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At Theaters: 2/10/2012 On Video: 11/9/1999
Rated: PG Length: 2 hr. 11 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 059906
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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In Episode I, Darth Vader is a hopeful nine-year-old boy named Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi is a brash young Jedi Knight. This first chapter in the Star Wars saga follows Anakin's journey as he pursues his dreams and confronts his deepest fears in the midst of a galaxy in turmoil.

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Sci-Fi Action - Moviegoers male or female, old or (especially) young should be reasonably satisfied with this first installment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Although the film (especially the humor) skews young, only the most finicky of Star Wars fans will find much to object to here.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Liam Neeson Queen Elizabeth II, Michael Collins
Ewan McGregor Trainspotting, The Pillow Book
Natalie Portman Closer, Where The Heart Is
Jake Lloyd Madison, Unhook the Stars
Ian McDiarmid Star Wars: Episode II and Episode III
Wri/Dir: George Lucas (Star Wars)
Producer: Rick McCallum (Radioland Murders)
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Lucas won't allow web sites to provide this info.
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PROFANITY: None
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Some bloodless dueling with lightsabers.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Lots of battles, chases, and lightsaber duels
COMEDY: Juvenile slapstick.
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Very Good
There are a couple of angles at which to approach Star Wars: Episode I --The Phantom Menace: in comparison to the three episodes that have been released; or, ideally, as an individual film, in and of itself. In the latter regard, The Phantom Menace is the type of exceptionally well-made, highly imaginative science fiction adventure that one would expect from the mind of series creator George Lucas, who makes an impressive return to the director's chair after a self-imposed 22-year hiatus. It is in the former respect, however, that the film cannot help but fall short. As polished and entertaining as it is, The Phantom Menace has nothing in it that quite compares to Star Wars's euphoric sense of wonder and discovery; the exciting action highs and the despairing emotional lows of The Empire Strikes Back; or the emotional catharsis of Return of the Jedi's highly resonant climax.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 124 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
10
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
18
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
14
Very High
93%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
20
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
13
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
27
High
89%
30+Adults (F)
22
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Senator Palpatine is an influential politician quietly making moves to consolidate his power in a time of unrest throughout the Republic, during which the government has been weakened and turned into a bureaucratic quagmire.

A specific incident within this framework places Palpatine at the center of a conflict between the gigantic, commercial Trade Federation and the small, peaceful planet Naboo. Naboo is threatened by the might of the wealthy corporate powers, which begin to disregard the constraints of the weak galactic government.

The young queen of Naboo finds herself faced with difficult decisions. Committed to peace, she must choose whether to sacrifice her ideals when war descends upon her people.

Sent into this crisis to negotiate a settlement are two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy. Prepared for a political dispute, the Jedi Master, QuiGon Jinn and apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi discover that the Trade Federation is about to unleash its mighty forces in open combat against Naboo. Unless the two Jedi can succeed, the planet's fate is grim.

In the course of their adventure, Qui-Gon discovers a young boy, Anakin, who is a slave on the desert planet Tatooine. Qui-Gon senses that Anakin is the individual destined to bring balance to the Force, and makes a fateful decision to train Anakin as a Jedi Knight. At the same time, Anakin begins a friendship with the Queen of Naboo.

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