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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older. Unaccompanied children of any age may watch, but parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children.

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Y:1999
 136 minutes (2 hrs 16 mins)
UK release date Released: 15th July 1999
 BBFC Age Rating:  PG age rating
US release date Released: 19th May 1999
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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Actor
Character
Qui-Gon Jinn
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Queen Amidala / Padme
Anakin Skywalker
Senator Palpatine
Pernilla August
Shmi Skywalker
Oliver Ford Davies
Sio Bibble
Hugh Quarshie
Captain Panaka
Ahmed Best
Jar Jar Binks
Kenny Baker
R2-D2
Terence Stamp
Chancellor Valorum
Brian Blessed
Boss Nass
Andy Secombe
Watto
Ray Park
Darth Maul
Lewis Macleod
Sebulba
Warwick Davis
Wald / Pod race spectator / Mos Espa Citizen
Steve Speirs
Captain Tarpals
Silas Carson
Nute Gunray / Ki-Adi-Mundi / Lott Dodd / Republic Cruiser Pilot
Jerome St. John Blake
Mas Amedda / Orn Free Taa / Oppo Rancisis / Rune Haako / Horox Ryyder / Graxol Kelvynn / Mik Regrap
Alan Ruscoe
Daultay Dofine / Plo Koon / Bib Fortuna
Ralph Brown
Ric Olie
Celia Imrie
Fighter Pilot Bravo 5
Benedict Taylor
Fighter Pilot Bravo 2
Clarence Smith
Fighter Pilot Bravo 3
Samuel L. Jackson
Mace Windu
Palace Guard
Karol Cristina da Silva
Rabe
Liz Wilson
Eirtae
Candice Orwell
Yane
Sofia Coppola
Sache
Bronagh Gallagher
Republic Cruiser Captain
John Fensom
TC-14
Greg Proops
Fode
Scott Capurro
Beed
Margaret Towner
Jira
Dhruv Chanchani
Kitster
Oliver Walpole
Seek
Katie Lucas
Amee
Megan Udall
Melee
Hassani Shapi
Eeth Koth
Gin Clarke
Adi Gallia
Khan Bonfils
Saesee Tiin
Michelle Taylor
Yarael Poof
Michaela Cottrell
Even Piell
Dipika O'Neill Joti
Depa Billaba
Phil Eason
Yaddle
Mark Coulier
Aks Moe
Lindsay Duncan
TC-14
Peter Serafinowicz
Darth Maul / Battle Droid Commander / Gungan Scout
James Taylor
Rune Haako
Chris Sanders
Daultay Dofine
Toby Longworth
Sen. Lott Dodd / Gragra
Marc Silk
Aks Moe / Sil Unch
Amanda Lucas
Tey How / Diva Funquita
Sacha Alexander
Graf Zapalo - Advisor to Queen Amidala
Simon Allen
Flag Bearer
Richard Armitage
Naboo Fighter Pilot
Paul Bannon
Pod Racer Mechanic
Don Bies
Pod Race Mechanic
Trisha Biggar
Orn Free Taa's Aide
Michonne Bourriague
Aurra Sing
Douglas Bunn
Naboo Guard
Ben Burtt
Naboo Courier
Doug Chiang
Flag Bearer
Rob Coleman
Pod Race Spectator in Jabba's Private Box
Roman Coppola
Senate Guard
Sean Cronin
Coruscant Senate Guard
Zsuzsanna Cseh
Pod Race Spectator
Matt Daniel-Baker
Naboo Foot Soldier
Russell Darling
Naboo Royal Security Guard
Philip Delancy
Naboo Starship Pilot
Andrew Doucette
Pod Race Spectator
C. Michael Easton
Pod Race Spectator
Andrew Elias
Naboo Royal Guard
John Ellis
Pod race spectator
Catherine Ernster
Naboo Civilian
Ira Feiedman
Patrice Girod
Naboo Citizen
Ned Gorman
Naboo Citizen
Joss Gower
Naboo Fighter Pilot
Raymond Griffiths
GONK Droid
Nathan Hamill
Pod Race Spectator / Naboo Palace Guard
Tim Harrington
Naboo Security Guard
Jack Haye
Pod Race Spectator in Jabba's Private Box
Nifa Hindes
Ann Gella
Nishan Hindes
Tann Gella
Frank Huseyin
Jenn Smeel
Alexi Kaye Campbell
Naboo Guard
David Knight
Aqualish Alian
John Knoll
Lt. Rya Kirsch - Bravo 4 / Flag Bearer
Kamay Lau
Sei Taria - Senators Aide
Andrew Lawden
Naboo Foot Soldier
Madison Lloyd
Dan Madsen
Kaadu Handler
Iain McCaig
Orn Free Taa's Aide
Rick McCallum
Naboo Courier
João Costa Menezes
Naboo Fighter Pilot
Taylor Murphy
Battle Droid
Jeff Olson
Pod Race Spectator in Jabba's Private Box
Lorne Peterson
Mos Espa Citizen
Neil Riddaway
Gungan Guard
Steve Sansweet
Naboo Courier
Mike Savva
Naboo Royal Guard
Christopher Scarabosio
Neumodian Senator
Jeff Shay
Pod race spectator
Christian Simpson
Lt. Gavyn Sykes - Bravo 6
Paul Martin Smith
Naboo Courier
Scott Squires
Naboo Speeder Driver
Tom Sylla
Battle Droid
Bill Tlusty
Chokk, Jabba's Bodyguard
Danny Wagner
Mawhonic
Dwayne Williams
Matthew Wood
Bib Fortuna / Ody Mandrell
Bob Woods
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Top Grossing Movie Chart Position
UK total gross
£56,351,660
28
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
29

