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Episode I The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is a 1999 science fantasy film written and directed by George Lucas. It was the fourth film to be released in the Star Wars saga, but it is the first film by chronology of events. Among fans, it is commonly
referred to simply as TPM.

Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after
rescuing young Queen
Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo by
the Trade
Federation, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan
Kenobi and his Master, Qui-Gon
Jinn, discover nine-year-old Anakin
Skywalker, a young slave unusually strong in the Force.
Anakin wins his freedom in a podrace and
leaves 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.

Its release on May
19, 1999 came
almost 16 years after the previous film released in the series, Star
Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
. The film's release was accompanied
by extensive media coverage and high anticipation. Though given mixed reviews
by critics, it was extremely financially successful, grossing US$ 924.3
million worldwide on a budget of US$115 million. The Phantom Menace was
the highest grossing film of 1999, and the fourth highest grossing film of
all-time after its release. It is the highest grossing Star Wars film
ever, without adjustment for inflation. (Wikipedia)

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