Star Wars: The Phantom Menace


2h 13m 1999

Brief Synopsis

Sci-fi adventure which takes place before the birth of Luke Skywalker, featuring the friendship between the young Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, who would later become Darth Vader. The galactic government has been weakened, and when the peaceful planet of Naboo is threatened by the giant Trade

Film Details

Also Known As
Phantom Menace, The, Star Wars : Épisode I - La menace fantôme, Star Wars Episode 1: La Menace Fanto, Star Wars épisode 1: La menace fantôme, Star Wars: Episod I - Det mörka hotet, Star Wars: Episode I, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Production Company
David Havard; Peter Robey
Distribution Company
20TH CENTURY FOX DISTRIBUTION/LUCASFILM, LTD.; 20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm, Ltd.
Location
Leavesden Studios, England, United Kingdom; Caserta Royal Palace, Italy; Tozeur, Tunisia

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 13m

Synopsis

Sci-fi adventure which takes place before the birth of Luke Skywalker, featuring the friendship between the young Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, who would later become Darth Vader. The galactic government has been weakened, and when the peaceful planet of Naboo is threatened by the giant Trade Federation, it seems that nobody will step in to defend Queen Amidala and her people. Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to find a settlement and discover the extent of the planet's peril. In the course of their adventures, they find a young slave, Anakin, whom Qui-Gon senses is destined to bring balance to the Force. Against Obi-Wan's suspicions, he decides to train Anakin as a Jedi Knight.

