Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Corrected entry: When Anakin tries his podracer for the first time, his hair and clothes move as if there was wind. There are three problems with that. First, his pod isn't moving, hence no wind. Second, other persons near him don't seem to be affected by wind and third, it doesn't do that at the beginning of the Boonta Eve race, when they start their motors.

Dr Wilson

Correction: It isn't wind that's causing his hair and clothes to move, but rather exhaust from the pod turbines, which he has just switched on. The other characters aren't affected by it because Qui-Gon and Kitster are out of range to the left and Amidala, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Jar-Jar are out of range to the right. As for why you don't see his hair moving at the start of the Boonta Eve race, it's because his helmet has plastered it to his head and only a few strands are loose.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: After Anakin speaks the last time to his mother, he return with Qui-Gon. There is a water evaporator besides them. On the top, there is something looking like a Pepsi logo.

Dr Wilson

Correction: There is another shot closer to it and it doesn't look like a Pepsi logo.

Dr Wilson

Corrected entry: If combat droids are radio-controlled by a computer on the neimodian ship, why do they need to be spoken to via hologram too?

Dr Wilson

Correction: The droids are powered by the ship, they are given artificial intelligence and thus must be spoken to in order to receive orders.

Corrected entry: During the scene where Anakin is flying the Naboo starfighter we see him telling R2-D2 to switch off the auto-pilot. When R2-D2 does so we can see the red auto-pilot light switch off, but in the next shot it has mysteriously switched itself back on.

Correction: It's the red colour of the dial-displays that signifies that the auto-pilot is on. They stay blue once it is turned off. We have no way of knowing what the central switch with the red light does, so it could turn on and off for other reasons.


Corrected entry: Darth Maul, like the Jedis, would have amazingly fast reflexes, yet he isn't quick enough to block Obi-Wans death blow. Watch the scene again. Even a normal person could react to that quick enough and be able to block it in time. Yet Maul just casually watches Obi-Wan jump over him and kill him.

Correction: But Maul isn't expecting such a great move from the young Jedi apprentice. He is surprised; caught out by his arrogance. Isn't that the point?


Corrected entry: At the end when Darth Maul knocks Obi Wan back into the reactor pit using the force, Maul's lightsaber is on. When Obi Wan jumps out of the pit and over Maul, you can see Maul's saber is off. Next thing you see, when Maul gets sliced in half, the lightsaber is back on again.

Correction: This is not true. His lightsabre remains on until he is sliced in two, when it turns off as he falls. It is just out of shot when Obi-Wan jumps, but you can see the red glow.


Corrected entry: When Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon enter the underwater city they are wet for the first shot but dry in the second. Plus the floor does not get wet.

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Correction: They do in fact stay wet. The floor is not shown enough to tell is it gets dripped on or not. If they do appear at all drier, this can be attributed to the barrier they went through, which, as it is designed to stop water coming in, would surely remove some of the surface water from their bodies/clothes as they entered.


Corrected entry: When Qui Gon is fighting Darth Maul in the desert, it shows a view from inside the ship. There are three very thin and closely placed together windows. When it switches to the outside of the ship. There are only 4 very thick windows that are spaced far apart.

Correction: There are 6 windows, split down the centreline of the ship into two groups of three. The view from inside looks through one of these groups. The sizes and shapes match up fine as well.


Corrected entry: Near the beginning of the film, there are about 30 Federation ships blockading Naboo but after the planet is invaded, only one remains. How does the Federation maintain the blockade with only one ship? And why did they leave only one ship to control every robot on the planet? Shouldn't they have realized that, if this one ship was destroyed, their entire plan would instantly fail?

Correction: Once the Federation has what they believe to be complete control of the planet, there is no need for more than one ship there to control the droids. The Federation knows that the Naboo are a peaceful people and the thought of them actually being able to blow up their control ship is absolutely preposterous to them.

Correction: Not true. The currency of Tatooine is "wupiupi", not "rupee"

Corrected entry: When Qui-Gon and Maul are fighting on Tatooine, Qui-Gon's lightsaber hits the handle of Maul's. This would do exactly the same as it does near the end of the movie except that this time Maul is in a position where he would have been chopped.

Correction: Qui-Gon's final swing of his green blade contacts the red blade of Maul's saber itself, several inches past the edge of Maul's saber handle. Qui-Gon never lands a blow on the handle itself.

