Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

1999

George Lucas
Director
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Distributor
Lucasfilm
Production Company

Two Jedi knights are sent to a far-off planet to investigate a trade dispute, but their involvement infuriates the evil/powerful Darth Sidious, who sends his highly-trained assassin to eliminate them.

One of the most eagerly awaited and vastly disappointing films of all time, all of which can be laid at George Lucas' feet, mainly his inability to direct actors or write an interesting script with memorable dialogue (note the original trilogy was largely the work of much more talented writers and directors).

Racist stereotypes, unfunny comedy relief (Harold Lloyd was funny; in this context, it's not, and ripping off 75 year old comedies shows a dearth of imagination) and boring talk about trade negotiations make this a joyless experience. The one saving grace is Ewan McGregor, who manages to emulate Alec Guinness without imitating him. At least the next two prequel films were a mild improvement.

Those who are patient enough to sit through the end credits are treated to a nice little surprise (just as the title for "Released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation" rolls off the screen).

For the other films in the STAR WARS series:

Fans of the Star Wars franchise may be interested in these webpages:
Aveleyman.com: From Star Wars To Jedi: The Making Of A Saga
Aveleyman.com: Empire Of Dreams: The Story Of The Star Wars Trilogy
Wookieepedia
Star Wars.com - the official website

Addendum: Lucas has been tweaking his films again for their Blu-Ray release. On the bright side Yoda is much better looking. On the dark side, it shows an incredible insecurity and lack of respect for the people who made the film on Lucas' part. The Star Wars franchise will never become great until Lucas finally takes his hands off the steering wheel or passes on, much as was the case with Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek.

-Dave Wright



19th May 1999
Cinema



136 mins
2.35:1


16th July 1999
Cinema



132 mins
2.35:1

Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (Special Edition/ Pan & Scan)
12th November 2002
DVD



133 mins
2.35:1


20th September 2005
DVD



127 mins
2.35:1

Star Wars
Episode I
The Phantom Menace
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Liam Neeson
Qui-Gon Jinn
Ewan McGregor
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman
Queen Amidala
Natalie Portman
Padmé
Jake Lloyd
Anakin Skywalker
Pernilla August
Shmi Skywalker
Frank Oz
Yoda
Ian McDiarmid
Senator Palpatine
Ian McDiarmid
Darth Sidious
Oliver Ford Davies
Sio Bibble
Hugh Quarshie
Captain Panaka
Ahmed Best
Jar Jar Binks
Anthony Daniels
C-3PO
Kenny Baker
R2-D2
Terence Stamp
Chancellor Valorum
Brian Blessed
Boss Nass
Andrew Secombe
Watto
Ray Park
Darth Maul
Lewis Macleod
Sebulba
Warwick Davis
Wald
Steve Speirs
Captain Tarpals
Silas Carson
Republic Cruiser Pilot/
Nute Gunray/
Ki-Adi-Mundi/
Lott Dod
Jerome Blake
Rune Haako
Alan Ruscoe
Daultay Dofine
Ralph Brown
Ric Olié
Celia Imrie
Fighter Pilot Bravo 5
Benedict Taylor
Fighter Pilot Bravo 2
Clarence Smith
Fighter Pilot Bravo 3
Samuel L. Jackson
Mace Windu
Dominic West
Palace Guard
Karol Cristina da Silva
Rabé
Friday Wilson
Eirtaé
(as Friday (Liz) Wilson)
Candice Orwell
Yané
Sofia Coppola
Saché
Keira Knightley
Sabé
(as Kiera Knightley)
Bronagh Gallagher
Republic Cruiser Captain
(Maoi Madakor)
Silas Carson
Republic Cruiser Pilot
(Antidar WIlliams)
John Fensom
TC-14
Greg Proops
Voice: Fode
Scott Capurro
Voice: Beed
Jabba the Hutt
Himself
Margaret Towner
Jira
Dhruv Chanchani
Kitster
Oliver Walpole
Seek
Katie Lucas
Amee
(as Jenna Green)
Megan Udall
Melee
Hassani Shapi
Eeth Koth
Gin Clarke
Adi Gallia
(as Gin)
Khan Bonfils
Saesee Tiin
Michelle Taylor
Yarael Poof
Michaela Cottrell
Even Piell
Dipika O'Niell Joti
Depa Billaba
Phil Eason
Yaddle
Mark Coulier
Aks Moe
Kathy Smee
Yoda Puppeteer
Donald Austen
Yoda Puppeteer
(as Don Austen)
David Greenaway
Yoda Puppeteer
Lindsay Duncan
Voice of TC-14
Peter Serafinowicz
Voice of Darth Maul
James Taylor
Voice of Rune Haako
Chris Sanders
Voice of Daultay Dofine
Marc Silk
Voice of Aks Moe
Amanda Lucas
Voice of Tey How
(as Tyger)
Tom Sylla
Voice: OWO-1
Sacha Alexander
Graf Zapalo
Michonne Bourriague
Aurra Sing
Ben Burtt
Naboo Courtier
Marc Coulier
Aks Moe / Mawhonic
Kamay Lau
Sei-Taria
Toby Longworth
Gragra/Voice: Senator Lott Dod
Rick McCallum
Naboo Courtier
Christian J. Simpson
Lieutenant Gavyn Sykes
Paul Martin Smith
Naboo Courtier
Bill Tlusty
Chokk, Jabba's Bodyguard
Danny Wagner
Mawhonic
Matthew Wood
Bib Fortuna/Ody Mandrell
Richard Armitage
Naboo Fighter Pilot
Paul Bannon
Pod Racer Mechanic
Don Bies
Pod Race Mechanic
Alexi Kaye Campbell
Naboo Guard
Doug Chiang
Flag Bearer
John Coppinger
Roman Coppola
Senate Guard
Sean Cronin
Coruscant Senate Guard
Russell Darling
Philip Delancy
Michael Dondero
Voice: Battle Droid / Protocol Droid
Andrew Elias
Naboo Royal Guard
Joss Gower
Naboo Fighter Pilot
Raymond Griffiths
GONK Droid
Sally Hawkins
Villager
John Knoll
Lt. Rya Kirsch - Bravo 4/Flag Bearer
Terence McGovern
Voice: Ratts Tyrell and Bozzie Baranta
João Costa Menezes
Naboo Fighter Pilot
Taylor Murphy
Battle Droid
Lorne Peterson
Mos Espa Citizen
Alan Ruscoe
Plo Koon
Mike Savva
Naboo Royal Guard
Christopher Scarabosio
Neumodian Senator (voice)
Christian Simpson
Lt. Gavyn Sykes - Bravo 6
Scott Squires
Naboo Speeder Driver
Unknown
Diva Shaliqua
Unknown
Ben Quadinaros
Unknown
Clegg Holdfast
Unknown
Dud Bolt
Andrew Lawden
Naboo Soldier
Stand-in: Qui-Gon Jinn
Alan Harris
Stand-In: Terence Stamp
Nick Gillard
Stunt Coordinator / Swordmaster
Andreas Petrides
Assistant Stunt Coordinator / Obi-Wan Double
Rob Inch
Stunt Performer / Qui-Gon Double
Dominic Preece
Stunt Performer
Mark Anthony Newman
Stunt Performer
(as Mark Newman)
Morgan Johnson
Stunt Performer
Joss Gower
Stunt Performer
Ray De-Haan
Stunt Performer
Dani Biernat
Stunt Performer
(as Danni Biernat)

Lord Heath: Notes & Screenshots
Dave Wright: Special thanks