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The clone wars is near an end, Obi-wan and Anakin have been called to Coruscant which has been invaded by General Grievous and has abducted the Chancellor. As General Grievous tries to escape, Obi-wan and Anakin attempt to board Grievous' ship to rescue the Chancellor. If they fail then it could mean an end to the republic... Written by yatessixecho

Errors and ExplanationsEdit

Internet Movie DatabaseEdit

Audio/visual unsynchronized

  • When Anakin and Obi-Wan confront Dooku, Anakin's light saber makes no sound as it ignites. This could be an experimental stealth feature.
  • When Obi-Wan and Anakin are having their exchange of words following the landing at the Senate building, there is a strange echo when they speak to one another. Neither one is indoors, and there's nothing nearby to create an echo since they are using regular speaking voices. Possibly an unusual symptom of shock.
  • As Darth Vader leads the 501st Legion up the steps of the Jedi Temple you can hear their steps, marching in perfect unison, yet you can see that their steps not only do not match the audio, but they are not in sync with each other either. As stated in Movie Mistakes corrections below, the marching is from the musical score for the scene, and is not intended to match the movements of the troopers.

Continuity

  • Dooku tries to choke Obi-Wan and sends him flying across the room with his left hand while holding his lightsaber in his right hand. In the shot where Dooku uses the Force to crush Obi-Wan with the large metal platform, he uses his right hand, which should be holding the lightsaber. The lightsaber is then in his right hand again when Anakin kicks him off the balcony. He could have switched hands to improve control over the platform, before returning the lightsaber to his right hand.
  • When the Emperor is pushed back by the force lighting collected by Yoda, he barely holds onto the smooth senate pod to keep from falling. In the next shot (after Yoda has fallen), he's holding onto a metal bar that wasn't there before. The bar automatically extends as a safety feature.
  • When Yoda uses the force to send Darth Sidious flying across the room, Sidious lands in his desk chair which knocks over backwards. In the next shot where the desk is visible, the chair is standing back up again. Probably righted with the Force.
  • The Bridge crew of the Invisible Hand evacuate the area twice. They start to leave after the Guard Droids are defeated, as evidence by all the empty crew stations when Grievous is making his exit through the window. Then after the windows explode and Grievous is blown out into space and the shutters close, we see another interior shot with the crew again running out of the bridge after it decompressed. They could have moved to stations out of shot.
  • After Mace Windu disarms Palpatine, Mace advances on Palpatine with his blade held out, while Palpatine backs into the corner of the window in his office. In the next shot, when Anakin enters the office, Mace is shown advancing on Palpatine again. Windu is merely stepping up to Palpatine.
  • In the opening scene, a buzz droid punctures a coolant line in the port wing, fogging Obi Wan's cockpit. In the immediate subsequent shots, the fogging is gone. Obi Wan could have used the force to quickly clear the cockpit.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers)

  • SPOILER: Padme dies in childbirth. However, in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), after Luke and Leia realize they are siblings, Leia claims to remember her mother - in Return of the Jedi, Luke clearly asks Leia about her "mother, your real mother" - indicating she was not in fact talking about her adoptive mother. (IMDB) It is possible, however, that Leia did not know she had been adopted.
  • Anakin angrily states to Obi-Wan that there has never been a Jedi who is not a Master on the Jedi Council, but Ki-Adi Mundi, who has been on the Council for years, was only a Knight when appointed. (IMDB) Although this is never explicitly stated in the movie, it is written in all officially licensed books regarding the movies.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs

  • The button Padme pushes to start her ship near the end of the film is the same "magic" button that has two functions in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002). (IMDB) It's shot in exactly the same way and is a deliberate joke. There is more on this in the Movie Mistakes Corrections section below.
  • Just after Order 66 is given, the zipper in one of the Wookie costumes (the one on the right hand side of the screen standing behind Yoda) has been said to be visible. (IMDB) In fact, it is merely part of the background peeking through the Wookie's legs.
  • SPOILER: When Padme's body is shown in the funeral procession, it appears she is still pregnant. This was done by the Rebellion to trick the Sith into thinking that she had no surviving children.
  • SPOILER: Later in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Obi Wan disbelieves that "there is another", with the implication is that Yoda was speaking about Leia, about whom Obi-Wan should have known. In the context of "Empire", Obi-Wan had written off Leia as a prisoner of Darth Vader, whereas Yoda believed she would escape and continue the fight.

Plot holes

  • When General Grievous is battling Obi-Wan, two of his lightsabers are clearly the Obi-Wan and Anakin models, despite the fact that Obi-Wan and Anakin recovered their lightsabers from him when they escaped the Invisible Hand. Either Grievous has copies of Anakin's and Obi Wan's lightsabers, or the two jedi are using spares.

