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The second prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy takes place ten years after the events depicted in Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace. Now 20, young Anakin Skywalker Hayden Christensen is an apprentice to respected Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi Ewan McGregor. Unusually powerful in the Force, Anakin is also impatient, arrogant, and headstrong -- causing his mentor a great deal of concern. The pair are ordered to protect Padme Amidala Natalie Portman, the former queen of the planet Naboo, now representing her world in the Galactic Senate. Someone is trying to assassinate her on the eve of a vote enabling Supreme Chancellor Palpatine Ian McDiarmid to build a military force that will safeguard against a growing separatist movement led by mysterious former Jedi Count Dooku Christopher Lee. After another attempt on Padme's life, Obi-Wan and Anakin separate. The young Jedi and Padme fall in love as he escorts her first to the security of Naboo and then to his home world of Tatooine, where the fate of his mother leads him to commit an ominous atrocity. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan travels to the secretive planet Kamino and the asteroid-ringed world of Geonosis, following bounty hunter Jango Fett Temuera Morrison and his son, Boba Daniel Logan, who are involved in an operation to create a massive army of clones. A vicious battle ensues between the clones and Jedi on one side and Dooku's droids on the other, but who is really pulling the strings in this galactic conflict? In late 2002, the movie was released in IMAX theaters as Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience, with a pared-down running time of 120 minutes in order to meet the technical requirements of the large-screen format.
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Writer-director George Lucas's fifth entry in the Star Wars saga actually the second, chronologically speaking is by far the richest since 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. The overall production value and special effects are spectacular -- that's par for the course -- and the narrative thrust and emotional resonance far surpass that of Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It picks up the story ten years after the action in the previous film, as Annakin Skywalker Hayden Christensen, now a Padouin apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi Ewan McGregor, is impatient to become a full-fledged Jedi knight and find his long-lost mother. Meanwhile, he is assigned to safeguard Senator Padme Amidala Natalie Portman, the former queen whom he has loved since he was a young boy. Separatist forces led by the sinister Count Dooku Christopher Lee threaten the peace of the galaxy, and a full-fledged war seems imminent. Lee offers strong, charismatic villainy with Dooku. It's a trait sorely missing from the previous film, and film buffs will enjoy it as a reference to the cold presence of the late Peter Cushing, Lee's former Hammer Studios costar, in the original film. For the Star Wars universe, Attack of the Clones is a stirring, powerful movie and an important turning point in the saga. It's also a major crowd-pleaser for fans of Yoda and Boba Fett alike. Among the supplemental features on the double-DVD set is a detailed commentary featuring Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, sound editor Ben Burtt, and effects supervisor Rob Cohen. The disc also affords several informative documentaries: "From Puppets to Pixels," describing the evolution of character animation; "State of the Art: The Previsualization of Episode II," including never-before-seen animation effects; and "Films Are Not Released, They Escape." There are also three behind-the-scenes featurettes, a gallery of poster art, and other incidental materials.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Boasting visual effects stunning in their detail and imagination, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones continues to display both the familiar artistic strengths and weaknesses of director George Lucas. On the plus side, Ewan McGregor's delightful Alec Guinness impersonation is delivered with spot-on technical acuity and an ironic, subtle wink. Add to that the breathtaking vistas of completely digital imagery as seemingly real as anything ever put to film -- particularly eye-popping sequences involving an asteroid chase and a final battle between clone soldiers and droid robots. On the minus, there is bad writing, as evidenced by wooden, even immature dialogue and a dizzyingly complex plot line unlikely to be comprehended by the filmmaker's oft-stated target audience of young kids (a speciously revisionist argument from someone whose work once appealed to the kid in everybody). Lucas' touch with actors is not much more impressive than his screenwriting abilities, particularly in the laughably silly and strained love story unfolding between Anakin (Hayden Christensen, getting an "A" for effort in a whiny, unsympathetic role) and Padme (Natalie Portman, utterly devoid of personality and more robotic by a long shot than either C-3PO or R2-D2). Even the music from composer John Williams lacks the punch and scope of his career-high masterpiece score for The Empire Strikes Back, when he literally crafted a memorably rousing new theme for every one of the film's sequences. Both the best and worst moment is one in which ex-Muppet Yoda, formerly stiff as a two-by-four, comes to dazzling life as a whirling Tasmanian Devil of Jedi light saber-rattling payback. It's an audacious moment of heart-stopping frisson that stands as the prequels' high-water mark -- but it's also a reminder that gone forever are those days long, long ago, in movie theaters far, far away, when such genuine thrills arrived fast and furious.
Variety - Todd McCarthy
George Lucas has reached deep into the trove of his self-generated mythological world to produce a grand entertainment that offers a satisfying balance among the series' epic, narrative, technological and emotional qualities.
New York Post
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On a purely visceral level, "Clones" is a delightfully rousing, eye-popping, crowd-pleasing homage to Saturday-morning serials of the '30s and '40s. Lou Lumenick

