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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 claim their old glory.

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George Lucas

Writer:

George Lucas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Qui-Gon Jinn
Ewan McGregor ... Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman ... Queen Amidala / Padmé
Jake Lloyd ... Anakin Skywalker
Ian McDiarmid ... Senator Palpatine
Pernilla August ... Shmi Skywalker
Oliver Ford Davies ... Sio Bibble
Hugh Quarshie ... Captain Panaka
Ahmed Best ... Jar Jar Binks
Anthony Daniels ... C-3PO (voice)
Kenny Baker ... R2-D2
Frank Oz ... Yoda (voice)
Terence Stamp ... Chancellor Valorum
Brian Blessed ... Boss Nass (voice)
Andy Secombe ... Watto (voice) (as Andrew Secombe)
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Wars: Episode I - The Beginning See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,820,970, 23 May 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$474,544,677

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,027,044,677
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lucasfilm See more »
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Dolby Digital EX | SDDS (8 channels)| DTS-ES

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was criticized by many fans for its perceived overuse of computer-generated sets and special effects. In reality, more (miniature) sets and props were made for this film than for the original trilogy combined. The same goes for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). See more »

Goofs

When Anakin and Padmé arrive at the Podracer hangar, Anakin is taller in the first shots than in the shot where he gets off the animal they're riding on. See more »

Quotes

[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

Opening crawl: "Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star system is in dispute. Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo. While the Congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict..." See more »

Alternate Versions

There are two versions of the climactic finale where Darth Maul is killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the original, he is seen falling down the reactor shaft, dead but in one piece. In the updated version (in general release), he is seen falling down the shaft in two pieces, cut in half at the torso. Apparently, original press screenings presented the first version, but the second version is what most people will see to make it clear that Maul is dead. See more »

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Visually a marvel to look at, disappointing in terms of story
24 October 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace is definitely worth a watch, but I do think it is one of the weaker movies of the Star Wars saga. I will admit I wasn't expecting much after reading some very negative reviews on IMDb, but I do think this particular instalment did in some ways exceed my expectations and disappointed as well. On a visual and technical level, it looks absolutely fantastic, with splendid special effects, stunning cinematography and fine scenery and costumes. The script is fairly decent, perhaps lacking the sophistication of Empire Strikes Back or New Hope, but does have some memorable lines. The action is constantly exhilarating, and Darth Maul, well played by Ray Park is a very good villain. Of course though, Darth Vader is better. Most of the performances are very good, especially Natalie Portman as Queen Padma who looked stunning and Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker who shone with his confident charm. And Jar Jar Binks is okay on the most part, and you have to love Yoda. And the music score by John Williams was outstanding, definitely one of his best works. The quality of sound and direction are also impressive. However, there were things about this film that did disappoint. One is despite the awesome visuals, strong music score and good characters, the story never quite distinguished itself. It did take a while to get going, and when it did try to get going and you could tell it wanted to, it was further disadvantaged by the uneven pacing. Liam Neeson is a fine actor, his performances in Kinsey and Schindler's List are proof of that, and I do like Ewan McGregor. But as Qui-Gon Jin and Obi Wan Kenobi, both stars give unusually wooden performances, and at times looked even embarrassed. And as I said, the pacing is very uneven, there are some slow moments, and one or two scenes felt rushed. All in all, maybe disappointing for fans of the saga, but it cannot be denied that visually it is an accomplishment. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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