Movie MistakesEdit

Corrections

  • During the battle between Sidious and the 4 Jedi, just after Sidious kills Tiin(the second Jedi he kills), you can see something in the bottom of the image, crossing from left to right that looks like the head of a crew man. What you are seeing is not someone's head crossing the screen from left to right, but instead the top of one of the chairs in the office. In this specific shot, the camera is rolling from the right to the left and passes behind the chair. Corrected by Tormoni Time
  • During the Mace Windu/Palpatine duel Palpatine manages to kill the 3 Jedi accompyaning Mace. Yet throughout the remainder of the duel and Palpatine and Anakin's conversation there is no trace of the three dead Jedi. Not a mistake. The rest of the fight takes place outside Palpatine's office. As soon as Kit Fisto (the Jedi with the tentacles) is killed, Palpatine backs Mace Windu into the corridor and then into a room at the other end of the corridor. Corrected by JC Fernandez
  • When Anakin and Obi-wan are fighting Dooku, Dooku pushes Obi-wan. When Obi-wan lands you can see a shadow of his lightsaber, when lightsabers don't have shadows. As has been corrected many times, it can be seen throughout the series that lightsabers cast visible shadows. A lightsaber blade is not transparent, therefore it blocks light, therefore it casts a shadow. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • In the part where Obi-wan and Anakin are killing all the droids leaving the command bridge in general Grevious ship, one droid in the center of the screen dies without being hit by either of the light sabers. You're forgetting the Force as a likely means for this droid's sad demise.
  • When Anakin starts to fly the ship in the beginning Obi Wan says "Well, under the circumstances I'd say his ability to fly this thing is irrelevant" but his lips don't move. That would be because Anakin says it, not Obi-wan. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • At the beginning, when Anakin and Kenobi rescue Palpatine, the two Jedi ride an elevator to the "top of the control spire" to find Palpatine. However, when they leave this room (when the ship is tipping or falling out of the sky), they climb into an empty lift tube and start running down it. After the ship rights itself and the 3 are hanging, an elevator begins plummeting towards them. Where did this elevator come from? They came from the top of the spire, i.e. the top floor, so how did they end up with an elevator being above them? As one can remember, the two jedi appear on top of the stairs, and when the battle ensues the soon-to-be Vader battles the current apprentice one floor bellow, hence leaving the elevator one floor above the action. Palpatine, and the two Jedi leave the room on the bottom floor (not climbing the stairs).
  • After Anakin gets his arms and legs mutilated by Kenobi, he is transported to a facility to adapt the bionic parts to him. Amidala is delivering the twins about the same time. It's obviously all for the sake of drama, but it makes absolutely no sense that a society so technologically developed as to have invented hyperspace jumping, had not invented a simple glass cover, or even an umbrella to shield Anakin from the rain while transporting him, nor painkillers or a way to sedate him through the medical procedure. Amidala is delivering the old-fashioned way, so apparently they haven't invented cesarea either. This is unacceptable, even for our universe. Sidious wants Anakin to suffer through the process - the Sith gain power through rage and hate and pain. He wants Anakin to feel everything that happens to him as he's put back together again. As for Padme's delivery, she delivers naturally, which proves nothing whatsoever about whether they've developed caesarean sections. By the time they realise that they're losing her, the babies are nearly there - to start cutting into her at that point would only increase the strain on her body, making it even more likely that she won't survive. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • When Anakin is confronted by a "youngling," the boy refers to Anakin as Master Skywalker. However, Anakin was denied the privilege of becoming a Jedi Master earlier in the movie. In this case, it's a show of respect not a formal or official title. Corrected by Phixius
  • In the scene where Zett Jukassa (the young padawan) saves Bail Organa from the clones, he kills 3 clones, but when he goes to kill the fourth, the clone flies back before the lightsabre hits him. This is better seen in slow motion. ;;What would you do if a lightsaber came toward you? You'd try to avoid it. That's what the ILM people (the troopers are cg) had the clone do. He tries to avoid it but gets cut 'cause he isn't quick enough.
  • In the opening scene where Anakin and Obi-Wan are flying to General Grievous's ship, a clone commander says, "All fighters follow me in." When he says that, his mouth doesn't move. No such line is uttered in the opening battle. The only lines uttered by clone pilots, where you actually see the clone, are: "We're on your tail, General Kenobi.", "Set S-foils in attack position.", and "They're all over me. Get them off my-". All of them have corresponding lip movement. Corrected by Andreas[DK]
  • When Beru is showing the baby (Luke) to Owen, in the shot facing them, Owen straightens almost fully up. In the beginning of the next shot, he's still crouching, but he's crouched down more than in the previous shot, best seen from the height difference between him and Beru. There could be a few seconds or less between the two shots; it doesn't take very long to bend down.
  • In the meeting between Yoda, ObiWan and Bail Organa, Yoda keeps swivelling his chair towards Bail or ObiWan but his legs aren't long enough to touch the ground and he doesn't touch any buttons to swivel it. Are you familiar with the force? Because Yoda sure is and for one as strong in the force as him, it would be a very small feat to swivel that chair and make it look completely effortless. Corrected by Andreas[DK]
  • In the scene where the Emperor declares that "the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire", his hands change position between shots twice. There is plenty of time between shots for the Emperor to move his hands.
  • This appears in all light sabre battles. Why is it that the only thing a light sabre can't go through is another light sabre? aren't light sabres just a focused beam of light? And why do light sabres reflect blaster shots? ?They are just a laser as well. This is not a mistake, but how the filmmaker (Lucas) decided that this completely fictitious weapon should work. If you really want to know, submit this as a question, or simply go to the Wikipedia entry on lightsabers for all the info you would ever need on lightsabers. Corrected by Twotall
  • After Yoda kills the two clone troopers on Kashyyyk, as the shot ends, his lightsabre is slanted to the right. In the next shot, it is pointed almost straight upwards. Yoda is not going to stand there like a statue, he will probably adjust the position of his lightsaber slightly.
