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The epic story of the boy who would become Darth Vader begins. His journey kicks off when he crosses paths with two Jedi Knights, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, who join forces with him against the evil Trade Federation and the awakening of the Sith.
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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace cast and crew reunited ahead of 20th anniversary
Ahmed Best, Ian McDiarmid, Ray Park, Anthony Daniels and Warwick Davis joined crew members from 1999's Episode 1 at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
Remember this awesome lightsaber battle? It's 20 years old!
Every saga has a beginning, and the cast and crew of the earliest movie in the Star Wars chronology came back together in mid-April, ahead of its 20th anniversary this week.
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace , the first movie in creator George Lucas' prequel trilogy, hit theaters May 19, 1999, and showed innocent Anakin Skywalker's first steps to becoming the monstrous Darth Vader.
Actors Ahmed Best, Ian McDiarmid, Ray Park and Anthony Daniels joined crew members at a packed panel — preceded by Weird Al Yankovic's tribute song The Saga Begins and the classic 1998 trailer — on the last day of Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
It was hosted by Star Wars staple Warwick Davis, who played multiple roles in the movie. He was podrace spectator Weazel (who also showed up again as one of Enfys Nest's Marauders in Solo) and Anakin's friend Wald.
The first two cast members to the stage were Ian McDiarmid (Senator Palpatine/Darth Sidious) and Ray Park (Darth Maul), with the former making a cheeky reference to his surprise appearance at the Episode 9 panel .
"Friday, I just happened to be in the area," McDiarmid said. "So I thought I should just drop in for a laugh."
The actor recalled how momentous it felt to be working on a Star Wars movie once again as he revisited Palpatine, whom he played as an older character in the original trilogy.
"I made the assumption that we'd never ever see him again (after his death in Return of the Jedi), and I guess that's how it shall remain," he said, in another cheeky reference to the character's apparent return in The Rise of Skywalker, which takes place decades later.
He also noted that Phantom Menace castmate Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn) didn't realize he was playing Palpatine and Sidious during filming and let him know at the premiere.
"'It was you, you bastard!'" McDiarmid recalled the actor saying.
In addition to his role as Darth Maul, Ray Park (far right) had a cameo as a guard in The Phantom Menace.
It turned out that McDiarmid helped Park, who played Sidious' Sith apprentice, settle into his role.
"I was nervous … Ian really reassured me and kept me calm," said Park, who also noted that he made Prodigy's Firestarter his personal theme for getting into character as Maul.
Park highlighted his cameo as one of Padme's guards during the final battle.
Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks) got the biggest reaction as he and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) hit the stage, with the crowd chanting "Jar Jar" as he arrived.
Best recalled how he was discovered while working on the stage show Stomp, and that as a kid from the Bronx, going to Skywalker Ranch "was mad trippy."
Star Wars Celebration Chicago mural reveals the entire saga
Daniels noted how happy he was to discover his character was basically made by Darth Vader.
"It does explain why Threepio is slightly nervous about everything," he said, even if the protocol droid doesn't actually know Anakin is Vader.
He revealed that his favorite line from the movie is "What do you mean "naked?", uttered after cheeky astromech droid R2-D2 beeps that his "parts are showing." Threepio doesn't have his iconic gold plating in the movie.
The cast and crew of The Phantom Menace bid the Star Wars Celebration Chicago crowd farewell.
Lucas didn't show up in person, but sent a video message about his continued fondness for The Phantom Menace.
"It's one of my favorite movies and Jar Jar is my favorite character," he said. "It was one of the first digital features and we're very proud of that."
The retired filmmaker also expressed his affection for the fans celebrating his movie 20 years later.
"I love each and every one of you."
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The actors were joined on stage by designer Doug Chiang, visual effects supervisor John Knoll, digital model maker Jean Bolte and sound designer Matthew Wood. Chiang noted that Lucas wanted this movie grounded in the 1920s and '30s, compared to the original trilogy's subtle '70s look.
Knoll highlighted his brief cameo in the movie.
"I'm in the space battle. I'm the only pilot you actually see get killed," he said.
Bolte cited scummy podracer Sebulba, Jar Jar Binks and Yoda as her favorite characters to work on. However, she said junk dealer Watto was the closest to her heart, since she loves collecting.
Wood said they took a different approach to sound compared to the older movies, deciding to make it "sleek. He highlighted how doors made smooth sounds compared to the" ker-thunks" of the original trilogy.
"Sebulba's pod was basically a Ferrari that a guy kindly punched a hole in his muffler for," he revealed of their approach using real-world sounds (which he learned from original trilogy sound guru Ben Burtt.
Wood also had a cameo as Jabba's Twi'lek majordomo Bib Fortuna during the podrace scene.
The fan convention, which ran April 11-16, already saw the reveal of Episode 9's title and first trailer and more details about the Galaxy's Edge Disney Parks attraction. We also got our first glimpse of live action show The Mandalorian , and The Clone Wars season 7 , both of which are coming to the Disney Plus streaming service.
If you want to catch up or revisit the saga, check out our guide to watching all the movies online in chronological order.
First published, April 15. Update, May 19 : Notes the movie's 20th anniversary.
Whatever Happened To The Cast Of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace?
There wasn't a more hotly anticipated film in 1999 than " Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace ." It had been 16 years since the last cinematic visit to George Lucas' galaxy far, far away, but in that time, "Star Wars" had only grown more popular, with scores of novels, comic books, video games, and toys all coming out through the 1990s. Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox had primed the pump for a new "Star Wars" film by releasing CGI-enhanced "Special Editions" of "Star Wars" (1977), "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), and "Return of the Jedi" (1983) into theaters in 1997, giving audiences a taste of what a brand new sequel with state-of-the-art special effects could look like. Fans' expectations were understandably high — perhaps too high.
"The Phantom Menace" was released to great fanfare, incredible box office returns, and decidedly mixed reviews . Its innovations have influenced Hollywood storytelling for decades, with prequels of existing film franchises now commonplace and CGI becoming a standard tool for blockbuster movies to build sets, costumes, and even entire characters from scratch. For many members of the film's cast, however, the whiplash of success followed by fan ridicule was a lot to navigate, with some bearing the brunt of the backlash more than others. Now, over two decades later, let's take a look at what happened to the cast of "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace."
Swedish actress Pernilla August stars as Anakin's saintly, virgin mother Shmi — a slave on the desert planet Tatooine who dreams of a better life for her son. When Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) tells her that her son is unusually strong in the Force, she agrees to let him go to Coruscant to receive training. August would reprise her role in the next film, 2002's "Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones," as well as on an episode of the animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" in 2011.
August's brush with blockbuster American filmmaking turned out to be brief. Later in 1999, she played a different virgin mother in the Hallmark TV movie "Mary, Mother of Jesus" opposite Christian Bale. She soon returned to Sweden, however, where she remains one of the nation's most beloved actors . In 2002, she starred in a Stockholm production of Henrik Ibsen's classic play "Ghosts" directed by the legendary Ingmar Bergman, who August had already worked with earlier in her career. Her 2010 directorial debut "Beyond," starring Noomi Rapace, was a festival favorite that year. August continues to be a mainstay in Sweden, both in front of and behind the camera. In 2021, she lent her voice to the family film "The Ape Star" and appeared in the coming-of-age television drama "Young Royals."
There are essentially two ways of looking at the character of Jar Jar Binks, played by Ahmed Best in "The Phantom Menace." As an early example of how motion capture technology can render a live-action performance in CGI, it's a triumph, paving the way for everything from Andy Serkis' Gollum to Josh Brolin's Thanos. As a character the audience should be able to tolerate for more than five seconds, though, Jar Jar is a disaster — a childish bumbler whose long dreadlock-style ears and patois-like speech edge uncomfortably close to racial caricature. None of this should have been blamed on Best, but unfortunately, the actor became an easy target for fans' ire.
The New York-born Best was plucked from the touring ensemble of the Broadway hit "Stomp," with "The Phantom Menace" being his first credited film role. Despite the backlash, Best appeared as Jar Jar in the next two films and voiced the character in video games and animated series, but he had difficulty finding meaningful work beyond Lucasfilm. In a wide-ranging 2017 interview with Wired , Best admits to feeling frustrated and depressed that he did not have the immediate success that some of his co-stars enjoyed. Feelings about "The Phantom Menace" and Jar Jar have softened a bit in recent years, however, and Best was given a hero's welcome by convention-goers at the 2019 Star Wars Celebration Chicago. In 2020, he donned his own set of Jedi robes as host of the Disney+ kids competition series "Jedi Temple Challenge."
British actor Brian Blessed was already a veteran of stage and screen when "Star Wars" came calling, with credits going back to the early 1960s. Blessed voices Boss Nass, the head Gungan in charge of the amphibious race's underwater civilization on planet Naboo. At first, he refuses Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan's entreaties to help his above-ground human counterparts in their struggle against the Trade Federation, but he later sends a full army to repel the Federation's battle droids, unintentionally turning Jar Jar into a war hero.
