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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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Storyline

Everyone has bad mornings. You wake up late, you stub your toe, you burn the toast, but for a man named Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman), 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 blown up 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The initial dolphin dance scene was filmed in the "Loro Parque" Zoo, in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain, the only place in Europe to feature an "Orca Ocean", and site of the world's largest parrot collection. See more »

Goofs

When Ford passes Arthur's caravan as he chases a group of Vogons with a towel, the cameraman (along with about three other crewmembers) is reflected in the caravan. 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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"For Douglas" -- precedes the closing credits, after the final action sequence. See more »

Connections

Referenced in RiffTrax: The Hunger Games (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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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By appealing to masses, it fails.
8 May 2009 | by jgrayson_auSee all my reviews

I can see what they did.--- They wanted to make a movie that was still H2G2 in a sense. "Wacky, zany, bizarre" etc. But then they wanted it to appeal to the masses. Trillian and Arthur end up in a love story, Zaphod's turned into a prick, the plot is changed a bit, and the inclusion of slapstick humour. Even some new characters where made by DNA for the movie.

You need to remember that H2G2 in every version has contradicted itself. Each form is a different entity, so this movie should be regarded in that sense. I can see what they did.---

I personally don't like the movie much. I am a dyed in the wool fan of the books. To be fair, there are some things I do like in this. I think Zoe was exceptional as Trillian. I thought some of the visuals of the movie were brilliant. It is these parts, and the 20year slog, that gets me to a 4/10

There were moments of greatness, and it's in that that I am most upset. The greatness shows what COULD have been. A H2G2 movie could have been brilliant, but with the changes to the source; for fans of the original, it's average.

The movie I feel was tailored to a new audience. The humour feels closer to American humour than British. I'm not sure if this was intended or not. The changes where made to make it a stand alone 2hr movie with enough 'normal points' to keep non-fans happy. I don't know if it worked. I don't know if new audiences, that had never read the books (or played the game, listened to the radio, or watched the TV series), will enjoy the humour.

What really worries me is that people will see the movie, think it's terrible and than write off every other format. That would be the ultimate disgrace to DNA.

Fans will find this from average to terrible. Everyone else I only pray they seek the source.


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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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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,103,203, 1 May 2005

Gross USA:

$51,085,416

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,478,416
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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