STAR WARS - EPISODE VI : "REVENGE OF THE JEDI"
Written by GEORGE LUCAS
REVISED ROUGH DRAFT
June 12, 1981
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away
The boundless heavens serve as a backdrop for the MAIN TITLE.
A ROLL-UP crawls into infinity.
The Rebellion is doomed. Spies loyal
to the Old Republic have reported
several new armored space stations
under construction by the Empire.
A desperate plan to attack the
Dreaded Imperial capitol of
Had Abbadon and destroy the Death
Stars before they are completed has
been put into effect.
Rebel commandos, led by Princess Leia,
have made their way into the very
heart of the Galactic Empire: as the
first step toward the final battle
Pan down to reveal the planet HAD ABBADON, capitol of the Galactic
Empire. The gray planet's surface is completely covered with cities
and is shrouded in a sickly brown haze. Orbiting the polluted
planet is a small, green, moon, a sparkling contrast to the foreboding
A large IMPERIAL TRANSPORT glides into frame. WE follow it, as
it rockets toward the Imperial capitol. Four small TIE FIGHTERS
escort the larger craft. The web-like structures of two Death
Stars under construction loom in the distance as the transport
approaches. Resting to one side of the half completed space station
is Darth Vader's super STAR DESTROYER and several ships of the
Imperial fleet. One of the TIE Fighters escorting the Imperial
transport begins to wobble and drops back with its engine sputtering.
2. INT. TIE FIGHTER
A rebel pilot (WEDGE) struggles with his controls and starts to
panic. He speaks into his com-link.
.have a problem here! My ship is losing
power, I'm not going to make it.
TRANSPORT COMMANDER (female)
Take it easy Wedge, switch to your auxiliary converters.
I have, it's no good.
3. INT. IMPERIAL TRANSPORT
A scruffy old REBEL PILOT turns to his young CO-PILOT who is frantically
working the controls.
He's out of range, we've lost him.
The Pilot quickly checks his controls, then turns to the Commander
sitting above and behind them.
We're too close to Vader's fleet to go back for him.
The Commander leans into the light and is revealed to be PRINCESS
LEIA. All eyes on the bridge are on her. She thinks for a moment,
then makes a decision.
Someone is going to start asking questions, and we may not have
I have to risk it. They'll discover us soon enough, if Wedge is
taken in for repairs.
Out of the cockpit window is Vader's Star Destroyer.
4. INT. BRIDGE VADER'S STAR DESTROYER
The bridge of the Star Destroyer is a beehive of activity. A long
row of controllers study their tracking screens as the ominous
sounds of Lord Vader's boots echo throughout the bridge. The controllers
watch in fear as the dark Lord's feet pass above them. One of
the controllers goes back to his work and spots the transport
on his screen. A red light starts flashing and a muted buzzer
sounds. The controller speaks into his com-link.
Transport TYDIRIUM, you're moving out of your flight path. Correct
VOICE OF REBEL PILOT
One of our escort fighters has lost power. We're maneuvering for
An Imperial Officer moves in behind the Controller and switches
off the alarm and light.
Check their security clearance.
Transport Tydirium, identify and confirm your security status.
5. INT. IMPERIAL TRANSPORT COCKPIT
The Pilot and Co-Pilot look back to Leia with worried looks on
their faces as the Imperial Controller repeats his request.
Now we find out if that security code was worth the price we paid.
Send the transmission.
The Pilot flips several switches and a high-speed transmission
is heard. The Co-Pilot is very nervous.
What if they changed the code? We don't know how old this one
Just relax son, we're not in trouble yet. Activate the tractor
beam and lock onto Wedge's fighter.
The Co-Pilot goes back to his controller. Leia and the Pilot
exchange concerned looks.
We have Wedge in tow, sir.
Reset your course for the sanctuary moon. Go around Vader's fleet
the long way. We shouldn't get too close.
An Imperial voice on the com-link breaks in.
Transport Tydirium, bring your craft closer to the fleet for a
A new sense of foreboding sweeps through the cockpit.
They're on to us
The code's no good. Abort the mission.
No! We have to play this one out. Answer them.
Request acknowledged. We're swinging closer.
The old Pilot switches off the com-link and looks over to the
Co-Pilot who is scared to death, then over to Leia who is lost
It smells like a trap. Are you sure we shouldn't abort the mission?
but our fleet will surely be cut to ribbons if we aren't
set up on the moon sanctuary before they arrive. You'd better
warn the men.
6. INT. HOLD IMPERIAL TRANSPORT
The hold of the transport is filled with Rebel Commandos and massive
equipment. A red light goes on as the Pilot's voice comes over
We are approaching Lord Vader's fleet for a visual security check.
Be on your best Imperial behavior.
The troops start picking up their weapons, and quickly stow any
7. INT. COCKPIT IMPERIAL TRANSPORT
Out the cockpit window Vader's super Star Destroyer grows larger
as the Rebels approach it.
We're within range of their visual scanners.
Don't go in any closer. Watch for approaching fighters.
The old Pilot turns and sees that Leia is overcome with melancholy.
Her head is resting in her hands. The old Pilot moves over to
the young Princess to comfort her. She looks up at him and wipes
the tears from her eyes, as he puts his hand on her shoulder.
It's all right. We've been in tougher scrapes than this. We'll
. I just wish Han were here.
These are the moments that we all miss Captain Solo
She forces a weak little smile.
A small bet. Commander Skywalker will have him back in time for
the main attack.
Lando's signal only meant they've found Han alive, not how difficult
it will be to free him.
The com-link cracks to life, causing everyone to jump. The Pilot
rushes back to his controls.
What is your cargo, Transport Tydirium?
8. INT. BRIDGE VADER'S SUPER STAR DESTROYER
The Imperial Officer leans closer to the view screen; which flashes
a series of x-ray images of the interior of the transport. The
controller repeats his question.
Do you copy? What is your cargo?
Equipment and construction personnel for the sanctuary moon
The officer is called over to another view screen.
The shuttle is approaching. High speed on course 973.
Alert all Commands. I'll inform Lord Vader
He turns back to the first controller.
Record your scan of the transport, we'll go over it later.
9. INT. COCKPIT IMPERIAL TRANSPORT
Tension is high in the cockpit of the transport as they await
IMPERIAL CONTROLLER (continued)
. Stand by.
They look out the cockpit window at Vader's super Star Destroyer
which looms before them. Suddenly the control panel lights up
and alarms go off.
. moving up fast behind us!
Leia speaks into the com-link.
All units prepare for a boarding party.
Stand by to activate shields.
Wait, it's not slowing.
And it's not firing either.
It's going to pass us.
The com-link sparks to life.
Outside the cockpit window an Imperial shuttle roars past them
heading for Vader's ship.
Those are royal markings on that shuttle. Somebody important is
in a big hurry to see Lord Vader.
Transport Tydirium you are cleared to proceed to the moon sanctuary.
There is a big sigh of relief from Leia and the Pilots.
We made it. The code works.
I still don't like it. Change to course 339. We'll go the long
Leia and the Pilots watch the shuttle recede in the distance.
Nothing can stop us now!
10. EXT. SPACE - TRANSPORT AND SHUTTLE
The huge Imperial Transport veers away from Vader's super Star
Destroyer and heads for the distant sanctuary moon. The Imperial
shuttle continues towards Vader's ship until it finally disappears
into the main docking bay on top of the huge Star Destroyer.
11. INT. MAIN BAY Super Star Destroyer
As the shuttle settles onto the deck of the docking bay, Imperial
ground crews rush about securing the craft. The bay is filled
with an impressive formation of Stormtroopers, Guards, Star Captains,
and Special Elite Units. As one, the thousands of troops snap
to attention, and heads turn to the entrance of the bay. The door
slides open revealing the dark Lord of the Sith, DARTH VADER.
He walks past the troops toward the shuttle craft. ADMIRAL PIETT
and several Star Captains are with him. The Admiral turns to Vader.
Never before have I heard of the GRAND MOFF leaving the planet
to greet someone. You are greatly respected, my Lord.
Or greatly feared. The disgusting little bureaucrat is attempting
to lay a trap for me.
He's a fool to think that you would not know.
The Emperor's counsel is no fool. He is very clever and quite
Vader and Piett stop before the Imperial shuttle. The hatch to
the shuttle swings down and a colorful platoon of the Imperial
Guards lines up outside the ramp. They salute as a thin, evil-looking
man descends from the shuttle. He is the GRAND MOFF JERJERROD.
Vader salutes him, but Admiral Piett and all the Star Captains
kneel before him. An effete covey of dignitaries descend the ramp,
acting as if they have never been on a Starship before.
You honor me with your presence, My Lord.
Yes, I know. (looking around) You may rise. All this fuss just
for me, an impressive display I must say. (sniffs the air) Yes,
well the Emperor sends you his blessing
But he still refuses to answer my transmissions.
I'm afraid he's quite too busy.
Then why was I ordered to return?
He feels your prolonged stay in the outer systems has not agreed
Vader is very angry and it takes all the control he can muster
to contain himself. Jerjerrod starts for the hanger entrance.
Don't you toy with me.
All right then
. the Emperor is disturbed with your failure
to deal with young Skywalker and he has decided to handle the
matter personally. You will supervise the construction of the
Battle Stations; a task he feels will be much less demanding.
But, I have all but turned him to the dark side of the force.
The Emperor does not share your optimistic appraisal of the situation.
Skywalker is more powerful now, than before your feeble attempts
to convert him.
12. INT. BRIDGE STAR DESTROYER
Vader, Jerjerrod and company walk onto the vast Star Destroyer
He can't do this. The boy is mine!
That seems to be part of the problem. It would appear that you
still have some feelings for your troublesome offspring.
The only feeling I have for him is hatred.
Then you should be thankful the Emperor has taken such an interest
in him. The Emperor will turn Skywalker to the dark side, and
then destroy the Rebellion in one swift stroke.
The Rebellion will not be easily crushed, and my son will not
be easily turned.
The Emperor will succeed, where you have failed. You are weak
Lord Vader, more machine than man. The Emperor's plan has already
been put into motion. The entire rebel force is on its way to
us, for one last, hopeless confrontation, so I suggest you prepare
My son would not be so foolish as to fall into such a trap.
Ahh but, he is not with them. Your son is on his home planet of
Tatooine. He will soon be in our hands, and the Emperor will have
his way with him.
Get off my bridge!
As you wish
The Grand Moff turns and walks off the bridge followed by the
dignitaries. The Admiral and his Captains go back to their duties.
Vader stand alone on the bridge looking out across the vast sea
VADER (to himself)
Luke, beware, you are the Emperor's prey now.
13. INT. TATOOINE INN
["In the rough draft Luke is asleep and struggling with
thoughts of Vader and the dark side. Yoda and Ben are also present
in the dream, and Luke berates Ben for not telling him that Vader
is his father. Yoda explains that he'll soon be joining Ben in
the Netherworld, and therefore he'll become stronger and will
be better able to help Luke. Vader's voice reappears, and Luke
awakens." -L. Bouzerau, explanation from Star Wars The Annotated
Screenplays page 241.]
Luke snaps awake from a sound sleep, his head still ringing with
Vader's words. It takes a moment for him to focus on his surroundings.
He is in a small rundown, tavern. Two vile, little dirty Jawas;
ATETU and TWEETU, stare at him from across the room. They shake
their cloak-covered heads and go back to cooking an odorous stew.
The howling wind outside blows the door open with a loud crash.
Luke reaches for his pistol, the Jawas hide. Out of the dust cloud
emerge two familiar shapes, SEE THREEPIO and ARTOO DETOO. Luke
relaxes as the angry Jawas come out of hiding, scolding the robots
for not closing the door. Atetu waddles to the door and strains
against the wind to close it.
Master Luke, I beg you not to send us out in weather like that
it's unbearable out there.
Artoo whistles his agreement.
Were you able to get everything I asked for?
An impossible task, but yes we have all of it
Artoo beeps and one of his tiny arms pokes out of its hatch carrying
a small box. The door to the hovel bangs open again giving everyone
a start, including R-2 who drops the box of parts. Out of the
cloud of dust comes LANDO and CHEWIE. Atetu is very angry and
starts yelling at Lando and Chewie. The little Jawa storms over
to Chewie and screams at the Wookiee (in his gibberish language),
shaking his fist. Chewie stares at him blankly, then shrugs and
closes the door. Atetu continues to vent his anger on Luke, then
waddles back to his cooking.
Next time I'll try to get us better accommodations, but trustworthy
innkeepers are hard to come by around here.
Chewie barks and puts several small parts before Luke.
What did you find out?
He survived the unfreezing process but I couldn't get any report
on his condition; but we're going to have to hurry, the execution
has been set for tomorrow.
Threepio picks up a small micro chip.
Master Luke, I beg your pardon, but how can these micro parts
help rescue Capt. Solo?
Luke holds up an odd looking box.
When it's finished it will be our ticket into the palace. But
first, we must send this JABBA the HUTT a message. That's where
you two can help.
At your service.
Tweetu calls out and points to the bowls of steaming food on
the table. Chewie barks and heads for the table followed by Lando.
Better get something to eat, Luke, we may not get another chance.
You go ahead, I still have some things to do first. (motions to
R-2) Come over here, Artoo.
Threepio follows Chewie to the table and asks Tweetu something.