Blessed is known for his roles in classic BBC shows like "I, Claudius" and "Z-Cars," as well as "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and "Flash Gordon." He's provided vocal performances for video games too, such as the "Warhammer" series and "Kingdom Hearts" (reprising his role from Disney's 1999 adaptation of "Tarzan"). Kids and parents might also recognize him as the voice of Grampy Rabbit on "Peppa Pig." In 2015, Blessed collapsed on stage during a performance of "King Lear," and though he was able to finish the performance, he eventually withdrew from the production. 2018 saw him return to Sherwood Forest as Friar Tuck in the adaptation "Robin Hood: The Rebellion." Despite being well into his eighties, Blessed continues to work steadily and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Oliver Ford Davies
From the very first "Star Wars" film in 1977 up through "The Rise of Skywalker" in 2019, the series has often filled out its ranks of supporting characters, aliens, and monsters with acclaimed British actors. Oliver Ford Davies is one of them, turning up in all three prequels as Sio Bibble, governor of Naboo under Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman).
Born in 1939, Davies was performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company as early as age 20. Many of his most notable onscreen roles have been in televised adaptations of RSC productions, such as "Richard II," "Henry V," and "Troilus and Cressida," all within the 2010s. "Game of Thrones" viewers might recognize Davies as the duplicitous Maester Cressen from the Season 2 premiere "The North Remembers," while Rowan Atkinson fans may know him as the Archbishop of Canterbury in Atkinson's popular James Bond parody "Johnny English." In 2021, Davies played celebrated 20th-century author Graham Greene in the filmed stage play "A Splinter of Ice." He has been nominated for an Olivier Award for his stage work three times, winning once for the David Hare play "Racing Demon."
Samuel L. Jackson
"I didn't know what I was doing." That's what Samuel L. Jackson told Seth Meyers in 2016 when he was asked about being cast in "The Phantom Menace." Fresh off the success of "Pulp Fiction," Jackson mentioned in a talk show appearance that he would love to work with George Lucas on the new "Star Wars" movie, and soon after, he was called to a meeting at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in northern California. Jackson hadn't seen so much as a script before heading to London to begin filming. In fact, it wasn't until his costume fitting that he learned he would be playing the skeptical Jedi council member Mace Windu.
Jackson would play Windu again in both "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith," wielding his famous purple lightsaber. He soon followed one major franchise with another, ushering in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Nick Fury in 2008's "Iron Man," whom he has played more than a dozen times and counting. Jackson has also indulged in some non-Marvel superhero action, appearing in 2004's "The Incredibles" and its 2018 sequel, as well as Frank Miller's "The Spirit" in 2008. Despite his skill in effects-heavy blockbusters, Jackson has stayed true to the more personal films that defined his early career, reuniting with Quentin Tarantino on "Inglourious Basterds," "Django Unchained," and "The Hateful Eight."
British actress Keira Knightley was still in her teens and had just a handful of acting credits when she was cast in "The Phantom Menace" as Sabe, Queen Amidala's handmaiden and occasional decoy. It's a small role, which is perhaps why her time in "Star Wars" is little more than a fun footnote in what has become a massively successful career in film.
Knightley wouldn't have to wait long after "Star Wars" to become a household name. In 2002, she starred in Gurinder Chadha's sleeper hit "Bend it Like Beckham," and she followed that up with megahits like "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Love Actually." Knightley would return to the "Pirates" franchise throughout her career, most recently in 2017's "Dead Men Tell No Tales," but otherwise she's mostly eschewed those sorts of big effects-heavy spectacles. Her collaborations with director Joe Wright on "Pride and Prejudice," "Atonement," and "Anna Karenina" are some of her most celebrated roles. "Pride and Prejudice" netted her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for the 2014 Alan Turin biopic "The Imitation Game." In addition to her film work, Knightley has long been the face of Coco Mademoiselle perfume.
Aside from Ahmed Best, no one faced more ridicule or scorn for their performance in "The Phantom Menace" than actor Jake Lloyd , who was only 10 years old when the film premiered in 1999. As Anakin Skywalker, the weight of the entire film — if not the entire franchise — rested on his young shoulders, with little help from a script that gave him "Yippee!" as a catchphrase and a director who has been credibly accused of being more interested in effects than actors. Months before the film even opened, the unflattering nickname "Mannequin Skywalker" was already making the rounds, prompting an angry letter in Lloyd's defense from former child star and future "Solo: A Star Wars Story" director Ron Howard.
Prior to his debut as Anakin, Lloyd had recurring roles on "ER" and "The Pretender" and had starred in "Jingle All the Way" with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the pressures of fame coupled with the negative reaction to his performance led him to leave acting behind . His last non-Anakin role was in the 2001 sports drama "Madison." Lloyd moved to Chicago after high school to attend Columbia College. After a domestic violence incident was followed within months by a reckless driving arrest in 2015 (per TMZ), Lloyd's family released a statement to Geek News Now that he'd been diagnosed with schizophrenia several years earlier, and he was eventually admitted to a psychiatric facility for treatment.
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Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid is one of the few stars of the original "Star Wars" trilogy to reprise their role for the prequels. His "Return of the Jedi" character, Emperor Palpatine, was played by Clive Revill in the original release of "The Empire Strikes Back," with McDiarmid taking over the role for the third film under a heavy layer of makeup (and replacing Revill in subsequent versions of "Empire"). For "The Phantom Menace," released 16 years later, he played a younger, healthier Palpatine, making power plays behind the scenes as Naboo's delegate in the Galactic Senate while secretly manipulating events as the sinister Sith Lord Darth Sidious.
Palpatine's rise to power is one of the better-executed plotlines in the often shabby prequel trilogy — a cautionary tale of a society sacrificing freedom for security. McDiarmid guided the character from a backstage schemer to a full-bore dictator, then reprised the role one last time (presumably) in 2019's "The Rise of Skywalker." In between "Star Wars" gigs, he's been a frequent presence on British stages and television sets, starring in the 18th-century crime series "City of Vice" in 2008 and playing a featured role in the 2017 historical adventure series "Britannia." In 2006, McDiarmid won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for the revival of Brian Friel's "Faith Healer," opposite fellow Tony winner Ralph Fiennes.
In many ways, Ewan McGregor had the biggest shoes to fill of any actor in "The Phantom Menace." Though Jake Lloyd was playing the boy who would one day be Darth Vader, it was a version of the character that had never been seen in the original trilogy. McGregor, on the other hand, was stepping straight into the Jedi robes of Obi-Wan Kenobi, memorably played in the first three films by Sir Alec Guinness. McGregor makes the role his own with a twinkle in his eye and a slight Guinness-y lilt to his voice, managing better than most of his co-stars to find the humor and pathos in the prequels' frequently clunky dialogue.
McGregor had previously made a name for himself in the breakout Scottish indie film "Trainspotting." His post-"Star Wars" career has been a similar mix of bold, challenging work, like the black comedy "I Love You Phillip Morris," and occasional blockbusters, such as "The Island" and "Big Fish." Some of his most acclaimed roles have been on television, however. He was Emmy-nominated for his role as a pair of ne'er-do-well siblings in the third season of FX's "Fargo," and he won in 2021 for his lead role in the Netflix limited series "Halston." McGregor reprises the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 2022 Disney+ series of the same name, which picks up from where the character left off at the end of "Revenge of the Sith."
Prior to "The Phantom Menace," Irish actor Liam Neeson was best known for sensitive performances in prestige dramas like "Schindler's List," "Nell," and "Michael Collins." Only a couple of credits on his resume, like Sam Raimi's gonzo superhero flick "Darkman" and the Scottish rebel biopic "Rob Roy," would suggest the two-fisted man of action he has become on film in the last two decades. The role of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn splits the difference between these competing trends in Neeson's career, both meditative and forceful (no pun intended) and, it must be said, perhaps not the brightest lightsaber in the Jedi Temple. When his padawan Obi-Wan utters the series catchphrase "I have a bad feeling about this," Qui-Gon responds with "I don't sense anything," moments before they are attacked.
Neeson would take on a similar mentor role in the 2005 comic book reboot "Batman Begins," but his "ass-kicking dad" era wouldn't begin in earnest until 2008's "Taken." Since then, Neeson has released a new action feature every year or two. Titles like "The Grey," "Unknown," and "A Walk in the Tombstones" lean on his aging gravitas in the service of revenge plots, thrillers, and survival tales. He's also willing to lampoon his own image, as in 2014's "The Lego Movie" and Seth McFarland's parody Western "A Million Ways to Die in the West."
