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Galaxy Quest (1999)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  25 December 1999 (USA)
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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.



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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 annoyance), Shakespearean trained Sir Alexander Dane as alien Dr. Lazarus, Fred Kwan as engineer Tech Sgt. Chen, and Tommy Webber as child gunner 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 shopping mall 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 much ... Written by Huggo

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A comedy of galactic proportions. 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:

$7,012,630 (USA) (24 December 1999)


£3,114,575 (UK) (26 May 2000)

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Sam Rockwell based his portrayal on Bill Paxton's performance in Aliens (1986). In particular, his hysterical fear of being killed, and his mental breakdown upon seeing a motion detector that shows their enemy closing in on them. See more »


When Madison and Taggart are standing at the start of the chompers, the audio track has Madison saying "Screw this!" However, she is clearly saying "Fuck this!" but was dubbed for the PG rating from MPAA. 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

At the end of the credits, Enrico Colantoni, as Mathesar, says "Never give up... Never Surrender!" See more »


Spoofs The Grapes of Wrath (1940) See more »

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Badly Marketed Yet Utterly Brilliant
14 October 2001 | by (College Station, Texas) – See all my reviews

This film was amazing. I saw the trailers and swore I'd never watch it. A couple of friends overruled this after watching it in the theaters, and I'm glad they did.

Not only is this film an amusing spoof of Science Fiction Fen-dom, it's a brilliant action-adventure/science-fiction film in its own right. The only other film I can think of that is a righteous satirical look, yet a splendid example of the genre, is the Fifth Element.

Galaxy Quest Has It All. Beautiful women in scanty clothing. Love interests. Computers. Space ships. Ugly and evil monsters. Blasters. Arcane martial arts. Dynamite catch phrases. And best of all, the very population that is satirized is the group that Saves The Day.

The dialogue is brilliant - you'll find yourself quoting from this film regularly. The acting is marvelous. Tim Allen doing William Shatner doing a Heroic Spaceship Captain is worth the rental all by itself, not to mention Alan Rickman's memorably dry performance as the I-Am-Not-My-Strange-Looking-Alien character.

The first thing I thought upon leaving the theater was that I had to see this film again. The first thing I thought upon seeing it again was that I would have to own this movie. Check it out - you won't be sorry.

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