The creature answers and goes to a cupboard. Threepio sits at
the table. On the far side of the room Luke stands before Artoo
and recites a message. A beam of light from Artoo passes over
him as he speaks. Tweetu brings Threepio an oil can, and Threepio
starts oiling his joints.
A few more trips outside and I'll surely short circuit.
Chewie barks and Lando passes him some food.
It's a miracle that Han survived the unfreezing process. I just
hope he's still in one piece.
Chewie barks his agreement. Luke and R-2 come over to the others.
R-2 begins to beep at 3PO.
We have to leave?!? What are you talking about? I'm not going
out in that storm again!
3PO, I need you to go with him to the palace.
He's going to need your help.
Artoo beeps at Threepio again.
All right, I'm coming. I'm coming. I was afraid of this. Master
Luke, are you sure
. I'm depending on you.
Yes, Master Luke.
Artoo and Threepio leave the Inn as the wind howls madly outside.
Luke grabs some food off of the table and goes back to his work.
What makes you think those droids will ever get in to see Jabba
- let alone deliver the message.
Greed. It's Jabba's weakness. With this phony spice extractor
and his greed, we'll make contact with Han as soon as I finish.
You and Chewie are going to have to make the next visit to the
You mean just walk right in?? They'll kill us.
Not when you present Jabba with this little gem, and tell him
we have a hundred more just like it. You'll be all right.
But we don't have another hundred just like it. I think this plan
of yours leaves a lot to be desired.
Listen, Lando, you know we couldn't get Han out of that stronghold
even if we had an army with us. Our only hope is to get Jabba
to take him out of there, for us
Then you leave the rest to me.
Lando shakes his head in disbelief.
I sure hope you know what you're doing.
Chewie concurs, as Luke goes back to working on his gift.
14. EXT. ROAD TO PALACE - GATE
The wind has died down somewhat, but a fair amount of sand still
flows around the two droids as they struggle along the path to
the ominous palace of Jabba the Hutt. R-2 whistles a worried sigh.
Why are droids always given the dirty work?
. Sometimes I
wonder why we put up with it all.
Artoo beeps his agreement as they reach the main gate to the
Palace. It is closed. Threepio looks around for some kind of signaling
device, then he timidly knocks on the giant iron door. A small
hatch in the middle of the door snaps open and a spidery mechanical
arm, with a large electronic eyeball on the end, pops out and
inspects the two droids.
Tee chuta what zudd!
Threepio points to R-2, then to himself.
Artoo Detoowha bo Seethreeiowha ey toota odd mischka Jabba du
The eye looks from one robot to the other, then zips back into
the door, and the hatch slams shut. Artoo beeps his concern.
I don't think they're going to let us in, Artoo, maybe we should
Artoo agrees, and the droids turn to leave. Suddenly, the massive
door starts to rise with an ominous thumping and horrific metallic
screech. The robots turn back toward an endless black cavity which
has been revealed beyond the door. The robots look at one another,
afraid to go inside.
Artoo starts forward into the black void.
Artoo, maybe we should reconsider the
. Artoo wait!
The bronze droid rushes after his stubby companion. The noisy
door begins to lower behind them.
15. 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
scaly GUARDS, who fall in behind them. Artoo beeps a weak question.
Threepio quickly glances around and looks at the two lumbering
lizard-like guards behind him, then turns back to Artoo. The guard
grunts an order.
You don't want to know. Just deliver Master Luke's message and
get us out of here quick.
Walking toward them out of the darkness is a wizened old man
dressed in a dark cloak and tall hat. This is the High Beeser
of Hutt, BIB FORTUNA.
I am Bib Fortuna, the High Beeser of Hutt. What brings you to
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 R-2) Gift, what gift?
Jabba cannot be disturbed, I will take the gift for him.
He holds out his hand toward R-2 and the tiny droid backs up
a bit, letting out an array of squeaks and tones.
Artoo give it to him!
Artoo defiantly whistles a blue streak. 3PO turns to the Beeser.
He says our master's instructions are to give it only to Jabba
the Hutt himself.
Bib thinks about this for a moment.
I'm terribly sorry. I'm afraid he's ever so stubborn about these
Very well then, follow me.
They troop in behind the Grand Beeser and follow him into the
Artoo, I have a very bad feeling about this.
16. INT. MAIN PALACE CHAMBER
The main chamber in the palace is filled with the most grotesque,
and vile CREATURES ever conceived in the universe. Artoo and Threepio
stand very small in the doorway to the dimly lit chamber.
Light shafts partially illuminate the drunken courtiers as Bib
Fortuna crosses the room to the leader of this disgusting crowd:
JABBA THE HUTT. This Godfather of the galactic crime world is
a repulsively fat sultan-like monster with a maniacal grin. Bib
whispers something in this slobbering degenerate's ear. Jabba
laughs, and motions to the two terrified droids. He speaks in
a strange language to the Grand Beeser.
(in Huttese) This gift had better be worth it.
The robots reluctantly come forward to stand before this loose-skinned
(in Huttese) Speak!
(in English) 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 of the one called Solo. I wish
an audience to bargain for his life
. (all laugh) I have
objects of great value from Durell System (the crowd mumbles)
and as a token of my goodwill, I present to you a gift, these
Threepio is startled by this announcement.
(in English) What?!? What did he say?
Both are hard working and will serve you well
I will soon
send my agents for your reply.
(in English) Oh no, this can't be. Artoo you must have played
the wrong tape
(laughs in Huttese) There will be no bargain, but I will take
the droids with pleasure.
He motions for the guards to take the droids away.
(in Huttese) Bargain rather than fight? He's no Jedi, he's an
Jabba concurs and the loathsome courtiers laugh at his response.
17. DUNGEON HALLWAY
Artoo and Threepio are led down a dark and dank dungeon passageway
lined with holding cells. The cries of unspeakable creatures bounce
off the cold stone walls, and occasionally a horrible looking
arm, or tentacle grabs through the bars at the two hapless droids.
What could have come over Master Luke? Is it something we did?
He never expressed to me any unhappiness with our work.
They stop at a door at the end of the hall.
18. INT. BOILER ROOM
The door slides open revealing a room filled with steam and noisy
machinery. The menacing guard motions them into the boiler room
where they are met by a tall, thin, human-like ROBOT named U-8d8
(Eue-Atedeate). The guard grunts to the droid, who is sitting
behind a high desk.
Ah, new acquisitions. I am Eue Atedeate, chief of Cyborg Operations.
You're a protocol droid, aren't you?
I am See Threepio, Human
Yes or no will do.
How many languages do you speak?
I am fluent in over six million forms of communication, and can
Wonderful! We have been without an interpreter since the Master
got angry and disintegrated out last protocol droid.
Atedeate turns to the thick-headed guard.
This one will be quite useful, fit him with a restraining bolt,
then take him back to the main audience chamber.
No wait, Artoo don't leave me
The guard pushes Threepio out of the room. Artoo lets out a plaintive
cry, as the door closes. He then beeps a blue streak to the operations
So you'd rather not get stuck cleaning the prison cells, huh.
Oh, you're good at dispensing beverages, are you?
He throws some hoses and mop-like extensions at Artoo.
You'll do clean up! Follow me.
Disappointed, Artoo clutches the apparatus and falls in behind
the taller droid.
19. MAIN PALACE CHAMBER
The court of Jabba the Hutt is a drunken, raucous assembly. TWO
GUARDS bring in a weathered old STAR CAPTAIN, who stands angrily
before the slimy rogue.
Listen Jabba, I'm tired of waiting
(in Huttese) Bring forth my new protocol droid.
Everyone near him looks around, and finally Threepio is shoved
forward. Jabba motions to the golden droid to come nearer.
(in Huttese) What is he saying?
(in Huttese) He is tired of waiting, Your Excellency.
Jabba jabbers away at Threepio with a chuckle, the interpreter
droid turns to the Star Captain.
(in English) His Excellency finds your impatience irritating and
has decided not to pay you at all
(puts hand on gun) You tell that swollen scumbag he'd better cough
up my fee or they'll be picking his hide out of every crack in
Threepio looks at Jabba, then back to the Star Captain, then
back to Jabba. He hesitates to translate this unpleasant message.
(in Huttese) Your Grandness, he feels he would not be happy with
Jabba sits with growing anger and 3PO backs away, then the gangster
starts to laugh.
The Star Captain goes for his gun, but before he can draw, a
trap door in the floor springs open and swallows him up. The door
snaps shut. A rumble is heard, then muffled growls and a hideous
scream. Jabba and the court laugh hysterically. Threepio looks
up and is terrified to see his old friend Chewbacca, and Lando
entering the room followed by two guards.
(in English) Oh no!
Lando and the giant Wookiee stand over the trap door as they
greet Jabba the Hutt. Chewie barks, Threepio translates.
(in Huttese) He greets you and wishes you good health, Your Excellency
Jabba waves at Chewie, and chuckles as he speaks to the Wookiee.
(in English) His Excellency is surprised to see you here, Chewbacca,
and quite frankly so am I, you're in grave danger.
We bring you a gift, Exalted One, and more to follow if you accept
Threepio repeats this to his gluttonous master as a Jawa scurries
over to Lando, takes the device Luke has constructed and delivers
it to Jabba, who inspects it.
(in Huttese) A Durellian spice extractor
. Ask him how many?
(in English) He would like to know if you have any more, you are
standing over a trap door.
Two hundred, a rare load, and a more than adequate ransom for
Threepio repeats this to Jabba, who laughs and rubs his hands
(in Huttese) Agreed.
(in English) He has agreed to your
(in Huttese) Seize them!
Jabba signals his guards, who instantly grab Chewie and Lando
securing their hands behind them.
(in Huttese) Now you will join your beloved Captain, and I will
demand twice the ransom.
But, we must tell him your reply! If we don't return, Skywalker
will not deliver the goods.
Threepio repeats this to Jabba, who answers with a boisterous
(in Huttese) If he fails to arrive, you will fail to survive.
He doesn't care.
What?! You can't do this! Jabba, think of all the wealth you're
Lando and the Wookiee are led away amid laughter and jeers. Jabba's
goblet is refilled and he commands the entertainment to begin.
Several GIRLS emerge from the crowd and start to dance.
20. DUNGEON HALLWAY AND CELL
Lando and Chewie are led down the row of cells, passing Artoo
pushing a broom. Chewie barks at his little friend and the stubby
droid starts whistling madly. One of the guards pulls a controller
from his belt and zaps Artoo with it. The little robot jumps and
lets out a scream. A cell door opens and the two prisoners are
The door bangs closed as Chewie smells someone else is in the
cell with them. The giant Wookiee lets out a crazy yell and races
toward a shadowed figure in the corner. He grabs the figure and
gives him a big hug that carries them into the light revealing
Chewie's old partner, a bearded HAN SOLO.
All right, all right, wait a second, you're crushing me!
Chewie lets go and Han scratches the Wookiee's chest and sees
Lando! I'm gonna kill you.
He starts to take a swing at his old friend when Chewie comes
between them holding Han back. The Wookiee growls and yips an
explanation. Han relaxes.
You rescued Chewie and Leia?
. and now I'm here to rescue you
Well, you're doing great so far.
Luke's plan seems to have backfired.
Luke? He's here too?
He will be soon enough
. He's gonna try to pay off Jabba
with some phony spice extractor that he doesn't have.
Is he crazy?
Chewie barks yes!
That kid can't even take care of himself, let alone rescue us.
He seems awfully sure of himself.
21. EXT. ROAD TO PALACE GATE
Luke, dressed in a black shirt and pants, walks down the dusty
road toward the palace gate. He carries no pistol, and no lasersword.
He stands before the gate and the little eye gives him the once
Open the gate, I am expected
The gate creaks open and Luke enters.
22. INT. JABBA'S PALACE HALLWAY
Two giant guards fall in behind Luke as he strides down the long
hallway. Bib Fortuna appears out of the darkness and greets the
young Jedi. Several other guards surround them in the darkness.
His Excellency holds your agents as well as Capt. Solo. You must
bring double the ransom you offered, and then Jabba will bargain.
(in Huttese) I would speak to Jabba, now!
He will not see you. First you must bring the ransom.
Luke looks around at the guards and then back to Bib.
The ransom is unimportant.
The ransom is unimportant.
You will take me to Jabba, now!
I will take you to Jabba, now.
The guards will stay here.
(in Huttese) Guards, stay here.
You will show me the way.
I will show you the way.
Bib turns and Luke follows him into the darkness leaving the
somewhat puzzled guards behind scratching their heads.
23. MAIN PALACE CHAMBER
The loud and boisterous court of Jabba the Hutt suddenly goes
quiet as Luke and Bib Fortuna enter the large chamber. Bib leans
over to Jabba's ear and whispers something. Jabba becomes upset
and Bib backs away as the gangster yells.
(in Huttese) Throw him out. He must bring the extractors first.
The guards start for Luke, and he glares at them and they stop.
Threepio edges his way through the crowds to see Luke.
I must be allowed to speak, now.
He must be allowed to speak now.
He returns and whispers this to Jabba, who becomes furious and
clobbers Bib, sending him crashing to the floor.
(in Huttese) You weak-minded alien fool! He's using an old Jedi
(in Huttese) You will bring Capt. Solo to me.
(in Huttese) Young Jedi, I am not affected by Human thought. I'm
afraid your mind powers will not work with me, boy. I have killed
many Jedi Knights in my time
Threepio notices that Luke is standing over the trap door and
frantically motions him to move to one side.
