Galaxy Quest

Galaxy Quest

4.5 16
Director: Dean Parisot

Cast: Dean Parisot, Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

     
 

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A team of intrepid adventurers travels through the outer reaches of the galaxy, each week finding excitement and adventure on Galaxy Quest! Or at least that's the way it was in the mid-1970s, when brave if reckless Captain Peter Quincy Taggart, lovely Lieutenant Tawny Madison, and inscrutable alien Dr. Lazarus were the leaders of an interstellar law enforcementSee more details below

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A team of intrepid adventurers travels through the outer reaches of the galaxy, each week finding excitement and adventure on Galaxy Quest! Or at least that's the way it was in the mid-1970s, when brave if reckless Captain Peter Quincy Taggart, lovely Lieutenant Tawny Madison, and inscrutable alien Dr. Lazarus were the leaders of an interstellar law enforcement team on the TV series of that name. Twenty years later, the show is still in reruns, and Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver), and Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman) prop up their sagging careers by making appearances at sci-fi conventions, where they grudgingly shake hands and give autographs for the show's socially inept following. However, it turns out that nerdy sci-fi fans aren't the only ones watching: somewhere in another solar system, a group of alien rebels living under a regime of violence and repression have picked up broadcasts of Galaxy Quest, and they aren't aware that it's fiction. They travel to Earth and encounter the Galaxy Quest cast, who figure that they're just another bunch of guys who like to dress funny. However, they soon realize that they're being hired not for another autograph-signing session but for a real-life outer space rescue mission. Galaxy Quest was directed by Dean Parisot, who had a background in TV directing before his theatrical debut with the dark comedy Home Fries.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Anyone who's even tangentially familiar with the Star Trek phenomenon can appreciate Galaxy Quest, a fast-paced romp combining sci-fi action with puckish observations on pop culture. It begins at a convention for fans of a TV cult favorite not unlike you-know-what. After answering the same old questions and signing a zillion autographs, the show's cast members -- played with tongue firmly in cheek by Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tony Shalhoub -- are recruited by real aliens for their aid in fending off hostile invaders. Having intercepted rerun broadcasts, the aliens believe Allen and company to be authentic space soldiers. David Howard and Robert Gordon's script provokes laughs by plunging the actors into perilous situations from which they can extricate themselves only by responding as their series characters would. Affectionate spoofing of sci-fi traditions and a surfeit of in-jokes make Galaxy Quest a must-have for genre fans of the Star Trek generation.
All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
Galaxy Quest is a surprisingly amusing send-up of cult sci-fi television shows and infamous "Trekkie" fanaticism. Setting a perfect comedic tone, the movie quickly establishes itself as a charming parody of Star Trek, opening in a science fiction convention with obsessed fans clad in Klingon garb. Director Dean Parisot (Home Fries) simultaneously embraces and lampoons the science fiction TV shows of yore. His purposely campy film never veers into slapstick, as the talented ensemble cast plays every scene with complete seriousness. Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver give solid performances, but Enrico Colantoni of Just Shoot Me shines as the nasal-voiced and lovable Mathesar. With his stilted walk and uber-cheery demeanor, he seems more like Jim Varney on Prozac than an extraterrestrial life form. The movie's humor works best when the illogic of old-time science fiction is satirized and the genre is turned on its ear. For example, Tim Allen's character is forced to navigate a potentially fatal passageway blocked by hyper-futuristic pistons. He soon discovers that they actually serve no purpose and are only there for visual effect. The movie also gains sudden life when a pimple-faced geek must use his vast knowledge of science fiction to help save the heroes. These clever moments, coupled with the enticing action segments (including a battle with a pig lizard and a titanic rock monster), make this an entertaining watch. Mistakenly marketed as a kid flick, Galaxy Quest is suitable for moviegoers of all ages, but fans of the sci-fi genre will certainly appreciate it the most.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929302109
Original Release:
1999
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Sales rank:
22,727

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Allen Jason Nesmith
Sigourney Weaver Gwen DeMarco
Alan Rickman Alexander Dane
Tony Shalhoub Fred Kwan
Sam Rockwell Guy Fleegman
Enrico Colantoni Mathesar
Daryl Mitchell Tommy Webber
Robin Sachs Sarris
Patrick Breen Quellek
Missi Pyle Laliari
Jed Rees Teb
Justin Long Brandon
Jeffrey Howard Kyle
Kaitlin Cullum Katelyn
Kevin McDonald Announcer

Technical Credits
Dean Parisot Director
Elizabeth Cantillon Executive Producer
Allegra Clegg Associate Producer
Linda de Scenna Production Designer
Suzann Ellis Co-producer
Sona Gourgouris Co-producer
David Howard Original Story,Screenwriter
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Mark Johnson Producer
Vincent Lascoumes Asst. Director
Ric Mcelvin Set Decoration/Design
Jim Nedza Art Director
Charles James Newirth Producer
David Newman Score Composer
Lee Orloff Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Gordon Screenwriter
Stan Winston Makeup Special Effects
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Debra Zane Casting
Jerzy Zielinski Cinematographer
Don Zimmerman Editor

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