Lawrence Kasdan & George Lucas
From The Novel by George Lucas
Completion Date December 1, 1981
The boundless heavens serve as a back-drop for the MAIN TITLE, followed
by a ROLL-UP, which crawls into infinity.
RETURN 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 theÊvile
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
2 INT IMPERIAL SHUTTLE – COCKPIT
The shuttle captain makes contact with the Death Star.
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
We’re starting our approach.
3 INT DEATH STAR – CONTROL ROOM
Operators move about among the control panels. A SHIELD OPERATOR hits
switches beside a large screen, on which is a display of the Death
Star, the moon Endor, and a bright web delineating the invisible
A control officer rushes over to the shield operator.
Inform the commander that Lord Vader’s shuttle has arrived.
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
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.
Lord Vader, this is an unexpected pleasure. We’re honored by your
You may dispense with the pleasantries, Commander. I’m here to put you
The commander turns ashen and begins to shake.
I assure you, Lord Vader, my men are working as fast as they can.
Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.
I tell you, this station will be operational as planned.
The Emperor does not share your optimistic appraisal of the situation.
But he asks the impossible. I need more men.
Then perhaps you can tell him when he arrives.
The Emperor’s coming here?
That is correct, Commander. And he is most displeased with your
apparent lack of progress.
We shall double our efforts.
I hope so, Commander, for your sake. The Emperor is not as forgiving as
5 EXT ROAD TO JABBA’S PALACE – TATOOINE
A lonely, windswept road meanders through the desolate Tatooine
terrain. We HEAR a familiar BEEPING and a distinctive reply before
catching sight of ARTOO-DETOO and SEE-THREEPIO, making their way along
the road toward the ominous palace of Jabba the Hutt.
Of course I’m worried. And you should be, too. Lando Calrissian and
poor Chewbacca never returned from this awful place.
Artoo whistles timidly.
Don’t be so sure. If I told you half the things I’ve heard about this
Jabba the Hutt, you’d probably short-circuit.
The two droids fearfully approach the massive gate to the palace.
Artoo, are you sure this is the right place? I better knock, I suppose.
6 EXT JABBA’S PALACE – GATE
Threepio looks around for some kind of signaling device, then timidly
knocks on the iron door.
There doesn’t seem to be anyone there. Let’s go back and tell Master
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.
Tee chuta hhat yudd!
Goodness gracious me!
Threepio points to Artoo, then to himself.
Artoo Detoowha bo Seethreepiowha ey toota odd mischka Jabba du Hutt.
The eye looks from one robot to the other, there is a laugh then the
eye zips back into the door. The hatch slams shut. Artoo beeps his
I don’t think they’re going to let us in, Artoo. We’d better go.
Artoo beeps his reluctance as Threepio turns to leave. Suddenly the
massive door starts to rise with a horrific metallic SCREECH. The
robots turn back and face an endless black cavity. The droids look at
one another, afraid to enter.
Artoo starts forward into the gloom. Threepio rushes after his stubby
companion. The door lowers noisily behind them.
Artoo, wait. Oh, dear! Artoo. Artoo, I really don’t think we should
rush into all this.
Artoo continues down the corridor, with Threepio following.
Oh, Artoo! Artoo, wait for me!
7 INT JABBA’S PALACE – HALLWAY
The door slams shut with a loud crash that echoes throughout the dark
passageway. The frightened robots are met by two giant, green GAMORREAN
GUARDS, who fall in behind them. Threepio glances quickly back at the
two lumbering brutes, then back to Artoo. One guard grunts an order.
Artoo beeps nervously.
Just you deliver Master Luke’s message and get us out of here. Oh my!
Oh! Oh, no.
Walking toward them out of the darkness is BIB FORTUNA, a humanlike
alien with long tentacles protruding from his skull.
Die Wanna Wanga!
Oh, my! Die Wanna Wauaga. We — we bring a message to your master,
Jabba the Hutt.
Artoo lets out a series of quick beeps.
…and a gift.
(thinks a moment, then to Artoo)
Gift, what gift?
Bib shakes his head negatively.
Nee Jabba no badda. Me chaade su goodie.
Bib holds out his hand toward Artoo and the tiny droid backs up a bit,
letting out a protesting array of squeaks. Threepio turns to the
He says that our instructions are to give it only to Jabba himself.
Bib thinks about this for a moment.
I’m terribly sorry. I’m afraid he’s ever so stubborn about these sort
Bib gestures for the droids to follow.
The droids follow the tall, tentacled alien into the darkness, trailed
by the two guards.
Artoo, I have a bad feeling about this.
8 INT JABBA’S THRONE ROOM
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
The robots jump forward to stand before the repulsive, loose-skinned
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.
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
(Jabba’s crowd laughs)
With your wisdom, I’m sure that we can work out an arrangement which
will be mutually beneficial and enable us to avoid any unpleasant
confrontation. As a token of my goodwill, I present to you a gift:
these two droids.
Threepio is startled by this announcement.
What did he say?
… Both are hardworking and will serve you well.
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.
JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
I will not give up my favorite decoration. I like Captain Solo where he
Jabba laughs hideously and looks toward an alcove beside the throne.
Hanging high, flat against the wall, exactly as we saw him last, is a
carbonized HAN SOLO.
Artoo, look! Captain Solo. And he’s still frozen in carbonite.
9 INT DUNGEON CORRIDOR
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
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
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. 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-
Ah, good. New acquisitions. You are a protocol droid, are you not?
I am See-Threepio, human-cy…
Yes or no will do.
Oh. Well, yes.
How many languages do you speak?
I am fluent in over six million forms of communication, and can
Splendid! We have been without an interpreter since our master got
angry with our last protocol droid and disintegrated him.
NINEDENINE (to a Gamorrean guard)
Guard! This protocol droid might be useful. Fit him with a restraining
bolt and take him back to His Excellency’s main audience chamber.
The guard shoves Threepio toward the door.
Artoo, don’t leave me! Ohhh!
Artoo lets out a plaintive cry as the door closes. Then he beeps
You’re a feisty little one, but you’ll soon learn some respect. I have
need for you on the master’s Sail Barge. And I think you’ll fit in
The poor work droid in the background lets out another tortured
11 INT JABBA’S THRONE ROOM
The court of Jabba the Hutt is in the midst of a drunken, raucous
party. Sloppy, smelly monsters cheer and make rude noises as Oola and a
fat female dancer perform in front of Jabba’s throne.
Jabba 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.
The lovely alien shakes her head again and screams.
Na Chuba negatorie Na! Na! Natoota…
Jabba is furious and pulls her toward him, tugging on the chain.
He pushes a button and, before the dancer can flee, a trap door in the
floor springs open and swallows her up. As the door snaps shut, a
muffled growl is followed by a hideous scream. Jabba and his monstrous
friends laugh hysterically and several revelers hurry over to watch her
fate through a grate.
Threepio cringes and glances wistfully at the carbonite form of Han
Solo, but is immediately distracted by a gunshot offscreen.ÊAn
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.
Oh, no! Chewbacca!
JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
At last we have the mighty Chewbacca.
Jabba lets out a loud, long, blood-curdling laugh and turns to
Threepio, waving him closer. The reluctant droid obeys.
Oh, uh, yes, uh, I am here, Your Worshipfulness. Uh… yes!
Jabba continues speaking, as Threepio nervously translates. Boushh
listens, studying the dangerous creatures around the room. He notices
BOBA FETT standing near the door.
Oh. The illustrious Jabba bids you welcome and will gladly pay you the
reward of twenty-five thousand.
BOUSHH (in Ubese subtitled)
I want fifty thousand. No less.
Jabba immediately flies into a rage, knocking the golden droid off the
raised throne into a clattering heap on the floor. Boushh adjusts his
weapon as Jabba raves in Huttese and Threepio struggles back onto the
throne. The disheveled droid tries to compose himself.
Uh, oh… but what, what did I say?
Uh, the mighty Jabba asks why he must pay fifty thousand.
The bounty hunter holds up a small silver ball in his hand. Threepio
looks at it, then looks at Jabba, then back to the bounty hunter. The
droid is very nervous and Jabba is getting very impatient.
Because he’s holding a thermal detonator.
The guards instantly back away, as do most of the other monsters in the
room. Jabba stares at the silver ball, which begins to glow in the
bounty hunter’s hand. The room has fallen into a tense hush. Jabba
stares at the bounty hunter malevolently until a sly grin creeps across
his vast mouth and he begins to laugh.
JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
This bounty hunter is my kind of scum. Fearless and inventive.
Jabba 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
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
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
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
13 EXT JABBA’S PALACE
The palace is sitting in the light of the double sunset. On the road in
front, a large toadlike creature flicks its tongue out for a desert
rodent and burps in satisfaction.
14 INT JABBA’S THRONE ROOM – NIGHT
Silence. The room is deserted, only the awful debris of the alien
celebration giving mute witness to the activity here before. Several
drunk creatures lie unconscious around the room, snoring loudly.
A shadowy figure moves stealthily among the columns at the perimeter of
the room and is revealed to be Boushh, the bounty hunter. He picks his
way carefully through the snoring, drunken monsters.
Han Solo, the frozen space pirate, hangs spotlighted on the wall, his
coffin-like case suspended by a force field. The bounty hunter
deactivates the force field by flipping a control switch to one side of
the coffin. The heavy case slowly lowers to the floor of the alcove.
Boushh steps up to the case, studying Han, and 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 de-carbonization
lever. The case begins to emit a sound as the hard shell covering the
contours of Han’s face begins to melt away. The bounty hunter watches
as Han’s body is freed of its metallic coat and his forearms and hands,
previously raised in reflexive protest, drop slackly to his side. His
face muscles relax from their mask of horror. He appears quite dead.
Boushh’s ugly helmet leans close to Han’s face listening for the breath
of life. Nothing. He waits. Han’s eyes pop open with a start and he
begins coughing. The bounty hunter steadies the staggering newborn.
Just relax for a moment. You’re free of the carbonite.
Han touches his face with his hand and moans.
Shhh. You have hibernation sickness.
I can’t see.
Your eyesight will return in time.
Where am I?
Who are you?
The bounty hunter reaches up and lifts the helmet from his head,
revealing the beautiful face of PRINCESS LEIA.
Someone who loves you.
I gotta get you out of here.
As Leia helps her weakened lover to stand up, the relative quiet is
pierced by an obscene HUTTESE CACKLE from the other side of the alcove.
What’s that? I know that laugh.
The curtain on the far side of the alcove opens, revealing Jabba the
Hutt, surrounded by Bib and other aliens. He laughs again, and his
gross cronies join in a cacophony of alien glee.
Hey, Jabba. Look, Jabba, I was just on my way to pay you back, but I
got a little sidetracked. It’s not my fault.
JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
It’s too late for that, Solo. You may have been a good smuggler, but
now you’re Bantha fodder.
JABBA (cont Huttese subtitled)
Take him away!
The guards grab Han and start to lead him away.
Jabba… I’ll pay you triple! You’re throwing away a fortune here.
Don’t be a fool!
Han is dragged off, as Lando quickly moves forward and attempts to lead
JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
Bring her to me.
Jabba chuckles as Lando and a second guard drag the beautiful young
princess toward him. Threepio peeks from behind a monster and quickly
turns away in disgust.
