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Lucas' first "Star Wars" film in 16 years is also the beginning of his prequel trilogy. Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Neeson) and rebellious apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (McGregor) are sent to the peaceful planet Naboo to aid young Queen Amidala (Portman), who is being forced to sign a Trade Federation treaty. When the Jedis escape to Tatooine with Amidala, they encounter a slave boy, Anakin (Lloyd), whom Jinn realizes is enpowered by the Force, and are pursued by the Federation and evil Dark Lord, Darth Maul (Park). The special effects are all they're cracked up to be (practically the whole thing is computer generated, but doesn't look it), and the action scenes have the zip and excitement you'd expect. The characters and story may aim a little more at kids than some would like, but those kids will be the teenagers that flock to see the next two. Some plot holes, but that's to be expected in the first installment of a trilogy.

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Available on Running time 130 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Sci Fi, Alien Beings--Benign, Alien Beings--Vicious, Big Battles, Robots & Androids, Star Wars, Coming of Age, Childhood Visions, Top Grossing Films of 1999
George Lucas
Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Park, Pernilla August, Terence Stamp, Brian Blessed, Oliver Ford Davies, Hugh Quarshie, Ralph Brown, Sofia Coppola
David Tattersall
George Lucas
John Williams
Ahmed Best, Frank Oz
Rick McCallum, Lucasfilm Ltd., 20th Century-Fox


MTV Movie Awards 2000: Action Seq.

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Star Wars: Episode 1--The Phantom Menace
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"Star Wars" has a lot of really great effects. When I was younger, I used to watch the older "Star Wars" movies all the time. My favorite character was R2D2. I met the boy who played Anakin, Jake Lloyd. He was friends with one of my friends. It was the first celebrity that I met so it was pretty cool. The effects of the race is really cool, too. It's crazy how Anakin's life changes. He goes from slave boy to Jedi, and trains with one of the best. He does help in catching the bad guys, along with his two robots.