creating a HOLOGRAM of LUKE on the floor. The image grows to over

ten feet tall, and the young Jedi towers over the space

gangsters.

LUKE

Greetings, Exalted One. Allow me to introduce

myself. I am Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight and

friend to Captain Solo. I know that you are

powerful, mighty Jabba, and that your anger

with Solo must be equally powerful. I seek an

audience with Your Greatness to bargain for

Solo's life. (Jabba's crowd laughs) With your

wisdom, I'm sure that we can work out an

arrangement which will be mutually beneficial

and enable us to avoid any unpleasant

confrontation. As a token of my goodwill, I

present to you a gift: these two droids.

Threepio is startled by this announcement.

THREEPIO

What did he say?

LUKE (cont)

... Both are hardworking and will serve you

well.

THREEPIO

This can't be! Artoo, you're playing the

wrong message.

Luke's hologram disappears.

Jabba laughs while Bib speaks to him in Huttese.

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

There will be no bargain.

THREEPIO

We're doomed.

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

I will not give up my favorite decoration. I

like Captain Solo where he is.

Jabba laughs hideously and looks toward an alcove beside the

throne. Hanging high, flat against the wall, exactly as we saw

him last, is a carbonized HAN SOLO.

THREEPIO

Artoo, look! Captain Solo. And he's still

frozen in carbonite.

INT DUNGEON CORRIDOR

One of Jabba's Gamorrean guards marches Artoo and Threepio down a

dank, shadowy passageway lined with holding cells. The cries of

unspeakable creatures bounce off the cold stone walls.

Occasionally a repulsive arm or tentacle grabs through the bars

at the hapless droids. Artoo beeps pitifully.

THREEPIO

What could possibly have come over Master

Luke. Is it something I did? He never

expressed any unhappiness with my work. Oh!

Oh! How horrid! Ohh!

A large tentacle wraps around Threepio's neck. He manages to

break free, and they move on to a door at the end of the

corridor.

INT BOILER ROOM

The door slides open, revealing a room filled with steam and

noisy machinery. The guard motions them into the boiler room,

where they are met by a tall, thin humanlike robot named EV-9D9

(EVE-NINEDENINE). Behind the robot can be seen a torture rack

pulling the legs off a screaming baby work droid. A second

power droid is upside down. As smoking branding irons are

pressed into his feet, the stubby robot lets out an agonized

electronic scream. Artoo and Threepio cringe as the guard grunts

to EV-9D9.

NINEDENINE

Ah, good. New acquisitions. You are a

protocol droid, are you not?

THREEPIO

I am See-Threepio, human-cy...

NINEDENINE

Yes or no will do.

THREEPIO

Oh. Well, yes.

NINEDENINE

How many languages do you speak?

THREEPIO

I am fluent in over six million forms of

communication, and can readily...

NINEDENINE

Splendid! We have been without an interpreter

since our master got angry with our last

protocol droid and disintegrated him.

THREEPIO

Disintegrated?

NINEDENINE (to a Gamorrean guard)

Guard! This protocol droid might be useful.

Fit him with a restraining bolt and take him

back to His Excellency's main audience

chamber.

The guard shoves Threepio toward the door.

THREEPIO (disappearing)

Artoo, don't leave me! Ohhh!

Artoo lets out a plaintive cry as the door closes. Then he beeps

angrily.

NINEDENINE

You're a feisty little one, but you'll soon

learn some respect. I have need for you on

the master's Sail Barge. And I think you'll

fit in nicely.

The poor work droid in the background lets out another tortured

electronic scream.

INT JABBA'S THRONE ROOM

The court of Jabba the Hutt is in the midst of a drunken, raucous

party. Sloppy, smelly monsters cheer and make rude noises as Oola

and a fat female dancer perform in front of Jabba's throne. Jabba shouts a command to the band playing for him: Max Rebo’s band.

JABBA (Huttese subtitled)

Do that again!

A musical number begins, a weird display of ‘alien rock’.

Jabba leers at the dancers and with a lustful gleam in his eye

beckons Oola to come and sit with him. She stops dancing and

backs away, shaking her head. Jabba gets angry and points to a

spot next to him.

JABBA

Da Eitha!

The lovely alien shakes her head again and screams.

OOLA

Na Chuba negatorie Na! Na! Natoota...

Jabba is furious and pulls her toward him, tugging on the chain.

JABBA

Boscka!

He pushes a button and, before the dancer can flee, a trap door

in the floor springs open and swallows her up. Oola rolls down a large shoot into a dungeon light cage,

she looks around, frightened, then focuses on a large door which is now slowly opening We see Jabba and

his monstrous friends laugh hysterically and several revelers

hurry over to watch her fate through a grate, as Oola Screams and a monstrous roar can be heard.

Threepio cringes and glances wistfully at the carbonite form of

Han Solo, but is immediately distracted by a gunshot offscreen.

An unnatural quiet sweeps the boisterous gathering. On the far

side of the room, the crush of debauchers moves aside to allow

the approach of two guards followed by BOUSHH, an oddly cloaked

bounty hunter, leading his captive, Han Solo's copilot, CHEWBACCA

THE WOOKIEE.

Bib takes his place next to his disgusting master, and whispers

into his ear, pointing at Chewbacca and the bounty hunter. Jabba

listens intently, then the bounty hunter bows before the gangster

and speaks a greeting in a strange, electronically processed

tongue (Ubese).

BOUSHH (in Ubese subtitled)

I have come for the bounty on this Wookiee.

THREEPIO

Oh, no! Chewbacca!

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

At last we have the mighty Chewbacca.

Jabba lets out a loud, long, blood-curdling laugh and turns to

Threepio, waving him closer. The reluctant droid obeys.

THREEPIO

Oh, uh, yes, uh, I am here, Your

Worshipfulness. Uh... yes!

Jabba continues speaking, as Threepio nervously translates.

Boushh listens, studying the dangerous creatures around the room.

He notices BOBA FETT standing near the door.

THREEPIO

Oh. The illustrious Jabba bids you welcome

and will gladly pay you the reward of twenty-

five thousand.

BOUSHH (in Ubese subtitled)

I want fifty thousand. No less.

Jabba immediately flies into a rage, knocking the golden droid

off the raised throne into a clattering heap on the floor. Boushh

adjusts his weapon as Jabba raves in Huttese and Threepio

struggles back onto the throne. The disheveled droid tries to

compose himself.

THREEPIO

Uh, oh... but what, what did I say?

(to Boushh)

Uh, the mighty Jabba asks why he must pay

fifty thousand.

The bounty hunter holds up a small silver ball in his hand.

Threepio looks at it, then looks at Jabba, then back to the

bounty hunter. The droid is very nervous and Jabba is getting

very impatient.

THREEPIO

Because he's holding a thermal detonator!

The guards instantly back away, as do most of the other monsters

in the room. Jabba stares at the silver ball, which begins to

glow in the bounty hunter's hand. The room has fallen into a

tense hush. Jabba stares at the bounty hunter malevolently until

a sly grin creeps across his vast mouth and he begins to laugh.

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

This bounty hunter is my kind of scum.

Fearless and inventive.

Jabba continues.

THREEPIO

Jabba offers the sum of thirty-five. And I

suggest you take it.

Bib and the other monsters study the bounty hunter and wait for

his reaction. Boushh releases a switch on the thermal detonator

and it goes dead.

BOUSHH

Zeebuss.

THREEPIO

He agrees!

The raucous crowd of monsters erupts in a symphony of cheers and

applause as the party returns to its full noisy pitch. Chewbacca

growls. As he is led away we spot LANDO CALRISSIAN, disguised as

a skiff guard in a partial face mask. The band starts up and

dancing girls take the center of the floor, to the hoots of the

loudly appreciative creatures.

Boushh leans against a column with gunfighter cool and surveys

the scene, his gaze stopping only when it connects with a glare

from across the room. Boba Fett is watching him. Boushh shifts

slightly, cradling his weapon lovingly. Boba Fett shifts with

equally ominous arrogance.

INT DUNGEON CORRIDOR AND CELL

Gamorrean guards lead Chewie down the same hallway we saw before.

When a tentacle reaches out at the Wookiee, Chewie's ferocious

ROAR echoes against the walls and the tentacle snaps back into

its cell in terror. It takes all the guards to hurl Chewie

roughly into a cell, slamming the door behind him. Chewie lets

out a pathetic howl and bangs on the iron door.

EXT JABBA'S PALACE

The palace is sitting in the light of the double sunset. On the

road in front, a large toadlike creature flicks its tongue out

for a desert rodent and burps in satisfaction.

INT JABBA'S THRONE ROOM - NIGHT

Silence. The room is deserted, only the awful debris of the alien

celebration giving mute witness to the activity here before.

Several drunk creatures lie unconscious around the room, snoring

loudly.

A shadowy figure moves stealthily among the columns at the

perimeter of the room and is revealed to be Boushh, the bounty

hunter. He picks his way carefully through the snoring, drunken

monsters.

Han Solo, the frozen space pirate, hangs spotlighted on the wall,

his coffin-like case suspended by a force field. The bounty

hunter deactivates the force field by flipping a control switch

to one side of the coffin. The heavy case slowly lowers to the

floor of the alcove.

Boushh steps up to the case, studying Han, then turns to the

controls on the side of the coffin. He activates a series of

switches and, after one last, hesitant look at Han, slides the

decarbonization lever. The case begins to emit a sound as the

hard shell covering the contours of Han's face begins to melt

away. The bounty hunter watches as Han's body is freed of its

metallic coat and his forearms and hands, previously raised in

reflexive protest, drop slackly to his side. His face muscles

relax from their mask of horror. He appears quite dead.

Boushh's ugly helmet leans close to Han's face listening for the

breath of life. Nothing. He waits. Han's eyes pop open with a

start and he begins coughing. The bounty hunter steadies the

staggering newborn.

BOUSHH

Just relax for a moment. You're free of the

carbonite.

Han touches his face with his hand and moans.

BOUSHH

Shhh. You have hibernation sickness.

HAN

I can't see.

BOUSHH

You eyesight will return in time.

HAN

Where am I?

BOUSHH

Jabba's palace.

HAN

Who are you?

The bounty hunter reaches up and lifts the helmet from his head,

revealing the beautiful face of LEIA.

LEIA

Someone who loves you.

HAN

Leia!

LEIA

I gotta get you out of here.

As Leia helps her weakened lover to stand up, the relative quiet

is pierced by an obscene HUTTESE CACKLE from the other side of

the alcove.

HAN

What's that? I know that laugh.

The curtain on the far side of the alcove opens, revealing Jabba

the Hutt, surrounded by Bib and other aliens. He laughs again,

and his gross cronies join in a cacophony of alien glee.

HAN

Hey, Jabba. Look, Jabba, I was just on my way

to pay you back, but I got a little

sidetracked. It's not my fault.

Jabba laughs.

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

It's too late for that, Solo. You may have

been a good smuggler, but now you're Bantha

fodder.

HAN

Look...

JABBA (cont Huttese subtitled)

Take him away!

The guards grab Han and start to lead him away.

HAN

Jabba... I'll pay you triple! You're throwing

away a fortune here. Don't be a fool!

Han is dragged off, as Lando quickly moves forward and attempts

to lead Leia away.

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

Bring her to me.

Jabba chuckles as Lando and a second guard drag the beautiful

young Leia toward him. Threepio peeks from behind a monster

and quickly turns away in disgust.

LEIA

We have powerful friends. You're gonna regret

this...

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

I'm sure.

Inexorably her lovely face moves to within a few inches of

Jabba's ugly blob of a head, and Leia turns away in disgust.

LEIA

Ugh!

THREEPIO

Ohhh, I can't bear to watch.

INT DUNGEON CELL

The heavy metal door of the dungeon whines and slowly creaks

open. A guard throws the blinded star captain into the dark cell

and the door slams shut behind him, leaving only a thin sliver of

light from a crack in the door. Han is trying to collect himself

when suddenly a growl is heard from the far side of the cell. He

jumps back against the cell door and listens.

HAN

Chewie? Chewie, is that you?

The shadowy figure lets out a crazy yell and races toward Han,

lifting him off the ground with a big hug that carries them into

the light, revealing Chewie.

HAN

Ah! Chew--Chewie!

The giant Wookiee barks with glee.

HAN

Wait. I can't see, pal. What's goin' on?

Chewie barks an excited blue streak.

HAN

Luke? Luke's crazy. He can't even take care

of himself, much less rescue anybody.

Chewie barks a reply.

HAN

A...Jedi Knight? I--I'm out of it for a

little while, everybody gets delusions of

grandeur.

Chewie growls insistently. He holds Han to his chest and pets his

head.

HAN

I'm all right, pal. I'm all right.

INT MAIN GATE AND HALL - JABBA'S PALACE

Noisily, the main gate lifts to flood the blackness with blinding

LIGHT and reveal the silhouetted figure of LUKE SKYWALKER. He is

clad in his robe with the hood covering his face and wears neither pistol nor

lightsabre. Luke strides purposefully into the hallway. Two

giant guards move to block Luke's path. Luke halts.

Luke raises his hand and points at the puzzled guards, who

immediately lower their spears and fall back. The young Jedi

lowers his hand and moves on down the hallway.

Bib Fortuna appears out of the gloom. He speaks to Luke as they

approach each other, but Luke doesn't stop and Bib must reverse

his direction and hurry alongside the young Jedi in order to carry

on the conversation. Several other guards fall in behind them in

the darkness.

LUKE

I must speak with Jabba.

Bib answers in Huttese, shaking his head in denial. Luke stops

and stares at Bib; he raises his hand slightly.

LUKE

You will take me to Jabba now.

Bib turns in hypnotic response to Luke's command, and Luke

follows him into the gloom.

LUKE

You serve your master well, and you will be rewarded.

Bib responds.

INT JABBA'S THRONE ROOM

Jabba is asleep on his throne, with Leia lying in front of him.

Salacious sits by Jabba's tail, watching it wriggle. Leia is now

dressed in the skimpy costume of a dancing girl; a chain runs

from a manacle/necklace at her throat to her new master, Jabba

the Hutt. Threepio stands behind Jabba as Bib comes up to the

gangster slug.

THREEPIO

At last! Master Luke's come to rescue me.

BIB

Master.

Jabba awakens with a start and Bib continues, in Huttese.

BIB

...Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight.

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

I told you not to admit him.

LUKE

I must be allowed to speak.

BIB (in Huttese subtitled)

He must be allowed to speak.

Jabba, furious, clobbers Bib and shoves him away.

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

You weak-minded fool! He's using an old Jedi

mind trick.

Luke stares hard at Jabba and removes his hood revealing his features.

LUKE

You will bring Captain Solo and the Wookiee

to me.

Jabba laughs.

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

Your mind powers will not work on me, boy.

LUKE

Nevertheless, I'm taking Captain Solo and his

friends. You can either profit by this... or

be destroyed! It's your choice. But I warn

you not to underestimate my powers.

Jabba's laugh is mean and loud. Threepio attempts to warn Luke

about the pit.

THREEPIO

Master Luke, you're—

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

There will be no bargain, young Jedi. I shall

enjoy watching you die.

Luke reaches out, and a pistol jumps out of a guard's holster and

flies into Luke's hand. The bewildered guard grabs for it as

Jabba raises his hand.

JABBA

Bascka!

The floor suddenly drops away, sending Luke and the hapless guard

into the pit. The pistol goes off, blasting a hole in the

ceiling. Jabba laughs and his courtiers join in. Leia starts

forward but is restrained by a human guard-- Lando, recognizable

behind his mask. She looks at him and he shakes his head "no."

INT RANCOR PIT

Luke and the guard have dropped twenty-five feet from a chute

into the dungeonlike cage. Luke gets to his feet, as the guard

yells hysterically for help. A crowd gathers up around the edge

of the pit as the door in the side of the pit starts to RUMBLE

open. The guard screams in panic. Luke looks calmly around for a

means of escape.

THREEPIO

Oh, no! The Rancor!

At the side of the pit, an iron door rumbles upward and a giant,

fanged RANCOR emerges. The guard runs to the side of the pit and

tries futilely to scramble to the top. The hideous beast closes

in on him.

The Rancor moves past Luke, and as the guard continues to

scramble, the Rancor picks him up and pops him into its slavering

jaws. A few screams, and the guard is swallowed with a gulp. The

audience cheers and laughs at the guard's fate.

The monster turns and starts for Luke. The young Jedi dashes away

just ahead of the monster's swipe at him, and picks up the long

arm bone of an earlier victim. The monster grabs Luke and brings

him up to his salivating mouth. At the last moment, Luke wedges

the bone in the monster's mouth and is dropped to the floor. The

monster bellows in rage and flails about, hitting the side of the

pit, causing an avalanche.

The monster crushes the bone in its jaws and sees Luke, who

squeezes into a crevice in the pit wall. Luke looks past the

monster to the holding cave beyond. On the far side of the

holding cave is a utility door--if only he can get to it. The

Rancor spots Luke and reaches into the crevice for him. Luke

grabs a large rock and raises it, smashing it down on the

Rancor's finger.

HOLDING TUNNEL - RANCOR PIT

The Rancor lets out a loud howl as Luke makes a run for the

holding cave. He reaches the door and pushes a button to open it.

