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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)
Ghostly Image
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


Losing your planet isn't the end of the world. 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 (UK) (29 April 2005)


$51,019,112 (USA) (15 July 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The relevance of Sector ZZ9 is the fact that in the UK if a person has NFA (No fixed Abode (No place to live)) then the POSTCODE is recorded as ZZ99 3VZ, thus Both Trillian and Arthur come from Sector ZZ9 and thanks to the Vogons they are both of NFA. See more »


When Arthurs' home is about to be demolished, he is seen lying on the ground in front of the bulldozer in protest. His left arm is touching the scoop of the bulldozer. The shot cuts away and directly back to him, at which time he is lying 1 to 2 feet away from the scoop of the bulldozer. 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

After a couple of minutes of typical movie credits, we are treated with a final, classic Guide entry. It refers to Arthur Dent carelessly speaking words about a towel, which ends up being interpreted by a pair of warring factions as a devastating insult. They then spend thousands of years coming to Earth bent on revenge, however "due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet was accidentally swallowed by a small dog". The Guide concludes with the reassuring nugget of wisdom, "this sort of thing is going on all the time". See more »


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Shoo-Rah, Shoo-Rah
Written by Allen Toussaint
Performed by Betty Wright
Courtesy or Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Douglas Adams spinning in his grave
8 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is clearly an attempt to solve the U.S. power crisis by making Douglas Adams spin in his grave at high speed.

Take the BBC TV show, add (mostly) good actors and special effects, then take out random parts (frequently the punchline) of the various jokes from the books, and throw in a standard Hollywood love story while making the actually funny parts that hadn't been already completely butchered feel so rushed that they might as well have cut those, too.

The opening number was a bunch of dolphins singing "so long and thanks for all the fish." It was absolutely sickeningly sweet, and made me want to walk out of the theater right there. Unfortunately it only got downhill from there.

Go get the BBC TV version instead. It at least retains the humour of the originals.

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