Star Wars:Return of the Jedi Script



                              STAR WARS





                              Episode VI





                         Revenge Of The Jedi





                                  by


                           Lawrence Kasdan


                                 and


                             George Lucas





                            From the novel


                                  by


                             George Lucas








                   SECOND DRAFT - DECEMBER 19, 1982








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


               galaxy...





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


     massive superstructure curling away from the completed section


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


     floats the small, green moon of ENDOR.





     An Imperial Star Destroyer moves overhead toward the massive


     armored space station, 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.





                              OFFICER


               Inform the commander that Lord Vader's


               shuttle has arrived.





                              OPERATOR


               Yes, sir.





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


     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





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


     technocrat, strides through the assembled troops to the base of


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


     about the new arrival. But the Death Star commander stands


     arrogantly tall.





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


     darkness. Then, heavy FOOTSTEPS AND MECHANICAL BREATHING. From


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


     looks over the assemblage as he walks down the ramp.





                              JERJERROD


               Lord Vader, this is an unexpected pleasure.


               We're honored by your presence.





                              VADER


               You may dispense with the pleasantries,


               Commander. I'm here to put you back on


               schedule.





     The commander turns ashen and begins to shake.





                              JERJERROD


               I assure you, Lord Vader, my men are working


               as fast as they can.





                              VADER


               Perhaps I can find new ways to


               motivate them.





                              JERJERROD


               I tell you, this station will be operational


               as planned.





                              VADER


               The Emperor does not share your


               optimistic appraisal of the situation.





                              JERJERROD


               But he asks the impossible. I need more men.





                              VADER


               Then perhaps you can tell him when he


               arrives.





                              JERJERROD (aghast)


               The Emperor's coming here?





                              VADER


               That is correct, Commander. And he is most


               displeased with your apparent lack of


               progress.





                              JERJERROD


               We shall double our efforts.





                              VADER


               I hope so, Commander, for your sake. The


               Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.





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


     Hutt.





                              THREEPIO


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


               too. Lando Calrissian and poor Chewbacca


               never returned from this awful place.





     Artoo whistles timidly.





                              THREEPIO


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


               things I've heard about this Jabba the Hutt,


               You'd probably short-circuit.





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





                              THREEPIO


               Artoo, are you sure this is the right place?


               I better knock, I suppose.





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!





                              THREEPIO


               Goodness gracious me!





     Threepio points to Artoo, then to himself.





                              THREEPIO


               Artoo Detoowha bo Seethreepiowha ey toota odd


               mischka Jabba du Hutt.





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


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


     beeps his concern.





                              THREEPIO


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


               Artoo. We'd better go.





     Artoo beeps his reluctance as Threepio turns to leave. Suddenly


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


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


     look at one another, afraid to enter.





     Artoo starts forward into the gloom. Threepio rushes after his


     stubby companion. The door lowers noisily behind them.





                              THREEPIO


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


               don't think we should rush into all this.





     Artoo continues down the corridor, with Threepio following.





                              THREEPIO


               Oh, Artoo!  Artoo, wait for me!





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.





                              THREEPIO


               Just you deliver Master Luke's message and


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





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


     humanlike alien with long tentacles protruding from his skull.





                              BIB


               Die Wanna Wanga!





                              THREEPIO


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


               message to your master, Jabba the Hutt.





     Artoo lets out a series of quick beeps.





                              THREEPIO (cont)


               ... and a gift.


               (thinks a moment, then to Artoo)


               Gift, what gift?





     Bib shakes his head negatively.





                              BIB


               Nee Jabba no badda. Me chaade su goodie.





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


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


     the strange-looking alien.





                              THREEPIO


               He says that our instructions are to give it


               only to Jabba himself.





     Bib thinks about this for a moment.





                              THREEPIO


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


               stubborn about these sort of things.





     Bib gestures for the droids to follow.





                              BIB


               Nudd Chaa.





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


     trailed by the two guards.





                              THREEPIO


               Artoo, I have a bad feeling about this.





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


     politely.





                              THREEPIO


               Good morning.





                              JABBA


               Bo Shuda!





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


     skinned villain.





                              THREEPIO


               The message, Artoo, the message.





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


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


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


     gangsters.





                              LUKE


               Greetings, Exalted One. Allow me to introduce


               myself. I am Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight and


               friend to Captain Solo. I know that you are


               powerful, mighty Jabba, and that your anger


               with Solo must be equally powerful. I seek an


               audience with Your Greatness to bargain for


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


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


               arrangement which will be mutually beneficial


               and enable us to avoid any unpleasant


               confrontation. As a token of my goodwill, I


               present to you a gift: these two droids.





     Threepio is startled by this announcement.





                              THREEPIO


               What did he say?





                              LUKE (cont)


               ... Both are hardworking and will serve you


               well.





                              THREEPIO


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


               wrong message.





     Luke's hologram disappears.





     Jabba laughs while Bib speaks to him in Huttese.





                              JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)


               There will be no bargain.





                              THREEPIO


               We're doomed.





                              JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)


               I will not give up my favorite decoration. I


               like Captain Solo where he is.





     Jabba laughs hideously and looks toward an alcove beside the


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


     him last, is a carbonized HAN SOLO.





                              THREEPIO


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


               frozen in carbonite.





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.





                              THREEPIO


               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


     corridor.





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.





                              NINEDENINE


               Ah, good. New acquisitions. You are a


               protocol droid, are you not?





                              THREEPIO


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





                              NINEDENINE


               Yes or no will do.





                              THREEPIO


               Oh. Well, yes.





                              NINEDENINE


               How many languages do you speak?





                              THREEPIO


               I am fluent in over six million forms of


               communication, and can readily...





                              NINEDENINE


               Splendid! We have been without an interpreter


               since our master got angry with our last


               protocol droid and disintegrated him.





                              THREEPIO


               Disintegrated?





                              NINEDENINE (to a Gamorrean guard)


               Guard! This protocol droid might be useful.


               Fit him with a restraining bolt and take him


               back to His Excellency's main audience


               chamber.





     The guard shoves Threepio toward the door.





                              THREEPIO (disappearing)


               Artoo, don't leave me! Ohhh!





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


     angrily.





                              NINEDENINE


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


               learn some respect. I have need for you on


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


               fit in nicely.





     The poor work droid in the background lets out another tortured


     electronic scream.





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.





                              JABBA


               Da Eitha!





     The lovely alien shakes her head again and screams.





                              OOLA


               Na Chuba negatorie Na! Na! Natoota...





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





                              JABBA


               Boscka!





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


     in the floor springs open and swallows her up. 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


     THE WOOKIEE.





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


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


     listens intently, then the bounty hunter bows before the gangster


     and speaks a greeting in a strange, electronically processed


     tongue (Ubese).





                              BOUSHH (in Ubese subtitled)


               I have come for the bounty on this Wookiee.





                              THREEPIO


               Oh, no! Chewbacca!





                              JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)


               At last we have the mighty Chewbacca.





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


     Threepio, waving him closer. The reluctant droid obeys.





                              THREEPIO


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


               Worshipfulness. Uh... yes!





     Jabba continues speaking, as Threepio nervously translates.


     Boushh listens, studying the dangerous creatures around the room.


     He notices BOBA FETT standing near the door.





                              THREEPIO


               Oh. The illustrious Jabba bids you welcome


               and will gladly pay you the reward of twenty-


               five thousand.





                              BOUSHH (in Ubese subtitled)


               I want fifty thousand. No less.





     Jabba immediately flies into a rage, knocking the golden droid


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


     adjusts his weapon as Jabba raves in Huttese and Threepio


     struggles back onto the throne. The disheveled droid tries to


     compose himself.





                              THREEPIO


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


               (to Boushh)


               Uh, the mighty Jabba asks why he must pay


               fifty thousand.





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


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


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


     very impatient.





                              THREEPIO


               Because he's holding a thermal detonator.





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


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


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


     tense hush. Jabba stares at the bounty hunter malevolently until


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





                              JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)


               This bounty hunter is my kind of scum.


               Fearless and inventive.





     Jabba continues.





                              THREEPIO


               Jabba offers the sum of thirty-five. And I


               suggest you take it.





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


     his reaction. Boushh releases a switch on the thermal detonator


     and it goes dead.





                              BOUSHH


               Zeebuss.





                              THREEPIO


               He agrees!





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


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


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


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


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


     loudly appreciative creatures.





     Boushh leans against a column with gunfighter cool and surveys


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


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


     slightly, cradling his weapon lovingly. Boba Fett shifts with


     equally ominous arrogance.





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


     loudly.





     A shadowy figure moves stealthily among the columns at the


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


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


     monsters.





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


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


     hunter deactivates the force field by flipping a control switch


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


     floor of the alcove.





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


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


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


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


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


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


     metallic coat and his forearms and hands, previously raised in


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


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





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


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


     start and he begins coughing. The bounty hunter steadies the


     staggering newborn.





                              BOUSHH


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


               carbonite.





     Han touches his face with his hand and moans.





                              BOUSHH


               Shhh. You have hibernation sickness.





                              HAN


               I can't see.





                              BOUSHH


               You eyesight will return in time.





                              HAN


               Where am I?





                              BOUSHH


               Jabba's palace.





                              HAN


               Who are you?





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


     revealing the beautiful face of PRINCESS LEIA.





                              LEIA


               Someone who loves you.





                              HAN


               Leia!





                              LEIA


               I gotta get you out of here.





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


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


     the alcove.





                              HAN


               What's that? I know that laugh.





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


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


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





                              HAN


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


               to pay you back, but I got a little


               sidetracked. It's not my fault.





     Jabba laughs.





                              JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)


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


               been a good smuggler, but now you're Bantha


               fodder.





                              HAN


               Look...





                              JABBA (cont Huttese subtitled)


               Take him away!





     The guards grab Han and start to lead him away.





                              HAN


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


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





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


     to lead Leia away.





                              JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)


               Bring her to me.





     Jabba chuckles as Lando and a second guard drag the beautiful


     young princess toward him. Threepio peeks from behind a monster


     and quickly turns away in disgust.





                              LEIA


               We have powerful friends. You're gonna regret


               this...





                              JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)


               I'm sure.





     Inexorably her lovely face moves to within a few inches of


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





                              LEIA


               Ugh!





                              THREEPIO


               Ohhh, I can't bear to watch.





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.





                              HAN


               Chewie? Chewie, is that you?





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


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


     the light, revealing Chewie.





                              HAN


               Ah! Chew--Chewie!





     The giant Wookiee barks with glee.





                              HAN


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





     Chewie barks an excited blue streak.





                              HAN


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


               of himself, much less rescue anybody.





     Chewie barks a reply.





                              HAN


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


               little while, everybody gets delusions of


               grandeur.





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


     head.





                              HAN


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





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.





                              LUKE


               I must speak with Jabba.





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


     and stares at Bib; he raises his hand slightly.





                              LUKE


               You will take me to Jabba now!





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


     follows him into the gloom.





                              LUKE


               You serve your master well.





     Bib responds.





                              LUKE


               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.





                              THREEPIO


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





                              BIB


               Master.





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





                              BIB


               ...Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight.





                              JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)


               I told you not to admit him.





                              LUKE


               I must be allowed to speak.





                              BIB (in Huttese subtitled)


               He must be allowed to speak.





     Jabba, furious, clobbers Bib and shoves him away.





                              JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)


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


               mind trick.





     Luke stares hard at Jabba.





                              LUKE


               You will bring Captain Solo and the Wookiee


               to me.





                              JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)


               Your mind powers will not work on me, boy.





                              LUKE


               Nevertheless, I'm taking Captain Solo and his


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


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


               you not to underestimate my powers.





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


     about the pit.





                              THREEPIO


               Master Luke, you're 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.





                              JABBA


               Bascka!





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


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


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


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


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





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.





                              THREEPIO


               Oh, no! The Rancor!





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


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


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


     in on him.





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


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


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


     audience cheers and laughs at the guard's fate.





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


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


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


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


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


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


     pit, causing an avalanche.





