Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Chapter I: The Phantom Menace

Opening Crawl

Turmoil has engulfed the
Galactic Republic. The taxation
of trade routes to outlying star
systems is in dispute.
Hoping to resolve the matter
with a blockade of deadly
battleships, the greedy Trade
Federation has stopped all
shipping to the small planet
of Naboo.
While the congress of the
Republic endlessly debates
this alarming chain of events,
the Supreme Chancellor has
secretly dispatched two Jedi
Knights, the guardians of
peace and justice in the
galaxy, to settle the conflict....

The Phantom Menace

02 The Phantom Menace

Episode, title and opening crawl.

The back-story mentioned in the title crawl is explored in the novel Cloak of Deception, by James Luceno. Set in the year prior to Episode I, the novel was actually written after the film’s release, and included a number of minor references to upcoming features of Episode II, including the various commerce guilds.

03 Title Scroll

Opening crawl.

The title crawl has a minor semantic discrepancy: Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are both referred to as Jedi Knights, even though the former is a Jedi Master and the latter his Padawan. Although it may be admissible to refer to Jinn as the "umbrella title" of Jedi Knight—as Obi-Wan is in Episode IV, despite being a Master at the time—in Episode II, Padmé Amidala notes that Anakin, as a Padawan, is "not a Jedi yet".


John Williams' Star Wars Main Title is used to open the movie, segueing in to The Arrival at Naboo.

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