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STAR WARS Episode VI by George Lucas

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                           S T A R   W A R S

        EPISODE VI



                                  LAWRENCE KASDAN


                              GEORGE LUCAS

                            FROM THE NOVEL


                             GEORGE LUCAS


1    SPACE                                                           1

    The boundless heavens serve as a back-drop for the MAIN TITLE,
    followed by a ROLL-UP, which crawls into infinity.

              Episode VI:

              REVENGE OF THE JEDI...
              Luke Skywalker has returned to his home
              planet of Tatooine in an attempt to rescue
              his friend Han Solo from the clutches of the
              vile gangster Jabba the Hutt.

              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

    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, followed by two zipping TIE fighters. A
    small Imperial shuttle rockets from the main bay of the ship and
    hustles toward the Death Star.

2    INT IMPERIAL SHUTTLE - COCKPIT                                  2

    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 security 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.

3    INT DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM                                   3

    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.

              Inform the commander that Lord Vader's
              shuttle has arrived.

              Yes, sir.

    The control officer moves to a view port and watches as the
    Imperial shuttle lands in the massive docking bay. A squad of
    Imperial stormtroopers moves into formation before the craft.

4    INT DEATH STAR - MAIN DOCKING BAY                               4

    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.

              Lord Vader, this is an unexpected pleasure.
              We're honored by your presence.

              You may dispense with the pleasantries,
              Commander. I'm here to put you back on

    The commander turns ashen and begins to shake.

              I assure you, Lord Vader, my men are working
              as fast as they can.

              Perhaps I can find new ways to
              motivate them.

              I tell you, this station will be operational
              as planned.

              The Emperor does not share your
              optimistic appraisal of the situation.

              But he asks the impossible. I need more men.

              Then perhaps you can tell him when he

                             JERJERROD (aghast)
              The Emperor's coming here?

              That is correct, Commander. And he is most
              displeased with your apparent lack of

              We shall double our efforts.

              I hope so, Commander, for your sake. The
              Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.

5    EXT ROAD TO JABBA'S PALACE - TATOOINE                           5

    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

              Of course I'm worried. And you should be,
              too. Lando Calrissian and poor Chewbacca
              never returned from this awful place.

    Artoo whistles timidly.

              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.

              Artoo, are you sure this is the right place?
              I better knock, I suppose.

6    EXT JABBA'S PALACE - GATE                                       6

    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!

              Goodness gracious me!

    Threepio points to Artoo, then to himself.

              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.

              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.

              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.

              Oh, Artoo!  Artoo, wait for me!

7    INT JABBA'S PALACE - HALLWAY                                    7

    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.

              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
    humanlike alien with long tentacles protruding from his skull.

              Die Wanna Wanga!

              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.

              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.

              He says that our instructions are to give it
              only to Jabba himself.

    Bib thinks about this for a moment.

              I'm terribly sorry. I'm afraid he's ever so
              stubborn about these sort of things.

    Bib gestures for the droids to follow.

              Nudd Chaa.

    The droids follow the tall, tentacled alien into the darkness,
    trailed by the two guards.

              Artoo, I have a bad feeling about this.

8    INT JABBA'S THRONE ROOM                                         8

    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

              Good morning.

              Bo Shuda!

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

              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

              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.

              What did he say?

                             LUKE (cont)
              ... Both are hardworking and will serve you

              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.

              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.

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

9    INT DUNGEON CORRIDOR                                            9

    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.

              What could possibly have come over Master
              Luke. Is it something I did? He never
              expressed any unhappiness with my work. Oh!
              Oh! Hold it! 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

10   INT BOILER ROOM                                                10

    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.

              Ah, good. New acquisitions. You are a
              protocol droid, are you not?

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

              Yes or no will do.

              Oh. Well, yes.

              How many languages do you speak?

              I am fluent in over six million forms of
              communication, and can readily...

              Splendid! We have been without an interpreter
              since our master got angry with our last
              protocol droid and disintegrated him.


                             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

    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

              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.

11   INT JABBA'S THRONE ROOM                                        11

    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 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.

              Da Eitha!

    The lovely alien shakes her head again and screams.

              Na Chuba negatorie Na! Na! Natoota...

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


    He pushes a button and, before the dancer can flee, a trap door
    in the floor springs open and swallows her up. As the door snaps
    shut, a muffled growl is followed by a hideous scream. Jabba and
    his monstrous friends laugh hysterically and several revelers
    hurry over to watch her fate through a grate.

    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

    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.

              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.

              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.

              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.

              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.

              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.

              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.


              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.

12   INT DUNGEON CORRIDOR AND CELL                                  12

    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.

13   EXT JABBA'S PALACE                                             13

    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.

14   INT JABBA'S THRONE ROOM - NIGHT                                14

    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

    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

    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.

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

    Han touches his face with his hand and moans.

              Shhh. You have hibernation sickness.

              I can't see.

              You eyesight will return in time.

              Where am I?

              Jabba's palace.

              Who are you?

    The bounty hunter reaches up and lifts the helmet from his head,
    revealing the beautiful face of PRINCESS LEIA.

              Someone who loves you.


              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.

              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.

              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


                             JABBA (cont Huttese subtitled)
              Take him away!

    The guards grab Han and start to lead him away.

              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 princess toward him. Threepio peeks from behind a monster
    and quickly turns away in disgust.

              We have powerful friends. You're gonna regret

                             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.


              Ohhh, I can't bear to watch.

15   INT DUNGEON CELL                                               15

    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.

              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.

              Ah! Chew--Chewie!

    The giant Wookiee barks with glee.

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

    Chewie barks an excited blue streak.

              Luke? Luke's crazy. He can't even take care
              of himself, much less rescue anybody.

    Chewie barks a reply.

              A...Jedi Knight? I--I'm out of it for a
              little while, everybody gets delusions of

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

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

16   INT MAIN GATE AND HALL - JABBA'S PALACE                        16

    Noisily, the main gate lifts to flood the blackness with blinding
    LIGHT and reveal the silhouetted figure of LUKE SKYWALKER. He is
    clad in a robe similar to Ben's and wears neither pistol nor
    laser sword. 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.

              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.

              You will take me to Jabba now!

    Bib turns in hypnotic response to Luke's command, and Luke
    follows him into the gloom.