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


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


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


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


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


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


     Rancor's finger.





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.





                              LUKE


               Han!





                              HAN


               Luke!





                              LUKE


               Are you all right?





                              HAN


               Fine. Together again, huh?





                              LUKE


               Wouldn't miss it.





                              HAN


               How are we doing?





                              LUKE


               The same as always.





                              HAN


               That bad, huh? Where's Leia?





     Luke looks to Leia.





                              LEIA


               I'm here.





     Threepio is standing behind the grotesque gangster as he strokes


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


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


     behind Jabba.





     Threepio steps forward and translates for the captives.





                              THREEPIO


               Oh, dear. His High Exaltedness, the great


               Jabba the Hutt, has decreed that you are to


               be terminated immediately.





                              HAN


               Good, I hate long waits.





                              THREEPIO


               You will therefore be taken to the Dune Sea


               and cast into the pit of Carkoon, the nesting


               place of the all-powerful Sarlacc.





                              HAN (to Luke)


               Doesn't sound so bad.





                              THREEPIO


               In his belly, you will find a new definition


               of pain and suffering, as you are slowly


               digested over a thousand years.





                              HAN


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





     Chewie barks his agreement.





                              LUKE


               You should have bargained, Jabba. That's the


               last mistake you'll ever make.





     Jabba cackles evilly at this.





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


     cheer rises from the crowd. Leia and Chewie exchange concerned


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





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.





                              HAN


               I think my eyes are getting better. Instead


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





                              LUKE


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


               you know.





                              HAN


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





                              LUKE


               Just stick close to Chewie and Lando. I've


               taken care of everything.





                              HAN


               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.





                              THREEPIO


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


               doing here?





     Artoo beeps a quick reply.





                              THREEPIO


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


               this place is dangerous. They're going to


               execute Master Luke and, if we're not


               careful, us too!





              Artoo whistles a singsong response.





                              THREEPIO


               Hmm.  I wish I had your confidence.





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.





                              THREEPIO


               Victims of the almighty Sarlacc: His


               Excellency hopes that you will die honorably.


               But should any of you wish to beg for mercy,


               the great Jabba the Hutt will now listen to


               your pleas.





27   EXT SKIFF                                                      27





     Han steps forward arrogantly and begins to speak.





                              HAN


               Threepio, you tell that slimy piece of...


               worm-ridden filth he'll get no such pleasure


               from us. Right?





     Chewie growls his agreement.





                              LUKE


               Jabba! This is your last chance. Free us or


               die.





     Lando moves unobtrusively along the skiff as Luke shoots a quick


     look of conspiracy to him.





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.





                              LUKE


               Easy, Chewie.





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


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


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


     dangles desperately above the Sarlacc pit.





                              LANDO


               Whoa! Whoa! Help!





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.





                              HAN


               Chewie, you okay? Where is he?





     The Wookiee is wounded and he howls in pain.





                              HAN


               I'm okay, pal.





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


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


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


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


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


     shrugs away the cable and stands free.





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


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





                              LANDO


               Han! Chewie?





                              HAN


               Lando!





     Luke is a little shaken but remains standing as a fusillade


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


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


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


     skiff and begins decimating the guards from their midst.





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


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


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


     finally he grabs hold of the spear.





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


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


     raises his arm, and aims his lethal appendage.





     Chewie barks desperately at Han.





                              HAN


               Boba Fett?! Boba Fett?! Where?





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


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





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


     blasts off, flying over the second skiff like a missile, 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


     bondage.





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.





                              HAN


               Lando, grab it!





                              LANDO


               Lower it!





                              HAN


               I'm trying!





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


     Han and almost everything else on board slides overboard. The


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


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


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


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


     violently.





                              HAN


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





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


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


     the pit.





                              HAN


               Grab it! L--Lando. Grab!





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


     deck gun blasting away at his helpless companions. Luke leaps


     from the skiff, across a chasm of air, 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.





                              HAN


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





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


     to let go of the spear.





                              LANDO


               Hold it! Whoa!





     Again Han extends the spear toward Lando.





                              HAN


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


               Hold me, Chewie.





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


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





                              HAN


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


               Lando.





                              LANDO


               No, wait! I thought you were blind!





                              HAN


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





                              LANDO


               All right! A little higher! Just a little


               higher!





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


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


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





                              HAN


               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.





                              LEIA


               Come on. We gotta get out of here quick.





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


     kicking and screaming as Salacious Crumb, the reptilian monkey-


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





                              THREEPIO


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


               Ohhh! You beast!





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


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


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





40   EXT UPPER DECK - SAIL BARGE                                    40





     Luke is warding off laser blasts with his lightsaber, surrounded


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


     as Luke turns to face another guard.





                              LUKE (to Leia)


               Get the gun! Point it at the deck!





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


     swivels the gun around.





                              LUKE


               Point it at the deck!





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


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


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


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





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


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





                              THREEPIO


               Artoo, where are we going? I couldn't


               possibly jump.





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


     tumbling toward the sand.





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


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





                              LUKE


               Come on!





     Luke 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.





                              LUKE


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





                              LANDO


               We're on our way.





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


     the huge craft is on fire.





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


     heard.





                              HAN


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


               blowing sand!





                              LEIA


               That's all any of us can see.





                              HAN (blinking)


               Then I guess I'm getting better.





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


     wind dies down to something more describable as a severe weather


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


     a HUM.





                              HAN (turning to Luke)


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


               pretty good out there.





                              LUKE (shrugging it off)


               I had a lot of help. Think nothing of it.





                              HAN


               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.





                              HAN


               Why don't you leave that crate and come with


               us?





                              LUKE


               I have a promise I have to keep first... to


               an old friend.





     Luke and Artoo take off in their spacecraft.





                              HAN


               (looking dubiously at Lando, obviously


               remembering his friend's betrayal and


               subsequent aide)


               Guess I owe you some thanks, too, Lando.





                              LANDO


               Figured if I left you frozen like that you'd


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


               I might as well get you unfrozen sooner or


               later.





                              LEIA


               He means "You're welcome."





                              LANDO


               Come on, let's get off this miserable dust


               ball.





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


     CAMERA.





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


     MILLENNIUM FALCON.





                              LUKE


               I'll meet you back at the fleet.





                              LEIA (over comlink)


               Hurry. The Alliance should be assembled by


               now.





                              LUKE


               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.





                              LUKE


     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.





                              VADER


               The Death Star will be completed on schedule.





                              EMPEROR


               You have done well, Lord Vader. And now I


               sense you wish to continue your search for


               young Skywalker.





                              VADER


               Yes, my Master.





                              EMPEROR


               Patience, my friend. In time he will seek you


               out. And when he does, you must bring him


               before me. He has grown strong. Only together


               can we turn him to the dark side of the


               Force.





                              VADER


               As you wish.





                              EMPEROR


               Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.





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


     troops.





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.





                              YODA


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


               young eyes?





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


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





                              LUKE


               No... of course not.





                              YODA (tickled, chuckles)


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


               weak. (Points a crooked finger) When nine


               hundred years old you reach, look as good you


               will not. Hmm?





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





                              YODA


               Soon will I rest. Yes, forever sleep. Earned


               it, I have.





     Yoda sits himself on his bed, with great effort.





                              LUKE


               Master Yoda, you can't die.





                              YODA


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


               strong! Twilight is upon me and soon night


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


               way of the Force.





                              LUKE


               But I need your help. I've come back to


               complete the training.





                              YODA


               No more training do you require. Already know


               you that which you need.





     Yoda sighs, and lies back on his bed.





                              LUKE


               Then I am a Jedi?





                              YODA (shakes his head)


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


               must confront Vader. Then, only then, a Jedi


               will you be. And confront him you will.





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


     courage. Finally he is able to ask.





                              LUKE


               Master Yoda... is Darth Vader my father?





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


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


     Luke.





                              YODA


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





     Luke watches him, each moment an eternity.





                              LUKE


               Yoda, I must know.





                              YODA


               Your father he is.





     Luke reacts as if cut.





                              YODA


               Told you, did he?





                              LUKE


               Yes.





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





                              YODA


               Unexpected this is, and unfortunate...





                              LUKE


               Unfortunate that I know the truth?





     Yoda opens his eyes again and studies the youth.





                              YODA (gathering all his strength)


               No. Unfortunate that you rushed to face


               him... that incomplete was your training. Not


               ready for the burden were you.





                              LUKE


               Well, I'm sorry.





                              YODA


               Remember, a Jedi's strength flows from the


               Force.  But beware.  Anger, fear, aggression.


               The dark side are they.  Once you start down


               the dark path, forever will it dominate your


               destiny.





     He beckons the young Jedi closer to him.





                              YODA


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


               the powers of the Emperor, or suffer your


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


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


               Luke, the Force runs strong in your family.


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


               great effort) There is...


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





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


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


     disappears in front of his eyes.





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.





                              LUKE


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





                              BEN (OS)


               Yoda will always be with you.





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





                              LUKE


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





     The ghost of Ben Kenobi approaches him through the swamp.





                              LUKE


               You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my


               father.





                              BEN


               You father was seduced by the dark side of


               the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker


               and became Darth Vader. When that happened,


               the good man who was your father was


               destroyed. So what I have told you was


               true... from a certain point of view.





                              LUKE (turning away, derisive)


               A certain point of view!





                              BEN


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


               truths we cling to depend greatly on our own


               point of view.





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





                              BEN


               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.





                              BEN


               Anakin was a good friend.





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


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


     presence.





                              BEN


               When I first knew him, your father was


               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.





                              LUKE


               There's still good in him.





                              BEN


               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.





                              LUKE


               I can't do it, Ben.





                              BEN


               You cannot escape your destiny.





                              LUKE


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





                              BEN


               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.





                              LUKE


               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.





                              BEN


               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!





                              LUKE


               I can't kill my own father.





                              BEN


               Then the Emperor has already won. You were


               our only hope.





                              LUKE


               Yoda spoke of another.





                              BEN


               The other he spoke of is your twin sister.





                              LUKE


               But I have no sister.





                              BEN


               Hmm. To protect you both from the Emperor,


               you were hidden from your father when you


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


               Anakin were to have any offspring, they would


               be a threat to him. That is the reason why


               your sister remains safely anonymous.





                              LUKE


               Leia! Leia's my sister.





                              BEN


               Your insight serves you well. Bury your


               feelings deep down, Luke. They do you credit.


               But they could be made to serve the Emperor.





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





                              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.





                              LUKE


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


               Vader will destroy her.





                              BEN


               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.





53   INT HEADQUARTERS FRIGATE - MAIN BRIEFING ROOM                  53





     Hundreds of Rebel commanders of all races and forms are assembled


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


     is a holographic model depicting the half-completed Imperial


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


     deflector shield.





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


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


     several military leaders, including GENERAL MADINE and ADMIRAL


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


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


     the two droids.





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





                              HAN


               Well, look at you, a general, huh?





                              LANDO


               Oh, well, someone must have told them about


               my little maneuver at the battle of Taanab.





                              HAN (sarcastic)


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


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


               lookin' for somebody to lead this crazy


               attack.





                              LANDO (smiling)


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





                              HAN


               Well, who says they didn't.  But I


               ain't crazy. You're the respectable


               one, remember?





     Mon Mothma signals for attention, and the room falls


     silent.





                              MON MOTHMA


               The Emperor has made a critical error and the


               time for our attack has come.





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


     the Death Star, the Endor moon and the protecting deflector


     shield in the center of the room.





                              MON MOTHMA


               The data brought to us by the Bothan spies


               pinpoints the exact location of the Emperor's


               new battle station. We also know that the


               weapon systems of this Death Star are not yet


               operational. With the Imperial Fleet spread


               throughout the galaxy in a vain effort to


               engage us, it is relatively unprotected. But


               most important of all, we've learned that the


               Emperor himself is personally overseeing the


               final stages of the construction of this


               Death Star.





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


     Leia as Chewie barks his amazement.





                              MON MOTHMA (cont)


               Many Bothans died to bring us this


               information. Admiral Ackbar, please.





