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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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George Lucas (screenplay by), Jonathan Hales (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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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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The film echoes many plot elements of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), although often reversed on themselves. This film begins in a mile-high city but ends in a desert wasteland. Empire began in a snowy wasteland, but ends at a city in the clouds. For the majority of both films, the three heroes are separated from each other: Obi-Wan (who trains Anakin) goes off on a mission by himself, just as Luke (who later trains Kylo Ren) goes off on his own to find Yoda. Han and Leia (Kylo Ren's parents) are captured, and Luke must rescue them. In this film, it is Anakin and Padmé (Luke's parents) who come to Obi-wan's rescue. In both movies, a Sith tries to lure a Jedi to the Dark Side, who responds by saying "I'll never join you" (Obi-Wan and Luke). Both films have C-3PO being disassembled, and repaired again by R2-D2. Anakin and Luke lose part of their right arms in duels with the villains at the movies' climaxes, and they are saved due to the intervention of a friend (Yoda and Leia). In the end, the Galactic Republic tries to capture the villain (Count Dooku), but he manages to escape. This resembles the Empire trying to capture the hero (Luke), only for him to escape at the last moment. See more »

Goofs

When Zam Wesell runs into the Outlander Club, the area beside the entrance is empty. A moment later, As Anakin and Obi-Wan arrive, there are several canisters and cases placed outside the arches of the Outlander on the right. 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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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

Eight deleted scenes are included on the DVD:
  • Padmé addresses the Senate after the first attempt on her life, and speaks out against the creation of an army for the Republic.
  • Obi-Wan brings the toxic dart to the Jedi Temple analysis room for examination.
  • Before he departs for Kamino, Obi-Wan has a conversation with Mace, leading to his Jedi Starfighter on a landing platform. Some of the dialogue was used in the scene in the Jedi Temple with Obi-Wan, Mace and Yoda.
  • An extended version of Anakin and Padmé's arrival on Naboo.
  • Padmé brings Anakin to her house and introduces him to her family. Padmé's family senses that she is attracted to Anakin, but she denies it.
  • A scene in Padmé's bedroom in which she and Anakin look at pictures of her past acheivements.
  • After Anakin and Padmé are captured in the droid factory, Count Dooku interrogates Padmé.
  • After the interrogation scene, Anakin and Padmé are put on trial by the Geonosians, and are sentenced to death.
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Mostly entertaining
22 February 2005 | by tomimtSee all my reviews

If you listen to some fans of the original Star Wars trilogy, the new one is crap. This is, I've found out, true only with the Phantom Menace, which was very poorly directed and edited piece of film.

Attack of the Clones in the other hand is in comparison a superior achievement from PM. But it does contain couple of unnecessary segments, which drag the speed of the film down. And some of the acting is, even in the standard of the Star Wars, pretty horrible. But happily all those under achievers are not in any important roles and seasoned actors like Christopher Lee (Count Dooku) do deliver what you expect of them. others deserving nomination here are Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu and Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine.

So, the plot. Obi Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) are told to watch over senator Padame (Natalie Portman) because of assassination attempts towards her life. This soon leads in Obi in discovery of secretly manufactured clone army. Who is behind all this? Will Padame and Anakin fall in love? When does Anakin fall in to the dark side? Will he become a Jedi before all this? Some of these questions are partly answered in AOTC, but some are left waiting for the third installment of the new trilogy.

But as said, this is much better film than Phantom Menace. It's not best film in the Star Wars saga, but in my opinion it does deliver. It's mostly fun to watch, action sequences are good, special effects are even better and despise some bad acting and some pretty horrible dialogs, it wasn't pain in the back side to watch.

So, my advise: don't listen to roaring Star Wars fans who claim this movie to be one of the worst things ever and don't listen to those, who claim this one to be best thing since sliced bread.

Attack of the Clones is above average, but not the greatest thing ever either.


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Language:

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Release Date:

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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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