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Galaxy Quest (1999)

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The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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The sci-fi television series "Galaxy Quest", which took place aboard the intergalactic spaceship NSEA Protector, starred Jason Nesmith as suave Commander Peter Quincy Taggert, Gwen DeMarco as sexy communications person Lt. Tawny Madison (a role which consisted solely of repeating what the computer stated, much to Gwen's chagrin), Shakespearean trained Sir Alexander Dane as alien Dr. Lazarus, Fred Kwan as engineer Tech Sergeant Chen, and Tommy Webber as child pilot Laredo. Eighteen years after the series last aired, it lives on in the hearts of its rabid fans. However, it lives on in infamy for its stars, who have not been able to find meaningful acting work since. Their current lives revolve around cashing in on however those roles will afford, which usually entails attending fan conventions or worse, such as electronic store openings. Only Jason seems to relish his lot in life, until he finds out that his co-stars detest him because of his superior attitude as "the Commander", and ... Written by Huggo

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The show has been cancelled... But the adventure is just beginning. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some action violence, mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Captain Starshine  »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,012,630, 26 December 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to this film, Sam Rockwell's character played an adult on the original series, whereas Daryl Mitchell's character played a child. Daryl Mitchell is actually three years older than Sam Rockwell. See more »


When the two teenagers are entering and leaving the restroom, they are talking and laughing. At some moments, you can see their mouths but they are not moving even though you can still hear them talking and laughing. See more »


[first lines]
Laredo: Exiting the time knot now, Sir.
Tech Sgt. Chen: We're alive.
Laredo: We made it, Commander. We made it.
Dr. Lazarus: By Grabthar's hammer, we live to tell the tale.
Voice of Computer: Systems registering functional.
Lt. Tawny Madison: All systems are working, Commander.
Commander Peter Quincy Taggart: I don't like it. It was too easy.
Laredo: Wait. Oh, no! They're everywhere. There are time knots opening everywhere.
Lt. Tawny Madison: A trap!
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Crazy Credits

In the DVD extras, the actor who plays Brandon, Justin Long, is identified as BRANDON Long. See more »


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By Grabthar's Hammer! What a movie
12 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

The first thing that makes a good movie good is always a great story. The whole idea of actors from a long ago space series being mistaken for being the real deal by actual aliens is indeed ingenious.From there, you put together a top notch cast.They hit the nail on the head there. Tim Allen is a natural for the Jason Nesmith role.A great cast is nothing if they don't work well together.Not to worry.They are superb. This movie is an excellent twist on the old good vs.evil concept.There are movies whose ideas are so unique,you want to love them and not be disappointed.Take my word,Galaxy Quest delivers the goods.Warp speed!

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