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

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19 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The dress Amidala is wearing, when she addresses the Senate, is modeled after a Mongolian garment worn by nobility. See more »

Goofs

When Anakin is in the hangar begging Qui-Gon to let him come with them, a yellow stick with a ball on top disappears from the background. 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 »

Connections

Featured in The Distressed Watcher: Phantom Menace: Part 1 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Arrival at Tatooine and The Flag Parade
Composed by John Williams
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User Reviews

 
read this ONLY if you want to further see how good this movie was...it's something i think most missed.
29 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

first of all, i would like to dedicate this to the person who wrote the'opening' review. and i would ALso like to say that i'm glad IMDb had the good sense to choose it as the opener out of all the rest of the reviews. i've almost never seen a more eloquent review here. and BOY did he NAIL it...over and over...

so. if you remember... liam neeson's character and the young obi and jar jar have just secured an underwater vessel from jar jar's people. they're cruising underwater when they are suddenly being pursued by some underwater behemoth that seemed hungry. and juuuuuuuuuuuust when it looks like they're toast... along comes this BIGGER creature to eat the chaser...(not the chasee).

at which point, liam neeson's characters says, 'there's always a bigger fish...'. these words proved to be prophetic.

again...great opening article, whoever you were...thanks. and people...? a six point five? who ARE you? WHAT? no HULK? too WHAT? did the political aspect put you to sleep? did lucas grow up and leave you all behind? WHAT did you want from this movie that it didn't have? i was STUNNED when i saw the score...i don't think it deserved the ten that i gave it. but i've always been a person who believed in fairness. and maybe it'll be what it needs to bring it up a tenthy wenthy. now i can go back to my cave.


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