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Star Wars Episode III:
Revenge of the Sith
Directed by George Lucas
Produced by Rick McCallum
George Lucas (executive)
Written by George Lucas
Starring Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman
Hayden Christensen
Ian McDiarmid
Frank Oz
Samuel L. Jackson
Christopher Lee
Music by John Williams
Cinematography David Tattersall
Editing by Roger Barton
Ben Burtt
Studio Lucasfilm
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) May 19, 2005
Running time 140 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $113 million
Gross revenue Worldwide:
$848,754,768[1]
Preceded by Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 American space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the sixth film released in the Star Wars saga and the third in terms of the series' internal chronology. It completes the entire Star Wars story.

The film takes place three years after the onset of the Clone Wars. The Jedi Knights are spread out across the galaxy leading a massive clone army in the war against the Separatists. The Jedi Council dispatches Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi to eliminate the evil General Grievous, leader of the Separatist Army. Meanwhile, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, separated from Kenobi, his former master, grows close to Chancellor Palpatine, a powerful, shadowy politician. Their deepening friendship proves dangerous for the Jedi Order, the galaxy, and Skywalker himself.

The film was released in theatres on May 19, 2005 and received generally positive reviews from critics, especially in contrast to the previous two prequels. It broke several box office records during its opening week and went on to earn over $848 million worldwide,[1] making it the second highest grossing film in the Star Wars franchise (not adjusting for inflation). It was the highest grossing film of 2005 in the US, the second highest grossing film of 2005 worldwide behind Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.[1] It is also the only Star Wars film to be rated PG-13 by the MPAA and 12A by the BBFC.

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Plot

The Galactic Republic is on the verge of collapse as a result of the Clone Wars, which have been waged between the Republic and the Separatists for three years. General Grievous, commander of the Separatist Droid Army, kidnaps Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and attempts to escape. Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi attempt to rescue the Chancellor, who is being held captive on Grievous' flagship. There they confront Count Dooku in a lightsaber duel, which ends when Anakin kills Count Dooku in cold blood at Palpatine's urging. The Jedi free the Chancellor and attempt to escape the battle-torn flagship, but Grievous traps them inside and escapes. Anakin pilots the disintegrating flagship to safety on Coruscant. There, Anakin reunites with his wife, Padmé Amidala, who reveals that she is pregnant. Anakin begins having nightmares of Padmé dying in childbirth, which are similar to visions he had of his mother before she died. Anakin resolves to prevent these nightmares from becoming a reality.

Palpatine places Anakin on the Jedi Council as his representative. The Council, who suspect Palpatine of corruption, order Anakin to secretly monitor him, while denying the headstrong young Jedi the rank of Jedi Master. Angered by the snub and his spying duties, which he feels are treasonous, Anakin begins to lose faith in the Jedi. Anakin becomes intrigued when Palpatine mentions the power to prevent death, an ability, Palpatine claims, which can only be gained through the dark side of the Force. Obi-Wan, meanwhile, is sent to the planet Utapau where he engages and kills General Grievous. Back on Coruscant, Palpatine reveals himself to Anakin as the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, who has been controlling both sides of the war. Anakin reports Palpatine's treachery to Jedi Master Mace Windu, who engages and subdues Palpatine in a lightsaber duel. Anakin, believing Sidious is his only hope to save Padmé, intervenes and cuts off Windu's dueling arm before he can execute Palpatine, allowing the Sith Lord to kill the Jedi Master. Anakin then submits to the dark side and becomes Palpatine's new apprentice, Darth Vader.

Palpatine initiates a pre-programmed directive within all clone troopers to kill their Jedi commanders, while Vader kills all the Jedi within the Jedi Temple. Obi-Wan and Yoda survive the extermination and meet up with Senator Bail Organa, who brings them to the Jedi Temple. Meanwhile, Palpatine reorganizes the Republic into the Galactic Empire, with himself as Emperor. Vader heads to the volcanic planet of Mustafar, where he slaughters the remaining Separatist leaders. Yoda and Obi-Wan infiltrate the overrun Jedi Temple, where Obi-Wan witnesses security footage of Anakin slaughtering Jedi. Yoda tells Obi-Wan that they must kill the Sith Lords if they are to restore peace to the galaxy, although Obi-Wan is reluctant to kill his friend.

Obi-Wan meets with Padmé, who refuses to believe that her husband has turned to the dark side. She travels to Mustafar to meet up with Anakin, unaware that Obi-Wan has secretly stowed aboard her spacecraft. Once she confronts Anakin, however, she realizes that Obi-Wan was telling the truth. Anakin spots Obi-Wan aboard Padmé's ship and accuses her of betraying him, using the Force to strangle her into unconsciousness. Obi-Wan and Anakin then engage in an epic lightsaber duel across the volcanic facility and over a river of lava. Finally, Obi-Wan gains an advantage and severs Anakin's limbs in midair. Anakin slides down a bank of volcanic ash and bursts into flames, while Obi-Wan picks up Anakin's lightsaber and reluctantly leaves him to die. Obi-Wan escorts the injured Padmé to the asteroid Polis Massa where he regroups with Senator Organa and Yoda, the latter of whom has gone into self-imposed exile after dueling Darth Sidious to a stalemate. Meanwhile, Sidious finds his maimed apprentice and takes him back to Coruscant to revive him.

