Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala, while Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates an assassination attempt on the senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi.

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George Lucas

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman ... Padmé
Hayden Christensen ... Anakin Skywalker
Christopher Lee ... Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus
Samuel L. Jackson ... Mace Windu
Frank Oz ... Yoda (voice)
Ian McDiarmid ... Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Pernilla August ... Shmi Skywalker
Temuera Morrison ... Jango Fett
Jimmy Smits ... Senator Bail Organa
Jack Thompson ... Cliegg Lars
Leeanna Walsman ... Zam Wesell
Ahmed Best ... Jar Jar Binks / Achk Med-Beq (voice)
Rose Byrne ... Dormé
Oliver Ford Davies ... Sio Bibble

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Ten years after the invasion of Naboo, the Galactic Republic is facing a Separatist movement and the former queen and now Senator Padmé Amidala travels to Coruscant to vote on a project to create an army to help the Jedi to protect the Republic. Upon arrival, she escapes from an attempt to kill her, and Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker are assigned to protect her. They chase the shape-shifter Zam Wessell but she is killed by a poisoned dart before revealing who hired her. The Jedi Council assigns Obi-Wan Kenobi to discover who has tried to kill Amidala and Anakin to protect her in Naboo. Obi-Wan discovers that the dart is from the planet Kamino, and he heads to the remote planet. He finds an army of clones that has been under production for years for the Republic and that the bounty hunter Jango Fett was the matrix for the clones. Meanwhile Anakin and Amidala fall in love with each other, and he has nightmarish visions of his mother. They travel to his home planet, ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

The shot of Anakin and Padmé walking and talking about her serving as Senator when they first arrive on Naboo is shot in the same way, and outside the same building, as the last conversation between General Allenby and Dryden before the intermission of Lawrence of Arabia (1962). See more »

Goofs

When Padmé is telling Anakin that she wasn't the youngest queen ever elected, she and Anakin are walking on a staircase that leads up to the castle. In the next shot when she is finishing her sentence, she is walking on a bridge. However, this "montage" is an established device in filmmaking to compress scenes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Naboo lieutenant: Senator, we're making our final approach into Coruscant.
CordÈ: Very good, Lieutenant.
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Crazy Credits

Actors Jerome St. John Blake, Hassani Shapi, Gin Clarke, Khan Bonfils, Michaela Cottrell and Dipika O'Neill Joti are credited for playing the same Jedi Council members as in Episode I, although they did not film any new footage for Episode II. Instead the Jedi Council scene uses recycled footage from Episode I. Many of those parts were re-cast (or in some cases renamed) for Episode II, during the Battle of Geonosis, using Australian actors, but they are not credited. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was released on IMAX theaters on 1 November 2002. The reformatted IMAX version was approx. 20 minutes shorter than the theatrical release. These are some of the scenes that have been cut from the IMAX version:
  • A long scene in Palpatine's office involving Yoda and Amidala. Palpatine suggests Kenobi and Anikin as bodyguards.
  • Jar Jar greeting the Jedi pair as they enter Amidala's quarters.
  • Kenobi talking to the Jedi head librarian.
  • The hilltop scene on Naboo where Anakin rides a grazing animal and Amidala and Anakin talk about political science.
  • Mace Windu and Yoda discuss whether they should reveal that the Force is no longer as easy to use.
  • The scene in which Yoda says that while Anakin is somewhat arrogant, that is an increasingly common failing among Jedi.
  • Owen Lars greeting Anakin and Amidala at the farm.
  • The confrontation between Count Dooku and Kenobi is shorter.
  • Jar Jar being set up by Palpatine to get the Senate hand more power to him.
  • Part of the scene where Padme sees Anakin for the first time in 10 years. The cut goes directly from the elevator to ObiWan discussing security.
  • Part of the scene where Anakin and Padme leave Coruscant has been trimmed
  • The scene where Anakin and Padme meet with the Queen has been eliminated
  • Scenes with Anakin and Padme on Naboo have been trimmed, with the picnic scene eliminated completely.
  • When Obi Wan was captured and met with Dooku, after the line "I'll never join you" it cuts directly to the Senate floor without Dooku responding "It may be difficult to secure your release".
  • Ending credits use a slideshow format instead of scrolling in order to shorten their length.
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A Terrific Addition to the Franchise
26 December 2015 | by caseynicholsonSee all my reviews

I'm going back and watching all six Star Wars films so I can go see "The Force Awakens", and last night I watched "Episode II: Attack of the Clones".

I have to say that I find this to be a really enjoyable movie. I tried not to like it when it first came out due to its name. Seriously, George Lucas..."Attack of the Clones"? I mean, I get it, but there were lots of options for a better name than that. "The Clone Army" would have sufficed. But I digress...

Again, I really like this movie. It suffers from a bit of poor dialogue and bad acting between Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen--their on screen romance feels very much like a bad daytime soap opera rather than something worthy of the Star Wars franchise.

And yet, that bit of dissatisfaction aside, I find this to be a fantastic film overall. The storyline is great. The opening chase scene is great. Obi-Wan's search for the missing planet is great. The final battle is great. Most all of it is great.

And, one thing that I greatly appreciate about this film is Christopher Lee's performance as Count Dooku. Funny name aside, Lee turns out a convincing portrayal of a lead antagonist that makes you understand what the Dark Side is all about. I found Darth Maul to be rather lacking as a villain in "Phantom Menace", but Lee makes up for this in profound fashion.

But I suppose the most important thing that I enjoy about this movie is that it just brings so many pieces of the puzzle together. Anakin's story advances in a way that is plausible and believable, even if Christensen's portrayal suffers at times. This movie sets up his path to the Dark Side in profound fashion, and makes the six films flow together. I like that sense of continuity, and so I'm giving this movie 8/10 stars. Again, the cheesy soap opera stuff between Anakin and Amidala is a major blow to the film--but all in all it's a great movie.

Side Note: If I wanted to, I could get really critical about one element of the overall plot here. This whole Dark Side thing and the people involved in the plot to take over the Republic goes completely unnoticed by Yoda and Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson). That really cheapens the whole Jedi thing, in my view--the most powerful Jedi in the world are right in the midst of the people who are orchestrating the fall of the Republic, and they can't even sense it. Strange. Same goes for the fact that Dooku's back story is so wrapped up in the Jedi. How could they never sense this disturbance in the force in a way that would root it out?

Whatever the case, that does bother me when I think critically about the film. But I try not to do that, but to instead watch it at face value and enjoy it for what it is, and on that merit I give it the 8/10 stars.


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Language:

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Release Date:

16 May 2002 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,027,814, 19 May 2002

Gross USA:

$310,676,740

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$653,779,970
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