Master Luke. He's going to kill you, move away
. you're standing
A MONSTER turns around and growls at Threepio and he quickly
shuts up and backs away.
I shall enjoy watching you die
Luke reaches out his hand, and a pistol jumps out of one of the
guards' holsters, flying magically into Luke's hand. The bewildered
guard grabs for it.
The floor suddenly drops away, sending Luke and the guard into
the pit. Jabba laughs and the court joins in.
24. INT. RANCOR PIT
Luke manages to get to his feet. The guard is yelling for help.
The young Jedi looks up to see a crowd gathering around the edge
of the pit and a metal gate slams closed above him. A second door
in the side of the pit starts to rumble open. The guard panics
and starts to scream. Luke calmly looks around for a means to
escape. Out of the side passage emerges a giant brown fanged RANCOR.
The guard finds his pistol and starts firing at the hideous beast;
which only seems to make it more furious, as it comes at the two
In a sudden burst of energy, Luke jumps twenty feet straight
up and grabs on to the overhead grate. The crowd is at first startled,
and then starts booing at Luke, as he makes his way hand over
hand to the side wall, where he wedges himself into a corner.
As the guard continues to fire at the monster, it picks up the
unfortunate man and pops him into its slavering jaws. A few screams,
and the guard has been swallowed. The audience's cheers turn to
jeers as Luke struggles to maintain his grip. His foot slips and
he dangles helplessly over the howling beast.
25. INT. MAIN CHAMBER - PALACE
Two filthy little Jawas run over to the grate and mash Luke's
fingers with the butts of their laser rifles. Luke struggles to
hang on. He is unable to brace himself against the wall.
26. INT. RANCOR PIT
The Rancor paws at Luke, but is unable to reach him. Finally,
the Jawas are successful and Luke drops from the grate. The young
Jedi lands in the eye of the monster, then tumbles to the floor
of the pit. The Rancor bellows in pain, stamping around in circles
holding his face. Luke runs behind the raging creature and scurries
into the holding tunnel. Unfortunately, it's a dead end, and he
turns to see the monster approaching him. Luke notices a door
mechanism about half way down the wall. He picks up a stone and
hurtles it at the controls. A split second before the Rancor reaches
Luke, the overhead door comes crashing down on the beast's head,
squashing it like a sledgehammer on an egg - Luke tries to catch
27. INT. MAIN CHAMBER - PALACE
A startled gasp is heard from the stunned court as all heads turn
to Jabba, who is turning red with anger.
(in Huttese) Get him out of there
. and bring Solo and his
friends! They will all suffer for this outrage.
The Rancor KEEPERS are the first ones into the pit followed by
several guards. The keepers check the dead Rancor. One of the
keepers breaks down and starts sobbing. He is comforted by the
28. INT. DUNGEON CELL
Han, Chewie and Lando crowd around little R2-D2 who is projecting
a small hologram of Luke.
.when the time is right.
I don't have much hope for this, but it's the only chance we've
Don't worry, Luke will come through.
R-2 beeps as noises are heard at the cell door. R-2 quickly sticks
out his vacuum cleaner extension. The others assume casual positions
around the cell before the contingent of guards enters and yanks
the prisoners out leaving little R-2 alone to finish his cleaning.
29. MAIN PALACE CHAMBER
Han, Chewie, and Lando are shoved into the main chamber, where
they are forced to kneel before Jabba the Hutt. They are surprised
to see Threepio standing behind the grotesque gangster.
(in Huttese) Han, my boy, I had intended for your final performance
to be at the festival
. I must admit I'm surprised at the
company you keep
He's moving up your execution. He is quite upset at Master Luke.
I told you! He's got the old geezer scared to death.
All he's managed to do is speed up our funeral.
(to Jabba) Our friend is powerful. He will destroy you.
Threepio repeats this to Jabba, who laughs.
(in Huttese) Powerful, yes, but I doubt if he can destroy us.
There is a commotion at the far end of the room, and Luke is
escorted through the crowd, and placed with the others. He is
slightly beat up from his ordeal with the Rancor. He looks sheepishly
at his friends.
Good try old buddy. Stupid, but at least you tried.
(in Huttese) I have a special treat for you, and your friends,
Jedi. From this one you will not escape. Take them to the SARLACC
A loud cheer rises from the crowd, as they excitedly start to
leave the room. Threepio's interpretation of Jabba's speech is
drowned out by the noise. Chewie and the others look around somewhat
30. EXT. TATOOINE DUNE SEA
The sandstorm has subsided somewhat, as a huge SAIL BARGE cruises
across the vast dune sea about six feet above the sand surface.
This is a large version of Luke's old anti-gravity landspeeder.
Darting in and out among the large craft are several smaller SKIFFS;
which hold about twenty people.
31. INT. MAIN SAIL BARGE
Jabba the Hutt rides like a sultan in the massive anti-gravity
ship. His entire retinue is with him, drinking and eating and
having a great time. Threepio stands between two horrible CREATURES,
translating their conversation. Both monsters speak in strange
tongues. One of the beasts gets angry at something the other has
said, and punches him in the face. Threepio takes this as a sign
to leave; which he does in haste, bumping into a smaller droid
serving drinks, spilling them all over the place. The stubby droid
lets out an angry series of beeps and whistles. Threepio finally
recognizes the robot.
Artoo! What are you doing here?
Artoo beeps a quick reply.
Of course, I see you're serving drinks! But, this place is dangerous,
they're going to execute Master Luke, and if we're not careful,
Artoo whistles a sing-song response.
I wish I had your confidence
A slimy beast bellows at Artoo, holding up his goblet. R-2 beeps
a good-bye and scoots over to the thirsty creature.
32. INT. SKIFF
Han, Luke, Chewie and Lando sit in the small anti-gravity craft
surrounded by armed guards.
So much for your plan to get us out of the palace. Now we're really
in for it.
The odds don't look too good.
Don't worry, I'll get us out of this.
(sarcastic) Oh I'm sure.
Hey! I've learned a few things since I saw you last. Trust me
Pardon me, I forgot you've become a Jedi.
Han gives a skeptical glance at Lando, who shrugs, then at Chewie,
who barks. Luke closes his eyes and relaxes.
33. EXT. DUNE SEA - SARLACC PIT
The hovering barge stops on the side of a large sand pit. The
smaller skiffs circle the rim of the deep cone of sand. The craft
carrying Luke, Han, Lando and Chewie moves over the center of
the pit and hovers. The prisoners look down into the pit and see
a disgusting mucus lined hole at the vortex of sand. Around the
edge of the cavity are thousands of needle sharp teeth and four
thin, ten foot long feelers, that sweep across the sand looking
34. INT. SKIFF
Chewie growls at the monster in the pit. Han and Lando look at
Luke with worried looks. The guards order the prisoners to stand,
and they are lined up in the center of the small craft. A long
gangplank is hoisted to the side of the hovering skiff.
35. INT. MAIN SAIL BARGE
The crowd is getting drunk and boisterous. A tall thin BRUTE pours
the remains of his drink on Artoo's head and demands a refill,
which he is given by the little droid with a subservient beep.
Jabba laughs hysterically as two beautiful young GIRLS toss small
fruits into his mouth. Bib Fortuna settles down next to the Exalted
One and motions to the skiff hovering over the pit.
We are ready, Your Excellency.
Jabba raises his arm, and the motley array of intergalactic pirates
falls silent. Threepio is standing right behind him and he motions
to the robot.
Threepio leans forward, right next to Jabba's face and the slobbering
villain mumbles something to him. Threepio steps forward to the
rail overlooking the pit and the small skiff.
His Excellency hopes you will die honorably, but should any of
you wish to beg for mercy, the Exalted One will now listen to
The prisoners look at each other and Han steps forward.
You can tell that slimy, worm-ridden filth, he will get no such
pleasure from us.
Threepio repeats this in Huttese to Jabba, who only laughs, and
gives the thumbs down sign.
Put them in!
36. INT. SKIFF
Two guards grab Luke and roughly lead him to the waiting gangplank.
They release his magno-bonds, and force him to walk out over the
pit by poking him with long electronic poles. A guard timidly
moves out on the gangplank to push Luke out to the end. The young
Jedi turns to face his companions and then salutes them.
I guess this could have ended better. See yah, old buddy.
The guard prods him again and he jumps off the gangplank to the
cheers of the bloodthirsty spectators. Before anyone realizes
what happened, Luke has used his Jedi training to spin around,
grab onto the end of the plank, and catapult himself up onto the
deck with a double-back flip; which causes the startled guard
to lose his balance and fall into the pit.
Luke reaches out his hand and a blaster is pulled from the holster
of one of the guards and magically flips into his hand. Now things
are happening very fast. The hapless guard in the pit is eaten
as a second guard draws his pistol, but is blasted by Luke before
he can fire. The rest of the guards go for their weapons, and
chaos follows. Hands bound, Han, Chewie and Lando dive for cover.
Luke grabs a bonding release device and activates it. The prisoners'
restraining bonds fall away.
The guards fire at Luke as he races to the control panel of the
craft, but the guns are knocked out of their hands by Han and
Lando. Chewie grabs one of the guards and tosses him overboard
into the waiting jaws of the sarlacc. A fist fight ensues between
prisoners and guards. Two guards knock Luke away from the skiff
controls and the hover craft begins to drift. Using his Jedi skills,
Luke knocks the two guards overboard, but one manages to grab
onto a rail and dangles over the pit screaming. Luke is hit from
behind by another guard and knocked to the deck.
37. INT. MAIN SAIL BARGE
Jabba and the spectators are startled at the turn of events. Some
of the creatures begin to laugh and yell at the combatants. Jabba
is amused. Bib is worried.
(in Huttese) Should I stop it, Your Excellency?
No wait, I find it amusing.
Guards take up positions along the gunnel of the barge as the
fistfight continues to rage on the small skiff. Threepio has backed
away from the main group of spectators, hoping not to be noticed.
He is startled by Artoo, who comes up from behind, and lets out
a loud hoot. Threepio jumps and turns around.
Artoo! Don't do that! What is it?
Artoo lets out with a series of whistles and beeps, then takes
off down the deck.
You need my help? Wait, I don't understand, what plan? Artoo?
Threepio follows his stubby companion into the hold of the barge.
Three guards fight with Luke, and Han, Lando and Chewie fight
the remaining three guards. The Captain of the Guard is beckoned
over to Jabba by Bib.
Your Excellency, six of my guards are down there. It will difficult
to get off a clear shot.
Shoot them all!
(distressed) Yes, Your Excellency.
The Captain bows, and commands his men to fire at the skiff.
38. INT. SKIFF
Laserbolts wizz past the combatants. The guard fighting with Chewie
is hit by a blast, and the Wookiee is knocked to the deck wounded.
Another blast hits the controls of the skiff, knocking out one
of the stabilizers, causing the small craft to lurch violently
to one side thirty degrees, throwing Han, Luke and many of the
guards into the Sarlacc pit. Two of the guards, Lando, and the
wounded Wookiee manage to hang on to the lopsided craft.
Laserbolts continue to bounce off the bottom of the skiff protecting
those still on board the craft. A guard who was hanging on the
side during the fight suddenly finds himself on top of the craft.
He is able to stand and wave frantically at the guards on the
barge to stop firing. The second guard struggles to pull himself
up to the control panel. Lando who is hanging on the top rail
works his way along hand over hand trying to get to the controls
before the guard. Chewie is caught between two seats and bellows
39. EXT. SARLACC
Han struggles to climb out of the pit, but only slides further
down toward the fearsome sloth. He slides past Luke who is lying
very still, spread eagle in the sand, facing the hole at the bottom.
Han, lie still, don't fight it.
It's easy for you to say.
Luke reaches out and grabs onto Han as he slides past him. Han's
momentum is stopped, both of them are pulled closer to the horrible
mouth. The guards struggle frantically, and are quickly eaten.
40. INT. CONTROL BRIDGE OF SAIL BARGE
Artoo and Threepio race into the small control room of the barge
whistling and yelling.
(in Huttese) We're under attack! They're going to kill His Excellency.
Help him, hurry!
The BARGE CAPTAIN and his two PILOTS rush out of the bridge and
Artoo quickly closes the door behind them and locks it with a
This is a great plan, now we're trapped.
Artoo beeps a rude response and goes to the control panel and
starts pushing a long row of red buttons. An alarm suddenly goes
You've just opened all the power connectors. You're going to blow
Banging begins at the locked door as the crew responds to the
41. INT. SKIFF
Lando just barely makes it to the controls before the guard flips
the switch that rights the ship, throwing the other guard standing
on its side, into the pit. Lando and the guard fight over the
controls causing the ship to lurch. Chewie slides dangerously
close to the open hatch, but with great pain manages to hold on.
42. INT. MAIN SAIL BARGE
The guards who are firing at the skiff are ordered away by their
(in Huttese) To the control bridge, quickly!
Jabba remains calm, but those around him begin to panic and some
run. The muffled alarm sounds can be heard from the control bridge
as the huge barge begins to shudder.
43. SARLACC PIT
Lando finally knocks the last guard into the pit and takes control
of the craft. Han and Luke slide closer to the jaws. One of the
sloth's feelers wraps itself around Han's leg and starts to pull
both warriors into its deadly mouth. Lando maneuvers the skiff
down toward his two friends and lowers a tow cable. Luke and Han
try to grab the cable, but only slip closer to death. Lando moves
the ship around for another try. Chewie lies unconscious in the
back of the craft.