Corrected entry: Towards the beginning of the movie when the two jedi are confronted by the three destroyers (Droidikars), they see that it's a "stand-off" and run away very quickly just barely being missed by laser blasts. As they run, go frame by frame during this section, and you'll notice that the jedi disappear for several frames although their lightsabers do not. I'm sure this a film flaw. Or do Jedi have the power to disappear at will?

Correction: They don't really disappear. They actually are using Force Speed to escape them. Just watch the shot after they run. You can see them clearly running faster than normal.

Corrected entry: At certain times in the podrace, a red light, like a laser pen, is in Anakin's eyes. This happens when the race is about to start and half way through.

Correction: It's just a reflection from the pod racer's instruments.

Corrected entry: Not really a mistake, but every time I see it I wonder why the princess and her guards just don't open fire on Darth Maul when he opens the hangar doors. There's no way he could have blocked all of the blasts and it would have taken all of 2 seconds to crispy-fry him. Instead they let the Jedi face him, resulting in Qui Gon's death.

Correction: A Jedi fully attuned to the Force is able to deflect energy bolts from multiple sources almost as an afterthought. A Sith Lord of Maul's caliber (remember, it took two Jedi Knights at the height of their powers to defeat him) armed with a double-bladed lightsaber would have little difficulty defending himself even against a dozen blaster-wielding assailants.

Corrected entry: After Darth Maul is cut into two pieces, his body splits in half as he falls. Notice how the cape on his lower half remains attached as he falls. I would think it would flap away from his lower torso if it was severed in half also.

Correction: The Cape is held around the body by the belt. Darth Maul is separated above it.

Corrected entry: If all the other Jedi in the previous movies disappear, why doesn't Qui-Gonn do so when he is killed by Darth Maul?

Correction: Multiple explanations for this. My preferred one is that he didn't accept his death (Yoda and Obi-Wan both do), and as such he doesn't disappear.

Corrected entry: After Queen Amidala and her crew enter the palace and escape through the window, because the droids don't let them pass the hall, they use ropes to climb to the upper floor. Look at the movement of the people while reaching the upper window, you can clearly see that the filmed action is shown backwards. The way everyone lifts his legs to the edge of the platform outside the window indicates that the shot was taken from actors letting themselves down from the window on ropes and reversed.

Correction: Listen to the film's commentary track from Lucas, who complains that the shot had to be done repeatedly because they could never get the winches to *pull everyone up* in unison.

Corrected entry: Why is technology so much more advanced in this film than in the others? Surely technology should progress, not regress!

Correction: It'll hopefully all be explained in the next two films - linked in to the clone wars, etc. Have patience...

Corrected entry: Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Jar Jar travel through the planet Naboo's core to get from the Gungan City to Theed. Two points: 1) If the planet's core isn't molten, the surface should be frozen and uninhabitable. 2) Even if it's water all the way down, the pressure would eventually reach hundreds of tons per square inch and squish our heroes like bugs.

Correction: This could just be a Gungan phrase for going throught the underwater caves.

Corrected entry: When Qui-Gon is talking with Watto about thier bet after the race (on a balcony above the track) you can see Qui-Gon move to the edge of the balcony. He stands there for a moment and then moves back in just in time to miss being spotted by one of Darth Maul's probe droids! Jedi intuition, or just good luck? (01:10:41)

Correction: The probe droid DID see Qui-Gon during its flyby. This is why Darth Maul gets on his hoverbike and rides off when the probe droids return to him - because he now knows where the Jedi are.

Continuity mistake: During the podrace, Anakin is in front of Sebulba and has him on his tail. One view looking towards Anakin you can see Sebulba's pod in the background, but the driver's seat is empty. (01:04:10)

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Qui-Gon Jinn: You must have Jedi reflexes if you race pods.
[Jar Jar tries to grab a piece of fruit with his tounge, but Qui-Gon catches it.]
Qui-Gon Jinn: Don't do that again.

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Trivia: In the ending credits, Jabba the Hutt is jokingly credited as playing "himself."

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Question: I'm confused. Palpatine wanted to use Queen Amidala to get himself voted as chancellor so he could have control over the republic. Why did he send Darth Maul after the Queen's ship when it escaped if he needed the Queen alive?

Answer: The entire time Palpatine is bitching to Viceroy Gunray that he needs the Queen to sign the treaty to make the blockade and invasion legal. He didn't send Darth Maul to kill Amidala, he sent him to capture her and to deal with her Jedi escort.

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