PG | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Two Jedi escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their original glory.
Liam Neeson convinced George Lucas to keep a scene where Qui-Gon Jinn puts his hand on Shmi Skywalker's shoulder. Lucas felt this might be out of character for the monk-like Jedi, but Neeson thought there should be an emotional connection between the characters. In an interview with Premiere Magazine, Neeson defended his action, saying, "It may be 'Star Wars', but we've got to have something in there for the adults."
Republic Cruiser Captain: Yes, sir?
Qui-Gon Jinn: Tell them we wish to board at once.
Republic Cruiser Captain: With all due respect, the ambassadors for the Supreme Chancellor wish to board immediately.
Nute Gunray: Yes, of course. As you know, our blockade is perfectly legal and we'd be happy to receive the ambassadors.
A green Landspeeder is visible when Qui-Gon's party enters Mos Espa. It should be floating above the ground, but two of its three wheels are visible, despite two black clad humans standing in front of it, trying to cover up the wheels.
Opening crawl: "Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star system is in dispute. Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo. While the Congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict..."
The 2011 Blu-ray release has significant changes. 1) The Jedi Speed Force has been altered to a more realistic speed effect. 2) Nute Gunray and Rune Haako observing the Jedi fleeing from the droideka on a viewscreen has been changed to a new and wide shot. It also features a new digital effect for the screen itself. 3) The pink tint in the whole movie has been removed to make it more natural. 4) Almost all scenes shows more of the image. 5) The grainy look in some shots have been cleared.
$64,820,970 23 May 1999
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