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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$310,676,740

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$649,436,358
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Company Credits

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Lucasfilm See more »
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DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Actors auditioning for the part of Anakin Skywalker included Ryan Phillippe, Micha Collins, Paul Walker, Colin Hanks, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, James Van Der Beek, Joshua Jackson, Eric Christian Olsen, Erik von Detten, Chris Klein Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jonathan Brandis. In the end, Hayden Christensen got the part, primarily because he and Natalie Portman "looked good together". See more »

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Jango Fett's guns make a different sound during the arena fight than during the rest of the movie. See more »

Quotes

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