  • When Padmé is lying on the "bed" at the medical centre at Polis Massa, she changes position a few times – her head moves up/down the black "pillow". I have never known anyone that could lie perfectly still while giving birth. Especially since its twins, I think this is a plausible occurrence.
  • General Grievous takes a big risk in breaking the bridge window exposing it to space knowing that his boss, Lord Sidious, was also on the bridge and could possibly be sucked out before the shield closed. Still, this is a character decision and not a plot hole. Grievous also knew that Darth Sidious would be able to take care of himself, and that the Jedi (not knowing Palpatine was Sidious) would do anything to protect the Chancellor, even sacrifice themselves, if need be. Corrected by Twotall
  • After fighting against Sidious, Yoda leaves. His lightsaber is lying close to him on the floor when he lands (the shot before his cloak drifts onto a pole) but he doesn't take it. Why on earth would he leave it? Just because we don't see him taking it, doesn't mean he left it there.
  • When Anakin, Palpatine and Obi-Wan are hanging in the elevator shaft, the elevator comes rushing towards them, forcing them to jump. How did the elevator activate? R2D2 wasn't around (he was in the heap of droids) and at the top of the shaft, after fighting Dooku, the elevator was shut down. The droids on the ship were operating the elevator.
  • In the opening shot, the Starship is the only thing floating above the entire surface of Coruscant. However, when the two Jedi starfighters fly underneath the Starship, the entire planet is covered with ships, missiles, lasers, and there is fighting everywhere. That ship is the very thing hiding the fighting, giving it that overwhelming effect.
  • In Episode II, in the fight between Anakin/Obi-Wan and Count Dooku, Anakin's arm is cut off well above the elbow. The first time we see the arm in Star Wars III, in the apartment of Anakin and Padme, the mechanical arm ends just under the elbow. You can never fully see how much of his arm was cut off in episode II, as he is wearing his baggy Jedi outfit. So he could have lost it just under the elbow.
  • When Beru is showing the baby (Luke) to Owen, in the shot facing them, Owen straightens up. In the next shot, he repeats this movement. He doesn't straighten up completely in the first shot, he is still crouching a bit. When it cuts he is still crouching, then he straightens up fully while putting his arm around Beru. So it's not the same movement. Corrected by Mortug Time
  • When the vulture droids are approaching the Jedi starfighters, Obi-Wan says, "Let them pass between us." As he stops talking, his mouth is still moving. [This isn't true. Watch closely. It appears so because he shows his teeth after saying it for some reason.
  • In the first shot of the scene where Anakin tells Mace Windu that Palpatine is a Sith lord, Kit Fisto and Agen Kolar are standing still, but in the next shot, they are suddenly walking. Time passes between shots, and judging by the distance they have covered between shots, no more than two seconds need to have passed.
  • When Padmé is talking to Anakin on Mustafar, she says, "Come away with me." In the next shot, both of her hands are touching his head, but in the previous shot, only one of her hands were touching him. With Anakin's head in the way and from that angle, it is impossible to say if she raised her second hand to touch his head or not. The next shot implies that she did, so she did, and hence, no mistake.
  • On Grievous' ship, after Anakin unlocks Palpatine's cuffs and after Palpatine says, "Now we must leave before more security droids arrive," Anakin can be seen following Palpatine while still gripping his lightsaber. In the next immediate shot, his saber is clipped to his belt. Look at Anakin's position in the shot where he's holding the saber and his position when he has it clipped on his belt. Dooku's corpse will help. Enough time for him to have clipped it between shots.
  • During the opening space battle, Anakin's and Obi Wan's microphones alternates between being in front of their mouths, their chins and their necks. And what's wrong with that? We see them being misplaced every time the ships are hit or shake or tumble or spin, they simply moved the microphones around between shots. The shots of a movie aren't supposed to be all that happens. They're supposed to be bits and pieces of what happens. Little things we don't need to see (like the heroes placing their microphones in front of their mouths) happen between shots.
  • When Aayla Secura (the female Jedi with blue skin) is killed on Felucia, in the first shot of her, she's holding a lightsabre in her right hand. In the next shot, the same sabre is clipped to her belt, and her right hand is empty. In the following shot, she's holding it again and there's no lightsabre hanging from her belt. (Even if she carries two lightsabres, it offers no explanation for this specific mistake.) She carries one lightsaber. It's just that she's holding it in her right hand as they're walking, then clips it to her belt between the first and the second shot, just after they stop in front of the droids (there are droids in the foreground if you look closely when they stop). Notice how her hand is on the saber in the second shot, like she just placed it there and is ready to draw it if something happens. Something happens in the next shot, she senses the danger in the Force, and draws it. Just before she is shot, she's holding the saber as if she just unclipped it from the position we saw it in the previous shot. Obviously some time passes between the shots.
  • In the scene where Anakin and Obi-Wan rescue the chancellor, the chair that Palpatine is sitting in and the pedestal it's standing on keeps changing position between shots, sometimes dramatically. For example, in the second shot of the scene, the chair and the pedestal are standing in the middle of the floor in front of the great window, in the next shot, they are standing on the right side of the window. It seems they are changing position because of the angle. In the first and last shot that the chair is visible, we look at it from a distance and from a straight angle. In all the other shots the camera is on the right and that is why it seems to be closer to the right side of the window.
  • In the beginning of the great space battle, Odd Ball says, "Set S-foils in attack position" but his mouth is closed. It is the clone behind him saying this; all clones voices sound alike and it is difficult to see his mouth move.
  • When the Emperor tells Commander Cody to execute order 66, it cuts to a shot of the Emperor looking at a hologram of Commander Cody. The device that Commander Cody is holding doesn't project a hologram in the hologram. Yet when Yoda is talking to the Jedi council on Kyahsak, other members, such as Ki-Adi-Mundi appear as holograms inside Yoda's hologram. Well, it is not important for Cody to see the hologram in the hologram. The recording facility at the emperors end might be focused only at the emporer or might simply not record a holo-projection. It might just be a simplier form of holo-communication for longer distances. Lots of reasons to use different forms of communication detail. Corrected by Christoph Galuschka