Crew

Lauren Abrams

Visual Effects

Julie Adrianson Neary

Visual Effects

Barbara Affonso

Visual Effects

Alia Agha

3-D Artist

Astrig Akseralian

Art Department

Kipp Aldrich

Special Effects

Brian Aldridge

Propman

Philip Edward Alexy

Animator

Phil Allchin

Transportation Captain

Jonathan Allen

Music

Joseph Allen

Grip

Shadi Almassizadeh

Visual Effects

Alexandra Altrocchi

Effects Coordinator

Nic Anastassiou

Editor

John R. Anderson

Other

George L Andrews

Driver

Barry Angus

Special Effects

Will Anielewicz

Visual Effects

Steve Aplin

Visual Effects

Douglas Applewhite

Special Effects

Karl Apsey

Carpenter

Leon Apsey

Construction

Jan Archibald

Hairdresser

Barry Armour

Visual Effects Supervisor

Christopher Armstrong

Animator

Joakim Arnesson

Visual Effects

Lori Arnold

Effects Coordinator

Carl Assmus

Visual Effects

Okan Ataman

Visual Effects

Trang Bach

Other

Trang Bach

Rotoscope Animator

Lance Baetkey

Rotoscope Animator

Lance Baetkey

Other

Al Bailey

Visual Effects

Charles Bailey

Visual Effects

Kerry Bailey

Production Assistant

Kevin Baillie

Visual Effects

Katharine Baird

Other

Katharine Baird

Rotoscope Animator

Scott Balcerek

Editor

Enrico Ballarin

Unit Manager

Abdallah Balouche

Production Accountant

Michael Baltazar

Visual Effects

Jolyon Bambridge

Puppeteer

Marcia Bamgboye

Medic

Mohamed Bargaoui

Other

Jennifer Barin

Other

Ken Barley

Other

Eran Barnea

Visual Effects

Robert Barnes

Art Department

Jim Barr

Props

William Barr

Key Grip

Tom Barratt

Art Assistant

Christopher Barron

Audio

John Barry

Electrician

John Bartle

Editor

Chris Barton

Animatronics

Maurice Bastian

Visual Effects

Carol Bauman

Visual Effects

Jane Bay

Assistant

Chris Bayz

Other

Chris Bayz

Rotoscope Animator

Dugan Beach

Visual Effects

Randall K Bean

Rerecording

Donna Beard

Visual Effects

Greg Beaumonte

Camera Equipment

Amel Becharnia

Production Coordinator

William R Beck

Visual Effects

Mark Becker

Sound Recordist

Kathleen Beeler

Visual Effects

Linda Bel

Animator

Salvatore Belleci

Visual Effects

Bernard Bellew

Assistant Director

Jessica Bellfort

Adr Editor

Jessica Bellfort

Dialogue Coach

Tom Bellfort

Sound Editor

Abdel Aziz Ben Mlouka

Production Supervisor

Leila Ben-joseph

Visual Effects

Jeffrey Benedict

Visual Effects

David Benson

Other

Amanda Bernstein

Assistant Set Decorator

Tom Bertino

Animation Supervisor

Earl Beyer

Rerecording

Ken Beyer

Special Effects

Michael Bienstock

Assistant Camera Operator

Dani Biernat

Stunts

Anna Bies

Special Thanks To

Don Bies

Visual Effects

Patricia Biggar

Costume Designer

Charlotte Biggs

Construction

Andrea Biklian

Rerecording

Renee Binkowski

Other

Renee Binkowski

Rotoscope Animator

Mark Binnall

Grip

Stewart Birnam

Special Effects

Nigel Birtchnell

Driver

Mike Bishop

Other

Nick Blake

Visual Effects

Michael Blanchard

Post-Production Supervisor

Patricia Blau

Special Thanks To

Tamana Bleasdale

Production Assistant

Brian Blues

Carpenter

Gavin Bocquet

Production Designer

Rod Bogart

Other

Maria Boggi

Animatronics

Stella Bogh

Visual Effects

Nick Bogle

Visual Effects

Pierre Bohanna

Props

Sara Bolder

Adr Editor

Aron Bonar

Visual Effects

Andrea Boni

Assistant Director

Patrick Bonneau

Animator

Scott Bonnenfant

Visual Effects

Gloria S Borders

Special Thanks To

Livia Borgononi

Art Director

Matthew Bouchard

Visual Effects

Hager Bouhaouala

Makeup Assistant

Derek Boyes

Camera Assistant

Gregory Brauer

Visual Effects

Claudia Bravin

Cashier

Brian Brecht

Special Effects

Patrick Brennan

Visual Effects

Jonathan Bresman

Researcher

Noel Brevick

Special Effects

Jeff Brewer

Visual Effects

Scott Brewer

Projectionist

Anthony Brookman

Wardrobe

Billy Brooks

Visual Effects

Phil Brotherton

Visual Effects

David Brown

Production Supervisor

Khris Brown

Special Thanks To

Liz Brown

Effects Coordinator

Martin Brown

Production Assistant

Monique Brown

Animatronics

Ronn Brown

Visual Effects

Robert Bruce

Visual Effects

Ken Bryan

Visual Effects

David Bubb

Construction Manager

Sarah Bubb

Construction

Mark Buck

Visual Effects

Sally Bullock

Special Thanks To

Andy Bunce

Special Effects

Sonny Burdis

Electrician

Carey Burens

Editor

Jo Burn

Production Manager

Tommy Burnette

Other

Craig Burns

Sound

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutting

Cathy Burrow

Visual Effects

Endla Burrows

Special Effects

Laura Burrows

Art Department Coordinator

Ben Burtt

Editor

Ben Burtt

Sound Editor

Ben Burtt

Sound Designer

Ben Butler

Other

Donald S. Butler

Visual Effects

Eddie Butler

Art Department

Michaela Calanchini-carter

Effects Coordinator

Susan Campbell

Animator

Mario Capellari

Visual Effects

Laura Cappato

Production Coordinator

Megan Carlson

Production

David Carter

Other

Tamala Carter

Visual Effects

Sean Casey

Special Effects

Mei-ming Casino

Special Effects

Andrew Cawrse

Visual Effects

Guido Cerasuolo

Production Supervisor

Christopher Challoner

Art Assistant

Cedrick Chan

Special Effects

Kun Chang

Art Department

Bruce Chessman

Propman

Simon Cheung

Visual Effects

Doug Chiang

Production Designer

Doug Chiang

Graphics

Ian Christie

Visual Effects

Marc Chu

Animator

Paul Churchill

Visual Effects

Paul Cichocki

Editor

Dario Cioni

Assistant Director

Garry Clark

Driver

Kyle Clark

Animator

Ken Clarke

Other

Mel Claus

Production Coordinator

Robert Clot

Best Boy

Thomas Cloutier

Grip

Ian Coffey

Other

Rob Coleman

Animation Director

Gary Colkett

Electrician

Peter Collins

Driver

Brian Conlon

Visual Effects

Peter Connolly

Other

Vernon Connolly

Electrician

Pat Conran

Visual Effects

Michael Conte

Visual Effects

Caitlin Content

Visual Effects

Jason Coop

Clapper Loader

Shirley Cooper

Animatronics

John Coppinger

Animatronics

Rosario Coppola

Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
Phantom Menace, The, Star Wars : Épisode I - La menace fantôme, Star Wars Episode 1: La Menace Fanto, Star Wars épisode 1: La menace fantôme, Star Wars: Episod I - Det mörka hotet, Star Wars: Episode I, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Production Company
David Havard; Peter Robey
Distribution Company
20TH CENTURY FOX DISTRIBUTION/LUCASFILM, LTD.; 20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm, Ltd.
Location
Leavesden Studios, England, United Kingdom; Caserta Royal Palace, Italy; Tozeur, Tunisia

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 13m

Award Nominations

Best Sound

1999

Best Sound Effects Sound Editing

1999

Best Visual Effects

1999

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring May 19, 1999

Re-released in United States December 3, 1999

Re-released in United States Winter February 10, 2012

Released in United States on Video April 4, 2000

Additional photography, including scenes added to the script, was completed August 25, 1998.

Phase one of principle photography was completed on September 29, 1997. Additional photography took place in early 1998.

Fox has secured worldwide theatrical and video rights to the next three "Star Wars" films, which are prequels to the original "Star Wars" trilogy.

Completed shooting September 29, 1997.

Began shooting June 26, 1997.

Thirty shots were captured by a digital camera.

This prequel is set 30 years prior to the events of the original three Star Wars films: "Star Wars" (1977), "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983).

George Lucas last directed "Star Wars" in 1977.

Released in United States Spring May 19, 1999

Re-released in United States December 3, 1999 (special encore charity screening; one week only)

Re-released in United States Winter February 10, 2012

Released in United States on Video April 4, 2000