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

6.5 / 10

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.

Country United States

Genre Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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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

Keywords: alien, seven word title, character says i have a bad feeling about this, hand to hand combat, wilhelm scream

Genres: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson MaceWindu
George Lucas George Lucas
George Lucas George Lucas
George Lucas George Lucas
Ewan McGregor Ewan McGregor Obi-WanKenobi
Natalie Portman Natalie Portman QueenAmidala/Padmé
Anthony Daniels Anthony Daniels C-3PO(voice)
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After a 16-year hiatus, George Lucas's much-heralded return to "Star Wars" came with no shortage of rampant expectation.
Set 32 years before the events of the original, Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn (a stoic Neeson) and apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (subdued MacGregor) are despatched to protect Queen Amidala (Portman). They escape to the remote planet Tatooine, meeting young Anakin Skywalker, whose potency with The Force promises a cloudy future.
By no means the feared anti-climactic disappointment, "Episode I" vitally
succeeds in holding its own against the legions of blockbusters "Star Wars"

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The opening crawl reveals that the Trade Federation, led by its Viceroy Nute Gunray, has blockaded the planet of Naboo in hope of resolving a galactic trade dispute. Chancellor Valorum (Terence Stamp) of the Galactic Republic, sends Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) on a secret mission to meet with the Trade Federation to settle the crisis. Unknown to them, the Trade Federation is in league with the mysterious Sith Lord Darth Sidious, who orders them to invade Naboo with their immense droid army and also to kill the two Jedi. Following a failed attempt to force their way into Gunray's command center, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan escape and flee to the surface of Naboo, where they meet local Gungan outcast Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best). As Jar Jar brings them to an underwater Gungan settlement, the Trade Federation captures Naboo's leader, Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman). Through a Jedi mind trick, Qui-Gon secures a submarine, which he, Obi...

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Languages: English

Release Date: 16 May 1999 (United States) See more

Also Known As: AR See more

Filming Locations: CTV Services, Tunisia See more