  • When Grievous arrives on Utapau after the battle with Obi-Wan & Anakin, he talks with the hologram of Sidious in his disfigured state, but this disfigurement is caused by his battle with the Jedi Mace Windu (as he tells an audience himself later in the film)later on in the film. So really Grievous should be talking to the healthy looking and normal speaking Palpatine. The face of Sidious is not mutated when Grievous talks to him. All we can see of Sidious' face in the hologram is his mouth and chin, which don't look much different after he is mutated compared to before he's mutated.
  • When Mace Windu is deflecting Darth Sidious' lightning bolts (force lightning), Sidious says, "Don't let him kill me" but the first three words don't match the movement of his lips. This is a result of Sidious' face mutating due to the reversal of his force lightning.
  • When Obi-Wan and Anakin escape from their bounds and tackle Grievous's bodyguards at the beginning of the film Obi-wan decapitates the last bodyguard. But it still lives and is able to fight him. Later when Obi-Wan drops the huge block on the bodyguards, before he fights Grievous, one bodyguard gets up and goes for its weapon. Obi-Wan kills this bodyguard by cutting off its head. The bodyguard was already badly damaged from being hit by the block - as such, the decapitation was enough to stop it. In the earlier instance, the guard was otherwise unscathed, so is able to continue functioning despite the loss of its head. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • When Mace Windu is talking to Yoda, Ki-Adi-Mundi and Aayla Secura via holograms in the Jedi war room, as he says, "The Jedi Council would have to take control of the Senate in order to secure a peaceful transition.", his lightsabre is visible. A short time later, when he confronts Darth Sidious, he is carrying a different sabre. (He only has one sabre.). Even if he only uses one saber at a time, there is nothing wrong with Mace Windu owning more than one saber. And since the confrontation with Palpatine happens some time later, he could have switched to one with a different design. Maybe the one he used against Palpatine had some specific functions the other did not? Corrected by Twotall Time
  • When Count Dooku drops the platform on Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan's lightsabre is nowhere to be seen, but when Anakin goes to pick him up, it is lying on the floor next to him. That is because Obi-Wan is lying on the saber. It becomes visible when Anakin moves him. Corrected by Mortug Time
  • After Anakin is accepted on the Jedi Council, Ki-Adi-Mundi says, "What about the droid attack on the Wookies?", but the words are heard before his lips start moving. It's hard to see but under his moustache you can see his lips move through the whole sentence. Corrected by Mortug Time
  • When Samuel L. Jackson says, "I don't think the boy can handle it, I don't trust him," his lips don't match his dialogue when he says, "I don't trust him." After watching the scene several times i can tell his lips match. Corrected by Mortug
  • In the scene where Anakin is holding onto the ledge in the elevator shaft, with Obi-Wan holding onto Anakin, Palpatine is holding onto Obi-Wan's ankle. When they decide to jump down, Palpatine lets go of Obi-Wan's ankle to free fall. In the very next shot, Palpatine is magically holding onto Obi-Wan's ankle again. He was able to grab on to Obi-Wan's ankle when they were falling. Corrected by Mortug
  • After Obi-Wan and Yoda arrive at the Jedi temple to find all the slain Jedi, there is shot of them standing together, a pile of 'younglings' on the floor. One small boy, his face to the camera, visibly twitches and blinks as Obi-Wan remarks that, 'even the younglings,' were killed. Every single one of the kids lies perfectly still; none of them as much as blink. Corrected by Mortug
  • When Anakin and Obi-Wan activate their lightsabers to battle Count Dooku, Anakin's saber doesn't make any sound when it activates. It does make a sound. If you can not hear it then your left channel of sound must be disabled. His lightsaber sound comes only from the left channel. Corrected by han_solo_321
  • When Windu and the other Jedi fight Chancellor Palpatine, their original intention is to arrest him. Yet later when Anakin walks in on Windu, Windu says that he has control of the Senate and the Courts and is too dangerous to be kept alive. [That's Mace Windu's decision, and he obviously changes his mind when he sees just how powerful and dangerous Palpatine is with his own eyes. If Palpatine had come willingly, or at least refrained from killing the Jedi, Windu most likely would have tried to subdue him peacefully. Corrected by Twotall
  • What the heck happened to Yoda between the trilogies? In Episode III, he was strong, wise, solemn, like Mace Windu. But when Luke meets him in Episode V, he's nearly insane. He says to Luke, "Away put your weapon, I mean you no harm." while cowering to Luke's blaster. Yoda is a Jedi Master & very strong in the Force. Why is he nothing like he was in the 1st trilogy? Yoda is faking it in "Empire." It is a test to see how Luke reacts to a small, silly, harmless creature and how long Luke's patience would last. Observe when Luke fails this test and throws down his dinner, exclaiming "I'm wasting my time," how Yoda's behaviour changes instantly to the old, wise Jedi master. Corrected by Twotall
  • In the scene when Yoda and Obi-Wan take out the clones guarding the Jedi temple watch the last clone that Yoda kills. The wound appears on the clone but Yoda's Saber didn't quite touch it. The clone trooper shoots at Yoda, and Yoda deflects the laser bolt, which hits the stormtrooper and causes the wound.
  • When Aayla Secura, the blue-skinned female Jedi, is killed, in the first shot, she's holding her lightsabre in her right hand (look closely in the lower left hand corner). In the next shot, the sabre is clipped to her belt, but in the following shot, she's holding it again. Aayla Secura carries 2 sabers.
  • When Anakin and Obi-Wan are fighting on the table in the control centre, you can see the faces of the stunt doubles in some shots. For example, in the shot before Obi-Wan kicks Anakin for the second time, the face of Hayden Christensen's stuntman is obvious. There were no stuntmen used for this duel, all the fighting was done by Hayden and Ewan. They only used digital images for the superhuman jumping, but no stuntmen.
  • When Obi Wan watches the hologram where Anakin takes a bow to the Emperor, Anakin can be seen in front of the Emperor. Later in that scene, Anakin is left to him. This is two different conversations with the Emperor. We don't see the second conversation between Anakin and the Emperor, except on the hologram. Corrected by Bobbert