Scottish actor and stunt performer Ray Park studied martial arts since he was a boy , and he hadn't been working in Hollywood long when he was cast as the horned and tattooed Sith Lord Darth Maul. Park's acrobatic skills set the tone for the prequel trilogy's lightsaber duels, which were far more fast-paced and kinetic than the ones featured in the first three "Star Wars" films. Even at the height of anti-prequel discourse, when everything about the films was fair game for ridicule, "Star Wars" fans could all agree on one thing: Darth Maul was really cool.
Park followed up "The Phantom Menace" by playing the Headless Horseman (alongside Christopher Walken) in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow" and mutant villain Toad in the first "X-Men" movie in 2000. He appeared on Season 4 of the NBC superhero series "Heroes," played Chuck Norris in a 2008 Chinese miniseries based on the life of Bruce Lee, and donned the black mask as ninja villain Snake Eyes in "GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and its 2013 sequel. Over the years, Park has returned to the role of Darth Maul several times, most notably in the 2018 prequel "Solo: A Star Wars Story." He was originally intended to reprise the role in "Obi-Wan Kenobi," but his role was reportedly cut out when the series' scripts were heavily rewritten before filming began.
Natalie Portman made a name for herself at a young age with a series of affecting turns in heavy adult dramas like "The Professional" and "Heat." Those were the types of roles she generally played before being cast as Padmé Amidala — Queen of Naboo and future mother to Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia — and for the most part, they're the types of roles she's played since. Like co-star Ewan McGregor, Portman's time in a galaxy far, far away is a foundational part of her stellar career, but it's also just one chapter of it.
As large as "Star Wars" looms on her resume, Portman is arguably just as iconic (for better or worse) as Manic Pixie Dream Girl Sam in Zach Braff's 2004 hit "Garden State." In the 2000s, she worked with directors like Wes Anderson, Wong Kar-wai, and Mike Nichols, among many others, receiving her first Academy Award nomination for Darren Aronofsky's 2010 psychological thriller "Black Swan." She won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2017 for playing Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the biopic "Jackie." In 2010, Portman joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in "Thor" as the God of Thunder's love interest Jane Foster, reprising the role in the 2013 sequel "Thor: The Dark World." Though Portman skipped the series' third installment, she is set to return in 2022's "Thor: Love and Thunder." Outside of her film work, Portman is an animal rights activist , a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement, and a surprisingly good rapper .
Classic British tough-guy actor and erstwhile General Zod Terence Stamp plays Chancellor Valorum in "The Phantom Menace," the weak-willed leader of the Galactic Senate who proves no match for the shady maneuverings of Senator Palpatine. Stamp was famously not a fan of his time in the "Star Wars" universe (per IndieWire ). He's criticized George Lucas' obsession with special effects, as well as his paltry salary, which included a stencil set as payment for an extra day of shooting. Stamp has said that he only took the job because he had a "crush" on Natalie Portman — a somewhat problematic claim given that she was roughly a third his age at the time of production.
Known for 1960s Mod classics like "Poor Cow" and "Modesty Blaise," Stamp was on something of a comeback streak in 1999, appearing in Steven Soderbergh's "The Limey" that same year and in the drag classic "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" just a few years before. Afterwards, Stamp appeared in comedies like "My Boss' Daughter" and "Yes Man" and dramas like the Mormon western "September Dawn" and Tim Burton's "Big Eyes." He returned to the world of Superman in 2003, voicing the Man of Steel's birth father Jor-El on more than 20 episodes of the WB/CW teen series "Smallville." In 2021, Stamp appeared in Edgar Wright's Mod throwback thriller "Last Night in Soho."
Ghana-born British actor Hugh Quarshie appears in "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace" as Captain Panaka of the Naboo royal guard, who accompanies Queen Amidala to the planet Tatooine while on the run from the Trade Federation. Panaka also gets the honor, so to speak, of introducing R2D2 to the "Star Wars" universe.
A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company since 1981, Quarshie is another of the many well-versed British thespians who've filled out small roles in the sci-fi franchise. Arguably best known to American audiences for his roles in "Highlander," "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," and two episodes of David Tennant-era "Doctor Who," he's known to British audiences for his nearly two-decade turn on the long-running BBC medical drama "Holby City." Quarshie's surgical consultant Ric Griffin was introduced in the show's fourth season in 2001 and bowed out some 500 episodes later in 2020. Since then, he's appeared on the comedy series "Breeders" opposite Martin Freeman and in the 2021 true crime docudrama "Stephen."
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'Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace' Cast: Where Are They Now?
The first chapter in the Skywalker saga, which was set 32 years before the original trilogy, introduced audiences to a Force-sensitive child, Anakin Skywalker. Here's what the cast is doing now since the film's May 1999 debut
Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn
Several years after appearing in Steven Spielberg 's Schindler's List and earning his first Oscar nomination for the role, Liam Neeson starred as the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in 1999's Star Wars Episode I — The Phantom Menace . The Star Wars film followed his character as he and his mentee Obi-Wan Kenobi came across a young Anakin Skywalker while they were serving as protection for 14-year-old Queen Padmé Amidala.
After his onscreen turn as Qui-Gon — which he later voiced in several Star Wars projects, including 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker and Tales of the Jedi — Neeson starred in films like Love Actually (2003), Taken (2008), The A-Team (2010) and Memory (2022).
Neeson dated fellow actress Helen Mirren from 1980 to 1985 before meeting his future wife, Natasha Richardson , in 1994. Together, they had two sons before she died from a skiing accident in 2009.
Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Ewan McGregor played Qui-Gon's apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan was left in charge of Anakin's training after Qui-Gon's death at the end of the film. And the rest is, as they say, history.
McGregor went on to star in the remaining films of the prequel trilogy, as well as the Disney+ miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi in 2022. The actor also appeared in projects unrelated to Star Wars , such as Moulin Rouge! (2001), Fargo , Halston — which earned him an Emmy for lead actor in a limited or anthology series or movie — and Raymond & Ray (2022).
McGregor was married to Eve Mavrakis , whom he shares four kids with, for 22 years before officially divorcing in 2020 . He began dating fellow actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 2017 and later had their first child in 2021. The couple wed in April 2022.
Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker
Following turns in the 1996 films Unhook the Stars and Jingle All the Way, Jake Lloyd brought to life the role of Anakin, who was destined to become the fearsome villain Darth Vader in later films.
Lloyd appeared in the 2001 film Madison before leaving Hollywood for good. In March 2015, the former child was reported for allegedly assaulting his mother and was arrested for reckless driving. Five years later, his family released a statement to Geek News Now saying that Lloyd was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala
Natalie Portman gave life — and moxie — to the teenage queen of Naboo, Padmé Amidala, who sought to protect her people from dark enemies arising in the galaxy.
Portman reprised her role in the next two Star Wars prequels and went on to star as Jane Foster in Marvel's Thor film series .
She's been nominated for three Oscars, and in 2010, she won Best Actress for Black Swan , where she met her future husband and the film's choreographer, Benjamin Millepied . Portman and Millepied share two children, Amalia and Aleph .
Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
After previously playing the character in George Lucas ' original trilogy released in the '70s and '80s, Anthony Daniels reprised his role as the intelligent droid fluent in over 6 million forms of communications, C-3PO.
Daniels has continued to work as C-3PO on Star Wars projects, including the new trilogy beginning with 2015's Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens and ending with The Rise of Skywalker . He also released a 2019 memoir about his role titled I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story .
The actor has been married to wife Christine Savage since 1999.
Kenny Baker as R2-D2
Kenny Baker was the original actor to portray the beloved droid R2-D2. He reprised his role for The Phantom Menace and the rest of the prequels.
Baker returned to the Star Wars universe as an R2 consultant for The Force Awakens . He died at 81 the following year and is survived by his two children, whom he had with his late wife, Eileen Baker.
Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu
Samuel L. Jackson had already appeared in films like Spike Lee 's Do the Right Thing (1989), Martin Scorsese 's Goodfellas (1990) and Quentin Tarantino 's Pulp Fiction (1994) before starring as Jedi Master Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
Since then, he's worked on a myriad of Hollywood hits, including The Hateful Eight (2015), Kong: Skull Island (2017) and more than a dozen Marvel projects as Nick Fury, including his own 2023 Disney+ spin-off series — Secret Invasion .
Jackson has been married to actress-director LaTanya Richardson since 1980. Their daughter Zoe was born two years later.
Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine
Ian McDiarmid was first cast as Emperor Palpatine by Lucas in Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi (1983). He came back to the character, also known as Darth Sidious, for the prequel trilogy.
McDiarmid later returned to Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker and Obi Wan-Kenobi , as well as lending his voice for the character in the animated series Star Wars Rebels , Tales of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Bad Batch .
Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks
Ahmed Best portrayed the Gungan Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace and voiced the character in the next two prequel films, several animated series and TV movies, as well as video games.