Padmé gives birth to twins, a boy named Luke and a girl named Leia. Padmé insists to Obi-Wan that there is still good in Anakin, and then dies of a broken heart, having lost the will to live. Meanwhile, Sidious has Darth Vader rebuilt in black cybernetic body armor to keep him alive. When Vader asks Sidious for Padmé, he is told that he had killed her in his anger. This revelation shatters what remains of Anakin's spirit, and he screams in torment. He is last seen at Palpatine's side, overseeing the construction of the first Death Star. Since Anakin's children are the last hope for the galaxy, Obi-Wan, Yoda and Organa agree that they should be separated and hidden. Organa takes Leia to Alderaan to raise her with his wife, while Obi-Wan takes Luke to Tatooine to be raised by his aunt and uncle.

Cast

  • Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi: Obi-Wan is a General for the Galactic Republic and is a Jedi Master who sits on the Jedi Council. He often travels and performs missions with his best friend and former Padawan, Anakin.
  • Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader: Anakin has been recently promoted as the youngest ever Jedi Knight to join the council, but was denied the title of 'Master'. However, upon learning of his wife's pregnancy, he begins to have recurring visions of her dying in childbirth. Because similar visions accurately foretold the death of his mother, he swears to himself and his wife to do whatever it takes to save her. While many assume that James Earl Jones is the uncredited, briefly heard voice of Darth Vader at the film's conclusion, Jones, when specifically asked if he had supplied the voice, either newly or from a previous recording, told Newsday, "You'd have to ask Lucas about that. I don't know".[2] However, the commentary on the DVD release states that, while the voice will always be uncredited, any true Star Wars fan "should know the answer".[3]
  • Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala: Padmé is Anakin's wife-in-secret; she has recently become pregnant with twins. As Senator of Naboo, she has taken a cautious look at the growing amount of power that is being given to the Supreme Chancellor and her husband's increasingly dark behavior.
  • Ian McDiarmid as Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious: As the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic, Palpatine enacted the start of the Clone Wars against the Separatists. As a result, the Senate has voted him vast emergency powers, effectively turning him into a dictator. The Jedi Council supported this at first, but later began to distrust him. The feeling is mutual for Palpatine, who only confides in Anakin Skywalker, in addition to being an unofficial mentor. In reality, Palpatine is the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious, who finally steps from the shadows to exact the revenge of the Sith using the powers he has accumulated as the Supreme Chancellor to destroy the Jedi Order and the Republic it serves and lure Anakin to his side.
  • Frank Oz voices Yoda: The wise old leader of the Jedi Council. He is a friend and mentor to many Jedi. He plays a major role in the Battle of Kashyyyk.
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu: Windu is a Jedi Master who sits on the Jedi Council and is also a Jedi General in the Clone Wars.
  • Matthew Wood voices General Grievous: Grievous is a fearsome, bad-tempered cyborg and General of the Separatists' droid army. He is the individual responsible for kidnapping Chancellor Palpatine at the beginning, and he has skill in lightsaber combat.
  • Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa: Bail Organa is a Senator in the Galactic Republic and friend to the Jedi, who grows concerned at the growing power of the Chancellor.
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO: C-3PO is Padmé Amidala's personal protocol droid created by Anakin Skywalker.
  • Kenny Baker as R2-D2: R2-D2 is Anakin Skywalker's astro-droid and good friend and C-3PO's counterpart.
  • Silas Carson as Nute Gunray and Ki-Adi-Mundi: Gunray is the Viceroy of the Trade Federation, who is at odds with Grievous and dares to question his leadership. Ki-Adi-Mundi is an old Jedi Master who sits at the Jedi Council and General in the Clone Wars.
  • Temuera Morrison as Commander Cody and Clone troopers: Cody and the clone troopers are part of the army for the Republic. As seen in Attack of the Clones, they are the clones of the bounty hunter Jango Fett.
  • Christopher Lee as Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus: He is a Sith apprentice to Darth Sidious, Leader of the Separatists, and Grievous' superior, and together they kidnap Palpatine.
  • Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca: Chewbacca is a Wookiee who is friends with Yoda, and fights alongside him in the Battle of Kashyyyk.

It was announced in 2004 that Gary Oldman had been approached to provide the voice of General Grievous,[4] however, complications arose during contract negotiations after Oldman learned the film was to be made outside of the Screen Actors Guild, of which he is a member. He backed out of the role rather than violate the union's rules.[5] Matthew Wood, who ultimately voiced Grievous, disputed this story at Celebration III, held in Indianapolis. According to him, Oldman is a friend of Rick McCallum, producer of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and recorded an audition as a favor to him, that was never chosen.[6] Wood, who was also the supervising sound editor, was in charge of the auditions and submitted his audition anonymously in the midst of 30 others, under the initials "A.S." for Alan Smithee.[7] Days later he received a phone call asking for the full name to the initials "A.S."[8] An internet hoax said John Rhys Davies was considered for the role.[9]

Cameo appearances

Lucas makes an appearance at the Coruscant Opera House as a blue faced being named Baron Papanoida who can be seen outside Palpatine's box. It marks Lucas' only appearance in any of the Star Wars films. His three children also appear in cameos: his son, Jett, as a young Jedi-in-training called Zett Jukassa who is killed defending the Jedi Temple against clone troopers; his daughter, Amanda, as a character called Terr Taneel, seen in the security hologram; and daughter Katie as a blue-skinned alien named Chi Eekway, visible when Palpatine arrives at the Senate after being saved by the Jedi, and talking to Baron Papanoida at the Opera House. When Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Palpatine arrive via shuttle to the Senate docks after crash landing on Coruscant, the Millennium Falcon can be seen landing on one of the lower platforms as the shuttle approaches.[10] And while not a direct cameo, it was confirmed in the Revenge of the Sith online text commentary that a growl of Tarfull's in the scene of Yoda's departure from Kashyyyk is actually Itchy's growl from The Star Wars Holiday Special.[11]

New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes appeared as the Queen of Naboo; Queen Apailana. She is seen during the funeral scene.

