Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

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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 Qui-Gon Jinn 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.

Directed byGeorge Lucas
Release dateMay 16, 1999
Running time133 minutes
Budget$115 million
Box office$1.027 billion