We have powerful friends. You’re gonna regret this…
JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
Inexorably her lovely face moves to within a few inches of Jabba’s ugly
blob of a head, and Leia turns away in disgust.
Ohhh, I can’t bear to watch.
15 INT DUNGEON CELL
The heavy metal door of the dungeon whines and slowly creaks open. A
guard throws the blinded star captain into the dark cell and the door
slams shut behind him, leaving only a thin sliver of light from a crack
in the door. Han is trying to collect himself when suddenly a growl is
heard from the far side of the cell. He jumps back against the cell
door and listens.
Chewie? Chewie, is that you?
The shadowy figure lets out a crazy yell and races toward Han, lifting
him off the ground with a big hug that carries them into the light,
The giant Wookiee barks with glee.
Wait. I can’t see, pal. What’s goin’ on?
Chewie barks an excited blue streak.
Luke? Luke’s crazy. He can’t even take care of himself, much less
Chewie barks a reply.
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.
I’m all right, pal. I’m all right.
16 INT MAIN GATE AND HALL – JABBA’S PALACE
Noisily, the main gate lifts to flood the blackness with blinding LIGHT
and reveal the silhouetted figure of LUKE SKYWALKER. He is clad in a
robe similar to Ben’s and wears neither pistol nor laser sword. Luke
strides purposefully into the hallway. Two giant guards move to block
Luke’s path. Luke halts.
Luke raises his hand and points at the puzzled guards, who immediately
lower their spears and fall back. The young Jedi lowers his hand and
moves on down the hallway.
Bib Fortuna appears out of the gloom. He speaks to Luke as they
approach each other, but Luke doesn’t stop and Bib must reverse his
direction and hurry alongside the young Jedi in order to carry on the
conversation. Several other guards fall in behind them in the darkness.
I must speak with Jabba.
Bib answers in Huttese, shaking his head in denial. Luke stops and
stares at Bib; he raises his hand slightly.
You will take me to Jabba now!
Bib turns in hypnotic response to Luke’s command, and Luke follows him
into the gloom.
You serve your master well.
And you will be rewarded.
17 INT JABBA’S THRONE ROOM
Jabba is asleep on his throne, with Leia lying in front of him.
Salacious sits by Jabba’s tail, watching it wriggle. Leia is now
dressed in the skimpy costume of a dancing girl; a chain runs from a
manacle/necklace at her throat to her new master, Jabba the Hutt.
Threepio stands behind Jabba as Bib comes up to the gangster slug.
At last! Master Luke’s come to rescue me.
Jabba awakens with a start and Bib continues, in Huttese.
…Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight.
JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
I told you not to admit him.
I must be allowed to speak.
BIB (in Huttese subtitled)
He must be allowed to speak.
Jabba, furious, clobbers Bib and shoves him away.
JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
You weak-minded fool! He’s using an old Jedi mind trick.
Luke stares hard at Jabba.
You will bring Captain Solo and the Wookiee to me.
JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
Your mind powers will not work on me, boy.
Nevertheless, I’m taking Captain Solo and his friends. You can either
profit by this… or be destroyed! It’s your choice. But I warn you not
to underestimate my powers.
Jabba’s laugh is mean and loud. Threepio attempts to warn Luke about
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
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
Luke and the guard have dropped twenty-five feet from a chute into the
dungeonlike cage. Luke gets to his feet as the guard yells hysterically
for help. A crowd gathers up around the edge of the pit as the door in
the side of the pit starts to RUMBLE open. The guard screams in panic.
Luke looks calmly around for a means of escape.
Oh, no! The Rancor!
At the side of the pit, an iron door rumbles upward and a giant, fanged
RANCOR emerges. The guard runs to the side of the pit and tries
futilely to scramble to the top. The hideous beast closes in on him.
The Rancor moves past Luke, and as the guard continues to scramble, the
Rancor picks him up and pops him into its slavering jaws. A few
screams, and the guard is swallowed with a gulp. The audience cheers
and laughs at the guard’s fate.
The monster turns and starts for Luke. The young Jedi dashes away just
ahead of the monster’s swipe at him, and picks up the long arm bone of
an earlier victim. The monster grabs Luke and brings him up to his
salivating mouth. At the last moment, Luke wedges the bone in the
monster’s mouth and is dropped to the floor. The monster bellows in
rage and flails about, hitting the side of the pit, causing an
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
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,
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
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
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
The crowd of creepy courtiers parts as Han and Chewie are brought into
the throne room, and other guards drag Luke up the steps.
Are you all right?
Fine. Together again, huh?
Wouldn’t miss it.
How are we doing?
The same as always.
That bad, huh? Where’s Leia?
Luke looks to Leia.
Threepio is standing behind the grotesque gangster as he strokes Leia
like a pet cat. Several of the guards, including Lando, bring Luke from
the other side of the room. Boba is standing behind Jabba.
Threepio steps forward and translates for the captives.
Oh, dear. His High Exaltedness, the great Jabba the Hutt, has decreed
that you are to be terminated immediately.
Good, I hate long waits.
You will therefore be taken to the Dune Sea and cast into the pit of
Carkoon, the nesting place of the all-powerful Sarlacc.
HAN (to Luke)
Doesn’t sound so bad.
In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering, as
you are slowly digested over a thousand years.
On second thought, let’s pass on that, huh?
Chewie barks his agreement.
You should have bargained, Jabba. That’s the last mistake you’ll ever
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
Jabba’s huge SAIL BARGE moves above the desert surface accompanied by
two smaller Skiffs. One of the skiffs glides close, revealing Luke,
Han, and Chewie — all in bonds — surrounded by guards, one of whom is
Lando in disguise.
I think my eyes are getting better. Instead of a big dark blur, I see a
big light blur.
There’s nothing to see. I used to live here, you know.
You’re gonna die here, you know. Convenient.
Just stick close to Chewie and Lando. I’ve taken care of everything.
24 INT BARGE OBSERVATION DECK
Jabba the Hutt rides like a sultan in the massive antigravity ship. His
entire retinue is with him, drinking, eating, and having a good time.
Leia is watching her friends in the skiff when the chain attached to
her neck is pulled tight and Jabba tugs the scantily clad princess to
JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
Soon you will learn to appreciate me.
Threepio wanders among the Sail Barge aliens, bumping into a smaller
droid serving drinks, spilling them all over the place. The stubby
droid lets out an angry series of beeps and whistles.
Oh, I’m terribly sor… Artoo! What are you doing here?
Artoo beeps a quick reply.
Well, I can see you’re serving drinks, but this place is dangerous.
They’re going to execute Master Luke and, if we’re not careful, us too!
Artoo whistles a singsong response.
Hmm. I wish I had your confidence.
25 EXT SARLACC PIT
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
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
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
Han steps forward arrogantly and begins to speak.
Threepio, you tell that slimy piece of… worm-ridden filth he’ll get
no such pleasure from us. Right?
Chewie growls his agreement.
Jabba! This is your last chance. Free us or die.
Lando moves unobtrusively along the skiff as Luke shoots a quick look
of conspiracy to him.
28 INT SAIL BARGE OBSERVATION DECK
The assembled monsters rock with mocking laughter as Artoo zips
unnoticed up the ramp to the upper deck. Jabba’s laughter subsides as
he speaks into the comlink.
JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
Move him into position.
Jabba makes a thumbs-down gesture. Leia looks worried.
29 EXT BARGE – UPPER DECK
Artoo appears from below and zips over to the rail facing the pit.
Below, in the skiff, Luke is prodded by a guard to the edge of the
plank over the gaping Sarlacc. Luke looks up at Artoo, then gives a
jaunty salute: the signal the little droid has been waiting for. A flap
opens in Artoo’s domed head.
JABBA (in Huttese subtitled)
Put him in.
30 EXT SKIFF – PLANK
Luke is prodded and jumps off the plank to the cheers of the
bloodthirsty spectators. But, before anyone can even perceive what is
happening, he spins around and grabs the end of the plank by his
fingertips. The plank bends wildly from his weight and catapults him
skyward. In midair he does a complete flip and drops down on the end of
the plank in the same spot he just vacated, but facing the skiff. He
casually extends an open palm and — his lightsaber, which Artoo has
sent arcing toward him, drops into his hand.
With samurai speed, Luke ignites it and attacks the guard who prodded
him off the plank, sending the hapless monster screaming overboard. The
other guards swarm toward Luke. He wades into them, lightsaber
flashing. Lando struggles with another guard at the back of the skiff.
31 EXT SARLACC PIT
A bewildered guard lands in the soft, sandy slope of the pit, and
begins sliding. He claws desperately as a Sarlacc tentacle grabs him
and pulls him screaming into the viscous mouth.
32 INT SAIL BARGE
Jabba watches this and explodes in rage. He barks commands, and the
guards around him rush off to do his bidding. The scuzzy creatures
watching the action from the window are in an uproar.
33 EXT SKIFF
Luke knocks another guard off the skiff and into the waiting mouth of
the Sarlacc. He starts to untie Chewie’s bonds.
At that moment, the deck gunmen on the barge unleash a series of blasts
from a big cannon on the upper deck. Lando is tossed from the deck of
the rocking skiff. He manages to grab a rope, and dangles desperately
above the Sarlacc pit.
Whoa! Whoa! Help!
34 EXT UPPER DECK – SAIL BARGE
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
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
Chewie, you okay? Where is he?
The Wookiee is wounded and he howls in pain.
I’m okay, pal.
For a moment, Luke is distracted, and in that moment, Boba fires a
cable out of his armored sleeve. Instantly, Luke is wrapped in a strong
cable, his arms pinned against his side, his sword arm free only from
the wrist down. Luke bends his wrist so the lightsaber points straight
up to reach the wire lasso and cuts through. Luke shrugs away the cable
and stands free.
Another blast from the Barge’s deck gun hits near Boba and he is
knocked unconscious to the deck, next to where Lando is hanging.
Luke is a little shaken but remains standing as a fusillade brackets
him. The second skiff, loaded with guards firing their weapons, moves
in on Luke fast. Luke leaps toward the incoming second skiff. The young
Jedi leaps into the middle of the second skiff and begins decimating
the guards from their midst.
Chewie, wounded, tries to lift himself as he barks directions to Han,
guiding him toward a spear which has been dropped by one of the guards.
Han searches the deck as Chewie barks directions; finally he grabs hold
of the spear.
Boba Fett, badly shaken, rises from the deck. He looks over at the
other skiff, where Luke is whipping a mass of guards. Boba raises his
arm, and aims his lethal appendage.
Chewie barks desperately at Han.
Boba Fett?! Boba Fett?! Where?
The space pirate turns around blindly, and the long spear in his hand
whacks squarely in the middle of Boba’s rocket pack.
The impact of the swing causes the rocket pack to ignite. Boba blasts
off, flying over the second skiff like a missile, smashing against the
side of the huge Sail Barge and sliding away into the pit. He screams
as his armored body makes its last flight past Lando and directly into
the mucous mouth of the Sarlacc. The Sarlacc burps. Chewie growls a
weak congratulations to Han.
36 INT SAIL BARGE
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
Luke continues to destroy the aliens on the guards’ skiff, as Han
extends his spear downward to Lando, who is still dangling precariously
from a rope on the prisoner’s skiff.
