May the Force Be With You: Revenge of the Jedi

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

Inside Insert of Star Wars Episode VI: Revenge of the Jedi, 1983. Source: Jeanne Suhrenreich collection (MSS 118-6).

In the summer of 1983, the silver screen was extremely popular such as Octopussy, Never Say Never Again, and National Lampoon’s Vacation; however, some films were flops like Superman III and Smokey and the Bandit Part III (“Big bucks”, 1983). Out of all of the movies to hit the silver screen, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi has the honor of being the top grossing film in the United States in 1983 (, 2017b). As the film production began, the movie was originally entitled, “Revenge of the Jedi”. The title was changed because due to the “… thought the Jedi wouldn’t seek revenge, due to their ethical code” (, 2017a).

Outer inserts for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1982-1983. Source: Jeanne Suhrenreich collection (MSS 118-6)

This cinema poster is located in the Jeanne Suhrenreich collection (MSS 118). Inside of her collection, she collected playbills from Evansville theatre and philharmonic production, cinema posters, and correspondences from W.C. Handy, Marilyn Miller, Henry Hall, and from other actors.


Big bucks being bet for summer of ’83. (1983, January 10). Evansville Courier and Press. Retrieved from, Inc. (2017). Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Retrieved from, Inc. (2017). Top US grossing titles released 1983-01-01 to 1983-12-31. Retrieved from,1983&sort=boxoffice_gross_us,desc