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About <em>Star Wars: The Phantom Menace</em>

Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a young slave unusually strong in the Force. Anakin wins a thrilling Podrace and with it his freedom as he leaves his home to be trained as a Jedi. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces while the two Jedi contend with a deadly foe named Darth Maul. Only then do they realize the invasion is merely the first step in a sinister scheme by the re-emergent forces of darkness known as the Sith. [136 mins; sci-fi; English]

"One of George Lucas' creative high points—an excellent look at the failings of a society on the brink." – Evan Dossey, Midwest Film Journal

"As each magnificently choreographed set piece unfolds in The Phantom Menace, there's little doubt that George Lucas knows how to create populist entertainment at its best." – Serena Donadoni, Detroit Metro Times

"The Phantom Menace has won its place alongside the original Star Wars trilogy." – Keith Phipps, The AV Club

 

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