Lando, grab it!
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.
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
Grab it! L–Lando. Grab!
Luke finishes off the last guard on the second skiff. He sees the deck
gun blasting away at his helpless companions. Luke leaps from the
skiff, across a chasm of air, to the sheer metallic side of the Sail
Barge. Barely able to get a fingerhold, he begins a painful climb up
the hull, when suddenly an ax smashes through a window an inch from his
head. With Jedi agility, Luke grasps the wrist holding the ax and yanks
the helpless guard through the broken window and into the deadly pit.
The injured Chewie is reaching over the rail for the dangling Han, who
is in turn blindly reaching down toward the desperate Lando. The Baron
has stopped his slippage down the sandy slope of the Sarlacc pit by
lying very still. Every time he tries to reach for Han, the loose sand
moves him closer to his final reward.
Grab it! Almost… You almost got it!
Another blast hits the front of the tilted skiff, causing Lando to let
go of the spear.
Hold it! Whoa!
Again Han extends the spear toward Lando.
Gently now. All… all right. Now easy, easy. Hold me, Chewie.
Lando screams. One of the Sarlacc’s tentacles has wrapped tightly
around his ankle, dragging him down the side of the pit.
Chewie! Chewie, give me the gun. Don’t move, Lando.
No, wait! I thought you were blind!
It’s all right. Trust me. Don’t move.
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.
Chewie, Pull us up! Come on! Okay… up, Chewie, up!
38 EXT UPPER DECK
The deck gunners have Chewie and the desperate dangling human chain in
their gun sights when something up on deck commands their attention:
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
Leia is struggling against her chains in desperation as Artoo zips
through the tumult of confused monsters to the rescue; the stubby
little droid extends a small laser gun and blasts the chain apart.
Come on. We gotta get out of here quick.
Artoo and Leia race for the exit, passing Threepio, who is kicking and
screaming as Salacious Crumb, the reptilian monkey- monster picks out
one of the golden droid’s eyes.
Not my eyes! Artoo, help! Quickly, Artoo. Oh! Ohhh! You beast!
Artoo zips over and zaps Salacious, sending him skyward with a scream,
crashing into the rafters as Artoo, Leia, and Threepio (with his eye
dangling from a wire) hurry off.
40 EXT UPPER DECK – SAIL BARGE
Luke is warding off laser blasts with his lightsaber, surrounded by
guards and fighting like a demon. Leia emerges onto the deck as Luke
turns to face another guard.
LUKE (to Leia)
Get the gun! Point it at the deck!
Leia turns toward the barge cannon, climbs on the platform, and swivels
the gun around.
Point it at the deck!
A laser blast hits Luke’s mechanical hand and he bends over in pain,
but manages to swing his lightsaber upward and take out the last of the
guards. He looks at the wounded hand, which reveals the mechanism. He
flexes the hand; it still works.
Near the rail of the upper deck, Artoo and Threepio steady themselves
as Threepio gets ready to jump. Artoo beeps wildly.
Artoo, where are we going? I couldn’t possibly jump.
Artoo butts the golden droid over the edge and steps off himself,
tumbling toward the sand.
Luke runs along the empty deck toward Leia and the barge gun, which she
has brought around to point down at the deck.
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
Han leans panting against the rail as Chewie helps Lando onto the deck.
Luke and Leia land on the skiff with flair.
Let’s go! And don’t forget the droids.
We’re on our way.
The Sail Barge is exploding in stages in the distance. Half of the huge
craft is on fire.
42 EXT SAND DUNE
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
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
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
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.
I don’t know. All I can see is a lot of blowing sand!
That’s all any of us can see.
Then I guess I’m getting better.
As soon as the group huddles under the bulk of the Falcon, the wind
dies down to something more describable as a severe weather condition.
Threepio hits a switch, and the gang-plank lowers with a HUM.
HAN (turning to Luke)
I’ve got to hand it to you, kid, you were pretty good out there.
LUKE (shrugging it off)
I had a lot of help. Think nothing of it.
No, I’m thinking a lot about it. That carbon freeze was the closest
thing to dead there is. And it wasn’t just sleepin’. It was a big wide
Luke nods, as Chewie growls affectionately at the young Jedi warrior,
mussing his hair like a proud uncle. And Leia warmly hugs him.
LUKE (moving to his ship)
I’ll see you back at the fleet.
Why don’t you leave that crate and come with us?
I have a promise I have to keep first… to an old friend.
Luke and Artoo take off in their spacecraft.
(looking dubiously at Lando, obviously remembering his friend’s
betrayal and subsequent aide)
Guess I owe you some thanks, too, Lando.
Figured if I left you frozen like that you’d just give me bad luck the
rest of my life, so I might as well get you unfrozen sooner or later.
He means “You’re welcome.”
Come on, let’s get off this miserable dust ball.
44A EXT SPACE ABOVE TATOOINE
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
Luke is at the controls, with Artoo attached behind him outside the
canopy. Luke speaks into his comlink to the others, in the MILLENNIUM
I’ll meet you back at the fleet.
LEIA (over comlink)
Hurry. The Alliance should be assembled by now.
HAN (over comlink)
Hey, Luke, thanks. Thanks for comin’ after me. Now I owe you one.
A message from Artoo appears on the small monitor screen in front of
Luke. He smiles at the monitor and speaks to Artoo, as he pulls a black
glove on to cover his wounded mechanical hand.
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
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
Lord Vader strides down the hallway, accompanied by a very nervous
Death Star commander.
48 INT DOCKING BAY – DEATH STAR
Thousands of Imperial troops in tight formation fill the mammoth
docking bay. Vader and the officer walk to the landing platform, where
the shuttle is coming to rest.
The shuttle’s ramp lowers and the Emperor’s Royal Guards come out and
create a lethal perimeter. The assembled troops move to rigid attention
with a momentous SNAP.
Then, in the huge SILENCE which follows, the EMPEROR appears. He is a
rather small, shriveled old man. His bent frame slowly makes its way
down the ramp with the aid of a gnarled cane. He wears a hooded cloak
similar to the one Ben wears, except that it is black. The Emperor’s
face is shrouded and difficult to see, except for his piercing yellow
eyes. Commander Jerjerrod and Darth Vader kneel to him. The Supreme
Ruler of the galaxy beckons to the Dark Lord.
EMPEROR (to Vader)
Rise, my friend.
Vader rises and falls in next to the Emperor as he slowly makes his way
along the rows of troops. Jerjerrod and the other commanders stay
kneeling until the Supreme Ruler and Vader, followed by several
Imperial dignitaries, pass by; only then do they join in the
The Death Star will be completed on schedule.
You have done well, Lord Vader. And now I sense you wish to continue
your search for young Skywalker.
Yes, my Master.
Patience, my friend. In time he will seek you out. And when he does,
you must bring him
before me. He has grown strong. Only together can we turn him to the
dark side of the
As you wish.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
He laughs to himself as they pass along the vast line of Imperial
49 EXT YODA’S HOUSE – DAGOBAH
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
The tip of a walking stick taps hesitantly across the earthen floor of
the cottage. Our view travels up the stick to the small green hand that
clutches it, and then to the familiar face of YODA, THE JEDI MASTER.
His manner is frail, and his voice, though cheerful, seems weaker.
Hmm. That face you make. Look I so old to young eyes?
Luke is sitting in a corner of the cramped space and, indeed, his look
has been woeful. Caught, he tries to hide it.
No… of course not.
YODA (tickled, chuckles)
I do, yes, I do! Sick have I become. Old and weak.
(Points a crooked finger)
When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not. Hmm?
Yoda chuckles at this, coughs, and hobbles over toward his bed.
Soon will I rest. Yes, forever sleep. Earned it, I have.
Yoda sits himself on his bed, with great effort.
Master Yoda, you can’t die.
Strong am I with the Force… but not that strong! Twilight is upon me
and soon night must fall. That is the way of things… the way of the
But I need your help. I’ve come back to complete the training.
No more training do you require. Already know you that which you need.
Yoda sighs, and lies back on his bed.
Then I am a Jedi?
YODA (shakes his head)
Ohhh. Not yet. One thing remains: Vader. You must confront Vader. Then,
only then, a Jedi will you be. And confront him you will.
Luke is in agony. He is silent for a long moment, screwing up his
courage. Finally he is able to ask.
Master Yoda… is Darth Vader my father?
Yoda’s eyes are full of weariness and compassion. An odd, sad smile
creases his face. He turns painfully on his side, away from Luke.
Mmm… rest I need. Yes… rest.
Luke watches him, each moment an eternity.
Yoda, I must know.
Your father he is.
Luke reacts as if cut.
Told you, did he?
A new look of concern crosses Yoda’s face. He closes his eyes.
Unexpected this is, and unfortunate…
Unfortunate that I know the truth?
Yoda opens his eyes again and studies the youth.
YODA (gathering all his strength)
No. Unfortunate that you rushed to face him… that incomplete was your
ready for the burden were you.
Well, I’m sorry.
Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware. Anger,
The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever
will it dominate your
He beckons the young Jedi closer to him.
Luke…Luke…Do not…Do not underestimate the powers of the Emperor,
or suffer your father’s fate, you will. Luke, when gone am I
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)
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
Luke wanders back to where his ship is sitting. Artoo beeps a greeting,
but is ignored by his depressed master. Luke kneels down, begins to
help Artoo with the ship, then stops and shakes his head dejectedly.
I can’t do it, Artoo. I can’t go on alone.
Yoda will always be with you.
Luke looks up to see the shimmering image of BEN KENOBI.
Obi-Wan! Why didn’t you tell me?
The ghost of Ben Kenobi approaches him through the swamp.
You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father.
You father was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be
and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your
father was destroyed. So what I have told you was true… from a
certain point of view.
LUKE (turning away, derisive)
A certain point of view!
Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend
greatly on our own
point of view.
Luke is unresponsive. Ben studies him in silence for a moment.
I don’t blame you for being angry. If I was wrong in what I did, it
certainly wouldn’t have been for the first time. You see, what happened
to your father was my fault.
Ben pauses sadly.
Anakin was a good friend.
Luke turns with interest at this. As Ben speaks, Luke settles on a
stump, mesmerized. Artoo comes over to offer his comforting presence.
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
Luke is entranced.
There’s still good in him.
I also thought he could be turned back to the good side. It couldn’t be
done. He is more machine now than man. Twisted and evil.
I can’t do it, Ben.
You cannot escape your destiny.
I tried to stop him once. I couldn’t do it.
Vader humbled you when first you met him, Luke… but that experience
was part of your training. It taught you, among other things, the value
of patience. Had you not been so impatient to defeat Vader then, you
could have finished your training here with Yoda. You would have been
But I had to help my friends.
BEN (grinning at Luke’s indignation)
And did you help them? It was they who had to save you. You achieved
little by rushing back prematurely, I fear.
LUKE (with sadness)
I found out Darth Vader was my father.
To be a Jedi, Luke, you must confront and then go beyond the dark side
– the side your father couldn’t get past. Impatience is the easiest
door – for you, like your father. Only, your father was seduced by what
he found on the other side of the door, and you have held firm. You’re
no longer so reckless now, Luke. You are strong and patient. And now,
you must face Darth Vader again!
