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Galaxy Quest (1999)

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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. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.

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Dean Parisot

Writers:

David Howard (story), David Howard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Allen ... Jason Nesmith
Sigourney Weaver ... Gwen DeMarco
Alan Rickman ... Alexander Dane
Tony Shalhoub ... Fred Kwan
Sam Rockwell ... Guy Fleegman
Daryl Mitchell ... Tommy Webber
Enrico Colantoni ... Mathesar
Robin Sachs ... Sarris
Patrick Breen ... Quellek
Missi Pyle ... Laliari
Jed Rees ... Teb
Justin Long ... Brandon
Jeremy Howard ... Kyle
Kaitlin Cullum Kaitlin Cullum ... Katelyn
Jonathan Feyer Jonathan Feyer ... Hollister
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Storyline

The sci-fi television series "Galaxy Quest", which took place aboard the intergalactic spaceship NSEA Protector, starred Jason Nesmith as suave Commander Peter Quincy Taggart, Gwen DeMarco as sexy communications person Lt. Tawny Madison (a role which consisted solely of repeating what the computer stated, much to Gwen's chagrin), Shakespearean trained Sir Alexander Dane as alien Dr. Lazarus, Fred Kwan as engineer Tech Sergeant Chen, and Tommy Webber as child pilot 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 electronic store 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 ... Written by Huggo

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The show has been cancelled... But the adventure has only begun. See more »


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Rated PG for some action violence, mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Starshine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,012,630, 26 December 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,583,916

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,683,916
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The promotional campaign for the film included a mockumentary for the E! cable channel about the fictitious Galaxy Quest television series. Most of the cast members appeared as their actor characters from the film. Extras from the film's convention scenes also appeared as fans giving candid interviews. Outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage from the film were used as clips from the television series. The humor even went so far as Sigourney Weaver's character, Gwen DeMarco, claiming that she had turned down "a small part in a Woody Allen movie" to do the Galaxy Quest series, which is a nod to her early gig as an extra in Annie Hall (1977). See more »

Goofs

When Jason Nesmith is fighting the pig lizard, you can hear him talking into the communicator. However, the video of him shows that he is clearly flailing both arms about. See more »

Quotes

[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 closing credits, Enrico Colantoni, as Mathesar, says "Never give up... Never surrender!". See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD release includes an alien soundtrack option, that allows viewers to watch the movie dubbed into the strange alien language used in the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Meet the Spartans (2008) See more »

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A love letter to sf fans everywhere
28 September 2002 | by Ludwig_MeyerSee all my reviews

A beautifully-crafted film, Galaxy Quest is a love letter to sf fans of all sorts everywhere. The characters are perfectly drawn, the story is well-written, and there's the right amount of goshwow to make the whole thing work perfectly. And it's funny as hell in all the right spots.

Tim Allen is amazing. He's got his Shatneroid character down perfectly. He's a vain, pompous clown who finds out what a laughingstock he's become, and when he gets a chance to redeem himself, he pounces on it.

Sigourney Weaver is a delight. Sexy without trying, her character Gwen DeMarco is as far from Ripley as you can get. Alan Rickman is flawless as Alexander Dane, massively talented Shakespearean actor who's been stuck in this Spockish role for years because he played it too well. Darryl Mitchell is great as Tommy "Laredo" Webber, and Sam Rockwell is hilarious as Guy, the hack actor stuck in the middle of something that scares him silly.

The two actors who really stand out are Tony Shalhoub and Enrico Colantoni. Tony plays Fred Kwan with understated glee, while Colantoni plays Commander Mathesar with a smiling earnestness that makes you firmly believe everything he's saying.

The supporting cast is incredibly talented. Robin Sachs is perfect as Sarris, Patrick Breen essays his role as Quellek beautifully, and Missy Pyle amazes as Laliari.

But it's still Tim Allen's movie above all else, and he makes the most of it.

A final note: this movie wouldn't have worked nearly as well if not for the production design work of four of the greatest artistic talents in science fiction: Simon Bisley, Brom, Wayne Barlowe and the lengendary Berni Wrightson. Barlowe is an expert in xenobiology, and designed the Thermian's native form. Wrightson's quite possibly the best horror illustrator of all time, and Sarris and his minions are his work.

My favorite moment in the film? the point where Alan Rickman gets his first look at the NSEA Protector II for the first time... his look of astonishment is a joy to behold.

Like The Last Starfighter, this is a popcorn movie with a message. See it with your kids.


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