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Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker on their way to the Great Pit of Carkoon

"Building the set at Yuma was an enormous project... Over Thanksgiving holiday when we first erected the fence around the set, there was a reported crowd of 35,000 dune buggy enthusiasts there. We needed to camouflage ourselves from the public and to schedule our shooting to avoid stray dune buggies creeping into a shot in the distance. This wasn't easy because on weekends the buggies covered the surrounding hills like ants."
―Howard Kazanjian[src]

Instead of returning to Tunisia, the filmmakers decided to stay closer to home and go to the sand dunes around Yuma for making Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Buttercup Valley, California[1] was the filming site for the Great Pit of Carkoon sequence on the Dune Sea. Filming took place in April 1982, though construction had taken place over the previous five months.[2] The crew stayed in the nearest town, Yuma, Arizona, while filming, logging over 5,500 man-days in hotel rooms for set construction and filming.[1]

"Not that it was easy work. On a good day in Yuma the temperature would be 120 degrees. That was bad for us but for, say, the Gamorrean guards in their suits, it was like running a marathon every 24 hours."
―Richard Marquand[src]

For A New Hope's Special Edition, the crew returned to the Imperial Sand Dunes to film additional shots of stormtroopers searching for traces of R2-D2 crash landing his escape pod.[3] Later they edited these with the original shots filmed in the Grand Dune in Tunisia.

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Filming locations
Tunisia
Ajim - Chott el Jerid - Djerba - Grand Dune - Hôtel Sidi Driss - Ksar Hadada - Ksar Medenine - Ksar Ouled Soltane - Oung Jmel - Sidi Bouhlel - Sidi Jemour - Tataouine
Europe
Brow Head - Black Hangar Studios - Canary Islands - Caserta Palace - Derwentwater - Disneyland Paris Resort - Dingle Peninsula - Dubrovnik - Ealing Studios - Elstree Studios - Fawley Power Station - Filmstaden - Finse - Grindelwald - Lake Como - Leavesden Studios - Lee International Studios - Mount Etna - Neuschwanstein Castle - Reynisfjara - Pinewood Studios - Plaza de España - Schönbrunn Palace - Shepperton Studios - Skellig Michael - Tre Cime - Trentino - Villa del Balbianello - Whippendell Woods
North America
Alaska - California State University Long Beach - Death Valley - Disney's Hollywood Studios - Disneyland - Forest Grove - Griffith Park - Hawaii - Hillsboro - Kaufman Astoria Studios - Lake Tahoe - Los Angeles - New York City - Oaxaca - Redwood National Park - Santa Clarita - Sierra Nevada - Skywalker Ranch - Teletape Studios - Tikal - Walter Pyramid - Woodland Hills - Yuma
Asia and Australia
Chiba Prefecture - Fox Studios, Sydney - Guilin - Kyoto - Phuket - Toei Movie Studios, Kyoto - Toei Movie Studios, Tokyo - Tokyo
South America
Salar de Uyuni
Russia
Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
New Zealand
Henderson Valley Studios - Puketutu Island - Studio West, Auckland
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