I can’t kill my own father.
Then the Emperor has already won. You were our only hope.
Yoda spoke of another.
The other he spoke of is your twin sister.
But I have no sister.
Hmm. To protect you both from the Emperor, you were hidden from your
father when you were born. The Emperor knew, as I did, if Anakin were
to have any offspring, they would be a threat to him. That is the
reason why your sister remains safely anonymous.
Leia! Leia’s my sister.
Your insight serves you well. Bury your feelings deep down, Luke. They
do you credit.
But they could be made to serve the Emperor.
Luke looks into the distance, trying to comprehend all this.
BEN (continuing his narrative)
When your father left, he didn’t know your mother was pregnant. Your
mother and I knew he would find out eventually, but we wanted to keep
you both as safe as possible, for as long as possible. So I took you
to live with my brother Owen on Tatooine… and your mother took Leia
to live as the daughter of Senator Organa, on Alderaan.
Luke turns, and settles near Ben to hear the tale.
BEN (attempting to give solace with his words)
The Organa household was high-born and politically quite powerful in
that system. Leia became a princess by virtue of lineage… no one knew
she’d been adopted, of course. But it was a title without real power,
since Alderaan had long been a democracy. Even so, the family
continued to be politically powerful, and Leia, following in her foster
father’s path, became a senator as well. That’s not all she became, of
course… she became the leader of her cell in the Alliance against the
corrupt Empire. And because she had diplomatic immunity, she was a
vital link for getting information to the Rebel cause. That’s what she
was doing when her path crossed yours… for her foster parents had
always told her to contact me on Tatooine, if her troubles became
Luke is overwhelmed by the truth, and is suddenly protective of his
But you can’t let her get involved now, Ben. Vader will destroy her.
She hasn’t been trained in the ways of the Jedi the way you have,
Luke… but the Force is strong with her, as it is with all of your
family. There is no avoiding the battle. You must face and destroy
52 EXT SPACE – REBEL FLEET
The vast Rebel Fleet stretches as far as the eye can see. Overhead a
dozen small Corellian battleships fly in formation. Fighters and
battlecruisers surround the largest of the Rebel Star Cruisers, the
53 INT HEADQUARTERS FRIGATE – MAIN BRIEFING ROOM
Hundreds of Rebel commanders of all races and forms are assembled in
the WAR ROOM. WEDGE is among them. In the center of the room is a
holographic model depicting the half-completed Imperial Death Star, the
nearby Moon of Endor, and the protecting deflector shield.
MON MOTHMA, the leader of the Alliance, enters the room. She is a stern
but beautiful woman in her fifties. Conferring with her are several
military leaders, including GENERAL MADINE and ADMIRAL ACKBAR (a
salmon-colored Mon Calamari). Lando moves through the crowd until he
finds Han and Chewie, standing next to Leia and the two droids.
Han peers at Lando’s new insignia on his chest, and is amused.
Well, look at you, a general, huh?
Oh, well, someone must have told them about my little maneuver at the
battle of Taanab.
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.
I’m surprised they didn’t ask you to do it.
Well, who says they didn’t. But I ain’t crazy. You’re the respectable
Mon Mothma signals for attention, and the room falls silent.
The Emperor has made a critical error and the time for our attack has
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.
The data brought to us by the Bothan spies pinpoints the exact location
of the Emperor’s new battle station. We also know that the weapon
systems of this Death Star are not yet operational. With the Imperial
Fleet spread throughout the galaxy in a vain effort to engage us, it is
relatively unprotected. But most important of all, we’ve learned that
the Emperor himself is personally overseeing the final stages of the
construction of this Death Star.
A volley of spirited chatter erupts from the crowd. Han turns to Leia
as Chewie barks his amazement.
MON MOTHMA (cont)
Many Bothans died to bring us this information. Admiral Ackbar, please.
Admiral Ackbar steps forward and points to the Death Star’s force field
and the Moon of Endor.
You can see here the Death Star orbiting the forest Moon of Endor.
Although the weapon
systems on this Death Star are not yet operational, the Death Star does
have a strong defense mechanism. It is protected by an energy shield,
which is generated from the nearby forest Moon of Endor. The shield
must be deactivated if any attack is to be attempted. Once the shield
is down, our cruisers will create a perimeter, while the fighters fly
into the superstructure and attempt to knock out the main reactor.
There’s a concerned murmur.
General Calrissian has volunteered to lead the fighter attack
Han turns to Lando with a look of respect.
Lando nods his thanks.
You’re gonna need it.
Madine moves center stage.
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
The assembly begins to mumble among themselves.
LEIA (to Han)
I wonder who they found to pull that off.
General Solo, is your strike team assembled?
Leia, startled, looks up at Han, surprise changing to admiration.
Uh, my team’s ready. I don’t have a command crew for the shuttle.
Chewbacca raises his hairy paw and volunteers. Han looks up at him.
Well, it’s gonna be rough, pal. I didn’t want to speak for you.
Chewie waves that off with a huge GROWL.
Uh, General… count me in.
I’m with you, too!
They turn in that direction and peer into the crowd as there are more
cheers. The commanders part, and there at the back stands Luke. Han and
Leia are surprised and delighted.
Leia moves to Luke and embraces him warmly. She senses a change in him
and looks into his eyes questioningly.
What is it?
Ask me again sometime.
Han, Chewie, and Lando crowd around Luke as the assembly breaks up.
Hi, Han… Chewie.
Artoo beeps a singsong observation to a worried Threepio.
“Exciting” is hardly the word I would use.
54 INT HEADQUARTERS FRIGATE – MAIN DOCKING BAY
The Millennium Falcon rests beyond the stolen IMPERIAL SHUTTLE, which
looks anomalous among all the Rebel ships in the vast docking bay.
Chewie barks a final farewell to Lando and leads Artoo and Threepio up
the shuttle, crowded now with the Rebel strike team loading weapons and
supplies. Lando turns to face Han. Luke and Leia have said their good-
byes and start up the ramp.
Look. I want you to take her. I mean it. Take her. You need all the
help you can get. She’s
the fastest ship in the fleet.
All right, old buddy. You know, I know what she means to you. I’ll take
good care of her.
She-she won’t get a scratch. All right?
HAN (looks at him warmly)
Right. I got your promise now. Not a scratch.
Look, would you get going, you pirate.
Han and Lando pause, then exchange salutes.
Han goes up the ramp. Lando watches him go and then slowly turns away.
55 INT IMPERIAL SHUTTLE – COCKPIT
Luke is working on a back control panel as Han comes in and takes the
pilot’s seat. Chewie, in the seat next to him, is trying to figure out
all the Imperial controls.
You got her warmed?
Yeah, she’s comin’ up.
Chewie growls a complaint.
No. I don’t think the Empire had Wookiees in mind when they designed
Leia comes in from the hold and takes her seat near Luke.
Chewie barks and hits some switches. Han’s glance has stuck on
something out the window: the Millennium Falcon. Leia nudges him
Hey, are you awake?
Yeah, I just got a funny feeling. Like I’m not gonna see her again.
Chewie, hearing this, stops his activity and looks longingly out at the
Falcon, too. Leia puts a hand on Han’s shoulder.
Come on, General, let’s move.
Han snaps back to life.
Right. Chewie, let’s see what this piece of junk can do. Ready,
Here we go again.
All right, hang on.
56 EXT SPACE – THE REBEL FLEET
The stolen Imperial shuttle leaves the main docking bay of the
Headquarters Frigate, lowers its wings into flight position, and zooms
off into space.
57 INT EMPEROR’S THRONE ROOM
The converted control room is dimly lit, except for a pool of light at
the far end. There the Emperor sits in an elaborate control chair
before a large window which looks out across the half-completed Death
Star to the giant green moon of Endor.
Darth Vader, standing with other members of the Imperial council,
cautiously approaches his master. The ruler’s back is to Vader. After
several tense moments, the Emperor’s chair rotates around to face him.
What is thy bidding, my Master?
Send the fleet to the far side of Endor. There it will stay until
What of the reports of the Rebel fleet massing near Sullust?
It is of no concern. Soon the Rebellion will be crushed and young
Skywalker will be one of us! Your work here is finished, my friend. Go
out to the command ship and await my orders.
Yes, my Master.
Vader bows, then turns and exits the throne room as the Emperor walks
toward the waiting council members.
58 EXT SPACE – DEATH STAR – MOON
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
Han looks back at Luke and Leia as Chewie flips several switches.
Through the viewscreen, the Death Star and the huge Super Star
Destroyer can be seen.
If they don’t go for this, we’re gonna have to get outta here pretty
Chewie growls his agreement.
CONTROLLER (over radio)
We have you on our screen now. Please identify.
Shuttle Tydirium requesting deactivation of the deflector shield.
CONTROLLER (over radio)
Shuttle Tydirium, transmit the clearance code for shield passage.
Leia and Chewbacca listen tensely as the sound of a high speed
Now we find out if that code is worth the price we paid.
It’ll work. It’ll work.
Chewie whines nervously. Luke stares at the Huge Super Star Destroyer
that looms ever larger before them.
Vader’s on that ship.
Now don’t get jittery, Luke. There are a lot of command ships. Keep
your distance though, Chewie, but don’t look like you’re trying to keep
Chewie barks a question.
I don’t know. Fly casual.
I’m endangering the mission. I shouldn’t have come.
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
60 INT VADER’S STAR DESTROYER – BRIDGE
Lord Vader stands, back to us, staring out a window at the Death Star.
Now, some vibration felt only by him causes him to turn. After a moment
of stillness, he walks down the row of controllers to where ADMIRAL
PIETT is leaning over the tracking screen of the controller we’ve seen
earlier. Piett straightens at Vader’s approach.
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.
Do they have a code clearance?
It’s an older code, sir, but it checks out. I was about to clear them.
Vader looks upward, as he senses Luke’s presence.
Shall I hold them?
No. Leave them to me. I will deal with them myself.
As you wish, my lord.
Piett nods at controller, who switches on his comlink.
61 INT STOLEN IMPERIAL SHUTTLE – COCKPIT
The group waits tensely.
They’re not goin’ for it, Chewie.
Shuttle Tydirium, deactivation of the shield will commence immediately.
Everyone breaths a sigh of relief. Everyone but Luke, who looks
worried. Chewie barks.
Okay! I told you it was gonna work. No problem.
62 EXT SPACE – STOLEN IMPERIAL SHUTTLE – ENDOR
The stolen Imperial shuttle moves off toward the green Sanctuary Moon.
63 EXT FOREST LANDING SITE – ENDOR
The stolen Imperial shuttle sits in a clearing of the moon’s dark,
primeval forest, dwarfed by the ancient towering trees.
On an adjacent hill, the helmeted Rebel contingent makes its way up a
steep trail. Leia and Han are slightly ahead of Chewie and Luke. The
troops of the strike-team squad follow, with Artoo and Threepio
bringing up the rear. Artoo beeps.
Up ahead, Chewie and Leia reach a crest in the hill and drop suddenly
to the ground, signaling the rest of the group to stop. Han and Luke
crawl up to take a look.
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
Shall we try and go around?
It’ll take time. This whole party’ll be for nothing if they see us.
