Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
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Experience the heroic action and unforgettable adventures of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. See the first fateful steps in the journey of Anakin Skywalker. Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn discover nine-year-old Anakin, a young slave unusually strong in the Force. Anakin wins a thrilling Podrace and with it his freedom as he leaves his home to be trained as a Jedi. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces while the two Jedi contend with a deadly foe named Darth Maul. Only then do they realize the invasion is merely the first step in a sinister scheme by the re-emergent forces of darkness known as the Sith.
Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Pernilla August, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, Oliver Ford Davies, Hugh Quarshie, Ahmed Best, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Terence Stamp, Brian Blessed, Andrew Secombe, Ray Park, Lewis MacLeod, Warwick Davis, Steven Speirs, Silas Carson, Jerome Blake, Alan Ruscoe, Ralph Brown, Celia Imrie, Benedict Taylor, Clarence Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic West, Cristina da Silva, Friday (Liz) Wilson, Candice Orwell, Sofia Coppola, Kiera Knightley, Bronagh Gallagher, Silas Carson, John Fensom, Greg Proops, Scott Capurro, Jabba the Hutt, Margaret Towner, Dhruv Chanchani, Oliver Walpole, Jenna Green, Megan Udall, Hassani Shapi, Gin, Khan Bonfils, Michelle Taylor, Michaela Cottrell, Dipika O'Neill Joti, Phil Eason, Mark Coulier, Kathy Smee, Don Austen, David Greenaway, Lindsay Duncan, Peter Serafinowicz, James Taylor, Chris Sanders, Toby Longworth, Marc Silk, Tyger
© 1999 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Burdened by exposition and populated with stock characters, The Phantom Menace gets the Star Wars prequels off to a bumpy -- albeit visually dazzling -- start.
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Common Sense Says
Kid-centric but violent prequel lacks originals' energy.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Phantom Menace is a prequel to the classic sci-fi action trilogy and has a few scary and surprisingly violent moments, although there's no explicit gore. Viewers see the deaths of at least two major characters on screen, one of whom is sliced in half by a laser sword. The movie's climax cuts together a sword duel, two separate ground invasions, and a space sequence, all of which feature frequent lasers, explosions, and the deaths of minor characters and creatures. A key moment in the film involves the lead character, a boy of about 8, leaving his mother forever. The film's chief villain is a menacing, silent figure with a frightening appearance. The humor and plotting are aimed at children, but very young kids may not be ready for the movie's darker moments. Widely considered to be the weakest of the films in this franchise, the film will likely entertain children with its straightforward story and imaginative design; though it may also confuse those who've already seen the original films and aren't yet old enough to understand the concept of a prequel. Note: The 3-D version of the movie renders some scenes (like the pod race) more exciting and others (like lightsaber battles) more intense.
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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action
- Release Date:May 19, 1999
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
If purchased in:4K
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