44. INT. COMMAND BRIDGE
The beating sounds are intense and the door starts to give way.
Artoo and 3PO stand on the control panel in front of a window.
Artoo beeps at Threepio as he hesitates at the window.
I can't do it
Artoo beeps and bumps 3PO through the window. The golden robot
shrieks as he falls to the sand below. R-2 jumps after him, just
as the door explodes and several guards burst into the control
Shut down those converters!
The guards race to the control panel.
45. SARLACC PIT - BARGE
Han is almost touching the needle sharp teeth as Lando moves the
cable within reach a second time. Luke grabs on to the cable and
the two warriors are pulled from the pit as the cable is slowly
Bib moves closer to his master and whispers into his ear.
Perhaps the deck gun would be helpful, Exalted One.
What are those alarms?
Not to worry, everything is under control.
Fire the deck guns!
The guards rush to several large deck guns mounted near the bow
of the barge.
Luke finally makes it to the deck of the skiff and helps Han
on board. A blast from the barge deck gun rocks the small craft
almost knocking Han overboard. He dangles from the side rail and
is almost knocked loose by a second blast which causes the ship
to lean to one side. Lando struggles to right the craft and get
them out of there.
We're losing power, another direct hit and we're finished.
The guards are zeroed in on the skiff when the Captain and his
men run out of the control bridge yelling.
Abandon ship! Abandon ship.
Before the guards can react, the entire barge blows up in a spectacular
fire works display; which jostles the small skiff quite violently,
throwing both Luke and Lando to the deck and almost causing Han
The flaming barge drops into the sand pit, throwing Jabba, Bib
and company into the waiting jaws of the sloth. Lando gains control
of the skiff and stabilizes the craft as Luke pulls Han on board.
46. EXT. DUNE SEA
In the distance the burning wreckage of the barge explodes a second
time as a small periscope pops out of the sand in the middle of
a crater. Muffled beeps are heard and the periscope looks around
until it sees two golden feet sticking out of the sand not far
away. A large shadow moves over the droids, and a voice is heard.
Artoo! Artoo up here.
The periscope looks up and sees the bottom of the skiff hovering
above. Luke is leaning over one side of the craft lowering a cable
and large magnet toward the sunken droid. In the skiff Han is
helping Chewie to sit up, and is applying some first aid to the
Wookiee's wounded shoulder. The furry beast winces and growls
I know it hurts. Just lay still.
Lando tries to maintain the skiff over the droids. The magnet
is attached to R-2's head and he is slowly raised toward the craft.
A second magnet attaches to the two golden feet, and pulls Threepio
out of the sand.
Oh, my head!
R-2, still dangling below the skiff beeps to his companion.
Well, you should be sorry.
R-2 coos a sorry sigh as the skiff begins to pull away and head
across the dune sea.
47. EXT. FOREST HAD ABBADON MOON - BALL GUN
Camouflaged Land Speeders lift a large gun barrel into position
atop a huge ball shaped ion cannon. Leia and a REBEL COMMANDER
walk out of a low control bunker. The gun and control area are
in the process of being camouflaged by work crews and other landspeeders.
We should have it completely covered by nightfall. The Empire
can't possibly find us then.
When you've finished, keep your men inside. Wait until the moon
has made one full rotation before you target the shield generator.
If that generator's creating a shield powerful enough to protect
those Death Stars, it's not going to be that easy to knock out.
That's why you have to line up precisely on the central tower.
But, it's too big for one of these size guns to do any damage
If the shield around those Death Stars is still operational when
the fleet attacks, they won't have a chance. WE have to knock
it out. I'm going back to the ship, to signal the fleet that we're
As soon as we have the target lined up, I'll contact you.
Leia gets into a camouflaged armored landspeeder, and takes off
into the dense forest. Captain Jode shakes his head, then goes
back to his work.
48. INT. DARTH VADER'S STAR DESTROYER BRIDGE
Vader stands on the bridge of his Star Destroyer looking out across
the half completed Death Stars. Admiral Piett approaches him.
Yes, my Lord?
Where is the Grand Moff Jerjerrod?
He is in the private communication chamber.
He is speaking with the Emperor?
I'm not sure, all surveillance in the room has been cut off
and his coded transmission is undecipherable. He's using a special
code, I have come across nothing like it before.
Have the extra patrols arrived on the sanctuary moon?
Yes my Lord, GENERAL VEERS has taken command himself.
Inform me when the Grand Moff has finished his communication.
Vader turns his attention back to the Death Stars. Piett leaves.
49. INT. VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - COMMUNICATION CHAMBER
The Grand Moff Jerjerrod kneels before a huge holographic image
of the Emperor.
Take extra precautions. He is far stronger than his father.
Yes, Master. We will have the boy quite soon.
Vader is to know nothing of this. Young Skywalker must be brought
directly to me. Do you understand?
. and watch Lord Vader closely. He is powerful and not to
Yes Master. He will be quite distracted. The Rebel attack is proceeding
as you planned, and Lord Vader already suspects their presence.
He has sent several units to the sanctuary moon.
Good. Everything is falling into place.
It is as you have foreseen, my Master.
The Grand Moff bows low, and [the] supreme Emperor passes a hand
over the crouched Jerjerrod and fades away.
50. FOREST HAD ABBADON MOON
A squad of nimble one-man Imperial rocket bikes speed around the
giant trees of the medieval forest. The ominous crunching sounds
of huge metallic feet are a counterpoint to the high-pitched scream
of the Rocket Bikes. Finally, out of the mist the monstrous shape
of a two-legged Imperial walker appears. The sinister machine
slowly makes its way through the dense foliage as the tiny Scout
Bikes dart to and fro.
51. INT. IMPERIAL WALKER
Two Imperial pilots sit at the controls in front of the main viewing
port. General Veers stands to one side, watching a radar scope.
One of the pilots turns toward the general.
Sir, we're approaching what appears to be a downed transport.
Send the scouts ahead
I've picked up a small grouping of life forms.
Check the registry.
Sir, our scouts are under attack!
52. EXT. FOREST LANDING SITE - TRANSPORT
A small battle is raging around the Imperial Transport as the
giant walker moves into the clearing. A few powerful blasts from
the deadly machine, and the fighting stops.
53. EXT. HANGAR - HUTT SPACEPORT - SANDSTORM - DAY
Lando leads Luke, Han, Chewie and the robots through a raging
sandstorm toward the entrance to an underground starship hangar.
It's not much further.
I just hope you parked her out of this storm.
Chewie barks to his old friend that he picked the spot.
Good work Chewie.
They make it to the shelter of the hangar entrance. Lando and
Chewie trundle down the flight of stairs, as Han stops Luke just
inside the doorway.
I'd better wait for the droids.
Listen Luke. I'm not much good at these things, but I just want
to say thanks. We're even
. I'm sorry I doubted you
have learned a lot
Luke laughs, and pats his old friend on the back.
Just a few tricks
.Ah about Leia
I know everything. She loves you Han. My feelings for her are
different than yours. I'm not going to get in your way.
Han gives Luke a big hug as Threepio stumbles up to the entryway.
He looks a little worse for wear.
Master Luke, Master Luke! They've taken Artoo
(pointing) Back there
. two men, grabbed him. They'll strip
him for parts.
Han and Luke dash out of the entryway and into the full blast
of the sandstorm.
54. EXT. ALLEYWAY HUTT SPACEPORT - SANDSTORM.
They run down an alleyway looking for Artoo. The sand blows furiously
I can't see a thing
wait over there.
Han points at two cloaked figures disappearing down a narrow
passageway and starts after them. Luke follows. As Han rounds
the corner, he is struck over the head by a powerful blow from
behind. He hits the ground with a thud revealing little Artoo,
helplessly dangling from a strap tied halfway up the wall. One
of the figures puts a hand over the little droid's mouth.
Get ready, here he comes.
Luke rounds the corner, sees Han, Artoo, and is instantly surrounded
by a cage that suddenly appears around him.
Get his weapon.
Luke looks around and sees that he is trapped. He touches the
bars of his cage, they're electrified. His blaster is drawn out
of his holster, and crashes against the magnetic bars.
Hurry, get him aboard the ship.
55. EXT. HANGAR - HUTT SPACEPORT SANDSTORM
Chewie and Lando join Threepio at the entrance to the Hangar.
What's going on?
They went to rescue Artoo. He was
Chewie barks and points at Artoo and Han struggling through the
sandstorm. Chewie and Lando go out to help Han.
They've taken Luke
The loud roar of a starship taking off can be heard overhead.
They all look up as it passes and fades in the distance.
Quick, we've got to go after them.
56. HUTT SPACEPORT - DAY
The Millenium Falcon roars off its' landing pad and quickly disappears
into the sandstorm.
57. INT. COCKPIT - FALCON
Han and Chewie are at the controls and Lando and the robots sit
in the back. Chewie barks and flips a switch.
Yeah, that's them all right. We can outrun them easy.
Out the cockpit window, the Imperial shuttle is very close when
suddenly it rockets away at a terrific rate of speed, and disappears.
they go to lightspeed.
Chewie pushes forward on the throttle and the Falcon slows. Han
bangs his fist on the controls in anger.
Chewie, set your coordinates for the fleet
The Falcon rockets away into the stars.
58. HAD ABBADON MOON - IMPERIAL TRANSPORT
A couple of Rebel troops mill around the Imperial transport as
two speeders enter the clearing and stop. Several more troops
exit the huge spacecraft. Leia and CAPT. KAUN climb out of the
speeders. Leia turns to one of the Rebel troops.
Put them inside for the night.
They walk toward the transport.
Now all we have to do is sit and wait. You know, it's strange,
but I don't
recognize any of these men.
That's funny, neither do I.
A sudden realization crosses over their faces. They grab for
their weapons, and run back toward the speeder. The Rebel troops
start to fire at them and they dive behind one of the speeders.
Out of the forest rise four Imperial scouts on rocket bikes. Leia
blasts one of them and the bike crashes to the ground. The second
speeder explodes, knocking two more of the rocket bikes to the
ground. Kaun runs over to the bike and takes off, quickly followed
by Leia on the second bike. The troops fire at them as they escape.
General Veers comes out of the hold of the transport.
Four more scouts race from behind the transport on the rocket
bikes. The General turns to one of his officers.
Contact the fleet and inform Lord Vader we've got two on the run,
and are following them back to the others.
59. HAD ABBADON MOON - FOREST
Leia and Captain Kaun dangerously maneuver their tiny rocket
bikes between the mammoth trees at speeds of two hundred miles
per hour. They are closely followed by four other scouts, who
occasionally fire at them. Explosions echo throughout the forest
as laser bolts rip into the trees. The two Rebels ride out over
a ridge and slowly float down to the forest below. The Imperial
scouts follow in a hair-raising chase that bounces over hills,
through narrow gullies, and in between trees. One of the Imperial
scouts loses control and explodes against a tree.
Captain Kaun has dropped a little behind Leia and blasted by
one of the troops, causing him to crash. Now Leia is alone, being
chased by three Imperial scouts. She rounds a narrow bend and
a rope net suddenly shoots up in front of her, catching her bike
and sending it head over heels. Leia lands unconscious on some
soft leaves. The three scouts race around the bend and aren't
so lucky. The first bike hits the net and the other two plow into
it causing a big explosion, which engulfs the three scouts.
Leia remains unconscious as the explosion fades away.
60. EXT. REBEL FLEET
The Falcon arrives at the Rebel fleet and docks with one of the
huge Star Cruisers.
61. INT. MAIN BAY REBEL HEADQUARTERS - NIGHT
Han, Chewie, Lando and the robots enter the main bay of the Rebel
Cruiser and are greeted by Capt. New and several of his officers.
Han looks around for Leia.
You made it back just in time.
In time for what?
All units have been called together for one massive attack against
Had Abbadon. Where is Commander Skywalker?
Did I hear you right? Had Abbadon, the Imperial Capitol? Whose
crazy idea was that? Where is she anyway? Where's Leia?
Luke has been captured, we came to get help to find him.
We've already started the staging procedures for the attack. The
General will want you with us.
Now wait a second. Where is Leia?
Capt. New and his officer exchange worried looks.
We'd better get you to the General for a briefing.
62. WAR ROOM - REBEL HEADQUARTERS - NIGHT
The large war room is a hurricane of activity. Commanders stand
in small groups before large briefing screens as control officer
rush about exchanging information and getting things ready. Standing
before a large electronic table is GENERAL MADINE, Captain New,
Han, Lando, Chewie and the robots. A planet and its satellites
are shown on the table display and as the General talks about
a subject, it lights up or an arrow points to it.
And using a captured Imperial transport, she has succeeded
in establishing an ion cannon on the moon sanctuary of Had Abbadon.
Which could knock out the shield generator, making those
Death Stars vulnerable to a cruiser attack.
Han shakes his head at this crazy plan. Chewie barks.
I think this whole plan is nuts. Lando, you're a tactics expert,
what are their chances?
It's been a long time since I've played this game. The odds aren't
You're telling me!
But if the fleet could be brought out of hyperspace on
this side of the moon, it could just work. Now the timing will
have to be very accurate
Great, that's all they need to hear. General Madine, meet General
Calrissian. You can stay here and play soldier if you want, I'm
leaving. Come on, Chewie.