Leia motions for the squad to stay put, then she, Han, Luke and Chewie
start quietly down.
64 EXT FOREST CLEARING – CAMPSITE
The four friends make their way to the edge of the clearing not far
from the two Imperial scouts.
Chewie and I will take care of this. You stay here.
Quietly, there might be more of them out there.
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.
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.
Great. Come on.
Luke starts for the scuffle, followed by Leia with her laser pistol
drawn. As they run through the bushes, Leia stops and points to where
two more scouts are sitting on their speeder bikes, with an unoccupied
bike parked nearby.
Over there! Two more of them!
I see them. Wait, Leia!
But Leia doesn’t hear him and races for the remaining speeder bike. She
starts it up and takes off as Luke jumps on the bike behind her.
LUKE (pointing to the controls)
Quick! Jam their comlink. Center switch!
Luke and Leia speed into the dense foliage in hot pursuit, barely
avoiding two huge trees.
Hey, wait! Ahhh!
He flips the remaining scout to the ground.
65 EXT FOREST – THE BIKE CHASE
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.
Leia guns it, closing the gap, as the two scouts recklessly veer
through a narrow gap in the trees. One of the bikes SCRAPES a tree,
slowing the scout.
Get alongside that one!
Leia pulls her speeder bike up so close to the scout’s bike that their
steering vanes SCRAPE noisily. Luke leaps from his bike to the back of
the scout’s, grabs the Imperial warrior around the neck, and flips him
off the bike, into a thick tree trunk. Luke gains control of the bike
and follows Leia, who has pulled ahead. They tear off after the
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
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
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 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
Han, Chewie, and the droids, along with the rest of the squad, wait
anxiously in the clearing. Artoo’s radar screen sticks out of his domed
head and revolves, scanning the forest. He beeps.
Oh, General Solo, somebody’s coming. Oh!
Han, Chewie, and the rest of the squad raise their weapons.
Luke steps out of the foliage to find the weapons trained on him. He’s
too tired to care. He plops himself down on a boulder and looks around.
Luke! Where’s Leia?
What? She didn’t come back?
I thought she was with you.
We got separated.
Luke and Han exchange a silent, grim look. Luke gets up wearily.
Hey, we better go look for her.
Han nods, and signals to a Rebel officer.
Take the squad ahead. We’ll meet at the shield generator at 0300.
Come on, Artoo. We’ll need your scanners.
Luke, Chewie, Han, and the droids move off in one direction as the
squad proceeds in another.
Don’t worry, Master Luke. We know what to 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
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
The Ewok jumps up and grabs a four-foot-long spear, which he holds in a
defensive position. Leia watches him as he circles warily and begins
poking her with the sharp point of the spear.
Cut it out!
She stands up, and the Ewok quickly backs away.
I’m not gonna hurt you.
Leia looks around at the dense forest, and at the charred remains of
her speeder bike, then sits down, with a sigh, on a fallen log.
Well, looks like I’m stuck here. Trouble is, I don’t know where here
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
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.
I promise I won’t hurt you. Now come here.
More growls and squeaks from the little bear creature.
All right. You want something to eat?
She takes a scrap of food out of her pocket and offers it to him.
Wicket takes a step backward, then cocks his head and moves cautiously
toward Leia, chattering in his squeaky Ewok language.
That’s right. Come on. Hmmm?
Sniffing the food curiously, the Ewok comes toward Leia and sits on the
log beside her. She takes off her helmet, and the little creature jumps
back, startled again. He runs along the log, pointing his spear at her
and chattering a blue streak. Leia holds out the helmet to him.
Look, it’s a hat. It’s not gonna hurt you. Look. You’re a jittery
little thing, aren’t 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
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.
Freeze! Come on, get up!
She hands the weapon over, as a second scout emerges from the foliage
in front of the log.
Go get your ride and take her back to base.
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 withÊnew respect. He mumbles his awe. Leia hurries over, looking
around all the time, and motions the chubby little creature into the
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
Darth Vader walks down the corridor to the Emperor’s Tower and private
elevator. The Emperor’s private guard steps in Vader’s path.
Halt! The Emperor does not wish to be disturbed at the moment.
(raising his gloved hand to the two guards and choking them with the
The Emperor will see me, now!
(repeating Vader’s command)
The Emperor will see you, now.
69 INT EMPEROR’S TOWER – THRONE ROOM
Two red Imperial Guards stand watch at the elevator as the door opens
to reveal Vader. Vader enters the eerie, foreboding throne room. It
appears to be empty. His footsteps echo as he approaches the throne. He
waits, absolutely still. The Emperor sits with his back to the Dark
I told you to remain on the command ship.
A small Rebel force has penetrated the shield and landed on Endor.
EMPEROR (no surprise)
Yes, I know.
VADER (after a beat)
My son is with them.
EMPEROR (very cool)
Are you sure?
I have felt him, my Master.
Strange, that I have not. I wonder if your feelings on this matter are
Vader knows what is being asked.
They are clear, my Master.
Then you must go to the Sanctuary Moon and wait for them.
He will come to me?
I have foreseen it. His compassion for you will be his undoing. He will
come to you and
then you will bring him before me.
As you wish.
The Dark Lord strides out of the throne room.
70 EXT FOREST CLEARING – LEIA’S CRASH SITE
Han, Luke, Chewie, and the two droids are spread out as they move
through the heavy foliage near the clearing where we last saw Leia.
Luke finds Leia’s helmet, picks it up with an expression of concern.
Luke runs with the helmet to where Han has found the charred wreckage
of a speeder bike in the grass.
Oh, Master Luke.
There’s two more wrecked speeders back there. And I found this.
He tosses the helmet to Han.
I’m afraid that Artoo’s sensors can find no trace of Princess Leia.
I hope she’s alright.
Chewbacca growls, sniffing the air, then, with a bark, pushes off
through the foliage.
What, Chewie? What? Chewie!
The others rush to keep up with the giant Wookiee. As he scoots along,
Artoo whistles nervously.
71 EXT FOREST – DENSE FOLIAGE
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
Hey, I don’t get it.
The rest of the group joins the Wookiee around the stake.
Nah, it’s just a dead animal, Chewie.
Chewie can’t resist. He reaches toward the meat.
Chewie, wa-wait! Don’t!
Too late. The Wookiee has already pulled the animal from the stake.
SPROOING! The group finds itself hanging upside down in an Ewok net,
suspended high above the clearing. Artoo lets out a wild series of
beeps and whistles, and Chewie howls his regret. Their bodies are a
jumble in the net. Han removes a Wookiee paw from his mouth.
Nice work. Great, Chewie! Great! Always thinking with your stomach.
Will you take it easy? Let’s just figure out a way to get out of this
(trying to free an arm)
Han, can you reach my lightsaber?
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
Artoo, I’m not sure that’s such a good idea. It’s a very long dro-o-
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
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, 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.
Chewie, give ’em your crossbow.
Artoo and Threepio are just untangling themselves. Threepio gets free
of the net and sits up, rattled.
Oh, my head. Oh, my goodness!
When the Ewoks see Threepio, they let out a gasp and chatter among
themselves. Threepio speaks to them in their native tongue. The Ewok
nearest him drops his spear and prostrates himself before the droid. In
a moment, all the Ewoks have followed suit. Chewie lets out a puzzled
bark. Han and Luke regard the bowed creatures in wonder. The Ewoks
begin to chant at Threepio.
Do you understand anything they’re saying?
Oh, yes, Master Luke! Remember that I am fluent in over six million
What are you telling them?
Hello, I think… I could be mistaken. They’re using a very primitive
I do believe they think I am some sort of god.
Chewbacca and Artoo think that’s very funny. Han and Luke exchange
“what next?” looks.
Well, why don’t you use your divine influence and get us out of this?
I beg your pardon, General Solo, but that just wouldn’t be proper.
It’s against my programming to impersonate a deity.
Han moves toward Threepio threateningly.
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
My mistake. He’s an old friend of mine.
72 EXT FOREST – SERIES OF SHOTS
A procession of Ewoks winds through the ever-darkening forest. Their
prisoners – Han, Luke, Chewie, and Artoo – are tied to long poles and
wrapped in vines, cocoonlike.
Each pole is carried on the shoulders of several Ewoks. Behind the
captives, Threepio is carried on a litter, like a king, by the
73 EXT FOREST WALKWAY – MOON FOREST
The procession moves along a shaky, narrow, wooden walkway, high in the
giant trees. It stops at the end of the walkway, which drops off into
nothingness. On the other side of the abyss is a village of mud huts
and rickety walkways, attached to the giant trees. The lead Ewok takes
hold of a long vine and swings across to the village square; the other
Ewoks follow suit.
74 EXT EWOK VILLAGE SQUARE
The procession winds its way into the village square. Mother Ewoks
gather their babies up and scurry into their huts at the sight of the
newcomers. The group stops before the largest hut.
Han, Luke, Chewie, and Artoo are still bound to their poles. Han is
placed on a spit above what looks like a barbecue pit and the others
are leaned against a tree nearby. Threepio’s litter/throne is gently
placed near the pit. He watches with rapt fascination. Han, Luke, and
Chewie are less than fascinated.
I have a really bad feeling about this.
Chewie growls his concern.
Suddenly all activity stops as LOGRAY, the tribal Medicine Man, comes
out of the big hut. He examines the captives carefully, goes to join
Threepio, whose throne has been placed on an elevated platform. A
larger, gray-haired Ewok, CHIEF CHIRPA, is examining Luke’s lightsaber
with great curiosity.
Logray speaks to Threepio and the assemblage of fuzzy Ewoks, pointing
to the prisoners tied to the stakes. The Ewoks begin filling the pit
under Han with firewood.
What did he say?
I’m rather embarrassed, General Solo, but it appears you are to be the
main course at a
banquet in my honor.
The drums start beating, and all the furry heads turn to the large hut.
Leia emerges, wearing an animal-skin dress. She sees what’s happening
at the same moment the prisoners see her.
HAN and LUKE
As she moves toward them, the Ewoks block her way with raised spears.
Your Royal Highness.
Artoo and Chewie chime in with their welcome. Leia looks at the
assembled Ewoks and sighs.
But these are my friends. Threepio, tell them they must be set free.
Threepio talks to Chirpa and Logray, who listen and shake their heads
negatively. The Medicine Man gestures toward the prisoners and barks
some orders. Several Ewoks jump up and pile more wood on the barbecue
with vigor. Leia trades frantic looks with Luke and Han .
Somehow, I got the feeling that didn’t help us very much.
Threepio, tell them if they don’t do as you wish, you’ll become angry
and use your magic.
But Master Luke, what magic? I couldn’t possibly —
Just tell them.
Threepio speaks to the Ewoks. The Ewoks are disturbed. Logray steps
forward and challenges Threepio. Luke closes his eyes and begins to
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.
… as I said they wouldn’t. Wha-wha-what’s happening! Oh! Oh, dear!
The Ewoks fall back in terror from the floating throne. Now Threepio
begins to spin as though he were on a revolving stool, with Threepio
calling out in total panic at his situation.
Put me down! He-e-elp! Master Luke! Artoo! Somebody, somebody, help!
Master Luke, Artoo! Artoo, quickly! Do something, somebody! Oh! 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.
