A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe.


James Gunn
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Pratt ... Peter Quill
Zoe Saldana ... Gamora
Dave Bautista ... Drax
Vin Diesel ... Groot (voice)
Bradley Cooper ... Rocket (voice)
Lee Pace ... Ronan
Michael Rooker ... Yondu Udonta
Karen Gillan ... Nebula
Djimon Hounsou ... Korath
John C. Reilly ... Corpsman Dey
Glenn Close ... Nova Prime
Benicio Del Toro ... The Collector
Laura Haddock ... Meredith Quill
Sean Gunn ... Kraglin / On Set Rocket
Peter Serafinowicz ... Denarian Saal

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After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the galaxy. Written by James Hake

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All heroes start somewhere. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Stan Lee: (at around 16 mins) As one of the Xandarian citizens Rocket scans while looking for a bounty. Lee got this cameo because although he did not create the Guardians of the Galaxy, he is the official co-creator of the character Groot, along with Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers. See more »


(at around 54 mins) When entering Knowhere it is said to be a planet of outlaws with little to no order. Later during the big fight of the Guardians, Peter Quill gets the group to calm down by yelling they are about to make a trade for 4 billion units. It's hard to believe no one in a planet of outlaws would try and attack them for the orb to get the money themselves. See more »


[first lines]
Grandpa: Peter. Your momma wants to speak with you. Come on, Pete, take these fool things off.
[takes headphones]
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Crazy Credits

There is a scene at the end of the closing credits: Tanaleer Tivan sits amongst his wrecked archives and is comforted by Cosmo... and mocked by Howard the Duck. The scene is followed with credits for Howard's creators. See more »


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Mad Scene from 'Lucia di Lammermoor'
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Bergamo Musica Festival Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Antonino Fogliani
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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User Reviews

Great space adventure
16 November 2020 | by SebMozSee all my reviews

Good lord, I did not expect this movie to be as good as it was. Where as I usually prefer the more mature and serious MCU movies, this is a wonderful exception. It's funny, it's lighthearted and it's imaginative. That does not mean it's lacking good characters. Each of the Guardians have their own struggles and quirks, while also being very likeable and funny. The best scenes in the movie are the ones where the characters just talk, which shows just how good the chemistry between them are. The plot is fairly simple, yet engaging, and the pacing is really good. The action is well made, the emotional moments are good, the climax feels pretty climactic. I do have a few issues though. Firstly, while the villain seems to have a reason for his actions, he's still very one-dimentional and boring thematically. I also got a little tired of the "end of the world" trope which seems to be in most superhero films these days, even though this movie handled it better than most other movies I've seen it in. The comedy was also a little too silly for my liking, but it wasn't a big deal. These flaws don'r ruin the movie in the slighest though, as this is a fun, exciting and engaging experience that I highly recommend.

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Release Date:

1 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$94,320,883, 3 August 2014

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