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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jason Nesmith
... Gwen DeMarco
... Alexander Dane
... Fred Kwan
... Guy Fleegman
... Tommy Webber
... Mathesar
... Sarris
... Quellek
... Laliari
... Teb
... Brandon
... Kyle
Kaitlin Cullum ... Katelyn
Jonathan Feyer ... Hollister
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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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These actors... are now outer space heroes. See more »


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

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25 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Captain Starshine  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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The comely Lt. Tawny Madison's function of informing everyone information that the computer has already related, is likely a subtle allusion to Counselor Deanna Troi, the comely psychic of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), whose limited telepathic powers rarely discovered anything that wasn't either trivial or already blatantly obvious. A common Counselor Troi cliché is her calmly saying "I sense hostility, Captain" after the villain-of-the-week has already made an angry face, demonstrated a deadly weapon, and made an explicit verbal death threat. See more »

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When Alexander Dane is being introduced, he bows with his hand flat against his chest. When he comes up, his hand is in a fist. See more »

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[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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In the DVD extras, the actor who plays Brandon, Justin Long, is identified as BRANDON Long. See more »

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References Star Trek: The Alternative Factor (1967) See more »

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Badly Marketed Yet Utterly Brilliant
14 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film was amazing. I saw the trailers and swore I'd never watch it. A couple of friends overruled this after watching it in the theaters, and I'm glad they did.

Not only is this film an amusing spoof of Science Fiction Fen-dom, it's a brilliant action-adventure/science-fiction film in its own right. The only other film I can think of that is a righteous satirical look, yet a splendid example of the genre, is the Fifth Element.

Galaxy Quest Has It All. Beautiful women in scanty clothing. Love interests. Computers. Space ships. Ugly and evil monsters. Blasters. Arcane martial arts. Dynamite catch phrases. And best of all, the very population that is satirized is the group that Saves The Day.

The dialogue is brilliant - you'll find yourself quoting from this film regularly. The acting is marvelous. Tim Allen doing William Shatner doing a Heroic Spaceship Captain is worth the rental all by itself, not to mention Alan Rickman's memorably dry performance as the I-Am-Not-My-Strange-Looking-Alien character.

The first thing I thought upon leaving the theater was that I had to see this film again. The first thing I thought upon seeing it again was that I would have to own this movie. Check it out - you won't be sorry.


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