Following his turn as Jar Jar, Best made appearances on TV shows such as Alias , Cougar Town , Law & Order: LA and Big Time Rush.
In 2018, Best revealed in a tweet that public criticism towards his Star Wars character made him contemplate "ending his life." However, he credited his son, who he shares with partner Raquel Horsford, as his "gift for survival."
Best came back to Star Wars in 2020, voicing (human) Jedi Master Kelleran Beq on Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge . He played the live-action version of this character in 2023 in season 3 of Disney+'s The Mandalorian .
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Paddington’s Ben Whishaw and Happy Valley’s Sarah Lancashire will be joining Keira Knightley (Boston Strangler) in Netflix’s spy thriller Black Doves , Variety reports. The upcoming six-part series hails from The Lazarus Project showrunner Joe Barton .
The series, which is set in London, will follow politician’s wife and mother, Helen Webb (Knightley), who is also a professional spy. Working for a secret organization called Black Doves, Helen’s life soon took an unexpected, tragic turn when her lover, Jason, is assassinated. Eager to discover who killed Jason — as well as the reason behind killing him — Helen enlists the help of her old friend, Sam Young (Whishaw), who also has his own issues to deal with.
The show is described as a story about “two old friends coming back together.” The logline reads: “Together, they set off on a mission that will lead them to uncover a vast, interconnected conspiracy. One that links the murky underworld of London to a looming geopolitical crisis — and leads them to question the cost of the moral choices they’ve made.”
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Posted: October 26, 2023 | Last updated: October 26, 2023
Benson is an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from 1979-1986. The series was created by Susan Harris and stars Robert Guillaume as Benson Dubois. In 1985 Guillaume won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Benson . The sitcom was a spin-off from the series Soap , in which the character Benson first appeared as the sarcastic level-headed butler for the highly dysfunctional Tate family.
Focusing on the conflicts and relationships within the Governor's household, the series centers around Benson DuBois, who is hired as the head of household affairs for widowed Governor, Eugene X. Gatling (James Noble), cousin of Jessica Tate (Katherine Helmond), and his daughter Katie (Missy Gold).
Throughout the series, Benson works his way to become the state budget director, then the lieutenant governor, and eventually runs for Governor against Gatling. The sitcom ended just as a broadcaster began to announce that a winner was at last being declared, stopping on a freeze-frame of Benson and Gatling. With over 40 years since Benson first premiered on ABC, here is a fond look back at the cast and characters.
Robert Guillaume as Benson DuBois
Robert Guillaume was known for his portrayal of the sarcastic Benson DuBois in the controversial sitcom Soap and its spin-off Benson, for which he won two Emmy Awards. Guillaume's career spanned more than 50 years while he worked on stage, television, and film. In 1990, Guillaume was cast in the Los Angeles production of The Phantom of the Opera, replacing Michael Crawford in the title role, and was the first African-American actor to portray the character. He later voiced the wise mandrill Rafiki in the Disney franchise The Lion King , and is also known for his role as Eli Vance in the 2004 video game Half-Life 2.
Robert Guillaume has also made several guest appearances on sitcoms, including The Jeffersons , Good Times , Sanford and Son , Saved by the Bell: The College Years , The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and A Different World . Sadly, Robert Guillaume passed away on October 24, 2017, from prostate cancer, at the age of 89.
James Noble as Eugene X. Gatling
James Noble was best known for starring as the well-meaning but often naive Governor Eugene X. Gatling on the ABC sitcom Benson . After serving in World War ll, Noble studied acting under Lee Strasberg and made appearances in Broadway theater. During his television career, James starred in soap operas including The Brighter Day , As the World Turns , The Doctors , and A World Apart . In the 1970s, Noble appeared as the spokesperson in various commercials for Pepto-Bismol and later appeared in the 1980s sitcom, Perfect Strangers , as the father of Larry Appleton.
Noble's film career consisted of One Summer Love, Promises in the Dark , Being There , Airplane ll: The Sequel , A Tiger's Tale , Paramedics , and Chances Are . James was married to actress Carolyn Coates until her passing in 2005, and on March 28, 2016, at the age of 94, James Noble passed away after suffering a stroke.
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Missy Gold as Katie Gatling
Missy Gold portrayed Katie Gatling, the governor's daughter on the sitcom Benson . Before her portrayal as the governor's daughter, Missy Gold appeared on Eight Is Enough , Fantasy Island , The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries , and Trapper John, M.D .
A former child actress, Missy Gold grew up with fellow actor siblings, including her older sister Tracey Gold, who portrayed Carol Anne on the 1980s sitcom, Growing Pains , and her younger sister Brandy Gold, who had a recurring role in the hospital drama, St. Elsewhere . Missy Gold is now a licensed psychologist who earned a B.A. at Georgetown University and a Ph.D. from California School of Professional Psychology.
Inga Swenson as Gretchen Kraus
Inga Swenson played the governor's chef, Gretchen Kraus, who is a fiercely proud German immigrant often at odds with Benson, trading insults with him regularly. Gretchen is often heard shouting from off-stage at Benson, "I He-e-e-ear You-u-u-u!"
In her early film career, Swenson appeared in multiple Broadway productions and was nominated twice for the Tony Award, for Best Actress in a Musical for her performances as Lizzie Curry in 110 in the Shade , and portraying Irene Adler in Baker Street . Swenson played supporting roles in the films Advise and Consent and The Miracle Worker , where she starred as Helen Keller's mother. She also appeared in two episodes of the Western television series Bonanza . Swenson married actor/singer Lowell Harris and the couple had two sons, Mark and James. Sadly, on July 23, 2023, Swenson passed away at the age of 90.
René Auberjonois as Clayton Endicott lll
René Auberjonois starred as the overbearing snobby hypochondriac Clayton Endicott lll, who replaced John Taylor as the governor's chief of staff beginning in season 2. With more than 200 credits to his name, Auberjonois was most well known for his role as Clayton in Benson , as Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , and as Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal . In 2018, Rene Auberjonois was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
Auberjonois has had several voice acting credits as well, including Chef Louis in the film The Little Mermaid , in which he sang the iconic and hilarious "Les Poissons". René also voiced the character Flanagan in the animated comedy musical Cats Don't Dance, the butler in Joseph: King of Dreams , and André in Planes: Fire & Rescue . In 2018 Auberjonois underwent painful chemotherapy for lung cancer and sadly in 2019 discovered that the cancer had spread to his brain. On December 6, 2019, under the California End of Life Option Act, René Auberjonois took the medication prescribed for assisted suicide, due to his potentially serious cognitive side effects, and passed away at the age of 79 .
Ethan Phillips as Peter "Pete" Downey
Ethan Phillips played PR man Peter "Pete" Downey, the Governor's high-strung press secretary for five seasons. Appearing in over 50 films, Ethan began his film career in Ragtime and followed in feature films including For Richer or Poorer , Lean On Me , The Island , Bad Santa , Irrational Man , and James DeMonaco's The Purge: Election Year . Phillips is currently starring as Spike Martin in the space comedy Avenue 5 on HBO .
Philips also made guest appearances on many television series, including Pushing Daisies , Bones , Eli Stone , Criminal Minds , Law & Order , Boston Legal , Castle , Rizzoli & Isles , The Good Wife , and Veep . Ethan began his Star Trek career playing the Ferengi doctor Farek in Star Trek: The Next Generation and later as the Talaxian character Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager.
Caroline McWilliams as Marcy Hill
Caroline McWilliams portrayed Marcy Hill, the governor's personal secretary, and Benson's closest friend in the mansion, with whom she would often confide. Marcy was frequently unlucky in love, but she eventually married and left the governor's employment early in Season 3. Hill has also appeared in the series Soap starring as Sally and later was a regular on the CBS drama Guiding Light, as Janet Norris.
McWilliams also appeared in the NBC soap opera Another World, and afterward had a recurring role on Beverly Hills, 90210 portraying Ray Puits' mother. After numerous appearances in television series including Kojak , Home Improvement , Murphy Brown , Nearly Departed , Cass Malloy, and Judging Amy, Caroline appeared in two major motion picture films that include, White Water Summer and Mermaids . In her personal life, Caroline was married to Michael Keaton, with whom she had a son. Sadly, Caroline McWilliams passed away from multiple myeloma on February 11, 2010, at the age of 64.
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Didi Conn as Denise Stevens
Didi Conn starred as Denise Stevens, the sweet-natured, cheerful but naive personal secretary to Governor Gatling, who replaced Marcy Hill (Caroline McWilliams) starting in season 3 of Benson . Conn is most famously known for her role as Frenchy, a member of the Pink Ladies, in the films Grease and Grease 2 . Later portraying Stacy Jones on Shining Time Station and Helen on The Practice , Conn reprised her role as the Shining Time Station manager in Thomas and the Magic Railroad .
