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4 January 1998 (USA) See more »
Emperor Londo Mollari tells the story of the Earth-Minbari war that almost destroyed Humanity and later inspired its last best hope for peace. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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Fine telemovie that should be watched by all fans of the series. See more (28 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bruce Boxleitner ... John J. Sheridan (also archive footage)

Mira Furlan ... Delenn (also archive footage)

Richard Biggs ... Stephen Franklin, M.D.

Andreas Katsulas ... G'Kar

Peter Jurasik ... Londo Mollari

Theodore Bikel ... Lenonn

Reiner Schöne ... Dukhat (also archive footage) (as Reiner Schone)

Michael O'Hare ... Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair (archive footage)

Robin Atkin Downes ... Morann
J. Patrick McCormack ... General Lefcourt

Tricia O'Neil ... Earth Alliance President

Robin Sachs ... Coplann

James Patrick Stuart ... Presidential Aide

Jason Ross-Azikiwe ... Captain Sterns (as Jason Azikiwe)
Yasemin Baytok ... Centauri Woman
Kristin Birch ... Woman 1
Justin Carroll ... Lexington Communications Officer
Ardwight Chamberlain ... Kosh / Ulkesh (voice)

Jacob Chase ... Luc Deradi
Tim Colceri ... Captain Jankowski

Timothy Davis-Reed ... Man 1

Pancho Demmings ... Alpha 7

Steven Ford ... Prometheus First Officer
Mio R. Jakula ... Ganya Ivanov (Eagle 7)

Nick Jameson ... Minbari Pilot
T.J. Kennedy ... General Fontaine (as Mike Kennedy)

Erica Mer ... Lyssa Deradi
Mark Rafael Truitt ... Minbari Warrior
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Claudia Christian ... Susan Ivanova (uncredited)

Trevor Coppola ... Minbari Tourist (uncredited)

Annett Culp ... Minbari (uncredited)

Lane Davies ... Callier (uncredited)
Michael Eskridge ... Human Traveler (uncredited)
Steven St. Croix ... Earthforce Pilot (uncredited)
Jeffrey Willerth ... Ambassador Kosh (uncredited)
Justin Williams ... Bill Mitchell (archive footage) (uncredited)

Michael York ... David 'Arthur' McIntyre (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Vejar 
Writing credits
J. Michael Straczynski (creator)

J. Michael Straczynski (written by)

Produced by
John Copeland .... producer
Douglas Netter .... executive producer
Susan Norkin .... associate producer
J. Michael Straczynski .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Franke 
Cinematography by
John C. Flinn III (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Skip Robinson 
Casting by
Fern Champion 
Mark Paladini 
Mary Jo Slater 
Production Design by
John Iacovelli 
Art Direction by
Mark Walters  (as Mark-Louis Walters)
Set Decoration by
Jason Howard 
Costume Design by
Ann Bruice  (as Ann Bruice Aling)
Makeup Department
Manny Case .... special makeup effects artist
Gabriel De Cunto .... special makeup effects artist
Jeffrey S. Farley .... makeup effects supervisor (as Jeff Farley)
Kim M. Ferry .... hair stylist
Kim M. Ferry .... makeup artist
Mark Garbarino .... makeup effects supervisor
Jerry Gergely .... special makeup effects artist
John Vulich .... makeup effects creator
John Wheaton .... makeup effects sculptor
Barbara Wilder .... key hair stylist (as Barbara Wilder Pearlman)
Cinzia Zanetti .... key makeup artist
Jason Barnett .... special effects makeup artist: Optic Nerve Studios (uncredited)
Michael S. Pack .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ron Pipes .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Skip Beaudine .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alisa Matlovsky .... second second assistant director
David McWhirter .... second assistant director
Douglas E. Wise .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dark Hoffman .... property master
Alan Kobayashi .... graphic designer
Curtis Laseter .... construction coordinator (as Curtis Lasetter)
Matthew W. Plummer .... scenic artist (as Matthew Plummer)
Jerome Johnson .... props (uncredited)
Garry McEvoy .... painter (uncredited)
Julie Ray .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Larry Benjamin .... sound re-recording mixer
Harry Cohen .... sound designer
Elisabeth Flaum .... sound effects editor
Don H. Matthews .... sound mixer
Michael Payne .... sound supervisor (as Mike Payne)
Zeke Salas .... sound re-recording mixer
Liz Sroka .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeffrey R. Whitcher .... sound effects editor (as Jeff Whitcher)
Special Effects by
Dayton Osmond .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Ken Busick .... compositor
Eric Chauvin .... matte artist
Tim Everitt .... computer graphics animator
Tim Everitt .... computer graphics designer
Phillip Giles .... compositor
Tom Helmers .... computer graphics animator
Tom Helmers .... computer graphics designer
Harry Hendrickson .... computer graphics animator
Harry Hendrickson .... computer graphics designer
Rich Jeffreys III .... computer graphics animator
Rich Jeffreys III .... computer graphics designer
Geoffrey Mark .... computer graphics animator
Geoffrey Mark .... computer graphics designer
Jeff Montray .... computer graphics animator
Jeff Montray .... computer graphics designer
Don Neudecker .... computer graphics animator
Don Neudecker .... computer graphics designer
Josh Prikryl .... computer graphics animator
Josh Prikryl .... computer graphics designer
Kerry Rossall .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Blair .... key grip (as Robert D. Blair)
Peter B. Kowalski .... camera operator
Charles Lantz .... best boy grip (as Charles S. Lantz Jr.)
John Smith .... gaffer (as "The" John Smith)
Wally Sweeterman .... first assistant camera
Carlos M. Torres .... best boy electric
Glenn DiVincenzo .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Shant Jordan .... senior animator
Patrick Perez .... senior animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim M. Holly .... costume supervisor
Linda Huse .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Kathie Burr .... first assistant editor
John Burrus .... assistant editor
Music Department
Christopher Franke .... musician
Other crew
Timothy M. Earls .... concept designer
Harlan Ellison .... conceptual consultant
Heidi Erl .... production coordinator
Tracie Esparza .... assistant to executive producer
Kenneth Gilbert .... script supervisor (as Ken Gilbert)
Jonathan Gording .... special effect contact lens consultant
Karen Harrell .... assistant to executive producer
Carol Henry .... script coordinator
Joanne Higgins .... assistant to executive producer
Mike Hoover .... production accountant
Luc Mayrand .... concept designer
Larry Stanton .... systems engineer
Jeffrey Willerth .... associate to producer
Jaroslava Fernandez .... special effects contact lenses (uncredited)
Celeste Healy .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Anna Pernicci .... intern (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:94 min | 91 min (PAL DVD)
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Did You Know?

