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Star Wars. Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Original title
Star Wars. Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Year
Running time
130 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
George Lucas
Music
John Williams
Cinematography
David Tattersall
Cast
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Producer
Lucasfilm. Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Genre
Sci-Fi. Adventure | Prequel. Star Wars
Movie Groups
Star Wars Saga
New
Official Site
http://www.starwars.com
Synopsis / Plot
The first of three prequels to George Lucas’s celebrated STAR WARS films, EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE is set some 30 years before 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). The seemingly benevolent Senator Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is chief adviser to the queen, though there are suspicions surrounding him. Jedi knights Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor, performing an amazing vocal interpretation 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 prodigal 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 his 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.
Awards
1999: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Sound, Visual Effects, Sound Effects
1999: 2 Nominations for BAFTA Awards: Best Visual Effects and Sound
1999: Razzie Award for Worst Supp. Actor. 9 nominacions, including Worst Picture and Director
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