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


     field and the Moon of Endor.





                              ACKBAR


               You can see here the Death Star orbiting the


               forest Moon of Endor. Although the weapon


               systems on this Death Star are not yet


               operational, the Death Star does have a


               strong defense mechanism. It is protected by


               an energy shield, which is generated from the


               nearby forest Moon of Endor. The shield must


               be deactivated if any attack is to be


               attempted. Once the shield is down, our


               cruisers will create a perimeter, while the


               fighters fly into the superstructure and


               attempt to knock out the main reactor.





     There's a concerned murmur.





                              ACKBAR (cont)


               General Calrissian has volunteered to lead


               the fighter attack





     Han turns to Lando with a look of respect.





                              HAN


               Good luck.





     Lando nods his thanks.





                              HAN


               You're gonna need it.





                              ACKBAR


               General Madine.





     Madine moves center stage.





                              GENERAL MADINE


               We have stolen a small Imperial shuttle.


               Disguised as a cargo ship, and using a secret


               Imperial code, a strike team will land on the


               moon and deactivate the shield generator.





     The assembly begins to mumble among themselves.





                              THREEPIO


               Sounds dangerous.





                              LEIA (to Han)


               I wonder who they found to pull that off.





                              GENERAL MADINE


               General Solo, is your strike team assembled?





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





                              HAN


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


               crew for the shuttle.





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


     him.





                              HAN


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


               to speak for you.





     Chewie waves that off with a huge GROWL.





                              HAN (smiles)


               That's one.





                              LEIA


               Uh, General... count me in.





                              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.





                              LEIA


               What is it?





                              LUKE (hesitant)


               Ask me again sometime.





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


     up.





                              HAN


               Luke.





                              LUKE


               Hi, Han... Chewie.





     Artoo beeps a singsong observation to a worried Threepio.





                              THREEPIO


               "Exciting" is hardly the word I would use.





54   INT HEADQUARTERS FRIGATE - MAIN DOCKING BAY                    54





     The Millennium Falcon rests beyond the stolen IMPERIAL SHUTTLE,


     which looks anomalous among all the Rebel ships in the vast


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


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


     strike team loading weapons and supplies. Lando turns to face


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


     ramp.





                              HAN


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


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


               the fastest ship in the fleet.





                              LANDO


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


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


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





                              HAN (looks at him warmly)


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





                              LANDO


               Look, would you get going, you pirate.





     Han and Lando pause, then exchange salutes.





                              LANDO


               Good luck.





                              HAN


               You, too.





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


     away.





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.





                              HAN


               You got her warmed?





                              LUKE


               Yeah, she's comin' up.





     Chewie growls a complaint.





                              HAN


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


               mind when they designed her, Chewie.





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





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


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


     gently.





                              LEIA


               Hey, are you awake?





                              HAN


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


               not gonna see her again.





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


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





                              LEIA (softly)


               Come on, General, let's move.





     Han snaps back to life.





                              HAN


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


               junk can do. Ready, everybody?





                              LUKE


               All set.





                              THREEPIO


               Here we go again.





                              HAN


               All right, hang on.





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.





                              VADER


               What is thy bidding, my Master?





                              EMPEROR


               Send the fleet to the far side of Endor.


               There it will stay until called for.





                              VADER


               What of the reports of the Rebel fleet


               massing near Sullust?





                              EMPEROR


               It is of no concern. Soon the Rebellion will


               be crushed and young Skywalker will be one of


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


               out to the command ship and await my orders.





                              VADER


               Yes, my Master.





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


     walks toward the waiting council members.





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.





                              HAN


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


               to get outta here pretty quick, Chewie.





     Chewie growls his agreement.





                              CONTROLLER (over radio)


               We have you on our screen now. Please


               identify.





                              HAN


               Shuttle Tydirium requesting deactivation of


               the deflector shield.





                              CONTROLLER (over radio)


               Shuttle Tydirium, transmit the clearance code


               for shield passage.





                              HAN


               Transmission commencing.





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


     transmission begins.





                              LEIA


               Now we find out if that code is worth the


               price we paid.





                              HAN


               It'll work. It'll work.





     Chewie whines nervously. Luke stares at the Huge Super Star


     Destroyer that looms ever larger before them.





                              LUKE


               Vader's on that ship.





                              HAN


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


               of command ships. Keep your distance though,


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


               keep your distance.





     Chewie barks a question.





                              HAN


               I don't know.  Fly casual.





                              LUKE


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


               come.





                              HAN


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


               keep a little optimism here.





     Chewie barks his worries as the Super Star Destroyer grows larger


     out the window.





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


     approach.





                              VADER


               Where is that shuttle going?





                              PIETT (into comlink)


               Shuttle Tydirium, what is your cargo and


               destination?





                              PILOT VOICE (HAN)(filtered)


               Parts and technical crew for the forest moon.





     The Bridge Commander looks to Vader for a reaction.





                              VADER


               Do they have a code clearance?





                              PIETT


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


               was about to clear them.





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





                              PIETT


               Shall I hold them?





                              VADER


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


               myself.





                              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.





                              HAN


               They're not goin' for it, Chewie.





                              CONTROLLER (filtered)


               Shuttle Tydirium, deactivation of the shield


               will commence immediately. Follow your


               present course.





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


     worried. Chewie barks.





                              HAN


               Okay! I told you it was gonna work. No


               problem.





62   EXT SPACE - STOLEN IMPERIAL SHUTTLE - ENDOR                    62





     The stolen Imperial shuttle moves off toward the green Sanctuary


     Moon.





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.





                              THREEPIO


               Oh, I told you it was dangerous here.





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


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


     parked nearby.





                              LEIA


               Shall we try and go around?





                              HAN


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


               nothing if they see us.





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


     Chewie start quietly down.





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.





                              HAN


               Chewie and I will take care of this. You stay


               here.





                              LUKE


               Quietly, there might be more of them out


               there.





                              HAN (grins)


               Hey... it's me.





     Han and Chewie turn and start through the bushes toward the


     scouts. Luke and Leia exchange smiles.





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


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


     companion.





                              SCOUT #1


               Go for help! Go!





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


     Chewie gets off a shot on his crossbow laser weapon, causing the


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


     fistfight.





                              LUKE (sarcastic)


               Great. Come on.





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


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


     points to where two more scouts are sitting on their speeder


     bikes, with an unoccupied bike parked nearby.





                              LEIA


               Over there! Two more of them!





                              LUKE


               I see them. Wait, Leia!





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


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


     behind her.





                              LUKE (pointing to the controls)


               Quick! Jam their comlink. Center switch!





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


     avoiding two huge trees.





                              HAN


               Hey, wait! Ahhh!





     He flips the remaining scout to the ground.





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


     targets.





                              LUKE


               Move closer!





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


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


     tree, slowing the scout.





                              LUKE


               Get alongside that one!





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


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


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


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


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


     They tear off after the remaining scout.





                              LUKE


               Get him!





     The speeding chase passes TWO MORE IMPERIAL SCOUTS. These two


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


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


     takes a glancing hit.





                              LUKE (indicating the one ahead)


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





     With Leia shooting ahead, Luke suddenly slams his steering vanes


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


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


     into forward and starts firing away, having switched places with


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


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


     tree trunk.





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


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





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


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


     and rises out of sight.





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


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


     The scout's bike takes a glancing hit.





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


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


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


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


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


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


     to no avail and disappears in a conflagration.





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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


     the scout discover that their two bikes have locked front vanes


     and are moving as one.





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


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


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


     back to find Luke.





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


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


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


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


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


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


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


     into a tree in a giant ball of fire.





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.





                              THREEPIO


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





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





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


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


     looks around.





                              HAN


               Luke! Where's Leia?





                              LUKE (concerned)


               What? She didn't come back?





                              HAN


               I thought she was with you.





                              LUKE


               We got separated.





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





                              LUKE


               Hey, we better go look for her.





     Han nods, and signals to a Rebel officer.





                              HAN


               Take the squad ahead.  We'll meet at the


               shield generator at 0300.





                              LUKE


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





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


     the squad proceeds in another.





                              THREEPIO


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


               do.





     They move off into the woods.





                              THREEPIO (to Artoo)


               And you said it was pretty here. Ugh!





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.





                              LEIA


               Cut it out!





     She stands up, and the Ewok quickly backs away.





                              LEIA


               I'm not gonna hurt you.





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


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


     log.





                              LEIA


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


               I don't know where here is.





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


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


     pats the log beside her.





                              LEIA


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


               down.





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


     Leia pats the log again.





                              LEIA


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





     More growls and squeaks from the little bear creature.





                              LEIA


               All right. You want something to eat?





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


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


     cautiously toward Leia, chattering in his squeaky Ewok language.





                              LEIA


               That's right. Come on. Hmmm?





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


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


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


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


     holds out the helmet to him.





                              LEIA


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


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


               you?





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


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


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


     some Ewokese warning to Leia.





                              LEIA


               What is it?





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


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


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


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


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


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


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


     weapon.





                              SCOUT #l


               Freeze!  Come on, get up!





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


     foliage in front of the log.





                              SCOUT #1


               Go get your ride and take her back to base.





                              SCOUT #2


               Yes, sir.





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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


     the dense foliage.





                              LEIA


               Come on, let's get outta here.





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


     and tugs at Leia to follow him.





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


     path.





                              GUARD


               Halt! The Emperor does not wish to be


               disturbed at the moment.





                              VADER


               (raising his gloved hand to the two guards


               and choking them with the Force)


               The Emperor will see me, now!





                              GUARD


               (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.





                              EMPEROR


               I told you to remain on the command ship.





                              VADER


               A small Rebel force has penetrated the shield


               and landed on Endor.





                              EMPEROR (no surprise)


               Yes, I know.





                              VADER (after a beat)


               My son is with them.





                              EMPEROR (very cool)


               Are you sure?





                              VADER


               I have felt him, my Master.





                              EMPEROR


               Strange, that I have not. I wonder if your


               feelings on this matter are clear, Lord


               Vader.





     Vader knows what is being asked.





                              VADER


               They are clear, my Master.





                              EMPEROR


               Then you must go to the Sanctuary Moon and


               wait for them.





                              VADER (skeptical)


               He will come to me?





                              EMPEROR


               I have foreseen it. His compassion for you


               will be his undoing. He will come to you and


               then you will bring him before me.





                              VADER (bows)


               As you wish.





     The Dark Lord strides out of the throne room.





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


     concern.





                              HAN (OS)


               Luke! Luke!





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


     wreckage of a speeder bike in the grass.





                              THREEPIO


               Oh, Master Luke.





                              LUKE


               There's two more wrecked speeders back there.


               And I found this.





     He tosses the helmet to Han.





                              THREEPIO


               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.





                              HAN


               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.





                              HAN


               Hey, I don't get it.





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





                              HAN (cont)


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





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





                              LUKE


               Chewie, wa-wait!  Don't!





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


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


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


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


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


     from his mouth.





                              HAN


               Nice work. Great, Chewie! Great! Always


               thinking with your stomach.





                              LUKE


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


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


               free an arm) Han, can you reach my


               lightsaber?





                              HAN


               Yeah, sure.





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


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


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


     continues to spin.





                              THREEPIO


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


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





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


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


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


     each brandishing a long spear.





                              HAN


               Wha--?  Hey!  Point that thing someplace


               else.





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


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


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


     his laser pistol.





                              HAN


               Hey!





                              LUKE


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





     The Ewoks swarm through them and confiscate their weapons. Luke


     lets them take his lightsaber. Chewie growls at the furry


     critters.





                              LUKE


               Chewie, give 'em your crossbow.





     Artoo and Threepio are just untangling themselves. Threepio gets


     free of the net and sits up, rattled.





                              THREEPIO


               Oh, my head. Oh, my goodness!





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


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


     The Ewok nearest him drops his spear and prostrates himself


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


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


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





                              LUKE


               Do you understand anything they're saying?





                              THREEPIO


               Oh, yes, Master Luke!  Remember that I am


               fluent in over six million forms of


               communication.