When he succeeds, he sees a heavy barred gate between him and

safety. Beyond the gate two guards look up from their dinner.

Luke turns to see the monster heading for him, and pulls with all

his might on the gate. The guards move to the gate and start

poking at the young Jedi with spears, laughing.

Luke crouches (against the wall) as the monster starts to reach

for him. Suddenly he notices a main door control panel halfway up

the wall. As the Rancor moves in for the kill, Luke gestures towards a rock on the floor with one hand and points it in the direction of the control panel, which it flies towards as if thrown. The giant

overhead door comes crashing down on the beast's head.

A startled gasp is heard from the stunned court. There's

consternation at this turn of events. Heads look to Jabba, who is

actually turning red with anger. Leia cannot suppress her joy.

Jabba utters harsh commands to his guards and they hurry off.

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

Bring me Solo and the Wookiee. They will all

suffer for this outrage.

INT RANCOR PIT

The Rancor KEEPERS have come into the cage and are examining

their dead beast. One of them breaks down and weeps. The other

glares menacingly at Luke, who is unworried. Several guards rush

into the holding tunnel and take Luke away.

INT THRONE ROOM

The crowd of creepy courtiers parts as Han and Chewie are brought

into the throne room, and other guards drag Luke up the steps.

LUKE

Han!

HAN

Luke!

LUKE

Are you all right?

HAN

Fine. Together again, huh?

LUKE

Wouldn't miss it.

HAN

How are we doing?

LUKE

The same as always.

HAN

That bad, huh? Where's Leia?

Luke looks to Leia.

LEIA

I'm here.

Threepio is standing behind the grotesque gangster as he strokes

Leia like a pet cat. Several of the guards, including Lando,

bring Luke from the other side of the room. Boba is standing

behind Jabba.

Threepio steps forward and translates for the captives.

THREEPIO

Oh, dear. His High Exaltedness, the great

Jabba the Hutt, has decreed that you are to

be terminated immediately.

HAN

Good, I hate long waits.

THREEPIO

You will therefore be taken to the Dune Sea

and cast into the pit of Carkoon, the nesting

place of the all-powerful Sarlacc.

HAN (to Luke)

Doesn't sound so bad.

THREEPIO

In his belly, you will find a new definition

of pain and suffering, as you are slowly

digested over a thousand years.

HAN

On second thought, let's pass on that, huh?

Chewie barks his agreement.

LUKE

You should have bargained, Jabba. That's the

last mistake you'll ever make.

Jabba cackles evilly at this.

As the guards drag the prisoners from the throne room, a loud

cheer rises from the crowd. Leia and Chewie exchange concerned

looks, but Luke Skywalker, Jedi warrior, cannot suppress a smile.

EXT TATOOINE SEA - SKIFF

Jabba's huge SAIL BARGE moves above the desert surface

accompanied by two smaller SKIFFS. One of the skiffs glides

close, revealing Luke, Han, and Chewie -- all in bonds --

surrounded by guards, one of whom is Lando in disguise.

HAN

I think my eyes are getting better. Instead

of a big dark blur, I see a big light blur.

LUKE

There's nothing to see. I used to live here,

you know.

HAN

You're gonna die here, you know. Convenient.

LUKE

Just stick close to Chewie and Lando. I've

taken care of everything.

HAN (sceptical)

Oh... great!

INT BARGE OBSERVATION DECK

Jabba the Hutt rides like a sultan in the massive antigravity

ship. His entire retinue is with him, drinking, eating, and

having a good time. Leia is watching her friends in the skiff

when the chain attached to her neck is pulled tight and Jabba

tugs the scantily clad slave to him.

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

Soon you will learn to appreciate me.

Threepio wanders among the Sail Barge aliens, bumping into a

smaller droid serving drinks, spilling them all over the place.

The stubby droid lets out an angry series of beeps and whistles.

THREEPIO

Oh, I'm terribly sor... Artoo! What are you

doing here?

Artoo beeps a quick reply.

THREEPIO

Well, I can see you're serving drinks, but

this place is dangerous. They're going to

execute Master Luke and, if we're not

careful, us too!

Artoo whistles a singsong response.

THREEPIO

Hmm. I wish I had your confidence.

EXT SARLACC PIT

The convoy moves up over a huge sand pit. The Sail Barge stops to

one side of the depression, as does the escort skiff. But the

prisoner's skiff moves out directly over the center and hovers.

At the bottom of the deep cone of sand is a repulsive, mucous-

lined hole, surrounded by thousands of needle-sharp teeth and tentacles, a huge snapping beak waits in the center. This

is the SARLACC. A plank is extended from the edge of the

prisoner's skiff. Guards release Luke's bonds and shove him out

onto the plank above the Sarlacc's mouth.

EXT SAIL BARGE OBSERVATION DECK

Jabba and Leia are now by the rail, watching. Threepio leans

forward and the slobbering villain mumbles something to him. As

Threepio steps up to a comlink, Jabba raises his arm and the

motley array of intergalactic pirates fall silent. Threepio's

voice is amplified across loudspeakers.

THREEPIO

Victims of the almighty Sarlacc: His

Excellency hopes that you will die honorably.

But should any of you wish to beg for mercy,

the great Jabba the Hutt will now listen to

your pleas.

EXT SKIFF

Han steps forward arrogantly and begins to speak.

HAN

Threepio, you tell that slimy piece of...

worm-ridden filth he'll get no such pleasure

from us. Right?

Chewie growls his agreement.

LUKE

Jabba! This is your last chance. Free us or

die.

Lando moves unobtrusively along the skiff as Luke shoots a quick

look of conspiracy to him.

INT SAIL BARGE OBSERVATION DECK

The assembled monsters rock with mocking laughter as Artoo zips

unnoticed up the ramp to the upper deck. Jabba's laughter

subsides as he speaks into the comlink.

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

Move him into position.

Jabba makes a thumbs-down gesture. Leia looks worried.

EXT BARGE - UPPER DECK

Artoo appears from below and zips over to the rail facing the

pit. Below, in the skiff, Luke is prodded by a guard to the edge

of the plank over the gaping Sarlacc. Luke looks up at Artoo,

then gives a jaunty salute: the signal the little droid has been

waiting for. A flap opens in Artoo's domed head.

JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)

Put him in.

EXT SKIFF - PLANK

Luke is prodded and jumps off the plank to the cheers of the

bloodthirsty spectators. But, before anyone can even perceive

what is happening, he spins around and grabs the end of the plank

by his fingertips. The plank bends wildly from his weight and

catapults him skyward. In midair he does a complete flip and

drops down on the end of the plank in the same spot he just

vacated, but facing the skiff. He casually extends an open palm

and -- his lightsaber, which Artoo has sent arcing toward him,

drops into his hand.

With samurai speed, Luke ignites it and attacks the guard who

prodded him off the plank, sending the hapless monster screaming

overboard. The other guards swarm toward Luke. He wades into

them, lightsaber flashing. Lando struggles with another guard at

the back of the skiff.

EXT SARLACC PIT

A bewildered guard lands in the soft, sandy slope of the pit, and

begins sliding. He claws desperately as a Sarlacc tentacle grabs

him and pulls him screaming into the viscous mouth.

INT SAIL BARGE

Jabba watches this and explodes in rage. He barks commands, and

the guards around him rush off to do his bidding. The scuzzy

creatures watching the action from the window are in an uproar.

EXT SKIFF

Luke knocks another guard off the skiff and into the waiting

mouth of the Sarlacc. He starts to untie Chewie's bonds.

LUKE

Easy, Chewie.

At that moment, the deck gunmen on the barge unleash a series of

blasts from a big cannon on the upper deck. Lando is tossed from

the deck of the rocking skiff. He manages to grab a rope, and

dangles desperately above the Sarlacc pit.

LANDO

Whoa! Whoa! Help!

EXT UPPER DECK - SAIL BARGE

With two swift strides, the dangerous Boba Fett ignites his

rocket pack, leaps into the air, and flies from the barge down to

the skiff.

EXT SKIFF

Boba lands on the skiff and starts to aim his laser gun at Luke,

who has freed Han and Chewie from their bonds. But before Boba

can fire, the young Jedi spins on him, lightsaber sweeping, and

hacks the bounty hunter's gun in half.

Immediately, the skiff takes another direct hit from the barge's

deck gun. Shards of skiff deck fly. Chewie and Han are thrown

against the rail.

HAN

Chewie, you okay? Where is he?

The Wookiee is wounded and he howls in pain.

HAN

I'm okay, pal.

For a moment, Luke is distracted, and in that moment, Boba fires

a cable out of his armored sleeve. Instantly, Luke is wrapped in

a strong cable, his arms pinned against his side, his sword arm

free only from the wrist down. Luke bends his wrist so the lightsaber

points straight up to reach the wire lasso and cuts through. Luke

shrugs away the cable and stands free.

Another blast from the Barge's deck gun hits near Boba and he is

knocked unconscious to the deck, next to where Lando is hanging.

LANDO

Han! Chewie?

HAN

Lando!

Luke is a little shaken but remains standing as a fusillade

brackets him. The second skiff, loaded with guards firing their

weapons, moves in on Luke fast. Luke leaps toward the incoming

second skiff. The young Jedi leaps into the middle of the second

skiff and begins decimating the guards from their midst.

Chewie, wounded, tries to lift himself as he barks directions to

Han, guiding him toward a spear which has been dropped by one of

the guards. Han searches the deck as Chewie barks directions;

finally he grabs hold of the spear.

Boba Fett, badly shaken, rises from the deck. He looks over at

the other skiff, where Luke is whipping a mass of guards. Boba

raises his arm, and aims his lethal appendage.

Chewie barks desperately at Han.

HAN

Boba Fett?! Boba Fett?! Where?

The space pirate turns around blindly, and the long spear in his

hand whacks squarely in the middle of Boba's rocket pack.

The impact of the swing causes the rocket pack to ignite. Boba

blasts off, flying over the second skiff like a missile, and straight up over the top of the Sail Barge into the sky. Chewie growls a weak congratulations to Han.

INT SAIL BARGE

Leia turns from the spectacle outside, leaps onto Jabba's throne,

and throws the chain that enslaves her over his head around his

bulbous neck. Then she dives off the other side of the throne,

pulling the chain violently in her grasp. Jabba's flaccid neck

contracts beneath the tightening chain. His huge eyes bulge from

their sockets and his scum-coated tongue flops out. The Exalted

Hutt's huge tail spasms through its death throes and then slams

down into final stillness. Leia struggles to free herself of her

bondage.

EXT SKIFF

Luke continues to destroy the aliens on the guards' skiff, as Han

extends his spear downward to Lando, who is still dangling

precariously from a rope on the prisoner's skiff.

HAN

Lando, grab it!

LANDO

Lower it!

HAN

I'm trying!

A major hit from the barge deck gun knocks the skiff on its side.

Han and almost everything else on board slides overboard. The

rope breaks, and Lando falls to the side of the Sarlacc pit.

Luckily, Han's foot catches on the skiff railing and he dangles

above Lando and the pit. The wounded Wookiee holds onto the skiff

for dear life as another hit from the deck gun rocks the skiff

violently.

HAN

Whoa! Whoa! Grab me, Chewie! I'm slipping.

Chewie grabs hold of Han's feet, holding him upside down, as Han

extends the spear toward Lando, who is clutching to the side of

the pit.

HAN

Grab it! L--Lando. Grab!

Luke finishes off the last guard on the second skiff. He sees the

deck gun blasting away at his helpless companions. Luke leaps

from the skiff, across a chasm of air, and lands right on the top deck of the barge.

The injured Chewie is reaching over the rail for the dangling

Han, who is in turn blindly reaching down toward the desperate

Lando. The Baron has stopped his slippage down the sandy slope of

the Sarlacc pit by lying very still. Every time he tries to reach

for Han, the loose sand moves him closer to his final reward.

HAN

Grab it! Almost... You almost got it!

Another blast hits the front of the tilted skiff, causing Lando

to let go of the spear.

LANDO

Hold it! Whoa!

Again Han extends the spear toward Lando.

HAN

Gently now. All... all right. Now easy, easy.

Hold me, Chewie.

Lando screams. One of the Sarlacc's tentacles has wrapped tightly

around his ankle, dragging him down the side of the pit.

HAN

Chewie! Chewie, give me the gun. Don't move,

Lando.

LANDO

No, wait! I thought you were blind!

HAN

It's all right. I can see a lot better.

LANDO

All right! A little higher! Just a little

higher!

Han adjusts his aim as Lando lowers his head, and the fuzzy-eyed

pirate fires at the tentacle. Direct hit. The Sarlacc releases

Lando with a squeal, and Chewie starts to pull them on board the skiff.

HAN

Chewie, Pull us up! Come on! Okay... up,

Chewie, up!

EXT UPPER DECK

The deck gunners have Chewie and the desperate dangling human

chain in their gun sights when something up on deck commands

their attention: The deck gunners have barely reached for

their pistols before the young Jedi has demolished them.

Immediately, Luke turns to see two more gunners (who have been

uncovering a giant gun at the end of the barge) racing for him,

firing their laser pistols.

INT SAIL BARGE - OBSERVATION DECK

Leia is struggling against her chains in desperation as Artoo

zips through the tumult of confused monsters to the rescue; the

stubby little droid extends a small laser gun and blasts the

chain apart.

LEIA

Come on. We gotta get out of here quick.

Artoo and Leia race for the exit, passing Threepio, who is

kicking and screaming as Salacious Crumb, the reptilian monkey-

monster picks out one of the golden droid's eyes.

THREEPIO

Not my eyes! Artoo, help! Quickly, Artoo. Oh!

Ohhh! You beast!

Artoo zips over and zaps Salacious, sending him skyward with a

scream, crashing into the rafters as Artoo, Leia, and Threepio

(with his eye dangling from a wire) hurry off.

40 EXT UPPER DECK - SAIL BARGE 40

Luke is warding off laser blasts with his lightsaber, surrounded

by guards and fighting like a demon. Leia emerges onto the deck

as Luke turns to face another guard.

LUKE (to Leia)

Get the gun! Point it at the deck!

Leia turns toward the barge cannon, climbs on the platform, and

swivels the gun around.

LUKE

Point it at the deck!

A laser blast hits Luke's mechanical hand and he bends over in

pain, but manages to swing his lightsaber upward and take out the

last of the guards. He looks at the wounded hand, which reveals

the mechanism. He flexes the hand; it still works.

Near the rail of the upper deck, Artoo and Threepio steady

themselves as Threepio gets ready to jump. Artoo beeps wildly.

THREEPIO

Artoo, where are we going? I couldn't

possibly jump.

Artoo butts the golden droid over the edge and steps off himself,

tumbling toward the sand.

Luke runs along the empty deck toward Leia and the barge gun,

which she has brought around to point down at the deck.

LUKE

Come on!

Luke gathers Leia in his arms, picking her up and kicks the trigger of the deck

gun. The gun explodes into the deck as Luke jumps with Leia

toward the skiff, with Jedi speed.

EXT SKIFF

Han leans panting against the rail as Chewie helps Lando onto the

deck. Luke and Leia land on the skiff with flair.

LUKE

Let's go! And don't forget the droids.

LANDO

We're on our way.

The Sail Barge is exploding in stages in the distance. Half of

the huge craft is on fire.

EXT SAND DUNE

Threepio's legs stick straight up from the dune where he landed.

Next to it, Artoo's periscope is the only thing above the sand.

The skiff floats above them and two large electromagnets dangle

down on a wire. With a loud CLANG, both droids are pulled from

the sand.

EXT DUNE SEA

The little skiff skips around the burning Sail Barge, which

continues its chain of explosions. As the skiff sails off across

the desert, the barge settles to the sand and disappears in one

final conflagration.

EXT DUNE SEA - LANDING AREA

A ferocious sandstorm blocks our view. Then, through the ROAR, we

HEAR THE VOICES of our heroes. They emerge slowly from the veil

of sand, pressing on against the wind. First come Artoo and

Threepio, followed by Leia guiding Han, then Luke and Lando come

into view, each supporting one side of the towering Chewbacca,

who hobbles from his wound.

Soon, they can make out some large vague shapes in the blowing

sand. It is the Millennium Falcon and, parked beside it, Luke's

trusty X-wing. They must shout to be

heard.

HAN

I don't know. All I can see is a lot of

blowing sand!

LEIA

That's all any of us can see.

HAN (blinking)

Then I guess I'm getting better.

As soon as the group huddles under the bulk of the Falcon, the

wind dies down to something more describable as a severe weather

condition. Threepio hits a switch, and the gang-plank lowers with

a HUM.

HAN (turning to Luke)

I've got to hand it to you, Luke, you were

pretty good out there.

LUKE (shrugging it off)

I had a lot of help.

He jogs off towards his X-wing.

 

HAN

(looking dubiously at Lando, obviously

remembering his friend's betrayal and

subsequent aide)

Guess I owe you some thanks, too, Lando.

LANDO

Figured if I left you frozen like that you'd

just give me bad luck the rest of my life, so

I might as well rescue you sooner or later.

LEIA

He means "You're welcome."

LANDO

Come on, let's get off this miserable dust

ball.