              You serve your master well.

    Bib responds.

              And you will be rewarded.

17   INT JABBA'S THRONE ROOM                                        17

    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.

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


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

              ...Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight.

                             JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
              I told you not to admit him.

              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.

              You will bring Captain Solo and the Wookiee
              to me.

                             JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
              Your mind powers will not work on me, boy.

              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.

              Master Luke, you're standing on...

                             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.


    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."

18   INT RANCOR PIT                                                 18

    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.

              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.

19   HOLDING TUNNEL - RANCOR PIT                                    19

    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 picks up a
    skull from the cave floor and hurls it at the panel. The giant
    overhead door comes crashing down on the beast's head, squashing
    it like a sledgehammer on an egg.

    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.

21   INT RANCOR PIT                                                 21

    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.

22   INT THRONE ROOM                                                22

    The crowd of creepy courtiers parts as Han and Chewie are brought
    into the throne room, and other guards drag Luke up the steps.



              Are you all right?

              Fine. Together again, huh?

              Wouldn't miss it.

              How are we doing?

              The same as always.

              That bad, huh? Where's Leia?

    Luke looks to 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.

              Oh, dear. His High Exaltedness, the great
              Jabba the Hutt, has decreed that you are to
              be terminated immediately.

              Good, I hate long waits.

              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.

              In his belly, you will find a new definition
              of pain and suffering, as you are slowly
              digested over a thousand years.

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

    Chewie barks his agreement.

              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.

23   EXT TATOOINE SEA - SKIFF                                       23

    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.

              I think my eyes are getting better. Instead
              of a big dark blur, I see a big light blur.

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

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

              Just stick close to Chewie and Lando. I've
              taken care of everything.

              Oh... great!

24   INT BARGE OBSERVATION DECK                                     24

    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 princess 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.

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

    Artoo beeps a quick reply.

              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.

              Hmm.  I wish I had your confidence.

25   EXT SARLACC PIT                                                25

    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. 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.

26   EXT SAIL BARGE OBSERVATION DECK                                26

    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.

              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.

27   EXT SKIFF                                                      27

    Han steps forward arrogantly and begins to speak.

              Threepio, you tell that slimy piece of...
              worm-ridden filth he'll get no such pleasure
              from us. Right?

    Chewie growls his agreement.

              Jabba! This is your last chance. Free us or

    Lando moves unobtrusively along the skiff as Luke shoots a quick
    look of conspiracy to him.

28   INT SAIL BARGE OBSERVATION DECK                                28

    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.

29   EXT BARGE - UPPER DECK                                         29

    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.

30   EXT SKIFF - PLANK                                              30

    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.

31   EXT SARLACC PIT                                                31

    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.

32   INT SAIL BARGE                                                 32

    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.

33   EXT SKIFF                                                      33

    Luke knocks another guard off the skiff and into the waiting
    mouth of the Sarlacc. He starts to untie Chewie's bonds.

              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.

              Whoa! Whoa! Help!

34   EXT UPPER DECK - SAIL BARGE                                    34

    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.

35   EXT SKIFF                                                      35

    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.

              Chewie, you okay? Where is he?

    The Wookiee is wounded and he howls in pain.

              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.

              Han! Chewie?


    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.

              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, smashing
    against the side of the huge Sail Barge and sliding away into the
    pit. He screams as his armored body makes its last flight past
    Lando and directly into the mucous mouth of the Sarlacc. The
    Sarlacc burps. Chewie growls a weak congratulations to Han.

36   INT SAIL BARGE                                                 36

    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

37   EXT SKIFF                                                      37

    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.

              Lando, grab it!

              Lower it!

              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

              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.

              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, to the sheer metallic side
    of the Sail Barge. Barely able to get a fingerhold, he begins a
    painful climb up the hull, when suddenly an ax smashes through a
    window an inch from his head. With Jedi agility, Luke grasps the
    wrist holding the ax and yanks the helpless guard through the broken
    window and into the deadly pit.

    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.

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

    Another blast hits the front of the tilted skiff, causing Lando
    to let go of the spear.

              Hold it! Whoa!

    Again Han extends the spear toward Lando.

              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.

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

              No, wait! I thought you were blind!

              It's all right. Trust me. Don't move.

              All right! A little higher! Just a little

    Han adjusts his aim as Lando lowers his head, and the fuzzy-eyed
    pirate fires at the tentacle. Direct hit. The tentacle releases
    Lando, and Chewie starts to pull them on board the skiff.

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

38   EXT UPPER DECK                                                 38

    The deck gunners have Chewie and the desperate dangling human
    chain in their gun sights when something up on deck commands
    their attention: Luke, standing before them like a pirate king,
    ignites his lightsaber. 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.

39   INT SAIL BARGE - OBSERVATION DECK                              39

    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.

              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.

              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.

              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.

              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.

              Come on!

    Luke has hold on one of the rigging ropes from the mast. He
    gathers Leia in his other arm and kicks the trigger of the deck
    gun. The gun explodes into the deck as Luke and Leia swing out
    toward the skiff.

41   EXT SKIFF                                                      41

    Han leans panting against the rail as Chewie helps Lando onto the
    deck. Luke and Leia land on the skiff with flair.

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

              We're on our way.

    The Sail Barge is exploding in stages in the distance. Half of
    the huge craft is on fire.

42   EXT SAND DUNE                                                  42

    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.

43   EXT DUNE SEA                                                   43

    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.

44   EXT DUNE SEA - LANDING AREA                                    44

    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 and a two-seated Y-wing. They must shout to be

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

              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, kid, you were
              pretty good out there.

                             LUKE (shrugging it off)
              I had a lot of help. Think nothing of it.

              No, I'm thinking a lot about it. That carbon
              freeze was the closest thing to dead there
              is. And it wasn't just sleepin'. It was a big
              wide awake nothing!

    Luke nods, as Chewie growls affectionately at the young Jedi
    warrior, mussing his hair like a proud uncle. And Leia warmly
    hugs him.

                             LUKE (moving to his ship)
              I'll see you back at the fleet.

              Why don't you leave that crate and come with

              I have a promise I have to keep first... to
              an old friend.

    Luke and Artoo take off in their spacecraft.

