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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace A U film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over, although it is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child.

U films should be set within a positive framework and should offer reassuring counterbalances to any violence, threat or horror. If a work is particularly suitable for pre-school children, this will be indicated in the ratings info.

BBFC


1999
U
136 minutes (2 hours 16 minutes)
15th July
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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Starring

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
Anthony Daniels
C-3PO
Kenny Baker
R2-D2
Frank Oz
Yoda
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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Movie details
UK total gross
£56,351,660
24
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
25

US total gross
$474,544,677
15
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Global total gross
$1,027,044,677
39
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

UK BBFC Certificate: U

Popular in: United Kingdom and United States

UK Box Office Release Breakdown
UK release date:

Highest chart position: 1

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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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.

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