EXT SPACE ABOVE TATOOINE

The desolate yellow planet fills the screen, the FALCON

appears as a dot and grows huge, to roar directly over the

CAMERA. It is tightly followed by Luke’s X-wing.

INT X-WING - COCKPIT

Luke is at the controls, with Artoo attached behind him outside

the canopy. Luke speaks into his comlink to the others, in the

MILLENNIUM FALCON.

LEIA (over comlink)

The Alliance should be assembled by

now.

HAN (over comlink)

Hey, Luke, thanks. Thanks for comin' after

me. Now I owe you one.

A message from Artoo appears on the small monitor screen in front

of Luke. He smiles at the monitor and speaks to Artoo, as he

pulls a black glove on to cover his wounded mechanical hand.

LUKE

That's right, Artoo. We’re going to rondevous with the fleet.

EXT SPACE – LUKE’S X-WING AND THE MILLENIUM FALCON

The engines of both craft glow brightly before they shoot off into infinity

 

 

EXT SPACE - REBEL FLEET

The vast Rebel Fleet stretches as far as the eye can see.

Overhead a dozen small Corellian battleships fly in formation.

Fighters and battlecruisers surround the largest of the Rebel

Star Cruisers, the HEADQUARTERS FRIGATE.

INT HEADQUARTERS FRIGATE - MAIN BRIEFING ROOM

Hundreds of Rebel commanders of all races and forms are assembled

in the WAR ROOM. WEDGE is among them. In the center of the room

is a holographic model depicting the half-completed Imperial

Death Star, the nearby Moon of Endor, and the protecting

deflector shield.

MON MOTHMA, the leader of the Alliance, enters the room. She is a

stern but beautiful woman in her fifties. Conferring with her are

several military leaders, including GENERAL MADINE and ADMIRAL

ACKBAR (a salmon-colored Mon Calamari). Lando moves through the

crowd until he finds Han and Chewie, standing next to Leia and

the two droids.

Han peers at Lando's new insignia on his chest, and is amused.

HAN

Well, look at you, a general, huh?

LANDO

Oh, well, someone must have told them about

my little maneuver at the battle of Taanab.

HAN (sarcastic)

Well, don't look at me, pal. I just said you

were a fair pilot. I didn't know they were

lookin' for somebody to lead this crazy

attack.

LANDO (smiling)

I'm surprised they didn't ask you to do it.

HAN

Well, who says they didn't. But I

ain't crazy. You're the respectable

one, remember?

Mon Mothma signals for attention, and the room falls

silent.

MON MOTHMA

The Emperor has made a critical error and the

time for our attack has come.

This causes a stir. Mon Mothma turns to a holographic model of

the Death Star, the Endor moon and the protecting deflector

shield in the center of the room.

MON MOTHMA

The data brought to us by the Bothan spies

pinpoints the exact location of the Emperor's

new battle station. We also know that the

weapon systems of this Death Star are not yet

operational. With the Imperial Fleet spread

throughout the galaxy in a vain effort to

engage us, it is relatively unprotected. But

most important of all, we've learned that the

Emperor himself is personally overseeing the

final stages of the construction of this

Death Star.

A volley of spirited chatter erupts from the crowd. Han turns to

Leia as Chewie barks his amazement.

MON MOTHMA (cont)

Many Bothans died to bring us this

information. Admiral Ackbar, please.

Admiral Ackbar steps forward and points to the Death Star's force

field and the Moon of Endor.

ACKBAR

You can see here the Death Star orbiting the

forest Moon of Endor. Although the weapon

systems on this Death Star are not yet

operational, the Death Star does have a

strong defense mechanism. It is protected by

an energy shield, which is generated from the

nearby forest Moon of Endor. The shield must

be deactivated if any attack is to be

attempted. Once the shield is down, our

cruisers will create a perimeter, while the

fighters fly into the superstructure and

attempt to knock out the main reactor.

There's a concerned murmur.

ACKBAR (cont)

General Calrissian has volunteered to lead

the fighter attack

Han turns to Lando with a look of respect.

HAN

Good luck.

Lando nods his thanks.

HAN

You're gonna need it.

ACKBAR

General Madine.

Madine moves center stage.

GENERAL MADINE

We have stolen a small Imperial shuttle.

Disguised as a cargo ship, and using a secret

Imperial code, a strike team will land on the

moon and deactivate the shield generator.

The assembly begins to mumble among themselves.

THREEPIO

Sounds dangerous.

LEIA (to Han)

I wonder who they found to pull that off.

GENERAL MADINE

General Solo, is your strike team assembled?

Leia, startled, looks up at Han, surprise changing to admiration.

HAN

Uh, my team's ready. I don't have a command

crew for the shuttle.

Chewbacca raises his hairy paw and volunteers. Han looks up at

him.

HAN

Well, it's gonna be rough, pal. I didn't want

to speak for you.

Chewie waves that off with a huge GROWL.

HAN (smiles)

That's one.

LEIA

Uh, General... count me in.

LUKE

I'm with you, too!

Artoo beeps a singsong observation to a worried Threepio.

THREEPIO

"Exciting" is hardly the word I would use.

INT HEADQUARTERS FRIGATE - MAIN DOCKING BAY

The Millennium Falcon rests beyond the stolen IMPERIAL SHUTTLE,

which looks anomalous among all the Rebel ships in the vast

docking bay. Chewie barks a final farewell to Lando and leads

Artoo and Threepio up the shuttle, crowded now with the Rebel

strike team loading weapons and supplies. Lando turns to face

Han. Luke and Leia have said their good-byes and start up the

ramp.

HAN

Look. I want you to take her. I mean it. Take

her. You need all the help you can get. She's

the fastest ship in the fleet.

LANDO

All right, old buddy. You know, I know what

she means to you. I'll take good care of her.

She-she won't get a scratch. All right?

HAN (looks at him warmly)

Right. I got your promise now. Not a scratch.

LANDO

Look, would you get going, you pirate.

Han and Lando pause, then exchange salutes.

LANDO

Good luck.

HAN

You, too.

Han goes up the ramp. Lando watches him go and then slowly turns

away.

INT IMPERIAL SHUTTLE - COCKPIT

Luke is working on a back control panel as Han comes in and takes

the pilot's seat. Chewie, in the seat next to him, is trying to

figure out all the Imperial controls.

HAN

You got her warmed?

LUKE

Yeah, she's comin' up.

Chewie growls a complaint.

HAN

No. I don't think the Empire had Wookiees in

mind when they designed her, Chewie.

Leia comes in from the hold and takes her seat near Luke.

Chewie barks and hits some switches. Han's glance has stuck on

something out the window: the Millennium Falcon. Leia nudges him

gently.

LEIA

Hey, are you awake?

HAN

Yeah, I just got a funny feeling. Like I'm

not gonna see her again.

Chewie, hearing this, stops his activity and looks longingly out

at the Falcon, too. Leia puts a hand on Han's shoulder.

LEIA (softly)

Come on, General, let's move.

Han snaps back to life.

HAN

Right. Chewie, let's see what this piece of

junk can do. Ready, everybody?

LUKE

All set.

THREEPIO

Here we go again.

HAN

All right, hang on.

EXT SPACE - THE REBEL FLEET

The stolen Imperial shuttle leaves the main docking bay of the

Headquarters Frigate, lowers its wings into flight position, and

zooms off into space.

INT EMPEROR'S THRONE ROOM

The converted control room is dimly lit, except for a pool of

light at the far end. There the Emperor sits in an elaborate

control chair before a large window which looks out across the

half-completed Death Star to the giant green moon of Endor.

Darth Vader, standing with other members of the Imperial council,

cautiously approaches his master. The ruler's back is to Vader.

After several tense moments, the Emperor's chair rotates around

to face him.

VADER

What is thy bidding, my Master?

EMPEROR

Send the fleet to the far side of Endor.

There it will stay until called for.

VADER

What of the reports of the Rebel fleet

massing near Sullust?

EMPEROR

It is of no concern. Soon the Rebellion will

be crushed and young Skywalker will be one of

us! Your work here is finished, my friend. Go

out to the command ship and await my orders.

VADER

Yes, my Master.

Vader bows, then turns and exits the throne room as the Emperor

walks toward the waiting council members.

EXT SPACE - DEATH STAR - MOON

There is a great deal of Imperial traffic in the area as

construction proceeds on the Death Star. Transports, TIE

fighters, and a few Star Destroyers move about. Now the huge

Super Star Destroyer announces itself with a low roar and soon

fills the frame.

INT STOLEN IMPERIAL SHUTTLE - COCKPIT

Han looks back at Luke and Leia as Chewie flips several switches.

Through the viewscreen, the Death Star and the huge Super Star

Destroyer can be seen.

HAN

If they don't go for this, we're gonna have

to get outta here pretty quick, Chewie.

Chewie growls his agreement.

CONTROLLER (over radio)

We have you on our screen now. Please

identify.

HAN

Shuttle Tydirium requesting deactivation of

the deflector shield.

CONTROLLER (over radio)

Shuttle Tydirium, transmit the clearance code

for shield passage.

HAN

Transmission commencing.

Leia and Chewbacca listen tensely as the sound of a high speed

transmission begins.

LEIA

Now we find out if that code is worth the

price we paid.

HAN

It'll work. It'll work.

Chewie whines nervously. Luke stares at the Huge Super Star

Destroyer that looms ever larger before them.

LUKE

Vader's on that ship.

HAN

Now don't get jittery, Luke. There are a lot

of command ships. Keep your distance though,

Chewie, but don't look like you're trying to

keep your distance.

Chewie barks a question.

HAN

I don't know. Fly casual.

LUKE

I'm endangering the mission. I shouldn't have

come.

HAN

It's your imagination, kid. Come on. Let's

keep a little optimism here.

Chewie barks his worries as the Super Star Destroyer grows larger

out the window.

INT VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - BRIDGE

Lord Vader stands, back to us, staring out a window at the Death

Star. Now, some vibration felt only by him causes him to turn.

After a moment of stillness, he walks down the row of controllers

to where ADMIRAL PIETT is leaning over the tracking screen of the

controller we've seen earlier. Piett straightens at Vader's

approach.

VADER

Where is that shuttle going?

PIETT (into comlink)

Shuttle Tydirium, what is your cargo and

destination?

PILOT VOICE (HAN)(filtered)

Parts and technical crew for the forest moon.

The Bridge Commander looks to Vader for a reaction.

VADER

Do they have a code clearance?

PIETT

It's an older code, sir, but it checks out. I

was about to clear them.

Vader looks upward, as he senses Luke's presence.

PIETT

Shall I hold them?

VADER

No. Carry on.

PIETT

As you wish, my lord.

(to controller) Carry on.

Piett nods at controller, who switches on his comlink.

INT STOLEN IMPERIAL SHUTTLE - COCKPIT

The group waits tensely.

HAN

They're not goin' for it, Chewie.

CONTROLLER (filtered)

Shuttle Tydirium, deactivation of the shield

will commence immediately. Follow your

present course.

Everyone breaths a sigh of relief. Everyone but Luke, who looks

worried. Chewie barks.

HAN

Okay! I told you it was gonna work. No

problem.

EXT SPACE - STOLEN IMPERIAL SHUTTLE - ENDOR

The stolen Imperial shuttle moves off toward the green Sanctuary

Moon.

EXT FOREST LANDING SITE - ENDOR

The stolen Imperial shuttle sits in a clearing of the moon's

dark, primeval forest, dwarfed by the ancient towering trees.

On an adjacent hill, the helmeted Rebel contingent makes its way

up a steep trail. Leia and Han are slightly ahead of Chewie and

Luke. The troops of the strike-team squad follow, with Artoo and

Threepio bringing up the rear. Artoo beeps.

Up ahead, Chewie and Leia reach a crest in the hill and drop

suddenly to the ground, signaling the rest of the group to stop.

Han and Luke crawl up to take a look.

THREEPIO

Oh, I told you it was dangerous here.

THEIR POV. Not far below them, two IMPERIAL SCOUTS are wandering

through bushes in the valley below. Their two ROCKET BIKES are

parked nearby.

LEIA

Shall we try and go around?

HAN

It'll take time. This whole party'll be for

nothing if they see us.

Leia motions for the squad to stay put, then she, Han, Luke and

Chewie start quietly down.

EXT FOREST CLEARING - CAMPSITE

The four friends make their way to the edge of the clearing not

far from the two Imperial scouts.

HAN

Chewie and I will take care of this. You stay

here.

LUKE

Quietly, there might be more of them out

there.

HAN (grins)

Hey... it's me.

Han and Chewie turn and start through the bushes toward the

scouts. Luke and Leia exchange smiles.

Han sneaks up behind one of the scouts, steps on a twig and the

scout whirls, knocking Han into a tree. The scout shouts for his

companion.

SCOUT #1

Go for help! Go!

The second scout jumps on his speeder bike and takes off, but

Chewie gets off a shot on his bowcaster which hurls green death at the speeder bike, causing the

scout to crash into a tree. Han and Scout #1 are in a rousing

fistfight.

LUKE (sarcastic)

Great. Come on.

Luke starts for the scuffle, followed by Leia with her laser

pistol drawn. As they run through the bushes, Leia stops and

points to where two more scouts are sitting on their speeder

bikes, with an unoccupied bike parked nearby.

LEIA

Over there! Two more of them!

LUKE

I see them. Wait, Leia!

But Leia doesn't hear him and races for the remaining speeder

bike. She starts it up and takes off as Luke jumps on the bike

behind her.

LUKE (pointing to the controls)

Quick! Jam their comlink. Center switch!

Luke and Leia speed into the dense foliage in hot pursuit, barely

avoiding two huge trees.

HAN

Hey, wait! Ahhh!

He flips the remaining scout to the ground.

EXT FOREST - THE BIKE CHASE

The two fleeing Imperial scouts have a good lead as Luke and Leia

pursue through the giant trees at 200 miles an hour, the fire

from their bike's laser cannon hitting harmlessly near the moving

targets.

LUKE

Move closer!

Leia guns it, closing the gap, as the two scouts recklessly veer

through a narrow gap in the trees. One of the bikes SCRAPES a

tree, slowing the scout.

LUKE

Get alongside that one!

Leia pulls her speeder bike up so close to the scout's bike that

their steering vanes SCRAPE noisily. Luke leaps from his bike to

the back of the scout's, grabs the Imperial warrior around the

neck, and flips him off the bike, into a thick tree trunk. Luke

gains control of the bike and follows Leia, who has pulled ahead.

They tear off after the remaining scout.

LUKE

Get him!

The speeding chase passes TWO MORE IMPERIAL SCOUTS. These two

swing into pursuit, chasing Luke and Leia, firing away with their

laser cannon. The two Rebels look behind them just as Luke's bike

takes a glancing hit.

LUKE (indicating the one ahead)

Keep on that one! I'll take these two!

With Leia shooting ahead, Luke suddenly slams his steering vanes

into the braking mode. Luke's bike is a blur to the two pursuing

scouts as they zip by him on either side. Luke slams his bike

into forward and starts firing away, having switched places with

his pursuers in a manner of seconds. Luke's aim is good and one

scout's bike is blasted out of control. It explodes against a

tree trunk.

The scout's cohort takes one glance back at the flash and shifts

into turbo drive, going even faster. Luke keeps on his tail.

FAR AHEAD, Leia and the first scout are doing a highspeed slalom

through the death-dealing trunks. Now Leia aims her bike skyward

and rises out of sight.

The scout turns in confusion, unable to see his pursuer.

Suddenly, Leia dives down upon him from above, cannon blasting.

The scout's bike takes a glancing hit.

Leia moves in alongside him. The scout eyes her beside him,

reaches down, and pulls out a handgun. Before Leia can react, the

scout has blasted her bike, sending it out of control. Leia dives

off as her bike explodes against a tree. The happy scout looks

back at the explosion. But when he turns forward again, he is on

a collision course with a giant fallen tree. He hits his brakes

to no avail and disappears in a conflagration.

ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST: Luke and the last remaining scout

continue their weaving chase through the trees. Now Luke moves up

close. The scout responds by slamming his bike into Luke's. A

fallen tree forms a bridge across their path. The scout zips

under. Luke goes over the top and crashes his bike down on the

scout's. Both riders look ahead - a wide trunk looms directly in

Luke's path, but the scout's bike beside him makes it almost

impossible for him to avoid it. Luke banks with all his might,

leaning almost horizontal over the scout's bike, and is able to

make it by, just clipping the tree. When he straightens, he and

the scout discover that their two bikes have locked front vanes

and are moving as one.

Another big tree looms in Luke's path. He reacts instinctively

and dives off his bike. The two bikes come apart a second before

Luke's explodes against a tree. The scout sweeps out and circles

back to find Luke.

Luke rises from the undergrowth as the scout bears down on him

and opens fire with his laser cannon. Luke ignites his laser

sword and begins deflecting the bolts. The scout's bike keeps

coming and it appears that in a second it will cut Luke in half.

At the last instant, Luke steps aside and chops off the bike's

control vanes with one mighty slash. The scout's bike begins to

shudder, then, pitching and rolling, it rises up to slam directly

into a tree in a giant ball of fire.