Conn has been married to composer David Shire since 1984 and has an adopted son named Daniel, who has autism . On November 13, 2008, Didi Conn was named national celebrity spokesperson for Autism Speaks and has performed at benefits for the Foundation for Education Children with Autism. In 2019, Conn was a contestant on the eleventh season of the British television series Dancing on Ice at age 67, where she was the oldest person ever to compete on the show.
Billie Bird as Rose Cassidy
Comedian Billie Bird played Rose Cassidy, the Governor's housekeeper and chef in seasons 6 and 7 of the sitcom Benson . Rose began working as a maid for the Governor's mansion and would often humorously state, "35 years of cleaning up after a bunch of sloppy politicians and that's what I get?"
Bird was known for her portrayal of Margie in the television sitcom, Dear John, and made numerous appearances on series including Happy Days , Silver Spoons , Eight Is Enough , The Facts of Life , and Who's the Boss? She was often cast in director John Hughes's films including Sixteen Candles , Home Alone , and Dennis the Menace. However, Bird's last film appearance was in Jury Duty , which starred Pauly Shore. On November 27, 2002, after several years of suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Billie Bird passed away at the age of 94.
Lewis J. Stadlen as John Taylor
Lewis J. Stadlen stars as John Taylor, Governor Gatling's chief of staff in the first season of Benson . Stadlen was replaced in the second season by Rene Auberjonois. Stadlen is better known for his role as Ira Fried in the drama television series, The Sopranos and has also appeared in Law & Orde r .
Stadlen made his film debut in Portnoy's Complaint , and later earned roles in Serpico , The Verdict , To Be or Not to Be , Windy City , Between The Lines , and In & Out . In 2000, he co-starred with Nathan Lane and Jean Smart in the Roundabout Theater's revival of the classic comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner . After gaining most of his recognition in theater, Stadlen earned a Drama Desk Award and a Theatre World Award, following his performance in the Broadway musical Minnie Boys.
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Star Wars : Episode I The Phantom Menace is a 1999 film written and directed by George Lucas , produced by Rick McCallum and starring Liam Neeson , Ewan McGregor , Natalie Portman , Jake Lloyd , and Ian McDiarmid . It is the first chapter of the Star Wars prequel trilogy , the fourth theatrical Star Wars release overall, and chronologically the first film in the Star Wars saga .
The Phantom Menace was released in theaters on May 19 , 1999, becoming the first Star Wars film since Star Wars : Episode VI Return of the Jedi , which was released sixteen years earlier. The release was accompanied by extensive media coverage and great fan anticipation. Despite mixed reviews from critics and fans, the film grossed $924.3 million worldwide, making it the second-highest-grossing Star Wars film when unadjusted for inflation. It was re-released on Blu-ray in September 2011 , and was re-released in theaters in 3D on February 10 , 2012 .
The film was the catalyst for fifteen years of Star Wars storytelling that would primarily take place around the time of the prequel storyline. The success of the film allowed for the next two chapters of the prequel trilogy, as well as the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and television series .
- 1 Opening crawl
- 2 Plot summary
- 3 Development
- 4.1.1 Soundtrack
- 4.1.2 Novelization
- 4.2 Home video
- 4.3 3D re-release
- 5 Reception
- 6 Deleted scenes
- 7.1 Minature Construction and Photography Unit
- 7.2 Special Effects Pyrotechnics Crew
- 7.3 Second Unit
- 7.4 Tunisia Shoot
- 7.5 Italy Shoot
- 8 Appearances
- 10 Notes and references
- 11 External links
Opening crawl [ ]
Plot summary [ ].
Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan prepare to fight their way out of the Trade Federation flagship.
Thirty-two years before the events of Star Wars : Episode IV A New Hope (thirteen years before the formation of the Galactic Empire), there is a trade dispute between the Trade Federation and the outlying systems of the Galactic Republic , which has led to a blockade of the Mid-Rim planet of Naboo . Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum , leader of the Galactic Senate , has secretly dispatched two Jedi , Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan , Obi-Wan Kenobi , to serve as "the ambassadors" to the Federation flagship , in order to meet with Viceroy Nute Gunray and resolve the dispute. Unknown to them, the Trade Federation is in league with the mysterious Darth Sidious , Dark Lord of the Sith , who secretly orders Gunray to invade Naboo and kill the two Jedi upon their arrival. When Gunray asked if that would be legal, Sidious says that he would ensure that it was.
The Viceroy locks the Jedi in the meeting room and attempts to kill them with poison gas while having their ship, the Radiant VII , destroyed in the hangar, but they escape. After battling through squads of battle droids, Jinn and Kenobi make their way to the command deck where Gunray is located, shielding himself behind blast doors . The Jedi are forced to flee upon the arrival of two Destroyer Droids and stow away aboard two separate Federation landing craft leaving for the surface of Naboo to begin the invasion.
Back in the command deck, Queen Amidala contacts Gunray to express her disapproval of their blockade, with Gunray explaining that they wouldn't have done it without the approval of the Senate. When she asks about the ambassadors sent by the Chancellor, Gunray claims that they have received no such ambassadors, leaving Amidala startled and suspicious. Gunray ends communications with her and informs his aide that they should disable all communications on the planet.
Meanwhile, Amidala is conversing with Senator Sheev Palpatine regarding the recent attempt at negotiations and how Gunray claimed that they did not receive any ambassadors. Surprised, Palpatine states that he had assurances from the Chancellor that his ambassadors did arrive. However, Palpatine is unable to finish his sentence as his hologram flickers out. Naboo Governor Sio Bibble suspects that an interruption of communications is a sign that an invasion from the Trade Federation is imminent.
The Jedi liberate the queen and her guards from the battle-droid invasion.
On the planet's surface, Qui-Gon saves native outcast Jar Jar Binks from being crushed by a Trade Federation MTT . Kenobi appears, pursued by STAPs , which are destroyed by Qui-Gon. Jar Jar Binks shows the two Jedi the way to an underwater Gungan settlement, Otoh Gunga . Meanwhile, the Trade Federation occupies Theed , the capital city of Naboo, and captures Queen Amidala along with the rest of the government. In Otoh Gunga, the Jedi meet the Gungan leader, Boss Nass , and ask him to help the people of Naboo, but Nass refuses due to hate of the people of Naboo and sends them off in a bongo submarine . They are attacked by an opee sea killer and a colo claw fish but both fish are eaten by a sando aqua monster . The Jedi, with Binks in tow, arrive in Theed and rescue Queen Amidala. They depart for Coruscant , the Galactic Republic's capital planet, to ask for help from the Senate. As they attempt to run the blockade, the queen's starship is damaged by Federation battleships , but an astromech droid named R2-D2 manages to repair it and they narrowly escape.
Due to the damage to the ship's hyperdrive sustained in the attack, the Jedi decide to land on the nearby planet Tatooine for repairs. While searching for a new hyperdrive generator, they befriend young Anakin Skywalker , a slave boy, whose master is Watto , a Toydarian junk dealer. Watto has the required parts in stock, but Qui-Gon is unable to purchase them, as Republic credits are worthless on Tatooine.
Anakin races ahead of Sebulba during the Boonta Eve Podrace.
Anakin is gifted with piloting and mechanical abilities, and has built an almost-complete droid named C-3PO . Qui-Gon senses a strong presence of the Force in Anakin, and feels that he may be the Chosen One —the one who will fulfil a prophecy by bringing balance to the Force. By entering Anakin into a podrace , Qui-Gon orchestrates a gamble with Watto's chance cube in which " fate " decided that the boy (alone, since Qui-Gon was unable to include the youth's mother in the bargain) will be released from slavery while also acquiring the parts needed for their ship. The night before the race, Qui-Gon does a blood test on Anakin and discovers that the boy's midi-chlorian reading is off the chart.
Anakin wins the race (defeating his rival, Sebulba ) and joins the team as they prepare to leave for Coruscant, where Qui-Gon plans to seek permission from the Jedi High Council to train Anakin to be a Jedi. Meanwhile, Darth Sidious sends his apprentice, Darth Maul , to kill the two Jedi and capture the queen. Maul appears just as the group is leaving the planet, and duels with Qui-Gon. The fight is cut short when Qui-Gon escapes his black-robed assailant by jumping on board the Naboo Royal Starship as it takes off.
Amidala and Palpatine plead before the Senate to intervene with Naboo's crisis.
On Coruscant, Qui-Gon informs the Jedi Council of the mysterious attacker he encountered on Tatooine, coming to the conclusion that his attacker is a Sith , the latter being a religious order who were followers of the dark side of the Force and thought to have been extinct for over a millennium, much to the shock of the Jedi Council. Qui-Gon also informs the Council about Anakin, hoping that he can be trained as a Jedi. After testing the boy and deliberating with one another, the Council refuses, deeming him too old for training according to the Jedi Code . They are also concerned that they sense much fear in the boy, and that he has a clouded future.