  • During the Opera scene Palpatine tells Anakin about the dark ways of the force which he listens to without question. However later in the movie when they next meet Anakin asks him, "How do you know about the force?" as if he didn't know that Palpatine already knew about it. Anakin even acts as if he didn't know that Palpatine knew about the force. [In the Opera scene, Palpatine is telling Anakin a story relating to the Force that, as far as the younger man knows, he could have picked up anywhere - Anakin has no doubt heard a number of such tales in his time. In their later confrontation, it becomes clear that Palpatine knows how to USE the Force, which is something else entirely - when he questions Palpatine, Anakin is asking him where he gained this ability. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • Throughout the Mace Windu VS Palpatine fight you can see in most action shots the face of Palpatine is not Ian McDiarmid, but a stunt double. According to the "Making Of" book and the Episode III set diary at starwars.com, Ian McDiamird did all of his stunts, except for the ones that are CGI (like the jump at the beginning of the fight). Although he did *have* a stuntman, he never did anything during the fight.
  • During the fight between Anakin and Count Dooku, there's at least one shot where a lightsaber's shadow is visible on the floor. You see a shadow because they use a stick during the filming and later add the special effect. Throughout the series of films, there are numerous shots where a lightsabre blade is seen to cast a shadow. As we don't know anything about the energy used to create the blade, we cannot say that it shouldn't cast a shadow, not least at the blades aren't translucent, meaning they definitely block light in some way. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • When Obi-Wan and Yoda are watching the video of Anakin becoming Darth Vader, and killing younglings in the Jedi temple, Obi-Wan refers to Palpatine as the Emperor - but he would not have known that Palpatine had declared himself Emperor. In that video, Palpatine refers to the Republic as "The Empire." If it's an Empire, it has an Emperor. Obi Wan came to the logical conclusion that Palpatine had declared himself Emperor. Corrected by K.C. Sierra
  • When General Grevious's ship begins to de-orbit and crash, it turns its bow towards the planet's surface. The next shot of the characters inside the ship has them all tumbling towards the bow. This is wrong. Since they are accelerating towards the planet, the force they feel should pull them to the stern of the ship (much like accelerating in a car, the force pushes you back into your seat, opposite the direction of your acceleration). They should have been "falling uphill" in that shot. While this may be true for a car accelerating on the ground, it does not apply in this case. The ship is "falling out" of the sky. It is accelerating under the force of gravity. Laws of physics state that all objects fall at the same rate under gravitation (g) force regardless of weight and size. However, as the ship is being slowed down by atmospheric friction but the people inside are not, their strugle to move "upwards" is true. Corrected by XIII
  • Obi-Wan & Anakin manage to pilot what's left of General Grievous' star destroyer to a survivable landing on Coruscant. As they do, the ship is steered towards a long, straight landing strip in the city. Since when do spaceships & aircraft in the Star Wars universe need landing strips? Everything, including even the largest ships, use advanced hovering technology, and can make pinpoint vertical take offs & landings. A couple of explanations for this arise: 1. There is no guarantee that every civilization has the hovering technology, or that they are willing to use it. The landing platforms must be able to accomodate all kinds of craft, even if there appears some without hovering capability. 2. Technology is developed over time, and the landing strips might just as easily be a leftover from the days when few ships had the VTOL technology. And furthermore, not every ship has the capability to land. "The largest ships" that you mention does not have this, as they are built and operate entirely in space. It would be very impractical to attempt to land a Super Star Destroyer (seen in "Return of the Jedi") or a Nebula-B frigate (the hospital ship from "Empire Strikes Back") on a planet surface. Corrected by Twotall
  • A physics-related mistake in the scene in which Obi-Wan and Anakin attack Gen. Grevious's ship: As they approach the hangar bay in their fighters, Anakin shoots out the forcefield generator, rendering the hangar bay completely exposed to the vacuum of space. The Jedi crash-land their craft in the hangar just before the emergency doors close on them and then they instantly leap from their respective cockpits to engage the guard-droids. There is no conceivable way to replenish that huge volume of air in the few seconds elapsed between the hangar doors closing and the Jedi exiting their ships. Even if the air (and heat) could be replenished that quickly, the massive pressure difference it caused would've produced a shock wave, and likely ruptured their ear drums. Their technology is a bit more advanced than ours: The interstellar travel, hyperdrive, robotics, lightsabres, cloning, etc. They should be able to find someway to repressureize the hangar quickly and safely. Corrected by Rlvlk
  • As Anakin cuts off Dooku's head, you can see Dooku's head fly straight backward at high speed. However, in the next shot where Dooku's body tumbles over, you can see the head rolling in the wrong place and very slowly. The cut-off head is barely visible in the lower right corner of the screen. It's almost impossible to say into which direction or how fast it flies away.
  • In the scene where Obi-Wan's leaving on his mission to search for the separatists and saying goodbye to Anakin, the ship he's boarding isn't there until he makes the final turn to leave, and suddenly its docked there with ramp down for him to board. The huge star destroyer is always there in the background - although quite far away.
  • When the babies are born they are too big to be newborns. They appear to be 9-11 months old. Also there are no umbilical cords when they are born. Padmé does not come from Earth. Maybe babies on Naboo are bigger and don't have an umbilical cord. Corrected by nightline
  • Near the start, as Anakin and the politicians start walking away, Jar-Jar says "excuse me" to a large blue creature next to him. In the next, wider shot, there's now another creature between them. There is no creature between Jar-Jar and the large blue creature. In the tight shot Jar-Jar and the blue creature are standing side by side. As they start to walk, Jar-Jar walks slower than the blue creature so in the wide shot he's slightly behind it, but at no point is there a creature between them. Corrected by Andreas[DK]
  • The cartoon Clone Wars was the only record of General Grievous besides Stars Wars III. In the cartoon, he put his lightsabers around his waist allowing him to kill two Jedi at once, not in his cape, in the movie. Grievous probably would've killed Obi-Wan since he would also have 2 more lightsabers. Yes true but the films are the only source considered "Canon". It's a moot point anyway whether or not Grevious had spare Lightsabers, he wouldn't have been able to use them after losing two of his four hands against Obi-Wan.