Much of the crew also make cameos in the film. Nick Gillard, the stunt coordinator, plays a Jedi named Cin Drallig (his name spelled backward, without the k).[12] Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett in the original trilogy), appeared in a speaking role as Captain Colton, the pilot of the Rebel Blockade Runner Tantive IV.[13]

Production

Writing

In 1973, Lucas claimed to have written the Star Wars saga's fundamental story in the form of a basic plot outline. He would later profess that at the time of the saga's conception, he had not fully realized the details — only major plot points throughout the series.[14] He began working on Episode III even before the previous film, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, was released, offering concept artists that the film would open with a montage of seven battles on seven planets.[15] Lucas reviewed the storyline that summer and radically re-organized the plot.[16] Michael Kaminski, in The Secret History of Star Wars, surmises that Lucas found flaws with Anakin's fall to the dark side, which prompted Lucas to make massive story changes. For instance, instead of opening the film with various Clone Wars battles, Lucas decided instead to focus on Anakin, ending the film's first act with Anakin's murder of Count Dooku, an action that signals Anakin's descent to the dark side.[17]

A significant number of fans speculated online about the film's subtitle; rumored titles included Rise of the Empire, The Creeping Fear (which was also named as the film's title on the official website on April Fool's 2004), and Birth of the Empire.[18] Eventually, Revenge of the Sith also became a "guessed title" that George Lucas would later announce to be true.[19] The title is a reference to Revenge of the Jedi, the original title of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi; Lucas changed the title scant weeks before the premiere of ROTJ, declaring that Jedi do not seek revenge.[20]

Since Lucas refocused the film on Anakin, he had to sacrifice certain extraneous plot points relating to Attack of the Clones. Lucas had previously promised fans that he would explain the mystery behind the erasure of the planet Kamino from the Jedi Archives.[14] However, Lucas abandoned this plot thread in order to devote more time to Anakin's story, creating an unresolved plot hole in the process. As a compromise, Lucas permitted author James Luceno to explain the mystery of Kamino's erasure and the origins of the Clone army in his novel Labyrinth of Evil.

Lucas had originally planned to include even more ties to the original trilogy. Lucas wrote early drafts of the script in which a 10-year-old Han Solo appeared on Kashyyyk, but the role was not cast or shot. He also wrote a scene in which Palpatine reveals to Anakin that he created him from midichlorians, thus he is his "father," a clear parallel to Vader's revelation to Luke in The Empire Strikes Back, but Lucas tossed this scene as well.

After principal photography was complete in 2003, Lucas made even more massive changes in Anakin's character, sharpening Anakin's motivations for turning to the dark side. Lucas accomplished this "rewrite" through editing the principal footage and filming new scenes during pick-ups in 2004.[21] In the previous versions, Anakin had a myriad of incentives to turn to the dark side, one of which was Anakin's belief that the Jedi were evil and truly plotting to take over the Republic. However, by revising and refilming many scenes, Lucas emphasized Anakin's desire to save Padmé from death and submerged many of Anakin's other motives. Thus, in the version that made it to theatres, Anakin falls to the dark side primarily to save his beloved Padmé.

Art design

After the earliest draft of the screenplay was submitted, the art department began designing the various ways that each element could appear on screen.

For the Kashyyyk environment, the art department turned to The Star Wars Holiday Special for inspiration.[22] Over a period of months, Lucas would approve hundreds of designs that would eventually appear in the film. He would later rewrite entire scenes and action sequences to correspond to certain designs he had chosen.[21] The designs were then shipped to "pre-visualization" to create moving CGI versions known as "animatics". Ben Burtt would edit these scenes with Lucas in order to previsualize what the film would look like before the scenes were even filmed.[21] The pre-visualization footage featured a basic raw CGI environment with equally unprocessed CGI characters performing a scene (typically an action sequence). Steven Spielberg was also allowed to assist both the art and pre-visualization department's designs for several action sequences in Revenge of the Sith.[21] Later, the pre-visualization and art department designs were sent to the production department to begin "bringing the film out of the concept phase"[21] by building the various sets, props and costumes. To determine the required sets, Lucas analyzed each scene with the staff to see which moments the actors would come in most contact with the set, warranting the set to be constructed.

