Return of the Jedi – Cue Breakdown

The following list is a cue-by-cue breakdown for the officially released soundtracks to Star Wars: Episode VI.

Return of the Jedi: Original Soundtrack

CD 1

2. Main Title/Approaching The Death Star/Tatooine Rendezvous
6.1.2 - 0:00 – 1:26 - Main Title
6.1.2 - 1:26 – 2:50 - Moody “Rebellion”
6.1.2 - 2:50 – 3:35 - Imperial marches building to Imperial Statement
6.1.2 - 3:25 – 4:35 - Vader speaks to Jerjerrod – Slow Imperial marches / moody
6.1.2 - 4:35 – 5:16 - Building to Imperial Full statement
6.1.2 - 5:16 – 6:44 - Imperial statement / synth / foreboding luke
6.1.2 - 6:44 – 8:07 - the droids theme
6.1.2 - 8:07 – 9:17 - ominous harp & strings / militant jabba/imperial statement

3. The Droids Are Captured
6.1.3 - 0:00 – 1:17 - sad strings – droids captured

4. Bounty for A Wookiee
6.1.4 - 0:00 – 0:50 - dissonant woodwinds / Jabba’s theme
6.1.4 - 0:50 – 1:01 - “noble” string statement
6.1.4 - 101 – 1:53 - Jabba & droid interchanges
6.1.4 - 1:53 – 2:50 - Loud horns (thermal detonator)

5. Han Solo Returns
6.1.5 - 0:00 – 1:44 - Dissonant strings & horns / Han being unfrozen
6.1.5 - 1:44 – 2:22 - quiet strings / han confronts leia
6.1.5 - 2:22 – 2:45 - Han & leia theme
6.1.5 - 2:45 – 3:25 - Jabba’s theme
6.1.5 - 3:25 – 4:01 - Jabba’s theme

6. Luke Confronts Jabba/Den Of The Rancor/Sarlacc Sentence
6.1.6 - 0:00 – 1:30 - low notes / synth / Luke appears
6.1.6 - 1:30 – 2:06 - low Jabba
6.1.6 - 2:06 – 3:13 - Jabba statement – low tones
6.1.6 - 3:13 – 3:36 - Into the Rancor’s den
6.1.6 - 3:36 – 4:35 - the rancor is released
6.1.6 - 4:35 – 5:05 - facing the Rancor
6.1.6 - 5:05 – 6:41 - luke vs the rancor
6.1.6 - 6:41 – 7:20 - mourning the rancor
6.1.6 - 7:20 – 8:48 - Death sentence

7. The Pit of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault
6.1.7 - 0:00 – 0:32 - Incidental
6.1.7 - 0:32 – 0:58 - Jabba’s theme
6.1.7 - 0:58 – 6:02 - Sail Barge Assault

8. The Emperor Arrives/The Death of Yoda/Obi-Wan’s Revelation
6.1.8 - 0:00 – 0:50 - Imperial Trumpet
6.1.8 - 0:50 – 1:48 - Emperor’s Theme
6.1.8 - 1:48 – 2:05 - Imperial March Statement
6.1.8 - 2:05 – 3:45 - Luke / Yoda / slow and somber / force / yoda
6.1.8 - 3:45 – 4:33 - Luke / chimes
6.1.8 - 4:33 – 5:00 - Force theme
6.1.8 - 5:00 – 5:35 - Yoda theme
6.1.8 - 5:35 – 7:05 - alternating horns & force theme
6.1.8 - 7:05 – 8:05 - death of Yoda / force / alternating horns
6.1.8 - 8:05 – 8:57 - Moody strings
6.1.8 - 8:57 – 9:45 - force theme / strings /
6.1.8 - 9:45 – 10:14 - strained force theme
6.1.8 - 10:14- 10:58 - Luke & Leia / Rebel Trumpets “Call to arms”

9. Alliance Assembly
6.1.9 - 0:00 – 1:35 - subdued Militant strings
6.1.9 - 1:35 – 1:54 - Luke Theme
6.1.9 - 1:54 – 2:10 - Militant string march

10. Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor
6.1.10 - 0:00 – 0:32 - Incidental
6.1.10 - 0:32 – 2:04 - Building Emperor’s strings & choir
6.1.10 - 2:04 – 3:16 - subduded Force / Imperial horns / force
6.1.10 - 3:16 – 4:06 - Militant String March #2 / Imperial

11. Speeder Bike Chase/Land Of The Ewoks
6.1.11 - 0:00 – 0:45 - suspensful Incidental
6.1.11 - 0:45 – 1:20 - action horns
6.1.11 - 1:20 – 3:28 - Ewok variations
6.1.11 - 3:28 – 4:10 - Whimsical, woodwind Ewok March
6.1.11 - 4:10 – 4:40 - suspenseful strings
6.1.11 - 4:40 – 5:05 - Leia theme Action
6.1.11 - 5:05 – 6:00 - Ewok variations
6.1.11 - 6:00 – 7:02 - Emperor’s theme
6.1.11 - 7:02 – 7:40 - Ewok / Leia / Han & Leia themes
6.1.11 - 7:40 – 7:55 - Incidental March
6.1.11 - 7:55 – 8:13 - Caught in a net
6.1.11 - 8:13 – 8:40 - Falling from the net
6.1.11 - 8:40 – 9:00 - Han & Leia
6.1.11 - 9:00 – 9:38 - low percussions and strings ewok variation

