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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

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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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Rated PG for sci-fi action/violence | See all certifications »

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19 May 1999 (USA)  »

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Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace  »

Box Office

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$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$64,810,970 (USA) (21 May 1999)

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$474,544,677 (USA) (1 June 2012)
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Trivia

Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman and Kurt Russell were considered for the part of Qui-Gon Jinn. See more »

Goofs

When the Gungan army's front line of solders pull out their personnel deflector shield rims they all switch them on. This fills in the rims with a blue light. A few moments later looking out from behind the army's front line you can see the personnel deflector shield rims but not one is filled in with blue light. 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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Crazy Credits

The last sound heard in the credits is the familiar hiss of Darth Vader. See more »

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Spoofed in Crazy Watto (2000) See more »

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Fantastic movie - worthy addition to the star wars saga
12 June 2001 | by (Gujan Mestras , France) – See all my reviews

Unlike some other viewers or critics who underrated this movie (and sometimes reviewed before having seen it and made Lucas very angry) I believe it's a fantastic movie, a successful addition to the saga.

It's full of action, adventure, incredible jedi-battles with a refreshing hint of politics and diplomacy. (These last two points were absent from the originals since the Empire and the Rebels were in a state of civil war. Check out Star Wars' introduction.)

We can see at last see the "old" republic and how it worked and functioned; in fact setting the background for the events to come.

We have in this movie all the elements of the originals with touches of Lucas' magic: the queen's incredible dresses, the computer generated characters which completely blend in the action, Darth Maul's painted face (which has some asian influence in it) and the human interactions master/student conflicts, tricks, jokes and deceptions.

All in all a 10-star movie!




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