Princess Leia hair test.
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Princess Leia hair test.
Luke Skywalker in the grip of the rancor.
Han Solo is freed from carbonite.
R2-D2 and C-3PO in storage.
Boba Fett costume test.
Bib Fortuna continuity shot.
Stormtrooper on the set of Return of the Jedi.
X-wing fighter continuity shot.
Rebel fighter costume test.
Oola in Jabba's Palace.
R2-D2 and C-3PO in front of Jabba's Palace.
Jabba's Palace.
Nien Numb costume test.
Rebel trooper on Endor.
Logray in the Ewok Village.
Princess Leia hair test
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See Rare Star Wars Polaroids from Return of the Jedi

Dec 16, 2015

Filming for Return of the Jedi lasted from Jan. 11, 1982 to May 20, 1982, with a budget of $32.5 million and a shooting schedule that ran six weeks shorter than The Empire Strikes Back; George Lucas wanted to keep the film within budget.

At the time, Polaroids were a crucial tool to prevent continuity errors during filming, before the advent of digital cameras. This technique allowed crew like costume designers, production designers and make-up artists to have instant images and check over the details of each production day. Decades later, the continuity Polaroids from Return of the Jedi provide a unique look for fans to see what it was really like to be on set.

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