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21 Epic Pictures From The "Star Wars: Episode I" Premiere In 1999

A long time ago (ahem, in 1999) in a galaxy far, far away...

Posted on October 17, 2017, at 5:17 p.m. ET

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Liz Wohlker from Arlington, Virginia, does her hair like Princess Leia while waiting in line to purchase tickets for Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace at the Uptown Theater in Washington, DC, on May 12, 1999.

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Fans hold their place in line for tickets to the new Star Wars movie on May 11 in Washington, DC. The film opened the following week in theaters across the US.

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A group of Star Wars fans camp out on a sidewalk adjacent to the Village Theatre in Los Angeles on April 27 as they wait for tickets to go on sale.

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Lincoln Gasking (right) and Kurt Volk use the internet while waiting to purchase tickets for the opening of The Phantom Menace in Los Angeles on April 23.

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Clare Whipps of Leicester, England, purchases her movie ticket in May.

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Fans show off their advance tickets to the movie in New York.

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Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson pose for portraits at the premiere of Star Wars Episode I — The Phantom Menace at the Loews Astor Plaza in New York.

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Stuntman Ray Park, who plays villain Darth Maul, and his date arrive in London's Leicester Square for the premiere of the film in July.

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Britain's Prince Charles meets the creator of the Star Wars series George Lucas at the film's London premiere on July 14, as Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman watch.

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Samuel L. Jackson and Jake Lloyd present awards at the MTV Movie Awards in June in Los Angeles.

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Academy Award-winning special effects creator Dennis Muren (center) poses for photos with director James Cameron and Star Wars creator George Lucas, alongside characters R2-D2 and C-3PO, during a ceremony honoring Muren with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June.

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Shoppers make their way into the F.A.O. Schwarz toy store in New York City.

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Toys 'R' Us in London opens at midnight to sell the latest Star Wars toys on June 18.

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Store clerk Christiana Mendoza, 22, is dressed as a villager from the newest Star Wars film as she helps customers at the Toys 'R' Us store in Glendale, California, on May 3.

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A man pushes a cart loaded with action figures and games on May 3.

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Star wars merchandise fills the shelves at a Toys 'R' Us in Denver, Colorado.

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Leonardo DiCaprio shops for Star Wars toys at the Santa Monica Toys 'R' Us store at 1:30 in the morning.

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Dina Nicki Rassias has her hair styled as Princess Leia in New York.

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An artist works on tattoos of characters from the original Star Wars trilogy on the back of a client during an international tattoo festival in Warsaw, Poland, on Oct. 2.

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Nascar driver Jeff Gordon stands by his new Busch Grand National Series car during a news conference on May 26 to announce the Star Wars: Episode I sponsorship for his team.

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Actor Jake Lloyd, who portrays young Anakin Skywalker, plays a the new Star Wars Episode I: Racer game on Nintendo 64, during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles on May 13.

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