Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

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With Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas brings his second Star Wars trilogy to a suitably thrilling and often poignant -- if still a bit uneven -- conclusion.

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George Lucas draws the Star Wars film series to a close with this dark sci-fi adventure which sets the stage for the events of the first film and brings the saga full circle. After a fierce battle in which Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin (Hayden Christensen) join Republic forces to help free Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) from the evil Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and his minions, Anakin is drawn into Palpatine's confidence. Palpatine has designs on expanding his rule, and with this in mind he plants seeds of doubt in Anakin's mind about the strength and wisdom of the Jedis. Anakin is already in a quandary about how to reveal to others the news of his secret marriage to Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) now that she is pregnant, and visions which foretell her death in childbirth weigh heavy on his mind. As Anakin finds himself used by both the Jedis and the Republic for their own purposes -- particularly after Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) expresses his distrust of the young Jedi -- he turns more and more to the Force for help, but begins to succumb to the temptations of its dark side. Many of the Star Wars series regulars returned for Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, including Frank Oz as the voice of Yoda, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Ewan McGregor
as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman
as Padmé Amidala
Hayden Christensen
as Anakin Skywalker
Ian McDiarmid
as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Jimmy Smits
as Sen. Bail Organa
Christopher Lee
as Count Dooku
Keisha Castle-Hughes
as Queen of Naboo
James Earl Jones
as Darth Vader
Silas Carson
as Ki-Adi-Mundi/Nute Gunray
Jay Laga'aia
as Capt. Typho
Jay Lagai'aia
as Captain Typho
Bruce Spence
as Tion Medon
Temuera Morrison
as Comm. Cody
Mimi Daraphet
as Bultar Swan
Ahmed Best
as Jar Jar Binks
Sandi Finlay
as Sly Moore
Nalini Krishan
as Barriss Offee
Rohan Nichol
as Capt. Antilles
Jeremy Bulloch
as Capt. Colton
Amanda Lucas
as Terr Taneel
Mary Oyaya
as Luminara Unduli
Matt Sloan
as Plo Koon
Orli Shoshan
as Shaak Ti
Sandy Thompson
as Rune Haako
Peter Mayhew
as Chewbacca
Marty Wetherill
as Passel Argente
Rebecca Jackson Mendoza
as Queen of Alderaan
Joel Edgerton
as Owen Lars
Jett Lucas
as Zett Jukassa
Chantal Freer
as Handmaiden
Tux Akindoyeni
as Agen Kolar
Matt Rowan
as Sen. Orn Free Taa
Kenji Oates
as Saesee Tiin
Amy Allen
as Aayla Secura
Graeme Blundell
as Ruwee Naberrie
Trisha Noble
as Jobal Naberrie
Claudia Karvan
as Sola Naberrie
Keira Wingate
as Ryoo Naberrie
Hayley Mooy
as Pooja Naberrie
Bonnie Piesse
as Beru Whitesun
Sandy Finlay
as Sly Moore
Katie Lucas
as Chi Eekway
Warren Owens
as Fang Zar
Kee Chan
as Male-Dee
Christopher Kirby
as Giddean Danu
Axel Dench
as Wookiee
Steven Foy
as Wookiee
Bodie "Tihoi" Taylor
as Clone Trooper
David Stiff
as Wookiee
Robert Cope
as Wookiee
Matthew Wood
as Gen. Grievous
Rena Owen
as Nee Alavar
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

All Critics (293) | Top Critics (57)

  • It soon becomes obvious that there is no avoiding the burden of predictability: there is nothing, essentially, in the film's story that we don't know already.

    Nov 16, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Say what you want about Lucas' one-take directing style, his over-reliance on blue screens or his cheesy tendency to reference himself, but his imagination is as fertile as ever.

    Nov 16, 2015 | Full Review…
  • [A] dramatically cogent and highly satisfying finale to the Star Wars saga.

    Nov 13, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Episode III mainly is what it is -- the climax of a sometimes grand adventure that's more than the sum of its parts, yet much less than it might have been.

    Nov 13, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A grave and vigorous popular entertainment, a picture that regains and sustains the filmic Force [Lucas] dreamed up a long time ago, in a movie industry that seems far, far away.

    Aug 13, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Lucas is a brilliant technician but a poor philosopher, and his lurchingly thought-out rendering of futuristic politics prevents the entire series from achieving the greatness to which it aspires.

    May 12, 2006 | Full Review…

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