Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Trivia: Just before Watto decides to use the chance cube with Qui-Gon, there is somebody working on a podracer behind them. This is in fact Don Bies, the creator and controller of the radio-controlled version of R2-D2.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: When Anakin is in the Naboo fighter, look closely at the symbols under the astro droid well. The symbols are the same as the one on the Led Zepplin CD "Zoso," one of the designers' favorite bands.

Trivia: When Anakin takes Padme (Queen Amidala) into his room for the first time, you can see hanging from the wall and ceiling two Nerf Scoop toys painted in metallic silver. They look like the equipment that lacrosse players use but have a shorter handle. (00:37:00)

Trivia: Scattered about Watto's junk shop are a number of references to "Star Wars" (1977) and other sci-fi films -2001: A Space Odyssey's probe, and the head and shoulders of the Terminator's metallic skeleton (it could be the kind of medical droid visible at the end of "The Empire Strikes Back").

Trivia: A scene was made (but not included in the final film) where young Greedo and Anakin get into a fight after the pod race (Greedo accuses Anakin of cheating). Greedo is warned that with that kind of behavior, he could get himself into trouble in the future. And of course, in Episode IV, he's blasted to pieces by Han Solo.

Matty Blast

Trivia: When a security officer is shot during the blaster battle in the Naboo hangar, a "Wilhelm scream" can be heard.

Trivia: The ball at the centre of the Trade Federation's droid control ship is a tribute to the Death Star.

Trivia: When the two Jedi and Jar-Jar make surface in Theed, you can see in the background Nathan Hamil, the son of Mark, being arrested by two combat droids.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: The vocals during the end celebration (Track 18 on the soundtrack, "Augie's Great Municipal Band") is the same piece of music as the Emperor's haunting theme used in Return of the Jedi, only up-tempo and sung by children. (This has led some people to believe that Palpatine's first name is "Augie" or "Augustus.").

Trivia: After the shots of Darth Maul releasing his probes we see a shot of people walking around. If you listen carefully to the three Jawas which walk from left to right then you will hear one of them say sh*t.

Trivia: Actress/director Sofia Coppola plays one of the two maids of Amidala, when she speaks to Senator Palpatine on the hologram. She received a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actress for the role.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: The tactic used by the Federation army during the invasion of Naboo capital city is the same used by the German army during the Blitzkrieg.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: At the end, the droid that Jar-Jar pushes over has 4 symbols on its back which look almost exactly like 1138 - yet another reference in George Lucas' films to his first effort.

Trivia: When you see Jar-Jar Binks sleeping in Queen Amidala's spaceship, he looks exactly like Ruby Rhod sleeping after the explosion of Fhloston Paradise in "The Fifth Element" (1997).

Dr Wilson

Trivia: Anakin's mother, being a slave, has little identity. Interestingly, "Shmi" in Hebrew means "this is my name".

Trivia: In the scene when the Neimodians order the combat droids to capture the Queen, right after you see the Jedis hidden, a droid has DD written on his back: the symbol of Dolby Digital.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: With the exception of Battle Droids, this was the only Star Wars movie where nobody loses an arm/hand until the release of Episode VII. The victims are Anakin and the bounty hunter in Episode II, Anakin again in Episode III, Ponda Baba at Mos Eisley in Episode IV, Luke and a Wampa in Episode V, and Vader in Episode VI.

Trivia: Before production had started on The Phantom Menace, Ron Howard, along with Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, were asked by George Lucas to direct, but all three turned it down. Howard would later direct the Han Solo movie in 2018.

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Revealing mistake: When Qui-Gon, Jar-Jar, and Padme are eating at Anakin's house, Anakin's mum pours water for Qui-Gon. But when she gets to Jar-Jar, she tips the pitcher but no water comes out. (00:39:10)

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Qui-Gon Jinn: You must have Jedi reflexes if you race pods.
[Jar Jar tries to grab a piece of fruit with his tounge, but Qui-Gon catches it.]
Qui-Gon Jinn: Don't do that again.

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Question: I'm confused. Palpatine wanted to use Queen Amidala to get himself voted as chancellor so he could have control over the republic. Why did he send Darth Maul after the Queen's ship when it escaped if he needed the Queen alive?

Answer: The entire time Palpatine is bitching to Viceroy Gunray that he needs the Queen to sign the treaty to make the blockade and invasion legal. He didn't send Darth Maul to kill Amidala, he sent him to capture her and to deal with her Jedi escort.

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