EXT SCOUT CAMPSITE - FOREST

Han, Chewie, and the droids, along with the rest of the squad,

wait anxiously in the clearing. Artoo's radar screen sticks out

of his domed head and revolves, scanning the forest. He beeps.

THREEPIO

Oh, General Solo, somebody's coming. Oh!

Han, Chewie, and the rest of the squad raise their weapons.

Luke steps out of the foliage to find the weapons trained on him.

He's too tired to care. He plops himself down on a boulder and

looks around.

HAN

Luke! Where's Leia?

LUKE (concerned)

What? She didn't come back?

HAN

I thought she was with you.

LUKE

We got separated.

Luke and Han exchange a silent, grim look. Luke gets up wearily.

LUKE

Hey, we better go look for her.

Han nods, and signals to a Rebel officer.

HAN

Take the squad ahead. We'll meet at the

shield generator at 0300.

LUKE

Come on, Artoo. We'll need your scanners.

Luke, Chewie, Han, and the droids move off in one direction as

the squad proceeds in another.

THREEPIO

Don't worry, Master Luke. We know what to

do.

They move off into the woods.

THREEPIO (to Artoo)

And you said it was pretty here. Ugh!

EXT FOREST CLEARING - LEIA'S CRASH SITE

A strange little furry face with huge black eyes comes slowly

into view. The creature is an EWOK, by the name of WICKET. He

seems somewhat puzzled, and prods Leia with a spear. The princess

groans; this frightens the stubby ball of fuzz and he prods her

again. Leia sits up and stares at the three-foot-high Ewok. She

tries to figure out where she is and what has happened. Her

clothes are torn; she's bruised and disheveled.

The Ewok jumps up and

holds his spear in a defensive position. Leia watches him as he circles

warily and begins poking her with the sharp point of the spear.

LEIA

Cut it out!

She stands up, and the Ewok quickly backs away.

LEIA

I'm not gonna hurt you.

Leia looks around at the dense forest, and at the charred remains

of her speeder bike, then sits down, with a sigh, on a fallen

log.

LEIA

Well, looks like I'm stuck here. Trouble is,

I don't know where here is.

She puts her head in her hands to rub away some of the soreness

from her fall. She looks over at the watchful little Ewok and

pats the log beside her.

LEIA

Well, maybe you can help me. Come on, sit

down.

Wicket holds his spear up warily and growls at her like a puppy.

Leia pats the log again.

LEIA

I promise I won't hurt you. Now come here.

More growls and squeaks from the little bear creature.

LEIA

All right. You want something to eat?

She takes a scrap of food out of her pocket and offers it to him.

Wicket takes a step backward, then cocks his head and moves

cautiously toward Leia, chattering in his squeaky Ewok language.

LEIA

That's right. Come on. Hmmm?

Sniffing the food curiously, the Ewok comes toward Leia and sits

on the log beside her. She takes off her helmet, and the little

creature jumps back, startled again. He runs along the log,

pointing his spear at her and chattering a blue streak. Leia

holds out the helmet to him.

LEIA

Look, it's a hat. It's not gonna hurt you.

Look. You're a jittery little thing, aren't

you?

Reassured, Wicket lowers his spear and climbs back on the log,

coming to investigate the helmet. Suddenly his ears perk up and

he begins to sniff the air. He looks around warily, whispering

some Ewokese warning to Leia.

LEIA

What is it?

Suddenly a laser bolt comes out of the foliage and explodes on

the log next to Leia. Leia and Wicket both roll backwards off the

log, hiding behind it. Leia holds her own laser gun ready, while

Wicket disappears underneath the log. Another shot, and still no

sight of anyone in the forest. Then Leia senses something and

turns to find a large IMPERIAL SCOUT standing over her with his

weapon pointed at her head. He reaches out his hand for her

weapon.

SCOUT #l

Freeze! Come on, get up!

She hands the weapon over, as a second scout emerges from the

foliage in front of the log.

SCOUT #1

Go get your ride and take her back to base.

SCOUT #2

Yes, sir.

The second scout starts toward his bike, as Wicket, crouched

under the log, extends his spear and hits the first scout on the

leg. The scout jumps and lets out an exclamation, and looks down

at Wicket, puzzled. Leia grabs a branch and knocks him out. She

dives for his laser pistol, and the second scout, now on his

bike, takes off. Leia fires away and hits the escaping bike,

causing it to crash into the first scout's bike, which flies end

over end and explodes. The forest is quiet once more. Wicket

pokes his fuzzy head up from behind the log and regards Leia with

new respect. He mumbles his awe. Leia hurries over, looking

around all the time, and motions the chubby little creature into

the dense foliage.

LEIA

Come on, let's get outta here.

As they move into the foliage, Wicket takes the lead. He shrieks

and tugs at Leia to follow him.

 

INT EMPEROR'S TOWER - THRONE ROOM

Two red Imperial Guards stand watch at the elevator as the door

opens to reveal Vader. Vader enters the eerie, foreboding throne

room. It appears to be empty. His footsteps echo as he approaches

the throne. He waits, absolutely still. The Emperor sits with his

back to the Dark Lord.

EMPEROR

I told you to remain on the command ship.

VADER

A small Rebel force has penetrated the shield

and landed on Endor.

EMPEROR (no surprise)

Yes, I know.

VADER (after a beat)

My son is with them.

EMPEROR (very cool)

Are you sure?

VADER

I have felt him, my Master.

EMPEROR

Strange, that I have not. I wonder if your

feelings on this matter are clear, Lord

Vader.

Vader knows what is being asked.

VADER

They are clear, my Master.

EMPEROR

Then you must go to the Sanctuary Moon and

wait for them.

VADER (skeptical)

He will come to me?

EMPEROR

I have foreseen it. His compassion for you

will be his undoing. He will come to you and

then you will bring him before me.

VADER (bows)

As you wish.

The Dark Lord strides out of the throne room.

EXT FOREST CLEARING - LEIA'S CRASH SITE

Han, Luke, Chewie, and the two droids are spread out as they move

through the heavy foliage near the clearing where we last saw

Leia. Luke finds Leia's helmet, picks it up with an expression of

concern.

HAN (OS)

Luke! Luke!

Luke runs with the helmet to where Han has found the charred

wreckage of a speeder bike in the grass.

THREEPIO

Oh, Master Luke.

LUKE

There's two more wrecked speeders back there.

And I found this.

He shows the helmet to Han.

THREEPIO

I'm afraid that Artoo's sensors can find no

trace of Mistress Leia.

HAN (gravely)

I hope she's alright.

Chewbacca growls, sniffing the air, then, with a bark, pushes off

through the foliage.

HAN

What, Chewie? What? Chewie!

The others rush to keep up with the giant Wookiee. As he scoots

along, Artoo whistles nervously.

EXT FOREST - DENSE FOLIAGE

The group has reached a break in the undergrowth. Chewie walks up

to a tall stake planted in the ground. There is a dead animal

hanging from it.

HAN

Hey, I don't get it.

The rest of the group joins the Wookiee around the stake.

HAN (cont)

Nah, it's just a dead animal, Chewie.

Chewie can't resist. He reaches toward the meat.

LUKE

Chewie, wa-wait! Don't!

Too late. The Wookiee has already pulled the animal from the

stake. SPROOING! The group finds itself hanging upside down in an

Ewok net, suspended high above the clearing. Artoo lets out a

wild series of beeps and whistles, and Chewie howls his regret.

Their bodies are a jumble in the net. Han removes a Wookiee paw

from his mouth.

HAN

Nice work. Great, Chewie! Great! Always

thinking with your stomach.

LUKE

Will you take it easy? Let's just figure out

a way to get out of this thing. (trying to

free an arm) Han, can you reach my

lightsaber?

HAN

Yeah, sure.

Artoo is at the bottommost point in the net. He extends his

cutting appendage and begins slicing at the net. Han is trying to

squeeze an arm past Threepio to get at Luke's lightsaber. The net

continues to spin.

THREEPIO

Artoo, I'm not sure that's such a good idea.

It's a very long dro-o-op!!

Artoo has cut through and the entire group tumbles out of the

net, crashing to the ground. As they regain their senses and

sit up, they realize they are surrounded by dozens of Ewoks,

each brandishing a long spear.

HAN

Wha--? Hey! Point that thing someplace

else.

Han pushes the spear wielded by TEEBO out of his face and a

second Ewok warrior comes up to argue with Teebo. The spear

returns to Han's face. He grabs it angrily and starts to go for

his laser pistol.

HAN

Hey!

LUKE

Han, don't. It'll be all right.

The Ewoks swarm through them and confiscate their weapons. Luke

lets them take his lightsaber. Chewie growls at the furry

critters.

LUKE

Chewie, give 'em your crossbow.

Artoo and Threepio are just untangling themselves. Threepio gets

free of the net and sits up, rattled.

THREEPIO

Oh, my head. Oh, my goodness!

When the Ewoks see Threepio, they let out a gasp and chatter

among themselves. Threepio speaks to them in their native tongue.

The Ewok nearest him drops his spear and prostrates himself

before the droid. In a moment, all the Ewoks have followed suit.

Chewie lets out a puzzled bark. Han and Luke regard the bowed

creatures in wonder. The Ewoks begin to chant at Threepio.

LUKE

Do you understand anything they're saying?

THREEPIO

Oh, yes, Master Luke! Remember that I am

fluent in over six million forms of

communication.

HAN

What are you telling them?

THREEPIO

Hello, I think... I could be mistaken.

They're using a very primitive dialect. But

I do believe they think I am some sort of god.

Chewbacca and Artoo think that's very funny. Han and Luke

exchange "what next?" looks.

HAN

Well, why don't you use your divine influence

and get us out of this?

THREEPIO

I beg your pardon, General Solo, but that

just wouldn't be proper.

HAN

Proper?!

THREEPIO

It's against my programming to impersonate a

deity.

Han moves toward Threepio threateningly.

HAN

Why, you--

Several Ewoks' spears are thrust in Han's face at the affront to

their god. The Ewoks move in to protect their god and Han is

surrounded by a menacing circle of spears, all aimed at him. He

holds up his hands placatingly.

HAN

My mistake. He's an old friend of mine.

EXT FOREST - SERIES OF SHOTS

A procession of Ewoks winds through the ever-darkening forest.

Their prisoners - Han, Luke, Chewie, and Artoo - are tied to long

poles and wrapped in vines, cocoonlike.

Each pole is carried on the shoulders of several Ewoks. Behind

the captives, Threepio is carried on a litter, like a king, by

the remaining creatures.

EXT FOREST WALKWAY - MOON FOREST

The procession moves along a shaky, narrow, wooden walkway, high

in the giant trees. It stops at the end of the walkway, which

drops off into nothingness. On the other side of the abyss is a

village of mud huts and rickety walkways, attached to the giant

trees. The lead Ewok takes hold of a long vine and swings across

to the village square; the other Ewoks follow suit.

EXT EWOK VILLAGE SQUARE

The procession winds its way into the village square. Mother

Ewoks gather their babies up and scurry into their huts at the

sight of the newcomers. The group stops before the largest hut.

Han, Luke, Chewie, and Artoo are still bound to their poles. Han

is placed on a spit above what looks like a barbecue pit and the

others are leaned against a tree nearby. Threepio's litter/throne

is gently placed near the pit. He watches with rapt fascination.

Han, Luke, and Chewie are less than fascinated.

HAN

I have a really bad feeling about this.

Chewie growls his concern.

Suddenly all activity stops as LOGRAY, the tribal Medicine Man,

comes out of the big hut. He examines the captives carefully,

goes to join Threepio, whose throne has been placed on an

elevated platform. A larger, gray-haired Ewok, CHIEF CHIRPA, is

examining Luke's lightsaber with great curiosity.

Logray speaks to Threepio and the assemblage of fuzzy Ewoks,

pointing to the prisoners tied to the stakes. The Ewoks begin

filling the pit under Han with firewood.

HAN

What did he say?

THREEPIO

I'm rather embarrassed, General Solo, but it

appears you are to be the main course at a

banquet in my honor.

The drums start beating, and all the furry heads turn to the

large hut. Leia emerges, wearing an animal-skin dress. She sees

what's happening at the same moment the prisoners see her.

HAN and LUKE

Leia!

As she moves toward them, the Ewoks block her way with raised

spears.

LEIA

Oh!

Artoo and Chewie chime in with their welcome. Leia looks at the

assembled Ewoks and sighs.

LEIA

But these are my friends. Threepio, tell them

they must be set free.

Threepio talks to Chirpa and Logray, who listen and shake their

heads negatively. The Medicine Man gestures toward the prisoners

and barks some orders. Several Ewoks jump up and pile more wood

on the barbecue with vigor. Leia trades frantic looks with Luke

and Han.

HAN

Somehow, I got the feeling that didn't help

us very much.

LUKE

Threepio, tell them if they don't do as you

wish, you'll become angry and use your magic.

THREEPIO

But Master Luke, what magic? I couldn't

possibly --

LUKE

Just tell them.

Threepio speaks to the Ewoks. The Ewoks are disturbed. Logray

steps forward and challenges Threepio. Luke closes his eyes and

begins to concentrate.

THREEPIO

You see, Master Luke; they didn't believe me.

Just...

Now the litter/throne, with Threepio sitting upon it, rises from

the ground. At first Threepio doesn't notice and keeps talking.

THREEPIO

... as I said they wouldn't. Wha-wha-what's

happening! Oh! Oh, dear! Oh!

The Ewoks fall back in terror from the floating throne. Now

Threepio begins to spin as though he were on a revolving stool,

with Threepio calling out in total panic at his situation.

THREEPIO

Put me down! He-e-elp! Master Luke! Artoo!

Somebody, somebody, help! Master Luke, Artoo!

Artoo, quickly! Do something, somebody! Oh!

Ohhh!

Chief Chirpa yells orders to the cowering Ewoks. They rush up and

release the bound prisoners. Luke and Han enfold Leia in a group

embrace. Luke notices the spinning Threepio, with Artoo beeping

up at him, and slowly lowers the golden droid and the throne to

the ground. Logray orders the little droid cut down. Artoo

crashes to the ground. When the Ewoks set him upright, the little

droid is fighting mad. Artoo beeps a blue streak at the nearest

Ewok, and begins pursuing him, finally getting close enough to

zap him with an electric charge. The Ewok jumps two feet in the

air and runs away, screaming. A small group of Ewoks surround the

giant Wookiee, scratching their heads and marveling at his

height.

THREEPIO

Oh, oh, oh, oh! Thank goodness.

LUKE

Thanks, Threepio.

THREEPIO (still shaken)

I...I never knew I had it in me.

INT CHIEF'S HUT - COUNCIL OF ELDERS

A glowing fire dances in the center of the spartan, low-ceilinged

room, creating a kaleidoscope of shadows on the walls. Along one

side, a group of ten Ewok elders flank Chief Chirpa, who sits on

his throne. The Rebels sit along the walls of the hut, with

Threepio between the two groups and Wicket and Teebo off to one

side.

Threepio is in the midst of a long, animated speech in the Ewok's

squeaky native tongue. The Ewoks listen carefully and

occasionally murmur comments to each other. Threepio points

several times at the Rebel group and pantomimes a short history

of the Galactic Civil War, mimicking the explosion and rocket

sounds, imitating Imperial walkers. Throughout the long account,

certain familiar names are distinguishable in English:

Leia Organa, Artoo, Darth Vader, Death Star, Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Artoo

begins beeping excitedly at Threepio.

THREEPIO

Yes, Artoo. I was just coming to that.

Threepio continues with: Millennium Falcon, Cloud City, Vader,

Han Solo, carbonite, Sarlacc, bringing the history up to the

present time.

At the end of it, the Chief, Logray, and the elders confer, then

nod in agreement. The Chief stands and makes a pronouncement.

The drums begin to sound, and all the Ewoks stand with a great

cheer and screeches.

HAN

What's going on?

LEIA

I don't know.

Luke has been sharing the joy with smiling visage, but now

something passes like a dark cloud through his consciousness. The

others do not notice.

THREEPIO

Wonderful! We are now a part of the tribe.

Several of the little teddy bears run up and hug the Rebels.

HAN

Just what I always wanted.

Chewbacca is being enthusiastically embraced by an Ewok, while

Wicket clings to Han's leg.

HAN (chuckles)

Well, short help is better than no help at

all, Chewie. (to Wicket) Thank you. Okay.

THREEPIO

He says the scouts are going to show us the

quickest way to the shield generator.

Chewie barks. Luke has drifted to the back of the hut. Now he

wanders outside into the moonlight. Leia notices and follows.

HAN

Good. How far is it? Ask him. We need some

fresh supplies, too. And try and get our

weapons back.

Han pulls Threepio back as he keeps trying to translate.

HAN (cont)

And hurry up, will ya? I haven't got all day.

EXT EWOK VILLAGE - NIGHT

The walkway is deserted now. The windows of the little huts glow

and flicker from the fires inside. The sounds of the forest fill

the soft night air. Luke has wandered away from the Chief's hut

and stands staring up at the Death Star. Leia finds him like

that.

LUKE

Luke, what's wrong?

Luke turns and looks at her a long moment.

LUKE

Leia... do you remember your mother? Your

real mother?