              (looking dubiously at Lando, obviously
              remembering his friend's betrayal and
              subsequent aide)
              Guess I owe you some thanks, too, 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 get you unfrozen sooner or

              He means "You're welcome."

              Come on, let's get off this miserable dust

44A  EXT SPACE ABOVE TATOOINE                                      44A

    The desolate yellow planet fills the screen, Luke's X-wing
    appears and peels off to the left. A moment later, the FALCON
    appears as a dot and grows huge, to roar directly over the

45   INT X-WING - COCKPIT                                           45

    Luke is at the controls, with Artoo attached behind him outside
    the canopy. Luke speaks into his comlink to the others, in the

              I'll meet you back at the fleet.

                             LEIA (over comlink)
              Hurry. The Alliance should be assembled by

              I will.

                             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.

    That's right, Artoo. We're going to the Dagobah system. I have a
    promise to keep... to an old friend.

46   EXT SPACE - DEATH STAR AND ENDOR                               46

    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.

47   INT DEATH STAR - CORRIDOR TO DOCKING BAY                       47

    Lord Vader strides down the hallway, accompanied by a very
    nervous Death Star commander.

48   INT DOCKING BAY - DEATH STAR                                   48

    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.

              The Death Star will be completed on schedule.

              You have done well, Lord Vader. And now I
              sense you wish to continue your search for
              young Skywalker.

              Yes, my Master.

              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

              As you wish.

              Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

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

49   EXT YODA'S HOUSE - DAGOBAH                                     49

    Once again, Artoo finds himself waiting around in the damp
    environs of the swamp planet, and he's none too happy about it.
    He beeps disconsolately to himself and turns to look at Yoda's
    cottage. Warm yellow light escapes the oddly shaped windows to
    fight the gloom.

50   INT YODA'S HOUSE                                               50

    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.

              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.

              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.

              Soon will I rest. Yes, forever sleep. Earned
              it, I have.

    Yoda sits himself on his bed, with great effort.

              Master Yoda, you can't die.

              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.

              But I need your help. I've come back to
              complete the training.

              No more training do you require. Already know
              you that which you need.

    Yoda sighs, and lies back on his bed.

              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.

              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

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

    Luke watches him, each moment an eternity.

              Yoda, I must know.

              Your father he is.

    Luke reacts as if cut.

              Told you, did he?


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

              Unexpected this is, and unfortunate...

              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.

              Well, I'm sorry.

              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

    He beckons the young Jedi closer to him.

              Luke...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...

    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.

51   EXT DAGOBAH SWAMP - X-WING                                     51

    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.

              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.

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

    The ghost of Ben Kenobi approaches him through the swamp.

              You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my

              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!

              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.

              I don't blame you for being angry. If I was
              wrong in what I did, it certainly wouldn't
              have been for the first time. You see, what
              happened to your father was my fault.

    Ben pauses sadly.

              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

              When I first knew him, your father was
              already 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.  My pride has
              had terrible consequences for the galaxy.

    Luke is entranced.

              There's still good in him.

              I also thought he could be turned back to the
              good side. It couldn't be done. He is more
              machine now than man. Twisted and evil.

              I can't do it, Ben.

              You cannot escape your destiny.

              I tried to stop him once. I couldn't do it.

              Vader humbled you when first you met him,
              Luke...but that experience was part of your
              training. It taught you, among other things,
              the value of patience.  Had you not been so
              impatient to defeat Vader then, you could
              have finished your training here with Yoda.
              You would have been prepared.

              But I had to help my friends.

                             BEN (grinning at Luke's indignation)
              And did you help them? It was they who had to
              save you. You achieved little by rushing back
              prematurely, I fear.

                             LUKE (with sadness)
              I found out Darth Vader was my father.

              To be a Jedi, Luke, you must confront and
              then go beyond the dark side - the side your
              father couldn't get past. Impatience is
              the easiest door - for you, like your father.
              Only, your father was seduced by what he
              found on the other side of the door, and you
              have held firm. You're no longer so reckless
              now, Luke. You are strong and patient. And
              now, you must face Darth Vader again!

              I can't kill my own father.

              Then the Emperor has already won. You were
              our only hope.

              Yoda spoke of another.

              The other he spoke of is your twin sister.

              But I have no sister.

              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.

              Leia! Leia's my sister.

              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.

                             BEN (continuing his narrative)
              When your father left, he didn't know your
              mother was pregnant. Your mother and I knew
              he would find out eventually, but we wanted
              to keep you both as safe as possible, for as
              long as possible.  So I took you to live with
              my brother Owen on Tatooine... and your mother
              took Leia to live as the daughter of Senator
              Organa, on Alderaan.

    Luke turns, and settles near Ben to hear the tale.

                             BEN (attempting to give solace with his words)
              The Organa household was high-born and
              politically quite powerful in that system.
              Leia became a princess by virtue of
              lineage... no one knew she'd been adopted, of
              course. But it was a title without real
              power, since Alderaan had long been a
              democracy.  Even so, the family continued to
              be politically powerful, and Leia, following
              in her foster father's path, became a senator
              as well.  That's not all she became, of
              course... she became the leader of her cell
              in the Alliance against the corrupt Empire.
              And because she had diplomatic immunity, she
              was a vital link for getting information to
              the Rebel cause.  That's what she was doing
              when her path crossed yours... for her foster
              parents had always told her to contact me on
              Tatooine, if her troubles became desperate.

    Luke is overwhelmed by the truth, and is suddenly protective of
    his sister.

              But you can't let her get involved now, Ben.
              Vader will destroy her.

              She hasn't been trained in the ways of the
              Jedi the way you have, Luke ... but the Force
              is strong with her, as it is with all of your
              family. There is no avoiding the battle. You
              must face and destroy Vader!

52   EXT SPACE - REBEL FLEET                                        52

    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.


    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.

              Well, look at you, a general, huh?

              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

                             LANDO (smiling)
              I'm surprised they didn't ask you to do it.

              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

                             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.

              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.

              Good luck.

    Lando nods his thanks.

              You're gonna need it.

              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.

              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.

              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

              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.

              Uh, General... count me in.

                             VOICE (OS)
              I'm with you, too!

    They turn in that direction and peer into the crowd as there are
    more cheers. The commanders part, and there at the back stands
    Luke. Han and Leia are surprised and delighted.