                              HAN


               What are you telling them?





                              THREEPIO


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


               They're using a very primitive dialect.  But


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





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


     exchange "what next?" looks.





                              HAN


               Well, why don't you use your divine influence


               and get us out of this?





                              THREEPIO


               I beg your pardon, General Solo, but that


               just wouldn't be proper.





                              HAN


               Proper?!





                              THREEPIO


               It's against my programming to impersonate a


               deity.





     Han moves toward Threepio threateningly.





                              HAN


               Why, you--





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


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


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


     holds up his hands placatingly.





                              HAN


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





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.





                              HAN


               I have a really bad feeling about this.





     Chewie growls his concern.





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


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


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


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


     examining Luke's lightsaber with great curiosity.





     Logray speaks to Threepio and the assemblage of fuzzy Ewoks,


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


     filling the pit under Han with firewood.





                              HAN


               What did he say?





                              THREEPIO


               I'm rather embarrassed, General Solo, but it


               appears you are to be the main course at a


               banquet in my honor.





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


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


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





                              HAN and LUKE


               Leia!





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


     spears.





                              LEIA


               Oh!





                              THREEPIO


               Your Royal Highness.





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


     assembled Ewoks and sighs.





                              LEIA


               But these are my friends. Threepio, tell them


               they must be set free.





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


     heads negatively. The Medicine Man gestures toward the prisoners


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


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


     and Han.





                              HAN


               Somehow, I got the feeling that didn't help


               us very much.





                              LUKE


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


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





                              THREEPIO


               But Master Luke, what magic? couldn't


               possibly --





                              LUKE


               Just tell them.





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


     steps forward and challenges Threepio. Luke closes his eyes and


     begins to concentrate.





                              THREEPIO


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


               Just...





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


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





                              THREEPIO


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


               happening! Oh! Oh, dear! Oh!





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


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


     with Threepio calling out in total panic at his situation.





                              THREEPIO


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


               Somebody, somebody, help! Master Luke, Artoo!


               Artoo, quickly! Do something, somebody! Oh!


               Ohhh!





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


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


     embrace. Luke notices the spinning Threepio, with Artoo beeping


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


     giant Wookiee, scratching their heads and marveling at his


     height.





                              THREEPIO


               Oh, oh, oh, oh! Thank goodness.





                              LUKE


               Thanks, Threepio.





                              THREEPIO (still shaken)


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





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


     side.





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


     squeaky native tongue. The Ewoks listen carefully and


     occasionally murmur comments to each other. Threepio points


     several times at the Rebel group and pantomimes a short history


     of the Galactic Civil War, mimicking the explosion and rocket


     sounds, imitating Imperial walkers. Throughout the long account,


     certain familiar names are distinguishable in English: Princess


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


     begins beeping excitedly at Threepio.





                              THREEPIO


               Yes, Artoo. I was just coming to that.





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


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


     present time.





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


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





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


     cheer and screeches.





                              HAN


               What's going on?





                              LEIA


               I don't know.





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


     something passes like a dark cloud through his consciousness. The


     others do not notice.





                              THREEPIO


               Wonderful! We are now a part of the tribe.





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





                              HAN


               Just what I always wanted.





     Chewbacca is being enthusiastically embraced by an Ewok, while


     Wicket clings to Han's leg.





                              HAN (chuckles)


               Well, short help is better than no help at


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





                              THREEPIO


               He says the scouts are going to show us the


               quickest way to the shield generator.





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


     wanders outside into the moonlight. Leia notices and follows.





                              HAN


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


               fresh supplies, too. And try and get our


               weapons back.





     Han pulls Threepio back as he keeps trying to translate.





                              HAN (cont)


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





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


     that.





                              LUKE


               Luke, what's wrong?





     Luke turns and looks at her a long moment.





                              LUKE


               Leia... do you remember your mother? Your


               real mother?





                              LEIA


               Just a little bit. She died when I was very


               young.





                              LUKE


               What do you remember?





                              LEIA


               Just...images, really. Feelings.





                              LUKE


               Tell me.





                              LEIA


               (a little surprised at his insistence)


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


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





     He looks away.





                              LUKE


               I have no memory of my mother. I never knew


               her.





                              LEIA


               Luke, tell me. What's troubling you?





                              LUKE


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





                              LEIA (alarmed)


               How do you know?





                              LUKE


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


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


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


               endangering the group and our mission here.


               (beat) I have to face him.





     Leia is distraught, confused.





                              LEIA


               Why?





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





                              LUKE


               He's my father.





                              LEIA


               Your father?





                              LUKE


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


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


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





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





                              LEIA


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


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





                              LUKE


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


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


               Force is strong in my family. My father has


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





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


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





                              LUKE


               Yes. It's you Leia.





                              LEIA


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





                              LUKE


               Then you know why I have to face him.





                              LEIA


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


               your presence, then leave this place. I wish


               I could go with you.





                              LUKE


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





                              LEIA


               But, why must you confront him?





                              LUKE


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


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


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


               side. I have to try.





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


     sister.





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


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


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


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





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


     is crying.





                              HAN


               Hey, what's goin' on?





     Leia attempts to stifle her sobs and wipes her eyes.





                              LEIA


               Nothing. I - just want to be alone for a


               little while.





                              HAN (angry)


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





     She looks up at him, struggling to control herself.





                              LEIA


               I...I can't tell you.





                              HAN (loses his temper)


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





                              LEIA


               I...





                              HAN


               Ahhh...





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


     her.





                              HAN


               I'm sorry.





                              LEIA


               Hold me.





     Han gathers her tightly in his protective embrace.





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.





                              COMMANDER


               This is a Rebel that surrendered to us.


               Although he denies it, I believe there may be


               more of them, and I request permission to


               conduct a further search of the area.





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





                              COMMANDER


               He was armed only with this.





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


     the lightsaber from the commander's hand.





                              VADER


               Good work, Commander. Leave us. Conduct your


               search and bring his companions to me.





                              COMMANDER


               Yes, my Lord.





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


     alone in the oddly tranquil beauty of the place. The sounds of


     the forest filter in upon them.





                              VADER


               The Emperor has been expecting you.





                              LUKE


               I know, father.





                              VADER


               So, you have accepted the truth.





                              LURE


               I've accepted the truth that you were once


               Anakin Skywalker, my father.





                              VADER (turning to face him)


               That name no longer has any meaning for me.





                              LUKE


               It is the name of your true self. You've only


               forgotten. I know there is good in you. The


               Emperor hasn't driven it from you fully. That


               is why you couldn't destroy me. That's why


               you won't bring me to your Emperor now.





     Vader looks down from Luke to the lightsaber in his own black-


     gloved hand. He seems to ponder Luke's words.





                              VADER (indicating lightsaber)


               I see you have constructed a new lightsaber.





     Vader ignites the lightsaber and holds it to examine its humming,


     brilliant blade.





                              VADER


               Your skills are complete. Indeed, you are


               powerful, as the Emperor has foreseen.





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





                              LUKE


               Come with me.





                              VADER


               Obi-Wan once thought as you do.





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





                              VADER


               You don't know the power of the dark side. I


               must obey my master.





                              LUKE


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


               kill me.





                              VADER


               If that is your destiny.





                              LUKE


               Search your feelings, father. You can't do


               this. I feel the conflict within you. Let go


               of your hate.





                              VADER


               It is too late for me, son. The Emperor will


               show you the true nature of the Force. He is


               your master now.





     Vader signals to some distant stormtroopers. He and Luke stand


     staring at one another for a long moment.





                              LUKE


               Then my father is truly dead.





79   EXT ENDOR - RIDGE OVERLOOKING SHIELD GENERATOR                 79





     Han, Leia, Chewbacca, the droids, Wicket, and another Ewok scout,


     PAPLOO, hide on a ridge overlooking the massive Imperial shield


     generator. At the base of the generator is an Imperial landing


     platform. Leia studies the installation.





                              LEIA


               The main entrance to the control bunker's on


               the far side of that landing platform. This


               isn't gonna be easy.





                              HAN


               Hey, don't worry. Chewie and me got into a


               lot of places more heavily guarded than this.





     Wicket and Paploo are chattering away in Ewok language. They


     speak to Threepio.





                              LEIA


               What's he saying?





                              THREEPIO


               He says there's a secret entrance on the


               other side of the ridge.





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.





                              LANDO


               Admiral, we're in position. All fighters


               accounted for.





                              ACKBAR (VO)


               Proceed with the countdown. All groups assume


               attack coordinates.





     Lando turns to his weird copilot.





                              LANDO


               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.





                              LANDO


               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.





83   EXT ENDOR - RIDGE OVERLOOKING CONTROL BUNKER                   83





     Han, Leia, Chewie, the droids, and their two Ewok guides, Wicket


     and Paploo, have reunited with the Rebel strike squad. The entire


     group is spread through the thick undergrowth. Below them is the


     BUNKER that leads into the generator. Four Imperial scouts, their


     speeder bikes parked nearby, keep watch over the bunker entrance.


     Chewie growls an observation, and Paploo chatters away to Han in


     Ewok language.





                              HAN


               Back door, huh? Good idea.





     Wicket and Paploo continue their Ewok conversation.





                              HAN (cont)


               It's only a few guards. This shouldn't be too


               much trouble.





                              LEIA


               Well, it only takes one to sound the alarm.





                              HAN (with self-confident grin)


               Then we'll do it real quiet-like.





     Threepio explains what is going on to Wicket and Paploo. The


     Ewoks chatter a moment between themselves. Then Paploo jumps up


     and scampers into the underbrush.





     Threepio asks Wicket where Paploo went and is given a short


     reply.





                              THREEPIO


               Oh! Oh, my. Uh, Princess Leia!





                              LEIA


               Quiet.





                              THREEPIO


               I'm afraid our furry companion has gone and


               done something rather rash.





                              LEIA


               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


     forest.





                              SCOUT


               Look! Over there! Stop him!





     Three of the Imperial scouts jump on their rocket bikes and speed


     away in pursuit. The fourth watches them go from his post at the


     door.





87   EXT RIDGE                                                      87





     Han, Leia, and Chewie exchange delighted looks.





                              HAN


               Not bad for a little furball. There's only


               one left. You stay here. We'll take care of


               this.





     Han and the Wookiee nod at each other and slip down toward the


     bunker. Threepio moves to stand next to Wicket and Artoo.





                              THREEPIO


               I have decided that we shall stay here.





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.





                              EMPEROR


               Welcome, young Skywalker. I have been


               expecting you.





     Luke peers at the hooded figure defiantly. The Emperor then looks


     down at Luke's binders.





                              EMPEROR


               You no longer need those.





     The Emperor motions ever so slightly with his finger and Luke's


     binders fall away, clattering to the floor. Luke looks down at


     his own hands, free now to reach out and grab the Emperor's neck.


     He does nothing.





                              EMPEROR


               Guards, leave us.





     The red-cloaked guards turn and disappear behind the elevator.





                              EMPEROR (to Luke)


               I'm looking forward to completing your


               training. In time you will call me Master.





                              LUKE


               You're gravely mistaken. You won't convert me


               as you did my father.





     The Emperor gets down from his throne and walks up very close to


     Luke. The Emperor looks into his eyes and, for the first time,


     Luke can perceive the evil visage within the hood.





                              EMPEROR


               Oh, no, my young Jedi. You will find that it


               is you who are mistaken...about a great


               many things.





                              VADER


               His lightsaber.





     Vader extends a gloved hand toward the Emperor, revealing Luke's


     lightsaber. The Emperor takes it.





                              EMPEROR


               Ah, yes, a Jedi's weapon. Much like your


               father's. By now you must know your father


               can never be turned from the dark side. So


               will it be with you.





                              LUKE


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


               with me.





     The Emperor laughs.





                              EMPEROR


               Perhaps you refer to the imminent attack of


               your Rebel fleet.





     Luke looks up sharply.





                              EMPEROR


               Yes...I assure you we are quite safe from


               your friends here.





     Vader looks at Luke.





                              LUKE


               Your overconfidence is your weakness.