Filming

Although the first scene filmed was the final scene to appear in the film (shot during the filming of Attack of the Clones in 2000),[23] principal photography on the film occurred from June 30 to September 17, 2003. The film was shot entirely on sound stages at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, although practical environments were shot as background footage later to be composited into the film. These included the limestone mountains depicting Kashyyyk, which were filmed in Phuket, Thailand (they were later damaged by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami). The production company was also fortunate enough to be shooting at the same time that Mount Etna erupted in Italy. Camera crews were sent to the location to shoot several angles of the volcano that were later spliced into the background of the animatics and the final film version of the planet Mustafar.[21]

While shooting key dramatic scenes, Lucas would often use an "A camera" and "B camera," or the "V technique," a process that involves shooting with two or more cameras at the same time in order to gain several angles of the same performance.[21] Using the HD technology developed for the film, the filmmakers were able to send footage to the editors the same day it was shot, a process that would require a full 24 hours had it been shot on film.[21] Footage featuring the planet Mustafar was given to editor Roger Barton, who was on location in Sydney, Australia cutting the climactic duel. All other footage was forwarded to lead editor Ben Burtt at Skywalker Ranch in California.

Actors Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor began rehearsing their climactic lightsaber duel long before Lucas would shoot it. They trained extensively with stunt coordinator Nick Gillard to memorize and perform their duel together. Like the previous two prequel films, McGregor and Christensen performed their own lightsaber fighting scenes without the use of stunt doubles.[24] The speed at which Anakin and Obi-Wan engage in their duel is mostly the speed at which it was filmed, although there are instances where single frames were removed to increase the velocity of particular strikes. An example of this occurs as Obi-Wan strikes down on Anakin after applying an armlock in the first half of the duel.[14]

Revenge of the Sith eventually became the first Star Wars film in which Anakin Skywalker and the suited Darth Vader were played by the same actor in the same film. As Christensen recounted, it was originally intended to simply have a "tall guy" in the Darth Vader costume. But after "begging and pleading" with Lucas, the Vader costume used in the film was created specifically to fit Christensen. The new costume featured shoe lifts and a muscle suit.[25] It also required Christensen (who is 6 feet 1 inch/1.85 metres tall) to look through the mouthpiece of the helmet.[26]

Special effects

The post-production department began work during filming and continued until weeks before the film was released in 2005. Special effects were created using almost all formats, including model work, CGI and practical effects. The same department later composited all such work into the filmed scenes—both processes taking nearly two years to complete. Revenge of the Sith has 2,151 shots that use special effects, a world record.[27]

As the DVD featurette Within a Minute illustrates, the film required 910 artists and 70,441 man-hours to create 49 seconds of footage for the Mustafar duel alone.[21] Members of Hyperspace, the Official Star Wars Fan Club, received a special look into the production. Benefits included not only special articles, but they also received access to a webcam that transmitted a new image every 20 seconds during the time it was operating in Fox Studios Australia. Many times the stars, and Lucas himself, were spotted on the webcam.[28]

Deleted scenes

During the process of shaping the film for it theatrical release, Lucas and his editors dropped many scenes, and even an entire subplot, from the completed film.

Lucas excised all the scenes of a group of Senators (including Padmé) organizing an alliance to prevent the Chancellor from receiving any more emergency powers. They were discarded to achieve more focus on the story of Anakin.[14] Lucas wrote early drafts of the script in which a 10-year-old Han Solo appeared on Kashyyyk, but the role was not cast or shot. The scene where Yoda arrives on Dagobah to begin his self-imposed exile was also cut, but is featured in a deleted scene in the DVD release, although McCallum stated he hopes Lucas may add it to the release when and if he releases a six-episode DVD box set.[14]

Many scenes concerning Jedi deaths during the execution of Order 66 were cut. The deaths of Barriss Offee and Luminara Unduli were either cut from the film or not filmed in the first place. The death scene of Shaak Ti aboard the Invisible Hand (which can be viewed in the DVD deleted scenes section) is considered non-canon, as she was later confirmed to be alive and featured in The Force Unleashed multimedia campaign.

Bai Ling filmed minor scenes for the film playing a senator, but her role was cut during editing. She claimed this was because she posed for the June 2005 issue of Playboy, whose appearance on newsstands coincided with the movie's May release. Lucas denied this, stating that the cut had been made more than a year earlier, and that he had cut his own daughter's scenes as well.[29]

Lucas had previously promised to explain the mystery behind the erasure of the planet Kamino from the Jedi Archives setup in Attack of the Clones.[14] This may be viewed as a plot hole; however, Lucas did this in order to focus more on Anakin's story in the film. As a compromise, Lucas permitted author James Luceno to explain the mystery of Kamino's erasure and the origins of the Clone army in his novel Labyrinth of Evil.

Releases

Revenge of the Sith premiered at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival (out of competition) on May 15.[30] Its theatrical release in most other countries took place on May 19 — the same day and month as the release of 1999's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1977's Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and 1983's Return of the Jedi were also released on the same day and month, six years apart). The global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas claimed one week before the premiere that it may have cost the US economy approximately US$627 million in lost productivity because of employees who took a day off or reported in sick.[31] Grauman's Chinese Theatre, a traditional venue for the Star Wars films, did not show it. However, a line of people stood there for more than a month hoping to convince someone to change this.[32] Most of them took advantage of an offer to see the film at a nearby cinema, ArcLight Cinemas (formerly the "Cinerama Dome").[33] On May 16, the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square hosted a day-long Star Wars marathon showing of all six movies: an army of Imperial stormtroopers "guarded" the area, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gave a free concert of Star Wars music.[34]