    Leia moves to Luke and embraces him warmly. She senses a change
    in him and looks into his eyes questioningly.

              What is it?

                             LUKE (hesitant)
              Ask me again sometime.

    Han, Chewie, and Lando crowd around Luke as the assembly breaks


              Hi, Han... Chewie.

    Artoo beeps a singsong observation to a worried Threepio.

              "Exciting" is hardly the word I would use.


    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

              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.

              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.

              Look, would you get going, you pirate.

    Han and Lando pause, then exchange salutes.

              Good luck.

              You, too.

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

55   INT IMPERIAL SHUTTLE - COCKPIT                                 55

    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.

              You got her warmed?

              Yeah, she's comin' up.

    Chewie growls a complaint.

              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

              Hey, are you awake?

              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.

              Right. Chewie, let's see what this piece of
              junk can do. Ready, everybody?

              All set.

              Here we go again.

              All right, hang on.

56   EXT SPACE - THE REBEL FLEET                                    56

    The stolen Imperial shuttle leaves the main docking bay of the
    Headquarters Frigate, lowers its wings into flight position, and
    zooms off into space.

57   INT EMPEROR'S THRONE ROOM                                      57

    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.

              What is thy bidding, my Master?

              Send the fleet to the far side of Endor.
              There it will stay until called for.

              What of the reports of the Rebel fleet
              massing near Sullust?

              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.

              Yes, my Master.

    Vader bows, then turns and exits the throne room as the Emperor
    walks toward the waiting council members.

58   EXT SPACE - DEATH STAR - MOON                                  58

    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.

59   INT STOLEN IMPERIAL SHUTTLE - COCKPIT                          59

    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.

              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

              Shuttle Tydirium requesting deactivation of
              the deflector shield.

                             CONTROLLER (over radio)
              Shuttle Tydirium, transmit the clearance code
              for shield passage.

              Transmission commencing.

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

              Now we find out if that code is worth the
              price we paid.

              It'll work. It'll work.

    Chewie whines nervously. Luke stares at the Huge Super Star
    Destroyer that looms ever larger before them.

              Vader's on that ship.

              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.

              I don't know.  Fly casual.

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

              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.

60   INT VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - BRIDGE                            60

    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

              Where is that shuttle going?

                             PIETT (into comlink)
              Shuttle Tydirium, what is your cargo and

                             PILOT VOICE (HAN)(filtered)
              Parts and technical crew for the forest moon.

    The Bridge Commander looks to Vader for a reaction.

              Do they have a code clearance?

              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.

              Shall I hold them?

              No. Leave them to me. I will deal with them

                             PIETT (surprised)
              As you wish, my lord.
              (to controller) Carry on.

    Piett nods at controller, who switches on his comlink.

61   INT STOLEN IMPERIAL SHUTTLE - COCKPIT                          61

    The group waits tensely.

              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.

              Okay! I told you it was gonna work. No

62   EXT SPACE - STOLEN IMPERIAL SHUTTLE - ENDOR                    62

    The stolen Imperial shuttle moves off toward the green Sanctuary

63   EXT FOREST LANDING SITE - ENDOR                                63

    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.

              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.

              Shall we try and go around?

              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.

64   EXT FOREST CLEARING - CAMPSITE                                 64

    The four friends make their way to the edge of the clearing not
    far from the two Imperial scouts.

              Chewie and I will take care of this. You stay

              Quietly, there might be more of them out

                             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

                             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 crossbow laser weapon, causing the
    scout to crash into a tree. Han and Scout #1 are in a rousing

                             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.

              Over there! Two more of them!

              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.

              Hey, wait! Ahhh!

    He flips the remaining scout to the ground.

65   EXT FOREST - THE BIKE CHASE                                    65

    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

              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.

              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.

              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.

66   EXT SCOUT CAMPSITE - FOREST                                    66

    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.

              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.

              Luke! Where's Leia?

                             LUKE (concerned)
              What? She didn't come back?

              I thought she was with you.

              We got separated.

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

              Hey, we better go look for her.

    Han nods, and signals to a Rebel officer.

              Take the squad ahead.  We'll meet at the
              shield generator at 0300.

              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.

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

    They move off into the woods.

                             THREEPIO (to Artoo)
              And you said it was pretty here. Ugh!

67   EXT FOREST CLEARING - LEIA'S CRASH SITE                        67

    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 grabs a four-foot-long spear, which he
    holds in a defensive position. Leia watches him as he circles
    warily and begins poking her with the sharp point of the spear.

              Cut it out!

    She stands up, and the Ewok quickly backs away.

              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

              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.

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

    Wicket holds his spear up warily and growls at her like a puppy.
    Leia pats the log again.

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

    More growls and squeaks from the little bear creature.

              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.

              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.

              Look, it's a hat. It's not gonna hurt you.
              Look. You're a jittery little thing, aren't

    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.

              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

                             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.

              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.

68   INT DEATH STAR - CORRIDOR TO EMPEROR'S TOWER                   68

    Darth Vader walks down the corridor to the Emperor's Tower and
    private elevator. The Emperor's private guard steps in Vader's

              Halt! The Emperor does not wish to be
              disturbed at the moment.

              (raising his gloved hand to the two guards
              and choking them with the Force)
              The Emperor will see me, now!

              (repeating Vader's command)
              The Emperor will see you, now.

69   INT EMPEROR'S TOWER - THRONE ROOM                              69

    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.

              I told you to remain on the command ship.

              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?

              I have felt him, my Master.

              Strange, that I have not. I wonder if your
              feelings on this matter are clear, Lord

    Vader knows what is being asked.

              They are clear, my Master.

              Then you must go to the Sanctuary Moon and
              wait for them.

                             VADER (skeptical)
              He will come to me?

              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.

70   EXT FOREST CLEARING - LEIA'S CRASH SITE                        70

    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

                             HAN (OS)
              Luke! Luke!

    Luke runs with the helmet to where Han has found the charred
    wreckage of a speeder bike in the grass.

              Oh, Master Luke.

              There's two more wrecked speeders back there.
              And I found this.

    He tosses the helmet to Han.

              I'm afraid that Artoo's sensors can find no
              trace of Princess Leia.

                             HAN (gravely)
              I hope she's alright.