LEIA

Just a little bit. She died when I was very

young.

LUKE

What do you remember?

LEIA

Just...images, really. Feelings.

LUKE

Tell me.

LEIA

(a little surprised at his insistence)

She was very beautiful. Kind, but...sad.

(looks up) Why are you asking me all this?

He looks away.

LUKE

I have no memory of my mother. I never knew

her.

LEIA

Luke, tell me. What's troubling you?

LUKE

Vader is here...now, on this moon.

LEIA (alarmed)

How do you know?

LUKE

I felt his presence. He's come for me. He can

feel when I'm near. That's why I have to go.

(facing her) As long as I stay, I'm

endangering the group and our mission here.

(beat) I have to face him.

Leia is distraught, confused.

LEIA

Why?

Luke moves close and his manner is gentle. And very calm.

LUKE

He's my father.

LEIA

Your father?

LUKE

There's more. It won't be easy for you to

hear it, but you must. If I don't make it

back, you're the only hope for the Alliance.

Leia is very disturbed by this. She moves away, as if to deny it.

LEIA

Luke, don't talk that way. You have a power

I--I don't understand and could never have.

LUKE

You're wrong, Leia. You have that power too.

In time you'll learn to use it as I have. The

Force is strong in my family. My father has

it...I have it...and...my sister has it.

Leia stares into his eyes. What she sees there frightens her. But

she doesn't draw away. She begins to understand.

LUKE

Yes. It's you Leia.

LEIA

I know. Somehow...I've always known.

LUKE

Then you know why I have to face him.

LEIA

No! Luke, run away, far away. If he can feel

your presence, then leave this place. I wish

I could go with you.

LUKE

No, you don't. You've always been strong.

LEIA

But, why must you confront him?

LUKE

Because...there is good in him. I've felt

it. He won't turn me over to the Emperor. I

can save him. I can turn him back to the good

side. I have to try.

They hold each other close and look at each other, brother and

sister.

Leia holds back her tears as Luke slowly lets her go and moves

away. He disappears onto the walkway that leads out of the

village. Leia, bathed in moonlight, watches him go as Han comes

out of the Chief's hut and comes over to her.

Leia is crying, her body trembling. He realizes only now that she

is crying.

HAN

Hey, what's goin' on?

Leia attempts to stifle her sobs and wipes her eyes.

LEIA

Nothing. I - just want to be alone for a

little while.

HAN (angry)

Nothing? Come on, tell me. What's goin' on?

She looks up at him, struggling to control herself.

LEIA

I...I can't tell you.

HAN (loses his temper)

Did you tell Luke? Is that who you could tell?

LEIA

I...

HAN

Ahhh...

He starts to walk away, exasperated, then stops and walks back to

her.

HAN

I'm sorry.

LEIA

Hold me.

Han gathers her tightly in his protective embrace.

EXT FOREST - IMPERIAL LANDING PLATFORM

An Imperial shuttle floats down from the Death Star and lands

gracefully on the huge platform.

Now, an Imperial walker approaches the platform from the darkness

of the forest. The whole outpost - platform, walkers, military -

looks particularly offensive in the midst of this verdant beauty.

EXT IMPERIAL LANDING PLATFORM - LOWER DECK

Darth Vader walks down the ramp of the shuttle onto the platform,

into an elevator, and appears on a ramp on a lower level. He

walks toward another ramp exit and is met by two troopers and a

Commander with Luke, in binders, at their centre, he is no longer wearing his robe. The young Jedi

gazes at Vader with complete calm.

COMMANDER

This is a Rebel that surrendered to us.

Although he denies it, I believe there may be

more of them, and I request permission to

conduct a further search of the area.

The commander extends his hand, revealing Luke's lightsaber.

COMMANDER

He was armed only with this.

Vader looks at Luke, turns away and faces the commander, taking

the lightsaber from the commander's hand.

VADER

Good work, Commander. Leave us. Conduct your

search and bring his companions to me.

COMMANDER

Yes, my Lord.

The officer and troops withdraw. Vader and Luke are left standing

alone in the oddly tranquil beauty of the place. The sounds of

the forest filter in upon them.

VADER

The Emperor has been expecting you.

LUKE

I know, father.

VADER

So, you have accepted the truth.

LURE

I've accepted the truth that you were once

Anakin Skywalker, my father.

VADER (turning to face him)

That name no longer has any meaning for me.

LUKE

It is the name of your true self. You've only

forgotten. I know there is good in you. The

Emperor hasn't driven it from you fully. That

is why you couldn't destroy me. That's why

you won't bring me to your Emperor now.

Vader looks down from Luke to the lightsaber in his own black-

gloved hand. He seems to ponder Luke's words.

VADER (indicating lightsaber)

I see you have constructed a new lightsaber.

Vader ignites the lightsaber and holds it to examine its humming,

brilliant blade.

VADER

Your skills are complete. Indeed, you are

powerful, as the Emperor has foreseen.

They stand for a moment, then Vader extinguishes the lightsaber.

LUKE

Come with me.

VADER

Obi-Wan once thought as you do.

Luke steps close to Vader, then stops. Vader is still.

VADER

You don't know the power of the dark side. I

must obey my master.

LUKE

I will not turn...and you'll be forced to

kill me.

VADER

If that is your destiny.

LUKE

Search your feelings, father. You can't do

this. I feel the conflict within you. Let go

of your hate.

VADER

It is too late for me, son. The Emperor will

show you the true nature of the Force. He is

your master now.

Vader signals to some distant stormtroopers. He and Luke stand

staring at one another for a long moment.

LUKE

Then my father is truly dead.

EXT ENDOR - RIDGE OVERLOOKING SHIELD GENERATOR

Han, Leia, Chewbacca, the droids, Wicket, and another Ewok scout,

PAPLOO, hide on a ridge overlooking the massive Imperial shield

generator. At the base of the generator is an Imperial landing

platform. Leia studies the installation.

LEIA

The main entrance to the control bunker's on

the far side of that landing platform. This

isn't gonna be easy.

HAN

Hey, don't worry. Chewie and me got into a

lot of places more heavily guarded than this.

Wicket and Paploo are chattering away in Ewok language. They

speak to Threepio.

LEIA

What's he saying?

THREEPIO

He says there's a secret entrance on the

other side of the ridge.

EXT SPACE - REBEL FLEET

The vast fleet hangs in space near a blue planet. A giant Rebel

Star Cruiser is up at the front, but now the Millennium Flacon

roars up to a spot ahead of it, tiny in comparison.

INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

Lando is in the pilot seat. His alien co-pilot, NIEN NUNB, takes

some getting used to in the familiar environs of the Falcon's

cockpit. Lando speaks into his coming.

LANDO

Admiral, we're in position. All fighters

accounted for.

ACKBAR (VO)

Proceed with the countdown. All groups assume

attack coordinates.

Lando turns to his weird co-pilot.

LANDO

Don't worry, my friends are down there.

They'll have that shield down...(to

himself) or this'll be the shortest offensive

of all time.

The co-pilot flips some switches and grunts an alien comment.

ACKBAR (VO)

All craft, prepare to jump to hyperspace on

my mark.

LANDO

All right. Stand by.

He pulls a lever, and the stars outside begin to streak.

EXT SPACE - REBEL FLEET

We are treated to an awesome sight: first the Millennium Falcon,

then Ackbar's Star Cruiser, then, in large segments, the huge

fleet ROARS INTO HYPERSPACE. And disappears.

EXT ENDOR - RIDGE OVERLOOKING CONTROL BUNKER

Han, Leia, Chewie, the droids, and their two Ewok guides, Wicket

and Paploo, have reunited with the Rebel strike squad. The entire

group is spread through the thick undergrowth. Below them is the

BUNKER that leads into the generator. Four Imperial scouts, their

speeder bikes parked nearby, keep watch over the bunker entrance.

Chewie growls an observation, and Paploo chatters away to Han in

Ewok language.

HAN

Back door, huh? Good idea.

Wicket and Paploo continue their Ewok conversation.

HAN (cont)

It's only a few guards. This shouldn't be too

much trouble.

LEIA

Well, it only takes one to sound the alarm.

HAN (with self-confident grin)

Then we'll do it real quiet-like.

Threepio explains what is going on to Wicket and Paploo. The

Ewoks chatter a moment between themselves. Then Paploo jumps up

and scampers into the underbrush.

Threepio asks Wicket where Paploo went and is given a short

reply.

THREEPIO

Oh! Oh, my. Uh, Mistress Leia!

LEIA

Quiet.

THREEPIO

I'm afraid our furry companion has gone and

done something rather rash.

LEIA

Oh, no.

EXT BUNKER - ENTRANCE

Paploo has slipped out of the undergrowth near where the Imperial

scouts are lounging. He silently swings his furry ball of a body

onto one of the scout's speeder bikes and begins flipping

switches at random. Suddenly, the bike's engine fires up with a

tremendous ROAR. Paploo grins and continues flipping switches.

The scouts leap up in surprise.

EXT RIDGE

Han, Leia and company watch in distress. Chewie barks.

HAN (sighs)

There goes our surprise attack.

EXT BUNKER

The Imperial scouts race toward Paploo just as his speeder zooms

into motion. Paploo hangs on by his paws and shoots away into the

forest.

SCOUT

Look! Over there! Stop him!

Three of the Imperial scouts jump on their rocket bikes and speed

away in pursuit. The fourth watches them go from his post at the

door.

EXT RIDGE

Han, Leia, and Chewie exchange delighted looks.

HAN

Not bad for a little furball. There's only

one left. You stay here. We'll take care of

this.

Han and the Wookiee nod at each other and slip down toward the

bunker. Threepio moves to stand next to Wicket and Artoo.

THREEPIO

I have decided that we shall stay here.

EXT FOREST

Paploo sails through the trees, more lucky than in control. It's

scary, but he loves it. When the Imperial scouts pull within

sight behind him and begin firing laser bolts, he decides he's

had enough. As he rounds a tree, out of their sight, Paploo grabs

a vine and swings up into the trees. A moment later, the scouts

tear under him in pursuit of the still-flying, unoccupied bike.

EXT BUNKER

Han sneaks up behind the remaining Imperial scout, taps him on

the shoulder and lets the scout chase him behind the bunker into

the arms of the waiting Rebel strike team. Han returns to the

front, and taps out a pattern on the bunker door's control panel.

Everyone stands out of sight, police-style, as the door opens.

Han and Leia peek inside. No sign of life. The group enters the

bunker silently, leaving one lookout behind.

INT DEATH STAR - EMPEROR'S THRONE ROOM

The elevator opens. Vader and Luke enter the room alone. They

walk across the dark space to stand before the throne, father and

son side by side beneath the gaze of the Emperor. Vader bows to

his Master.

EMPEROR

Welcome, young Skywalker. I have been

expecting you.

Luke peers at the hooded figure defiantly. The Emperor then looks

down at Luke's binders.

EMPEROR

You no longer need those.

The Emperor motions ever so slightly with his finger and Luke's

binders fall away, clattering to the floor. Luke looks down at

his own hands, free now to reach out and grab the Emperor's neck.

He does nothing.

EMPEROR

Guards, leave us.

The red-cloaked guards turn and disappear behind the elevator.

EMPEROR (to Luke)

I'm looking forward to completing your

training. In time you will call me Master.

LUKE

You're gravely mistaken. You won't convert me

as you did my father.

The Emperor gets down from his throne and walks up very close to

Luke. The Emperor looks into his eyes and, for the first time,

Luke can perceive the evil visage within the hood.

EMPEROR

Oh, no, my young Jedi. You will find that it

is you who are mistaken...about a great

many things.

VADER

His lightsaber.

Vader extends a gloved hand toward the Emperor, revealing Luke's

lightsaber. The Emperor takes it.

EMPEROR

Ah, yes, a Jedi's weapon. Much like your

father's. By now you must know your father

can never be turned from the dark side. So

will it be with you.

LUKE

You're wrong. Soon I'll be dead...and you

with me.

The Emperor laughs.

EMPEROR

Perhaps you refer to the imminent attack of

your Rebel fleet.

Luke looks up sharply.

EMPEROR

Yes...I assure you we are quite safe from

your friends here.

Vader looks at Luke.

LUKE

Your overconfidence is your weakness.

EMPEROR

Your faith in your friends is yours.

VADER

It is pointless to resist, my son.

The Emperor turns to face Luke.

EMPEROR (angry)

Everything that has transpired has done so

according to my design. (indicates Endor)

Your friends up there on the Sanctuary

Moon...

Luke reacts. The Emperor notes it.

EMPEROR (cont)

...are walking into a trap. As is your Rebel

fleet! It was I who allowed the Alliance to

know the location of the shield generator. It

is quite safe from your pitiful little band.

An entire legion of my best troops awaits

them.

Luke's look darts from the Emperor to Vader and, finally, to the

sword in the Emperor's hand.

EMPEROR

Oh...I'm afraid the deflector shield will be

quite operational when your friends arrive.

INT BUNKER - MAIN CONTROL ROOM

Han, Leia, Chewie, and the Rebel strike team storm through a door

and enter the main control room, taking all of the personnel

prisoner.

HAN

All right! Up! Move! Come on! Quickly!

Quickly, Chewie.

The Rebel troops herd the generator controllers away from their

panels. Leia glances at one of the screens on the control panel.

LEIA

Han! Hurry! The fleet will be here any

moment.

HAN

Charges! Come on, come on!

Outside, Threepio watches nervously in the bushes as several more

controllers and stormtroopers run into the bunker, leaving guards

at the door.

THREEPIO (to Wicket)

Oh, my! They'll be captured!

Wicket chatters in Ewok language, and then takes off full steam

into the forest.

THREEPIO

Wa-wait! Wait, come back! Artoo, stay with

me.

Inside the bunker, Han looks up from setting charges as an

Imperial commander enters.

COMMANDER

Freeze! You Rebel scum.

Han and Leia spin, to find dozens of Imperial weapons trained on

them and their cohorts. A poised force of Imperial troops

surround them. Even more pour into the room, roughly disarming

the Rebel contingent. Han, Leia, and Chewie exchange looks.

They're helpless.

EXT SPACE - ENDOR, DEATH STAR, REBEL FLEET

The Death Star and its Sanctuary Moon hang distant in space as

the Rebel fleet comes out of hyperspace with an awesome roar. The

Millennium Falcon and several Rebel fighters are at the front as

the space armada bears down on its target.

INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

Lando flips switches, checks his screen, and speaks into the

comlink.

LANDO

All wings report in.

WEDGE

Red Leader standing by.

GRAY LEADER

Gray Leader standing by.

GREEN LEADER

Green Leader standing by.

WEDGE

Lock S-foils in attack positions.

INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE

From the bridge of the Rebel Headquarters Frigate, Admiral Ackbar

watches the fighters massing outside his viewscreen. Those with S-Foils are opening them for attack.

ACKBAR

Start the attack.

INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

Lando looks worriedly at his alien copilot, Nien Nunb, who points

to the control panel and talks to Lando.

LANDO

We've got to be able to get some kind of a

reading on that shield, up or down. Well, how

could they be jamming us if they don't know…

if we're coming.

Lando shoots a concerned look out at the approaching Death Star

as the implications of what he's just said sink in. He hits a

switch on his comlink.

LANDO

Break off the attack! The shield is still up.

WEDGE (VO)

I get no reading. Are you sure?

LANDO

Pull up! All craft pull up!

The Falcon turns hard to the left. Out the window the stars and

the Death Star move off right.

EXT SPACE - DEATH STAR SHIELD

The Falcon and the fighters of Red Squad veer off desperately to

avoid the unseen wall. A Y-wing fighter is not so lucky and explodes, the invisible shield flickers blue from the impact momentarily.

INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE

Alarms are screaming and lights flashing as the huge ship changes

course abruptly. Other ships in the fleet shoot by outside as the

armada tries to halt its forward momentum.

ACKBAR

Take evasive action! Green Group, stick close

to holding sector MV-7.

A Mon Calamari controller turns away from his screen and calls

out to Ackbar, quite excited.

CONTROLLER

Admiral, we have enemy ships in sector 47.

On the screen can be seen the moon, Death Star, and the massive

Imperial fleet. Ackbar moves to the comlink.

ACKBAR

It's a trap!

LANDO (over comlink)

Fighters coming in.

There is much excitement on the bridge as the attack begins.

The Millennium Falcon and several squads of Rebel fighters head

into an armada of TIE fighters. The sky explodes as a fierce

dogfight ensues in and around the giant Rebel cruisers.

REBEL PILOT

There's too many of them!

LANDO

Accelerate to attack speed! Draw their fire

away from the cruisers.

WEDGE

Copy, Gold Leader.

The battle continues around the giant cruisers.

INT DEATH STAR - EMPEROR'S THRONE ROOM

Through the round window behind the Emperor's throne can be seen

the distant flashes of the space battle in progress.

EMPEROR

Come, boy. See for yourself.

The Emperor is sitting in his throne, with Vader standing at his

side. Luke moves to look through a small section of the window.

EMPEROR

From here you will witness the final

destruction of the Alliance, and the end of

your insignificant Rebellion.

Luke is in torment. He glances at his lightsaber sitting on the

armrest of the throne. The Emperor watches him and smiles,

touches the lightsaber.