                              EMPEROR


               Your faith in your friends is yours.





                              VADER


               It is pointless to resist, my son.





     The Emperor turns to face Luke.





                              EMPEROR (angry)


               Everything that has transpired has done so


               according to my design. (indicates Endor)


               Your friends up there on the Sanctuary


               Moon...





     Luke reacts. The Emperor notes it.





                              EMPEROR (cont)


               ...are walking into a trap. As is your Rebel


               fleet! It was I who allowed the Alliance to


               know the location of the shield generator. It


               is quite safe from your pitiful little band.


               An entire legion of my best troops awaits


               them.





     Luke's look darts from the Emperor to Vader and, finally, to the


     sword in the Emperor's hand.





                              EMPEROR


               Oh...I'm afraid the deflector shield will be


               quite operational when your friends arrive.





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


     prisoner.





                              HAN


               All right! Up! Move! Come on! Quickly!


               Quickly, Chewie.





     The Rebel troops herd the generator controllers away from their


     panels. Leia glances at one of the screens on the control panel.





                              LEIA


               Han! Hurry! The fleet will be here any


               moment.





                              HAN


               Charges!  Come on, come on!





     Outside, Threepio watches nervously in the bushes as several more


     controllers and stormtroopers run into the bunker, leaving guards


     at the door.





                              THREEPIO (to Wicket)


               Oh, my! They'll be captured!





     Wicket chatters in Ewok language, and then takes off full steam


     into the forest.





                              THREEPIO


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


               me.





     Inside the bunker, Han looks up from setting charges as an


     Imperial commander enters.





                              COMMANDER


               Freeze! You Rebel scum.





     Han and Leia spin, to find dozens of Imperial weapons trained on


     them and their cohorts. A poised force of Imperial troops


     surround them. Even more pour into the room, roughly disarming


     the Rebel contingent. Han, Leia, and Chewie exchange looks.


     They're helpless.





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


     radio.





                              LANDO


               All wings report in.





                              WEDGE


               Red Leader standing by.





                              GRAY LEADER


               Gray Leader standing by.





                              GREEN LEADER


               Green Leader standing by.





                              WEDGE


               Lock S-foils in attack positions.





94   INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE                                94





     From the bridge of the Rebel Headquarters Frigate, Admiral Ackbar


     watches the fighters massing outside his viewscreen.





                              ACKBAR


               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.





                              LANDO


               We've got to be able to get some kind of a


               reading on that shield, up or down. Well, how


               could they be jamming us if they don't know


               if we're coming.





     Lando shoots a concerned look out at the approaching Death Star


     as the implications of what he's just said sink in. He hits a


     switch on his comlink.





                              LANDO


               Break off the attack! The shield is still up.





                              RED LEADER (VO)


               I get no reading. Are you sure?





                              LANDO


               Pull up! All craft pull up!





     The Falcon turns hard to the left. Out the window the stars and


     the Death Star move off right.





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.





                              ACKBAR


               Take evasive action! Green Group, stick close


               to holding sector MV-7.





     A Mon Calamari controller turns away from his screen and calls


     out to Ackbar, quite excited. The Admiral rushes over to the


     controller.





                              CONTROLLER


               Admiral, we have enemy ships in sector 47.





     On the screen can be seen the moon, Death Star, and the massive


     Imperial fleet. Ackbar moves to the comlink.





                              ACKBAR


               It's a trap!





                              LANDO (over comlink)


               Fighters coming in.





     There is much excitement on the bridge as the attack begins.





     The Millennium Falcon and several squads of Rebel fighters head


     into an armada of TIE fighters. The sky explodes as a fierce


     dogfight ensues in and around the giant Rebel cruisers.





                              REBEL PILOT


               There's too many of them!





                              LANDO


               Accelerate to attack speed! Draw their fire


               away from the cruisers.





                              WEDGE


               Copy, Gold Leader.





     The battle continues around the giant cruisers.





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.





                              EMPEROR


               Come, boy. See for yourself.





     The Emperor is sitting in his throne, with Vader standing at his


     side. Luke moves to look through a small section of the window.





                              EMPEROR


               From here you will witness the final


               destruction of the Alliance, and the end of


               your insignificant Rebellion.





     Luke is in torment. He glances at his lightsaber sitting on the


     armrest of the throne. The Emperor watches him and smiles,


     touches the lightsaber.





                              EMPEROR


               You want this, don't you? The hate is


               swelling in you now. Take your Jedi weapon.


               Use it. I am unarmed. Strike me down with it.


               Give in to your anger. With each passing


               moment, you make yourself more my servant.





     Vader watches Luke in his agony.





                              LUKE


               No!





                              EMPEROR


               It is unavoidable. It is your destiny. You,


               like your father, are now mine!





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.





                              STORMTROOPER


               All right, move it! I said move it! Go on!





     From the undergrowth beyond the clearing comes a wild series of


     beeps and whistles. And --





                              THREEPIO


               Hello! I say, over there! Were you looking


               for me?





                              BUNKER COMMANDER


               Bring those two down here!





                              STORMTROOPER


               Let's go!





     Artoo and Threepio are standing near one of the big trees. As six


     Imperial stormtroopers rush over to take them captive, the two


     droids duck out of sight behind the tree.





                              THREEPIO


               Well, they're on their way. Artoo, are you


               sure this was a good idea?





                              STORMTROOPER


               Freeze! Don't move!





                              THREEPIO


               We surrender.





     The stormtroopers come around the tree and find the two droids


     waiting quietly to be taken. As the Imperial troops move to do


     that, however, a band of Ewoks drops down from above and


     overpowers them.





                              THREEPIO


               Ohhh! Stand back, Artoo.





     In a nearby tree, an Ewok raises a horn to his lips and sounds


     the EWOK ATTACK CALL. All hell breaks loose as hundreds of Ewoks


     throw their fuzzy bodies into the fray against the assembled


     stormtroopers and their awesome two-legged walkers.





     Biker scouts dart about blasting Ewoks, only to be crushed by a


     volley of rocks tossed by Ewoks from the trees above.





     In the confusion of the battle, Han and Leia break away and dive


     for the cover of the bunker door as explosions erupt around them.


     Han goes to the bunker door control panel.





                              LEIA


               The code's changed. We need Artoo!





                              HAN


               Here's the terminal.





                              LEIA (into comlink)


               Artoo, where are you? We need you at the


               bunker right away.





     Artoo and Threepio are hiding behind a log as the battle rages


     around them. Suddenly the stubby little astrodroid lets out a


     series of whistles and shoots off across the battlefield.


     Threepio, panicked, runs after him.





                              THREEPIO


               Going? What do you mean, you're going. But--


               but going where, Artoo? No, what! Artoo! Oh,


               this is no time for heroics. Come back!





     Biker scouts race around and over the two droids, blasting away


     at the little Ewoks as the furries scurry for cover.





     A group of Ewoks have moved a primitive catapult into position.


     They fire off a large boulder that hits one of the walkers. The


     walker turns and heads for the catapult, blasting away with both


     guns. The Ewoks abandon their weapons and flee in all directions.


     Just as the walker moves in to stomp the catapult, Ewoks drop


     vines restraining two huge logs that swing down and smash the


     walker's head flat.





     A line of Ewoks hang desperately to a vine that is hooked to a


     walker's foot. As the walker moves along, the fuzzy creatures are


     dragged behind.





     Two speeder bikes chase Ewoks through the underbrush. As the


     scouts round a tree, they are knocked off their bikes by a vine


     tied between two trees.





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.





                              LANDO


               Watch yourself, Wedge! Three from above!





                              WEDGE


               Red Three, Red Two, pull in!





                              RED TWO


               Got it!





                              RED THREE


               Three of them coming in, twenty degrees!





                              WEDGE





               Cut to the left! I'll take the leader!


               They're heading for the medical frigate.





     Lando steers the Falcon through a complete flip, as his crew


     fires at the TIEs from the belly guns.





                              NAVIGATOR


               Pressure's steady.





     The copilot Nien Nunb chatters an observation.





                              LANDO


               Only the fighters are attacking.  I wonder


               what those Star Destroyers are waiting for.





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.





                              COMMANDER


               We're in attack position now, sir.





                              PIETT


               Hold here.





                              COMMANDER


               We're not going to attack?





                              PIETT


               I have my orders from the Emperor himself. He


               has something special planned for them. We


               only need to keep them from escaping.





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.





                              EMPEROR


               As you can see, my young apprentice, your


               friends have failed. Now witness the


               firepower of this fully armed and operational


               battle station. (into comlink) Fire at will,


               Commander.





     Luke, in shock, looks out across the surface of the Death Star to


     the Rebel fleet beyond.





105  INT DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM                                 105





     Controllers pull back on several switches. Commander Jerjerrod


     stands over them.





                              JERJERROD


               Fire!





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.





                              LANDO


               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.





                              ACKBAR


               We saw it. All craft prepare to retreat.





                              LANDO


               You won't get another chance at this,


               Admiral.





                              ACKBAR


               We have no choice, General Calrissian. Our


               cruisers can't repel firepower of that


               magnitude.





                              LANDO


               Han will have that shield down. We've got to


               give him more time.





111  EXT FOREST - GENERATOR BUNKER                                 111





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


     cover fire.





                              THREEPIO


               We're coming!





                              HAN


               Come on! Come on!





                              THREEPIO


               Oh, Artoo, hurry!





     The little droid moves to the terminal and plugs in his computer


     arm. A large explosion hits near Artoo, knocking him head over


     heels, finally landing on his feet. The stubby astrodroid's


     head is spinning and smoldering. Suddenly there is a loud


     SPROOING and Han and Leia turn around to see Artoo with all his


     compartment doors open, and all of his appendages sticking out;


     water and smoke spurt out of the nozzles in his body. Han rushes


     to the terminal, as Threepio rushes to his wounded companion.





                              THREEPIO


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


               brave?





                              HAN


               Well, I suppose I could hotwire this thing.





                              LEIA


               I'll cover you.





     Ewoks in handmade, primitive hanggliders drop rocks onto the


     stormtroopers, dive-bombing their deadly adversaries.  One is hit


     in the wing with laser fire and crashes.  A walker lumbers


     forward, shooting laser blasts at frantic Ewoks running in all


     directions.  Two Ewoks are struck down by laser blasts.  One


     tries to awaken his friend, then realizes that he is dead.





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.





                              ACKBAR


               At that close range, we won't last long


               against those Star Destroyers.





                              LANDO


               We'll last longer then we will against that


               Death Star...and we might just take a few of


               them with us.





     The Rebel cruisers move very close to the Imperial Star


     Destroyers and begin to blast away at point-blank range. Tiny


     fighters race across the giant surfaces, against a backdrop of


     laser fire.





     The control tower of a Star Destroyer is under attack.





                              REBEL PILOT


               She's gonna blow!





                              Y-WING PILOT


               I'm hit!





     The damaged Y-wing plummets toward the Star Destroyer, and


     crashes into the control tower, exploding.





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.





                              EMPEROR


               Your fleet has lost. And your friends on the


               Endor moon will not survive. There is no


               escape, my young apprentice. The Alliance


               will die...as will your friends.





     Luke's eyes are full of rage. Vader watches him.





                              EMPEROR


               Good. I can feel your anger. I am


               defenseless.  Take your weapon! Strike me


               down with all your hatred, and your journey


               towards the dark side will be complete.





     Luke can resist no longer. The lightsaber flies into his hand. He


     ignites it in an instant and swings at the Emperor. Vader's


     lightsaber flashes into view, blocking Luke's blow before it can


     reach the Emperor. The two blades spark at contact. 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


               Look!





                              PILOT #2


               Get him off of there!





     The walker pilot opens the hatch to see what's going on. He is


     yanked out and tossed overboard before he can scream. The two


     Ewoks jump into the cockpit and knock the second pilot


     unconscious. The Ewoks are thrown violently as the mighty machine


     careens out of control. Outside, Chewie is almost knocked


     overboard; he sticks his head into the hatch with a series of


     angry barks. The Ewoks are too busy and frightened to listen to


     the Wookiee's complaint. Chewie slips inside the walker.





