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  (in credits order)

George Lucas ... Himself

John Knoll ... Himself
Doug Chiang ... Himself

Rick McCallum ... Himself
Robin Gurland ... Herself

Natalie Portman ... Herself

Jake Lloyd ... Himself

Steven Spielberg ... Himself
Christopher Newman ... Himself (as Chris Newman)
Jeff Olson ... Himself
Katie Lucas ... Herself
Jett Lucas ... Himself

Ewan McGregor ... Himself

Ahmed Best ... Himself

Nick Dudman ... Himself

Liam Neeson ... Himself

Nick Gillard ... Himself

Pernilla August ... Herself
Lewis Macleod ... Himself

Dennis Muren ... Himself

Scott Squires ... Himself
Paul Martin Smith ... Himself

Ben Burtt ... Himself
Rob Coleman ... Himself

Frank Oz ... Himself

John Williams ... Himself

Gary Rydstrom ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Angarano ... Himself

Charice ... Herself - Performer (as Charice Pempengco)

Katie Couric ... Herself (archive footage)
Devon Michael ... Himself

Ray Park ... Himself
Jerome St. John Blake ... Himself (uncredited)

Warwick Davis ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Jon Shenk 
Film Editing by
Josh Peterson 
Sound Department
Mark Becker .... sound recordist
Guy Hake .... sound recordist
Will Harvey .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Limonoff .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon Shenk .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Mark Becker .... additional editor
Bob Campbell .... colorist
Robert Frey .... post-production engineer
Kristin Howard .... assistant editor
Tony Kaplan .... assistant editor
Loren Sorenson .... on-line editor
Other crew
Jonathan Bresman .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"The Beginning: Making Star Wars Episode I" - USA (alternative title)
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USA:66 min
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A True Fly-on-the-Wall Experience, 25 January 2004
Author: travisimo from Pocatello, Idaho, USA

Is it wrong for a behind-the-scenes documentary to be better than the film it's focusing on? Now, I'm not one of those Star Wars fans that despised Episode I. In fact, I still quite enjoy it, but it isn't one of the best sci-fi movies you'll come across. However, The Beginning is probably one of the best making-of documentaries you will ever see. In fact, I bet The Beginning probably inspires current DVD makers on how to do a making-of featurette effectively.

Before writing this review, I read Guido Henkel's review on, and I agree with him wholeheartedly on one aspect of this documentary that makes it so great. Instead of having a narrator tell you what's going on, you get to see what's happening for yourself as the documentary follows George Lucas, the staff, and the cast of Episode I around. Doing it this way, you really get a sense that you're watching this happen right in front of you. It's a true `fly on the wall' experience.

I have a lot of favorite parts in this documentary. I found it very interesting to see how the staff rebounded after their set was devastated by a storm in Tunisia. I also enjoyed watching Ewan McGregor through this documentary from when he talks to producer Rick McCallum over the phone about joining the project, to meeting George and his kids for his Jedi haircut, to the funniest line in the documentary when he perfectly lands a stunt in the lightsaber duel. Lastly, it was also great to see George Lucas in action and also seeing other great filmmakers, Steven Spielberg and Frank Oz, make appearances in the documentary as well.

Overall, this documentary is great for inquiring Star Wars and movie fans. I think it can also serve as a great learning tool for future filmmakers on how to make a big budget picture. You may not like the movie itself, but you have to respect all the hard work and dedication that went into Episode I.

My IMDb Rating: 10/10

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