EMPEROR

You want this, don't you? The hate is

swelling in you now. Take your Jedi weapon.

Use it. I am unarmed. Strike me down with it.

Give in to your anger. With each passing

moment, you make yourself more my servant.

Vader watches Luke in his agony.

LUKE

No!

EMPEROR

It is unavoidable. It is your destiny. You,

like your father, are now mine!

EXT FOREST - GENERATOR BUNKER

Han, Leia, Chewie, and the rest of the strike team are led out of

the bunker by their captors. The surrounding area, deserted

before, is now crowded with two-legged Imperial walkers and

hundreds of Imperial troops. The situation looks hopeless.

STORMTROOPER

All right, move it! I said move it! Go on!

From the undergrowth beyond the clearing comes a wild series of

beeps and whistles. And --

THREEPIO

Hello! I say, over there! Were you looking

for me?

BUNKER COMMANDER

Bring those two down here!

STORMTROOPER

Let's go!

Artoo and Threepio are standing near one of the big trees. As six

Imperial stormtroopers rush over to take them captive, the two

droids duck out of sight behind the tree.

THREEPIO

Well, they're on their way. Artoo, are you

sure this was a good idea?

STORMTROOPER

Freeze! Don't move!

THREEPIO

We surrender.

The stormtroopers come around the tree and find the two droids

waiting quietly to be taken. As the Imperial troops move to do

that, however, a band of Ewoks drops down from above and

overpowers them.

THREEPIO

Ohhh! Stand back, Artoo.

In a nearby tree, an Ewok raises a horn to his lips and sounds

the EWOK ATTACK CALL. All hell breaks loose as hundreds of Ewoks

throw their fuzzy bodies into the fray against the assembled

stormtroopers and their awesome two-legged walkers.

Biker scouts dart about blasting Ewoks, only to be crushed by a

volley of rocks tossed by Ewoks from the trees above.

In the confusion of the battle, Han and Leia break away and dive

for the cover of the bunker door as explosions erupt around them.

Han goes to the bunker door control panel.

LEIA

The code's changed. We need Artoo!

HAN

Here's the terminal.

LEIA (into comlink)

Artoo, where are you? We need you at the

bunker right away.

Artoo and Threepio are hiding behind a log as the battle rages

around them. Suddenly the stubby little astrodroid lets out a

series of whistles and shoots off across the battlefield.

Threepio, panicked, runs after him.

THREEPIO

Going? What do you mean, you're going. But--

but going where, Artoo? No, what! Artoo! Oh,

this is no time for heroics. Come back!

Biker scouts race around and over the two droids, blasting away

at the little Ewoks as the furries scurry for cover.

A group of Ewoks have moved a primitive catapult into position.

They fire off a large boulder that hits one of the walkers. The

walker turns and heads for the catapult, blasting away with both

guns. The Ewoks abandon their weapons and flee in all directions.

Just as the walker moves in to stomp the catapult, Ewoks drop

vines restraining two huge logs that swing down and smash the

walker's head flat.

A line of Ewoks hang desperately to a vine that is hooked to a

walker's foot. As the walker moves along, the fuzzy creatures are

dragged behind.

Two speeder bikes chase Ewoks through the underbrush. As the

scouts round a tree, they are knocked off their bikes by a vine

tied between two trees.

EXT SPACE

The Falcon and other Rebel fighters are engaged in a ferocious

combat with Imperial TIE fighters, the battle raging around the

cruisers of the Rebel armada.

INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

Lando is in radio communication with the pilots of the other

Rebel squads.

LANDO

Watch yourself, Wedge! Three from above!

WEDGE

Red Three, Red Two, pull in!

RED TWO

Got it!

RED THREE

Three of them coming in, twenty degrees!

WEDGE

Cut to the left! I'll take the leader!

They're heading for the medical frigate.

Lando steers the Falcon through a complete flip, as his crew

fires at the TIEs from the belly guns.

NAVIGATOR

Pressure's steady.

The copilot Nien Nunb chatters an observation.

LANDO

Only the fighters are attacking. I wonder

what those Star Destroyers are waiting for.

EXT SPACE - IMPERIAL FLEET

The giant Imperial Star Destroyers waits silently some distance

from the battle. The Emperor's huge Super Star Destroyer: Executor rests in

the middle of the fleet.

INT SUPER STAR DESTROYER - BRIDGE

Admiral Piett and two fleet commanders watch the battle at the

huge window of the Super Star Destroyer bridge.

COMMANDER

We're in attack position now, sir.

PIETT

Hold here.

COMMANDER

We're not going to attack?

PIETT

I have my orders from the Emperor himself. He

has something special planned for them. We

only need to keep them from escaping.

INT EMPEROR'S TOWER - THRONE ROOM

The Emperor, Vader, and a horrified Luke watch the aerial battle

fireworks out the window and on the viewscreens. Another Rebel

ship explodes against the protective shield.

EMPEROR

As you can see, my young apprentice, your

friends have failed. Now witness the

firepower of this fully armed and operational

battle station. (into comlink) Fire at will,

Commander.

Luke, in shock, looks out across the surface of the Death Star to

the Rebel fleet beyond.

INT DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM

Controllers pull back on several switches. Commander Jerjerrod

stands over them.

JERJERROD

Fire!

INT DEATH STAR - BLAST CHAMBER

A button is pressed, which switches on a panel of lights.

A hooded Imperial soldier reaches overhead and pulls a lever. A

huge beam of light emanates from a long shaft. Two stormtroopers

stand to one side at a control panel.

EXT DEATH STAR

The giant laser dish on the completed half of the Death Star

begins to glow; Then a powerful beams shoots out toward the

aerial battle.

EXT SPACE - AIR BATTLE

The air is thick with giant ships. In among them, Rebel X-wings

dogfight with Imperial TIE fighters. Now an enormous Rebel

cruiser is hit by the Death Star beam and is blown to dust.

The Millennium Falcon roars over CAMERA, followed closely by

several TIE fighters.

INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

The ship is buffeted by the tremendous explosion of the Rebel

cruiser. Lando and his copilot are stunned by the sight of the

Death Star firepower.

LANDO

That blast came from the Death Star! That

thing's operational! (into comlink) Home One,

this is Gold Leader.

INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE

Ackbar sits amid the confusion on the wide bridge and speaks

into the comlink.

ACKBAR

We saw it. All craft prepare to retreat.

LANDO

We won't get another chance at this,

Admiral.

ACKBAR

We have no choice, General Calrissian. Our

cruisers can't repel firepower of that

magnitude.

LANDO

Han will have that shield down. We've got to

give him more time.

EXT FOREST - GENERATOR BUNKER

Artoo and Threepio make it to the door, as Han and Leia provide

cover fire.

THREEPIO

We're coming!

HAN

Come on! Come on!

THREEPIO

Oh, Artoo, hurry!

The little droid moves to the terminal and plugs in his computer

arm. A large explosion hits near Artoo, knocking him head over

heels, finally landing on his feet. The stubby astrodroid's

head is spinning and smoldering. Suddenly there is a loud

SPROOING and Han and Leia turn around to see Artoo with all his

compartment doors open, and all of his appendages sticking out;

water and smoke spurt out of the nozzles in his body. Han rushes

to the terminal, as Threepio rushes to his wounded companion.

THREEPIO

My goodness! Artoo, why did you have to be so

brave?

HAN

Well, I suppose I could hotwire this thing.

LEIA

I'll cover you.

Ewoks in handmade, primitive hanggliders drop rocks onto the

stormtroopers, dive-bombing their deadly adversaries. One is hit

in the wing with laser fire and crashes. A walker lumbers

forward, shooting laser blasts at frantic Ewoks running in all

directions. Two Ewoks are struck down by laser blasts. One

tries to awaken his friend, then realizes that he is dead.

EXT SPACE - DEATH STAR

The Rebel fleet continues to be picked off, from one side by the

Death Star's deadly beam, from the other by the rampaging

Imperial Star Destroyers.

INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

Lando steers the Falcon wildly through an obstacle course of

floating giants. He's been yelling into the comlink.

LANDO (desperately)

Yes! I said closer! Move as close as you can

and engage those Star Destroyers at point-

blank range.

ACKBAR

At that close range, we won't last long

against those Star Destroyers.

LANDO

We'll last longer then we will against that

Death Star...and we might just take a few of

them with us.

The Rebel cruisers move very close to the Imperial Star

Destroyers and begin to blast away at point-blank range. Tiny

fighters race across the giant surfaces, against a backdrop of

laser fire.

The control tower of a Star Destroyer is under attack.

REBEL PILOT

She's gonna blow!

Y-WING PILOT

I'm hit!

The damaged Y-wing plummets toward the Star Destroyer, and

crashes into the control tower, exploding.

INT EMPEROR'S TOWER - THRONE ROOM

Out of the window and on the view screens, the Rebel fleet is

being decimated in blinding explosions of light and debris. But

in here there is no sound of battle. The Emperor turns to Luke.

EMPEROR

Your fleet has lost. And your friends on the

Endor moon will not survive. There is no

escape, my young apprentice. The Alliance

will die...as will your friends.

Luke's eyes are full of rage. Vader watches him.

EMPEROR

Good. I can feel your anger. I am

defenseless. Take your weapon! Strike me

down with all your hatred, and your journey

towards the dark side will be complete.

Luke can resist no longer. The lightsaber flies into his hand. He

ignites it in an instant and swings at the Emperor. Vader's

lightsaber flashes into view, blocking Luke's blow before it can

reach the Emperor. The two blades spark at contact. The Emperor lets out a satisfied cackle.

EXT FOREST

The battle rages on. Stormtroopers fire on Ewoks with

sophisticated weapons while their furry little adversaries sneak

up behind the Imperial troopers and bash them over the head with

large clubs.

A scout bike races past and is lassoed with a heavy vine. The

other end of the vine is tied to a tree, and the bike swings

around in ever-tightening circles until it runs out of rope and

crashes into the trees with a huge explosion.

Chewie swings on a vine to the roof of one of the walkers. Two

Ewoks cling to him. They land with a thud on the top of the

lurching machine, then hang on for dear life. One of the Ewoks

peeks through the window.

WALKER PILOT #1

Look!

PILOT #2

Get him off of there!

The walker pilot opens the hatch to see what's going on. He is

yanked out and tossed overboard before he can scream. The two

Ewoks jump into the cockpit and knock the second pilot

unconscious. The Ewoks are thrown violently as the mighty machine

careens out of control. Outside, Chewie is almost knocked

overboard; he sticks his head into the hatch with a series of

angry barks. The Ewoks are too busy and frightened to listen to

the Wookiee's complaint. Chewie slips inside the walker.

Chewbacca's walker moves through the forest, firing laser blasts

at unsuspecting stormtroopers, and destroying other Imperial

walkers. The Ewoks shout and cheer as the giant machine helps

turn the tide of the battle in their favor.

EXT FOREST - GENERATOR BUNKER

Han works furiously at the control panel; wires spark as he

attempts to hotwire the door. He motions to Leia, who is blasting

away at some stormtroopers.

HAN

I think I got it. I got it!

The three wires spark as the connection is made. With a LOUD

WHOOSH, a second blast door crashes down in front of the first.

Han frowns and turns back to the wires again. Leia exchanges

shots with stormtroopers in the bushes, then suddenly cries out

in pain, her shoulder hit by a laser blast.

THREEPIO

Oh, Mistress Leia, are you all right?

HAN

Let's see.

LEIA

It's not bad.

STORMTROOPER (OS)

Freeze!

They freeze.

THREEPIO

Oh, dear.

STORMTROOPER

Don't move!

Leia holds her laser gun ready, behind Han, out of view of the

two stormtroopers moving toward them. Han and Leia's eyes lock;

the moment seems suspended in time.

HAN

I love you.

Another shared look between them, as she smiles up at Han.

LEIA

I know.

STORMTROOPER

Hands up! Stand up!

Han stands up slowly and turns, revealing the gun in Leia's hand.

She disposes of the stormtroopers in a flash. As Han turns back

toward Leia, he looks up to see a giant walker approach and stand

before him, its deadly weapons aimed right at him.

HAN (to Leia)

Stay back.

The hatch on top of the walker opens and Chewie sticks his head

out and barks triumphantly.

HAN

Chewie! Get down here! She's wounded! No,

wait.... I got an idea.

INT EMPEROR'S TOWER - THRONE ROOM

Luke and Vader are engaged in a man-to-man duel of lightsabers

even more vicious then the battle on Bespin. But the young Jedi

has grown stronger in the interim, and now the advantage shifts

to him. Vader is forced back, losing his balance, and is knocked

down the stairs. Luke stands at the top of the stairs, ready to

attack.

EMPEROR (laughing)

Good. Use your aggressive feelings, boy! Let

the hate flow through you.

Luke looks momentarily toward the Emperor, then back to Vader,

and realizes he is using the dark side. He steps back, turns off

his lightsaber, and relaxes, driving the hate from his being.

VADER

Obi-Wan has taught you well.

LUKE

I will not fight you, father.

Vader walks back up the stairs to Luke.

VADER

You are unwise to lower your defenses.

Vader attacks, forcing Luke on the defensive. The young Jedi

leaps in an amazing reverse flip up to the safety of the catwalk

overhead. Vader stands below him.

LUKE

Your thoughts betray you, father. I feel the

good in you...the conflict.

VADER

There is no conflict.

LUKE

You couldn't bring yourself to kill me

before, and I don't believe you'll destroy me

now.

VADER

You underestimate the power of the dark side.

If you will not fight, then you will meet

your destiny.

Vader throws the laser sword and it cuts through the supports

holding the catwalk, then returns to Vader's hand. Luke tumbles

to the ground in a shower of sparks and rolls out of sight under

the Emperor's platform. Vader moves to find him.

EMPEROR (laughs)

Good. Good.

EXT SPACE - AIR BATTLE

The two armadas, like their sea-bound ancestors, blast away at

each other in individual point-blank confrontations. A Star

Destroyer explodes. The Rebel victor limps away, its back half

alive with a series of minor explosions. The Rebel cruiser

manages to move in next to a second Star Destroyer before it

explodes completely, taking the Imperial Star Destroyer with it.

The Falcon and several fighters attack one of the larger Imperial

ships.

LANDO

Watch out. Squad at .06.

REBEL PILOT

I'm on it, Gold Leader.

WEDGE

Good shot, Red Two.

LANDO

Come on, Han, old buddy. Don't let me

down.

119 INT BUNKER - CONTROL ROOM

Controllers watch the main viewscreen on which a vague figure of

an Imperial walker pilot can be seen. There is a great deal of

static and interference.

HAN/PILOT (VO)

It's over, Commander. The Rebels have been

routed. They're fleeing into the woods. We

need reinforcements to continue the pursuit.

The controllers cheer.

CONTROL ROOM COMMANDER

Send three squads to help. Open the back

door.

SECOND COMMANDER

Yes, sir.

EXT FOREST - GENERATOR BUNKER

As the door to the bunker opens and the Imperial troops rush out,

they're surprised to find themselves surrounded by Rebels, their

weapons pointed at them. Ewoks holding bows and arrows appear on

the roof of the bunker. The Imperial troops throw down their guns

as Han and Chewie rush inside the bunker with explosive charges.

INT BUNKER - CONTROL ROOM

Han, Chewie, and several troops rush into the control room and

plant explosive charges on the control panels and rush out.

HAN

Throw me another charge.

INT EMPEROR'S TOWER - THRONE ROOM

Vader stalks the low-ceilinged area on the level below the

throne, searching for Luke in the semi-darkness, his lightsaber

held ready.

VADER

You cannot hide forever, Luke.

LUKE

I will not fight you.

VADER

Give yourself to the dark side. It is the

only way you can save your friends. Yes, your

thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them

are strong. Especially for...

Vader stops and senses something. Luke shuts his eyes tightly, in

anguish.

VADER

Sister! So...you have a twin sister. Your

feelings have now betrayed her, too. Obi-Wan

was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure

is complete. If you will not turn to the dark

side, then perhaps she will.

LUKE

Never-r-r!

Luke ignites his lightsaber and screams in anger, rushing at his

father with a frenzy we have not seen before. Sparks fly as Luke

and Vader fight in the cramped area. Luke's hatred forces Vader

to retreat out of the low area and across a bridge overlooking a

vast elevator shaft. Each stroke of Luke's sword drives his

father further toward defeat.

The Dark Lord is knocked to his knees, and as he raises his sword

to block another onslaught, Luke slashes Vader's right hand off

at the wrist, causing metal and electronic parts to fly from the

mechanical stump. Vader's sword clatters uselessly away, over the

edge of the platform and into the bottomless shaft below. Luke

moves over Vader and holds the blade of his sword to the Dark

Lord's throat. The Emperor watches with uncontrollable, pleased

agitation.

EMPEROR

Good! Your hate has made you powerful. Now,

fulfill your destiny and take your father's

place at my side!

Luke looks at his father's mechanical hand, then to his own

mechanical, black-gloved hand, and realizes how much he is

becoming like his father. He makes the decision for which he

has spent a lifetime in preparation. Luke steps back and hurls

his lightsaber away.