Oh, oh, oh, oh! Thank goodness.
THREEPIO (still shaken)
I…I never knew I had it in me.
75 INT CHIEF’S HUT – COUNCIL OF ELDERS
A glowing fire dances in the center of the spartan, low-ceilinged room,
creating a kaleidoscope of shadows on the walls. Along one side, a
group of ten Ewok elders flank Chief Chirpa, who sits on his throne.
The Rebels sit along the walls of the hut, with Threepio between the
two groups and Wicket and Teebo off to one side.
Threepio is in the midst of a long, animated speech in the Ewok’s
squeaky native tongue. The Ewoks listen carefully and occasionally
murmur comments to each other. Threepio points several times at the
Rebel group and pantomimes a short history of the Galactic Civil War,
mimicking the explosion and rocket sounds, imitating Imperial walkers.
Throughout the long account, certain familiar names are distinguishable
in English: Princess Leia, Artoo, Darth Vader, Death Star, Jedi, Obi-
Wan Kenobi. Artoo begins beeping excitedly at Threepio.
Yes, Artoo. I was just coming to that.
Threepio continues with: Millennium Falcon, Cloud City, Vader, Han
Solo, carbonite, Sarlacc, bringing the history up to the present time.
At the end of it, the Chief, Logray, and the elders confer, then nod in
agreement. The Chief stands and makes a pronouncement.
The drums begin to sound, and all the Ewoks stand with a great cheer
What’s going on?
I don’t know.
Luke has been sharing the joy with smiling visage, but now something
passes like a dark cloud through his consciousness. The others do not
Wonderful! We are now a part of the tribe.
Several of the little teddy bears run up and hug the Rebels.
Just what I always wanted.
Chewbacca is being enthusiastically embraced by an Ewok, while Wicket
clings to Han’s leg.
Well, short help is better than no help at all, Chewie.
Thank you. Okay.
He says the scouts are going to show us the quickest way to the shield
Chewie barks. Luke has drifted to the back of the hut. Now he wanders
outside into the moonlight. Leia notices and follows.
Good. How far is it? Ask him. We need some fresh supplies, too. And try
and get our weapons back.
Han pulls Threepio back as he keeps trying to translate.
And hurry up, will ya? I haven’t got all day.
76 EXT EWOK VILLAGE – NIGHT
The walkway is deserted now. The windows of the little huts glow and
flicker from the fires inside. The sounds of the forest fill the soft
night air. Luke has wandered away from the Chief’s hut and stands
staring up at the Death Star. Leia finds him like that.
Luke, what’s wrong?
Luke turns and looks at her a long moment.
Leia… do you remember your mother? Your real mother?
Just a little bit. She died when I was very young.
What do you remember?
Just…images, really. Feelings.
(a little surprised at his insistence)
She was very beautiful. Kind, but…sad.
Why are you asking me all this?
He looks away.
I have no memory of my mother. I never knew her.
Luke, tell me. What’s troubling you?
Vader is here…now, on this moon.
How do you know?
I felt his presence. He’s come for me. He can feel when I’m near.
That’s why I have to go.
As long as I stay, I’m endangering the group and our mission here.
I have to face him.
Leia is distraught, confused.
Luke moves close and his manner is gentle. And very calm.
He’s my father.
There’s more. It won’t be easy for you to hear it, but you must. If I
don’t make it back, you’re the only hope for the Alliance.
Leia is very disturbed by this. She moves away, as if to deny it.
Luke, don’t talk that way. You have a power I–I don’t understand and
could never have.
You’re wrong, Leia. You have that power too. In time you’ll learn to
use it as I have. The Force is strong in my family. My father has
it…I have it…and…my sister has it.
Leia stares into his eyes. What she sees there frightens her. But she
doesn’t draw away. She begins to understand.
Yes. It’s you Leia.
I know. Somehow…I’ve always known.
Then you know why I have to face him.
No! Luke, run away, far away. If he can feel your presence, then leave
this place. I wish I could go with you.
No, you don’t. You’ve always been strong.
But, why must you confront him?
Because…there is good in him. I’ve felt it. He won’t turn me over to
the Emperor. I can save him. I can turn him back to the good side. I
have to try.
They hold each other close and look at each other, brother and 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.
Hey, what’s goin’ on?
Leia attempts to stifle her sobs and wipes her eyes.
Nothing. I – just want to be alone for a little while.
Nothing? Come on, tell me. What’s goin’ on?
She looks up at him, struggling to control herself.
I…I can’t tell you.
HAN (loses his temper)
Did you tell Luke? Is that who you could tell?
He starts to walk away, exasperated, then stops and walks back to her.
Han gathers her tightly in his protective embrace.
77 EXT FOREST – IMPERIAL LANDING PLATFORM
An Imperial shuttle floats down from the Death Star and lands
gracefully on the huge platform.
Now, an Imperial walker approaches the platform from the darkness of
the forest. The whole outpost – platform, walkers, military – looks
particularly offensive in the midst of this verdant beauty.
78 EXT IMPERIAL LANDING PLATFORM – LOWER DECK
Darth Vader walks down the ramp of the shuttle onto the platform, into
an elevator, and appears on a ramp on a lower level. He walks toward
another ramp exit and is met by two troopers and a commander with Luke,
in binders, at their center. The young Jedi gazes at Vader with
This is a Rebel that surrendered to us. Although he denies it, I
believe there may be more of them, and I request permission to conduct
a further search of the area.
The commander extends his hand, revealing Luke’s lightsaber.
He was armed only with this.
Vader looks at Luke, turns away and faces the commander, taking the
lightsaber from the commander’s hand.
Good work, Commander. Leave us. Conduct your search and bring his
companions to me.
Yes, my Lord.
The officer and troops withdraw. Vader and Luke are left standing alone
in the oddly tranquil beauty of the place. The sounds of the forest
filter in upon them.
The Emperor has been expecting you.
I know, father.
So, you have accepted the truth.
I’ve accepted the truth that you were once Anakin Skywalker, my father.
VADER (turning to face him)
That name no longer has any meaning for me.
It is the name of your true self. You’ve only forgotten. I know there
is good in you. The Emperor hasn’t driven it from you fully. That is
why you couldn’t destroy me. That’s why you won’t bring me to your
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,
Your skills are complete. Indeed, you are powerful, as the Emperor has
They stand for a moment, the Vader extinguishes the lightsaber.
Come with me.
Obi-Wan once thought as you do.
Luke steps close to Vader, then stops. Vader is still.
You don’t know the power of the dark side. I must obey my master.
I will not turn…and you’ll be forced to kill me.
If that is your destiny.
Search your feelings, father. You can’t do this. I feel the conflict
within you. Let go
of your hate.
It is too late for me, son. The Emperor will show you the true nature
of the Force. He is
your master now.
Vader signals to some distant stormtroopers. He and Luke stand staring
at one another for a long moment.
Then my father is truly dead.
79 EXT ENDOR – RIDGE OVERLOOKING SHIELD GENERATOR
Han, Leia, Chewbacca, the droids, Wicket, and another Ewok scout,
PAPLOO, hide on a ridge overlooking the massive Imperial shield
generator. At the base of the generator is an Imperial landing
platform. Leia studies the installation.
The main entrance to the control bunker’s on the far side of that
landing platform. This
isn’t gonna be easy.
Hey, don’t worry. Chewie and me got into a lot of places more heavily
guarded than this.
Wicket and Paploo are chattering away in Ewok language. They speak to
What’s he saying?
He says there’s a secret entrance on the other side of the ridge.
80 EXT SPACE – REBEL FLEET
The vast fleet hangs in space near a blue planet. A giant Rebel Star
Cruiser is up at the front, but now the Millennium Flacon roars up to a
spot ahead of it, tiny in comparison.
81 INT MILLENNIUM FALCON – COCKPIT
Lando is in the pilot seat. His alien copilot, NIEN NUNB, takes some
getting used to in the familiar environs of the Falcon’s cockpit. Lando
speaks into his comlink.
Admiral, we’re in position. All fighters accounted for.
Proceed with the countdown. All groups assume attack coordinates.
Lando turns to his weird copilot.
Don’t worry, my friends are down there. They’ll have that shield down
or this’ll be the shortest offensive of all time.
The copilot flips some switches and grunts an alien comment.
All craft, prepare to jump to hyperspace on my mark.
All right. Stand by.
He pulls a lever, and the stars outside begin to streak.
82 EXT SPACE – REBEL FLEET
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
Han, Leia, Chewie, the droids, and their two Ewok guides, Wicket and
Paploo, have reunited with the Rebel strike squad. The entire group is
spread through the thick undergrowth. Below them is the BUNKER that
leads into the generator. Four Imperial scouts, their speeder bikes
parked nearby, keep watch over the bunker entrance. Chewie growls an
observation, and Paploo chatters away to Han in Ewok language.
Back door, huh? Good idea.
Wicket and Paploo continue their Ewok conversation.
It’s only a few guards. This shouldn’t be too much trouble.
Well, it only takes one to sound the alarm.
HAN (with self-confident grin)
Then we’ll do it real quiet-like.
Threepio explains what is going on to Wicket and Paploo. The Ewoks
chatter a moment between themselves. Then Paploo jumps up and scampers
into the underbrush.
Threepio asks Wicket where Paploo went and is given a short reply.
Oh! Oh, my. Uh, Princess Leia!
I’m afraid our furry companion has gone and done something rather rash.
84 EXT BUNKER – ENTRANCE
Paploo has slipped out of the undergrowth near where the Imperial
scouts are lounging. He silently swings his furry ball of a body onto
one of the scout’s speeder bikes and begins flipping switches at
random. Suddenly, the bike’s engine fires up with a tremendous ROAR.
Paploo grins and continues flipping switches. The scouts leap up in
85 EXT RIDGE
Han, Leia and company watch in distress. Chewie barks.
There goes our surprise attack.
86 EXT BUNKER
The Imperial scouts race toward Paploo just as his speeder zooms into
motion. Paploo hangs on by his paws and shoots away into the forest.
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
Han, Leia, and Chewie exchange delighted looks.
Not bad for a little furball. There’s only one left. You stay here.
We’ll take care of this.
Han and the Wookiee nod at each other and slip down toward the bunker.
Threepio moves to stand next to Wicket and Artoo.
I have decided that we shall stay here.
88 EXT FOREST
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
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
90 INT DEATH STAR – EMPEROR’S THRONE ROOM
The elevator opens. Vader and Luke enter the room alone. They walk
across the dark space to stand before the throne, father and son side
by side beneath the gaze of the Emperor. Vader bows to his Master.
Welcome, young Skywalker. I have been expecting you.
Luke peers at the hooded figure defiantly. The Emperor then looks down
at Luke’s binders.
You no longer need those.
The Emperor motions ever so slightly with his finger and Luke’s binders
fall away, clattering to the floor. Luke looks down at his own hands,
free now to reach out and grab the Emperor’s neck. He does nothing.
Guards, leave us.
The red-cloaked guards turn and disappear behind the elevator.
EMPEROR (to Luke)
I’m looking forward to completing your training. In time you will call
You’re gravely mistaken. You won’t convert me as you did my father.
The Emperor gets down from his throne and walks up very close to Luke.
