Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones is a 2002 American epic space-opera film directed by George Lucas and written by Lucas and Jonathan Hales. It is the second installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, the fifth film to be produced, and the second film in the “Skywalker saga”. It stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Frank Oz.
- Starring : Ewan McGregor / Natalie Portman
- Genre : Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Sci-Fi
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : George Lucas
- Production : Lucasfilm
- Distributor : Twentieth Century Fox / 20th Century Fox Argentina / 20th Century Fox / Bandur Film / FS Film / Fox Filmes do Brasil / Fox-Warner / Gemini Film / Hispano Foxfilms S.A.E. / IMAX / Odeon / UGC-Fox Distribution (UFD) / 20th Century Fox Entertainment / 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Amazon Instant Video / Disney XD / Fox Network / Fox-Paramount Home Entertainment / Gativideo / ITV 1 / ITV 2 / MTV3 / NRK3 / SF Norge A/S / Sub / Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Yorin
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones movie
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones release date
- May 12, 2002 : USA (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
- May 12, 2002 : USA (Tribeca Film Festival)
- May 14, 2002 : UK (London) (premiere)
- May 16, 2002 : United Arab Emirates
- May 16, 2002 : Australia
- May 16, 2002 : Canada
- May 16, 2002 : Switzerland
- May 16, 2002 : Germany
- May 16, 2002 : France (Cannes Film Festival)
- May 16, 2002 : UK
- May 16, 2002 : Ireland
- May 16, 2002 : Philippines
- May 16, 2002 : Sweden
- May 16, 2002 : Singapore
- May 16, 2002 : USA
- May 17, 2002 : Spain
- May 17, 2002 : France
- May 17, 2002 : Israel
- June 7, 2002 : India
- July 13, 2002 : Japan
- September 18, 2013 : France (3-D version)
- September 20, 2013 : USA (3-D version)
- October 11, 2013 : UK (3-D version)
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones cast
- Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Natalie Portman as Padmé
- Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker
- Christopher Lee as Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus
- Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu
- Frank Oz as Yoda(voice)
- Ian McDiarmid as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
- Pernilla August as Shmi Skywalker
- Temuera Morrison as Jango Fett
- Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa
- Jack Thompson as Cliegg Lars
- Leeanna Walsman as Zam Wesell
- Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks / Achk Med-Beq(voice)
- Rose Byrne as Dormé
- Oliver Ford Davies as Sio Bibble
Set ten years after the events in The Phantom Menace, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war, with thousands of planetary systems threatening to secede from the Galactic Republic. After Senator Padmé Amidala evades an assassination attempt, Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker becomes her protector, while his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates the attempt on her life. Soon, the trio witness the onset of a new threat to the galaxy, the Clone Wars.
Development of Attack of the Clones began in March 2000, some months after the release of The Phantom Menace. By June 2000, Lucas and Hales completed a draft of the script, and principal photography took place from June to September 2000. The film crew primarily shot at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, Australia, with additional footage filmed in Tunisia, Spain, and Italy. It was one of the first motion pictures shot completely on a high-definition digital 24-frame system.
The film was released in the United States on May 16, 2002. It received mixed reviews, with some critics hailing it as an improvement over its predecessor The Phantom Menace and others considering it the worst installment of the franchise. Although the visual effects, costume design, musical score, action sequences, and McGregor’s performance as Obi-Wan Kenobi were all praised, the romance of Padmé and Anakin, the dialogue, the screenplay, and the long runtime were all criticized. The film was a box office success, making over $649 million worldwide; however, it also became the first Star Wars film to be outgrossed in its year of release, placing third domestically and fourth-highest-grossing worldwide. The film was released on VHS and DVD on November 12, 2002 and was later released on Blu-ray on September 16, 2011. The third and final film of the prequel trilogy, Revenge of the Sith, was released in 2005.
Ten years after the Trade Federation’s invasion of Naboo, the Galactic Republic is threatened by a Separatist movement organized by former Jedi Master Count Dooku. Senator Padmé Amidala comes to Coruscant to vote on a motion to create an army to assist the Jedi against the threat. Narrowly avoiding an assassination attempt upon her arrival, she is placed under the protection of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice, the 19-year-old Anakin Skywalker. The two Jedi thwart a second attempt on her life and subdue the assassin, Zam Wesell, who is killed by her client, a bounty hunter, before she can reveal his identity. The Jedi Council instructs Obi-Wan to find the bounty hunter, while Anakin is tasked to protect Padmé and escort her back to Naboo, where he expresses his romantic feelings for her.
Obi-Wan’s investigation leads him to the mysterious ocean planet of Kamino, where he discovers an army of clones being produced for the Republic in a deceased Jedi’s name, with bounty hunter Jango Fett serving as their genetic template. Obi-Wan deduces Jango to be the bounty hunter he is seeking, and after a fierce battle, places a homing beacon on Jango’s ship, the Slave I. Obi-Wan then follows Jango and his clone son, Boba Fett, to the planet Geonosis. Meanwhile, Anakin is troubled by visions of his mother, Shmi, in pain and decides to head to Tatooine with Padmé to save her. Watto reveals that he sold Shmi to moisture farmer Cliegg Lars, who then freed and married her. Cliegg tells Anakin that she was abducted by Tusken Raiders weeks earlier and is likely dead. Anakin ventures out and discovers Shmi at the Tusken campsite, but she dies in his arms. Enraged, Anakin massacres the tribe. He later declares to Padmé that he will find a way to prevent the deaths of those he loves.
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