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Synopsis: A young boy is found who may be the one spoken of in prophecy.

Reaction: Most of this movie is a poorly disguised excuse for Lucas to show off his imagination and digital effects. There's practically no character development and the story is rudimentary at best.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
George Lucas => Director / Writer
John Williams => Composer
Ahmed Best => Jar Jar Binks
Andy Secombe => Watto
Anthony Daniels => C-3PO
Brian Blessed => Boss Nass (voice)
Dhruv Chanchani => Kitster
Ewan McGregor => Obi-Wan Kenobi
Frank Oz => Yoda (voice)
Greg Proops => Beed (voice)
Hugh Quarshie => Capt. Panaka
Ian McDiarmid => Senator Palpatine
Jake Lloyd => Anakin Skywalker
Keira Knightley => Sabé
Kenny Baker => R2-D2
Lewis Macleod => Sebulba (voice)
Liam Neeson => Qui-Gon Jinn
Natalie Portman => Queen Padmé Amidala
Oliver Ford Davies => Gov. Sio Bibble
Pernilla August => Shmi Skywalker
Peter Serafinowicz => Darth Maul / Gungan Scout (voice) / Battle Droid Commander
Ralph Brown => Ric Olié
Ray Park => Darth Maul
Samuel L. Jackson => Mace Windu
Silas Carson => Viceroy Nute Gunray / Lott Dodd / Ki-Adi-Mundi / Radiant VII Pilot
Sofia Coppola => Saché
Terence Stamp => Supreme Chancellor Valorum
Warwick Davis => Wald / Pod race spectator / Mos Espa Citizen

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Jabba the Hutt's full name is Jabba Desilijic Tiure.
  • The film contains no acting credit for the character of Darth Sidious, although he is played by Ian McDiarmid, who also plays Senator (and then later, Chancellor) Palpatine
  • Darth Maul blinks only once.
  • This is the only [Star Wars] film where no-one (not counting droids) loses an arm or hand to a lightsaber.
  • The word lightsaber is never used in the film. When Anakin talks to Qui-Gon he calls it a "laser sword".
  • If you highlight the THX logo in the Language Selection page on the DVD and press 1138 with the remote you will access a hidden blooper reel.
  • During the first week of the first trailer's release, many theatres reported up to 75% of their audiences paying full price for a movie, then walking out after the Star Wars: Episode I trailer was shown.
  • Queen Amidala protects herself by posing as one of her own underlings. The same ploy was used by the President of the United States in Superman II to conceal his identity from General Zod, played by Terence Stamp - who plays Chancellor Valorum in this film.
  • When the captain of the queen's security team is telling Qui-Gon that the queen wants Padme to tag along with him, a silhouette of Elliot and ET flying (from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) can be seen in the sky.
  • A group of aliens resembling E.T. (from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), and a group of creatures resembling the aliens from Alien, can be seen in the Galactic Senate chamber shortly after Queen Amidala calls for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Valorum.
  • Natalie Portman's voice was digitally enhanced to distinguish between Padme and Queen Amidala.
  • In scenes where Padme and Queen Amidala appear together, Natalie Portman is Padme, while Keira Knightley is Sabe, one of the handmaidens disguised as the Queen.