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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Details

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In 1977, George Lucas released Star Wars, the ultimate sci-fi popcorn flick-turned-pop-culture myth machine. It quickly became the biggest money-making film of all time and changed the shape of the film industry. After two successful sequels (1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi) that extended the story of the first film, Lucas took some time off to produce movies for others, with mixed success. In 1999, Lucas returned to the Star Wars saga with a new approach -- instead of picking up where Return of the Jedi left off, Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace would be the first of a trilogy of stories to trace what happened in the intergalactic saga before the first film began. Here, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is a young apprentice Jedi knight under the tutelage of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson); Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), who will later father Luke Skywalker and become known as Darth Vader, is just a nine-year-old boy. When the Trade Federation cuts off all routes to the planet Naboo, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are assigned to settle the matter, but when they arrive on Naboo they are brought to Amidala (Natalie Portman), the Naboo queen, by a friendly but opportunistic Gungan named Jar Jar. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan plan to escort Amidala to a meeting of Republic leaders in Coruscant, but trouble with their spacecraft strands them on the planet Tatooine, where Qui-Gon meets Anakin, the slave of a scrap dealer. Qui-Gon is soon convinced that the boy could be the leader the Jedis have been searching for, and he begins bargaining for his freedom and teaching the boy the lessons of the Force. The supporting cast includes Pernilla August as Anakin's mother, Terence Stamp as Chancellor Valorum, and Samuel L. Jackson as Jedi master Mace Windu. Jackson told a reporter before The Phantom Menace's release that the best part about doing the film was that he got to say "May the Force be with you" onscreen. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 19, 1999

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Knoll Best Visual Effects 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Midgley Best Sound 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scott Squires Best Visual Effects 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ben Burtt Best Sound Effects Editing 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Bellfort Best Sound Effects Editing 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Shawn Murphy Best Sound 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Johnson Best Sound 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dennis Muren Best Visual Effects 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Rydstrom Best Sound 1999 Nominee

Cast

Ewan McGregor
as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Liam Neeson
as Qui-Gon Jinn
Natalie Portman
as Queen Amidala / Padmé Naberrie
Jake Lloyd
as Anakin Skywalker
Pernilla August
as Shmi Skywalker
Frank Oz
as Yoda
Ian McDiarmid
as Senator Palpatine
Oliver Ford Davies
as Sio Bibble
Hugh Quarshie
as Captain Panaka
Ahmed Best
as Jar Jar Binks
Samuel L. Jackson
as Mace Windu
Ray Park
as Darth Maul
Ralph Brown
as Ric Olie
Terence Stamp
as Chancellor Valorum
Brian Blessed
as Boss Nass
Sofia Coppola
as Sache
Greg Proops
as Beed
Anthony Daniels
as C-3PO
Keira Knightley
as Decoy Queen
Kenny Baker
as R2D2

Crew

George Lucas
Director
Rick McCallum
Producer
George Lucas
Screenwriter
David Tattersall
Cinematographer
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Gavin Bocquet
Production Designer
Fred Hole
Art Director
Rod McLean
Art Director
John King
Art Director
Peter Russell
Supervising Art Director
Ben Scott
Art Director
George Lucas
Executive Producer
Peter Walpole
Set Designer
Trisha Biggar
Costume Designer
Ben Burtt
Sound/Sound Designer
John Midgley
Sound/Sound Designer
Robin Gurland
Casting
Shawn Murphy
Sound Mixer
Tom Johnson
Sound Mixer
Gary Rydstrom
Sound Mixer
Giles Nuttgens
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Roger Christian
Second Unit Director
Dennis Muren
Special Effects Supervisor
Tom Bellfort
Sound Effects Editor
Scott Squires
Special Effects Supervisor
Nick Gillard
Stunts Coordinator
John Knoll
Special Effects Supervisor
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