Leaked workprint

A copy of the movie leaked into peer-to-peer file sharing networks just hours after opening in theaters. The movie was a time-stamped workprint, suggesting it may have come from within the industry rather than from someone who videotaped an advance screening.[35] Eight people were later charged with copyright infringement and distributing material illegally. Documents filed by the Los Angeles District Attorney allege that a copy of the film was taken from an unnamed Californian post-production office by an employee, who later pleaded guilty to his charges.[36] The illegal copy was passed among seven people until reaching an eighth party, who also pleaded guilty to uploading to an un-named P2P network.[37]

Shortly after the above-mentioned print was leaked, it was released in Shanghai as a bootleg DVD with Chinese subtitles. The unknown producer of this DVD, for unexplained reasons, also elected to include English subtitles, which were in fact translated back into English from the Chinese translation, rather than using the original English script. This translation was particularly inept, translating many characters literally and losing the meaning of words, leading to unintentional humor; the title of the movie, for example, was given as Star War — The third gathers — Backstroke of the West. One error in translation that recurs several times in the film is that the phrase "it seems" (好象) was rendered as "good elephant". The mis-translation also caused the vulgar word "fuck" (a mis-translation of "work") to appear three times in the subtitles, and rendered Darth Vader's cry of "Noooooooo" (不要) as "Do not want."[38] This last translation error would later be popularized as an internet meme.[39]

Rating

Revenge of the Sith is the only Star Wars film to receive a PG-13 (12A in the UK) rating from the MPAA, officially for "sci-fi violence and some intense images," namely for the scene in which Darth Vader is set aflame. Some critics, including Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, later responded that the film could be handled by children as long as they had parental guidance, hence a "PG rating".[40] At the same time, Lucas had stated months before the MPAA's decision that he felt the film should receive a PG-13 rating, because of Anakin's final moments and the content of the film being the darkest and most emotional of all six films.[41] All previously released films in the series were rated PG. The PG-13 rating had not existed when the films in the original trilogy were released; however, the films in the original trilogy were later re-submitted to the MPAA due to changes in the re-released versions and once again received PG ratings. When Revenge of the Sith was released in Canada, it was given a PG rating in most provinces, excluding Quebec, where it was rated G. In Great Britain it received a "12A" rating (equivalent to the American "PG-13" rating). In Australia the film was rated M for mature audiences (similar to PG13).

DVD and VHS release

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released on DVD on November 1, 2005 in the United States and Canada, on October 31, 2005 in the United Kingdom and on November 3, 2005 in Australia. It was also released in most major territories on or near the same day.[42] The DVD was a two-disc set, with picture and sound mastered from the original digital source material. Unlike any other films directed by Lucas, Revenge of the Sith was released on DVD without any noticeable alterations from the film's original theatrical cut. The only alteration made was the change of a scene transition near the end, which involved the change from a wipe to a straight cut.

The Story of Star Wars alongside the Revenge of the Sith DVD

The DVD included a number of documentaries including a new full-length documentary as well as two featurettes, one which explores the prophecy of Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One, the other looking at the movie's stunts and a 15 part collection of web-documentaries from the official Web site. Like the other DVD releases, included is an audio commentary track featuring Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, animation director Rob Coleman, and ILM visual effects supervisors John Knoll and Roger Guyett. Six deleted scenes were included with introductions from Lucas and McCallum. An Xbox game demo for Star Wars: Battlefront II along with a trailer for the Star Wars: Empire at War PC game was featured on the second disc.

Also, a special two-pack exclusive, that was only sold at Wal-Mart stores, included another bonus DVD, The Story of Star Wars.

This release is notable because, due to marketing issues, it was the first Star Wars film never to be released on VHS in the United States.[43] However, the film was released on VHS in Australia, the United Kingdom and other countries in the world.[44]

The DVD was re-released in a prequel trilogy box set on November 4, 2008.[45]

Reception

Critical reception

Critical reaction towards Revenge of the Sith was generally positive. Film review site Rotten Tomatoes calculated an approval rating of 80% based on 250 reviews, making it the highest rated out of the prequel trilogy and the third highest-rated film of the entire Star Wars saga: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Return of the Jedi are rated 63%, 66%, and 75% respectively, while A New Hope and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back are rated 93% and 97% respectively.[46] The film received a 7.9/10 average rating on the Internet Movie Database out of 145,640 votes (as of August 2008). Some critics considered it the best of the prequels,[46] while other reviewers judged it to be the best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back. A. O. Scott of The New York Times concluded that it was "the best of the four episodes Mr. Lucas has directed," and equal to The Empire Strikes Back as "the richest and most challenging movie in the cycle". In a 2007 summary of the 100 Best Science-Fiction Films on Rotten Tomatoes, Revenge of the Sith was placed 51 out of 100, making it the only prequel film in the Star Wars series to earn a ranking.

