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PG| 2 hr. 13 min.

Plot Summary
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 9-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.

Cast: Liam Neeson , Ewan McGregor , Natalie Portman , Jake Lloyd , Pernilla August , Frank Oz , Ian McDiarmid , Oliver Ford Davies

Director: George Lucas

Genres: Science fiction

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

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

Release Date: May 19th, 1999|2 hr. 13 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    In special effects, Lucas has moved a galaxy beyond. In energy, not yet. show more

  • 75
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Let the killjoys squawk. Lucas has proved he has the Naboos to pull it off again. And again. And again. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    In the end, Phantom needed more human and less digital scale. The magic of "Star Wars" lay in Lucas' ability to play the human comedy in a fantastic future. With Phantom, he has brought the series to the brink of total artificiality, the future as a video game. show more

  • February 21, 2012 Erin
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    :-)

  • February 07, 2012 Dry Master
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    This was the best prequel out of them all. But it just wasn\'t interesting knowing that these effects are from our time and could be used in any movie. And there is no reason for some scenes and characters...but it was still a good movie and was highly entertained.

  • March 16, 2011 hjt43434
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    The first prequel of the star wars' prequels start off fantastic!!!

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'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D' Poster: Jar Jar Binks Kicked to the Curb

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Moviefone Staff on Oct 13th, 2011 6:40PM

You don't like Jar Jar Binks. Short of the knowledge that no one likes Jar Jar Binks, however, there has never been official vindication for 'Star Wars' fans. Jar Jar in 'Episode I' is set in stone,...

3D Star Wars Conversions May Stop After 'Phantom Menace'

Posted by
Aiden Redmond on Jun 16th, 2011 6:30PM

The good news: We may only get 'Episode I' in 3D. The bad news: We're getting 'Episode I' in 3D. Because there's nothing George Lucas loves more than killing his legacy from the inside out,...

Is This Jar Jar Binks Subway Attack Real or an April Fool's Prank?

Posted by
Gabrielle Dunn on Apr 1st, 2011 5:30PM

Yesterday, Improv Everywhere posted a video of an attempted mission where a guy in a Jar Jar Binks from 'Star Wars' costume is supposed to uh, talk to subway passengers. Instead of pullling...

'Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace' Gets 3D Release Date

Posted by
Erik Davis on Mar 3rd, 2011 12:40PM

We all knew this was coming eventually, but now it's beginning to really hit home. 20th Century Fox has unveiled the release date for its first Star Wars 3D conversion, with 'The Phantom Menace'...

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