Han, wait! Where are you going?
I'm going to that sanctuary moon, and I'm going to get Leia out
of there, then we're going to find Luke.
She'll never go with you.
You'll never find him that way.
Wanna bet! Vader's got him.
Han turns and walks away, followed by Chewie. Lando turns to
the General and shakes his head.
And he thinks this plan is crazy
he'll never get near that
Artoo and Threepio race after Han and Chewie as they leave the
Hey! Wait for us!
63. EXT. REBEL FLEET - SPACE
The Falcon roars off of the landing platform into space.
64. INT. FALCON COCKPIT
Han and Chewie operate the controls of the modified freighter.
The giant Wookiee barks a long-winded question.
Of course I have a plan
If I can just calculate the light
speed coordinates close enough, we should come out of hyperspace
right above the moon's surface. We'll have landed before they
notice a thing.
Chewie chatters an animated reply. Threepio looks at Artoo.
I know, I know, one millidigit too far and we're so much space
dust. But there's no other way, so hang on!
Han pulls back on the lightspeed throttle and the stars streak
out the cockpit window. The Falcon zooms away into hyperspace
in less than a second.
65. HAD ABBADON MOON - FOREST
A strange little furry face with huge yellow eyes slowly comes
into focus. The creature is an EWOK, named WICKET, and he seems
somewhat puzzled as he looks at the waking Princess. Leia groans,
which frightens the stubby ball of fuzz and he stumbles backward,
falling on his tail with a loud squeak. Leia sits up and stares
at the three foot high Ewok, trying to figure out where she is
and what has happened. Her clothes are badly torn and she is fairly
The Ewok jumps up and grabs a four foot long spear which he holds
in a defensive position. Leia watches him carefully as he circles
her, poking occasionally with his sharp spear.
Hey, cut that out. Don't be afraid little fella, I won't hurt
She stands up and the Ewok quickly backs away. She walks over
to the remains of the destroyed rocket bikes and surveys the wreckage
and notices what little remains of the rope net that stopped her.
She pulls a part of the rope down and studies it.
I'm afraid you caught more than you bargained for
The little Ewok grabs the net out of her hands and starts scolding
her in a funny language made up of squeaks and barks. He points
at the wreckage, then to the net, throws up his hands and marches
around in little circles, obviously upset at what Leia has done
to his trap.
Calm down. My transport isn't in such great shape either
Leia looks around at the dense forest, then with a sigh, she
sits on a fallen log.
And to top it off, I think I'm lost.
The fuzzy little Ewok sits on a smaller log next to Leia. He
puts his head in his hands with a great sigh. Leia scratches the
little creature on the head.
Cheer up, things could be worse.
A loud snap and rustle of leaves is heard in the distance as
the Ewok's ears perk up, and he begins to sniff the air.
What is it?
The Ewok lets out a loud screech, and starts to run, but a laser
blast explodes right in front of the little creature. Leia draws
her pistol and jumps behind the log. A second flash comes out
of the foliage and explodes in front of the log. Leia returns
the fire, senses something and turns around to see two large Imperial
Stormtroopers standing over her with their guns pointed at her
head. The scout officer reaches out his hand for her weapon.
I'll take that
She hands her pistol over to the brutish officer as he turns
to the second scout.
Contact General Veers and tell him that we've found one of them.
Leia moves over in front of the little Ewok, and pushes him further
under the log. The second scout goes back to where his rocket
bike is hidden in the foliage. A third scout rides his back into
the clearing and dismounts. The officer pulls Leia over to the
third scout and roughly shoves her at him, then starts back to
where his bike is hidden.
The third scout takes out a pair of binders, and starts to put
them on Leia's wrists. A shrill scream is heard on the far side
of the clearing. The scout looks over to see the officer holding
Wicket, the Ewok, by one arm. Wicket swings at the trooper in
I think we've found another one.
Taking advantage of the guards' distraction, Leia brings her
bound fists straight up hard into the scout's chin, knocking him
unconscious. She dives for her laser pistol as the scout officer
drops the Ewok and goes for his gun. Leia beats him to the draw
and blasts him away. The second guard rides into the clearing,
but his bike is hit by one of Leia's laser blasts and is knocked
end over tail. The forest is quiet once more. Wicket pokes his
furry little head up from behind the log, still a little dazed,
and mumbling about what happened. Leia comes over to the chubby
little Ewok and pulls him away into the dense foliage.
Come on, we've got to get out of here.
As they run into the foliage, Wicket shrieks and tugs at Leia
to follow him.
66. SPACE - HAD ABBADON
An Imperial shuttle roars over camera and heads for the polluted
brown planet of Had Abbadon. It passes the green sanctuary moon,
the Death Stars and Vader's fleet.
67. INT. COCKPIT - IMPERIAL SHUTTLE
Two pilots operate the shuttle as an officer sits behind them.
Steer clear of the fleet. The Emperor doesn't want Lord Vader
to sense the boy's presence.
68. INT. HOLD - SHUTTLE
Luke sits in a small metallic cell inside the hold of the shuttle.
His head is in his hands.
Ben, help me
come to me, please Ben. I'm not strong enough
to face my father. Help me to resist the Dark Side of the Force.
Ben, Ben, please
Luke looks up to see a shimmering, translucent image of Yoda
standing in the tiny cell with him. Leia is startled by the vision.
Ben can no longer help you. His power to stay in the netherworld
has been spent. He will soon be one with the Force. His identity
No, help him. Bring him back
Only you can draw him back to the material world. Stop your anger.
How, I can't
You can't, because that is what you think. Have you learned nothing?
You cannot help Obi-Wan! You cannot face your father! You cannot
resist the Dark Side! The Emperor has already won.
I'm sorry, I
Sorry will not save you
or your father destroy.
I have no will to destroy my father
there must be some good
in him, I can feel it.
Destroy you he will, as he destroyed himself
this you must
I am not strong enough, I will fail.
If that is the way you feel
then I must turn to another for
The Force runs strong in the Skywalker line. If you will not destroy
your father, there is only one other left who can
Sister!!! I don't have a sister.
Strong with the Force is she; but untrained.
Taken to Alderaan by your mother, was she. Safer it was to keep
Your twin sister
If you fail to destroy your father, our
only hope is she.
Luke is stunned by this bit of information, and quickly becomes
lost in thought.
69. EXT. SPACE - HAD ABBADON
The tiny shuttle rockets toward the planet of Had Abbadon.
70. INT. FALCON - COCKPIT
Han quickly works the controls of the Falcon as Chewie barks
You're right. I'll reverse the polarity as soon as we're out of
hyperspace. Better strap yourself in Goldenrod, this could be
a little rough.
Threepio gives Artoo a quick glance. The stubby little droid
beeps a short observation.
That's all right, Artoo, we don't need to know the odds.
Here we go.
Han pulls forward on the light speed throttle. The black void
out the cockpit window begins to streak with light and then the
streaks become stars. Within a second or two, one of the stars
rapidly grows into a planet; which appears to engulf the ship.
The cockpit begins to shudder, then shake violently. Chewie barks
and Artoo beeps. Han struggles to work the controls.
Chewie, we're in the atmosphere, throw on the brake!
71. MOON ATMOSPHERE
The Millenium Falcon glows like a comet as it streaks toward
the planet surface.
72. SUPER STAR DESTROYER - BRIDGE
Lord Vader is standing before the massive windows on the bridge.
The huge rim of the moon can be seen out one side of the window,
and the spidery superstructure of a Death Star can be seen out
the other. Vader studies the streaking comet as it disappears
onto the moon surface. CAPTAIN NAFFER, in the control pit, is
startled by something on one of his readouts.
We've picked up a ship coming out of hyperspace. It appears to
have collided with the moon.
I saw it. Pinpoint the impact sight and tell General Veers to
Vader notices Jerjerrod studying him from an alcove in the distance,
as the captain hurries to implement his orders.
73. MOON FOREST - CLEARING
The ramp lowers on the smoking Falcon, and Han, Chewie and the
robots exit the craft.
I don't think I want to try that again.
Chewie barks his agreement.
Come on, we've got no time to lose. The transport should be over
Han makes his way into the foliage, closely followed by the rest
of the group.
74. CAVE ENTRANCE - MOON FOREST
Wicket leads Leia along a narrow shaky wooden walkway, high in
the giant trees. He stops at the end of the rickety walkway; which
drops away to nothing. Far below is a clearing. On the other side
of the clearing is a mountain with a sheer rock face. The Ewok
points and Leia nods. Wicket grabs a long vine tied to the walkway.
It is attached high above them in the trees. He hands Leia the
vine and she grabs hold, he takes hold of the lower part of the
vine. The little Ewok lets out a squeak and they swing across
the clearing and into the cave.
75. INT. CAVE - EWOK VILLAGE
Leia follows Wicket through a small cave that opens into a large
cavern. Along one wall of the cavern, a small village has been
built under an outcropping of rocks. They enter the village which
seems to be deserted, but Leia notices numerous little eyes peering
out of the darkened doorway.
Wicket stops before the largest hut in the small square, and
calls out something. A second Ewok, called TEEBO, comes out of
the hut and confers with Wicket. They point periodically at Leia,
and then Teebo goes back into the building. Wicket motions for
Leia to follow, and they both go into the hut.
76. INT. CHIEF'S HUT
A glowing fire dances in the middle of the Spartan, low ceilinged
room, causing a kaleidoscope of shadows on the walls. Leia sits
on the ground before Wicket and Teebo. In the darkness across
the room, a group of about ten Ewoks sit around a slightly larger
gray-haired Ewok; CHIEF CHIRPA. The rhythmic beat of a skin drum
begins as the Ewok sitting next to Chief Chirpa begins to chant.
This is LOGRAY, the medicine man of the tribe. Wicket stands and
chatters to the Chief, then sits again. The rest of the Ewoks
begin to chant as Logray approaches Leia.
The haunting chant and the bizarre surroundings have a hypnotic
effect on the Princess. The trance is broken when the medicine
man stands before her, and suddenly her hands are pinned to the
ground by Wicket and Teebo. The chanting and drums stop as Logray
grabs Leia's head and yanks open her mouth, seemingly inspecting
her teeth. He then looks at her eyes and ears. Finally he lets
go and barks something to the assembly. The Chief replies to the
medicine man and the drums begin to beat again.
Logray takes a bowl of ugly looking brew and offers it to Leia.
Wicket and Teebo release her hands. She is a little leery about
taking the foul smelling soup. Wicket quietly says something to
her. She finally gets up the courage to taste it. It's good, and
she drinks the entire bowl to the screeching and barking cheers
of the assembly. Wicket jumps up and hugs Leia, as do several
other of the fuzzy little Ewoks. Leia's tension fades away amid
the joyous celebration of the furry little creatures.
77. LANDING AREA - HAD ABBADON
The ramp of the Imperial shuttle lowers, and Imperial troops
line up outside the spacecraft. A captain of the Royal Guard,
and about a dozen of his men march up to the shuttle as six stormtroopers
escort the heavily bound young Jedi down the ramp. The officer
speaks to one of the stormtroopers.
Did he give you much trouble?
None at all.
The guard officer studies Luke closely.
He appears to be in good condition. The Emperor will be pleased.
The sergeant of the guard barks a command and all of the troops
turn and march into the massive Imperial palace of Had Abbadon.
78. MAIN HALLWAY - IMPERIAL PALACE - HAD ABBADON
Luke and his escort follow the officer down a vast hallway lined
with Royal Guards. A group of star fleet captains stop their conversation
and watch the prisoner as he passes. The captains recognize Luke
and whisper among themselves until the squad of guards is far
in the distance.
I'm sure it's him.
Inform Lord Vader.
79. THRONE ROOM - HAD ABBADON
They enter a vast throne room, and stop. The guards line up behind
Luke and snap to attention. On the far side of the room is a long,
wide flight of stairs that leads to a throne that is silhouetted
by a huge window behind it.
Sitting on the throne is a small, shrouded figure. This is the
Emperor. Supreme Ruler of the Galactic Empire, and Master of the
Dark Side of the Force. His voice echoes through the huge throne
Come forward, young Jedi.
Luke walks forward until he is at the foot of the stairs then
stops, trying to get a look at the silhouetted figure on the throne.
Yes, you are much like your father. Strong with the Force. You
will make a powerful ally.
You cannot turn me to the Dark Side you did my father
I did not turn him to the Dark Side. That is something he did
as you will do for yourself.
We will see. Take him to the tombs.
The guards rush up behind Luke and escort him away.
80. EXT. FOREST LANDING SIGHT - TRANSPORT
The transport is deserted, and the clearing appears tranquil
as Han, Chewie and the robots survey the situation from a hiding
place in the dense underbrush. Han takes out his com-link.
Looks peaceful enough.
Blue Two, this is Red One. Do you copy?
Loud and clear. What are you doing here?
Just waiting for your confirmation. Is Leia with you?
Sure enough. She's in the back.
Before he can get up, he is stopped by Chewie who barks his concern.
Well, it seems all right to me.
Han gets up and starts into the clearing, closely followed by
Chewie and the others. They arrive at the main hatch of the Imperial
transport, and Han stops Chewie.
Let me go first. Wait here.
Chewie shrugs as Han cautiously enters the transport hold.
81. INT. TRANSPORT HOLD
The vast hold is empty, except for a couple of Rebel speeders.
He starts to walk toward the speeders, when two Imperial scouts
come up behind him with their guns drawn.
