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STAR WARS: EPISODE III
REVENGE OF THE SITH
USA & UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits, Frank Oz, Anthony Daniels, Christopher Lee, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Silas Carson, Jay Laga'aia, Bruce Spence, Wayne Pygram, Temuera Morrison, David Bowers, Oliver Ford Davies, Ahmed Best, Rohan Nichol, Jeremy Bulloch, Amanda Lucas, Kenny Baker, Matt Sloan, Peter Mayhew, Rebecca Jackson Mendoza, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Maree Piesse, Jett Lucas, Tux Akindoyeni, Matt Rowan, Kenji Oates, Amy Allen, Bodie 'Tihoi' Taylor, Graeme Blundell, Trisha Noble, Claudia Karven, Keira Wingate, Hayley Mooy, Sandy Finlay, Katie Lucas, Genevieve O'Reilly, Warren Oates, Kee Chan, Rena Owen, Christopher Kirby, Matthew Wood, Kristy Wright, Coinneach Alexander, Mousy McCallum, Michael Kingma, Axel Dench, Steven Foy, Julian Khazzouh, James Rowland, David Stiff, Robert Cope
Director: George Lucas
USA & UK: 140 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi violence and some intense images
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate fantasy violence and scary scenes
USA Release Date: 19 May 2005
UK Release Date: 19 May 2005
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....
Sometime during STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker will make a fateful decision. Faced with a choice between losing the one he loves or giving up his soul to gain the power to save her, Anakin will fall prey to the seductive temptations of the dark side of the Force.
Just what Anakin's decision is, why he makes it and how it leads him to don a frightening suit of black armor have been the stuff of STAR WARS legend. After nearly 30 years of waiting and speculating, moviegoers will learn the truth when REVENGE OF THE SITH opens in theaters around the world.
They will discover for themselves exactly how and why heroic Anakin Skywalker - prophesied to be the Chosen One, the single individual who would bring balance to the Force and ensure peace throughout the galaxy - becomes the dreaded Darth Vader, right hand to the Emperor.
They will learn how Anakin's mentors, the swashbuckling Obi-Wan Kenobi and the diminutive Jedi Master Yoda, managed to survive the fabled destruction of the Jedi Order only to live the rest of their days hiding on distant, hostile planets.
They will learn what turned seemingly benevolent and thoughtful Chancellor Palpatine into the dictatorial leader of the feared Galactic Empire.
They will learn how Anakin's children, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, came to be born, then separated ... destined to lead the legendary Rebellion against the Empire.
"The pieces will fall together, the connections will be made," promises writer-director George Lucas, who completes the saga he began in 1977 with STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE. "Finally, the last chapter will be told."
As REVENGE OF THE SITH opens, the final catastrophic battles of the Clone Wars are taking place galaxy wide - including one in the skies above the city-planet Coruscant, seat of the crumbling Republic and also home to the Jedi Knights. Chancellor Palpatine has been taken hostage by the nefarious General Grievous, leader of the droid army - the mechanized battle troops of the Separatist Alliance.
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) take on a desperate rescue effort, facing long odds to free Palpatine and destroy Grievous. It's a daring mission, but only the start of the fiercely pitched battles and Jedi action that fill EPISODE III, the most action-filled of all of the STAR WARS movies.
The opening battle sets in motion a series of events that lead up to the moment of truth for Anakin - whose secret always threatens to catch up with him: He is leading a dual life as a Jedi Knight while covertly married to the beautiful Senator Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman). Preying on Anakin's fears of losing Padme, Palpatine reveals to Anakin another side of the Force, one that is forbidden to him, but one that promises to teach him powers he never imagined possible.
Obi-Wan recognizes Anakin's inner conflict, and ultimately must face off against his once-promising Padawan learner in a lightsaber battle on the volcanic planet of Musta.