The Emperor looks into his eyes and, for the first time, Luke can
perceive the evil visage within the hood.
Oh, no, my young Jedi. You will find that it is you who are
mistaken…about a great many things.
Vader extends a gloved hand toward the Emperor, revealing Luke’s
lightsaber. The Emperor takes it.
Ah, yes, a Jedi’s weapon. Much like your father’s. By now you must know
your father can never be turned from the dark side. So will it be with
You’re wrong. Soon I’ll be dead…and you with me.
The Emperor laughs.
Perhaps you refer to the imminent attack of your Rebel fleet.
Luke looks up sharply.
Yes…I assure you we are quite safe from your friends here.
Vader looks at Luke.
Your overconfidence is your weakness.
Your faith in your friends is yours.
It is pointless to resist, my son.
The Emperor turns to face Luke.
Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design.
Your friends up there on the Sanctuary Moon…
Luke reacts. The Emperor notes it.
…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.
Oh…I’m afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when
your friends arrive.
91 INT BUNKER – MAIN CONTROL ROOM
Han, Leia, Chewie, and the Rebel strike team storm through a door and
enter the main control room, taking all of the personnel prisoner.
All right! Up! Move! Come on! Quickly! Quickly, Chewie.
The Rebel troops herd the generator controllers away from their panels.
Leia glances at one of the screens on the control panel.
Han! Hurry! The fleet will be here any moment.
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
THREEPIO (to Wicket)
Oh, my! They’ll be captured!
Wicket chatters in Ewok language, and then takes off full steam into
Wa-wait! Wait, come back! Artoo, stay with me.
Inside the bunker, Han looks up from setting charges as an Imperial
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
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
Lando flips switches, checks his screen, and speaks into the radio.
All wings report in.
Red Leader standing by.
Gray Leader standing by.
Green Leader standing by.
Lock S-foils in attack positions.
94 INT REBEL STAR CRUISER – BRIDGE
From the bridge of the Rebel Headquarters Frigate, Admiral Ackbar
watches the fighters massing outside his viewscreen.
May the Force be with us.
95 INT MILLENNIUM FALCON – COCKPIT
Lando looks worriedly at his alien copilot, Nien Nunb, who points to
the control panel and talks to Lando.
We’ve got to be able to get some kind of a reading on that shield, up
or down. Well, how
could they be jamming us if they don’t know if we’re coming.
Lando shoots a concerned look out at the approaching Death Star as the
implications of what he’s just said sink in. He hits a switch on his
Break off the attack! The shield is still up.
RED LEADER (VO)
I get no reading. Are you sure?
Pull up! All craft pull up!
The Falcon turns hard to the left. Out the window the stars and the
Death Star move off right.
96 EXT SPACE – DEATH STAR SHIELD
The Falcon and the fighters of Red Squad veer off desperately to avoid
the unseen wall.
97 INT REBEL STAR CRUISER – BRIDGE
Alarms are screaming and lights flashing as the huge ship changes
course abruptly. Other ships in the fleet shoot by outside as the
armada tries to halt its forward momentum.
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.
Admiral, we have enemy ships in sector 47.
On the screen can be seen the moon, Death Star, and the massive
Imperial fleet. Ackbar moves to the comlink.
It’s a trap!
LANDO (over comlink)
Fighters coming in.
There is much excitement on the bridge as the attack begins.
The Millennium Falcon and several squads of Rebel fighters head into an
armada of TIE fighters. The sky explodes as a fierce dogfight ensues in
and around the giant Rebel cruisers.
There’s too many of them!
Accelerate to attack speed! Draw their fire away from the cruisers.
Copy, Gold Leader.
The battle continues around the giant cruisers.
98 INT DEATH STAR – EMPEROR’S THRONE ROOM
Through the round window behind the Emperor’s throne can be seen the
distant flashes of the space battle in progress.
Come, boy. See for yourself.
The Emperor is sitting in his throne, with Vader standing at his side.
Luke moves to look through a small section of the window.
From here you will witness the final destruction of the Alliance, and
the end of your insignificant Rebellion.
Luke is in torment. He glances at his lightsaber sitting on the armrest
of the throne. The Emperor watches him and smiles, touches the
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
Vader watches Luke in his agony.
It is unavoidable. It is your destiny. You, like your father, are now
99 EXT FOREST – GENERATOR BUNKER
Han, Leia, Chewie, and the rest of the strike team are led out of the
bunker by their captors. The surrounding area, deserted before, is now
crowded with two-legged Imperial walkers and hundreds of Imperial
troops. The situation looks hopeless.
All right, move it! I said move it! Go on!
From the undergrowth beyond the clearing comes a wild series of beeps
Hello! I say, over there! Were you looking for me?
Bring those two down here!
Artoo and Threepio are standing near one of the big trees. As six
Imperial stormtroopers rush over to take them captive, the two droids
duck out of sight behind the tree.
Well, they’re on their way. Artoo, are you sure this was a good idea?
Freeze! Don’t move!
The stormtroopers come around the tree and find the two droids waiting
quietly to be taken. As the Imperial troops move to do that, however, a
band of Ewoks drops down from above and overpowers them.
Ohhh! Stand back, Artoo.
In a nearby tree, an Ewok raises a horn to his lips and sounds the EWOK
ATTACK CALL. All hell breaks loose as hundreds of Ewoks throw their
fuzzy bodies into the fray against the assembled stormtroopers and
their awesome two-legged walkers. Biker scouts dart about blasting
Ewoks, only to be crushed by a volley of rocks tossed by Ewoks from the
In the confusion of the battle, Han and Leia break away and dive for
the cover of the bunker door as explosions erupt around them. Han goes
to the bunker door control panel.
The code’s changed. We need Artoo!
Here’s the terminal.
LEIA (into comlink)
Artoo, where are you? We need you at the bunker right away.
Artoo and Threepio are hiding behind a log as the battle ragesaround
them. Suddenly the stubby little astrodroid lets out a series of
whistles and shoots off across the battlefield. Threepio, panicked,
runs after him.
Going? What do you mean, you’re going. But– but going where, Artoo?
No, what! Artoo! Oh, this is no time for heroics. Come back!
Biker scouts race around and over the two droids, blasting away at the
little Ewoks as the furries scurry for cover.
A group of Ewoks have moved a primitive catapult into position. They
fire off a large boulder that hits one of the walkers. The walker turns
and heads for the catapult, blasting away with both guns. The Ewoks
abandon their weapons and flee in all directions. Just as the walker
moves in to stomp the catapult, Ewoks drop vines restraining two huge
logs that swing down and smash thewalker’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
Two speeder bikes chase Ewoks through the underbrush. As the scouts
round a tree, they are knocked off their bikes by a vinetied between
100 EXT SPACE
The Falcon and other Rebel fighters are engaged in a ferocious combat
with Imperial TIE fighters, the battle raging around thecruisers of the
101 INT MILLENNIUM FALCON – COCKPIT
Lando is in radio communication with the pilots of the other Rebel
Watch yourself, Wedge! Three from above!
Red Three, Red Two, pull in!
Three of them coming in, twenty degrees!
Cut to the left! I’ll take the leader! They’re heading for the medical
Lando steers the Falcon through a complete flip, as his crew fires at
the TIEs from the belly guns.
The copilot Nien Nunb chatters an observation.
Only the fighters are attacking. I wonder what those Star Destroyers
are waiting for.
102 EXT SPACE – IMPERIAL FLEET
The giant Imperial Star Destroyer waits silently some distance from the
battle. The Emperor’s huge Super Star Destroyer rests in the middle of
103 INT SUPER STAR DESTROYER – BRIDGE
Admiral Piett and two fleet commanders watch the battle at the huge
window of the Super Star Destroyer bridge.
We’re in attack position now, sir.
We’re not going to attack?
I have my orders from the Emperor himself. He has something special
planned for them. We only need to keep them from escaping.
104 INT EMPEROR’S TOWER – THRONE ROOM
The Emperor, Vader, and a horrified Luke watch the aerial battle
fireworks out the window and on the viewscreens. Another Rebel ship
explodes against the protective shield.
As you can see, my young apprentice, your friends have failed. Now
witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle
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
Controllers pull back on several switches. Commander Jerjerrod stands
106 INT DEATH STAR – BLAST CHAMBER
A button is pressed, which switches on a panel of lights. A hooded
Imperial soldier reaches overhead and pulls a lever. A huge beam of
light emanates from a long shaft. Two stormtroopers stand to one side
at a control panel.
107 EXT DEATH STAR
The giant laser dish on the completed half of the Death Star begins to
glow; Then a powerful beams shoots out toward the aerial battle.
108 EXT SPACE – AIR BATTLE
The air is thick with giant ships. In among them, Rebel X-wings
dogfight with Imperial TIE fighters. Now an enormous Rebel cruiser is
hit by the Death Star beam and is blown to dust.
The Millennium Falcon roars over CAMERA, followed closely byseveral TIE
109 INT MILLENNIUM FALCON – COCKPIT
The ship is buffeted by the tremendous explosion of the Rebel cruiser.
Lando and his copilot are stunned by the sight of the Death Star
That blast came from the Death Star! That thing’s operational!
Home One, this is Gold Leader.
110 INT REBEL STAR CRUISER – BRIDGE
Ackbar stands amid the confusion on the wide bridge and speaks into the
We saw it. All craft prepare to retreat.
You won’t get another chance at this, Admiral.
We have no choice, General Calrissian. Our cruisers can’t repel
firepower of that magnitude.
Han will have that shield down. We’ve got to give him more time.
111 EXT FOREST – GENERATOR BUNKER
Artoo and Threepio make it to the door, as Han and Leia provide cover
Come on! Come on!
Oh, Artoo, hurry!
The little droid moves to the terminal and plugs in his computer arm. A
large explosion hits near Artoo, knocking him head over heels, finally
landing on his feet. The stubby astrodroid’s head is spinning and
smoldering. Suddenly there is a loud SPROOING and Han and Leia turn
around to see Artoo with all his compartment doors open, and all of his
appendages sticking out; water and smoke spurt out of the nozzles in
his body. Han rushes to the terminal, as Threepio rushes to his wounded
My goodness! Artoo, why did you have to be so brave?
Well, I suppose I could hotwire this thing.
I’ll cover you.
Ewoks in handmade, primitive hanggliders drop rocks onto the
stormtroopers, divebombing 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
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
113 INT MILLENNIUM FALCON – COCKPIT
Lando steers the Falcon wildly through an obstacle course of floating
giants. He’s been yelling into the comlink.
Yes! I said closer! Move as close as you can and engage those Star
Destroyers at point-
At that close range, we won’t last long against those Star Destroyers.
We’ll last longer then we will against that Death Star…and we might
just take a few of
them with us.
The Rebel cruisers move very close to the Imperial Star Destroyers and
begin to blast away at point-blank range. Tiny fighters race across the
giant surfaces, against a backdrop of laser fire.
The control tower of a Star Destroyer is under attack.
She’s gonna blow!
The damaged Y-wing plummets toward the Star Destroyer, and crashes into
the control tower, exploding.
114 INT EMPEROR’S TOWER – THRONE ROOM
Out of the window and on the view screens, the Rebel fleet is being
decimated in blinding explosions of light and debris. But in here there
is no sound of battle. The Emperor turns to Luke.