US total gross
$474,544,677
17
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Global total gross
$1,027,082,707
43
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
UK Age Rating
UK BBFC Certificate: PG
Genres
UK Box Office Release Breakdown
UK release date:

Highest chart position: 1

Weeks on box office: 23

UK Box Office Chart History
Date
Place
Week
Total
1N
£9,512,295
£9,512,295
1▲▼
£5,104,514
£20,571,053
2
£3,129,648
£27,936,851
2▲▼
£3,153,693
£34,447,401
2▲▼
£2,312,687
£39,371,255
1
£1,420,885
£42,883,404
2
£1,036,037
£45,375,620
2▲▼
£678,759
£47,077,290
4
£494,105
£47,950,799
3
£496,967
£48,663,561
5
£352,729
£49,179,010
6
£304,987
£49,590,528
6▲▼
£226,135
£49,897,971
8
£160,764
£50,125,806
10
£132,749
£50,329,399
12
£98,943
£50,610,780
14
£50,684
£50,681,936
13
£44,854
£51,063,811
3
£1,528,156
£52,591,967
4
£1,077,302
£55,178,639
8
£404,962
£55,875,460
11
£242,986
£56,227,318
13
£73,849
£56,351,660
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Star Wars fans around the world have their opinion of what is the best lighsaber battle in the Star Wars movie franchise, so on this Star Wars day at 25thframe.co.uk we though we would give our opinion of what we think is the best battle seen on screen in the ever growing list of movies.

5. Rey Vs. Kylo Ren (with help from Finn) from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There had been a Star Wars drought for a number of years (10 years) and with the buyout of Lucasfilms still fresh in everyones minds as well as the (at the time) badly received prequel trilogy the fan base wanted a good Star Wars movie.

JJ Abrahams was put in charge of directing the film, a life long fan of the series, and he delivered in spades, bringing arguably the best Star Wars film to date.

We instantly took to the new characters of the Rebel Alliances Rey and the First Orders Kylo Ren, and with Rey's force powers hinted at throughout, the dual between the two was inevitable, and at the end of the film Abrahams delivered, set within a forest of the Star Killer Base while the planet explodes around them.

4. Yoda Vs. Count Dooku from Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones

We knew Yoda was a Jedi Master and that he had fought in the Clone Wars that started at the end of the second part of prequel trilogy, and George Lucas knew he had to deliver.

As Yoda walks into the hanger where Count Dooku was trying to board his ship you simply knew what was about to happen, and as he pulls across his robes to reveal a small lightsaber this was the moment, he force pulls his weapon to his hand and turns it on.

The battle doesn't last long, but seeing the small green Jedi Master who usually finds it hard to walk bouncing around the walls during the fight is a joy.

3. Obi Wan Kenobi Vs. Darth Vader from Star Wars

Star Wars

The original movie introduces us to the legendary weapon, something not really seen on the big screen before but throught the stories Ben Kenobi tells Luke during the movie we know that the weapon is elegant and the Jedi are lethal with it.

We also believe at this time that Darth Vader is the arch enemy of Ben Kenobi, and by the end of the movie there has to be a metting of the two, and while trying to escape the Death Star the two come face to face.

Despite the technological abilities in special effects at the time this thrilled fans of a generation and when the inevitable happens at the end we are shocked at the loss of our new hero.

2. Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader on Cloud City from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

This battle comes as no surprise, we have seen Luke go through the training, and go off to rescue his friends, and we get the foreshadowing fof things to come on Dagobah.

When Luke goes into the carbon freeze chamber and the two enemies ignight their sabers in low light we get the almighty battle between the two enemies.

The style and technology used in this film is so much greater than that of the original Star Wars that it feels fresh and thrilling, and at the end of the battle we get one of cinemas greatest reveals, so good to this day it is celebrated as THE movie twist of all times.

1. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs. Darth Maul from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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The movie gets a lot of criticism, but over the last 20 years time has been kind and in the grander scheme of the saga the fan base is looking at this film more favourably, and it has the best lighsaber battle of all time.

It had been 16 years since we'd had any proper Star Wars to enjoy and despite the film not getting the critical reaction Lucas wanted the Dual Of Fates was spectacular.

The highlight is at the start of the battle as Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan face the Sith Lord Darth Maul, as the John Williams music 'Duel Of Fates' starts to get more intense Maul ignites a single blade on his lightsaber, then the money shot happens and another blade appears from the other side, every Star Wars Fan looked on in amazement as the incredible battle unfolds between the 3 warriors.

