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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Movie
1999
2h 16m
PG
English
Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
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6.4
Critic Score: 
51
Star Wars Episode I  The Phantom Menace' Poster
Anakin Skywalker, a young slave strong with the Force, is discovered on Tatooine. Meanwhile, the evil Sith have returned, enacting their plot for revenge against the Jedi.
Star Wars Episode I  The Phantom Menace Poster

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

PG
Movie
1999
2h 16m
English
Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Anakin Skywalker, a young slave strong with the Force, is discovered on Tatooine. Meanwhile, the evil Sith have returned, enacting their plot for revenge against the Jedi.
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Liam Neeson
Qui-Gon Jinn
Ewan McGregor
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman
Padmé Amidala
Jake Lloyd
Anakin Skywalker
Ian McDiarmid
Senator Palpatine
Pernilla August
Shmi Skywalker
Oliver Ford Davies
Governor Sio Bibble
Hugh Quarshie
Captain Panaka
Ahmed Best
Jar Jar Binks
Anthony Daniels
C-3PO (voice)
Frank Oz
Yoda (voice)
Terence Stamp
Chancellor Valorum
Brian Blessed
Boss Nass (voice)
Andy Secombe
Watto (voice)
Ray Park
Darth Maul
Lewis Macleod
Sebulba (voice)
Warwick Davis
Wald / Pod race spectator / Mos Esp...
Steve Speirs
Captain Tarpals
Silas Carson
Nute Gunray / Ki-Adi-Mundi / Lott D...
Jerome St John Blake
Mas Amenda / Orn Free Taa / Oppo Ra...
Alan Ruscoe
Daultay Dofine / Plo Koon / Bib For...
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Ric Olié
Celia Imrie
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Directed By: George Lucas
Written By: George Lucas (Screenplay)

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simonynwa says...
8 years ago
As a film intended to introduce the Star Wars world, the design and special effects that went into this are beautiful and add scope and detail to the original trilogy. The score is also a wonderful addition to the already iconic music. As an introduction to a new set of characters, the story of the discovery of Anakin Skywalker is poorly paced and lacks urgency, despite characters consistently reminding the audience that time is short. Too many cameos and bit parts for extraneous characters and dialogue telling us what is already being shown slow the film down considerably. Better editing would have resulted in a better film. Liam Neeson however carries the film with a great performance as Qui Gon Jinn and the villains are equally compelling, culminating in a stunning duel between the Jedi and Sith which is still one of the high points of the whole series.
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Tequila Brie says...
7 years ago
I really don't think this film is as bad as everyone makes out. I get that it was disappointing but I wouldn't say it's significantly worse than Attack of the Clones. At least this Anakin can act. It does seem more aimed at younger audiences but what's wrong with that? I feel like it appealed to the kid in all of us and let us have a little fun in the Star Wars universe.
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nmahoney416 says...
5 years ago
This movie has a lot of good and bad. I saw this when I was a kid and I had the vhs so I watched this countless times. Good: Qui-Gon Jinn, I would of loved to see Liam Neeson play him again and try and become a grey jedi. The last lightsaber battle, still one of the best in the series. Darth Maul, he may not have much of a back story but he still is a bad ass villain. Pod racing, its fun and I enjoyed the scene. Bad: Obviously Jar Jar and all the gungans, man I forgot how annoying he is. Bad CGI, it is a little forgivable for the time but it doesn't hold up well. Pacing, it can be a boring at times and the editing can take away from the better scenes. Overall a decent intro to the series, I wouldn't show this first to someone who has never seen Star Wars, start with A New Hope.
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Jim222001 says...
7 years ago
They probably shouldn't have made the kid that would become Darth Vader; so friggen cheerful. Which makes it hard to believe that he has such a chip on his shoulders in part 2 and 3. Plus Padme is a cradle robber for even eventually getting with him.
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Featured User Reviews

FinFan
7/10  2 years ago
So I decided to start the Saga once more, this time in chronological order. For sure it isn't the best of them all but at the same time it's not completely awful and/or unwatchable. When I saw it initially at the movies I wasn't negativ about it at all. I was more thrilled about getting More
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KevinSocial9697
6/10  2 years ago
Let me start this off by saying, I haven't seen Episode 1 since I was a kid and I remember I didn't like it very much then. But I have now rewatched it and I have to say that it is The Good, The Bad and the darn right Confusing with this film.

The good being that both Liam Neeson and Ewan More
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Jordyep
3/10  7 months ago
Recently, the prequels have been receiving some form of reappraisal, mostly because some people argue that they feel like one cohesive vision compared to the sequel trilogy.
I guess you have to come up with some excuse to not admit your nostalgia, because there are literally so many franchises that More
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r96sk
7/10  one year ago
A huge drop off the original trilogy. I still like it, mind.

I do have split feelings about 'Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace' though. One positive is the casting, which is well done.

Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor are strong choices to enter the franchise, I enjoyed both of them. Ja More
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