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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

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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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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sustained sequences of sci-fi action/violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Wars II See more »

Filming Locations:

Chott el Djerid, Nefta, Tunisia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,027,814, 19 May 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$310,675,583, 27 April 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$649,398,328, 10 December 2011
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Lucasfilm See more »
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DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Running at two hours and twenty-two minutes, this was the longest of the Star Wars films until Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), which runs at two hours and thirty-two minutes. See more »

Goofs

At several points in the movie, characters are missing reflections and shadows. See more »

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

The original UK releases were cut by the distributor to secure a PG rating (an uncut 12 rating was available). About 1 second of footage was excised, removing a head butt in the fight scene between Obi-Wan and Jango Fett. The cut was waived in 2011. (The film was also rated PG in Ireland and played uncut in Irish cinemas). See more »

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Across the Stars (Love Theme from Attack of the Clones)
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The Force is back
12 May 2002 | by scmovieguySee all my reviews

Everything George Lucas did wrong in "The Phanton Menace," the disappointing prequel to his "Star Wars" trilogy, he does right - brilliantly right - in "Attack of the Clones." This time out, the force is strong in him - in a very big way.

This fifth chapter of the sprawling space saga recounts the coming of age of Annakin Skywalker (the Jedi knight who will become Darth Vader) as the democratic Republic is on the brink of a war which will ultimately transform it into the evil Empire.

Lucas wisely returns to the elements that made the original "Star Wars" such a groundbreaking success: timeless mythological themes; endearing characters; heart-pumping action scenes; and the energetic derring-do of Saturday matinee serials.

I promise not to reveal major plot points, but the story begins when Jedi knight Obi Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor, maturing nicely into Alec Guinness) and his protege Annakin (Hayden Christensen) are summoned to protect the regal Padme (Natalie Portman); the former Queen Amidala has taken a Hillary Clinton turn and is now an outspoken senator.

The great success of the first "Star Wars" was its cunning blend of familiar movie genres - sampling not only science fiction serials but gun-slinging westerns and fantasy classics like "The Wizard of Oz."

In "Attack of the Clones," Lucas serves up heaping helpings of film genres including the film noir detective, sci-fi paranoia, political thrillers, and action scenes that recall everything from James Bond to "Jason and the Argonauts" and Robin Hood's merry men battling it out in Sherwood Forest.

Venturing into territory that's totally new to him, Lucas also gives us a classical star-crossed love story between Annakin and Padme (the future parents of Luke and Leia). Christensen and Portman are exceptionally fine actors, giving emotional depth to the two most complex characters in the "Star Wars" canon. (And as screen lovers, they make "Titanic's" Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet look positively homely.)

Seeds are sown of plot developments yet to come as the saga takes on a generational and mythological weight that's worthy of the Greeks. A turning point in Annakin's emotional transformation makes for an unforgettable scene of pain, love and fury, the likes of which we've never seen in a "Star Wars" movie.

Lucas also recaptures the blend of humor, satire and adventure that seemed effortless in the early films but was nearly absent in the dry, impersonal "Phantom Menace." Familiar characters and relationships are in full force here; Obi Wan and Annakin have a loving but contentious mentor/pupil thing going on; C3-P0 experiences a hilarious identity crisis; and in two words: Yoda rocks!

Samuel Jackson is on board as Jedi Master Mace Windu; Ian McDiarmid is back as the not-to-be-trusted political bigwig Palpatine; and Christopher Lee debuts as the dark side Jedi Master Count Dooku (at what point can we start to giggle at some of these names?).

Jimmy Smits fills out his Renaissance costume nicely as Senator Bail Organa but doesn't get much to do yet. (Oh wait, that was Princess Leia's last name - I see an adopted daughter in his future...)

The saga also continues its generational theme with the introduction of warrior Jango Fett, and his son Boba (who will grow into the feared bounty hunter of "The Empire Strikes Back").

The film is a magnificent thing to look at. From the glittering urban sprawl of Coruscant (think Manhattan to the tenth power) to the red-rock planet Geonosis, and the romantically sumptuous paradise of Naboo, the film's digital artisans break new ground in eye-popping production design.

In it's strong storytelling, depth of character and vigorous action scenes, "Attack of the Clones" is a mature piece of filmmaking, created by a man who has returned to his creative roots. No more Jar Jar Binks jokes, George. It's good to have you back.


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