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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

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

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The Whale (voice)
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Ford Prefect (as Mos Def)
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Su Elliot ...
Pub Customer (as Su Eliott)
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Narrator / The Guide (voice)
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Jeltz (voice)
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Mark Longhurst ...
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Storyline

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

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Don't leave Earth without it. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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29 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guía del viajero intergaláctico  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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:

$104,478,416
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Trivia

The car that Ford Prefect "introduces himself to" is actually a Ford Prefect, from whence Ford got his "Earth name". Despite being a Ford, the car was never manufactured or sold in the United States, but produced in Ireland, the UK, Malaysia and New Zealand, and sold in Europe, Asia and Australia between 1938 and 1959. See more »

Goofs

In a shot not long after Humma Kavula removes his glasses revealing only scars underneath, the corners of actual eyes are visible underneath the lenses. See more »

Quotes

[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

The film has effectively two title sequences. The first is part of the opening song, when the title appears out of a screenful of bubbles as the "So Long And Thanks For All The Fish" number gears up. The second is after the Vogon ships destroy the Earth and The Book is shown for the first time; as the original theme music of the radio show and miniseries plays, the book's spine rotates into view and reveals its, and the movie's, title. See more »

Connections

References Toy Story (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Journey of the Sorcerer
Written by Bernie Leadon (as Bernard Leadon)
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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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