Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Trivia: On the long shot of the homes on Tatooine, after Anakin has his arm patched up by Qui-Gon Jinn and his blood tested for a midichlorian count, you can see a shadow on Anakin's house in the shape of a side view of Darth Vader's helmet.

Trivia: Just before Watto decides to use the chance cube with Qui-Gon, there is somebody working on a podracer behind them. This is in fact Don Bies, the creator and controller of the radio-controlled version of R2-D2.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: When Anakin is in the Naboo fighter, look closely at the symbols under the astro droid well. The symbols are the same as the one on the Led Zepplin CD "Zoso," one of the designers' favorite bands.

Trivia: When Anakin takes Padme (Queen Amidala) into his room for the first time, you can see hanging from the wall and ceiling two Nerf Scoop toys painted in metallic silver. They look like the equipment that lacrosse players use but have a shorter handle. (00:37:00)

Trivia: Scattered about Watto's junk shop are a number of references to "Star Wars" (1977) and other sci-fi films -2001: A Space Odyssey's probe, and the head and shoulders of the Terminator's metallic skeleton (it could be the kind of medical droid visible at the end of "The Empire Strikes Back").

Trivia: A scene was made (but not included in the final film) where young Greedo and Anakin get into a fight after the pod race (Greedo accuses Anakin of cheating). Greedo is warned that with that kind of behavior, he could get himself into trouble in the future. And of course, in Episode IV, he's blasted to pieces by Han Solo.

Matty Blast

Trivia: When a security officer is shot during the blaster battle in the Naboo hangar, a "Wilhelm scream" can be heard.

Trivia: The ball at the centre of the Trade Federation's droid control ship is a tribute to the Death Star.

Trivia: When the two Jedi and Jar-Jar make surface in Theed, you can see in the background Nathan Hamil, the son of Mark, being arrested by two combat droids.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: The vocals during the end celebration (Track 18 on the soundtrack, "Augie's Great Municipal Band") is the same piece of music as the Emperor's haunting theme used in Return of the Jedi, only up-tempo and sung by children. (This has led some people to believe that Palpatine's first name is "Augie" or "Augustus.").

Trivia: After the shots of Darth Maul releasing his probes we see a shot of people walking around. If you listen carefully to the three Jawas which walk from left to right then you will hear one of them say sh*t.

Trivia: Actress/director Sofia Coppola plays one of the two maids of Amidala, when she speaks to Senator Palpatine on the hologram. She received a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actress for the role.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: The tactic used by the Federation army during the invasion of Naboo capital city is the same used by the German army during the Blitzkrieg.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: At the end, the droid that Jar-Jar pushes over has 4 symbols on its back which look almost exactly like 1138 - yet another reference in George Lucas' films to his first effort.

Trivia: When you see Jar-Jar Binks sleeping in Queen Amidala's spaceship, he looks exactly like Ruby Rhod sleeping after the explosion of Fhloston Paradise in "The Fifth Element" (1997).

Dr Wilson

Trivia: Anakin's mother, being a slave, has little identity. Interestingly, "Shmi" in Hebrew means "this is my name".

Trivia: In the scene when the Neimodians order the combat droids to capture the Queen, right after you see the Jedis hidden, a droid has DD written on his back: the symbol of Dolby Digital.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: With the exception of Battle Droids, this was the only Star Wars movie where nobody loses an arm/hand until the release of Episode VII. The victims are Anakin and the bounty hunter in Episode II, Anakin again in Episode III, Ponda Baba at Mos Eisley in Episode IV, Luke and a Wampa in Episode V, and Vader in Episode VI.

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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Question: When someone becomes a Sith, they take a different name, i.e. Palpatine becomes Darth Sidious, Count Dooku becomes Darth Tyranus, Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader. Does anyone know Darth Maul's non-Sith name?

Answer: No. According to the official sources, Maul was trained in the Sith ways from a very early age - it's quite likely that he himself doesn't remember his original name. Even if he does remember it, it would mean nothing to him any more - the Sith and their ways are his life - and he certainly wouldn't answer to it. According to the non-canon novel "Darth Plagueis", Darth Maul was named "Maul" by his mother before she turned him over to a young Palpatine. He didn't take a new name when he got the title "Darth."

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