Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Trivia: "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded a parody of Don McLean's "American Pie" called "The Saga Begins" which outlines the plot of this film from Obi-Wan's point of view. Yankovic used leaked spoilers on the internet to write the lyrics, and then ended up paying to attend a screening of this film for charity to ensure that the lyrics accurately depicted the plot. He said he only had to make minor alterations after seeing the film.


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Trivia: Senator Grebleips, who appears when the Queen of Naboo speaks to the senate, is an alien from "E.T." making a cameo appearance. This is after Steven Spielberg ('Grebleips' is 'Spielberg' backwards) included some "Star Wars" references in "E.T."


Trivia: This film had the dubious honor as being the highest-grossing film to be nominated for "Razzie" awards, until "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" was released in 2018. It also has the dubious honor as one of a few films to be nominated for both "Razzie" (for directing, screenplay, picture, and acting roles) and Academy Awards (only for technical achievements) at the same year. While it did not win any Oscars, it won only one "Razzie" for "Worst Supporting Actor" (Ahmed Best who provided the voice of Jar-Jar Binks).


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

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Trivia: Liam Neeson was so eager to be in the film, he didn't bother reading the script. Ironically, he reportedly disliked working on the film once principal photography began.

Trivia: After the disappointment many fans had with the Phantom Menace, a copy of the film appeared on the internet titled The Phantom edit and was found to have had around 20 minutes of footage edited from the film by a person calling themselves the phantom editor. The new film proved to be very popular amongst many fans. Most of the footage that was deleted was primarily the unpopular Jar Jar Binks character, with his presence in the new edit kept to a minimum. Some believed the phantom editor was director Kevin Smith, who is a huge fan of Star Wars. After the popularity of the new edit, another edit was found nicknamed "The East Coast version" with its largest change being Jar Jar Binks' and the Gungans' speech, which was changed to scrambled alien dialogue with made up English subtitles for when they spoke.


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Trivia: During the scene in the senate, after the shot of a Senator calling for order, we see pods with aliens in them. Towards the lower left you can see a pod full of E.T's. There's also a pod full of Wookies making their traditional noises, played for the first time in 20 years by someone other than Peter Mayhew. (01:25:30)

Trivia: George Lucas' daughters, Katie and Amanda Lucas, are both in this film. Katie (under the pseudonym Emma Green) plays Amee, the oldest girl in the group of children who show up when Anakin is working on his pod. Amanda, under the pseudonym Tyger, plays the voice of Tey How, a member of the viceroy's crew. She also appears as the red-haired woman in Jabba the Hutt's box before the podrace begins.

Trivia: The sound of Watto's wings flapping is a looped recording of sound designer Ben Burtt opening and closing an umbrella.

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Trivia: In some shots of the Mos Espa Arena, the public is made with coloured Q-Tips.

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Trivia: In the ending credits, the credits for Greg Proops and Scott Capurro are reversed. Proops plays Beed Annodue, the English-speaking Podrace announcer, and Capurro plays Fode Annodue, the Huttese-speaking announcer.

Trivia: At the end of the film, when Yoda speaks to Obi-wan in Theed Palace, look outside over Obi-Wan's right shoulder. There are three great birds looking like Draco in Dragonheart. ILM did the special effects for the two films.

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Trivia: When Padmé and her guards infiltrate the palace, just before they are arrested by the droidekas, check on the top of the corridor. It's hardly visible, but there is an arch with a portrait of George Lucas on it.

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Trivia: During the Pod race, you get a brief shot of a very short man standing next to Watto. This is Warwick Davis, who played the main Ewok (the one who finds Leia) in Jedi, and also played the main character in Willow. He also plays Wald - the young Rodian who looks like a little Greedo.

Trivia: Peter "Chewbacca" Mayhew can be seen in some of the Mos Espa street scenes.

Trivia: The sounds of the spectators at the Boonta Eve Podrace are the sounds of football fans recorded by Ben Burtt at a San Francisco 49ers' game.

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Trivia: Liam Neeson did the majority of his own stunts. The only major stunts done by a double were the two lightsaber duels with Darth Maul.

Trivia: On Corucsant, there is one building that looks like the Chrysler Building in New York. There is also a skyscraper that looks like the project of the mile-high building by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Trivia: Qui-Gon Jinn calls Queen Amidala's spaceship a Nubian model J-327. 327 was the number of the landing pad where the Millennium Falcon landed on the first Death Star in episode IV and on the Cloud City in episode V. Supposedly this number also appears in "American Graffiti" (1974), a film George Lucas directed.

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Trivia: In the scene near the end, when Senator Palpatine talks to Amidala, you can see a few men standing directly behind the princess. The man in the middle with the black clothes and hat is producer Rick McCallum in a cameo. Ben Burtt is right next to Rick. (02:01:02)

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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Padme: Are you sure about this? Trusting our fate to a boy we hardly know? The Queen would not approve.
Qui-Gon Jinn: The Queen doesn't need to know.
Padme: Well I don't approve.

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Question: Something I never quite figured out when watching the film was what the shields in the corridor were for? The shields that separate Darth Maul from Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan during the fight. There are dozens of them and all they seem to do is benefit the fight in the film without having any real purpose.


Chosen answer: According to "Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Episode I" by Kristin Lund, they are "laser doors which lock into position in response to potentially lethal power outputs that occur intermittently during plasma activation process" (the fight takes place in a plasma energy processing plant). There are six laser doors in deference to an ancient Naboo legend in which Chaos is held back by six inpentrable gates. As you say though, they're really just a plot device to add dramatic tension to the duel!


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