  • Chewbacca is good friends with Yoda in Episode 3, but joins in with Han Solo in making fun of Obi Wan in Episode 4: " You said it Chewy. Kid, where did you dig up that fossil?" If he was such good friends with the leader of the Jedi Council, why would he later make fun of one of the last remaining Jedi? Maybe he never met Obi Wan but you'd think he would be thrilled to meet anyone who claimed to know the ways of the Jedi. After all, Obi Wan was instructing Luke on the ways of the force right in front of him on board the Millennium Falcon. As the Wookies were enslaved by the Empire for the crime of assisting the Jedi, it's quite reasonable that Chewbacca would be somewhat less in awe of them these days. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • I realize this and all the Star Wars films are family-oriented, but after Anakin has hacked the 'younglings' to death with his lightsaber, all the little bodies appear to have no sign of injuries or trauma, not even any blood is spilled. It's as if they're just taking a nap. Lightsabres are so hot they seal wounds shut, so there would be no blood.
  • The "ignition" sound for specific lightsabers in this movie, as with the other two prequels, rarely matches up from one fight to the next. For example, when Anakin is a "good guy", his lightsaber sounds just like Obi-Wan's when it starts up. But when he goes in to kill the Younglings, it sounds like Darth Vader's in the original trilogy. They do this as foreshadowing since Anakin has now turned to the Dark Side.
  • In the 3 Tantive IV (Senator Organa's ship) hallway scenes, small details in each scene show that they are all the same hallway (red symbol above door, arrangement of metal plates on both sides of door, location of black squares on side walls, location of side doors). The same exact small details can all be found in the hallways Darth Vader makes an entrance into in A New Hope, meaning this is supposed to be the same hallway (that's also been confirmed by official sources - they went to great length to recreate the ship exactly, based on photos of the original set). However, the hallway in ROTS is much narrower. A good observation, but remember that the events of Episode IV take place after Luke has grown to be a young man. Since the halls in the Episode 3 Tantive IV ship are still pure white in Episode IV, it's plausible that renovations could have been made to the ship during the years Luke was growing up. Corrected by Matty Blast
  • In the scene where Plo Koon is killed (the Jedi that dies while piloting an old Jedi starfighter), one shot shows him in his cockpit before it explodes from clone fire. The cockpit window shows that there are three separate window panels, much like the design in the fighters Anakin and Obi-wan fly in the beginning of the movie. The old Jedi Star fighter only has one full window panel. Clearly this isn't quite the same as the earlier design - unless we actually see that what he's flying only has the one panel at some point, this can't be considered a mistake. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • In the Mace Windu/Palpatine fight scene, the glass window is shattered after being hit by a lightsaber and heavy wind is blowing into the room where there are fighting. However, while Palpatine is talking to Anakin after the fight, there is no more wind in the room. The wind was caused by the air pressure changing in the room, much like an airplane that has a sudden hole blown into it. Once the air pressure balenced out, the wind ceased to blow in the room. Corrected by Mark English
  • Following the battle on the bridge of the starship Obi-Wan and Anakin infiltrated in the beginning of the movie, the windows are shattered and protective shutters move down. In a following scene showing the bridge from the outside, the bridge is shown to still have windows. The shutters only cover those windows that are damaged - the others remain clear. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • Early on in the film we see General Grievous escape from the Jedi by leaving a ship and skipping around in space. It is later established that the General has some internal organs (heart and maybe lungs) when Obi Wan kills him. How did these internal organs survive the vacuum of space, not to mention the cold and radiation? According to Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary, General Grievous's "gut sack is pressurized synthskin, allowing Grievous to survive in a vacuum." I assume this futuristic synthskin also protects his internal organs from the cold and radiation.
  • For someone who needs a mask in order to breathe, Vader does a good job of screaming loudly while on the operating table. As shown by the fact that he's still alive for what must be quite some time before Palpatine arrives to "rescue" him, it's pretty clear that he doesn't *need* the mask to breath, but it makes it far easier for him to do so. He can probably breath enough to scream while lying down, but a sith lord who can't really move about much isn't much good. Corrected by Gary O'Reilly
  • The final scene of the movie shows Vader and the Emperor looking out at the Death Star being constructed. This doesn't fit with the storyline as there is almost 20 years between episodes 3 & 4, that is quite a slow construction. Compare this to the time in which the second and more powerful death star is almost finished. Some time could be accounted for through prototype versions and testing, but not 20 years. This has already been covered elsewhere - considering that major building projects on Earth can take several years to complete, it's hardly unreasonable that it could take the Empire, even with their more advanced technology, twenty years to construct a battle station that's seventy-five miles across, involves at least one completely untried technology (the planet-destroying superlaser) and many other technologies on a scale previously unheard of. The second Death Star's construction would be quicker, as they'd have learned from building the first one, but it is quite clearly not even close to being finished - the amount of construction that's seen is quite consistent with a build time of two to three years. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • After Palpatine has been rescued the ship starts to sink directly downwards. However there is a cut to Grievous at the front of the ship and everything is upright. The point of view of this shot is directly facing Grievous, an image that would look the same no matter what angle the ship is at. Note: Though not a part of the film, the book clarifies that Grievous's outer coverings are magnetic, which would cling to the floor of the vessel when it is magnetized.
  • Padme gives birth to two full size babies, but looking at her stomach, she's barely carrying one full size baby. All women carry babies at different heights, and their stomachs appear to be different sizes.