     Chewbacca's walker moves through the forest, firing laser blasts


     at unsuspecting stormtroopers, and destroying other Imperial


     walkers. The Ewoks shout and cheer as the giant machine helps


     turn the tide of the battle in their favor.





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.





                              HAN


               I think I got it. I got it!





     The three wires spark as the connection is made. With a LOUD


     WHOOSH, a second blast door crashes down in front of the first.





     Han frowns and turns back to the wires again. Leia exchanges


     shots with stormtroopers in the bushes, then suddenly cries out


     in pain, her shoulder hit by a laser blast.





                              THREEPIO


               Oh, Princess Leia, are you all right?





                              HAN


               Let's see.





                              LEIA


               It's not bad.





                              STORMTROOPER (OS)


               Freeze!





     They freeze.





                              THREEPIO


               Oh, dear.





                              STORMTROOPER


               Don't move!





     Leia holds her laser gun ready, behind Han, out of view of the


     two stormtroopers moving toward them. Han and Leia's eyes lock;


     the moment seems suspended in time.





                              HAN


               I love you.





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





                              LEIA


               I know.





                              STORMTROOPER


               Hands up! Stand up!





     Han stands up slowly and turns, revealing the gun in Leia's hand.


     She disposes of the stormtroopers in a flash. As Han turns back


     toward Leia, he looks up to see a giant walker approach and stand


     before him, its deadly weapons aimed right at him.





                              HAN (to Leia)


               Stay back.





     The hatch on top of the walker opens and Chewie sticks his head


     out and barks triumphantly.





                              HAN


               Chewie!  Get down here!  She's wounded!  No,


               wait....  I got an idea.





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


     attack.





                              EMPEROR (laughing)


               Good.  Use your aggressive feelings, boy!  Let


               the hate flow through you.





     Luke looks momentarily toward the Emperor, then back to Vader,


     and realizes he is using the dark side. He steps back, turns off


     his lightsaber, and relaxes, driving the hate from his being.





                              VADER


               Obi-Wan has taught you well.





                              LUKE


               I will not fight you, father.





     Vader walks back up the stairs to Luke.





                              VADER


               You are unwise to lower your defenses.





     Vader attacks, forcing Luke on the defensive. The young Jedi


     leaps in an amazing reverse flip up to the safety of the catwalk


     overhead. Vader stands below him.





                              LUKE


               Your thoughts betray you, father. I feel the


               good in you...the conflict.





                              VADER


               There is no conflict.





                              LUKE


               You couldn't bring yourself to kill me


               before, and I don't believe you'll destroy me


               now.





                              VADER


               You underestimate the power of the dark side.


               If you will not fight, then you will meet


               your destiny.





     Vader throws the laser sword and it cuts through the supports


     holding the catwalk, then returns to Vader's hand. Luke tumbles


     to the ground in a shower of sparks and rolls out of sight under


     the Emperor's platform. Vader moves to find him.





                              EMPEROR (laughs)


               Good.  Good.





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


     ships.





                              LANDO


               Watch out. Squad at .06.





                              REBEL PILOT


               I'm on it, Gold Leader.





                              WEDGE


               Good shot, Red Two.





                              LANDO


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


               down.





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


               door.





                              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.





                              HAN


               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.





                              VADER


               You cannot hide forever, Luke.





                              LUKE


               I will not fight you.





                              VADER


               Give yourself to the dark side. It is the


               only way you can save your friends. Yes, your


               thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them


               are strong. Especially for...





     Vader stops and senses something. Luke shuts his eyes tightly, in


     anguish.





                              VADER


               Sister! So...you have a twin sister. Your


               feelings have now betrayed her, too. Obi-Wan


               was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure


               is complete. If you will not turn to the dark


               side, then perhaps she will.





                              LUKE


               Never-r-r!





     Luke ignites his lightsaber and screams in anger, rushing at his


     father with a frenzy we have not seen before. Sparks fly as Luke


     and Vader fight in the cramped area. Luke's hatred forces Vader


     to retreat out of the low area and across a bridge overlooking a


     vast elevator shaft. Each stroke of Luke's sword drives his


     father further toward defeat.





     The Dark Lord is knocked to his knees, and as he raises his sword


     to block another onslaught, Luke slashes Vader's right hand off


     at the wrist, causing metal and electronic parts to fly from the


     mechanical stump. Vader's sword clatters uselessly away, over the


     edge of the platform and into the bottomless shaft below. Luke


     moves over Vader and holds the blade of his sword to the Dark


     Lord's throat. The Emperor watches with uncontrollable, pleased


     agitation.





                              EMPEROR


               Good! Your hate has made you powerful. Now,


               fulfill your destiny and take your father's


               place at my side!





     Luke looks at his father's mechanical hand, then to his own


     mechanical, black-gloved hand, and realizes how much he is


     becoming like his father. He makes the decision for which he


     has spent a lifetime in preparation. Luke steps back and hurls


     his lightsaber away.





                              LUKE


               Never! I'll never turn to the dark side.


               You've failed, Your Highness. I am a Jedi,


               like my father before me.





     The Emperor's glee turns to rage.





                              EMPEROR


               So be it...Jedi.





123  EXT FOREST - GENERATOR BUNKER                                 123





     Han and several of the fighters run out of the bunker and race


     across the clearing.





                              HAN


               Move! Move!





     A shock wave knocks them flat as the bunker explodes, followed by


     a spectacular display as the huge shield-generator radar dish


     explodes along with the bunker.





124  INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE                               124





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





                              ACKBAR


               The shield is down! Commence attack on the


               Death Star's main reactor.





                              LANDO


               We're on our way. Red Group, Gold Group, all


               fighters follow me. (laughs) 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.





                              EMPEROR


               If you will not be turned, you will be


               destroyed.





     Blinding bolts of energy, evil lightning, shoot from the


     Emperor's hands at Luke. Even in his surprise, the young Jedi


     tries to use the Force to deflect them. At first he is half


     successful, but after a moment the bolts of energy are coming


     with such speed and power the young Jedi shrinks before them, his


     knees buckling. The wounded Vader struggles to his feet, and


     moves to stand at his master's side.





                              EMPEROR


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


               understand.





     Luke is almost unconscious beneath the continuing assault of the


     Emperor's lightning. He clutches a canister to keep from falling


     into the bottomless shaft as the bolts tear through him.





                              EMPEROR


               Your feeble skills are no match for the power


               of the dark side. You have paid the price for


               your lack of vision.





     Luke writhes on the floor in unbearable pain, reaching weakly up


     toward where Vader stands watching.





                              LUKE (groans)


               Father, please. Help me.





     Again Vader stands, watching Luke. He looks at his master, the


     Emperor, then back to Luke on the floor.





                              EMPEROR


               Now, young Skywalker...you will die.





     Although it would not have seemed possible, the outpouring of


     bolts from the Emperor's fingers actually increases in intensity,


     the sound screaming through the room. Luke's body writhes in


     pain.





     Vader grabs the Emperor from behind, fighting for control of the


     robed figure despite the Dark Lord's weakened body and gravely


     weakened arm. The Emperor struggles in his embrace, his bolt-


     shooting hands now lifted high, away from Luke. Now the white


     lightning arcs back to strike at Vader. He stumbles with his load


     as the sparks rain off his helmet and flow down over his black


     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.





126  EXT/INT - SPACE BATTLE - FIGHTER AND DEATH STAR               126





     Rebel fighters follow the Falcon across the surface of the Death


     Star to the unfinished portion, where they dive into the super-


     structure of the giant battle station, followed by many TIE


     fighters.





                              WEDGE


               I'm going in.





                              LANDO


               Here goes nothing.





     Three X-wings lead the chase through the ever-narrowing shaft,


     followed by the Falcon and four other fighters, plus TIE fighters


     who continually fire at the Rebels. Lights reflect off the


     pilot's faces as they race through the dark shaft.





                              LANDO


               Now lock onto the strongest power source. It


               should be the power generator.





                              WEDGE


               Form up. And stay alert. We could run out of


               space real fast.





     The fighters and the Falcon race through the tunnel, still


     pursued by the TIE fighters. One of the X-wings is hit from


     behind and explodes.





                              LANDO


               Split up and head back to the surface. See if


               you can get a few of those TIE fighters to


               follow you.





                              PILOT


               Copy, Gold Leader.





     The Rebel ships peel off pursued by three of the TIE's, while


     Lando and Wedge continue through the main tunnel. It narrows, and


     the Falcon scrapes the side dangerously. Two other TIE fighters


     continue to blast away at them.





                              LANDO


               That was too close.





     Nien Nunb agrees. The battle between the Rebel and Imperial fleet


     rages on. Several cruisers fire at the giant Super Star


     Destroyer.





127  INT REBEL STAR CRUISER - BRIDGE                               127





                              ACKBAR


               We've got to give those fighters more time.


               Concentrate all fire on that Super Star


               Destroyer.





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





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.





                              CONTROLLER


               Sir, we've lost our bridge deflector shield.





                              PIETT


               Intensify the forward batteries. I don't want


               anything to get through.





     The commander is looking out of the window where a damaged Rebel


     fighter is out of control and heading directly toward the bridge.





                              PIETT


               Intensify forward firepower!





                              COMMANDER


               It's too late!





     The Rebel pilot screams as his ship hits the Star Destroyer,


     causing a huge explosion. The 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.





                              LURE


               But you'll die.





                              VADER


               Nothing can stop that now. Just for once...


               let me look on you with my own eyes.





     Slowly, hesitantly, Luke removes the mask from his father's face.


     There beneath the scars is an elderly man. His eyes do not focus.


     But the dying man smiles at the sight before him.





                              ANAKIN (very weak)


               Now...go, my son. Leave me.





                              LUKE


               No. You're coming with me. I can't leave you


               here. I've got to save you.





                              ANAKIN


               You already have, Luke. You were right about


               me. Tell your sister...you were right.





                              LUKE


               Father... I won't leave you.





     Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker...Luke's father, dies.





     A huge explosion rocks the docking bay. Slowly, Luke rises and,


     half carrying, half dragging the body of his father, stumbles


     toward a shuttle.





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.





132  INT MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT AND GUN PORTS                 132





     Lando's crew fires away at the pursuing TIE fighters as the


     dashing Baron of Bespin and his alien copilot home in on the main


     reactor shaft. It is awesome. A lone X-wing is just in front of


     the Falcon.





                              WEDGE


               There it is!





                              LANDO


               All right, Wedge. Go for the power regulator


               on the north tower.





                              WEDGE


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





     The X-wing heads for the top of the huge reactor and fires


     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


     reactor.





     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.





                              ACKBAR


               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)


               Lando...





                              THREEPIO


               (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


     Skywalker.








