Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace

Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace Cover Art

1999 Sci-Fi

Rated PG

2 hours 16 minutes

This movie is exhausting to watch.

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Notes About the Violence

This is the only movie of the prequels that is remotely watchable, and for the Star Wars series it is tame. However, how this movie got a rating of PG is beyond us.

Not Included in Scenes

There are alien creatures throughout this movie, and during climatic battle scene both humans and Gungans are killed, nothing graphic, but we hear and see them die.


5 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

"The chancellor should never have brought them into this. Kill them immediately." - Emperor

Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon's ship is blown up. The captain is heard and shown just before it happens, and for some reason it seems more personal than normal.

"Dioxis." - Qui-gon
"They must be dead by now." - Viceroy

15 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

"Mesa back!" -Jar-Jar
"Not again, Jar-Jar." -Captain Tarpals

Jar-Jar is lightly sparked with a pointy stick.

"How rude!" -Jar-Jar

17 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

Obi-wan and Qui-gon Jinn find themselves underwater, in a submarine, in the planet's core, and Obi-wan says, "You were banished because you were clumsy?"

They are almost eaten by a large fish, but then an even-larger fish larger fish eats that fish. The fish are cartoonish but the violence is still somewhat realistic.

"The invasion is on schedule, my lord." -Viceroy

20 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

Submarine loses power, and Obi-wan causes wires to spark.

They are almost eaten by a large fish, but then an even-larger fish larger fish eats that fish.

"Head for that outcropping." -Qui-gon
"Oh boy." - Jar-Jar

36 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

Qui-gon and crew are on Tatooine, and Qui-gon says, "We have nothing of value. That's the problem.

Small dead animals are shown, cartoonish, and an alien bites the head off of one, shown from afar. Jar Jar is kicked.

"This storm will slow them down." - Obiwan

1 hour
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

Just before the pod-race is about to start, all of the engines start firing, and Jar-Jar says "Oh diss'n gonna be messy. Me no watchin'!"

Jabba the Hutt bits the head off of a small, cartoon animal.

The bang of a gong, a beep, and then, "Wait! Little Skywalker has stalled!" - Announcers

1 hour 59 minutes
Violent - Realistic Violenceviolent

After Qui-gon, Obi-wan, and Darth Maul get trapped in between the red beams of light, stop watching when Qui-gon and Darth Maul get released, and continue fighting while Obi-wan watches.

Darth Maul fatally wounds Qui-gon with his light-saber.

At the end of Obi-wan's scream.

0 minutes
Violent - Realistic Violenceviolent

After Obi-wan falls partially down the shaft in the floor, he sees Qui-gon's light-saber.

Obi-wan kills Darth Maul.

"It's too late."

2 hours 7 minutes
Mild - No Act of Violencemild

"Agree with you, the council does. Your apprentice, Skywalker will be." - Yoda

Qui-gon is cremated.

"But which was destroyed, the master, or the apprentice?" -Mace Windu