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Stargate (1994)

An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.

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Roland Emmerich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Colonel Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil
James Spader ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Jaye Davidson ... Ra
Viveca Lindfors ... Catherine Langford
Alexis Cruz ... Skaara
Mili Avital ... Sha'uri
Leon Rippy ... General W.O. West
John Diehl ... Lieutenant Kawalsky
Carlos Lauchu ... Anubis
Djimon Hounsou ... Horus (as Djimon)
Erick Avari ... Kasuf
French Stewart ... Lieutenant Ferretti
Gianin Loffler ... Nabeh
Christopher John Fields ... Freeman
Derek Webster ... Brown
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Storyline

In 1928, in Egypt, a strange device is found by an expedition. In the present days, the outcast linguist Dr. Daniel Jackson is invited by a mysterious woman to decipher an ancient hieroglyph in a military facility. Soon he finds that the device was developed by an advanced civilization and opens a portal to teletransport to another planet. Dr. Jackson is invited to join a military team under the command of Colonel Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil that will explore the new world. They find a land that recalls Egypt and humans in a primitive culture that worship and are slaves to Ra, the God of the Sun. But soon they discover the secret of the mysterious "stargate". Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It will take you a million light years from home. But will it bring you back? See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

High school teacher Omar Zuhdi claimed in a 1995 copyright infringement lawsuit that virtually the entire film was stolen from a manuscript he began writing as a college student. Zuhdi even had his former Egyptology professor from Johns Hopkins University vouch for him. Contrary to popular belief, Zuhdi never personally submitted his manuscript directly to Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin; he claims he submitted it only once to 20th Century Fox, who rejected it in 1984, five years before Emmerich and Devlin even met. However, the suit alleges that StudioCanal eventually acquired a copy of the manuscript, and some years later hired Emmerich and Devlin to make Stargate, using Zuhdi's ideas. Zuhdi sued Emmerich, Devlin, all of the film's other producers, StudioCanal, and MGM for $140 million. In 1997, the case was settled out of court for $50,000. In 2013, Zuhdi published a novel called "Egyptscape", based on the manuscript he says he submitted to Fox. See more »

Goofs

When discovering a very significant archaeological artefact, the workers at the site take it upon themselves to throw ropes around it and raise it up to a standing position through the use of the force of dozens of people. Why do they want to do that? Not only is this completely unnecessary, but they risk destroying the artefact with all that rough handling. Today, archaeological finds are treated with the lightest of touch to keep that from happening. However, in those early days of the science, people were not always so careful. On more than one occasion, archaeologists the likes of Schliemann himself destroyed what later turned out to be invaluable artefacts during their 'treasure hunts'. See more »

Quotes

Arabic Interpreter: [first lines]
Arabic Interpreter: [at the dig site in Giza, 1928] Professor!
[chatters in Arabic]
Arabic Interpreter: Professor! We found something beautiful!
Prof. Langford: Ja?
Arabic Interpreter: Oh, yes! Big, big, big surprise!
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Alternate Versions

An issue of "SCI-FI Universe" June 1995, Talks about the original rough cut of Stargate that was over 3 hours long. Scenes that were discussed were: A sequence in Colonel Jack O'Neill (Kurt Russell) and Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader) are trapped in a Sandstorm. A huge battle fought outside a city called "Nagada". A Big Subplot involving the Military and scientists, Fighting over the threat of the aliens on the otherside of the Stargate. A much longer fight between Jackson and Ra. Lots of scene extensions. And a lot of character driven plots. See more »

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A solid Sci-Fi treat
12 July 2004 | by wnterstarSee all my reviews

I loved this movie. It captured my attention quickly and kept it throughout the movie.

It's a great ensamble cast and the special effects add to the movie's appeal, rather than BEING the appeal.

The premise is engaging, and gives some very plausible explainations for mysteries that have stumped man for thousands of years. The bad guys are just as engagine as the good guys and that makes the movie all that much more enjoyable.

I would give this movie an 8 out of 10. It's not perfect, but good for a very enjoyable movie night!


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Release Date:

28 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,651,018, 30 October 1994

Gross USA:

$71,567,262

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$196,567,262
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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