                              FADE OUT








                     END CREDITS OVER STAR FIELD








                              THE END








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                               CREDITS





                           PRODUCTION STAFF





                             Directed by


                           RICHARD MARQUAND


                             Produced by


                           HOWARD KAZANJIAN


                            Screenplay by


                   LAWRENCE KASDAN and GEORGE LUCAS


                               Story by


                             GEORGE LUCAS


                          Executive Producer


                             GEORGE LUCAS


                             Co-Producers


                       ROBERT WATTS, JIM BLOOM


                         Production Designer


                           NORMAN REYNOLDS


                       Director of Photography


                           ALAN HUME, B.S.C


                              Edited by


              SEAN BARTON, MARCIA LUCAS, DUWAYNE DUNHAM


                            Visual Effects


           RICHARD EDLUND, A.S.C, DENNIS MUREN, KEN RALSTON


                          Costume Designers


               AGGIE GUERARD RODGERS, NILO RODIS-JAMERO


                    Mechanical Effects Supervision


                               KIT WEST


                     Make-Up and Creature Design


                    PHIL TIPPETT, STUART FREEBORN


                             Sound Design


                              BEN BURTT


                               Music by


                            JOHN WILLIAMS





                                 CAST





Luke Skywalker                                                      MARK HAMILL


Han Solo                                                          HARRISON FORD


Princess Leia                                                     CARRIE FISHER


Lando Calrissian                                             BILLY DEE WILLIAMS


See-Theepio (C-3PO)                                             ANTHONY DANIELS


Chewbacca                                                          PETER MAYHEW


Anakin Skywalker                                                 SEBASTIAN SHAW


Emperor                                                           IAN McDIARMID


Yoda                                                                   FRANK OZ


Darth Vader                                                        DAVID PROWSE


Voice of Darth Vader                                           JAMES EARL JONES


Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi                                              ALEC GUINNESS





                           SUPPORTING CAST





Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2)                                                 KENNY BAKER


Moff Jerjerrod                                               MICHAEL PENNINGTON


Admiral Piett                                                    KENNETH COLLEY


Bib Fortuna                                                      MICHAEL CARTER


Wedge                                                              DENIS LAWSON


Admiral Ackbar                                                         TIM ROSE


General Madine                                                   DERMOT CROWLEY


Mon Mothma                                                   CAROLINE BLAKISTON


Wicket                                                            WARWICK DAVIS


Paploo                                                              KENNY BAKER


Boba Fett                                                        JEREMY BULLOCH


Oola                                                                FEMI TAYLOR


Sy Snootles                                                      ANNIE ARBOGAST


Fat Dancer                                                     CLAIRE DAVENPORT


Teebo                                                               JACK PURVIS


Logray                                                             MIKE EDMONDS


Chief Chirpa                                                         JANE BUSBY


Ewok Warrior                                                       MALCOM DIXON


Ewok Warrior                                                      MIKE COTTRELL


Nicki                                                               NICKI READE


Stardestroyer Controller No. 1                                     ADAM BAREHAM


Stardestroyer Controller No. 2                                  JONATHAN OLIVER


Stardestroyer Captain No. 1                                          PIP MILLER


Stardestroyer Captain No. 2                                         TOM MANNION


Jabba Puppeteers                                   TOBY PHILPOTT, MIKE EDMONDS,


                                                                  DAVID BARCLAY


Puppeteers                                         MICHAEL McCORMICK, DEEP ROY,


                                                 SIMON WILLIAMSON, HUGH SPIRIT,


                                      SWIM LEE, MICHAEL QUINN, RICHARD ROBINSON





                            Set Decorators


                      MICHAEL FORD, HARRY LANGE


                          Conceptual Artist


                           RALPH McQUARRIE


                            Art Directors


                       FRED HOLE, JAMES SCHOPPE


                       Assistant Art Directors


             MICHAEL LAMONT, JOHN FENNER, RICHARD DAWKING


                       Assistant Art Decorator


                          SHARON CARTWRIGHT


                             Set Dresser


                            DOUG VON KOSS


                        Assistant Set Dresser


                              CHUCK RAY


                         Constuction Manager


                              BILL WELCH


                    Assistant Construction Manager


                              ALAN BOOTH


                       Construction Supervisor


                             ROGER IRVIN


                           General Foreman


                              BILL IIAMS


                         Construction Foreman


         GREG CALLAS, GUY CLAUSE, DOUG ELLIOT, STAN WAKASHIGE


                           Laborer Foremen


                      GENE FUKUZAWA, DON JOHNSON


                            Paint Foreman


                              GARY CLARK


                           Standby Painter


                           GIOVANNI FERRARA


                            Sketch Artist


                              ROY CARNON


                            Scenic Artist


                             TED MICHELL


                       Assistant Scenic Artist


                          STEVEN SALLYBANKS


                      Decor and Lettering Artist


                       BOB WALKER, BRIAN SMITH


                    Electronic Graphic Consultant


                            ROB DICKINSON


                            Set Draftsmen


               REG BREAM, MARK BILLERMAN, CHRIS CAMPELL


            GEORGE DJURKOVIC, GAVIN BOCQUET, KEVIN PHIPPS


                          Production Buyers


                      DAVID LUSBY, IAN GILADJIAN


                         Constuction Storeman


                           DAVID MIDDLETON


                       Art Department Secretary


                             CAROL REGAN





                   Location Director of Photography


                             JIM GLENNON


                        Additional Photography


                              JACK LOWIN


                         Operating Cameramen


               ALEC MILLS, TOM LAUGHRIDGE, MIKE BENSON


                             Focus Puller


                     MICHAEL FRIFT, CHRIS TANNER


                         Assistant Cameramen


                     Leo NAPOLITANO, BOB LA BONGE


                      Second Assistant Cameramen


        SIMON HUME, STEVE TATE, MARTIN KENZIE, MICHAEL GLENNON


                               Gaffers


                      MIKE PANTAGES, BOB BREMNER


                          Aerial Photography


                     RON GOODMAN, MARGARET HERRON


                           Helicopter Pilot


                              MARK WOLFE


                               Key Grip


                            DICK DOVA SPAH


                               Best Boy


                             JOE CROWLEY


                              Dolly Grip


                        CHUNKY HUSE, REG HALL


                     Matte Photography Consultant


                        STANLEY SAYER, B.S.C.


                           Rigging Gaffers


                      CLARK GARLAND, TOMMY BROWN


                             Electrician


                            Bill DREYFUSS


                            Craft Service


                           GEORGE MAURICIO





                         Chief Make-Up Artist


                      TOM SMITH, GRAHAM FREEBORN


                           Make-Up Artists


                    PETER ROBB KING, DICKIE MILLS


               KAY FREEBORN, NICK DUDMAN, ALAN BROWNIE


                          Make-Up Assistants


         BOB KEEN, SUE OAKS, CHRISTINE ALLSOPP, DANIEL PARKER


                    JEREMY HARRIS, TERRI ANDERSON


                       Make-Up Effects Engineer


                             BOB BROMLEY


                              Modellers


    MICHAEL OSBORN, JAN STEVENS, CHRISTINE OVERS, RICHARD PADBURY


                          Chief Hairdresser


                          PATRICIA McDERMONT


                             Hairdressers


                      MIKE LOCKEY, PAUL LE BLANC


                     Chief Articulation Engineer


                             STUART ZIFF


                   Assistant Articulation Engineer


                           EBEN STROMQUIST


                           Armature Design


                            PETER RONZANI


                           Plastic Designer


                            RICHARD DAVIS


                         Sculptural Designers


                      CHUCK WILEY, JAMES HOWARD


                            Key Sculptors


                DAVE CARSON, TONY McVEY, DAVE SOSALLA,


                      JUDY ELKINS, DEREK HOWARTH


                           Cheif Moldmaker


                             WESLEY SEEDS


                              Moldmaker


                              RON YOUNG


                         Creature Technicians


         RANDY DUTRA, KIRK THATCHER, DAN HOWARD, JAMES ISAAC,


            BRIAN TURNER, JEANNE LAUREN, RICHARD SPAH JR.,


                 ETHAN WILEY, RAY HANSON, RODGER SHAW


                         Creature Consultants


                        JON BERG, CHRIS WALAS


                   Production/Creature Co-Ordinator


                              PATTY BLAU


                      Latex Foam Lab Supervisor


                            TOM McLAUGHLIN


                        Animatronics Engineers


                            JOHN COPPINGER





                         Wardrobe Supervisor


                               RON BECK


                          Costume Supervisor


                         MARY ELIZABETH STILL


                          Wardrobe Mistress


                            JANET TEBROOKE


                             Shop Manager


                             JENNY GREEN


                               Jeweler


                            RICHARD MILLER


                         Wardrode Assistants


      PATRICK   WHEATLEY, COLIN WILCON, JANET LUCAS, DIANE MURPHY,


            MICHAEL JEFFREY, KEITH MORTON, JOHN BIRKINSHAW


                          Creature Costumers


  BARBARA KASSAL, EDWIN PELLIKKA, ANNE POLLAND, ELVIRA ANGELINETTA,


       MICK BECKER, CLAUDIA EVERETT, LAURIE RUDD, NANCY SERVIN,


   KARRIN KAIN, DERIK HYDE, MAGGIE JOY, PATTE MOON, JANICE GARTIN,


   JULIE WOODBRIDGE, BARBARA GILLETT, RITA WAKELY, EILEEN SULLIVAN





                           Property Master


                            PETER HANCOCK


                      Assistant Property Master


                           CHARLES TORBETT


                         Property Supervisors


                    DAN COANGELO, BRIAN LOFTHOUSE


                               Property


                     HOLLY WALKER, IVAN VAN PERRE


                              Propmakers


                   BILL HARGREAVES, RICHARD PETERS


                           Master Carpenter


                              BERT LONG


                           Master Plasterer


                             KENNY CLARKE


                            Master Painter


                           ERIC SHIRTCLIFFE


                          Supervising Rigger


                             RED LAWRENCE


                        Supervising Stagehabd


                             EDDIE BURKE


                          Sail Co-Ordinators


                   BILL KREYSLER, WARWICK TOMPKINS


                          Sails Engineering


                    DERRICK BAYLIS, PEGGY KASHUBA





                           Production Sound


                        TONY DAWE, RANDY THOM


                            Boom Operators


                    DAVID BATCHELOR, DAVID PARKER


                           Sound Assistants


                        SHEP DAWE, JIM MANSON


                           Audio Engineers


      T.M. CHRISTOPHER, KRIS HANDWERK, TOM JOHNSON, BRIAN KELLY,


       ROBERT MARTY, SCOTT ROBINSON, DENNIE THORPE, JOHN WATSON


                      Post-Production Assistants


    CATHERINE COOMBS, K.C. HODENFIELD, JAMES KESSLER, SUSAN LEAHY


                            English Lyrics


                           JOSEPH WILLIAMS


                           Huttesse Lyrics


                            ANNIE ARBOGAST


                            Ewokese Lyrics


                              BEN BURTT


                         Re-Recording Mixers


           GARY SUMMER, ROGER SAVAGE, BEN BURTT, RANDY THOM


                           Music Recording


                            ERIC TOMLINSON


                            Orchestrations


                          HERBERT W. SPENCER


                       Supervising Music Editor


                           KENNETH WANNBERG


                        Re-Recording Engineer


                           TOMLINSON HOLMAN


                        Assistant Film Editors


       STEVE STARKEY, CONRAD BUFF, PHIL SANDERSON, NICK HOSKER,


                    DEBRA McDERMOTT, CLIVE HARTLEY


                        Sound Effects Editors


              RICHARD BURROW, TERESA ECKTON, KEN FISHER


                           Dialogue Editors


           LAUREL LADEVICH, CURT SCHULKEY, BONNIE KOEHLER,


                         VICKIE ROSE SAMPSON


                       Assistant Sound Editors


   CHRIS WEIR, BILL MANN, GLORIA BORDERS, SUZANNE FOX, KATHY RYAN,


                   NANCY JENKS, MARY HELEN LEASMAN





                        Production Supervisor


                            DOUGLAS TWIDDY


                         Production Executive


                         ROBERT LATHAM BROWN


                       Unit Production Manager


                             MIKI HERMAN


                     Assistant Production Manager


                             PATRICA CARR


                        Associate to Producer


                          LOUIS G. FRIEDMAN





            First Assistant Director/Second Unit Director


                            DAVID TOMBLIN


                      Second Assistant Directors


       ROY BUTTON, MICHEAL STEELE, CHRIS NEWMAN, RUSSELL LODGE


                         Production Assistant


                              IAN BRYCE


                       Production Co-Ordinator


                              LATA RYAN


                       Co-Ordination Assistants


                     SUNNI KERWIN, GAIL SAMUELSON


                          Script Supervisor


                         PAMELA MANN FRANCIS


                      Location Script Supervisor


                              BOB FOREST


                          Stunt Co-Ordinator


                            GLENN RANDALL


                            Stunt Arranger


                            PETER DIAMOND


                               Casting


                         MARY SELWAY BUCKLEY


                           Location Casting


                        DAVE EMAN, BILL LYTLE


                     Assistants to Mr. Kazanjian


                  KATHLEEN HARTNEY ROSS, BETTY SHARP


                        Assistant to Mr. Bloom


                            JOHN SYRJAMAKI


                        Assistant to Mr. Lucas


                               JANE BAY


                      Assistant to Mr. Marquand


                          LEILA KIRKPATRICK


                            Choreographer


                           GILLIAN GREGORY


                        Location Choreographer


                             WENDY ROGERS





                        Production Controller


                            ARTHUR CARROLL


                        Production Accountant


                          MARGARET MITCHELL


                        Production Accountant


                             COLIN HURREN


                        Assistant Accountants


     SHEALA DANIELL, BARBARA HARLEY, SIAN WILLIAMS, ALEX MATCHAM


                         Location Accountants


        DIANE DANKWARDT, PINKI RAGAN, DICK WRIGHT, SUSAN ROYAL





                     Transportation Co-Ordinator


                            GENE SCHWARTZ


                       Transportation Captains


                    JOHN FEINBLATT, H. LEE NOBLITT


                    Studio Transportation Managers


                       VIC MINAY, MARK LA BONGE


                           Location Contact


                             LENNIE FIKE


                         Still Photographers


                   ALBERT CLARKE, RALPH NELSON JR.


