Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Trivia: Technically this wouldn't count as a mistake since it requires going through frame-by-frame, but there's an amusing little flub in the pod-race. When Sebulba's craft crashes, go through frame-by-frame when his one engine hits the rock formation. The rock formation actually begins to explode a frame or two before the engine strikes it. It's hard to tell it's happening when viewing the movie at normal speed, but you can catch it going frame-by-frame. Just an amusing little slip-up in the rendering.


Trivia: Darth Maul appears for only 6 minutes in the entire film.

Trivia: Qui-Gon Jinn's death was spoiled by the track listing of the film's soundtrack, which was released two weeks before the film.

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Trivia: The name "Otoh Gunga" is never said in the film. The city is always called Gunga City or the Gungan City instead.

Trivia: At least 3,000 boys auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker.

Trivia: Darth Maul has only 3 lines in the whole film.

Trivia: George Lucas originally intended to film The Phantom Menace with HD digital cameras built by Sony and Panavision, which would have made it the first movie ever to be shot in digitally instead of with film. Unfortunately, Sony and Panavision could not build the cameras fast enough for the shoot, leaving George Lucas with traditional cameras instead. However, Lucas used the digital cameras on Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

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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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Padme: Are you sure about this? Trusting our fate to a boy we hardly know? The Queen would not approve.
Qui-Gon Jinn: The Queen doesn't need to know.
Padme: Well I don't approve.

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Question: Something I never quite figured out when watching the film was what the shields in the corridor were for? The shields that separate Darth Maul from Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan during the fight. There are dozens of them and all they seem to do is benefit the fight in the film without having any real purpose.

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Chosen answer: According to "Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Episode I" by Kristin Lund, they are "laser doors which lock into position in response to potentially lethal power outputs that occur intermittently during plasma activation process" (the fight takes place in a plasma energy processing plant). There are six laser doors in deference to an ancient Naboo legend in which Chaos is held back by six inpentrable gates. As you say though, they're really just a plot device to add dramatic tension to the duel!

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