That's far enough! Rebel scum.
Han freezes. Outside, laser blasts and a lot of yelling can be
heard. Threepio can barely be heard in the distance.
Captain Solo, it's a trap!
Now turn around.
Han turns in a split second, draws his gun and blasts the two
Imperial scouts before they can fire.
82. EXT. FOREST LANDING SIGHT - TRANSPORT
The clearing is chaos as Han exits the transport. Imperial scouts
are blasting away at Chewie and the robots who are hidden behind
some trees on the far side of the clearing. The scouts have their
back to the transport.
Chewie, run for it!!!
Several of the scouts turn toward Han, but are blasted away by
the smuggler before they can fire. Chewie and the robots dash
into the underbrush. The scouts are unable to follow them, because
their attention has been focused on Han who is firing away at
them. They scramble for cover as a monstrous two-legged walker
enters the clearing and starts firing at Han, causing huge explosions
all around him. He makes a break for the trees, but is cut off
by an explosion. Han dives for cover under the landing gear of
the transport. As the giant walker moves in on him, he makes another
dash for the woods, and this time he makes it. Han races through
the trees as the sounds of the huge walker's feet pound behind
83. EXT. RAIN FOREST MOON
Han and Chewie are huffing and puffing as they meet up near a
large tree. In the distance, the robots can be heard coming through
the foliage. Chewie barks.
I think we lost them, Chewie.
The robots make their way out of the underbrush. Artoo beeps.
Artoo's sensor indicates the walker is moving away from us.
This turned into a bigger mess than I expected. We've got to find
that ion cannon. Leia's sure to be there, if she hasn't been captured.
Threepio notices a stick in the ground next to Artoo, with several
shanks of raw meat hanging from it.
Hello, what's this? It looks like someone's dinner.
Han and Chewie go over to see what it is they've found. Chewie
reaches for one of the meat shanks.
No wait!! Don't touch it -
But it is too late, the hungry Wookiee has already pulled one
of the pieces of meat off of the stick. A loud "sproing"
is heard and the group finds itself hanging upside down in an
Ewok net, suspended high above the clearing. Artoo lets out a
screech and Chewie barks.
Chewie, someday that stomach of yours is gonna do us in
84. VADER'S PRIVATE CHAMBER - STAR DESTROYER
The door to the private chamber slides open, and the Dark Lord
of the Sith storms into the room. His voice echoes through the
It is not necessary to shout, my old friend.
What is the Emperor doing with my son
My Lord Vader, the Emperor does not have to answer to you
besides, I don't believe he has your son. Where did you come by
this piece of erroneous information?
He's been seen at the palace
and that's where I'm going!
The Emperor would prefer you didn't
you would go against
his wishes. The Rebel attack is about to begin. You are truly
fearless, my old friend.
Vader lifts the Grand Moff by the neck and begins to lift him
off the ground with one hand; Jerjerrod gasps for air and struggles
to free himself from the Dark Lord's iron grip.
You are not my friend, bureaucrat. I will go to the palace, but
you will not live to see it. I no longer wish to be annoyed by
your simpering ways.
The Emperor will destroy you for this.
Vader snaps the man's neck, and he drops to the floor in a heap.
I think not
your importance has been greatly exaggerated.
Vader exits the room, and the door slams shut behind him.
85. EXT. SPACE - REBEL FLEET
The vast Rebel fleet stretches out as far as the eye can see.
Overhead, a dozen CORELLIAN small BATTLESHIPS fly in formation
over the fleet. Fighters and battle cruisers surround the largest
of the Rebel Starships; the mammoth HEADQUARTERS FRIGATE.
86: INT. WAR ROOM - HEADQUARTERS FRIGATE
Hundreds of Rebel commanders of all races and kinds sit on bleachers
in a circle to one side of the war room. In the center of the
bleacher area is a hologram model of Had Abbadon, the sanctuary
moon and the Death Stars. Standing in the center is General Madine
and ADMIRAL ACKBAR.
On a raised area in front of the bleachers are MON MOTHMA, the
Leader of the Alliance and several senators. Mon Mothma is a stern,
but beautiful woman in her fifties. Lando sits on the bleachers
with the other Rebel commanders.
The Corellian fleet has just arrived. All units are now in position
and accounted for. The attack can begin!
There is a cheer from the Commanders. Admiral Ackbar, a pale
blue non-human CREATURE, moves to the center of the stage. He
speaks in an unusual language that is translated, by a computer,
and transmitted to the commanders' headphones.
You have all been briefed on your targets. Green Group will attack
the Death Stars
Red Group will attack Had Abbadon
Group will attack the Imperial fleet, here and the planet's surface,
here and here. If the Empire is to fall, all of the objectives
must be destroyed.
There will be no second chance. The expeditionary unit on the
sanctuary moon will signal when they have targeted the main shield
generator. If they are unsuccessful, and the energy shield is
still in place around the Death Stars when the attack begins
the best you can.
A murmur runs through the assembly; which is hushed when Mon
Mothma stands. She slowly looks over the Rebel commanders before
We ask much of you. The fate of the Alliance rests in this one
decisive battle. But, if the Death Stars are completed, many of
our homelands will be destroyed and the Alliance will crumble
have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. The time has come
to stop hiding and face the Empire one to one
Man your ships
with fortitude and resolve, for good shall triumph. May the Force
be with you.
87. EXT. RAIN FOREST - MOON
Han, Chewie and the robots are still hanging in the Ewok trap.
The Star Captain and the Wookiee are attempting to saw through
the top of the net with small pieces of metal. Artoo is cutting
away at the bottom of the net.
This is going to take forever.
Suddenly, Artoo cuts through, and the entire group tumbles out
of the net, crashing to the ground. As Han regains his senses
and sits up, he realizes they are surrounded by about twenty Ewoks,
pointing long spears at them.
Point that thing somewhere else!
Han pushes the spear out of his face, and a second Ewok lunges
at him. Han manages to deflect the oncoming spear, but his arm
is cut rather severely. Wicket rushes forward and pushes his fellow
Ewok away, scolding him with a lot of loud screeching and yelling.
Han is holding his arm in pain. Chewie growls at the Ewoks. Artoo
and Threepio are tangled up in what's left of the net.
Threepio, can you understand this gibberish?
Threepio untangles himself from the net and sits up, still a
Oh, my head
When the Ewoks see Threepio, they let out a gasp and mumble among
themselves. Threepio speaks to them in their native tongue, and
one of the Ewoks nearest to the golden robot drops his spear and
bows on his hands and knees. In a moment, all of the other Ewoks
have followed suit. Chewie lets out a puzzled bark. Han looks
around at the prostrate creatures in wonder. The Ewoks begin to
chant at Threepio.
What did you say to them?
Hello, I think
I could be wrong, they're using a very primitive
dialect, but I believe they think I'm some sort of deity.
Artoo and Chewbacca both laugh at this. Han shakes his head in
Well, use your divine influence to get us out of this
I beg your pardon, Sir, but that wouldn't be proper.
Wouldn't be proper?!?
It's against my programming.
Listen, you bend the rules a little, or I'm going to bend you!
Several Ewok spears are thrust in Captain Solo's face as he grabs
88. HAD ABBADON - THE TOMB'S PRISON
Luke lies unconscious on a small island in the middle of a hot
lava lake. A hot wind blows across his face and wakes him. He
looks around at his hostile surroundings and suddenly becomes
aware of another person sitting behind him. He turns on the intruder
with Jedi speed. The shrouded figure doesn't move or even look
Slowly, the hooded figure looks up, revealing his face. It is
Ben Kenobi in the flesh.
I could no longer stay in the netherworld.
But Yoda said
that I would become one with the Force and choose not to
return to the material world? That your anger prevented me from
But I'm not angry
I understand why you didn't
tell me about my father. I do.
I know. And I am here to help you destroy the Emperor, and
Suddenly Yoda appears beside Ben.
You can and you will
I in the netherworld, and Obi-Wan at
your side. Help you we will.
89. EXT. SPACE - REBEL FLEET
A vast array of mighty Rebel Star Cruisers move through the heavens,
surrounded by hundreds of tiny fighters of all types.
90. INT. REBEL CRUISER - BRIDGE
Captain New and Lando sit above the main control deck of the
Admiral Ackbar is bringing the third fleet into position.
Are the light speed coordinates set?
Have Red Group move their ships further out. We can't afford any
collisions on re-entry.
Captain New repeats into the com-link.
Back off, Red Group.
How long do you think we're going to have to wait out here?
Leia missed her scheduled check-in. So all we can do is hope it
won't be long.
91. INT. CAVE - EWOK VILLAGE
A long procession of Ewoks winds its' way toward the village
square. Han is tied to a long pole and is wrapped in vines, cocoon-like.
The pole is carried on the shoulders of eight Ewoks, and are followed
by Chewie and Artoo tied up in a similar fashion. Behind the captives,
Threepio is carried on a litter Emperor-style, on the shoulders
of ten Ewoks.
When they reach the village square, Han, Chewie and Artoo are
placed on large spits over what looks like a barbeque pit. Logray
comes out of one of the huts and slowly walks to the raised area
where they have set down Threepio in his litter. The medicine
man stands before the golden droid, studying him very carefully.
Han and Chewie begin to look a little worried as Ewoks start to
put firewood in the pit below them.
Threepio, they're going to barbeque us unless you do something!
Threepio stands, and says something in the Ewok tongue. Logray
gasps and falls to his hands and knees chanting a prayer. The
rest of the Ewoks do the same. Threepio asks the Ewoks to stand
and as they do, he walks through the crowd of funny little creatures,
and stands before Han. He says something to Logray, pointing at
his friends tied to the stakes. The medicine man replies in a
most animated way. He appears to be a little upset by what the
golden droid has told him.
Well, what'd they say?
I'm rather embarrassed, Sir, but it appears you are to be the
main course at a banquet in my honor. He is quite offended that
I should suggest otherwise
Chewie barks angrily at Threepio.
You said it, Chewie, and tell them you'll do more than offend
them if they don't do as you say. Tell them you have the power
to make this place cave in, or something.
Oh, I couldn't do that Captain Solo, what if they asked me to
prove it! Let me see if I can't persuade them another way.
Threepio turns to Logray and carries on a rather long-winded
conversation with the medicine man. The Ewok answers the droid
and then goes over to Han, poking him in several places. He then
moves over to Chewie, poking the growling Wookiee also, and finally
he goes over to Artoo and taps his metal hide two or three times.
Logray orders the Ewoks to untie the little astro droid, which
they do, sending him crashing to the ground with a scream.
Careful, careful, I mean
He continues in the Ewok tongue as the furry creatures stand
Artoo upright. The little droid is angry and beeps a blue streak
at Teebo, causing him to back up in fear. Artoo continues to pursue
the Ewok with angry whistles and beeps. Finally, Artoo zaps the
Ewok with an electric charge and Teebo turns running into one
of the huts, screaming.
Artoo, stop that! You're only going to make things worse.
Artoo beeps angry chatter at the taller droid.
I beg your pardon? I have no intention of taking orders from you!
The stubby little droid has moved under Han and starts to cut
him loose. The Ewoks become upset and start for Han and Artoo.
The little droid lets out a loud screech and turns on the Ewoks,
still angry, and whistles at them. They scatter in all directions
as the little droid chases one of them around in circles.
Threepio raises his hands and shouts at the Ewoks in their squealing
language. He resembles an evangelist saving his children. The
Ewoks fall to the ground, in homage to the golden droid. Threepio
points to several Ewoks and barks a command. The Ewoks rush to
untie Han and Chewbacca, as Artoo scolds and advises them. The
two prisoners are cut loose and drop to the ground in a heap.
92. INT. CHIEF'S HUT
Wicket, Teebo, Logray and several other Ewoks enter the chief's
hut, followed by Threepio and several more Ewoks. On the far side
of the hut sits Chief Chirpa and the village elders. To one side
of this group stands Leia, wearing an animal skin dress. She sees
Threepio and rushes over to him, but is stopped by Ewok guards.
LEIA AND THREEPIO
What are you doing here??
Leia looks past the golden robot and sees Han and Chewie enter
the hut, surrounded by Ewoks. Han sees her at the same time. Leia
runs to the dashing Star Captain and throws her arms around him.
He swings her around in an embrace. Artoo finally trundles into
the hut and begins to whistle a happy tune.
Han, you escaped, you're alive!
If you call this living. Who are these friends of yours anyway?
I don't know. I haven't had much success communicating with them.
They're friendly enough, but they won't let me leave.
Threepio is sitting on Chief Chirpa's throne, and all the Ewoks,
including the Chief and Logray, bow down before him. The Ewok
guards poke at Han, Leia and Chewie, causing them to kneel also.
Han refuses to kneel.
You're crazy if you think I'm
He is jabbed with one of the sharp spears and immediately sits
All right. All right
Threepio, you'd better tell them why
we're here, and quick
They think he's the creator or something
Maybe he can convince them how important it is for us to leave.
Threepio stands and begins a long animated speech in the Ewoks'
native tongue. The Ewok elders, Chief and medicine man sit around
the fire listening to Threepio speak in their squeaky language.
He points several times to Han and company, then pantomimes an
Imperial walker, then makes a crude sound that signifies an explosion.
The Ewoks stare at Han and Leia and mumble among themselves. Logray
confers with the Chief, then asks Threepio a question. The golden
droid answers, and the Ewok Chief starts to shake his head in
a negative fashion.