Much of the criticism for the film was directed towards the dialogue, particularly the film's romantic scenes. Critics and fans alike were quick to jump on such lines as "Hold me, Ani. Hold me, like you did by the lake on Naboo...where there was nothing but our love..."[46] Critics have claimed this demonstrated Lucas' weakness as a writer of dialogue, a subject with which Lucas openly agreed when receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.[47]

Though many critics and fans saw it as one of the best of the series, or at least, the strongest of the three prequels, some saw it as more or less on par with The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.[46]

Some American neoconservatives criticized the film, claiming it has a liberal bias and is a commentary on the George W. Bush administration and the Iraq War. Some websites went so far as to propose a boycott of the film. Lucas defended the film, stating that the film's storyline was written during the Vietnam War and was influenced by that conflict rather than the war in Iraq. Lucas did note, however, that "The parallels between Vietnam and what we're doing in Iraq now are unbelievable".[48]

Box office performance

Revenge of the Sith was released in 115 countries. Worldwide gross for the film eventually reached nearly $850 million — ranking the film second worldwide in 2005, behind Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.[1] The film earned an estimated $16.5 million from 2,900 midnight screenings in North America upon its release. In total, it earned a record $50 million on its opening day.[49] It was surpassed the following year by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest which earned $55.5 million on its opening day.[50]

With only the May 19 earnings, the film broke four box office records: midnight screenings gross (previously held by The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, $8 million), opening day gross (Spider-Man 2, with $40.4 million), single day gross (Shrek 2 with $44.8 million) and Thursday gross (The Matrix Reloaded with $37.5 million).[49] Its single day gross record and opening day gross record were later surpassed by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest on July 7, 2006, when that movie grossed $55.5 million on its opening day,[50] and midnight screening gross was broken by The Dark Knight on July 18, 2008 with $18.5 million.[51] It still retains its record for Thursday gross, however.

According to box office analysis sites, Revenge of the Sith set American records for highest gross in a given number of days for each of its first 12 days of release except for the seventh and eighth, where the record is narrowly held by Spider-Man 2. On its fifth day it became the highest grossing movie of 2005, surpassing Hitch ($177.6 million). The film earned $158.5 million in its first four-day period, surpassing the previous four-day record held by The Matrix Reloaded ($134.3 million), and joining Spider-Man, The Matrix Reloaded and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as the only movies to make $100 million in three days. In eight days, it reached the $200 million mark (record tied with Spider-Man 2) and by its 17th day, Sith had passed $300 million (surpassing the record of 18 days of Shrek 2). It was eventually the third fastest film (after Shrek 2 and Spider-Man) to reach $350 million.[1]

The film ended its run in American theaters on October 20, 2005,[1] finishing with a total gross of $380,270,577. It ranks 10th in all-time domestic grosses and is the highest-grossing movie of 2005 in the U.S., outgrossing second-place The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by nearly $90 million.[1]

Awards and nominations

Despite being the best reviewed and received film in the prequel trilogy, Revenge of the Sith received fewer award nominations than the previous films. It became the only Star Wars film not to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects; however, it was nominated for Best Makeup (Dave Elsey and Nikki Gooley), losing to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.[52] It also won "Best Picture" awards at the People's Choice Awards (Dramatic Picture),[53] Saturn Awards (Sci-Fi Film),[54] Empire Awards (Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film),[55] and the Teen Choice Awards (Action/Adventure Movie).[56]

The film did, however, receive the fewest pre-planned Golden Raspberry Awards nominations: only one, for Christensen as Worst Supporting Actor,[57] which he won.[58] (The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones received seven nominations each, with one and two wins, respectively.) It is the only Star Wars prequel not to receive a Razzie nomination for "Worst Picture". Christensen did, however, win the "Best Villain" award at the MTV Movie Awards.[59]

Cinematic and literary allusions

Throughout Revenge of the Sith Lucas refers to a wide range of films and other sources drawing on political, military and mythological motifs to enhance the impact of his story. Perhaps the most media coverage was given to a particular exchange between Anakin and Obi-Wan, which led to the aforementioned controversy: "If you're not with me, then you're my enemy," Anakin declares. Despite Lucas' insistence to the contrary, The Seattle Times concluded, "Without naming [President George W.] Bush or the Patriot Act, it's all unmistakable no matter what your own politics may be."[60]

McDiarmid, Lucas, and others have also called Anakin's journey to the dark side Faustian in the sense of making a "pact with the devil" for short-term gain. Midway in the film, Lucas intercuts between Anakin and Padmé by themselves, thinking about one another in the Jedi Temple and their apartment, respectively, during sunset. The sequence is without dialog and complemented by a moody, synthesized soundtrack. Lucas' coverage of the exterior cityscapes, skylines and interior isolation in the so-called "Ruminations" sequence is similar to the cinematography and mise-en-scene of Rosemary's Baby, a film in which a husband makes a literal pact with the devil.[61]

Soundtrack

The soundtrack to the film was released by Sony Classical on May 3, 2005, more than two weeks before the release of the film. The music was composed and conducted by John Williams (who composed and conducted the score for the other five films in the Star Wars saga), and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and London Voices.[62] A music video titled A Hero Falls was created for the film's theme, "Battle of the Heroes," featuring footage from the film and was also available on the DVD.[63]

The soundtrack also came with a collectors' DVD, Star Wars: A Musical Journey, at no additional cost. The DVD, hosted by McDiarmid, features 16 music videos set to remastered selections of music from all six film scores, set chronologically through the saga.[64] This album was chosen as one of Amazon.com's Top 100 Editors' Picks of 2005 (#83).[65]