Meanwhile, Senator Palpatine meets with Queen Amidala to warn of corruption in the Senate and advises that she may have to call for a Vote of No Confidence in Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum. When their petition to the Senate is refused, Amidala sees no alternative but to do just that. Palpatine is among the candidates to become the new Supreme Chancellor. The queen later announces to Palpatine that she will return to their home planet to repel the invasion of her people by herself. She is frustrated by the Senate's deliberation and lack of action, and feels that even if Palpatine is elected Chancellor, it will be too late. The Jedi Council sends the two Jedi to accompany the queen back to Naboo, hoping to shed light on any Sith involvement.
Boss Nass at the Gungan Sacred Place
Amidala, back on Naboo, attempts to locate the Gungans at Otoh Gunga, but Jar-Jar, after searching the city, informs them that it has been abandoned. He then leads them to the Gungan Sacred Place , where he is certain the Gungans will be . The Gungans are initially distrustful, until the "handmaiden" Padmé reveals herself as the true queen and humbly begs for their help. She negotiates with Boss Nass to form an alliance and unite their peoples in battle against the Trade Federation. Captain Panaka and several other security forces were also dispatched to rescue anyone imprisoned in the Trade Federation's prison camps, although they were only able to successfully extract a handful.
Next, Amidala informs Qui-Gon and Nass of her battle strategy: with the Grand Gungan Army acting as a distraction to the bulk of the main Trade Federation forces, the Naboo resistance led by herself, Captain Panaka and the Jedi will infiltrate Theed via a secret entrance located inside one of the waterfalls. Nute Gunray, hearing reports of the Grand Army's assembly, informs Darth Sidious; Sidious orders Gunray to wipe out both the Gungans and the Naboo as the Trade Federation prepares for battle.
Captain Roos Tarpals orders the Gungan Grand Army to activate their shield , which protects them from ranged attack. OOM-9 has his tanks fire first, but seeing them fail to penetrate the powerful shield, orders them to cease fire. Daultay Dofine gives the command to activate the battle droids. These droids march through the shield and open fire on the Grand Army, soon destroying the shield generator. As the tanks cause heavy casualties among the Gungans, defeat for the alliance seems imminent.
However, victory comes when young Anakin Skywalker accidentally takes control of an N-1 starfighter and goes on to destroy the Federation's Droid Control Ship from the inside, killing Daultay Dofine and rendering the droid army useless. Meanwhile, Amidala and her force fight their way back into the royal palace and capture Nute Gunray.
Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan fight Darth Maul during the Battle of Naboo.
At the same time, in a Theed hangar bay , Darth Maul engages in combat with the two Jedi, using his double-bladed lightsaber . The battle moves from the hangar, across a series of catwalks, to the Theed Generator Complex. During the fight, Obi-Wan is separated from his master by being kicked off of a catwalk. He grabs the edge of another catwalk below and jumps back up to where Qui-Gon and Maul continue to fight. By this time, Qui-Gon and Maul have become separated by a force field in the entrance to the Generator Room. Obi-Wan catches up to them, but is divided from his master by four force fields. When the force fields deactivate, Jinn and Maul continue their battle while Kenobi remains divided from the battle by one force field when they all reactivate.
After a lengthy duel, Maul suddenly stuns Qui-Gon by hitting him on the chin with his lightsaber handle, then rams his blade straight into Qui-Gon's torso, mortally wounding him. Devastated and angered, Obi-Wan redoubles his assault upon Maul and chops the Sith's lightsaber in half, but Maul eventually overpowers and nearly kills Kenobi by Force pushing him over the edge of a seemingly bottomless reactor shaft. Obi-Wan saves himself from falling when he manages to grab onto a pipe protruding from the wall of the shaft. Maul kicks the Jedi's lightsaber into the pit and prepares to finish him off. After Obi-Wan calms himself, he uses the Force to leap out of the shaft and over Maul's head while summoning his fallen master's lightsaber to his hand. He lands behind the surprised Maul and cuts him in half; Maul's upper and lower body fall into the shaft.
Obi-Wan reaches Qui-Gon moments before he dies, as Qui-Gon instructs Obi-Wan to train Anakin to become a Jedi, reiterating that Anakin is the Chosen One. Obi-Wan gives his word that he will. Qui-Gon dies, leading to Obi-Wan to grieve for his deceased master. The newly elected Chancellor Palpatine arrives to congratulate Queen Amidala on her victory, as Nute Gunray is sent to stand trial for his crimes.
The Gungans and the Naboo celebrate their victory.
Later, in a room in the queen's palace, Yoda confers upon Obi-Wan the rank of Jedi Knight. Kenobi argues with Yoda about his promise to Qui-Gon regarding Anakin's training. Yoda is convinced it is dangerous to train the boy, but tells Kenobi the Jedi Council has allowed Skywalker to become Kenobi's apprentice. Later that evening, in a temple in Theed, Qui-Gon's body is cremated , and Mace Windu and Yoda agree that the Sith are definitely to blame for the tragedy. As there are only ever two Sith at any given time (a Master and an apprentice), both Masters believe that one must still remain.
The Naboo and Gungans organize a great victory celebration on the streets of Theed, in front on the palace. Obi-Wan and Anakin are present, the younger now wearing formal Jedi attire, and in his hair is a special braid : the mark of a Jedi Padawan. The film ends with Queen Amidala presenting a gift of appreciation and friendship to Boss Nass and the Gungan people.
Development [ ]
Along the lines of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles , all three prequel films were originally intended to be written and shot as one large production, and released back to back.  The first draft of the script was begun November 1994 . 
The role of director was offered to Steven Spielberg , Ron Howard , and Robert Zemeckis. According to Howard, Lucas didn't necessarily want to direct Episode I. He further commented that all three directors turned down the position as the film was Lucas's "baby."  The budget of Menace was estimated $115 million. Shooting took place from June 26 to September 30 , 1997 . As with Star Wars : Episode IV A New Hope , Episode I's main exterior filming locations were in Tunisia . The podrace was filmed in a canyon near Sidi Bouhlel and Oung Jmel . A set was built near Oung Jmel to represent Mos Espa on Tatooine. The Slave Quarters Row were filmed in ksour's near Tataouine and Ksar Medenine . Small parts were filmed in Royal Caserta Palace in Italy and Whippendell Woods in the United Kingdom , but Hever Castle was later cut. Studio work was mainly done at Leavesden Studios in the United Kingdom. 
Unlike the latter two films in the series which were shot on digital video , most of this film was shot in 35 mm, with a few scenes shot in digital video. 
This episode was also the first of the saga to be referred to primarily by its number ( Episode One ) by media and fans, in contrast to the original trilogy the public already knew. [ source? ]
Release [ ]
One of the most popular marketing posters for the film
The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars film in 16 years. As a result, there was almost unprecedented interest amongst both fans and the wider public in the revival of the franchise. The film received enormous media-created hype, which made Lucasfilm's $20 million advertising campaign—with the distinctive artwork of Star Wars series artist Drew Struzan gracing the movie poster and other advertising—seem modest and almost unnecessary. Few film studios released films during the same week as the release of The Phantom Menace ; among the more courageous were DreamWorks and Universal Studios , with the releases of The Love Letter and Notting Hill respectively. The Love Letter was a box-office flop, whereas Notting Hill fared rather well and followed The Phantom Menace closely in second place.  Challenger, Grey & Christmas of Chicago, a work-issues consulting firm, estimated that 2.2 million full-time employees did not appear for work to attend the film, resulting in $293 million in lost productivity. The Wall Street Journal reported that such a large number of workers announced plans to view premiere screenings that many companies shut down on the premiere day.  Many fans began waiting outside cinema theaters as early as a month in advance of ticket sales. 
More theatre lines appeared when it was announced that cinemas were not allowed to sell tickets in advance until two weeks into the release. This was done out of fear that family theatre-goers would either be unable to receive tickets or would be forced to pay higher prices. Tickets were instead to be sold on a traditional first-come-first-serve basis.  However, after meetings with the National Association of Theatre Owners , Lucasfilm agreed to allow advance ticket sales on May 12 , 1999 , provided that there be a 12-ticket limit per customer.  As a result, however, some advance tickets were sold by " scalpers " as high as $100 apiece, which a distribution chief called "horrible," stating it was exactly what they wanted to avoid.  Daily Variety reported that theatre owners received strict instructions from Lucasfilm that the film could only play in the cinema's largest auditorium for the first 8–12 weeks; no honor passes were allowed for the first eight weeks, and they were obligated to send their payments to distributor 20th Century Fox within seven days.  Servers at the film's official website became gridlocked soon after the release of the first teaser trailer ,  and many fans of the series paid full admission to see Meet Joe Black only to leave after the trailer had run. The same tradition followed months later when the theatrical trailer was featured in front of Wing Commander .  The theatrical trailer caused even more notable media hype, because it not only premiered in theaters, but screened at the ShoWest Convention in Las Vegas , and was aired on television on Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood .  An unusual marketing scheme was pursued across the United Kingdom , where the teaser trailer was released on December 2 , 1998 and then pulled from theaters six weeks later. 
