Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the premiere of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The film is the sixth theatrical feature in the famed Star Wars franchise and the conclusion of the prequel trilogy that leads into the events of the original series. Set at the conclusion of the Clone Wars, the story follows the heroic Jedi as they try to end the war once and for all while the evil Sith finally initiate their plan to take over the galaxy by destroying the Jedi and corrupting one of their most powerful figures into the infamous Darth Vader.
The plot was part of George Lucas's original concept for the franchise's story, and the final set-up to the original beloved movies. It was the first to be rated PG-13 in the series due to its darker tone and violence.
The prequel trilogy was highly criticized by fans and critics alike, but this film fared the best of the three. It received the best reviews of the three with critics enjoying the conclusion of the trilogy and connections to the originals. It was the second highest grossing film of the year and still holds the record for Thursday night openings. It broke the records for midnight screenings gross, opening day gross, and single day gross. The film earned Lucas a American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. It was nominated for ten Saturn Awards, winning Best Science Fiction Film. Of the prequels, it was nominated for the fewest Golden Raspberry Awards.
The film was written, directed, and produced by Lucas, who also appeared as Baron Papanoida. It features the talents of Natalie Portman as Senator Padmé Amidala and Samuel L. Jackson as Jedi Master Mace Windu.