Wicket can contain himself no longer, stands up and makes a rather
fiery speech. The Chief and elders nod in agreement. The Chief
stands and makes a pronouncement pointing at Wicket, then at Threepio,
then finally at Han and company.
Suddenly, all the Ewoks jump up with a great yip and cheer. Several
of the little teddy bears run up and hug Han, Leia and Chewie.
One starts to hug Artoo, but thinks better of it as the little
droid backs off with a low warning rumble. Han pulls one of the
clinging Ewoks from around his neck, and sets the funny little
creature on the ground, giving him a light pat on the head.
You are now a part of the tribe. They welcome your efforts to
kill the giant walkers and they will give you what they can
Great! We'll need supplies and two of their best warriors to guide
us to that ion cannon.
Let's just hope the Empire hasn't gotten there first.
93. INT. REBEL CRUISER - MAIN BRIDGE
A hologram of a Rebel officer appears before Lando and the cruiser
Commander, the fleet has been spotted by an Imperial Star Destroyer.
We are currently in pursuit
The hologram fades off.
That finishes it; we can't stay out here much longer.
A second hologram appears. It is the Admiral.
All commands will hold their position. The Empire will need a
sizable fleet to attack us, and I doubt if they will discover
our target, so we still have a bit more time. Sit tight.
If we don't get that signal soon, I'm going to begin to think
that they didn't make it. They're probably just trying to make
Well, they've succeeded.
94. EXT. CAVE ENTRANCE - FOREST
Han swings from the cave entrance to the rickety footbridge where
Leia, Threepio and Artoo are waiting for Teebo. Chewie waits with
Wicket in the cave entrance for his turn to swing across.
Threepio, you and Artoo are going to have to make your way back
to the Millenium Falcon and signal the fleet to attack
Chewie swings across and lands with a gleeful bark.
You'd better take one of these fuzzies with you and be careful.
You might run into one of those patrols.
We should have signaled some time ago, so hurry.
Artoo, Threepio, and Teebo hurry off across the shaky wooden
95. EXT. LANDING AREA - HAD ABBADON
The Imperial shuttle lands on the windswept platform of Had Abbadon.
TIE Fighters fly overhead as the boarding ramp lowers and Lord
Vader descends to the flight deck. He walks alone toward the Imperial
96. INT. MAIN HALLWAY TO THRONE ROOM
Vader's footsteps echo through the vast, long hallway. The Royal
Guards that line the walls watch him with great fear. Finally
he reaches the massive doors that open on to the throne room.
The two guards on either side of the doors move to block the Dark
I'm sorry Lord Vader, the Emperor does not wish
Both of the guards are stopped in their tracks as they drop their
weapons and grab for their throats in a vain attempt to breathe.
They drop gasping to the floor as the giant doors slide open and
the Dark Lord enters the Emperor's chamber.
97. INT. THRONE ROOM - HAD ABBADON
Vader storms into the throne room and marches right up to where
the Emperor is sitting. The Emperor slowly raises his head to
stare at the Dark Lord.
Where is he?
There is no need for you to worry. I will take good
care of him
It is for me to train my son
The Emperor raises his hand, and Vader's breathing suddenly stops.
The Dark Lord struggles at his controls, attempting to regain
his air supply. He chokes.
You forget yourself
Lord Vader. I will tolerate no more discussion
on the subject. The boy is mine to train. Your place is with the
Vader collapses on the floor and the Emperor lowers his hand.
Vader starts breathing again and rises to a kneeling position.
Forgive me, master.
The Rebels will soon begin their attack. You must be ready for
them. For now that I have all of them in one place, they will
be crushed once and for all.
Yes, my master.
Now take your leave, for I have your son to attend to.
Vader rises and exits the throne room, and the giant door slides
closed behind him.
98. EXT. REBEL FLEET - SPACE
The vast Rebel fleet drifts through space.
99. INT. REBEL CRUISER - COCKPIT
The tension mounts as the crew waits for the signal to attack.
The moments tick by, and Lando raps his fingers on the console.
He looks worried, and speaks into the com-link.
Admiral, I don't think we can wait much longer out here. That
Imperial destroyer should have returned with reinforcements by
now. Something's funny
I'll bet they know what we're after
and are just waiting for us to move
That's possible, but if we go in and that shield is up, we won't
stand a chance
! We'll wait a little longer.
Lando clicks off the intercom and turns to the captain.
I have a bad feeling about this. I hope we get that signal soon.
He lapses back into his preoccupied worried look.
100. EXT. MILLENIUM FALCON - LANDING SITE
The Falcon is surrounded by a half dozen Imperial rocket bikes.
Threepio, Artoo and the little Ewok Teebo are hidden in the foliage.
The stubby little droid beeps and whistles.
Don't ask me what to do! You think of something. I'm not designed
for this sort of thing.
Teebo chatters something and Threepio barks a question, which
the Ewok quickly answers. The golden droid chatters his approval,
and Teebo takes off into the underbrush.
He's going to distract them so that we can sneak inside.
Artoo beeps a question.
I don't know, but he says it's something that he has wanted to
do for a long time. I hope it works.
All of the scouts are inside the Falcon except one, who is leaning
against the hatchway sound asleep. The little Ewok darts out of
the foliage on the far side of the Falcon, and hides behind one
of the giant landing gears. Teebo can hear the troops moving around
inside the ship.
101. INT. FALCON - HOLD
Several of the Imperial scouts lounge around as the others go
through the storage compartments, throwing things on the floor
of the hold.
102. INT. FALCON - COCKPIT
A scout moves about the cockpit, flipping switches and searching
everywhere. Finding nothing, he exits the cockpit, just as a light
starts flashing on the main control panel. A faint voice can be
heard on the com-link.
103. EXT. FOREST - GUN EMPLACEMENT
Han, Chewie, Wicket and Leia are hidden in the trees overlooking
the ion cannon. The control bunker is swarming with Imperial troops
and two scout walkers patrol the clearing in front of the gun.
Chewie quietly growls at Han who is speaking into a com-link.
come in, Threepio
blast it! You're right Chewie, we
should have given them a com-link.
I hope they're not in trouble.
Not as much as we are anyway. With any luck, they won't be able
to signal the fleet until we clean up this little mess.
How are we going to get in there?
I don't know! This whole thing was your idea, you tell me!
Leia shrugs her shoulders and lets out a great sigh.
104. EXT. MILLENIUM FALCON - LANDING SITE
Teebo crawls between several of the rocket bikes to the snoring
sounds of the sleeping guard. The little Ewok struggles up onto
the seat of one of the powerful rocket bikes. The scout momentarily
wakes up, which stops his snoring. Teebo freezes. The scout goes
back to sleep, and the little Ewok gives the control panel of
the rocket bike a puzzled look. He scratches his head, chattering
to himself, and then with a shrug, he starts flipping switches.
Artoo whistles in hushed tones, as he and Threepio watch the
Ewok on the bike.
I have no idea what he's up to
quite frankly, I don't think
he knows what he's doing. He'd better be careful or he'll hurt
Artoo beeps a question.
I don't know why I listened to him either.
Teebo pulls a little lever on the side of the bike, and the machine
comes to life with a roar. The scout wakes up with a start as
the little Ewok screams and shoots out of the clearing on the
rocket bike, holding on for dear life. The scout shouts an alarm
and, firing at Teebo, runs for his own bike. The other five scouts
rush out of the Falcon to see what the commotion is all about.
The scout on the bike yells at the others as he races out of the
clearing after the stolen bike.
He took the bike!
The rest of the scouts jump on their bikes and take off after
the Ewok, leaving the scout whose bike was stolen behind. In anger,
he throws a container to the ground and wanders back inside the
Falcon. Threepio and Artoo watch all of this from their hiding
place. Artoo beeps a statement and starts for the Falcon. Threepio
I can't believe I'm doing this. I must be malfunctioning.
105. INT. HOLD - MILLENIUM FALCON
The scout continues to rummage through cabinets in the hold of
the Falcon as Artoo and Threepio slip by in the background, heading
for the cockpit.
106. INT. COCKPIT - FALCON
Threepio and Artoo enter the cockpit.
Hurry, Artoo, before we're discovered!
Artoo plugs into a computer socket and beeps a message. A series
of tones is heard, then the stubby droid whistles a few words
and exits the cockpit with Threepio following.
107. INT. HOLD - MILLENIUM FALCON
Threepio peeks around the corner to see the scout standing quite
near him. He ducks back into the hallway, and whispers to Artoo.
108. INT. REBEL CRUISER - MAIN BRIDGE
The control panel lights up as Artoo's signal is received by
the Rebel fleet. A hologram of the Admiral appears before Lando
and the cruiser captain.
We have just received the confirmation signal. All ships will
prepare to move into light speed.
They did it! They've blown up the shield generator. Come on, let's
get this bucket moving!
The controller pulls back on the light speed throttle, and the
stars streak and disappear out the bridge window.
109. EXT. FOREST - LANDING SITE
Teebo stumbles out of the forest and into the clearing in front
of the Falcon. The little Ewok is pretty beaten up and appears
to be in shock. He lets out a loud howl.
110. INT. FALCON - HOLD
The scout runs out of the hold and starts down the boarding ramp
with his gun drawn. Artoo tears out after him, with Threepio following.
Wait, Artoo, what are you doing?
The scout stands at the foot of the ramp with his gun pointed
at Teebo. But before he can fire, Artoo comes flying down the
ramp and plows into him, knocking the Imperial scout head over
heels. The laser pistol fires harmlessly in the air. Threepio
rushes past the fallen Imperial trooper and follows Artoo and
Teebo into the dense underbrush.
111. INT. HAD ABBADON - HALLWAY TO THRONE ROOM
The huge doors to the throne room slide open and the Emperor
strides into the long hallway. The Royal Guards snap to attention
as he passes. About halfway down the hallway, an Imperial General
rushes up to the Emperor, and bows.
My Lord, the Rebels have moved into hyperspace. The attack is
Excellent. Alert the fleet!
The general rushes off, and the Emperor continues until he arrives
at a large stone room flanked by rows of elevators. He enters
one of the elevators and it descends into a vast steaming pit.
Out of the shadows of a large column, a large dark figure emerges
is Darth Vader. He raises his hand and the guards turn away, allowing
him to sneak into one of the elevators and follow the Emperor.
112. INT. HAD ABBADON - TOMB'S DUNGEON
Luke stands with a start and begins to look around. Ben slowly
Did you feel that?
Yes. It's the Emperor. He's moving this way
and so is my father.
He is following the Emperor. Yoda!
I am between them and the Force
cloud their minds, I will.
Luke, you must take them on one at a time. Together, they will
The Emperor enters the cavern and looks across to the boiling
lava lake. He sees Ben and is surprised.
So you are not dead after all, Obi-Wan. I thought I felt your
presence in the netherworld. So, you have returned. But you have
the boy is mine, and will soon embrace the Dark Side.
It is you who have failed, my old friend.
The Emperor turns around to see the shimmering image of Yoda
standing before him.
Evil one, this will be the last day of your existence.
Your presence in the netherworld can do me no harm. And neither
can this boy or this old man.
Your fear is strong
overestimate your abilities, you do.
Vader steps out of the shadows and stands next to the Emperor.
My Master, they must be destroyed. Now it is too late to turn
Luke looks at his father, then reaches out and Vader's lasersword
leaps off the Dark Lord's belt and into the young Jedi's hand.
Luke ignites the lasersword as the Emperor pulls a sword out of
his sleeve and tosses it to Vader.
Vader's sword ignites and he starts to move toward his son. Luke
113. EXT. FOREST - GUN EMPLACEMENT
Wicket chatters and pulls on Han Solo's arm, trying to get him
to move away.
Don't bother me. Go away.
I think he's trying to tell you something.
Wicket points to the top of a tall tree, then makes a diving
motion down to the walker.
You mean jump?!?
Han makes a motion with his hand and the little Ewok shakes his
Han looks up at the tree, then down at the walker.
It's too far, forget it.
A small com-link on Leia's belt begins to buzz.
The fleet! They're attacking!
That doesn't give us much time. Come on
114. EXT. SPACE - REBEL FLEET
The massive Rebel fleet moves toward the distant planet of Had
115. INT. REBEL CRUISER - BRIDGE
Lando moves over to one of the computer screens, then turns back
to the Cruiser Captain.
Have group seven and nine split off and start phase two
Several Imperial cruisers are approaching!
Launch the fighters!
116. EXT. SPACE - REBEL CRUISER
A group of X-Wing Fighters are dropped out of the main hold,
and rocket off toward the approaching Imperial Cruisers. Behind
the Imperial warships, the two Death Stars orbit Had Abbadon.
The Rebel fighters attack the Imperial Cruisers and the fighting
117. EXT. FOREST - GUN EMPLACEMENT
Artoo, Threepio and Teebo make their way onto a ridge overlooking
the gun emplacement. Artoo beeps and whistles as he spots Han
I see them! Come on, they need help!
He turns to Teebo and explains this to him. He repeats the Ewok
word for help, then grabs a shell horn at his side and blows.
A loud howl echoes throughout the forest. All of the Stormtroopers
below look up. So does Han, Leia and Wicket. Wicket starts to
chatter excitedly and points to the droids.
It's Artoo and Threepio.
Did they have to announce their arrival? Look out!