George Lucas has reached deep into the trove of his self-generated mythological world to produce a grand entertainment that offers a satisfying balance among the series' epic, narrative, technological and emotional qualities.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2002
  • UPC: 024543055365
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman Padmé Amidala
Hayden Christensen Anakin Skywalker
Christopher Lee Count Dooku
Samuel L. Jackson Mace Windu
Frank Oz Voice Only
Ian McDiarmid Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Pernilla August Shmi Skywalker
Temuera Morrison Jango Fett
Jimmy Smits Bail Organa
Jack Thompson Cliegg Lars
Leeanna Walsman Zam Wesell
Ahmed Best Voice Only, Voice Only
Rose Byrne Dormé
Oliver Ford Davies Sio Bibble
Ron Falk Dexter Jettster
Jay Lagai'aia Captain Typho
Andrew Secombe Watto
Anthony Daniels C-3PO
Kenny Baker R2-D2
Silas Carson Ki-Adi-Mundi, Nute Gunray
Daniel Logan Boba Fett
Graeme Blundell Ruwee Naberrie
David Bowers Mas Amedda
Ayesha Dharker Ayesha Dharker
Matt Doran Elan Sleazebaggano
Joel Edgerton Owen Lars
Claudia Karvan Sola Naberrie
Alethea McGrath Jocasta Nu
Trisha Noble Jobal Naberrie
Rena Owen Taun We
Anthony Phelan Lama Su
Susie Porter Hermione Bagwa
Matt Sloan Plo Koon
Steve John Shepherd Naboo Lieutenant
Technical Credits
George Lucas Director, Executive Producer, Original Story, Screenwriter
Trisha Biggar Costumes/Costume Designer
Gavin Bocquet Production Designer
Paul "Salty" Brincat Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Burtt Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Gracie Art Director
Robin Gurland Casting
Jonathan Hales Screenwriter
Phil Harvey Art Director
Fred Hole Art Director
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Jonathan Lee Art Director
Rick McCallum Producer
Michelle McGahey Art Director
James McTeigue Asst. Director
David Tattersall Cinematographer
Peter Walpole Set Decoration/Design
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

     George Lucas intended the Prequel Trilogy to about Anakin, Obi-

     George Lucas intended the Prequel Trilogy to about Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Amidala. In many ways it was Palpatine's/Sidious's Trilogy. A Trilogy about the Sith. This is how the Sith caused the Clone Wars.

    Between movies much has happened. Sidious has revealed himself to a former Jedi - Count Dooku. Dooku embittered with the republic, and the Jedi, had eagerly wished to learn the Dark Side. Sidious had used Dooku to organize the trade federation and outer-systems into a Separatist force.

    As Palpatine he used the Separatists as reason for creating a republic military.

    At the beginning Amidala returns to Curruscant, and is nearly assassinated. She'd come to oppose the creation of a republic army.

    Palpatine arranges for the Jedi to guard her, specifically asking for Obi-Wan and his apprentice,Anakin. Palpatine already knew Anakin was attached to Amidala. By bringing them together the likely results would either be forcing Anakin to watch her die, a romance, or Anakins heart being broken from rejection. Any of which Palpatine could use to against Anakin, to drive him towards darkness.

    In the course of their protection duties Anakin and Obi-Wan split up. Obi-Wan tracks the bounty hunter who tried kill Amidala, and Anakin accompanies her back to Naboo.

    Alone together Padme and Anakin can't deny their feelings for each other, but try to fight them. Each knows that those feelings would destroy them both.

    Obi-Wan's investigation leads him to none-republic called Cameno. The inhabitants are skilled cloners. To his shock he finds that a Jedi had, secretly, arranged for them to grow and train an army of clones for the republic, to be lead by the Jedi.

    From there he tracks the bounty hunter, Jengo Fett, to a separatist world, to be captured and interrogated by Dooku has lead the separatists create an army of their own, a droid army.

    Once the republic senate learns of the droid army they panic and give Palpatine "emergency power", which he uses to authorize use or the clone army.

    Anakin and Amidala come to rescue Obi-Wan. Anakin and Obi-Wan duel Dooku. Where Anakin looses his right arm.

    Dooku escapes and returns to his master. He informs Sidious that the War has begun. Revealing that the Sith had manufactured both sides of the War.

    Anakin and Amidala marry at the very end, which they can't reveal to anyone. As they knew, the secret will eventually destroy them. Sidious will use it against both of them.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    amazing movie amazing director and storyteller!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    awesome movie i loved both the prequels and orginials i love them both equally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! may the force be with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one awesome movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

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    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

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    this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not so great

    This was the worst out of all 6 Episodes. Hayden Christensen in my opinion has an annoying whiny voice. It was really cheesy, expecially the diner the Obi-Wan went to. Also, Obi had a really weird hair cut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    writing a review for dvd

    I like this video.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Remarkable Precursor to Episode III

    Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, interestingly enough, tends to generate more debate than the other films. This is most probably a result of the volatile mixture of amazing action, spectacular special effects, panaramic battles, extended love scenes, and Anakin's constant...well...whining. What fans often fail to perceive, however, is that ATOC was necessary to fulfill the saga, and to provide additional insight into the events of the original trilogy. In addition, they often don't remember that the OT was simplier to create than the back-story of the PT. Nonetheless, ATOC remains a creative and entertainting movie, and the Battle of Geonosis will forever remain the greatest on-screen Star Wars conflict.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Attack of the Clones is way better than The Phantom Menace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    lord sidious the most cunning charecter in the whole star wars saga

    i thought palpatines role in the prequel films were a bravo for all the star wars fans i praise lucas for using ian again as palpatine aka darth sidious i still hate it dooku dies in episode 3 but hey thats darth sidious for you but darth sidious also had a larger role in episode 3 than episodes 1 and 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Star Wars is out of this world... literally

    All the Star Wars movies are amazing. They just blow your mind away. Especially, Ep. I, II, and III. If you haven't seen them, go run out to the closest dvd store right now and buy them!!! Ep. II is really good because you finally get to see Yoda fight for the first time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best films ever

    I'm only 14 and i own all 6 star wars dvds. all are greats but the 2nd was my fav, seeing as the stormtroopers were introduced

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!! best saga ever!!

    All star wars movies are the best moves ever made and I love them but Episode III is the best of all of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Big time Star Wars fanatic

    This Star Wars movie is one of the best episodes besides 3 and 5. They finally introduced the clone troopers (a.k.a. storm troopers). I also liked any part with Obi-wan Kenobi, since he is my all time favorite character in episodes 1,2,and 3.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Believe the Critics

    Although many people say that these new films will never live up to the originals, the fact is that they're not meant to. These newer films are meant to complement the originals by leading up to the basic story line of the original trilogy. Many of those who didn't like this and "Episode I" grew up with the original trilogy and are not open to new ideas. These films represent a new generation of filmgoers who want their own slice of the "Star Wars" pie. People don't want to face that the main character of the series is in fact the villain: Darth Vader. The entire series revolves around Vader and his dealings, whether he's Anakin Skywalker or the most complicated villain ever put on screen. George Lucas wanted to show the world how Vader came to be, and he's doing a magnificent job right now. It is understandable that people want the gritty darkness that "Episode III" is sure to present, but for now enjoy these films. I'll be at "Episode III" on opening day, and I hope than many others will begin to see these newer films as I have: A great way to view "Star Wars" in a new light.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not like the originals, but

    still a good movie. What some viewers don't seem to realize are that the prequels are studies in character development. We see Anakin as a young man, attempting to come to terms with his abilities, arrogance, anger, and need. This movie is actually a great bridge between the innocent Anakin and the evil Darth Vader. You also see Obi-Wan attempting his best to train someone whom he knows is more powerful with the Force and whose ego can get him into trouble.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LUCAS IS A SELL-OUT!

    I once saw an interview with Lucas did after his original trilogy was completed. In the interview, Lucas is asked about the success of his movies and he explains that the fatal flaw of many sci-fi movies is that they spend WAY too much time during the movie showing off the amount of work they did and the amounts of money they spent on their special effects, sets, props, etc. instead of focusing on the story and character development. Well George, it seems that you didn't take your own advice when you made the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones!! While Phantom Menace was nowhere near as good as the original trilogy, at least it was tolerable. Attack of the Clones, on the other hand, is a complete waste of film. The special effects are so overdone that they end up looking fake and cheesy...almost like watching a kids video game. The storyline stinks and the acting is absolutly horrific. The kid that plays Anakin is especially bad! Basically, Attack of the Clones is a 2 hour commercial for action figures! Don't waste your time watching this, and don't give Lucas anymore of your hard-earned cash until he starts delivering the type of quality movies we know he is capable of making!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this movie!

    It has an excellent story, excellent acting, excellent visual effects and each scene has the quality of enthralling the viewer into the events of the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Going Nowhere At .5 Past Light Speed

    Having seen the original Star Wars on the big screen when it first came out, I've been a faithful fan and have gone to see every episode since then: each episode I would see at least twice on the big screen. However, Lucas' 'Star Wars' series has been declining in acting and story quality since 'Return of the Jedi' with his 'Muppet Show' montage; as if each sequel had to appeal to a receding age group over the years. This one tops it all as being riddled with the lousiest script and acting ever: I only saw it once and I have no intention of ever seeing it again. Can Lucas think of a better way of protraying A. Skywalker than focusing on his puberty-driven tantrums? The actor was horrible! The whole love story was vapid anyway: he should have made it short and sweet. Altogether, a very forgettable film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enjoyable movie - but not an award winning script or acting performances

    I love the Star Wars stories. This is a better film than Episode I, but still lacks the vibe we got from the original 3 films. The action sequences are much better, great fight scenes, awesome graphics, etc. Lucas is using technology very well. Our characters lack some of the spunk and fire we came to expect from their predecessors (or offspring - depending on how you look at it...). Natalie Portman is a true acting talent, but some of her lines are poorly delivered, and her 'action' scenes are laughable (check out her running after falling from an attack plane during the final climatic fight scenes). All in all, a fun film - but if you are looking for a cinematic gem....look elsewhere.

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