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

              What, Chewie? What? Chewie!

    The others rush to keep up with the giant Wookiee. As he scoots
    along, Artoo whistles nervously.

71   EXT FOREST - DENSE FOLIAGE                                     71

    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.

              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.

              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.

              Nice work. Great, Chewie! Great! Always
              thinking with your stomach.

              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

              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.

              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.

              Wha--?  Hey!  Point that thing someplace

    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, 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

              Chewie, give 'em your crossbow.

    Artoo and Threepio are just untangling themselves. Threepio gets
    free of the net and sits up, rattled.

              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.

              Do you understand anything they're saying?

              Oh, yes, Master Luke!  Remember that I am
              fluent in over six million forms of

              What are you telling them?

              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.

              Well, why don't you use your divine influence
              and get us out of this?

              I beg your pardon, General Solo, but that
              just wouldn't be proper.


              It's against my programming to impersonate a

    Han moves toward Threepio threateningly.

              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.

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

72   EXT FOREST - SERIES OF SHOTS                                   72

    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.

73   EXT FOREST WALKWAY - MOON FOREST                               73

    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.

74   EXT EWOK VILLAGE SQUARE                                        74

    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.

              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.

              What did he say?

              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

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


              Your Royal Highness.

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

              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.

              Somehow, I got the feeling that didn't help
              us very much.

              Threepio, tell them if they don't do as you
              wish, you'll become angry and use your magic.

              But Master Luke, what magic? couldn't
              possibly --

              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.

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

    Now the litter/throne, with Threepio sitting upon it, rises from
    the ground. At first Threepio doesn't notice and keeps talking.

              ... 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.

              Put me down! He-e-elp! Master Luke! Artoo!
              Somebody, somebody, help! Master Luke, Artoo!
              Artoo, quickly! Do something, somebody! Oh!

    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

              Oh, oh, oh, oh! Thank goodness.

              Thanks, Threepio.

                             THREEPIO (still shaken)
              I...I never knew I had it in me.

75   INT CHIEF'S HUT - COUNCIL OF ELDERS                            75

    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

    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: Princess
    Leia, Artoo, Darth Vader, Death Star, Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Artoo
    begins beeping excitedly at 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.

              What's going on?

              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.

              Wonderful! We are now a part of the tribe.

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

              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.

              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.

              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.

76   EXT EWOK VILLAGE - NIGHT                                       76

    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

              Luke, what's wrong?

    Luke turns and looks at her a long moment.

              Leia... do you remember your mother? Your
              real mother?

              Just a little bit. She died when I was very

              What do you remember?

              Just...images, really. Feelings.

              Tell me.

              (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.

              I have no memory of my mother. I never knew

              Luke, tell me. What's troubling you?

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

                             LEIA (alarmed)
              How do you know?

              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.


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

              He's my father.

              Your father?

              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.

              Luke, don't talk that way. You have a power
              I--I don't understand and could never have.

              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.

              Yes. It's you Leia.

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

              Then you know why I have to face him.

              No! Luke, run away, far away. If he can feel
              your presence, then leave this place. I wish
              I could go with you.

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

              But, why must you confront him?

              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

    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.

              Hey, what's goin' on?

    Leia attempts to stifle her sobs and wipes her eyes.

              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.

              I...I can't tell you.

                             HAN (loses his temper)
              Did you tell Luke? Is that who you could tell?



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

              I'm sorry.

              Hold me.

    Han gathers her tightly in his protective embrace.

77   EXT FOREST - IMPERIAL LANDING PLATFORM                         77

    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.

78   EXT IMPERIAL LANDING PLATFORM - LOWER DECK                     78

    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 center. The young Jedi
    gazes at Vader with complete calm.

              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.

              He was armed only with this.

    Vader looks at Luke, turns away and faces the commander, taking
    the lightsaber from the commander's hand.

              Good work, Commander. Leave us. Conduct your
              search and bring his companions to me.

              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.

              The Emperor has been expecting you.

              I know, father.

              So, you have accepted the truth.

              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.

              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.

              Your skills are complete. Indeed, you are
              powerful, as the Emperor has foreseen.

    They stand for a moment, the Vader extinguishes the lightsaber.

              Come with me.

              Obi-Wan once thought as you do.

    Luke steps close to Vader, then stops. Vader is still.

              You don't know the power of the dark side. I
              must obey my master.

              I will not turn...and you'll be forced to
              kill me.

              If that is your destiny.

              Search your feelings, father. You can't do
              this. I feel the conflict within you. Let go
              of your hate.

              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.

              Then my father is truly dead.


    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.

              The main entrance to the control bunker's on
              the far side of that landing platform. This
              isn't gonna be easy.

              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.

              What's he saying?

              He says there's a secret entrance on the
              other side of the ridge.

80   EXT SPACE - REBEL FLEET                                        80

    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.

81   INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT                                81

    Lando is in the pilot seat. His alien copilot, NIEN NUNB, takes
    some getting used to in the familiar environs of the Falcon's
    cockpit. Lando speaks into his comlink.

              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 copilot.

              Don't worry, my friends are down there.
              They'll have that shield down on time...(to
              himself) or this'll be the shortest offensive
              of all time.

    The copilot flips some switches and grunts an alien comment.

                             ACKBAR (VO)
              All craft, prepare to jump to hyperspace on
              my mark.

              All right. Stand by.

    He pulls a lever, and the stars outside begin to streak.

82   EXT SPACE - REBEL FLEET                                        82

    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.


    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.

              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.

              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

              Oh! Oh, my. Uh, Princess Leia!


              I'm afraid our furry companion has gone and
              done something rather rash.

              Oh, no.

84   EXT BUNKER - ENTRANCE                                          84

    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.

85   EXT RIDGE                                                      85

    Han, Leia and company watch in distress. Chewie barks.

                             HAN (sighs)
              There goes our surprise attack.

86   EXT BUNKER                                                     86

    The Imperial scouts race toward Paploo just as his speeder zooms
    into motion. Paploo hangs on by his paws and shoots away into the

              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

87   EXT RIDGE                                                      87

    Han, Leia, and Chewie exchange delighted looks.

              Not bad for a little furball. There's only
              one left. You stay here. We'll take care of

    Han and the Wookiee nod at each other and slip down toward the
    bunker. Threepio moves to stand next to Wicket and Artoo.