  • When Anakin cuts off both of Dooku's hands, Dooku's hands are at waist level. Yet after the cut, Dooku's lightsaber is now flying above head level for some unexplained reason. Anakin either flipped it up in the air by directing his final slice upward, or he used the Force to do it so he could easily retrieve the saber.
  • During Obi-Wan's departure scene on Coruscant, when he is telling Anakin how proud he is of him, Obi-Wan's eye color shifts from Ewan McGregor's' natural blue-green eyes to a dark brown. There's no mistake or modification. The shift in Obi-Wan's eye color is due to a shift in shadowing and lighting.
  • On the bridge of Grievous' ship, Obi-wan cuts the head off of a magna droid and it keeps fighting. However, right before Obi-wan faces off with Grievous on Utapau, he cuts off the head of a magna droid and it falls dead. [The magna droid on Utapau is already badly damaged, so the loss of the head is enough to finish it off - in the prior encounter, the magna droid is otherwise in perfect shape, so is able to continue fighting. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • As Anakin tries to land General Grievous' ship on Coruscant, they are escorted by ships that try to put out the fire on Grievous' ship by shooting liquid on the flames. Given the intense speed at which they are traveling, the liquid should immediately fly backwards in a mist rather than stay mostly in a stream as it leaves the escort ships. (Try throwing water out a car window at 60mph to understand). If the pressure is high enough, the stream could maintain cohesiveness for the short distance to reach the ship. Also, since it some sort of fluid that is clearly heavier than water (as it foams up and sticks to the hull of the ship), that would help keep it together as well. Corrected by Guy
  • When Palpatine and Mace Windu are fighting and Palpatine is taking damage. His mouth is gaping in pain and you can get a clear view of his teeth - the number, cleanliness and configuration change between shots. Well, yes Palpatine's teeth are changing drastically between shots. They are quickly deteriorating, as is his face, as a result of the powerful reversal of his force lightening. Corrected by lmao
  • After the crash landing on Coruscant, Anakin, Kenobi, and Palpatine take a shuttle to the Jedi Temple. While Anakin and Kenobi are talking by the shuttle entrance a droid behind them picks up a single piece of luggage. After a few more moments of dialogue the same droid picks up the same single piece of luggage. This is incorrect. In the first shot of the luggage there are three items - two on the right and one on the left. The robot removes the top right item, the view flicks to Obi-Wan and then back to the luggage and Anakin, but the angle is different so the second item looks like it's in the first's position. However, the third left hand item proves its position as the lower item of luggage.
  • Anakin has his lightsaber in his hands immediately after having his handcuffs cut off on the bridge of General Grievous' ship. In the next shot, he has to force-retrieve it from Grievous. This is incorect. Obi-Wan has the lightsaber, as R2D2 releases him from the handcuffs he Force recalls it from Grievous with his back to him, meanwhile Anakin spins and is released by R2D2 he then turns and force retrieves it handcuff free.
  • After Padme gives birth, her body was sent to her home planet to be laid to rest. Presumably this is a week or two later. However if you look at her stomach, it is partially inflated - can't be the babies, and wouldn't be gases either, given she's clearly been prepared for burial. Padmé's belly is deliberately made to look as if she was STILL pregnant when she died, in order for everyone to think that the "baby' died, as well. There are but a few witnesses, Bail Organa, Yoda, Obi-Wan and the droids, to the very live birth of the twins. There is a dire need to safeguard the secrecy of the birth of Anakin/Vader's offspring - to protect Luke and Leia. There is even a close-up of Padmé's belly to stress the point of the deception. Corrected by lmao
  • When Obi-Wan's ship is being attacked by the buzz droids, why would he not just use the force to knock them away? Also, the one R2-D2 destroys tumbles away as if being blown by wind, but there is no atmosphere in space and it should move with the same velocity. As I recall, we've never seen evidence that Jedi can force push through objects, and while he can see the droids, his cockpit canopy's in the way. As for the destroyed droid, it doesn't tumble away, it slowly slides off. Basically there's not enough friction between it and the wing to keep it there - the wing is moving too fast for the droid's body to keep up using inertia alone.
  • Anakin's clothes catch fire when on land, despite being exactly the same distance away from the lava as he was when standing on the droid earlier. The droid has some unknown technology that allows it to both hover over the magma and be protected from the heat. This can be seen as an energy field while the droid is moving and is what prevents Anakin's clothing from combusting. Corrected by Phoenix
  • In the opening battle General Grievous shatters the front glass on the bridge to escape. A metal barrier slides into place to stop the bridge from decompressing. But when Anakin is trying to land the disabled ship the metal barrier is gone and the glass appears to be back in place. If the metal barrier had just withdrawn everyone on the bridge would be being buffeted around to an insane degree by inrushing wind. The metal shield only covered the damaged sections to the side (you can see it stop as it moves accross). On the closeup as the ship lands we can see only the very front of the bridge has intact glass, the rest of the bridge has metal shielding over the broken windows. Corrected by Soylent Purple
  • Darth Vader has the red button on his chest on the right side, but in the original movies it was on the left. It's hardly unreasonable to think that there would have been some modifications (upgrades, damage fixes) to his life-support suit in the years between the films. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • In the original Star Wars, Obi-Wan gives Luke his father's lightsaber, which is green. The lightsaber taken by Obi-Wan from Anakin after the final fight scene in this film is blue. The lightsaber Obi-Wan gives to Luke in "Star Wars" has the blue blade. When that one is lost in "The Empire Strikes Back," Luke constructs a new one for himself. The new one has the green blade. Corrected by Cubs Fan
  • When Padmé just has landed on the volcanic planet and is about to get off the ship, she is wearing a green/grey costume and no trousers. When she arrives at the platform she wears the same costume but also a grey pair of trousers. Padme is always wearing trousers. They are fitted and so are not always easy to see as separate from skin.
  • After Obi-Wan gets off that rainbow coloured creature he was riding, he reaches to pet him. His hand actually never touches the creature. Obi-wan is pretty absorbed in looking at General Grevious and all of the droids. I would imagine his mind is not really on consoling the creature; therefore, him missing a "pet" is his mistake as a human, and not a mistake in the movie.

