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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."

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Whale (voice)
... Questular Rontok
... Marvin
... Ford Prefect (as Mos Def)
... Trillian
Su Elliot ... Pub Customer (as Su Eliott)
... Arthur Dent
... Narrator / The Guide (voice)
... Jeltz (voice)
... Fook
... Ghostly Image
... Eddie the Computer (voice)
Mark Longhurst ... Bulldozer Driver
... Reporter
... 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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Rated PG for thematic elements, action and mild language | See all certifications »

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29 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Guía del viajero intergaláctico  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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£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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John Malkovich's character, religious leader Humma Kavula, was created especially for the movie by Douglas Adams. He does not appear in any previous version of the story. However, the Jatravartids, of whom he is the spiritual leader, are mentioned in the books. See more »

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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 »

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[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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Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Perry Como
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This is a good and faithful recreation of Hitchhikers
22 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a good and faithful recreation of Adams' brilliantly sketchy radio series. Not surprising as Adams wrote the screenplay and was on the verge of having his dream realised when he suffered a fatal heart attack. A fitting credit at the end of the film "For Douglas" serves as a gentle reminder of the genius we have all lost. As for the film, many of the original and wonderful lines thankfully remain and the plot is largely unchanged. There's a new character or two written in for the film by Adams himself and they add to the overall story. John Malkovich is great albeit very briefly as religious leader Humma Kavula. Sam Rockwell, Mos Def and Martin Freeman all carry off their characters with wit and style whilst I felt Zooey Deschanel looked a little out of her depth. At times her dialogue seemed to get lost and her character seemed weaker than Sandra Dickinson's interpretation in the radio and TV series. Bill Nighy marries his own idiosyncrasies into the character of Slartibartfast seamlessly. Simon Jones makes a welcome cameo appearance as a holographic warning system. Stephen Fry steps well into the shoes vacated by Peter Jones as the "Guides" voice and you feel as if you are in safe hands. The "Guides" animated sequences are wonderfully reminiscent of Saul Bellow and though simple they are hilarious. For a feature directorial debut Garth Jennings does a grand job. I was half expecting the pop video influence to be apparent, but thankfully it wasn't. Lastly but not leastly a special mention has to go out to Jim Henson's creature workshop, this is probably the best work they have ever done in a feature, and that's saying a lot, given their success.


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