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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."

Director:

Garth Jennings

Writers:

Douglas Adams (book), Douglas Adams (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bailey ... The Whale (voice)
Anna Chancellor ... Questular Rontok
Warwick Davis ... Marvin
Yasiin Bey ... Ford Prefect (as Mos Def)
Zooey Deschanel ... Trillian
Su Elliot Su Elliot ... Pub Customer (as Su Eliott)
Martin Freeman ... Arthur Dent
Stephen Fry ... Narrator / The Guide (voice)
Richard Griffiths ... Jeltz (voice)
Dominique Jackson ... Fook
Simon Jones ... Ghostly Image
Thomas Lennon ... Eddie the Computer (voice)
Mark Longhurst Mark Longhurst ... Bulldozer Driver
Kelly Macdonald ... Reporter
John Malkovich ... Humma Kavula
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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 Panic See more »


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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Canary Islands, Spain See more »

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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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Color

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2.39 : 1
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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 »

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The Vogons hit the wheels of the caravan and they deflate. Later the frame detaches from the rest of the caravan and falls to the ground and the wheels are fully pressurized. See more »

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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 »

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Referenced in Don't Panic (2017) See more »

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So Long & Thanks for All the Fish
(End Title Version)
Written by Joby Talbot, Garth Jennings and Christopher Austin
Produced by Joby Talbot
Performed by Neil Hannon
Neil Hannon appears courtesy of Parlophone/EMI Records
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Somewhat Slower Than The Speed Of Light
3 October 2008 | by Bill SlocumSee all my reviews

What "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" needs is space. Not outer space; that's a given. It needs the kind of space that gives Douglas Adams' cosmically discursive whimsy a chance to grow in the minds of an audience. Like a five-volume trilogy. Or a miniseries. Or a computer game.

What it didn't need was a two-hour movie.

"Hitchhiker's Guide" the movie is the proof. A crammed, artificial-feeling creation by committee, it tries to be both a mass-market entertainment and true to the extended Adams family of fans by cramming the story of a man in a bathrobe, one Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman), shuttled beyond the known universe after his home planet of Earth is destroyed to make room for an intergalactic superhighway.

"It must be Thursday," Arthur muses. "I could never get the hang of Thursdays."

The film feels like that, too. A shapeless regurgitation of episodes from the first Adams novel, mixed with a couple of annoying new story lines and an uncomfortably conventional, even sentimental romance between Dent and the lead female character, Trillian (Zooey Deschanel), "Hitchhiker" never gets the hang of its source material, not surprising given that material's selective appeal. Any story that starts with Earth's wholesale destruction as a source of liberation and hilarity won't play in Peoria.

Director Garth Jennings treats Adams with unfailing deference even as he skirts past Adams' work out of simple necessity. If you remember things from reading the books or watching the BBC miniseries, there's a good chance you'll see it referenced in the movie. But Jennings and writer Karey Kirkpatrick never get the material to play on its own power. Instead it seems to settle between two opposite attitudinal poles, that of a giant-headed manic-depressed robot (Alan Rickman's voice, Warwick Davis's body) and the two-headed, maniacally egotistical President of the Galaxy (first-billed Sam Rockwell), spouting dialogue that's likely to infuriate Adams purists and befuddle everyone else. The story moves in fits and jerks as Arthur and his companions planet hop in search of the question to the ultimate answer, which isn't as cool as it sounds.

The film does have an impressive look, especially when we meet the nasty Vogons, Muppets cleverly designed by the Jim Henson people to resemble black walking warts with Charles Laughton faces. In their vast clanky metal spaceship I was reminded of the best parts of "Brazil". Deschanel is as cute and winsome as ever; those big blues of hers just slay me. The humor still manages to connect about three times out of ten, especially when Bill Nighy shows up as a somewhat dazed fellow who helped design the original planet Earth. (He's very proud of his fjords.)

But in the end, you are left feeling more like the robot than anyone else.


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