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Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace

  • Drama
  • 1999
  • George Lucas
  • 132 mins
  • U

Summary

Epic sci-fi adventure starring Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor. When the evil Trade Federation blockades the peaceful planet of Naboo, Jedi knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi are dispatched to mediate in the dispute. But events begin to overtake them and the situation becomes increasingly grave.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

No matter how hard George Lucas has tried to recapture the magic, that vital sense of wonder is missing from this first prequel to the original Star Wars films. Instead, Lucas provides a welter of incident, cosmic dilemmas, cryptic forebodings and idiotic dialogue. It's absolutely phenomenal on the visual front, but completely mindless in the story department as characters are placed in position to explain what we already know. Forget the overworked plot about Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) trying to stop the Trade Federation invading her peaceful planet with help from Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). Marvel instead at the state-of-the-art technical wizardry and fizzing action that's just enough to keep nostalgic wistfulness at bay.

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Credits

Cast

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Qui-Gon JinnLiam Neeson
Obi-Wan KenobiEwan McGregor
Queen Amidala / PadméNatalie Portman
Anakin SkywalkerJake Lloyd
Senator PalpatineIan McDiarmid
Shmi SkywalkerPernilla August
Sio BibbleOliver Ford Davies
YodaFrank Oz
C-3POAnthony Daniels
R2-D2Kenny Baker (2)
Chancellor ValorumTerence Stamp
Boss NassBrian Blessed
Darth MaulRay Park
Fighter Pilot Bravo 5Celia Imrie
Jedi Knight Mace WinduSamuel L Jackson
SachéSofia Coppola
FodeGreg Proops
BeedScott Capurro
TC-14Lindsay Duncan
Jar Jar BinksAhmed Best

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Lucas

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Released on
2012-02-10
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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