When Mace Windu and Palpatine are fighting, Mace knocks Palpatine's lightsaber out of his hand and it goes flying out the window where the glass used to be. However, Palpatine has it later when he fights Yoda. The fight with Yoda happens some time later. Palpatine has plenty of time to retrieve his saber, or to collect a spare one. Corrected by Twotall

  • How is Obi-Wan able to see Anakin pledging allegiance to Palpatine on the hologram, since it happened in Palpatine's office, not the Jedi temple? The only thing he would have been able to see is the massacre of the younglings. It is a completely different scene that Obi-Wan sees than the one in Palpatine's office. In the one Obi-Wan sees Palpatine is complimenting Anakin on killing the Jedi not giving Anakin his name or doing any of the stuff that happened in Palpatine's office. It's plausible once Palpatine knew the temple was clear of Jedi, he met Anakin there.
  • Anakin and Obi Wan were off fighting in the outer rim territories for three years, then returned to Coruscant to rescue Palpatine. How could Padme be pregnant with Anakin's children? Padme says that Anakin had been away for 5 months when they meet for the first time in the film. The animated series "Star Wars: Clone Wars" (which fills in the story between episodes II and III) shows them returning to Coruscant several times. Corrected by Antbert
  • In Return of the Jedi, both Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi were not aware that there was another Skywalker, Leia, until Yoda explained to them. In Revenge of the Sith, it was very obvious that Obi-Wan was holding Luke and Leia was born while he was still nearby. Therefore the fact Obi-Wan did not know about Leia is somewhat strange. Obi-Wan DID know about Leia (after all, he was the one who explained to Luke that he had a twin sister); in Empire, he mentions that Luke is their "last hope" because Leia doesn't know about her powers or heritage, and he doesn't think they'll be able train her in time (if at all). Corrected by Xofer
  • Senator Bail Organa doesn't actually fight in the Clone wars, which Leia (in hologram form) claims in Star Wars. Since neither Episode 2 or 3 covers the entire life of Bail during the Clone Wars, we cannot know if he actually fought or not. On top of this, Leia actually said "Served my father in the Clone Wars" not "Fought". Corrected by Soylent Purple

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