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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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The greatest story in the Babylon 5 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)
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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According to Babylon 5 canon, Senna later marries Vir Cotto. When Vir becomes emperor, she reigns also, as empress.See more »
Continuity: During the "ambush" scene, a Star Fury and a Dreadnaught suddenly disappear as the jump point opens on a heavy cruiserSee more »
[first lines]
Delenn:It is said that in every age, there is one singular event that forever changes the world around us. A nexus, if you will.
G'Kar:It is said that the future is always born in pain. The history of war is the history of pain. If we are wise what is born of that pain matures into the promise of a better world. Because we learn that we can no longer afford the mistakes of the past.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The greatest story in the Babylon 5 series., 16 January 2003
Author: Animus from United States

And so it begins... "In The Beginning" is quite simply the one of the best movies ever filmed. As part of the Babylon 5 series it is technically superfluous, since everything depicted in the movie is spoken of in various episodes during the series. However, simply hearing about what happened is nothing compared to seeing the events portrayed so powerfully. The cast and writer (JMS) bring us the story in all it's beauty and all its horror, from the simple mistakes that caused the war right up to the eve of humanity's destruction and everything in between. If you have never watched Babylon 5, this is the perfect place to start. If you do not wish to see Babylon 5 you should still watch this movie because to ignore it simply because of its roots is to deny yourself the experience of seeing some of the finest performances ever put on film. If the final 20 minutes does not stir your soul, then nothing ever will.

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Great Movie ... but the ending could have been harder djoseph626
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