              I have decided that we shall stay here.

88   EXT FOREST                                                     88

    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.

89   EXT BUNKER                                                     89

    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.

90   INT DEATH STAR - EMPEROR'S THRONE ROOM                         90

    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.

              Welcome, young Skywalker. I have been
              expecting you.

    Luke peers at the hooded figure defiantly. The Emperor then looks
    down at Luke's binders.

              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.

              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.

              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.

              Oh, no, my young Jedi. You will find that it
              is you who are mistaken...about a great
              many things.

              His lightsaber.

    Vader extends a gloved hand toward the Emperor, revealing Luke's
    lightsaber. The Emperor takes it.

              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.

              You're wrong. Soon I'll be dead...and you
              with me.

    The Emperor laughs.

              Perhaps you refer to the imminent attack of
              your Rebel fleet.

    Luke looks up sharply.

              Yes...I assure you we are quite safe from
              your friends here.

    Vader looks at Luke.

              Your overconfidence is your weakness.

              Your faith in your friends is yours.

              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

    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

    Luke's look darts from the Emperor to Vader and, finally, to the
    sword in the Emperor's hand.

              Oh...I'm afraid the deflector shield will be
              quite operational when your friends arrive.

91   INT BUNKER - MAIN CONTROL ROOM                                 91

    Han, Leia, Chewie, and the Rebel strike team storm through a door
    and enter the main control room, taking all of the personnel

              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.

              Han! Hurry! The fleet will be here any

              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.

              Wa-wait! Wait, come back! Artoo, stay with

    Inside the bunker, Han looks up from setting charges as an
    Imperial commander enters.

              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.

92   EXT SPACE - ENDOR, DEATH STAR, REBEL FLEET                     92

    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.

93   INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT                                93

    Lando flips switches, checks his screen, and speaks into the

              All wings report in.

              Red Leader standing by.

                             GRAY LEADER
              Gray Leader standing by.

                             GREEN LEADER
              Green Leader standing by.

              Lock S-foils in attack positions.

94   INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE                                94

    From the bridge of the Rebel Headquarters Frigate, Admiral Ackbar
    watches the fighters massing outside his viewscreen.

              May the Force be with us.

95   INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT                                95

    Lando looks worriedly at his alien copilot, Nien Nunb, who points
    to the control panel and talks to 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.

              Break off the attack! The shield is still up.

                             RED LEADER (VO)
              I get no reading. Are you sure?

              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.

96   EXT SPACE - DEATH STAR SHIELD                                  96

    The Falcon and the fighters of Red Squad veer off desperately to
    avoid the unseen wall.

97   INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE                                97

    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.

              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. The Admiral rushes over to the

              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.

              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!

              Accelerate to attack speed! Draw their fire
              away from the cruisers.

              Copy, Gold Leader.

    The battle continues around the giant cruisers.

98   INT DEATH STAR - EMPEROR'S THRONE ROOM                         98

    Through the round window behind the Emperor's throne can be seen
    the distant flashes of the space battle in progress.

              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.

              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.

              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.


              It is unavoidable. It is your destiny. You,
              like your father, are now mine!

99   EXT FOREST - GENERATOR BUNKER                                  99

    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.

              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 --

              Hello! I say, over there! Were you looking
              for me?

                             BUNKER COMMANDER
              Bring those two down here!

              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.

              Well, they're on their way. Artoo, are you
              sure this was a good idea?

              Freeze! Don't move!

              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.

              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.

              The code's changed. We need Artoo!

              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.

              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.

100  EXT SPACE                                                     100

    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.

101  INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT                               101

    Lando is in radio communication with the pilots of the other
    Rebel squads.

              Watch yourself, Wedge! Three from above!

              Red Three, Red Two, pull in!

                             RED TWO
              Got it!

                             RED THREE
              Three of them coming in, twenty degrees!


              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.

              Pressure's steady.

    The copilot Nien Nunb chatters an observation.

              Only the fighters are attacking.  I wonder
              what those Star Destroyers are waiting for.

102  EXT SPACE - IMPERIAL FLEET                                    102

    The giant Imperial Star Destroyer waits silently some distance
    from the battle. The Emperor's huge Super Star Destroyer rests in
    the middle of the fleet.

103  INT SUPER STAR DESTROYER - BRIDGE                             103

    Admiral Piett and two fleet commanders watch the battle at the
    huge window of the Super Star Destroyer bridge.

              We're in attack position now, sir.

              Hold here.

              We're not going to attack?

              I have my orders from the Emperor himself. He
              has something special planned for them. We
              only need to keep them from escaping.

104  INT EMPEROR'S TOWER - THRONE ROOM                             104

    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.

              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,

    Luke, in shock, looks out across the surface of the Death Star to
    the Rebel fleet beyond.

105  INT DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM                                 105

    Controllers pull back on several switches. Commander Jerjerrod
    stands over them.


106  INT DEATH STAR - BLAST CHAMBER                                106

    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.

107  EXT DEATH STAR                                                107

    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.

108  EXT SPACE - AIR BATTLE                                        108

    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.

109  INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT                               109

    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.

              That blast came from the Death Star! That
              thing's operational! (into comlink) Home One,
              this is Gold Leader.

110  INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE                               110

    Ackbar stands amid the confusion on the wide bridge and speaks
    into the comlink.

              We saw it. All craft prepare to retreat.

              You won't get another chance at this,

              We have no choice, General Calrissian. Our
              cruisers can't repel firepower of that

              Han will have that shield down. We've got to
              give him more time.

111  EXT FOREST - GENERATOR BUNKER                                 111

    Artoo and Threepio make it to the door, as Han and Leia provide
    cover fire.

              We're coming!

              Come on! Come on!

              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.

              My goodness! Artoo, why did you have to be so

              Well, I suppose I could hotwire this thing.

              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.

112  EXT SPACE - DEATH STAR                                        112

    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.

113  INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT                               113

    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.

              At that close range, we won't last long
              against those Star Destroyers.

              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.

114  INT EMPEROR'S TOWER - THRONE ROOM                             114

    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.

              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.

              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. Luke turns to
    fight his father.