Despite worries about whether the film would be finished in time, two weeks prior to its debut Lucasfilm pushed the release date up from May 21 to May 19 of 1999. At the ShoWest Convention, Lucas stated that the change was to give the fans a "head start" by allowing them to view it over the week and allowing families the chance to view on the weekends. In a nod toward his future with digital technology, Lucas stated that the film would be released on four digital projectors on June 18 , 1999.  Eleven charity premieres were staged across the United States on May 16 , 1999; proceeds from the Los Angeles event were given to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation with corporate packages available for $5,000–$25,000.  Other charity premieres included the Dallas premiere for Children's Medical Center , the Aubrey Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research at the Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York, the Big Brother/Sister Assn. of the Philadelphia premiere, and the Children's National Medical Centre in Washington D.C. A statement said that tickets were sold at $500 apiece and that certain sections were set aside for disadvantaged children. 
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Soundtrack [ ].
Two separate soundtracks were released for The Phantom Menace . One, a traditional soundtrack, contained seventeen tracks of selections from the score. The second, an Ultimate Collector's Edition Soundtrack, compiled the score as it was presented in the film (with several minor alterations) in sixty-eight tracks.
Major musical themes and leitmotifs were introduced in the film, including the droid march , " Duel of the Fates ," Qui-Gon's Theme , " The Adventures of Jar Jar ," Darth Maul's Motif , Anakin's Theme , Shmi's motif , " The Flag Parade ," " Escape from Naboo ," and the " Symponik Nabooalla ."
During the credits at the end of the film, young Anakin's theme is heard playing, but during the last moments of the film, this theme morphs into the first few notes of the Darth Vader theme during the Imperial March , and, as the last logos of THX are scrolling by, three rasping breaths from Vader's respirator can be heard, referencing Anakin's eventual change into Darth Vader.
Novelization [ ]
A novelization of the movie was written by Terry Brooks . It includes three entire chapters of material created by Brooks and unique to the novel. The first two chapters of the book concern Anakin's next-to-last podrace and its aftermath, while a later chapter describes an encounter between Anakin and a wounded Tusken Raider in the desert.
Brooks met with Lucas before writing the book and received his approval and guidance, including information about developments to come in Episodes II and III. This can be seen in such passages as the Tusken Raider scene, which ironically foreshadows the death of Anakin's mother in Episode II, and the passage leading up to Anakin's fight with the Rodian child Greedo , indicating that Anakin's anger derives from his anguish at Padmé's impending departure (foreshadowing the plot of Episode III).
The novelization is especially well known for a passage describing the history of the Sith, including Darth Bane . According to Terry Brooks' memoir, Sometimes the Magic Works , Lucas spent an hour on the telephone with him discussing the history of the Jedi and the Sith. Therefore, the information on this subject provided in Brooks' novelization might derive from Lucas himself. The novelization is also the first mention of the Stark Hyperspace War .
Brooks devotes an entire chapter of Sometimes the Magic Works to the writing of the Episode I novelization, which he claims to have been an extremely happy and fulfilling experience.
Home video [ ]
The Phantom Menace on DVD
The film was first released on VHS on April 4, 2000. There was a normal fullscreen release, and a widescreen collector's box set . The widescreen VHS contains an exclusive documentary titled "Filmmaking Has Turned A Corner." In addition the collector's set contains an excerpted version of The Art of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and a set of film cells from a scene in the film.
Star Wars : Episode I The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars film to be officially released on DVD . This two-disc DVD was released on October 16, 2001.
The DVD features a commentary track by Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, editor Ben Burtt , animation director Rob Coleman , and visual effects supervisors John Knoll , Dennis Muren , and Scott Squires . It includes seven deleted scenes completed specifically for the DVD, and The Beginning: Making Episode I , an hour-long documentary film drawn from more than 600 hours of footage, including an insider's look at Lucasfilm and ILM during the production. The viewer can access a multi-angle storyboard-to-animatic-to-film segment featuring the submarine and podrace lap 1 sequences. The DVD includes two documentary sources, five featurettes exploring the storyline, design, costumes, visual effects, and fight sequences in the film, and an award-winning twelve-part web documentary series chronicling the production. The Duel of the Fates music video featuring John Williams was included on the DVD as well. The final special features included are a never-before-seen production photo gallery with a special caption feature, theatrical posters and print campaigns from around the world, a theatrical teaser and launch trailers, seven TV spots, Star Wars: Starfighter - The Making of a Game featurette from LucasArts , and a DVD-ROM weblink to exclusive Star Wars content.
The DVD became the fastest-selling DVD ever in the US, after 2.2 million copies were sold in its first week after release.  However, some reviewers criticized the DVD for the excessive use of edge enhancement that degraded the DVD's picture quality. 
At the DVD press conference for Revenge of the Sith , prequel trilogy animation director Rob Coleman confirmed that the animation department at Lucasfilm had replaced the Yoda puppet from the original version of the film with a digital Yoda. This was done to better match up the look of the Yoda from The Phantom Menace with that of the other two films of the prequel trilogy, as well as with the Yoda from the original trilogy. This change has been, for the most part, welcomed by fans, in contrast to the original puppet Yoda as seen in The Phantom Menace .
A preview of these changes can be viewed on the Revenge of the Sith DVD that was released on November 1, 2005. The clip is included as part of "The Chosen One" featurette. However, when Coleman announced the change, he didn't specify when the revised version of The Phantom Menace would be released. 
The Phantom Menace was re-released along with Episodes II–VI on Blu-ray in September 2011 .  For this release, the film went through a restoration process which restored the picture to its full frame (offering around 8% more picture than its DVD release). The Blu-ray release was also marked by the replacement of the puppet for the CGI model of Yoda used in Star Wars : Episode III Revenge of the Sith , as well as a few corrections of visual effects and technical errors.
On April 7 , 2015 , the Walt Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox, and Lucasfilm jointly announced the digital releases of the six released Star Wars films. As Lucasfilm had retained digital distribution rights to Episodes I thru III and V thru VI, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released The Phantom Menace for digital download on April 10 , 2015. 
Despite the Walt Disney Company's 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd. and the release rights to all future Star Wars films, Fox was to retain original distribution rights to Star Wars : Episode IV A New Hope , which they co-produced and co-financed, in perpetuity in all media worldwide. Fox was also to retain theatrical, nontheatrical, and home video rights worldwide for the franchise's five subsequent films, which Lucasfilm produced and financed independently, through May 2020 , at which time ownership was to transfer to Disney. This complex relationship between Fox and Disney, particularly in regards to Fox's perpetual rights to Episode IV, was to create an obstacle for any future boxed set comprising all nine films.  On December 14 , 2017 , The Walt Disney Company announced that it was acquiring most of Fox's parent company, 21st Century Fox , including the film studio and all distribution rights to A New Hope .  On March 20 , 2019 , the deal was officially completed.  On April 12 , 2019, a Blu-ray box set containing the nine main instalments of the Star Wars saga remastered in 4K was reportedly announced to be in development for a 2020 release. 
3D re-release [ ]
Official poster for The Phantom Menace 3D release
On September 28 , 2010 , StarWars.com and Lucasfilm announced that the entire Star Wars saga would be converted to stereoscopic 3D and re-released in theaters and IMAX 3D, beginning with Episode I . John Knoll and Industrial Light & Magic are supervising the conversion.  The stereo conversion process has been in the works for several years, however, with George Lucas showing tests of the Episode II speeder chase scene and a reel from Episode IV in 3D during 2005's ShoWest in Las Vegas, and the speeder chase scene was demoed again by Texas Instruments as an emerging technology at SIGGRAPH 2007 in San Diego.
Episode I's 3D release date, as announced by Lucasfilm on March 3 , 2011 , was February 10 , 2012 . 
On January 28 , 2013 , Lucasfilm announced that the 3D releases of Star Wars : Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars : Episode III Revenge of the Sith were postponed. 
Reception [ ]
Critical and fan reaction ranged from high praise to outright derision. The much-hyped special effects, while generally viewed as groundbreaking in their sheer scope, were perhaps less impressive than anticipated simply because of high expectations. This attitude was confirmed with the rival film, The Matrix , winning the visual effects Academy Award for that year over The Phantom Menace . It was the first time a Star Wars film lost in that Oscar competition category. Many critics heavily criticized the acting of Natalie Portman and especially Jake Lloyd as the young Anakin Skywalker. Some aspects of the scripting and direction were also criticized. Extra venom was directed at the character of Jar Jar Binks , who was regarded by some fans as purely a merchandising opportunity rather than a serious character in the film. Fan reaction was mixed too, with some fans praising the film while others having a negative opinion of it.