LUKE

Never! I'll never turn to the dark side.

You've failed, Your Highness. I am a Jedi,

like my father before me.

The Emperor's glee turns to rage.

EMPEROR

So be it...Jedi.

EXT FOREST - GENERATOR BUNKER

Han and several of the fighters run out of the bunker and race

across the clearing.

HAN

Move! Move!

A shock wave knocks them flat as the bunker explodes, followed by

a spectacular display as the huge shield-generator radar dish

explodes along with the bunker.

INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE

Ackbar, sitting in his control chair, speaks into the radio.

ACKBAR

The shield is down! Commence attack on the

Death Star's main reactor.

LANDO

We're on our way. Red Group, Gold Group, all

fighters follow me. (laughs) I told you they'd

do it!

The Falcon, followed by several smaller Rebel fighters, heads

toward the unfinished superstructure of the Death Star.

INT EMPEROR'S TOWER - THRONE ROOM

Luke stands still, as the Emperor reaches the bottom of the

stairs. The Emperor's laughter has turned to anger. He raises his

arms toward Luke.

EMPEROR

If you will not be turned, you will be

destroyed.

Blinding bolts of energy, evil lightning, shoot from the

Emperor's hands at Luke. Even in his surprise, the young Jedi

tries to use the Force to deflect them. At first he is half

successful, but after a moment the bolts of energy are coming

with such speed and power the young Jedi shrinks before them, his

knees buckling. The wounded Vader struggles to his feet, and

moves to stand at his master's side.

EMPEROR

Young fool...only now, at the end, do you

understand.

Luke is almost unconscious beneath the continuing assault of the

Emperor's lightning. He clutches a canister to keep from falling

into the bottomless shaft as the bolts tear through him.

EMPEROR

Your feeble skills are no match for the power

of the dark side. You have paid the price for

your lack of vision.

Luke writhes on the floor in unbearable pain, reaching weakly up

toward where Vader stands watching.

LUKE (groans)

Father, please. Help me.

Again Vader stands, watching Luke. He looks at his master, the

Emperor, then back to Luke on the floor.

EMPEROR

Now, young Skywalker...you will die.

Although it would not have seemed possible, the outpouring of

bolts from the Emperor's fingers actually increases in intensity,

the sound screaming through the room. Luke's body writhes in

pain.

Vader grabs the Emperor from behind, fighting for control of the

robed figure despite the Dark Lord's weakened body and gravely

weakened arm. The Emperor struggles in his embrace, his bolt-

shooting hands now lifted high, away from Luke. Now the white

lightning arcs back to strike at Vader. He stumbles with his load

as the sparks rain off his helmet and flow down over his black

robes. He holds his evil master high over his head and walks to

the edge of the abyss at the central core of the throne room. With

one final burst of his once awesome strength, Darth Vader hurls

the Emperor's body into the bottomless shaft.

The Emperor's body spins helplessly into the void, arcing as it

falls into the abyss. Finally, when the body is far down the

shaft, it explodes, creating a rush of air through the room.

Vader's robe is whipped by the wind and he staggers, and

collapses toward the bottomless hole. Luke crawls to his father's

side and pulls him away from the edge of the abyss to safety.

Both the young Jedi and the giant warrior are too weak to move.

EXT/INT - SPACE BATTLE - FIGHTER AND DEATH STAR

Rebel fighters follow the Falcon across the surface of the Death

Star to the unfinished portion, where they dive into the super-

structure of the giant battle station, followed by many TIE

fighters.

WEDGE

I'm going in.

LANDO

Here goes nothing.

Three X-wings lead the chase through the ever-narrowing shaft,

followed by the Falcon and four other fighters, plus TIE fighters

who continually fire at the Rebels. Lights reflect off the

pilot's faces as they race through the dark shaft.

LANDO

Now lock onto the strongest power source. It

should be the power generator.

WEDGE

Form up. And stay alert. We could run out of

space real fast.

The fighters and the Falcon race through the tunnel, still

pursued by the TIE fighters. One of the X-wings is hit from

behind and explodes.

LANDO

Split up and head back to the surface. See if

you can get a few of those TIE fighters to

follow you.

PILOT

Copy, Gold Leader.

The Rebel ships peel off pursued by three of the TIE's, while

Lando and Wedge continue through the main tunnel. It narrows, and

the Falcon scrapes the ceiling dangerously, knocking the dish off the Falcons hull. Two other TIE fighters

continue to blast away at them.

LANDO

That was too close.

Nien Nunb agrees. The battle between the Rebel and Imperial fleet

rages on. Several cruisers fire at the giant Super Star

Destroyer.

INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE

ACKBAR

We've got to give those fighters more time.

Concentrate all fire on that Super Star

Destroyer.

X-wings pilots head across the surface of the huge battleship.

INT VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - BRIDGE

Admiral Piett and a commander stand at the window, looking out to

the battle. They look concerned.

CONTROLLER

Sir, we've lost our bridge deflector shield.

PIETT

Intensify the forward batteries. I don't want

anything to get through.

The commander is looking out of the window where a damaged Rebel

fighter is out of control and heading directly toward the bridge.

PIETT

Intensify forward firepower!

COMMANDER

It's too late!

The Rebel pilot screams as his ship hits the Star Destroyer,

causing a huge explosion. The bridge explodes, leaving the colossal ship paralysed and knocking out its shields, but no less deadly.

EXT SPACE BATTLE – REBEL CORVETTE

The Rebel Blockade Runner, is heavily damaged, small explosions cover the hull.

INT REBEL CORVETTE – BRIDGE

LEUITENTANT

Sir, we’ve lost our shields, we won’t last much longer

REBEL CAPTAIN (solemnly)

Leuitentant, put us on a heading straight for the Executor, ramming speed.

The lieutenant takes a deep breath, then nods.

LEUITENANT

Aye, captain.

EXT SPACE BATTLE – REBEL CORVETTE

The Corvette’s engines flare, as it heads for the centre of the disabled Super Star Destroyer, the battle raging around it.

INT REBEL CORVETTE – BRIDGE

REBEL CAPTAIN (to himself)

For the Alliance…

EXT SPACE BATTLE – REBEL CORVETTE

The Corvette tears into the hull of the Executor, explosions tear both ships apart, and the Corvette is son engulfed in flame. As the chain of explosions spread across the Imperial starship’s hull, it breaks apart slowly. Then, with a final massive explosion it is no more.

 

INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE

There is excitement on the bridge as the battle rages on all

sides. They cheer as the giant Star Destroyer blows up.

INT DEATH STAR - MAIN DOCKING BAY

Chaos. For the first time, the Death Star is rocked by explosions

as the Rebel fleet, no longer backed against a wall, zooms over,

unloading a heavy barrage. Imperial troops run in all directions,

confused and desperate to escape.

In the midst of this uproar, Luke is trying to carry the enormous

deadweight of his father's weakening body toward an Imperial

shuttle. Finally, Luke collapses from the strain. The explosions

grow louder as Vader draws him closer.

VADER (a whisper)

Luke, help me take this mask off.

LURE

But you'll die.

VADER

Nothing can stop that now. Just for once...

let me look on you with my own eyes.

Slowly, hesitantly, Luke removes the mask from his father's face.

There beneath the scars is an elderly man. His eyes do not focus.

But the dying man smiles at the sight before him.

ANAKIN (very weak)

Now...go, my son. Leave me.

LUKE

No. You're coming with me. I can't leave you

here. I've got to save you.

ANAKIN

You already have, Luke. You were right about

me. Tell your sister...you were right.

LUKE

Father... I won't leave you.

Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker...Luke's father, dies.

A huge explosion rocks the docking bay. Slowly, Luke rises and,

half carrying, half dragging the body of his father, stumbles

toward a shuttle.

EXT DEATH STAR

The Millennium Falcon leads a swerving bomb run through the

immense superstructure of the half-built Death Star. The Rebel

Star Cruisers outside continually bombard the huge station. And

each direct hit is answered by resonating, chain-reaction

explosions within the station itself.

INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT AND GUN PORTS

Lando's crew fires away at the pursuing TIE fighters as the

dashing Baron of Bespin and his alien copilot home in on the main

reactor shaft. It is awesome. A lone X-wing is just in front of

the Falcon.

WEDGE

There it is!

LANDO

All right, Wedge. Go for the power regulator

on the north tower.

WEDGE

Copy, Gold Leader. I'm already on my way out.

The X-wing heads for the top of the huge reactor and fires

two proton torpedoes at the power regulator, causing a series

of small explosions.

The Falcon heads for the main reactor, and when it is dangerously

close, Lando fires its missiles, which shoot out of the Falcon

with a powerful roar, and hit directly at the center of the main

reactor.

He maneuvers the Falcon out of the winding superstructure just

ahead of the continuing chain of explosions.

INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE

Ackbar and other Mon Calamari lean on the railing of the bridge,

watching the large screen showing the Death Star in the main

briefing room.

ACKBAR

Move the fleet away from the Death Star.

EXT DEATH STAR

An Imperial shuttle, with Luke alone in the cockpit, rockets out

of the main docking bay as that entire section of the Death Star

is blown away.

Wedges X-wing flies through the exit of the Death Star interior and heads towards the gathered Alliance fleet.

The Falcon flies at top speed, through the seemingly endless tunnels of the Death Star. A series of

explosions within the superstructure follow, then swiftly

overtake the small craft as it races for an exit. Bursting through the flame the Falcon emerges like a Phoenix.

INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT

 

LANDO

Yeehaaa!

 

EXT DEATH STAR

The Millennium Falcon races away from the Death star as it explodes in a supernova of glory.

EXT ENDOR FOREST

Han and Leia, Chewie, the droids, the Rebel troops, and the Ewoks

all look to the sky as the Death Star reveals itself in a final

flash of self-destruction. Everyone cheers.

THREEPIO

They did it!

Han looks down from the sky to Leia, His thoughts turn to Leia, as she continues to look at the

sky, watching for Luke.

HAN

I’m sure Luke wasn’t on that thing when it blew.

LEIA (smiling)

He wasn’t…I felt it.

HAN

You love him…don’t you?

LEIA (surprised)

Well..yes.

HAN (trying to remain calm)

I knew it...Fine. Don’t worry; when he comes back…I won’t get in the way.

LEIA (smiles)

No it’s not like that at all.

Han gives her a confused look.

LEIA (cont)

He’s my brother.

Han stands agog, then Leia kisses him, he smiles as it dawns on him, then kisses her back grinning. Wicket, arrives and hugs them both, celebrating the victory.

 

 

EXT ENDOR FOREST - NIGHT

Luke sets a torch to the logs stacked under a funeral pyre where

his father's body lies, again dressed in black mask and helmet.

He stands, watching sadly, as the flames leap higher to consume

Darth Vader -- Anakin Skywalker.

In the sky above, fireworks explode and Rebel fighters zoom above

the forest. The scene cuts people celebrating across the galaxy: Bespin, Naboo, and Coruscant

EXT EWOK VILLAGE SQUARE - NIGHT

A huge bonfire is the centerpiece of a wild celebration. Rebels

and Ewoks rejoice in the warm glow of firelight, drums beating,

singing, dancing, and laughing in the communal language of

victory and liberation.

Lando runs in and is enthusiastically hugged by Han and Chewie.

Then, finally, Luke arrives and the friends rush to greet and

embrace him. They stand close, this hardy group, taking comfort

in each other's touch, together to the end.

Rebels and Ewoks join together in dancing and celebration. The

original group of adventurers watch from the sidelines. Only Luke

seems distracted, alone in their midsts, his thoughts elsewhere.

He looks off to the side and sees three shimmering, smiling

figures at the edge of the shadows: Ben Kenobi, Yoda, and Anakin

Skywalker.

 

FADE OUT

 

END CREDITS OVER STAR FIELD

 

THE END

 

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CREDITS

PRODUCTION STAFF

Directed by

RICHARD MARQUAND

Produced by

HOWARD KAZANJIAN

Screenplay by

LAWRENCE KASDAN and GEORGE LUCAS

Story by

GEORGE LUCAS

Executive Producer

GEORGE LUCAS

Co-Producers

ROBERT WATTS, JIM BLOOM

Production Designer

NORMAN REYNOLDS

Director of Photography

ALAN HUME, B.S.C

Edited by

SEAN BARTON, MARCIA LUCAS, DUWAYNE DUNHAM

Visual Effects

RICHARD EDLUND, A.S.C, DENNIS MUREN, KEN RALSTON

Costume Designers

AGGIE GUERARD RODGERS, NILO RODIS-JAMERO

Mechanical Effects Supervision

KIT WEST

Make-Up and Creature Design

PHIL TIPPETT, STUART FREEBORN

Sound Design

BEN BURTT

Music by

JOHN WILLIAMS

CAST

Luke Skywalker MARK HAMILL

Han Solo HARRISON FORD

Princess Leia CARRIE FISHER

Lando Calrissian BILLY DEE WILLIAMS

See-Theepio (C-3PO) ANTHONY DANIELS

Chewbacca PETER MAYHEW

Anakin Skywalker SEBASTIAN SHAW

Emperor IAN McDIARMID

Yoda FRANK OZ

Darth Vader DAVID PROWSE

Voice of Darth Vader JAMES EARL JONES

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi ALEC GUINNESS

SUPPORTING CAST

Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) KENNY BAKER

Moff Jerjerrod MICHAEL PENNINGTON

Admiral Piett KENNETH COLLEY

Bib Fortuna MICHAEL CARTER

Wedge DENIS LAWSON

Admiral Ackbar TIM ROSE

General Madine DERMOT CROWLEY

Mon Mothma CAROLINE BLAKISTON

Wicket WARWICK DAVIS

Paploo KENNY BAKER

Boba Fett JEREMY BULLOCH

Oola FEMI TAYLOR

Sy Snootles ANNIE ARBOGAST

Fat Dancer CLAIRE DAVENPORT

Teebo JACK PURVIS

Logray MIKE EDMONDS

Chief Chirpa JANE BUSBY

Ewok Warrior MALCOM DIXON

Ewok Warrior MIKE COTTRELL

Nicki NICKI READE

Stardestroyer Controller No. 1 ADAM BAREHAM

Stardestroyer Controller No. 2 JONATHAN OLIVER

Stardestroyer Captain No. 1 PIP MILLER

Stardestroyer Captain No. 2 TOM MANNION

Jabba Puppeteers TOBY PHILPOTT, MIKE EDMONDS,

DAVID BARCLAY

Puppeteers MICHAEL McCORMICK, DEEP ROY,

SIMON WILLIAMSON, HUGH SPIRIT,

SWIM LEE, MICHAEL QUINN, RICHARD ROBINSON

Set Decorators

MICHAEL FORD, HARRY LANGE

Conceptual Artist

RALPH McQUARRIE

Art Directors

FRED HOLE, JAMES SCHOPPE

Assistant Art Directors

MICHAEL LAMONT, JOHN FENNER, RICHARD DAWKING

Assistant Art Decorator

SHARON CARTWRIGHT

Set Dresser

DOUG VON KOSS

Assistant Set Dresser

CHUCK RAY

Constuction Manager

BILL WELCH

Assistant Construction Manager

ALAN BOOTH

Construction Supervisor

ROGER IRVIN

General Foreman

BILL IIAMS

Construction Foreman

GREG CALLAS, GUY CLAUSE, DOUG ELLIOT, STAN WAKASHIGE

Laborer Foremen

GENE FUKUZAWA, DON JOHNSON

Paint Foreman

GARY CLARK

Standby Painter

GIOVANNI FERRARA

Sketch Artist

ROY CARNON

Scenic Artist

TED MICHELL

Assistant Scenic Artist

STEVEN SALLYBANKS

Decor and Lettering Artist

BOB WALKER, BRIAN SMITH

Electronic Graphic Consultant

ROB DICKINSON

Set Draftsmen

REG BREAM, MARK BILLERMAN, CHRIS CAMPELL

GEORGE DJURKOVIC, GAVIN BOCQUET, KEVIN PHIPPS

Production Buyers

DAVID LUSBY, IAN GILADJIAN

Constuction Storeman

DAVID MIDDLETON

Art Department Secretary

CAROL REGAN

Location Director of Photography

JIM GLENNON

Additional Photography

JACK LOWIN

Operating Cameramen

ALEC MILLS, TOM LAUGHRIDGE, MIKE BENSON

Focus Puller

MICHAEL FRIFT, CHRIS TANNER

Assistant Cameramen

Leo NAPOLITANO, BOB LA BONGE

Second Assistant Cameramen

SIMON HUME, STEVE TATE, MARTIN KENZIE, MICHAEL GLENNON

Gaffers

MIKE PANTAGES, BOB BREMNER

Aerial Photography

RON GOODMAN, MARGARET HERRON

Helicopter Pilot

MARK WOLFE

Key Grip

DICK DOVA SPAH

Best Boy

JOE CROWLEY

Dolly Grip

CHUNKY HUSE, REG HALL

Matte Photography Consultant

STANLEY SAYER, B.S.C.

