Trivia: This film has the dubious honor as being the highest-grossing film to be nominated for "Razzie" awards. 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: 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.
Trivia: If you watch closely during the scene in the senate, right after Queen Amidala calls for a vote of no confidence in the chancellor, the camera starts showing different views. The shot after a Senator asks for order is a group of pods with aliens in them. If you look in the lower left, you can see a pod full of E.T's. There's also a pod full of Wookies seen at one point (with their traditional noises, and for the first time in 20 years, the species was played by someone other than Peter Mayhew).
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: 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: Qui-Gon Jinn calls Queen Amidala's spaceship a Nubian model J-327. 327 was the number of the landing pad where the Millenium 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: 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.
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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: 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.