|Star Wars: Episode I -|
The Phantom Menace
|Directed by||George Lucas|
|Written by||Karey Kirkpatrick|
|Produced by||Rick McCallum|
|Edited by||Paul Martin Smith|
|Music by||John Williams|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures Distribution|
|May 19, 1999 (USA)|
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace is a science fiction movie released in 1999. This movie is the fourth movie that director George Lucas made in the Star Wars series but is the first movie chronologically.
Story[change | change source]
A peaceful planet named Naboo has been blockaded by a fleet of spaceships belonging to a corrupt organisation called the Trade Federation. Two Jedi Knights, Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi, learn that the Federation is planning to invade Naboo with their army of droids (robots). In order to warn the people of Naboo, they transport themselves down to the planet on Trade Federation battleships.
They reach the swamps of Naboo, separately. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan meet Jar Jar Binks. They find the Queen, Padmé Amidala, who escapes with them to the Republic, but in the blockade, their ship's engine was damaged.
They barely had enough power to reach Tatooine, and still need new parts for the ship so as not to be stuck on the planet forever. Luckily, they meet Anakin Skywalker, a young slave boy, who helps them gain the money by participating in a very dangerous podracing event.
Qui-Gon suspects that Anakin is strong with the Force, meaning that he has potential to become a Jedi. Qui-Gon manages to win Anakin's freedom and they take him with them, but his mother must stay behind.
Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Padmé and her personnel make it to Coruscant, capital of the Republic. However, Padmé soon finds out that the Republic Senate is corrupt and she calls for a vote to elect a new Chancellor. A senator named Palpatine is elected, but nobody knows that he is secretly a Sith (evil Jedi) and he is the person who is controlling the Trade Federation.
The group returns to Naboo because the Republic is unwilling to help. Padmé and her guards manage to capture Nute Gunray, the head of the Trade Federation and they force him to surrender. Meanwhile, Qui-Gon is killed by Darth Maul, a Sith knight sent by Palpatine to kill the Jedi. Obi-Wan uses his lightsaber to cut Maul in half. Yoda and the other Jedi agree that Obi-Wan should be allowed to train Anakin in the ways of the Jedi.
Cast[change | change source]
- Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn
- Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala
- Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker
- Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Ian McDiarmid as Senator Palpatine
- Pernilla August as Shmi Skywalker
- Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks
- Kenny Baker as R2-D2
- Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
- Silas Carson as Nute Gunray and Ki-Adi-Mundi
- Frank Oz as Yoda
- Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu
- Ray Park as Darth Maul
- Terence Stamp as Chancellor Valorum
- Oliver Ford Davies as Sio Bibble
- Hugh Quarshie as Captain Panaka
- Andy Secombe as Watto
- Brian Blessed as Boss Nass
- Lewis MacLeod as Sebulba