115  EXT FOREST                                                    115

    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 walker marches through the undergrowth blasting Ewoks as it
    goes. An Ewok warrior gives the signal, and a pile of logs is cut
    loose. The logs tumble under the walker's feet, causing it to
    slip and slide until it finally topples over with a great crash.

    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

                             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.

116  EXT FOREST - GENERATOR BUNKER                                 116

    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.

              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.

              Oh, Princess Leia, are you all right?

              Let's see.

              It's not bad.

                             STORMTROOPER (OS)

    They freeze.

              Oh, dear.

              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.

              I love you.

    Another shared look between them, as she smiles up at Han.

              I know.

              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.

              Chewie!  Get down here!  She's wounded!  No,
              wait....  I got an idea.

117  INT EMPEROR'S TOWER - THRONE ROOM                             117

    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

                             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.

              Obi-Wan has taught you well.

              I will not fight you, father.

    Vader walks back up the stairs to Luke.

              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.

              Your thoughts betray you, father. I feel the
              good in you...the conflict.

              There is no conflict.

              You couldn't bring yourself to kill me
              before, and I don't believe you'll destroy me

              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.

118  EXT SPACE - AIR BATTLE                                        118

    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

              Watch out. Squad at .06.

                             REBEL PILOT
              I'm on it, Gold Leader.

              Good shot, Red Two.

              Now...come on, Han, old buddy. Don't let me

119  INT BUNKER - CONTROL ROOM                                     119

    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

                             SECOND COMMANDER
              Yes, sir.

120  EXT FOREST - GENERATOR BUNKER                                 120

    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.

121  INT BUNKER - CONTROL ROOM                                     121

    Han, Chewie, and several troops rush into the control room and
    plant explosive charges on the control panels and rush out.

              Throw me another charge.

122  INT EMPEROR'S TOWER - THRONE ROOM                             122

    Vader stalks the low-ceilinged area on the level below the
    throne, searching for Luke in the semi-darkness, his lightsaber
    held ready.

              You cannot hide forever, Luke.

              I will not fight you.

              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

              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 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

              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.

              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.

              So be it...Jedi.

123  EXT FOREST - GENERATOR BUNKER                                 123

    Han and several of the fighters run out of the bunker and race
    across the clearing.

              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.

124  INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE                               124

    Ackbar, sitting in his control chair, speaks into the radio.

              The shield is down! Commence attack on the
              Death Star's main reactor.

              We're on our way. Red Group, Gold Group, all
              fighters follow me. (laughs) Told you they'd
              do it!

    The Falcon, followed by several smaller Rebel fighters, heads
    toward the unfinished superstructure of the Death Star.

125  INT EMPEROR'S TOWER - THRONE ROOM                             125

    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.

              If you will not be turned, you will be

    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.

              Young fool...only now, at the end, do you

    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.

              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.

              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

    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
    cape. 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 cape 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.


    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

              I'm going in.

              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.

              Now lock onto the strongest power source. It
              should be the power generator.

              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.

              Split up and head back to the surface. See if
              you can get a few of those TIE fighters to
              follow you.

              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 side dangerously. Two other TIE fighters
    continue to blast away at them.

              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

127  INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE                               127

              We've got to give those fighters more time.
              Concentrate all fire on that Super Star

    X-wings pilots head across the surface of the huge battleship.

128  INT VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - BRIDGE                           128

    Admiral Piett and a commander stand at the window, looking out to
    the battle. They look concerned.

              Sir, we've lost our bridge deflector shield.

              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.

              Intensify forward firepower!

              It's too late!

    The Rebel pilot screams as his ship hits the Star Destroyer,
    causing a huge explosion. The giant battle ship loses control,
    crashes into the Death Star, and explodes.

129  INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE                               129

    There is excitement on the bridge as the battle rages on all
    sides. They cheer as the giant Star Destroyer blows up.

130  INT DEATH STAR - MAIN DOCKING BAY                             130

    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.

              But you'll die.

              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.

              No. You're coming with me. I can't leave you
              here. I've got to save you.

              You already have, Luke. You were right about
              me. Tell your sister...you were right.

              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.

131  EXT DEATH STAR                                                131

    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.


    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.

              There it is!

              All right, Wedge. Go for the power regulator
              on the north tower.

              Copy, Gold Leader. I'm already on my way out.

    The X-wing heads for the top of the huge reactor and fires
    several 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 the missiles, which shoot out of the Falcon
    with a powerful roar, and hit directly at the center of the main

    He maneuvers the Falcon out of the winding superstructure just
    ahead of the continuing chain of explosions.

133  INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE                               133

    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.

              Move the fleet away from the Death Star.

134  EXT DEATH STAR                                                134

    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. But as Luke pilots toward the safety of the
    Sanctuary moon, his thoughts - enhanced by the Force - turn to
    his friends aboard the Millennium Falcon.

    The Falcon flies at top speed, with a single X-wing as escort,
    over the endless surface of the Death Star. A series of
    explosions within the superstructure follow, then swiftly
    overtake the small craft as it races for an exit.

135  INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT                               135

    Lando turns to Nien Nunb and shakes his head.

                             LANDO (into comlink)
              Wedge, I don't think we're going to make it.

                             WEDGE (VO)
              You'll make it. Just follow me Gold Leader.

                             LANDO (to himself)
              I promised to return his ship without a
              scratch...I sure hope that old pirate
              forgives me.

135A EXT DEATH STAR                                               135A

    An X-wing, piloted by Wedge Antilles, races out of the exploding
    superstructure and whizzes toward the Sanctuary Moon. But the
    Millennium Falcon is not fast enough as it explodes with the
    Death Star in a supernova of glory.

136  EXT ENDOR FOREST                                              136

    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. All except Han cheer, as the thirty-
    year-old starship pilot feels a deep personal loss.

                             HAN (whispering to himself)

              (misinterpreting Han's reference)
              They did it!

    Han looks down from the sky to Leia, a look of sorrow and regret
    on his face. He knows he will never see the Falcon and Lando
    again. His thoughts turn to Leia, as she continues to look at the
    sky, watching for Luke.

137  EXT ENDOR FOREST - NIGHT                                      137

    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.