Rigging Gaffers

CLARK GARLAND, TOMMY BROWN

Electrician

Bill DREYFUSS

Craft Service

GEORGE MAURICIO

Chief Make-Up Artist

TOM SMITH, GRAHAM FREEBORN

Make-Up Artists

PETER ROBB KING, DICKIE MILLS

KAY FREEBORN, NICK DUDMAN, ALAN BROWNIE

Make-Up Assistants

BOB KEEN, SUE OAKS, CHRISTINE ALLSOPP, DANIEL PARKER

JEREMY HARRIS, TERRI ANDERSON

Make-Up Effects Engineer

BOB BROMLEY

Modellers

MICHAEL OSBORN, JAN STEVENS, CHRISTINE OVERS, RICHARD PADBURY

Chief Hairdresser

PATRICIA McDERMONT

Hairdressers

MIKE LOCKEY, PAUL LE BLANC

Chief Articulation Engineer

STUART ZIFF

Assistant Articulation Engineer

EBEN STROMQUIST

Armature Design

PETER RONZANI

Plastic Designer

RICHARD DAVIS

Sculptural Designers

CHUCK WILEY, JAMES HOWARD

Key Sculptors

DAVE CARSON, TONY McVEY, DAVE SOSALLA,

JUDY ELKINS, DEREK HOWARTH

Cheif Moldmaker

WESLEY SEEDS

Moldmaker

RON YOUNG

Creature Technicians

RANDY DUTRA, KIRK THATCHER, DAN HOWARD, JAMES ISAAC,

BRIAN TURNER, JEANNE LAUREN, RICHARD SPAH JR.,

ETHAN WILEY, RAY HANSON, RODGER SHAW

Creature Consultants

JON BERG, CHRIS WALAS

Production/Creature Co-Ordinator

PATTY BLAU

Latex Foam Lab Supervisor

TOM McLAUGHLIN

Animatronics Engineers

JOHN COPPINGER

Wardrobe Supervisor

RON BECK

Costume Supervisor

MARY ELIZABETH STILL

Wardrobe Mistress

JANET TEBROOKE

Shop Manager

JENNY GREEN

Jeweler

RICHARD MILLER

Wardrode Assistants

PATRICK WHEATLEY, COLIN WILCON, JANET LUCAS, DIANE MURPHY,

MICHAEL JEFFREY, KEITH MORTON, JOHN BIRKINSHAW

Creature Costumers

BARBARA KASSAL, EDWIN PELLIKKA, ANNE POLLAND, ELVIRA ANGELINETTA,

MICK BECKER, CLAUDIA EVERETT, LAURIE RUDD, NANCY SERVIN,

KARRIN KAIN, DERIK HYDE, MAGGIE JOY, PATTE MOON, JANICE GARTIN,

JULIE WOODBRIDGE, BARBARA GILLETT, RITA WAKELY, EILEEN SULLIVAN

Property Master

PETER HANCOCK

Assistant Property Master

CHARLES TORBETT

Property Supervisors

DAN COANGELO, BRIAN LOFTHOUSE

Property

HOLLY WALKER, IVAN VAN PERRE

Propmakers

BILL HARGREAVES, RICHARD PETERS

Master Carpenter

BERT LONG

Master Plasterer

KENNY CLARKE

Master Painter

ERIC SHIRTCLIFFE

Supervising Rigger

RED LAWRENCE

Supervising Stagehabd

EDDIE BURKE

Sail Co-Ordinators

BILL KREYSLER, WARWICK TOMPKINS

Sails Engineering

DERRICK BAYLIS, PEGGY KASHUBA

Production Sound

TONY DAWE, RANDY THOM

Boom Operators

DAVID BATCHELOR, DAVID PARKER

Sound Assistants

SHEP DAWE, JIM MANSON

Audio Engineers

T.M. CHRISTOPHER, KRIS HANDWERK, TOM JOHNSON, BRIAN KELLY,

ROBERT MARTY, SCOTT ROBINSON, DENNIE THORPE, JOHN WATSON

Post-Production Assistants

CATHERINE COOMBS, K.C. HODENFIELD, JAMES KESSLER, SUSAN LEAHY

English Lyrics

JOSEPH WILLIAMS

Huttesse Lyrics

ANNIE ARBOGAST

Ewokese Lyrics

BEN BURTT

Re-Recording Mixers

GARY SUMMER, ROGER SAVAGE, BEN BURTT, RANDY THOM

Music Recording

ERIC TOMLINSON

Orchestrations

HERBERT W. SPENCER

Supervising Music Editor

KENNETH WANNBERG

Re-Recording Engineer

TOMLINSON HOLMAN

Assistant Film Editors

STEVE STARKEY, CONRAD BUFF, PHIL SANDERSON, NICK HOSKER,

DEBRA McDERMOTT, CLIVE HARTLEY

Sound Effects Editors

RICHARD BURROW, TERESA ECKTON, KEN FISHER

Dialogue Editors

LAUREL LADEVICH, CURT SCHULKEY, BONNIE KOEHLER,

VICKIE ROSE SAMPSON

Assistant Sound Editors

CHRIS WEIR, BILL MANN, GLORIA BORDERS, SUZANNE FOX, KATHY RYAN,

NANCY JENKS, MARY HELEN LEASMAN

Production Supervisor

DOUGLAS TWIDDY

Production Executive

ROBERT LATHAM BROWN

Unit Production Manager

MIKI HERMAN

Assistant Production Manager

PATRICA CARR

Associate to Producer

LOUIS G. FRIEDMAN

First Assistant Director/Second Unit Director

DAVID TOMBLIN

Second Assistant Directors

ROY BUTTON, MICHEAL STEELE, CHRIS NEWMAN, RUSSELL LODGE

Production Assistant

IAN BRYCE

Production Co-Ordinator

LATA RYAN

Co-Ordination Assistants

SUNNI KERWIN, GAIL SAMUELSON

Script Supervisor

PAMELA MANN FRANCIS

Location Script Supervisor

BOB FOREST

Stunt Co-Ordinator

GLENN RANDALL

Stunt Arranger

PETER DIAMOND

Casting

MARY SELWAY BUCKLEY

Location Casting

DAVE EMAN, BILL LYTLE

Assistants to Mr. Kazanjian

KATHLEEN HARTNEY ROSS, BETTY SHARP

Assistant to Mr. Bloom

JOHN SYRJAMAKI

Assistant to Mr. Lucas

JANE BAY

Assistant to Mr. Marquand

LEILA KIRKPATRICK

Choreographer

GILLIAN GREGORY

Location Choreographer

WENDY ROGERS

Production Controller

ARTHUR CARROLL

Production Accountant

MARGARET MITCHELL

Production Accountant

COLIN HURREN

Assistant Accountants

SHEALA DANIELL, BARBARA HARLEY, SIAN WILLIAMS, ALEX MATCHAM

Location Accountants

DIANE DANKWARDT, PINKI RAGAN, DICK WRIGHT, SUSAN ROYAL

Transportation Co-Ordinator

GENE SCHWARTZ

Transportation Captains

JOHN FEINBLATT, H. LEE NOBLITT

Studio Transportation Managers

VIC MINAY, MARK LA BONGE

Location Contact

LENNIE FIKE

Still Photographers

ALBERT CLARKE, RALPH NELSON JR.

Unit Publicist

GORDON ARNELL

Assistant Publicist

JUNE BROOM

Marketing

SIDNEY GANIS, SUSAN TREMBLY

Photographic Co-Ordinators

BARB LAKIN, KATHY WIPPERT

Research

DEBORAH FINE

Special Effects Supervisor

ROY ARBOGAST

Special Effect Foreman

WILLIAM DAVID LEE

Special Effects Floor Controller

IAN WINGROVE

Senior Effects Technicians

PETER DAWSON, RODNEY FULLER, NEIL SWAN,

TREVOR NEIGHBOUR, DAVID WATSON

Chief Electronics Technician

RON HONE

Special Effects Technicians

KEN GITTENS, BARRY WHITROD, JOHN HATT, TERRY GLASS,

YVES DE BONO, STEVE LLOYD, ROGER NICHOLS, PAUL KNOWLES

Wire Specialists

BOB HARMAN, STEVE CRAWLEY

Location Special Effects

KEVIN PIKE, MIKE WOOD, DAVID SIMMONS, GARY ZINK, EDDIE SURKIN,

JOHN STIRBER, BRUNO VAN ZEEBROECK, JOHN CHAPOT,

WILLIAM KLINGER JR. DONALD CHADLER

Electrical Engineer

TERRY COX

Effects Co-Ordinator

JOHN BAKER

Effects Secretary

REBECCA WEST

MINIATURE AND OPTICAL EFFECTS UNIT

INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC

Optical Photography Supervisor

BRUCE NICHOLSON

Effects Cameramen

DON DOW, MICHAEL J. McALISTER, BILL NEIL, SCOTT FARRAR,

SELWYN EDDY III, MICHAEL OWENS, ROBERT ELSWIT, RICK FICHTER,

STEWART BARBEE, MARK GREDELL, DAVID HARDBURGER

Assistant Cameramen

PAT SWEENEY, KIM MARKS, ROBERT HILL, RAY GILBERTI, RANDY JOHNSON,

PATRICK McARDLE, PETER DAULTON, BESSIE WILEY, MARYAN EVANS,

TOBY HEIDEL, DAVID FINCHER, PETER ROMANO

Optical Printer Operators

JOHN ELIS, DAVID BERRY, KENNETH SMITH, DONALD CLARK,

MARK VARGO, JAMES LIM

Optical Line-Up

TOM ROSSETER, ED L. JONES, RALPH GORDON, PHILIP BARBERIO,

PEG HUNTER, MARY WALTER, MICHAEL SHANNON

Lab Technicians

TIM GEIDEMAN, DUNCAN MYERS, MICHAEL S. MOORE

Art Directors-Visual Effects

JOE JOHNSTON

Production Illustrator

GEORGE JENSON

Stop Motion Animator

TOM ST. AMAND

Matte Painting Supervisor

MICHAEL PANGRAZIO

Matte Painting Artists

CHRIS EVANS, FRANK ORDAZ

Matte Photography

NEIL KREPELA, CRAIG BARRON

Chief Model Makers

PAUL HUSTON, CHARLES BAILEY, MICHAEL GLENN FULMER, EASE OWYEUNG

Model Makers

WILLIAM MARSHALL, SEAN CASEY, LARRY TAN, BARBARA GALLUCCI,

JEFF MANN, IRA KEELER, BILL BECK, MIKE COCHRANE, BARBARA AFFONSO,

BILL BUTTERFIELD, MARCHI McMAHON, RANDY OTTENBERG, ROBERT BOVILL

Modelshop Supervisors

LORNE PETERSON, STEVE GAWLEY

Animation Supervisor

JAMES KEEFER

Head Effects Animators

GARRY WALLER, KIMBERLY KNOWLTON

Effects Animators

TERRY WINDELL, RENEE HOLT, MIKE LESSA, SAMUEL COMSTOCK, ROB LA DUCA,

ANNICK THERRIEN, SUKI STERN, MARGOT PIPKIN, JOHN ARMSTRONG,

REBECCA PETRULLI, DARRYL STUDBAKER, PHILIP NORWOOD

Supervising Visual Effects Editor

ARTHUR REPOLA

Visual Effects Editors

HOWARD STEIN, PETER AMUNDSON, BILL KIMBERLIN

Assistant Visual Effects Editors

ROBERT CHRISOULIS, MICHAEL GLEASON, JAY IGNASZEWSKI, JOE CLASS,

TERRY PECK, DANIEL CANDIB

 

General Manager, ILM

TOM SMITH

Production Supervisor

PATRICIA ROSE DUIGNAN

Production Co-Ordinators

WARREN FRANKLIN, LAURIE VERMONT

Administrative Staff

CHRISSE ENGLAND, LAURA KAYSEN, PAULA KARSH, KAREN AYERS,

SONJA PAULSON, KAREN DUBE, ED BREED, LES THALER, MIKE COOPER,

NED GORMAN, RON FODE

Production Assistants

SUSAN FRITZ-MONAHAN, KATHY SHINE, GEOFFREY DeVALOIS

Supervisor-Still Photography

TERRY CHOSTNER

Still Photographers

ROBERTO McGRATH, KERRY MORDQUIST

Electronic System Designers

JERRY JEFFRESS, KRIS BROWN

Electronic Engineers

MIKE MacKENZIE, MARTY BRENNEIS

Computer Graphics

WILLIAM REEVES, TOM DUFF

Equipment Engineering Supervisor

GENE WHITEMAN

Machinists

UDO PAMPEL, CONRAD BONDERSON

Apprentice Machinists

DAVID HANKS, CHRIS RAND

Design Engineer

MIKE BOLLES

Equipment Support Staff

WADE CHILDRESS, MICHAEL J. SMITH, CRISTI McCARTHY, ED TENNLER

Supervising Stage Technician

TED MOEHNKE

Stage Foreman

PATRICK FITZSIMMONS

Stage Technicians

BOB FINLEY III, ED HIRSH, JOHN McLEOD, PETER STOLZ, DAVE CHILDERS,

HAROLD COLE, MERLIN OHM, JOE FULMER, LANCE BRAKETT

Pyrotechnicians

THAINE MORRIS, DAVE PIER

Steadicam Plate Photography

GARRET BROWN

Ultra High Speed Photography

BRUCE HILL PRODUCTIONS

Color Timers

JIM SCHURMANN, BOB HAGANS

Negative Cutter

SUNRISE FILM INC.

Additional Optical Effects

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN FILMS, PACIFIC TITLE, MONACO FILM LABS,

CALIFORNIA FILM, VISUAL CONCEPTS ENGINEERING, MOVIE MAGIC,

VAN der VEER PHOTO EFFECTS

EWOKS

MARGO APOSTOCOS LINDA BOWLEY

RAY ARMSTRONG PETER BURROUGHS

EILEEN BAKER DEBBIE CARRINGTON

MICHAEL H. BALHAM MAUREEN CHARLTON

BOBBIE BELL WILLIAM COPPEN

PATTY BELL SADIE CORRIE

ALAN BENNETT TONY COX

SARAH BENNETT JOHN CUMMING

PAMELA BETTS JEAN D'AGOSTINO

DAN BLACKNER LUIS DE JESUS

DEBBIE DIXON JOHN LUMMISS

MARGARITA FERNANDEZ NANCY MACLEAN

PHIL FONDACARO PETER MANDELL

SAL FONDACARO CAROLE MORRIS

TONY FRIEL STACY NICHOLS

DAN FRISHMAN CHRIS NUNN

JOHN GAVAM BARBARA O'LAUGHLIN

MICHAEL GILDEN BRIAN ORENSTIEN

PAUL GRANT HARRELL PARKER JR.

LARS GREEN JOHN PEDRICK

LYDIA GREEN APRIL PERKINS

PAM GRIZZ RONNIE PHILLIPS

ANDREW HERD KATIE PERVIS

J. J. JACKSON CAROL READ

GLYNN JONES NICHOLAS READ

RICHARD JONES DIANA REYNOLDS

TREVOR JONES DANIEL RODGERS

KAREN LAY CHRIS ROMANO

DEAN SHACKENFORD JOSEPHINE STADDON

KIRAN SHAH KEVIN THOMPSON

FELIX SILLA KENDRA WALL

LINDA SPRIGGS BRIAN WHEELER

GERARLD STADDON BUTCH WILHELM

Mime Artists

FRANK ANDERSON, AILSA BERK, SEAN CRAWFORD, ANDY CUNNINGHAM, TIM DRY,

GRAEME HATTRICK, PHIL HERBERT, GERALD HOME, PAUL SPRINGER

Stunt Performers

BOB ANDERSON, DIRK YOHAN BEER, MORC BOYLE, MIKE CASSIDY, TRACY EDDON,

SANDRA GROSS, TED GROSSMAN, FRANK HENSON, LARRY HOLT, BILL HORRIGAN,

ALF JOINT, JULIUS LEFLORE, COLIN SKEAPING, MALCOM WEAVER,

PAUL WESTON, BOB YERKES, DAN ZORMEIER

Thanks to the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management

and National Park Service

Photographed in Buttercup Valley, Death Valley, and

Smith River, California and

EMI-Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, England

Cameras and Lenses by Joe Dunton Cameras Ltd.

Aerial Camera System by Wesscam Camera Systems (Europe)

Lighting Equipment and Crew from Lee Electic Ltd.

Production Vehicles Courtesy of GMC Truck and Oldsmobile

Location Service by Cinemobile Air Transportation by PAN AM

Re-Recording at Sprocket Systems Music Recoring at Anvil-Abbey Road Studio

Special Visual Effects Produced at Industrial Light and Magic,

Marin County, California

Color by Rank Film Laboratories Prints by Deluxe

Recorded in DOLBY STEREO

A Lucasfilm Ltd. Production A Twentieth Century-Fox Release

Music Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra

Original Soundtrack on RSO Records and Tapes

Novelization from Ballantine Books

TM & Lucasfilm Ltd (LFL) 1983 All Rights Reserved

MPAA CODE NO. 26991 MPAA RATING: PG Running Time: 2 hours 13 minutes

 

EXT SPACE – TATOOINE

First appearing as just a dot from the planet, Slave-1 rushes towards us and zooms over the camera, we pan to see it from behind as it’s engine’s flare and it leaps into hyperspace.