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

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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Audience Reviews for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

  • Mar 26, 2016
    While it may stumble in some departments, Revenge of the Sith is much more emotional and powerful film then we have seen before in the Star Wars saga. The action is intense and spectacular, the scope massive in scale and epic in it's execution and the ending bittersweet. A return to form on many levels.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2016
    "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith" (2005) tells the story of the rise of the Dark Force, the Sith, and the fall of the Galactic Republic. Our hero Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) along with the other Jedi Knights are working to overthrow Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). Meanwhile, they are neglecting the real leader behind the Dark Side of the Force, Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) who is secretly betrothed (a no-no for a Jedi Knight like himself) is given to ever greater feelings of insecurity about losing those closest to him. We see Chancellor Palpatine begin to exploit this insecurity to turn young Anakin to the Dark Side. The film concludes with an epic battle on a lava planet that is not to be missed. For fans of the series, or those newly interested, because of battle scenes like this finale and the ultimate transformation for young Anakin to the Dark Side, this is one of the better films in the total Star Wars saga, not better than "Empire Strikes Back" (1980) or the newest installment, "The Force Awakens" (2015), but perhaps tied with "Return of the Jedi" (1983).
    Billie P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2016
    Redeeming little of the ponderousness of Episodes I and II, Revenge of the Sith nonetheless manages to entertain while it brings a surprising level of satisfaction to this origin story's curtain-closer. So over-stuffed with plot points that it makes you wonder why they wasted so much time on needless exposition in chapters one and two, this go-round still doesn't achieve the same feel as the much superior first trilogy but it manages to thrill and satisfy at many junctures. In this PG-rated sci-fi adventure set three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights are spread out across the galaxy leading a massive clone army in the war against the Separatists. The audience has already resigned themselves to the fact that this prequel trilogy got aimed at a wholly different (read: younger) audience than the much superior original trilogy. That being said, Revenge of the Sith gets a lot right. Over-reliance on soulless computer generated effects aside, the battles never disappoint. Also, emotional screams aside, our (anti) hero's transformation into the iconic Darth Vader gets tastefully handled. Filmgoers might not have known or cared what transpired in the two preceding chapters, but this go-round conjures up poignancy and excitement in spades. Bottom line: Sweet Revenge
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2015
    The best out of the prequels by far, A nice easy plot this time not full of council meetings although they're not scrapped completly, The effects were top class but it seems George Lucas can't make a film without making just about everything with them, For me it was the worst acted as I thought some of the performances felt very forced (No pun intended) It's full of action from the word go and all was good fun, It's the darkest Star Wars film ever and it worked well what with little to no humour and Jar Jar Binks being reduced to a cameo so you got to love that, A fantastic final few scenes, Very emotional too, Revenge of the Sith can be proud of becoming a true Star Wars film even if it does have its flaws.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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