Novelization

The novelization of the film was written by Matthew Stover. It includes much more dialogue than the film, including a conversation between Count Dooku and Darth Sidious, where the reader learns Palpatine lied to Dooku about what the Empire would truly be; and a conversation between Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi where Kenobi expresses self-doubt about whether he is the right Jedi to battle General Grievous, only to be told by Windu that while many consider him (Windu) to be a master-swordsman due to his creation of the Vaapad fighting style, he considers Kenobi the superior swordsman in that he took an existing style (Ataru) and mastered it, while also becoming proficient in the Soresu style. The novel includes many minor details. For example, during the Battle of Coruscant, Anakin's callsign is Red 5, a reference to Luke's callsign in the climactic battle of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and one of the Republic capital ships is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Lorth Needa, who becomes Captain Needa in The Empire Strikes Back. There are also references to the Star Wars: Republic comic book series, such as the Battle of Jabiim (Volume 3). In addition to this, the siege of the Jedi Temple is much more violent and far more graphically explained than the cinematic version.[66]

Some unseen or unheard-of elements to the Revenge of the Sith story were fleshed out in the course of the novel. Such examples include more discussions between Anakin and Palpatine, in which Palpatine explicitly says that Darth Plagueis was his master; in the film, it is merely hinted at. Not only is Saesee Tiin revealed to be a telepath, but his horn, lost in the Clone Wars, is revealed to have grown back. These are a few examples of many descriptions of characters' feelings and inner narrative. There are even some humorous lines added in, including extra dialogue in the battle between Grievous and Obi Wan — Grievous says that he was trained by Count Dooku, and Obi-Wan replies, "What a coincidence; I trained the man who killed him".[66]

Video game

A video game, based on the film, was released on May 5, 2005, two weeks before the film. The game followed the movie's storyline, for the most part, integrating scenes from the movie. However, many sections of the game featured cut scenes from the movie, or entirely new scenes for the game.[67] The style of the game was mostly lightsaber combat and fighting as Obi-Wan or Anakin.[18] It also has a form of multiplayer mode, which includes both "VS" and "Cooperative" mode.[18] In the first mode, two players fight with characters of their choice against each other in a lightsaber duel to the death. In the latter mode, two players team up to combat increasingly difficult waves of enemies.[18]

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References

  • Kaminski, Michael (2008). The Secret History of Star Wars. Kingston, Ontario: Legacy Books Press. ISBN 978-0-9784652-3-0.  
  • Rinzler, Jonathan W (2005). The Making of Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith. New York City: Del Ray. ISBN 0345431391.  

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
2005
Succeeded by
Children of Men


Quotes

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 space opera film. It is the final film of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. The film is set three years after the start of the Clone Wars; the noble Jedi Knights are spread across the galaxy leading a massive clone army against the Separatists. After Chancellor Palpatine is kidnapped by the evil General Grievous, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his former Padawan Anakin Skywalker are dispatched to rescue him. Meanwhile, Anakin's friendship with the Chancellor arouses suspicion in the Jedi Order and proves dangerous to the Jedi Knight himself. When the evil Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, unveils a plot to to take over the galaxy, the fate of Anakin, the Jedi Order, and the entire galaxy is at stake.

Written and directed by George Lucas.
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Contents

Opening crawl

War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count Dooku. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere.

In a stunning move, the fiendish droid leader, General Grievous, has swept into the Republic capital and kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine, leader of the Galactic Senate.

As the Separatist Droid Army attempts to flee the besieged capital with their valuable hostage, two Jedi Knights lead a desperate mission to rescue the captive Chancellor...

Dialogue

[Obi-Wan and Anakin try to rescue Chancellor Palpatine at the Separatist flagship]
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Chancellor.
Anakin Skywalker: Are you alright?
Palpatine: Count Dooku.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: This time, we will do it together.
Anakin Skywalker: I was about to say that.
Chancellor Palpatine: Get help. You're no match for him, he's a Sith Lord.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: [turns and smiles] Chancellor Palpatine, Sith Lords are our speciality.
Count Dooku: Your swords, please. We don't want to make a mess of things in front of the Chancellor.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: You won't get away this time, Dooku.
Count Dooku: I've been looking forward to this.
Anakin Skywalker: My powers have doubled since the last time we met, Count.
Count Dooku: Good. Twice the pride, double the fall.

Anakin: [After reassuring Padmé that the rumors surrounding him during his absence were false] Are you all right? You're trembling.
Padmé: Something wonderful has happened. Ani... I'm pregnant.
Anakin: [Pauses out of shock] ...That's... Well, that's won- that's wonderful.

General Grievous: Yes, Lord Sidious?
Darth Sidious: General Grievous, I suggest you move the Separatist leaders to Mustafar.
General Grievous: It will be done, my lord.
Darth Sidious: The end of the war is near, General.
General Grievous: But, the loss of Count Dooku...
Darth Sidious: His death was a necessary loss. Soon, I will have a new apprentice. One far younger, and more powerful.

Anakin Skywalker: The Jedi are selfless. They only care about others.
Chancellor Palpatine: The fear of losing power is a weakness of both the Jedi and the Sith. Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?
Anakin Skywalker: No.
Chancellor Palpatine: I thought not. It's not a story the Jedi would tell you. It's a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise, that he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create... life. He had such a knowledge of the Dark Side that he could even keep the ones he cared about... from dying.
Anakin Skywalker: He could actually... save people from death?
Chancellor Palpatine: The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.
Anakin Skywalker: What happened to him?
Chancellor Palpatine: He became so powerful, the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power... which, eventually of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew. And then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. Plagueis never saw it coming. Ironic. He could save others from death... but not himself.
Anakin Skywalker: Is it possible to learn this power?
Chancellor Palpatine: Not from a Jedi.

