Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

35mm film, digital video (Texas Instruments DLP 1280 x 1024, 1.9:1 anamorphic), Arriscope, colour, 2.35:1
DTS, Dolby EX 6.1, SDDS, English

An American science fiction film directed by George Lucas. Production began on 27 June 1997, ending September, and it was originally released in the USA on 19 May 1999.

Plot Summary

The Trade Federation has blockaded the planet Naboo in readiness for a full scale invasion. Jedi warrior Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to diffuse the situation and save the planet. But with the dark lords of the Sith plotting in the backgrounds and the evil Darth maul out to stop them, things are never going to be so easy for the Jedi…


Director: George Lucas
Executive Producer: George Lucas
Producer: Rick McCallum
Script: George Lucas
2nd Unit Director: Roger Christian
Director of Photography: David Tattersall
Editors: Paul Martin Smith, Ben Burtt
Music: John Williams
Sound Recordist: John Midgley
Costume Designer: Trisha Biggar
Chief Make-Up Artist: Paul Engelen
Chief Hair: Sue Love
Special Effects Supervisor: Geoff Heron
Model Supervisor: Steve Gawley
Live Action Creature Effects Supervisor: Nick Dudman
Visual Effects Supervisors: John Knoll, Dennis Muren, Scott Squires
Visual Effects: Industrial Light and Magic
Production Designer: Gavin Bocquet

Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn)
Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi)
Natalie Portman (Queen Amidala/Padmé)
Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker)
Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine)
Pernilla August (Shmi Skywalker)
Oliver Ford Davies (Sio Bibble)
Hugh Quarshie (Captain Panaka)
Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks)
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
Kenny Baker (R2-D2)
Frank Oz (Yoda)
Terence Stamp (Chancellor Valorum)
Brian Blessed (Boss Nass)
Andy Secombe (Watto)
Ray Park (Darth Maul)
Lewis MacLeod (Sebulba)
Warwick Davis (Wald)
Steven Speirs (Captain Tarpals)
Silas Carson (Nute Gunray)

Alternative Titles

La amenaza fantasma – Spain (working)
Csillagok háborúja I – Baljós árnyak – Hungary
Guerra nas Estrelas – A Ameaça Fantasma – Brazil
Guerre stellari: Episodio I – Italy (advertising)
Gwiezdne wojny: Czesc I – Mroczne widmo – Poland
Razboiul stelelor – Amenintarea fantomei – Romania
– det mörka hotet – Sweden
Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace – alternative title
Star Wars: Episode 1 – La menace fantôme – France
Star Wars: Episode I – Den skjulte trussel – Norway
Star Wars: Episode I – Den usynlige fjende – Denmark
Star Wars: Episode I – Die dunkle Bedrohung – Austria, Germany
Star Wars: Episode I – working title
Star Wars: Episodi I – Pimeä uhka – Finland
Star Wars: Episódio I – A Ameaça Fantasma – Brazil, Portugal
Star Wars: Episodio I – La amenaza fantasma – Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Spain
Star Wars: Episodio I – La minaccia fantasma – Italy
Star Wars: H aorath apeilh – Greece
Star Wars: La menace fantôme – Canada (French)

Prequel to
Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

See also
2001: A Space Travesty (2000)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (2000)
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part 4 (1999)
Cut (1999)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The Fifth Element (1997)
Flåklypa Grand Prix (1975)
From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light and Magic (1999)
A Galaxy Far Far Away (2001)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002)
Metropolis (1927)
Ninja Mission 2000 (2000)
The Qui-Gon Show (1999)
ReBoot: My Two Bobs (2001)
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut (1999)
Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle (1999)
X-Men (2000)



  • Bild & Bubbla no.153 (June 2001) pp.29, 30 – 39 – article (Star Wars by David Haglund)
  • Cinefantastique vol.31 no.7 (August 1999) p.61 – review (by Steve Biodrowski)
  • Empire no.89 (November 1996) p.17 – illustrated production notes (The Force Is With Us)
  • Empire August 1999 p.18 – review (by Ian Freer)
  • Entertainment Weekly nos.468-469 (22 January 1999) pp.26-27 – article (by Steve Daly)
  • Entertainment Weekly no.478 (26 March 1999) pp.30 – 41 – article (A Monster Movie by Steve Daly)
  • Entertainment Weekly no.486 (21 May 1999) pp.24-39; 49 – 50 – illustrated article (The Star Report by Steve Daly); review (Force of Nature? by Owen Gleiberman)
  • Entertainment Weekly no.534 (7 April 2000) p.79 – review (Video: Force Feeding (C-) by Marc Bernardin)
  • Entertainment Weekly no.536 (21 April 2000) pp.34 – 36 – article (Phantom Secrets Revealed)
  • Entertainment Weekly no.621 (19 October 2001) p.61 – review (Video: ‘Star' Treatment (A) by Marc Bernardin)
  • epd Film vol.16 no.8 (1 August 1999) p.50 – review (Star Wars – Episode 1: Die dunkle Bedrohung by Kai Mihm)
  • Interzone no.148 (October 1999) p.33 – review (by Nick Lowe)
  • Interzone no.239 (March/April 2012) p.53 – review (by Nick Lowe)
  • Premiere vol.12 no.9 (May 1999) pp.78 – 88; 98 – 105 – article (Brave New Worlds by Cheo Hodari Coker); article (Let's Go! Tatooine by Tom Russo)
  • Premiere vol.12 no.11 (July 1999) pp.84 – 89 – article (Shot by Shot by Cheo Hodari Coker)
  • Rolling Stone no.814 (10 June 1999) pp.135 – 136 – review (by Peter Travers)
  • Total Film no.2 (March 1997) p.40 – illustrated article (Star Wars Watch Ewan McGregor: The New Obi-Wan?)
  • Total Film no.303 (October 2020) p.110 – illustrated article (Classic scene by JF [Jordan Farley])
  • TV Guide vol.47 no.24 (12 June 1999) pp.20 – 34 – article (Phantom Magic by Mark Nollinger)
  • Variety vol.375 (17 May 1999) pp.53 – 54 – review (Mighty effects, but mini magic by Todd McCarthy)


  • Arbetet Nyheterna 19 August 1999 Section 2 p.4 – review (Monumentalt barnsligt by Sven E. Olsson)
  • Diário de Notícias 1 October 1999 – review (by Eurico De Barros)
  • Diário de Notícias, DNmais 2 October 1999 – review (by José De Matos-Cruz)
  • Göteborgs-Posten 19 August 1999 p.47 – review (Utdragen teknik-uppvisning by Maria Domellöf)
  • La Repubblica 16 September 1999 – review (by Irene Bignardi)
  • Svenska Dagbladet 18 August 1999 – review (Kors, vad det var kitschigt i galaxen i dag by Bo Ludvigsson)
  • Sydsvenska Dagbladet 19 August 1999 p.B7 – review (Humorn går vilse i datoriserat stjärnkrig by Annika Gustafsson)


  • The Encyclopedia of Epic Films by Constantine Santas, James M. Wilson, Maria Colavito, Djoymi Baker pp.584-585
  • The Films of the Nineties: A Complete, Qualitative Filmography of Over 3000 Feature-Length English Language Films, Theatrical and Video-Only, Released Between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999 by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn L. Nowlan p.514
  • Sci-fi Chronicles by Guy Haley (ed.) pp.287; 312
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester 2 p.277-278 – illustrated credits, review