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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace


Overview - The first of three prequels to George Lucas's celebrated STAR WARS films, EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE is set some 30 years before the original STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE in the era of the Republic. Naboo, a peaceful planet governed by the young but wise Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman), is being threatened by the corrupt Trade Federation, puppets of an evil Sith lord and his terrifying apprentice, Darth Maul (Ray Park).  Read more...

 

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Overview

The first of three prequels to George Lucas's celebrated STAR WARS films, EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE is set some 30 years before the original STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE in the era of the Republic. Naboo, a peaceful planet governed by the young but wise Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman), is being threatened by the corrupt Trade Federation, puppets of an evil Sith lord and his terrifying apprentice, Darth Maul (Ray Park). Jedi knights Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor, performing an amazing vocal imitation of Alec Guinness, the older Obi-Wan) are called on to intervene in the trade disputes. Along the way, they acquire an apprentice of their own in the form of young prodigy Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), or as STAR WARS fans know him, the future Darth Vader. They also encounter Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best), a goofy, lizardlike creature who has been banished from his underwater world for clumsiness. When the Trade Federation launches an attack on Naboo, the queen and her allies must battle hordes of robot troopers while Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan face off against the sinister Darth Maul. One of the most anticipated films of all time, THE PHANTOM MENACE sets the stage for the tumultuous events to come. Lucas fills the screen with detailed sci-fi creatures and locations, revealing the most creative and exquisite sets, costumes, and character designs to hit the screen since the original trilogy.

Cast List

Dennis Muren - SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Pernilla August - Swedish Actress
Frank Oz - Director/Muppeteer
Frank Oznowicz - Director/Muppeteer
Ahmed Best - Actor
Hugh Quarshie
George Lucas - Director/Producer, STAR WARS (1977)
Scott Squires - SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Rick McCallum - BRITISH PRODUCER
Nick Gillard - STUNT COORDINATOR
Paul Martin Smith - Editor
Liam Neeson - Irish actor, EXCALIBUR/SCHINDLER'S LIST
Anthony Daniels - British Actor/"C3po"
Jake Lloyd - Star
Ian McDiarmid - Actor
David Tattersall
Adrian Dunbar - British Film/TV Actor
Chris Newman - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Ewan McGregor - Scottish actor, TRAINSPOTTING
Warwick Davis - Actor
John Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
John Towner Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Johnny Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Doug Chiang - Production Designer, THE POLAR EXPRESS (2004)
Peter Walpole - SET DECORATOR
Terence Stamp - British actor
Ben Burtt - Sound Designer - Star Wars films
Trisha Biggar - COSTUME DESIGNER
Industrial Light and Magic
I.L.M.
ILM
Ralph Brown - British Supporting Actor
Ben Howarth - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Oliver Ford Davies
Robin Gurland - CASTING
Gavin Bocquet - Production Designer, XXX (2002)
John Knoll - Visual Effects Designer
Samuel L. Jackson - American actor, PULP FICTION
Silas Carson - Actor
Nick Dudman - Makeup Designer/"Joker"
Kenny Baker - Little person actor, STAR WARS/TIME BANDITS
Kenneth George Baker - Little person actor, STAR WARS/TIME BANDITS
Brian Blessed - British Actor
Bernard Bellew - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Natalie Portman - Actress/"Professional"
Ray Park - Actor
Rob Coleman - Visual Effects Designer

 
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Theatrical release: May 19, 1999.

Reviews:
"...Impressive....A complex technical achievement..." - 07/??/1999 Sight and Sound, p.34-5


"...Thrilling pod race and gorgeous images..." -- 3 out of 5 stars - 05/01/2000 Premiere, p.96


"...It sustains the gee-whiz spirit of the series and offers a swashbuckling extragalactic getaway..." - 05/19/1999 New York Times, p.E1


"...A visual circus of stunning effects. Once again, it simply boils down to a fight between good and evil, and the hordes of STAR warriors wouldn't have it any other way..." - 05/21/1999 USA Today, p.8E


"...An astonishing achievement in imaginative filmmaking....George Lucas and his collaborators have filled THE PHANTOM MENACE with wonderful visuals..." - 05/17/1999 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33

 
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