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Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  29 June 2011 (USA)
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The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.



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Cast overview, first billed only:


Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia, to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. Written by Kris S.

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The invasion we always feared. An enemy we never expected. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 June 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Transformers 3  »

Box Office


$195,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$115,886,050 (USA) (1 July 2011)


$352,358,779 (USA) (7 October 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer Jennifer Konner was brought to help shape Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's character and add humorous parts to the movie in general. See more »


The loss of signal depicted in the movie caused by the Apollo 11 lunar spacecraft being on the "dark side of the moon" is incorrect. The moon rotates and orbits the earth at the same rate so the same side of the moon always faces the earth and the dark side is never visible. The loss of signal depicted, with Walter Cronkite commenting, is actually from when the command module orbiting the moon would pass behind the moon from the earth making radio communication impossible. The landing site for Apollo 11 is located just to the right of center when looking at the moon and just north of the lunar equator, which means that it is nowhere near the far side. However, this is intended to be a NASA Black Op, and since it's shown in the movie that NASA can still communicate with the astronauts after the "signal loss" is announced, it's clear that the loss is intended to give them time to investigate without all of the U.S. listening in, and the general public (of the time) would be none the wiser. See more »


[first lines]
Optimus Prime: We were once a peaceful race of intelligent mechanical beings. But then came the war between the Autobots, who fought for freedom and the Decepticons, who dreamt of tyranny. Overmatched and outnumbered, our defeat was all but certain. But in the wars final days, one Autobot ship escaped the battle. It was carrying a secret cargo, which would have changed our planet's fate. A desperate mission, our final hope...
[the Ark flies from Cybertron into space... and is gunned down]
Optimus Prime: A hope ...
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Crazy Credits

This is the first film in the series not to have the DreamWorks logo. See more »


Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.24 (2011) See more »


String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D. 703, Quartettsatz
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Kodaly Quartet (as The Kodaly Quartet)
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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User Reviews

A good demonstration on how to destroy a movie.
15 July 2011 | by (Oman) – See all my reviews

What an Awful display of commercialized cinema, playing to the tunes of all the wrong stereotypes. A horrible waste of time, effort and money, specially since a lot of effort must have gone into the graphics only to produce this distasteful parody of sorts. This is what you get when you make a movie without passion or substance. Anyway, I intended to ask this question since the first part. What is the point of having a chick running around in these types of movies? Really, is it necessary to have some chick in skimpy clothes romancing around with metal crashing on metal in the background ? Unless off-course you wanted to woo schoolgirls in to watch the movie. My serious advise is, if you have to finish with watching the 3rd installment, rent it. That way you can fast forward through all those disgusting chick flick scenes and watch what you paid for.

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