12. The Levitation/Threepio’s Bedtime Story
6.1.12 - 0:00 – 1:28 - low strings / force
6.1.12 - 1:28 – 2:46 - C3Po Simple theme Highlights

13. Sourc Music: Jabba’s Baroque Recital
6.1.13 - 0:00 – 3:09 - Jabba’s Boroque Recital

14. Jedi Rocks
6.1.14 - 0:00 – 2:50 - Jedi Rocks

15. Archival Bonus Track: Sail Barge Assault (Alternate)
6.1.15 - 0:00 – 0:27 - Suspenseful buildup
6.1.15 - 0:27 – 1:07 - Rebel Fanfare & Luke Theme
6.1.15 - 1:07 – 1:49 - Action horns
6.1.15 - 1:49 – 2:51 - Jabba’s theme
6.1.15 - 2:51 – 3:30 - frantic strings
6.1.15 - 3:30 – 4:03 - Building tension
6.1.15 - 4:03 – 5:03 - Finale

CD 2

1. Parade Of The Ewoks
6.2.1 - 0:00 – 3:28 - Parade of Ewoks

2. Luke and Leia
6.2.2 - 0:00 – 4:46 - Luke & Leia

3. Brother and Sister/Father and Son/The Fleet Enters Hyperspace
6.2.3 - 0:00 – 0:54 - Force theme
6.2.3 - 0:54 – 2:04 - Luke & Leia / Force
6.2.3 - 2:04 – 3:07 - Han & Leia
6.2.3 - 3:07 – 4:50 - Imperial Drums
6.2.3 - 4:50 – 6:11 - Force / eerie strings
6.2.3 - 6:11 – 6:45 - Somber Imperial March horns / Luke
6.2.3 - 6:45 – 7:14 - Incidental
6.2.3 - 7:14 – 8:31 - Entering Hyperspace
6.2.3 - 8:31 – 9:20 - Quiet / Playful Ewok tones / somber
6.2.3 - 9:20 – 10:39 - Ewok parade variations

4. Emperor’s Throne Room
6.2.4 - 0:00 – 1:01 - Arriving in the Throne Room / Imperial March theme
6.2.4 - 1:01 – 2:02 - Emperor’s Themes
6.2.4 - 2:02 – 3:26 - eerie horns and strings / Emperor Theme

5. The Battle Of Endor
6.2.5 - 0:00 – 2:45 - Into the Trap
6.2.5 - 2:45 – 3:39 - Emperor variations
6.2.5 - 3:39 – 4:29 - Imperial March / Ewok variations
6.2.5 - 4:29 – 8:20 - Forest Battle
6.2.5 - 8:20 – 8:32 - Imperial March
6.2.5 - 8:32 – 9:10 - low militant buildup / prime weapon fires
6.2.5 - 9:20 – 9:58 - brassy battle – Incidental
6.2.5 - 9:58 – 11:40 - Endor battle music

6. The Lightsaber/The Ewok Battle
6.2.6 - 0:00 – 0:45 - Imperial / Emperor themes
6.2.6 - 0:45 – 1:42 - Emperor theme
6.2.6 - 1:42 – 4:31 - Ewok March battle variations

7. THE BATTLE OF ENDOR II
6.2.7 - 0:00 – 0:40 - Leia’s theme / Leia wounded
6.2.7 - 0:40 – 1:02 - “Rebellion”
6.2.7 - 1:02 – 1:55 - Emperor’s Theme/Lukes theme meloncholy tone
6.2.7 - 1:55 – 2:33 -
6.2.7 - 2:33 – 2:52 - Emperor Fanfare
6.2.7 - 4:45 – 6:08 - Dark Side Beckons
6.2.7 - 7:23 – 8:34 - Emperor’s Delight
6.2.7 - 8:40 – 9:33 - Emperor’s Death
6.2.7 - 9:33 – 10:03 - Anakin Returns

8. THE BATTLE OF ENDOR III
6.2.8 - 0:00 – 2:13 - Rebel Fanfare
6.2.8 - 2:44 – 4:28 - Anakin’s End
6.2.8 - 4:28 – 6:02 - Battle of Endor End

9. Leia’s News/Light of the Force
6.2.9 - 1:19 – 3:21 - Force Themes

10. Victory Celebration/End Title
6.2.10 - 0:00 – 2:23 - Victory Celebration

12. Archival Bonus Track: The Forest Battle (Concert Suite)
6.2.12 - 0:00 – 4:03 - Endor Forest Battle

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