Your fleet has lost. And your friends on the Endor moon will not
survive. There is no escape, my young apprentice. The Alliance will
die…as will your friends.
Luke’s eyes are full of rage. Vader watches him.
Good. I can feel your anger. I am defenseless. Take your weapon!
Strike me down with all your hatred, and your journey towards the dark
side will be complete.
Luke can resist no longer. The lightsaber flies into his hand. He
ignites it in an instant and swings at the Emperor. Vader’s lightsaber
flashes into view, blocking Luke’s blow before it can reach the
Emperor. The two blades spark at contact. Luke turns to fight his
115 EXT FOREST
The battle rages on. Stormtroopers fire on Ewoks with sophisticated
weapons while their furry little adversaries sneak up behind the
Imperial troopers and bash them over the head with large clubs.
A 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
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
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
I think I got it. I got it!
The three wires spark as the connection is made. With a LOUD WHOOSH, a
second blast door crashes down in front of the first.
Han frowns and turns back to the wires again. Leia exchanges shots with
stormtroopers in the bushes, then suddenly cries out in pain, her
shoulder hit by a laser blast.
Oh, Princess Leia, are you all right?
It’s not bad.
Leia holds her laser gun ready, behind Han, out of view of the two
stormtroopers moving toward them. Han and Leia’s eyes lock; the moment
seems suspended in time.
I love you.
Another shared look between them, as she smiles up at Han.
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)
The hatch on top of the walker opens and Chewie sticks his head out and
Chewie! Get down here! She’s wounded! No, wait…. I got an idea.
117 INT EMPEROR’S TOWER – THRONE ROOM
Luke and Vader are engaged in a man-to-man duel of lightsabers even
more vicious then the battle on Bespin. But the young Jedi has grown
stronger in the interim, and now the advantage shifts to him. Vader is
forced back, losing his balance, and is knocked down the stairs. Luke
stands at the top of the stairs, ready to attack.
Good. Use your aggressive feelings, boy! Let the hate flow through
Luke looks momentarily toward the Emperor, then back to Vader, and
realizes he is using the dark side. He steps back, turns off his
lightsaber, and relaxes, driving the hate from his being.
Obi-Wan has taught you well.
I will not fight you, father.
Vader walks back up the stairs to Luke.
You are unwise to lower your defenses.
Vader attacks, forcing Luke on the defensive. The young Jedi leaps in
an amazing reverse flip up to the safety of the catwalk overhead. Vader
stands below him.
Your thoughts betray you, father. I feel the good in you…the
There is no conflict.
You couldn’t bring yourself to kill me before, and I don’t believe
you’ll destroy me
You underestimate the power of the dark side. If you will not fight,
then you will meet
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.
118 EXT SPACE – AIR BATTLE
The two armadas, like their sea-bound ancestors, blast away at each
other in individual point-blank confrontations. A Star Destroyer
explodes. The Rebel victor limps away, its back half alive with a
series of minor explosions. The Rebel cruiser manages to move in next
to a second Star Destroyer before it explodes completely, taking the
Imperial Star Destroyer with it. The Falcon and several fighters attack
one of the larger Imperial ships.
Watch out. Squad at .06.
I’m on it, Gold Leader.
Good shot, Red Two.
Now…come on, Han, old buddy. Don’t let me down.
119 INT BUNKER – CONTROL ROOM
Controllers watch the main viewscreen on which a vague figure of an
Imperial walker pilot can be seen. There is a great deal of static and
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.
120 EXT FOREST – GENERATOR BUNKER
As the door to the bunker opens and the Imperial troops rush out,
they’re surprised to find themselves surrounded by Rebels, their
weapons pointed at them. Ewoks holding bows and arrows appear on the
roof of the bunker. The Imperial troops throw down their guns
as Han and Chewie rush inside the bunker with explosive charges.
121 INT BUNKER – CONTROL ROOM
Han, Chewie, and several troops rush into the control room and plant
explosive charges on the control panels and rush out.
Throw me another charge.
122 INT EMPEROR’S TOWER – THRONE ROOM
Vader stalks the low-ceilinged area on the level below the throne,
searching for Luke in the semi-darkness, his lightsaber held ready.
You cannot hide forever, Luke.
I will not fight you.
Give yourself to the dark side. It is the only way you can save your
friends. Yes, your
thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially
Vader stops and senses something. Luke shuts his eyes tightly, in
Sister! So…you have a twin sister. Your feelings have now betrayed
her, too. Obi-Wan
was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure is complete. If you will
not turn to the dark
side, then perhaps she will.
Luke ignites his lightsaber and screams in anger, rushing at hisfather
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.
Good! Your hate has made you powerful. Now, fulfill your destiny and
take your father’s
place at my side!
Luke looks at his father’s mechanical hand, then to his own mechanical,
black-gloved hand, and realizes how much he is becoming like his
father. He makes the decision for which he has spent a lifetime in
preparation. Luke steps back and hurls his lightsaber away.
Never! I’ll never turn to the dark side. You’ve failed, Your Highness.
I am a Jedi,
like my father before me.
The Emperor’s glee turns to rage.
So be it…Jedi.
123 EXT FOREST – GENERATOR BUNKER
Han and several of the fighters run out of the bunker and race across
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
Ackbar, sitting in his control chair, speaks into the radio.
The shield is down! Commence attack on theDeath Star’s main reactor.
We’re on our way. Red Group, Gold Group, all fighters follow me.
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
Luke stands still, as the Emperor reaches the bottom of thestairs. The
Emperor’s laughter has turned to anger. He raises his arms toward Luke.
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.
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.
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.
Father, please. Help me.
Again Vader stands, watching Luke. He looks at his master, the Emperor,
then back to Luke on the floor.
Now, young Skywalker…you will die.
Although it would not have seemed possible, the outpouring of bolts
from the Emperor’s fingers actually increases in intensity, the sound
screaming through the room. Luke’s body writhes in 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
Rebel fighters follow the Falcon across the surface of the Death Star
to the unfinished portion, where they dive into the superstructure of
the giant battle station, followed by many TIE fighters.
I’m going in.
Here goes nothing.
Three X-wings lead the chase through the ever-narrowing shaft, followed
by the Falcon and four other fighters, plus TIE fighters who
continually fire at the Rebels. Lights reflect off the pilot’s faces as
they race through the dark shaft.
Now lock onto the strongest power source. It should be the power
Form up. And stay alert. We could run out of space real fast.
The fighters and the Falcon race through the tunnel, still pursued by
the TIE fighters. One of the X-wings is hit from behind and explodes.
Split up and head back to the surface. See if you can get a few of
those TIE fighters to
Copy, Gold Leader.
The Rebel ships peel off pursued by three of the TIE’s, while Lando and
Wedge continue through the main tunnel. It narrows, and the Falcon
scrapes the side dangerously. Two other TIE fighters continue to blast
away at them.
That was too close.
Nien Nunb agrees. The battle between the Rebel and Imperial fleet rages
- Several cruisers fire at the giant Super Star Destroyer.
127 INT REBEL STAR CRUISER – BRIDGE
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
Admiral Piett and a commander stand at the window, looking out to the
battle. They look concerned.
Sir, we’ve lost our bridge deflector shield.
Intensify the forward batteries. I don’t want anything to get through.
The commander is looking out of the window where a damaged Rebel
fighter is out of control and heading directly toward the bridge.
Intensify forward firepower!
It’s too late!
The Rebel pilot screams as his ship hits the Star Destroyer, causing a
huge explosion. The giant battle ship loses control, crashes into the
Death Star, and explodes.
129 INT REBEL STAR CRUISER – BRIDGE
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
Chaos. For the first time, the Death Star is rocked by explosions as
the Rebel fleet, no longer backed against a wall, zooms over, unloading
a heavy barrage. Imperial troops run in all directions, confused and
desperate to escape.
In the midst of this uproar, Luke is trying to carry the enormous
deadweight of his father’s weakening body toward an Imperial shuttle.
Finally, Luke collapses from the strain. The explosions grow louder as
Vader draws him closer.
VADER (a whisper)
Luke, help me take this mask off.
But you’ll die.
Nothing can stop that now. Just for once… let me look on you with my
Slowly, hesitantly, Luke removes the mask from his father’s face. There
beneath the scars is an elderly man. His eyes do not focus. But the
dying man smiles at the sight before him.
ANAKIN (very weak)
Now…go, my son. Leave me.
No. You’re coming with me. I can’t leave you here. I’ve got to save
You already have, Luke. You were right about me. Tell your sister…you
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
131 EXT DEATH STAR
The Millennium Falcon leads a swerving bomb run through the immense
superstructure of the half-built Death Star. The Rebel Star Cruisers
outside continually bombard the huge station. And each direct hit is
answered by resonating, chain-reaction explosions within the station
132 INT MILLENNIUM FALCON – COCKPIT AND GUN PORTS
Lando’s crew fires away at the pursuing TIE fighters as the dashing
Baron of Bespin and his alien copilot home in on the main reactor
shaft. It is awesome. A lone X-wing is just in front of the Falcon.
There it is!
All right, Wedge. Go for the power regulator on the north tower.
Copy, Gold Leader. I’m already on my way out.
The X-wing heads for the top of the huge reactor and fires several
proton torpedoes at the power regulator, causing a series of small
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
Ackbar and other Mon Calamari lean on the railing of the bridge,
watching the large screen showing the Death Star in the main briefing
Move the fleet away from the Death Star.
134 EXT DEATH STAR
An Imperial shuttle, with Luke alone in the cockpit, rockets out of the
main docking bay as that entire section of the Death Star is blown
Finally, just as it looks like the Falcon will not make it, Lando
expertly pilots the craft out of the exploding superstructure and
whizzes toward the Sanctuary Moon, only a moment before the Death Star
supernovas into oblivion.
135 INT MILLENNIUM FALCON – COCKPIT
Lando and Nien Nunb laugh and cheer in relief.
136 EXT ENDOR FOREST
Han and Leia, Chewie, the droids, the Rebel troops, and the Ewoks all
look to the sky as the Death Star reveals itself in a final flash of
self-destruction. They all cheer.
They did it!
Han looks town from the sky to Leia, a look of concern on his face.
Leia continues to look at the sky as though listening for a silent
I’m sure Luke wasn’t on that thing when it blew.
He wasn’t. I can feel it.
You love him, don’t you?
Leia smiles, puzzled.
All right. I understand. Fine. When he comes back, I won’t get in the
She realizes his misunderstanding.
Oh. No, it’s not like that at all. He’s my brother.
Han is stunned by this news. She smiles, and they embrace.
137 EXT ENDOR FOREST – NIGHT
Luke sets a torch to the logs stacked under a funeral pyre where his
father’s body lies, again dressed in black mask and helmet. He stands,
watching sadly, as the flames leap higher to consume Darth Vader —
In the sky above, fireworks explode and Rebel fighters zoom above the
138 EXT EWOK VILLAGE SQUARE – NIGHT
A huge bonfire is the centerpiece of a wild celebration. Rebels and
Ewoks rejoice in the warm glow of firelight, drums beating, singing,
dancing, and laughing in the communal language of victory and
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.
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