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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Categorized as a "prequel," The Phantom Menace introduces us to the characters and a plot that are featured in the first Star Wars franchise. In this episode, a youthful Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) meets the boy Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) and unwittingly starts him on the path to becoming the tyrant Darth Vader. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 133
Theater Release: 19 May 1999
Video Release: 21 Mar 2005
MPAA Rating: PG
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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace is rated PG: for sci-fi action/violence.

Director: George Lucas
Cast: Liam Neeson Ewan MacGregor Natalie Portman
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Website: Official site for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

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