Today in 1999, Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace (1999) was released in theaters. After the original trilogy ended in 1983, director George Lucas waited 14 years for special effects to advance to the point of his vision for a fourth movie. 2 more films were produced as part of this prequel trilogy- Attack of the Clones (2002), and Revenge of the Sith (2005). Despite a very mixed reception, the trilogy went on to gross over $2.5 billion. It also gave us one of the most badass movie characters of all time in Mace Windu (and one of the worst in Jar Jar Binks).
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