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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
DIRECTED BY RICHARD MARQUAND
RELEASED: 1983

Why's it so good? Jedi gets a bad rap, mostly because of the Ewoks, but the fanboys need to get over the teddy bears and accept that it's a damn good film. From the Jabba's palace opening onwards, it combines great space battles, lightsaber duelling, another Death Star, another Skywalker and a certain gold bikini to magical effect.

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
How does it stack up to the original? Ay, here's the rub. While we entertain hopes of one day convincing fans that Jedi's really not that bad, there's very little chance that we'll convince anyone that it's better than Star Wars - the original, the one with extra Alec Guinness - or Empire Strikes Back - the bleak ending, Yoda, Hoth. Still, the bronze position in this company ain't bad.

Glaring error: Somehow Han Solo manages to change from a single- to a double-breasted shirt while he's frozen in carbonite.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 72 MONTHS


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