Laser blasts start to explode all around them as the Stormtroopers
discover their presence. They attempt to return the fire, but
are quickly surrounded. Chewie barks his anger as the troops take
away their weapons.
Wait till I get my hands on those droids!
118. EXT. SPACE - BATTLE
A fierce battle rages as the Rebel cruisers attempt to move past
the Imperial ships and strike at the Death Stars. One of the Rebel
ships makes it through and starts its attack on one of the uncompleted
battle stations, but the laser bolts fail to reach their target.
119. INT. REBEL CRUISER
Lando moves forward to the main viewing port as the surface of
the giant Death Star races by. He turns to the cruiser Captain.
The deflector shield is still up. They haven't knocked out the
Even if more of our ships break through, they won't be able to
damage the Death Stars.
A huge blast rocks the ship.
Two Star Destroyers are coming in!
There won't be anything left of us if those shield generators
aren't destroyed real quick.
120. INT. HAD ABBADON - TOMB'S DUNGEON
Vader brings his lasersword down hard on his son, but Luke is
able to block his father's blow. A quick sword exchange, and Luke
forces Vader back. Another exchange, and the Dark Lord recovers,
pushing the young Jedi onto a small rock surrounded by the bubbling
pool of lava. Ben and the Emperor watch from the far side of the
He is every inch his father.
He is stronger than you imagine, and has many allies.
Allies? If they are all as you, I have no concern. Once the boy
has killed his father, I will have him destroy you
Perhaps, but it will not save you. I have foreseen your death
at the hands of Skywalker.
But I have not, therefore it cannot be.
Unless you can no longer see
Luke fights back with all of his strength and drives his father
back across the tiny rocks. A crashing blow by Luke causes Vader
to lose his balance and fall onto one of the small rock islands,
his sword hand landing in the molten lava. His sword and part
of his metal are melting away. Vader backs away from his son,
expecting the death blow at any moment. But Luke hesitates as
Ben and the Emperor watch.
Finish it, boy! It is the power of the Dark Side that you feel
Luke lowers his lasersword.
I cannot. I will not turn to the Dark Side. I only fight in self-defense,
not to do your Emperor's bidding.
With that, Luke extinguishes the lasersword and tosses it to
If he is to be destroyed, you must do it.
121. EXT. FOREST - GUN EMPLACEMENT
Han, Chewie, Wicket and Leia are led to an area in front of the
control bunker. Several Stormtroopers rush up the ridge to where
Artoo and Threepio were last seen. They look around for traces
of where they might have gone. A familiar whistle is heard coming
from behind a large tree. The Stormtroopers move over to investigate.
They surround the two droids.
Suddenly, out of the trees swing a horde of Ewoks, yelling and
screaming as they land on the troops from behind, stabbing them
with their spears. Several of the Ewoks heave a huge boulder from
high in the trees; which lands with a loud thud on the walker's
head, and bounces to the ground. A second and third boulder is
heaved, one of which hits the hatch, springing it open. A half
dozen Ewoks jump onto the giant war machine and pry open the hatch,
fearlessly jumping into the machine with their spears ready.
In the confusion, Han and company break away from their captors
and join in the battle. The Ewoks cut down trees that fall on
the walkers, and sends piles of logs toward the huge machines;
which causes them to slip and fall. Han climbs a tree and swings
down on one of the walkers. He blasts open the hatch and subdues
the walker pilot. Chewie and Wicket swing onto another walker.
Leia, Chief Chirpa and the other Ewoks charge the entrance to
the control bunker, but the alert Imperial troops manage to close
the blast door shutting out the Ewoks, as well as many of the
Imperial scouts. The Rebels become pinned down in front of the
We've got to get in there fast! They'll be calling in reinforcements!
Chief Chirpa chatters away, not understanding what the Princess
122. INT. WALKER - COCKPIT
Han works the controls of the giant walker, and it begins to
move forward chasing the Imperial troops into the safety of the
forest. Han fires a large bolt at the retreating troops. A voice
comes over the com-link.
Bring the walker over by the door, we need some help!
Hang on, I'm on my way!
123. INT. SECOND WALKER - COCKPIT
Chewie operates the controls of another walker as Wicket imitates
him on another control panel. The little Ewok flips a switch and
the cockpit lurches to one side. Chewie lets out a growl and bats
the little creature's hands. Wicket lets out a squeal and jumps
away from the control panel. Out the cockpit window, Imperial
troops fire at the walker as it advances on them.
124. EXT. SPACE - DEATH STARS - REBEL STARSHIP
Rebel cruisers dive on the Death Stars, blasting away with all
of the firepower available. A huge Imperial Star Destroyer moves
into the conflict and blasts one of the Rebel cruisers away. It
then moves to blast a second Rebel cruiser, and then another.
125. INT. REBEL CRUISER - BRIDGE
The bridge is rocked by laser blasts. Lando watches the battle
out the main viewing port as the Captain approaches him.
Several Star Destroyers have moved in from the planetside. Our
cruisers are no match for theirs!
Lando bangs his fist on the control panel in frustration.
We're too easy a target out here. There's just no way to us to
get through that defense shield. Tell the Admiral that we're going
to let them chase us out of the target area.
If we can draw them to the far side of the planet, we can easily
outrace them back to the target.
If they don't blast that shield generator pretty quick, we're
not going to have enough of a strike group for it to make any
difference. I'd give anything to know what is going on down there
with that gun!
126. CLEARING - GUN EMPLACEMENT
Random laser fire from the dense foliage keeps the small band
of Rebels pinned near the bunker entrance. Han and Chewie have
backed the walkers up to the heavy metal door, and the Rebels
have attached a long cable from the walker to a magnet on the
door. Leia speaks into her comlink.
We're all set. Let them go.
At that moment, out of the foliage come several more two-legged
walkers, and about a dozen of the scout speeder bikes. They attack
the Rebels at the bunker entrance and in the captured walker.
Han and Chewie struggle to pull the bunker door.
Chewie and Wicket are having problems of their own. Two rocket
bikes circle the walker so close their own walker can't fire on
them. The scouts blast away at the metal legs of the walker until
one of the joints collapses and the walker with the Wookiee and
the Ewok goes crashing to the ground. The two Rebels are shaken,
but unhurt, and manage to climb out of the burning machine.
Han maneuvers the walker back to the bunker door and Chewie helps
to reestablish the cable. The walker jerks forward in one last
attempt to yank the great metal door open. A loud ripping metallic
screech is heard and the entire back half of the walker falls
off. Han looks out of the gaping hole of his walker a little embarrassed.
Leia shakes her head. The fighting ends and the last of the Imperial
scouts flees into the forest.
Han takes a piece of the damaged walker and throws it down in
frustration, then gets an idea. He yells down to Leia and the
Get out of sight! Quick!
He goes over to the control panel and fiddles with the computer
readout. He begins to speak into the walker's com-link using several
different voices, while getting information from the computer.
six twenty-one bring up your reinforcements.
This is six twenty-one, we're moving up now
127. INT. CONTROL BUNKER - ION CANNON
About a half-dozen Imperial scouts crows around the control panel,
listening to the com-link.
Commander Bough, move in with your scouts.
Yes sir, we've got them on the run now
Look at them go!
A scout officer in the bunker smiles as the men cheer.
They've got 'em
I wish we could see out there
Good work. Contact Admiral
Veers and tell him the
Rebel resistance is broken. The gun here is secure.
Sir, could you have the scouts in the bunker come out here and
give us a hand cleaning up?
We're on our way out now!
128. EXT. BUNKER ENTRANCE - FOREST CLEARING
The Imperial scouts rush to the opening bunker door and exit
into the glare of the sun. The scouts stop just outside the door.
Puzzled, they look around and see all the destruction, but no
other Imperial troops. They look up to see Han stick his head
out of the damaged walker.
Before the scouts can reach for their guns, they realize they
are surrounded by Ewoks. Leia rushes into the bunker. The Ewoks
proceed to tie up the Imperial troops as Han climbs down from
the walker. Artoo and Threepio make their way into the clearing.
129. INT. CONTROL BUNKER
Han and Leia rush about, getting the ion cannon ready to fire.
They watch the computer readout.
It's going to take a few moments to get the power up.
I just hope the fleet is still up there when it does.
130. INT. CRUISER - BRIDGE
There are only a few Rebel ships left, and they are racing for
their lives trying to reach the Death Stars before the Imperial
Star Destroyers. Lando plots their program on the computer display.
The Captain is with him.
Captain, focus everything on the power core. When we reach target
range, let go with everything.
What if the shields are still up? All the firepower in the fleet
couldn't penetrate it.
We're only going to get one more shot at it. If the shields are
still up, we've lost.
131. INT. HAD ABBADON - TOMB'S DUNGEON
Lord Vader struggles to stand as Ben prods the Emperor onto the
same small island. Luke stands behind Ben and watches.
You have become old and weak, Lord Vader. I will take care of
The Emperor turns his back on Vader and faces the old Jedi, raising
his hands in the air, which causes lightning to strike at Ben.
Luke leaps in front of his mentor, and raises his hand in defense.
The bolts are deflected by an invisible shield. Wherever a bolt
hits, the image of Yoda momentarily appears at the point of impact.
Your Master in the netherworld cannot protect you for long. You
will turn to me or die.
The lightning bolts become more intense, and Ben is knocked unconscious.
Luke drops to his knees under the pressure.
This is the power of the Dark Side that you deny. Your strength
will never match it.
Luke struggles to remain conscious against the superior power
of the Emperor.
Obi-Wan foresaw my destruction at your hands, young Skywalker,
but it seems his vision was clouded
Perhaps there is still
another Skywalker. Why can I not see, could the netherworld have
influenced my perception? Another Skywalker
The Emperor turns around to see Lord Vader flying at him. The
lightning bolts around Luke disappear as Vader hits the Emperor,
knocking them both into the fiery lake of lava. The hideous screams
of the Emperor are soon muted. Luke struggles to his feet and
stares at the spot where his enemy and his father disappeared
into the cauldron of molten rock.
Ben puts his hand on the young Jedi's shoulder.
It is in Yoda's hands now.
["In the rough draft
Ben explains that
becomes one with the dark side of the Force, he will lose all
identity. If he turns to the good side, he will pass through the
Netherworld and" in the revised rough draft, Yoda "will
rescue him before he becomes one with the Force." -L. Bouzerau,
explanation from Star Wars The Annotated Screenplays page 300.]
He turned back to the good side.
Yes, he did.
132. INT. CONTROL BUNKER
The main computer readout in the ion cannon control bunker shows
the target entering the cross hairs.
Target ready. Stand by, ion control.
The ion cannon fires a series of powerful laser bolts at the
main shield generator. It explodes across the surface of Had Abbadon.
133. EXT. SPACE - REBEL CRUISERS - DEATH STARS
The Rebel cruisers descend on the half-constructed Death Star,
firing proton torpedoes into the center of the super-structure.
There is a series of explosions, culminating in a huge explosion
that engulfs the Death Star. In the distance, the second Death
Star explodes in a great ball of flame.
134. INT. BRIDGE - REBEL CRUISER
A great cheer goes up among the Rebels. Lando and the Cruiser
Captain congratulate each other.
135. INT. ION CANNON CONTROL BUNKER
Han lifts Leia off her feet and swings her around, laughing.
Chewie lifts Wicket high over his head. Teebo hugs Threepio, who
pats him on the head. The little Ewok then rushes over and hugs
136. INT. HAD ABBADON - HALLWAY TO THRONE ROOM
The hallway is deserted as Luke and Ben wander, sadly thinking
about what happened. The rumble of distant explosions is heard.
It is over
137. EXT. EWOK FOREST VILLAGE - NIGHT
Ewoks and Rebels are singing, shouting and dancing around a huge
bonfire. The joyous sounds of native drums and musical instruments
echoes through the forest.
Leia and Luke walk down a forest path some distance from the
festivities. Following them are Han, Chewie and Lando and behind
them are Artoo and Threepio. Luke and Leia are talking quietly.
Han shakes his head in amazement as he watches the two.
Her brother! I just can't believe it.
They stop at the edge of the clearing where the celebration is
taking place. Leia gives her newfound brother a great big hug.
They are quickly surrounded by Ewoks and friends. Leia turns and
gives Han a big hug and passionate kiss. Everyone cheers and yells
as they all move closer to the bonfire. Sadly, Luke wanders back
into the forest alone. Leia starts to go after him, but is stopped
He needs to be alone.
They turn back to the celebration.
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["In the revised rough draft (Scene 138, Luke talks to Ben,
Yoda suddenly appears as flesh and blood. His stay
in the Netherworld has been resolved since Vader has turned to
the good side. Yoda also has been able to prevent Vader from becoming
one with the Force. Luke's father appears, and they all join the
celebration, except for Yoda, who watches them all from the side
-L. Bouzerau, explanation from Star Wars The Annotated Screenplays
Threepio is carried on the shoulders of eight Ewoks in a litter.
He is a little confused and dismayed at all the attention he is
getting. The furry little Ewoks set the golden droid down a raised
platform and bow before him as the dancing continues. Several
young female Ewoks place a garland of flowers around Threepio's
head, and he waves at the crowd.
Quietly watching the festivities from the side is Yoda, the Jedi
Master. He scans the crowd picking out Artoo, Threepio, Lando
and Chewie, Han and Leia, and finally Ben, Luke and his father.
He lets out a great sigh.