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Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to reclaim their old glory.

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The evil Trade Federation, led by Nute Gunray is planning to take over the peaceful world of Naboo. Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to confront the leaders. But not everything goes to plan. The two Jedi escape, and along with their new Gungan friend, Jar Jar Binks head to Naboo to warn Queen Amidala, but droids have already started to capture Naboo and the Queen is not safe there. Eventually, they land on Tatooine, where they become friends with a young boy known as Anakin Skywalker. Qui-Gon is curious about the boy, and sees a bright future for him. The group must now find a way of getting to Coruscant and to finally solve this trade dispute, but there is someone else hiding in the shadows. Are the Sith really extinct? Is the Queen really who she says she is? And what's so special about this young boy? Written by simon

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19 May 1999 (USA)  »

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$115,000,000 (estimated)

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$210,600,000 (Non-US) (6 August 1999)

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$474,544,677 (USA) (1 June 2012)
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The dress Amidala is wearing when she addresses the Senate is modeled after a Mongolian garment worn by nobility. See more »

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When Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are talking to Jar Jar when they first arrive on Naboo, Obi-Wan's hair is wet. When Jar Jar spins around and Obi-Wan is forced to duck, his hair suddenly becomes dry. In the next shot it is wet again. See more »

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[first lines]
Qui-Gon Jinn: Captain.
Radiant VII captain: Yes, sir?
Qui-Gon Jinn: Tell them we wish to board at once.
Radiant VII captain: [to communication device] With all due respect, the ambassadors for the Supreme Chancellor wish to board immediately.
Nute Gunray: [on view screen] Yes, of course. As you know, our blockade is perfectly legal and we'd be happy to receive the ambassadors.
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A big disappointment
10 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like everyone else in the western world, I couldn't wait to see the prequel to the Star Wars movies that I loved as a kid. I was so disappointed in this movie. Acting hit a new low, and the new characters didn't live up to the standards set by Han, Leia and Luke in the old movie. Jar Jar is annoying and needs to take a long walk off a short pier in the next movie. Plus, it didn't take long to figure out what was going to happen. So maybe it wasn't fully Lucas's fault. I mean, how concerned are you going to be when Obi Wan is "fighting to the death" with Darth Maul when you remember that Obi Wan is in "A New Hope"? This movie is a huge disappointment when compared to the first three. The special effects are amazing, but other than that it's not worth it.


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