Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Directed by George Lucas
Produced by George Lucas (executive producer)
Rick McCallum
Written by George Lucas
Starring Liam Neeson
Ewan McGregor
Natalie Portman
Music by John Williams
Cinematography David Tattersall
Editing by Ben Burtt
Paul Martin Smith
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) 1999
Running time 133 min
Country USA
Language English
Followed by Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, known also as just Episode I, is a science fiction film released in 1999. The film deals with the early years of Anakin Skywalker, who will grow up to become Darth Vader, as well as a young Obi-Wan Kenobi, in his days as an apprentice to Qui-Gon Jinn.


  • Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn
  • Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Natalie Portman as Queen Padmé Amidala
  • Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker
  • Pernilla August as Shmi Skywalker
  • Frank Oz as Yoda
  • Ian McDiarmid as Senator Palpatine
  • Oliver Ford Davies as Governor Sio Bibble
  • Ray Park as Darth Maul
  • Hugh Quarshie as Captain Quarsh Panaka
  • Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
  • Kenny Baker as R2-D2
  • Terence Stamp as Supreme Chancellor Valorum


Episode I garnered mostly mixed to negative reviews.


  • Many child actors auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker. Among theme were Justin Berfield (Malcolm in the Middle) and Michael Angrarano. Berfield's audition tape and Angrarano meeting with George Lucas can be seen in the extras for the Episode I DVD/Blu-Ray.
  • This is the first film in which C-3PO does not appear in the closing scene of the movie. It is also the only movie where Anthony Daniels does not wear a suit.