                            Unit Publicist


                            GORDON ARNELL


                         Assistant Publicist


                              JUNE BROOM


                              Marketing


                     SIDNEY GANIS, SUSAN TREMBLY


                      Photographic Co-Ordinators


                      BARB LAKIN, KATHY WIPPERT


                               Research


                             DEBORAH FINE





                      Special Effects Supervisor


                             ROY ARBOGAST


                        Special Effect Foreman


                          WILLIAM DAVID LEE


                   Special Effects Floor Controller


                             IAN WINGROVE


                      Senior Effects Technicians


               PETER DAWSON, RODNEY FULLER, NEIL SWAN,


                    TREVOR NEIGHBOUR, DAVID WATSON


                     Chief Electronics Technician


                               RON HONE


                     Special Effects Technicians


         KEN GITTENS, BARRY WHITROD, JOHN HATT, TERRY GLASS,


        YVES DE BONO, STEVE LLOYD, ROGER NICHOLS, PAUL KNOWLES


                           Wire Specialists


                      BOB HARMAN, STEVE CRAWLEY


                       Location Special Effects


    KEVIN PIKE, MIKE WOOD, DAVID SIMMONS, GARY ZINK, EDDIE SURKIN,


           JOHN STIRBER, BRUNO VAN ZEEBROECK, JOHN CHAPOT,


                  WILLIAM KLINGER JR. DONALD CHADLER


                         Electrical Engineer


                              TERRY COX


                         Effects Co-Ordinator


                              JOHN BAKER


                          Effects Secretary


                             REBECCA WEST





                  MINIATURE AND OPTICAL EFFECTS UNIT


                      INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC





                    Optical Photography Supervisor


                           BRUCE NICHOLSON


                          Effects Cameramen


       DON DOW, MICHAEL J. McALISTER, BILL NEIL, SCOTT FARRAR,


     SELWYN EDDY III, MICHAEL OWENS, ROBERT ELSWIT, RICK FICHTER,


            STEWART BARBEE, MARK GREDELL, DAVID HARDBURGER


                         Assistant Cameramen


  PAT SWEENEY, KIM MARKS, ROBERT HILL, RAY GILBERTI, RANDY JOHNSON,


     PATRICK McARDLE, PETER DAULTON, BESSIE WILEY, MARYAN EVANS,


               TOBY HEIDEL, DAVID FINCHER, PETER ROMANO


                      Optical Printer Operators


         JOHN ELIS, DAVID BERRY, KENNETH SMITH, DONALD CLARK,


                        MARK VARGO, JAMES LIM


                           Optical Line-Up


      TOM ROSSETER, ED L. JONES, RALPH GORDON, PHILIP BARBERIO,


               PEG HUNTER, MARY WALTER, MICHAEL SHANNON


                           Lab Technicians


             TIM GEIDEMAN, DUNCAN MYERS, MICHAEL S. MOORE





                     Art Directors-Visual Effects


                             JOE JOHNSTON


                        Production Illustrator


                            GEORGE JENSON


                         Stop Motion Animator


                            TOM ST. AMAND


                      Matte Painting Supervisor


                          MICHAEL PANGRAZIO


                        Matte Painting Artists


                       CHRIS EVANS, FRANK ORDAZ


                          Matte Photography


                      NEIL KREPELA, CRAIG BARRON


                          Chief Model Makers


   PAUL HUSTON, CHARLES BAILEY, MICHAEL GLENN FULMER, EASE OWYEUNG


                             Model Makers


      WILLIAM MARSHALL, SEAN CASEY, LARRY TAN, BARBARA GALLUCCI,


  JEFF MANN, IRA KEELER, BILL BECK, MIKE COCHRANE, BARBARA AFFONSO,


   BILL BUTTERFIELD, MARCHI McMAHON, RANDY OTTENBERG, ROBERT BOVILL


                        Modelshop Supervisors


                     LORNE PETERSON, STEVE GAWLEY


                         Animation Supervisor


                             JAMES KEEFER


                        Head Effects Animators


                   GARRY WALLER, KIMBERLY KNOWLTON


                          Effects Animators


 TERRY WINDELL, RENEE HOLT, MIKE LESSA, SAMUEL COMSTOCK, ROB LA DUCA,


     ANNICK THERRIEN, SUKI STERN, MARGOT PIPKIN, JOHN ARMSTRONG,


          REBECCA PETRULLI, DARRYL STUDBAKER, PHILIP NORWOOD





                  Supervising Visual Effects Editor


                            ARTHUR REPOLA


                        Visual Effects Editors


             HOWARD STEIN, PETER AMUNDSON, BILL KIMBERLIN


                   Assistant Visual Effects Editors


   ROBERT CHRISOULIS, MICHAEL GLEASON, JAY IGNASZEWSKI, JOE CLASS,


                      TERRY PECK, DANIEL CANDIB








                         General Manager, ILM


                              TOM SMITH


                        Production Supervisor


                        PATRICIA ROSE DUIGNAN


                       Production Co-Ordinators


                   WARREN FRANKLIN, LAURIE VERMONT


                         Administrative Staff


       CHRISSE ENGLAND, LAURA KAYSEN, PAULA KARSH, KAREN AYERS,


    SONJA PAULSON, KAREN DUBE, ED BREED, LES THALER, MIKE COOPER,


                         NED GORMAN, RON FODE


                        Production Assistants


         SUSAN FRITZ-MONAHAN, KATHY SHINE, GEOFFREY DeVALOIS


                     Supervisor-Still Photography


                            TERRY CHOSTNER


                         Still Photographers


                   ROBERTO McGRATH, KERRY MORDQUIST


                     Electronic System Designers


                      JERRY JEFFRESS, KRIS BROWN


                         Electronic Engineers


                    MIKE MacKENZIE, MARTY BRENNEIS


                          Computer Graphics


                       WILLIAM REEVES, TOM DUFF


                   Equipment Engineering Supervisor


                            GENE WHITEMAN


                              Machinists


                     UDO PAMPEL, CONRAD BONDERSON


                        Apprentice Machinists


                       DAVID HANKS, CHRIS RAND


                           Design Engineer


                             MIKE BOLLES


                       Equipment Support Staff


    WADE CHILDRESS, MICHAEL J. SMITH, CRISTI McCARTHY, ED TENNLER


                     Supervising Stage Technician


                             TED MOEHNKE


                            Stage Foreman


                         PATRICK FITZSIMMONS


                          Stage Technicians


  BOB FINLEY III, ED HIRSH, JOHN McLEOD, PETER STOLZ, DAVE CHILDERS,


          HAROLD COLE, MERLIN OHM, JOE FULMER, LANCE BRAKETT


                           Pyrotechnicians


                       THAINE MORRIS, DAVE PIER


                     Steadicam Plate Photography


                             GARRET BROWN


                     Ultra High Speed Photography


                        BRUCE HILL PRODUCTIONS


                             Color Timers


                      JIM SCHURMANN, BOB HAGANS


                           Negative Cutter


                          SUNRISE FILM INC.


                      Additional Optical Effects


       LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN FILMS, PACIFIC TITLE, MONACO FILM LABS,


      CALIFORNIA FILM, VISUAL CONCEPTS ENGINEERING, MOVIE MAGIC,


                      VAN der VEER PHOTO EFFECTS





                                EWOKS





MARGO APOSTOCOS                                 LINDA BOWLEY


RAY ARMSTRONG                                   PETER BURROUGHS


EILEEN BAKER                                    DEBBIE CARRINGTON


MICHAEL H. BALHAM                               MAUREEN CHARLTON


BOBBIE BELL                                     WILLIAM COPPEN


PATTY BELL                                      SADIE CORRIE


ALAN BENNETT                                    TONY COX


SARAH BENNETT                                   JOHN CUMMING


PAMELA BETTS                                    JEAN D'AGOSTINO


DAN BLACKNER                                    LUIS DE JESUS


DEBBIE DIXON                                    JOHN LUMMISS


MARGARITA FERNANDEZ                             NANCY MACLEAN


PHIL FONDACARO                                  PETER MANDELL


SAL FONDACARO                                   CAROLE MORRIS


TONY FRIEL                                      STACY NICHOLS


DAN FRISHMAN                                    CHRIS NUNN


JOHN GAVAM                                      BARBARA O'LAUGHLIN


MICHAEL GILDEN                                  BRIAN ORENSTIEN


PAUL GRANT                                      HARRELL PARKER JR.


LARS GREEN                                      JOHN PEDRICK


LYDIA GREEN                                     APRIL PERKINS


PAM GRIZZ                                       RONNIE PHILLIPS


ANDREW HERD                                     KATIE PERVIS


J. J. JACKSON                                   CAROL READ


GLYNN JONES                                     NICHOLAS READ


RICHARD JONES                                   DIANA REYNOLDS


TREVOR JONES                                    DANIEL RODGERS


KAREN LAY                                       CHRIS ROMANO


DEAN SHACKENFORD                                JOSEPHINE STADDON


KIRAN SHAH                                      KEVIN THOMPSON


FELIX SILLA                                     KENDRA WALL


LINDA SPRIGGS                                   BRIAN WHEELER


GERARLD STADDON                                 BUTCH WILHELM





                             Mime Artists


 FRANK ANDERSON, AILSA BERK, SEAN CRAWFORD, ANDY CUNNINGHAM, TIM DRY,


      GRAEME HATTRICK, PHIL HERBERT, GERALD HOME, PAUL SPRINGER





                           Stunt Performers


BOB ANDERSON, DIRK YOHAN BEER, MORC BOYLE, MIKE CASSIDY, TRACY EDDON,


 SANDRA GROSS, TED GROSSMAN, FRANK HENSON, LARRY HOLT, BILL HORRIGAN,


      ALF JOINT, JULIUS LEFLORE, COLIN SKEAPING, MALCOM WEAVER,


                PAUL WESTON, BOB YERKES, DAN ZORMEIER





 Thanks to the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management


                      and National Park Service


         Photographed in Buttercup Valley, Death Valley, and


                     Smith River, California and


              EMI-Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, England


            Cameras and Lenses by Joe Dunton Cameras Ltd.


       Aerial Camera System by Wesscam Camera Systems (Europe)


          Lighting Equipment and Crew from Lee Electic Ltd.


       Production Vehicles Courtesy of GMC Truck and Oldsmobile


     Location Service by Cinemobile  Air Transportation by PAN AM


Re-Recording at Sprocket Systems  Music Recoring at Anvil-Abbey Road Studio


    Special Visual Effects Produced at Industrial Light and Magic,


                       Marin County, California


          Color by Rank Film Laboratories  Prints by Deluxe





                       Recorded in DOLBY STEREO





     A Lucasfilm Ltd. Production  A Twentieth Century-Fox Release





           Music Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra





             Original Soundtrack on RSO Records and Tapes


                  Novelization from Ballantine Books


          TM & Lucasfilm Ltd (LFL) 1983 All Rights Reserved

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