However, despite some of the negative criticisms leveled at the film, many others gave praise to The Phantom Menace . William Arnold, of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer , commented that the massive of hype of the film may have caused much of the negative reaction to the film, saying "it built expectations that can't possibly be matched and scuttled element of storytelling surprise." He also felt "it's well made and entertaining" and believed it was much better than similar box-office fare released around that time period, such as The Mummy and The Matrix .  David Cornelius of efilmcritic.com remarked that the better moments of the film "don't merely balance out the weaker ones- they topple them."  Roger Ebert gave the film three and half out of four stars, calling it "an astonishing achievement in imaginative filmmaking," and stating that "Lucas tells a good story." Ebert comments that it was perfectly fine for the characters to be a bit less compelling, seeing that they were just being introduced, and stating to "give me transparent underwater cities and vast hollow senatorial spheres any day."  Mark Dinning labels The Phantom Menace "A great work from a great director, and a blockbuster of quite the most swashbuckling kind." Many fans and critics also agree that the lightsaber duel between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul—showcasing astounding choreography and Ray Park 's martial arts skills—is a high point, and one of the best lightsaber duels in the Star Wars saga. 
The film was nominated for three Academy Awards —Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, and Best Sound Effects; however, it lost to The Matrix in all three categories. The film won Best Motion Picture at the People's Choice Awards. It was also nominated for the Saturn Awards on the categories of Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (George Lucas), Best Actor (Liam Neeson), Best Supporting Actor (Ewan McGregor), Best Young Actor (Jake Lloyd), Best Young Actress (Natalie Portman), Best Supporting Actress (Pernilla August), Best Screenplay (George Lucas), Best Music (John Williams), Best Special Effects and Best Makeup. It won on the categories of Best Costume Design (Trisha Biggar) and Best Special Effects. 
Deleted scenes [ ]
- The Waterfall Sequence —As Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Jar Jar arrive in the waterways of Theed, in the bongo, they surface just in front of a huge waterfall and have to vacate the vehicle in a hurry.
- Dawn Before the Podrace —Anakin gets up early to prepare the pod for the race and has a brief chat with Padmé.
- Complete Podrace Grid Sequence —This scene shows more of the participating racers and creatures in the crowd, later added on DVD.
- Extended Podrace Lap Two —This lap shows some more of Sebulba's "creative interpretation of the rules" and further proof of just how special Anakin is, later added on DVD.
- Anakin's Scuffle With Greedo —This was due to follow the podrace, to show Anakin's potential for aggression, but George Lucas cut it because he wanted Anakin to be shown as a genuinely good character who turns evil later in adulthood.
- Farewell to Jira —This occurs as Qui-Gon and Anakin are leaving Mos Espa and Anakin stops briefly to say goodbye to Jira. One of Darth Maul's probe droids follows them for some time until Qui-Gon finally notices and destroys it before passing by the Dusty Duck .
- The Air Taxi Sequence —The taxi ride shows us about ten more seconds of Coruscant, later added on DVD.
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Star wars: episode i – the phantom menace.
1999 Directed by George Lucas
Every generation has a legend. Every journey has a first step. Every saga has a beginning.
Anakin Skywalker, a young slave strong with the Force, is discovered on Tatooine. Meanwhile, the evil Sith have returned, enacting their plot for revenge against the Jedi.
Liam Neeson Ewan McGregor Natalie Portman Jake Lloyd Ian McDiarmid Pernilla August Oliver Ford Davies Hugh Quarshie Ahmed Best Anthony Daniels Kenny Baker Frank Oz Terence Stamp Brian Blessed Andy Secombe Ray Park Lewis Macleod Warwick Davis Steve Speirs Silas Carson Jerome St. John Blake Alan Ruscoe Ralph Brown Celia Imrie Benedict Taylor Clarence Smith Samuel L. Jackson Dominic West Karol Cristina da Silva Show All… Liz Wilson Candice Orwell Sofia Coppola Keira Knightley Bronagh Gallagher John Fensom Greg Proops Scott Capurro Margaret Towner Dhruv Chanchani Oliver Walpole Megan Udall Hassani Shapi Gin Clarke Khan Bonfils Michelle Taylor Michaela Cottrell Dipika O'Neill Joti Phil Eason Mark Coulier Lindsay Duncan Peter Serafinowicz James Taylor Chris Sanders Toby Longworth Marc Silk Danny Wagner Amanda Lucas Katie Lucas Richard Armitage Sacha Alexander Simon Allen Paul Bannon Don Bies Trisha Biggar Michonne Bourriague Douglas Bunn Ben Burtt Doug Chiang Rob Coleman Roman Coppola Sean Cronin Zsuzsanna Cseh Matt Daniel-Baker Russell Darling Philip Delancy Sebastian Dewing Andrew Doucette C. Michael Easton Andrew Elias Catherine Ernster Salo Gardner Andrew Gersh Patrice Girod Ned Gorman Joss Gower Raymond Griffiths Nathan Hamill Tim Harrington Sally Hawkins Jack Hayes Nifa Hindes Nishan Hindes Frank Huseyin Alexi Kaye Campbell David Knight John Knoll Kamay Lau Andrew Lawden John M. Levin Dan Madsen Iain McCaig Rick McCallum João Costa Menezes Taylor Murphy Lorne Peterson Andrew Raven Robby the Robot Steve Sansweet Mike Savva Chris Scarabosio Jeff Shay Christian Simpson Paul Martin Smith Scott Squires Tom Sylla Bill Tlusty Matthew Wood Jeff Olson Michael Dondero Larry Ward
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Roger Christian Bernard Bellew Paul Higgins Christopher Newman George Walker Rob Coleman David Turchi Dario Cioni Moez Kamoun
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Review by James (Schaffrillas) ★★ 2
Every time I rewatch this movie, Jar Jar gets more and more unironically funny
Review by IHE ½ 164
Even worse than I remember. It has aged so badly to the point where every scene is either completely laughable or makes no sense. Might actually be worse than Attack of The Clones, although it’s still like choosing if dog piss or cat piss is nicer. At the end of the day they’re both piss.
Darth Maul sucks the hardest, I can’t believe anyone defends that character in this movie. Even the fight scene at the end that everyone circlejerks is totally lacklustre because there is no tension or stakes as the characters are so poorly set up.
Jar Jar is even worse than you remember, his dialogue is completely incomprehensible so I had no idea what he was saying. He…
Review by samantha ★★½ 16
i still can't tell natalie portman and keira knightley apart
Review by russman ★★ 6
Ani are you ok? So, Ani are you ok? Are you ok Ani?
Review by SilentDawn ★★★★½ 83
*previously a 53 , now an 84 *
I think I've reached the tipping point of my love for this thing, but then again, each rewatch is practically exponential in how it affects me as a Star Wars fan and a cinephile. Each frame of world building - cascading waterfalls, forests festering with fog, dusty Tatooine landscapes - is rich and lively in its conceptual work, with costuming, CG effects, and sound design providing a textual beginning to the saga. Lucas paints this picture as delicate and grandiose; a far cry from the uncertainty of Attack of the Clones and the devastating tragedy of Revenge of the Sith . All the puzzle pieces - galactic politics, bureaucratic interplay, Jedi as spies and samurai,…
Review by Adam Kempenaar ★★ 12
Meesa feeling generous.
Review by adambolt ★ 2
meesa wanna fucken die
Review by kyle ★ 3
almost unwatchable, if not for ewan mcgregor the cgi has aged terribly, unlike ewan mcgregor horrible racist stereotypes, just not scottish ewan mcgregor everyone seems bored, including ewan mcgregor i still want to f*ck, you guessed it, ewan mcgregor
Review by liam f ★★ 4
why is there a moist fart in a Star Wars movie
Review by DirkH ★ 82
I will try and explain why I dislike this film so much. It is a bit of a geeky rant, so bear with me.
A Universe of Boredom The original trilogy gave us a window to one of the most interesting universes ever created. It is a fantasy, filled with amazing aliens and wonderful characters. The Phantom Menace was the film that could expand on this universe. We could have gotten more fantastical worlds, more foundation to the mythos. What we instead got was Tatooine......again. It could have traveled the entire universe but it instead gave us a planet we already know. This is but a tiny example of the unbelievable unimaginative feel this film has. This is most present…
Review by Jay ★ 11
i guess you are my little pod-champ
Review by amaya ★★ 11
why are they surprised some of them turn to the dark side.. if i had to wear plain brown robes and an ugly ass rattail haircut for the entirety of my training i would have deep anger issues too
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