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

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Coming Out at 16 May 1999 in theaters

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is epic space-opera film written and directed by George Lucas, produced by Lucasfilm, distributed by 20th Century Fox and stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, and Frank Oz. It is the first installment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and begins the “Skywalker saga”, though it was the fourth film to be produced chronologically. The Phantom Menace is set 32 years before the original film and follows Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi as they protect Queen Amidala in hopes of securing a peaceful end to an interplanetary trade dispute. Joined by Anakin Skywalker—a young slave with unusually strong natural powers of the Force—they simultaneously contend with the mysterious return of the Sith.

Lucas began production of this film after he determined that computer-generated imagery (CGI) had advanced to the level he wanted for the prequel trilogy’s visual effects. Filming started on June 26, 1997, at locations including Leavesden Film Studios and the Tunisian desert. The film was Lucas’ first directorial effort after a 22-year hiatus following Star Wars in 1977.

The Trade Federation upsets order in the Galactic Republic by blockading the planet Naboo in preparation for a full-scale invasion. The Republic’s leader, Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, dispatches Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, to negotiate with Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray. Darth Sidious, a Sith Lord and the Trade Federation’s secret benefactor, orders the Viceroy to kill the Jedi and begin their invasion with an army of battle droids. The Jedi escape and flee to Naboo. During the invasion, Qui-Gon saves the life of a Gungan outcast, Jar Jar Binks, from being run over by a droid transport. Indebted to Qui-Gon, Jar Jar leads the Jedi to Otoh Gunga, an underwater city of Naboo. The Jedi try to persuade the Gungan leader, Boss Rugor Nass, to help the planet’s surface dwellers but are unsuccessful. However, the Jedi manage to obtain Jar Jar’s guidance and underwater transport to Theed, the capital city of Naboo. They rescue Naboo’s queen, Padmé Amidala, and escape from the blockaded planet on her Royal Starship, intending to reach the Republic capital planet of Coruscant.

Director: George Lucas

Writer: George Lucas

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

Cast:

Liam NeesonQui-Gon Jinn
Ewan McGregorObi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie PortmanQueen Amidala / Padmé
Jake LloydAnakin Skywalker
Ian McDiarmidSenator Palpatine
Pernilla AugustShmi Skywalker
Oliver Ford DaviesSio Bibble
Hugh QuarshieCaptain Panaka
Ahmed BestJar Jar Binks
Anthony DanielsC-3PO (voice)
Kenny BakerR2-D2
Frank OzYoda (voice)
Terence StampChancellor Valorum
Brian BlessedBoss Nass (voice)
Andy SecombeWatto (voice)
Ray ParkDarth Maul
Lewis MacleodSebulba (voice)
Warwick DavisWald / Pod race spectator / Mos Espa Citizen
Steve SpeirsCaptain Tarpals
Silas CarsonNute Gunray / Ki-Adi-Mundi / Lott Dodd / Republic Cruiser Pilot
Jerome St. John BlakeMas Amedda / Orn Free Taa / Oppo Rancisis / Rune Haako / Horox Ryyder / Graxol Kelvynn / Mik Regrap
Alan RuscoeDaultay Dofine / Plo Koon / Bib Fortuna
Ralph BrownRic Olié
Celia ImrieFighter Pilot Bravo 5
Benedict TaylorFighter Pilot Bravo 2
Clarence SmithFighter Pilot Bravo 3
Samuel L. JacksonMace Windu
Dominic WestPalace Guard
Karol Cristina da SilvaRabé
Liz WilsonEirtaé
Candice OrwellYané
Sofia CoppolaSaché
Keira KnightleySabé
Bronagh GallagherRepublic Cruiser Captain
John FensomTC-14
Greg ProopsFode (voice)
Scott CapurroBeed (voice)
Margaret TownerJira
Dhruv ChanchaniKitster
Oliver WalpoleSeek
Katie LucasAmee
Megan UdallMelee
Hassani ShapiEeth Koth
Gin ClarkeAdi Gallia
Khan BonfilsSaesee Tiin
Michelle TaylorYarael Poof
Michaela CottrellEven Piell
Dipika O’Neill JotiDepa Billaba
Phil EasonYaddle
Mark CoulierAks Moe
Lindsay DuncanTC-14 (voice)
Peter SerafinowiczDarth Maul / Battle Droid Commander / Gungan Scout (voice)
James TaylorRune Haako (voice)
Chris SandersDaultay Dofine (voice)
Marc SilkAks Moe / Sil Unch (voice)
Toby LongworthSen. Lott Dodd / Gragra (voice)
Amanda LucasTey How / Diva Funquita (voice)
Sacha AlexanderGraf Zapalo – Advisor to Queen Amidala
Simon AllenFlag Bearer
Richard ArmitageNaboo Fighter Pilot
Paul BannonPod Racer Mechanic
Don BiesPod Race Mechanic
Trisha BiggarOrn Free Taa’s Aide
Michonne BourriagueAurra Sing
Douglas BunnNaboo Guard
Ben BurttNaboo Courier
Doug ChiangFlag Bearer
Rob ColemanPod Race Spectator in Jabba’s Private Box
Roman CoppolaSenate Guard
Sean CroninCoruscant Senate Guard
Zsuzsanna CsehPod Race Spectator
Matt Daniel-BakerNaboo Foot Soldier
Russell DarlingNaboo Royal Security Guard
Philip DelancyNaboo Starship Pilot
Sebastian DewingSenate Guard
Andrew DoucettePod Race Spectator
C. Michael EastonPod Race Spectator
Andrew EliasNaboo Royal Guard
John EllisPod race spectator
Catherine ErnsterNaboo Civilian
Salo Gardner
Andrew GershPod Race Spectator
Patrice GirodNaboo Citizen
Ned GormanNaboo Citizen
Joss GowerNaboo Fighter Pilot
Raymond GriffithsGONK Droid
Nathan HamillPod Race Spectator / Naboo Palace Guard
Tim HarringtonNaboo Security Guard
Sally HawkinsVillager
Jack HayePod Race Spectator in Jabba’s Private Box
Nifa HindesAnn Gella
Nishan HindesTann Gella
Frank HuseyinJenn Smeel
Alexi Kaye CampbellNaboo Guard
David KnightAqualish Alian
John KnollLt. Rya Kirsch – Bravo 4 / Flag Bearer
Kamay LauSei Taria – Senators Aide
Andrew LawdenNaboo Foot Soldier
John M. LevinNaboo Fighter Pilot / Naboo Citizen / Senator
Dan MadsenKaadu Handler
Iain McCaigOrn Free Taa’s Aide
Rick McCallumNaboo Courier
João Costa MenezesNaboo Fighter Pilot
Arnold MonteyNaboo Royal Security Guard
Taylor MurphyBattle Droid
Jeff OlsonPod Race Spectator in Jabba’s Private Box
Lorne PetersonMos Espa Citizen
Andrew RavenNaboo Soldier
Neil RiddawayGungan Guard
Robby the RobotRobot In Wald’s Parts
Steve SansweetNaboo Courier
Mike SavvaNaboo Royal Guard
Christopher ScarabosioNeumodian Senator (voice)
Jeff ShayPod race spectator
Christian SimpsonLt. Gavyn Sykes – Bravo 6
Paul Martin SmithNaboo Courier
Scott SquiresNaboo Speeder Driver
Tom SyllaBattle Droid (voice)
Bill TlustyChokk, Jabba’s Bodyguard
Danny WagnerMawhonic
Matthew WoodBib Fortuna / Ody Mandrell (voice)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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