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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

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Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Whale (voice)
Ford Prefect (as Mos Def)
Su Elliot ...
Pub Customer (as Su Eliott)
Narrator / The Guide (voice)
Jeltz (voice)
Mark Longhurst ...
Bulldozer Driver


Everyone has bad mornings. You wake up late, you stub your toe, you burn the toast...but for a man named Arthur Dent, this goes far beyond a bad day. When he learns that a friend of his is actually an alien with advanced knowledge of Earth's impending destruction, he is transported off the Earth seconds before it is exploded to make way for a new hyperspace motorway. And as if that's not enough, throw in being wanted by the police, Earth II, an insane electronic encyclopedia, no tea whatsoever, a chronically depressed robot and the search for the meaning of life, and you've got the greatest adventure off Earth. Written by radioactive

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Everything you need to know about out there, is in here. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, action and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guía del viajero intergaláctico  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,298,262 (United Kingdom), 1 May 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,103,203, 1 May 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,085,416, 21 July 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Douglas Adams' notes, he wanted the name of the character "Slartibartfast" to sound extremely rude, but still pass BBC's rules on what could be broadcast - he actually started with "Phartiphukborlz" and changed it, bit by bit, until it was acceptable. See more »


The head on Ford's first pint in the pub before the Earth's destruction changes from shot-to-shot. See more »


[first lines]
The Book: It's an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, Man had always assumed that he was the most intelligent species occupying the planet, instead of the *third* most intelligent. The second most intelligent creatures were of course dolphins who, curiously enough, had long known of the impending destruction of the planet earth. They had made many attempts to alert mankind to the danger, but most of their communications ...
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Crazy Credits

"For Douglas" -- precedes the closing credits, after the final action sequence. See more »


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So Long & Thanks for All the Fish
Written by Joby Talbot, Garth Jennings and Christopher Austin
Produced by Joby Talbot
Vocals Performed by Hilary Summers, Kemi Ominiyi & The R'SVP Voices
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11 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

If you LOVED the radio serial and the books, AVOID THIS LIKE THE PLAGUE! All of the puns, the fun with language, etc. has been removed to replace it with showy but senseless special effects.

I heard the original BBC Broadcast, the recordings (which differ) and watched the BBC TV adaptations. ALL of these caught the sense of fun with words which the movie totally ignored.

This bastardization of the books, etc. gave me a pain in all the diodes down my left hand side...

It's not that it was that bad -- it was that it was so much worse than could have been done with the budget.

Nearly all the characters had been changed in personality except Arthur, where adding a personality would've helped...

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