The only real shame is that, inevitably, Darth Maul dies at the end of the movie, although in quiet spectacular style, but with little screen time fans wanted more, although as seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story they have brought him back and who knows if he'll appear in another movie or not?

Returning 17 years after their last teaming Will Smith and Martin Lawrence team up as Bad Boys again in Bad Boys For Life and hit the top with a far better than expected debut while Robert Downey Jr. limps into number 2 with Dolittle.

Bad Boys For Life

With a change of director from Micheal Bay to Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence sequel vehicle hits the top of the US box office with ease taking a surprising $59.1 Million.

The last time we had a Bad Boys movie was 17 years ago in July 2003 when Bad Boys II made its debut at the top with $46.5 Million, so the love for this franchise has not demished at all.

Dolittle

Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr. first movie since the mega smash hit Avengers: Endgame which went on to be the highest grossing movie of all time limps into the box offie with a debut gross of $22.5 Million.

This will be worrying for the studio and it could end up as one of the stars lowest grossing movies.

To put this into perspective the debut gross is even lower that the $29 Million debut of the 1998 Eddie Murphy Doctor Dolittle, without adjusting for inflation.

1917

Sam Mendes much praised war movie drop to number 2 this weekend with a $22.1 Million weekend gross putting the film total at $76.7 Million after 4 weeks of release, 2 weeks on wide release.

Jumanji: The Next Level

The Dwayne Johnson starring sequel movie falls to 4 this weekend with $9.5 Million for a US total gross of $270.4 Million after 6 weeks of release.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

J.J. Abrams final star wars movie falls to 5 this week with $8.3 Million on its 5th weekend of release.

The film has without doubt been a success with a total US gross of $492 Million and is the highest total grossing movie on the box offie this week, but in terms of film in the Star Wars franchise, and the marketing hype the film was given, it is perhaps a failure and wont reach the $620 Million of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Some good news this week for the film, it has passed the $474.5 Million of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Parasite

The much praised South Korea movie is the longest running film on the US box office this week with 15 weeks and a total gross of $27.7 Million.

The bio-pic of Freddy Mercury and Queen makes its debut at the top of the UK box office knocking A Star Is Born to the runner up spot after 2 weeks at number 1.

A Star Is Born

Bohemian Rhapsody

Taking over at the top with a fantastic opening weekend of £9.5 the film starring Rami Malek wowed UK audiences but didn't please all critics.

This opening puts the film in the top 100 opening weekends in the UK ever at number 90, one below The Secret Life Of Pets and one above Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

For the stars this will be by far their biggest movie to date, for director Bryan Singer it needs to beat all the X-Men movies he has directed the highest of which is X-Men Days Of Future Past, but don't rule it our just yet.

A Star Is Born

Being dumped down from the top to the number 2 position is the Lady Gaga starring movie which takes £2.1 million on its 4th weekend of release.

This brings the films total UK gross to and very good £19.2 million, the 14th highest grossing movie of 2018.

Halloween

The Jamie Lee Curtis starring movie topped the charts in many places around the globe last week, except in the UK where it landed at number 2, this week it falls to number 3 with £1.6 million to brings its total to £5.8 million after 2 weeks.

Smallfoot

Hanging on for another weekend the family animation takes £1.5 million for a UK gross of £7.7 million.

Johnny English Strikes Again

The Rowan Atkinson comedy closes out the top 5 at the film beins to fall down the chart but takes £1.5 million on its 3rd weekend for a £14.1 million total.

This week marks a bit of a mile stone in film global grosses, Despicable Me 3 goes over $1 billion, the first of the series to do so, this means now the top 30 top global grossing movies have all grossed over $1 Billion.

The first movie to do so was Titanic back in 1998 and was the only film to do so for a long time, that film had another bite of the cherry in 2012 and its gross is now over $2 billion.

The next film to do it was The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King in 2003, since then we have had at least one film a year do the fate.

The oldest film to go over $1 Billion is Jurassic Park from 1993, but again that had another go in 2011 which pushed it over the mark, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace similarly did the same.

To date only 3 film have gone to $2 Billion, Avatar (the top grossing movie of all time), Titanic and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The next milestone will be the top 50 all over a billion, which at the current rate will be some time in 2020/21, and then of course we look forward to the next Star Wars film going over the $2 Billion mark!.

Although its had a slower start than Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens last year, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still doing really across the globe.

Now in its third week of release, and with a slow Christmas period to contend with, the star Wars film took $95.1 million from 56 countries over the new year period which brings its total global gross to an excellent $774.9 million.

The film is on track to hit the magic $1 billion which will be the third Star Wars film to do so (although it took Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace a number of re-releases) and the 12th Disney movie to do so.

Another note of interest, the total gross of Rogue One now means that the Star Wars films and the most successful series of films ever, beating the James Bond series.

There are no new releases on the global front this week, blame Christmas, but there should be a wealth of them next week and things get back to normal.