138  EXT EWOK VILLAGE SQUARE - NIGHT                               138

    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

                             FADE OUT

                    END CREDITS OVER STAR FIELD

                             THE END



                          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
                      ROBERT WATTS, JIM BLOOM
                        Production Designer
                          NORMAN REYNOLDS
                      Director of Photography
                          ALAN HUME, B.S.C
                             Edited by
                           Visual Effects
                         Costume Designers
                   Mechanical Effects Supervision
                              KIT WEST
                    Make-Up and Creature Design
                            Sound Design
                             BEN BURTT
                              Music by
                           JOHN WILLIAMS


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
                      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
                          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
                         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
                            Focus Puller
                    MICHAEL FRIFT, CHRIS TANNER
                        Assistant Cameramen
                    Leo NAPOLITANO, BOB LA BONGE
                     Second Assistant Cameramen
                     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
                           Bill DREYFUSS
                           Craft Service
                          GEORGE MAURICIO

                        Chief Make-Up Artist
                     TOM SMITH, GRAHAM FREEBORN
                          Make-Up Artists
                   PETER ROBB KING, DICKIE MILLS
                         Make-Up Assistants
                      Make-Up Effects Engineer
                            BOB BROMLEY
                         Chief Hairdresser
                         PATRICIA McDERMONT
                     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
                     JUDY ELKINS, DEREK HOWARTH
                          Cheif Moldmaker
                            WESLEY SEEDS
                             RON YOUNG
                        Creature Technicians
                        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
                           RICHARD MILLER
                        Wardrode Assistants
                         Creature Costumers

                          Property Master
                           PETER HANCOCK
                     Assistant Property Master
                          CHARLES TORBETT
                        Property Supervisors
                    HOLLY WALKER, IVAN VAN PERRE
                          Master Carpenter
                             BERT LONG
                          Master Plasterer
                            KENNY CLARKE
                           Master Painter
                          ERIC SHIRTCLIFFE
                         Supervising Rigger
                            RED LAWRENCE
                       Supervising Stagehabd
                            EDDIE BURKE
                         Sail Co-Ordinators
                         Sails Engineering

                          Production Sound
                       TONY DAWE, RANDY THOM
                           Boom Operators
                          Sound Assistants
                       SHEP DAWE, JIM MANSON
                          Audio Engineers
                     Post-Production Assistants
                           English Lyrics
                          JOSEPH WILLIAMS
                          Huttesse Lyrics
                           ANNIE ARBOGAST
                           Ewokese Lyrics
                             BEN BURTT
                        Re-Recording Mixers
                          Music Recording
                           ERIC TOMLINSON
                         HERBERT W. SPENCER
                      Supervising Music Editor
                          KENNETH WANNBERG
                       Re-Recording Engineer
                          TOMLINSON HOLMAN
                       Assistant Film Editors
                       Sound Effects Editors
                          Dialogue Editors
                        VICKIE ROSE SAMPSON
                      Assistant Sound Editors

                       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
                        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
                        MARY SELWAY BUCKLEY
                          Location Casting
                       DAVE EMAN, BILL LYTLE
                    Assistants to Mr. Kazanjian
                       Assistant to Mr. Bloom
                           JOHN SYRJAMAKI
                       Assistant to Mr. Lucas
                              JANE BAY
                     Assistant to Mr. Marquand
                         LEILA KIRKPATRICK
                          GILLIAN GREGORY
                       Location Choreographer
                            WENDY ROGERS

                       Production Controller
                           ARTHUR CARROLL
                       Production Accountant
                         MARGARET MITCHELL
                       Production Accountant
                            COLIN HURREN
                       Assistant Accountants
                        Location Accountants

                    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
                           Unit Publicist
                           GORDON ARNELL
                        Assistant Publicist
                             JUNE BROOM
                    SIDNEY GANIS, SUSAN TREMBLY
                     Photographic Co-Ordinators
                     BARB LAKIN, KATHY WIPPERT
                            DEBORAH FINE

                     Special Effects Supervisor
                            ROY ARBOGAST
                       Special Effect Foreman
                         WILLIAM DAVID LEE
                  Special Effects Floor Controller
                            IAN WINGROVE
                     Senior Effects Technicians
                    Chief Electronics Technician
                              RON HONE
                    Special Effects Technicians
                          Wire Specialists
                     BOB HARMAN, STEVE CRAWLEY
                      Location Special Effects
                        Electrical Engineer
                             TERRY COX
                        Effects Co-Ordinator
                             JOHN BAKER
                         Effects Secretary
                            REBECCA WEST

                     INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC

                   Optical Photography Supervisor
                          BRUCE NICHOLSON
                         Effects Cameramen
                        Assistant Cameramen
                     Optical Printer Operators
                       MARK VARGO, JAMES LIM
                          Optical Line-Up
                          Lab Technicians

                    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
                            Model Makers
                       Modelshop Supervisors
                    LORNE PETERSON, STEVE GAWLEY
                        Animation Supervisor
                            JAMES KEEFER
                       Head Effects Animators
                         Effects Animators

                 Supervising Visual Effects Editor
                           ARTHUR REPOLA
                       Visual Effects Editors
                  Assistant Visual Effects Editors
                     TERRY PECK, DANIEL CANDIB

                        General Manager, ILM
                             TOM SMITH
                       Production Supervisor
                       PATRICIA ROSE DUIGNAN
                      Production Co-Ordinators
                        Administrative Staff
                        NED GORMAN, RON FODE
                       Production Assistants
                    Supervisor-Still Photography
                           TERRY CHOSTNER
                        Still Photographers
                    Electronic System Designers
                     JERRY JEFFRESS, KRIS BROWN
                        Electronic Engineers
                   MIKE MacKENZIE, MARTY BRENNEIS
                         Computer Graphics
                      WILLIAM REEVES, TOM DUFF
                  Equipment Engineering Supervisor
                           GENE WHITEMAN
                    UDO PAMPEL, CONRAD BONDERSON
                       Apprentice Machinists
                      DAVID HANKS, CHRIS RAND
                          Design Engineer
                            MIKE BOLLES
                      Equipment Support Staff
                    Supervising Stage Technician
                            TED MOEHNKE
                           Stage Foreman
                        PATRICK FITZSIMMONS
                         Stage Technicians
                      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
                     VAN der VEER PHOTO EFFECTS


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

                          Stunt Performers

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

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