Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) (3.5/4)

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

As imminent conflict brews between the powerful Trade Federation and the peaceful planet of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi travel to Naboo to warn the Queen of the galactic fallout which is to follow. Eventually, Naboo is invaded forcing the Jedis to evacuate the planet with the Queen and her court. They travel to the desert planet of Tatooine where they meet a slave boy called Anakin Skywalker who is evidently one with the Force. They enlist his help in fighting the war, while the Jedis confront one of the Dark Jedis behind the invasion, Darth Maul, while his master Darth Sidious continues to lead the invasion as a "phantom" behind the scenes.

Directed by: George Lucas
The cast includes: Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn), Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Natalie Portman (Queen Padmé Amidala), Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker), Frank Oz (Yoda), Ian McDiarmid (Senator Palpatine/Darth Sidious), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Ray Park (Darth Maul), Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu)
Also known as: Phantom Menace, The Star Wars: Episode I
MPAA rating: , Running time: 133 minutes
Presented in: Color
Awards: Academy Award
Nominee: Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects
Related categories: Robots, Computers, and Machines, Space...the Final Frontier, Star Wars

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