[Anakin tries to stop Mace Windu from hurting the Chancellor, but accidentally severs Windu's hand. Palpatine drops his act and again strikes Windu with force-lightning]
Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious: [Triumphantly] POWER! UNLIMITED... POWER!
[Windu is sent flying through the window to his death]
Anakin Skywalker: [Horrified] What have I done...?!
Darth Sidious: You're fulfilling your destiny, Anakin. Become my apprentice. Learn to use the Dark Side of the Force.
Anakin Skywalker: [Seeing no other option, and apparently out of breath as he speaks] ... I will do whatever you ask.
Darth Sidious: Good!
Anakin Skywalker: Just help me save Padmé's life. I can't live without her.
Darth Sidious: To cheat death is the power only one has achieved, but if we work together...I know we can discover the secret.
Anakin Skywalker: I pledge myself...to your teachings..to the ways of the Sith.
Darth Sidious: Good. Good. ... The Force is strong with you! A powerful Sith, you will become! Anakin Skywalker, you are one with the Order of the Sith Lords. Henceforth, you shall be known as Darth... Vader.
Darth Vader: Thank you, my master.
Darth Sidious: Rise, Lord Vader....

Palpatine: The war is over. The Separatists have been eliminated. And the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning.
Bail Organa: What's happening?
Padmé: The Chancellor has been elaborating on a plot by the Jedi to overthrow the Senate.
Palpatine: The remaining Jedi will be hunted down and defeated! Any collaborators will suffer the same fate! These have been trying times, but we have passed the test. The attempt on my life has left me scarred and deformed. But, I assure you, my resolve has never been stronger! In order to ensure our security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the First Galactic Empire...for a safe and secure society!
Padmé: So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause.

[After the massacre at the Jedi temple]
Obi-Wan Kenobi: I've recalibrated the code, warning all surviving Jedi to stay away.
Master Yoda: For the clones, to discover the recalibration, a long time, it will take.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Wait, Master. There is something I must know. [inspects a security hologram]
Master Yoda:If into the security recordings, you go, only pain, will you find.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: I must know the truth, Master.
[The hologram shows Anakin/Vader killing children, and pledging his allegiance to Palpatine]
Obi-Wan Kenobi: [Horrified] It can't be. It can't be!
Palpatine: [On hologram] You have done well, my new apprentice. Now, Lord Vader, go and bring peace to the Empire.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: [Horrified] I can't watch anymore! [Obi-Wan deactivates the hologram]
Master Yoda: Destroy the Sith, we must.

[Vader tries to explain his actions to Padme, who's been told by Obi-Wan about the real instigator of the war]
Darth Vader: Don't you see? We don't have to run away anymore. I have brought peace to the Republic. I am more powerful than the Chancellor. I can overthrow him. And together you and I can rule the galaxy! Make things the way we want them to be!
Padmé Amidala: [steps away] I don't believe what I'm hearing. Obi-Wan was right. You've changed.
Darth Vader: I don't want to hear any more about Obi-Wan. The Jedi turned against me. Don't you turn against me!

[Yoda aproaches the Emperor and he knocked out two Red Guards unconscious with the force]

Master Yoda: I hear a new apprentice you have, Emperor... or should I call you Darth Sidious?
Emperor Palpatine: Master Yoda... you survived.
Master Yoda: Surprised?
Emperor Palpatine: Your arrogance blinds you, Master Yoda. Now you will experience.... the full power of the dark side!
[He strikes Yoda to the floor with Force Lightning]
Emperor Palpatine: I have waited a long time for this moment, my little green friend. At last, the Jedi are no more.
Yoda: Not if anything to say about it I have!
[Yoda Force-flings Palpatine across the room and across his desk]
Yoda: At an end, your rule is. And not short enough, it was!
[Palpatine leaps towards a door in panic, but Yoda leaps in and blocks his way]
Yoda: If so powerful you are... why leave? [Ignites his lightsaber]
Emperor Palpatine: You will not stop me! Darth Vader will become more powerful than either of us! [Ignites his lightsaber]
Yoda: Faith in your new apprentice, misplaced may be. As is your faith in the dark side of the Force.

[Obi-Wan Kenobi has cut off Vader's legs and part of his remaining good arm on one of Mustafar's higher grounds. Vader is struggling near the lava river]
Obi-Wan Kenobi: You were the Chosen One! You were supposed to destroy the Sith, not join them...Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness! [He picks up Anakin Skywalker's light saber]
Darth Vader: I HATE YOU!
Obi-Wan Kenobi: You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you!
[Vader, now too close to the lava river, catches on fire. Obi-Wan leaves]

[Darth Vader is now a cyborg with prosthetic legs and arms, fully clothed in black armor with respirator mask. The operating table he is on has risen to vertical position]
Emperor Palpatine: Lord Vader, can you hear me?
Darth Vader: [In mechanical voice] Yes, Master. Where is Padmé? Is she safe? Is she alright?
Emperor Palpatine: It seems, in your anger, you killed her.
Darth Vader: I... I couldn't have. She was alive! I felt it!
[In his anguish, Vader damages several surrounding objects and droids through the Force. He then breaks the clamps that have been holding him down and takes a few steps forward. Palpatine watches, grinning cruelly.]
Darth Vader: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Taglines

  • The Saga Is Now Complete.
  • Every Story Has A Hero, Every Hero Has A Destiny, Every Saga Has An End.

Cast

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