In this TV-movie, Robin Sachs plays Coplann, a member of the Minbari Grey Council. In an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995), Sachs plays an alien named Valen. In B5, Valen is the name of the Minbari holy figure who originally formed the Council.See more »
Continuity: When Sheridan, Franklin and G'Kar are captured by the Minbari, Sheridan is punched by a guard and his rank pin is crooked. In the next shot, his pin is suddenly straight.See more »
Londo Mollari:The War. The humans, I think, knew they were doomed. Where another race would surrender to despair, the humans fought back with greater strength. They made the Minbari fight for every inch of space. In my life, I have never seen anything like it; They would weep...See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Fine telemovie that should be watched by all fans of the series., 18 August 2002
Author: David Alexander (david_g) from Australia

Before watching In the Beginning I had only ever heard of Babylon 5 in passing. I knew it was well respected amongst its fans and had earned critical acclaim. After watching this film I became an avid fan of the series. In the Beginning tells the tale of the Earth/Minbari war, Earth was on the rise as an interstellar power and filled with confidence after defeating the Dilgar. Many races were courting Earth's favour, in particular the Centauri, a former power in the cosmos now in the twilight of its Empire. The tale is told in retrospect by Londo Mollari (Peter Jurasik), then just a lowly liason to the Earth government, but now an aging and sad Emperor. Through his narration you get a sense of the importance of the events surrounding the war and the consequences for all life in the universe as a result of it.

The special effects are of good quality, on par with the series but not of the same quality you'd find in a cinema release. Some of the scenes have been recycled from the first season of Babylon 5 (particularly those shots involving the Battle of the Line and Michael O'Hare) but coupled with Peter Jurasik's voice over they prove to be very effective in portraying the relentlessness of the Minbari and the courage of the humans in the face of destruction.

Despite the conspicuous absence of Micheal Garibaldi (Jerry Doyle), all of the series regulars make an appearance. It was interesting to see a young looking John Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner) in his much talked about battles with the Minbari and the events surrounding Delenn's (Mira Furlan) proclamation of war against the humans after the death of the Minbari leader Dukhat. However, it must be said that the star of the film is Londo Mollari. Anyone familiar with the regular series will appreciate Peter Jurasik's performance and his subtle references to the mistakes he made in the past.

In the Beginning can be watched by anyone. I came to it with no knowledge of the regular series and enjoyed myself immensely. It tells a stirring story of heroism, courage in the face of overwhelming odds and hope for the future. Those fans of the series that haven't seen it yet will no doubt come away with a greater appreciation for Babylon 5. It fills in a lot of the history surrounding the Earth/Minbari war and has a great ending that links in directly to the double episode War Without End from the third season of B5 (it my confuse those not familiar with the series though). That said, those interested in good sci-fi would do well to see this telemovie as it shows what can be done with good writing, wonderful acting and good special effects. The best of the Babylon 5 telemovies.

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