Galaxy Quest

Galaxy Quest

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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 enforcement…  See more details below


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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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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Galaxy Quest 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
NookSwami 9 months ago
nice to read this book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is very funny. I am sure the the actors had a great time playing their parts. It shows on screen. This film is not only a spoof on the original Star Trek series and its cast, but on sci fi conventions in general. You will be laughing all the thru this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for any serious sci-fantasy / enthusiast-- a feel good movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie!!!! OH MY HECK!!! It is really funny!! I love the alien guys. This movie made me laugh a lot!!!! If you want a realy funny movie watch this and your guarenteed a laugh!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this movie and yes, if you know anything of the original Star Trek series, it's a real hoot! Sam Rockwell is hysterical in his role as an 'extra' on the show--true to the show! Tony Shalhoub is also terrific in his role--such a class act!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Galaxy Quest is an entertaining, often hilarious, comedy for Trekkies and the uninitiated alike. Everyone knows Star Trek is a pop-cultre icon, spawning legions of faithful fans. From that premise, the movie introduces the has-been crew of Galxy Quest, a defunct TV show whose cast has grown older and more contentious as they attend Galaxy Quest conventions and make appearances before fans. The movie hits its stride in the first scene, intoducing the cast as they wait to make a reluctant convention appearance. Then Tim Allen, playing the "captain," meets real aliens who have duplicated all the technologies from the show, guided by intercepted transmission of Galaxy Quest episodes (what their culture thinks are "historical documents"). The aliens want Allen to help them through negotiations with an evil reptilian alien, and eventually the entire cast, Sigourney Weaver, Allan Rickman, Tony Shaloub, and two other actors whose names I forget join him aboard the spaceship. There they must somehow defeat the reptilian aliens in a series of misadventures including the obligatory space minefield and hostile alien planet. The comedy comes from the cast's bickering (especially between Allan and Rickman, a frustrated British actor who takes exception to Allen's hamming) and from their attempts to actually become the crew of the Galaxy Quest spaceship. Sigourney Weaver is just right as the busty communications officer, trying to make the most of her useless job (on the TV show she repeats the computer's voice updates), and the rest of the ensemble, including the innocently trusting aliens, are a treat to watch. Add in a tightly plotted script that does everything it needs to do without overdoing anything, and you have an intelligent and truly funny movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This reminded me alot of The Three Amigos, where actors are mistaken to have the abilities of the characters they portray, and are forced to deal with a real-life situation. Funny as heck though especially if you have any idea what Star Trek is like. Good for a rental.
SFMgeek More than 1 year ago
I've been a Tim Allen fan from the get-go, long before "Home Improvement". I'm SO glad he did this film. Not only did he earn his pay on this piece, the rest of the cast was outstanding. I was surprised at the comic abilities of Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman, and Enrico Colantoni's Mathesar was HIGH-larious! I liked the interplay betweeen Tony Shalhoub and Missy Pyle, and Sam Rockwell knew how to make an existential crisis side-splitting (remember all the guys who wore red shirts on the original "Star Trek" who were killed off within the first few minutes of some episodes?). If you've ever been to any conventions, this hits WAY close to home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cast interviews are especially enjoyable.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
OK, not really. Probably Wrath of Khan wins that award but this comes damn close. Yeah, not technically Star Trek, but it was rather obvious from the first what this film was parodying. But it did so without quite being camp, by laughing with Trek and its fans rather than at them and treating them with affection. It captured a feeling fans have--that we wished it was all real and that we often think in real life: WWKD? (What would Kirk do?). Oh, and it was funny. Really, really funny. I didn't know Sigourney Weaver or Alan Rickman had it in him--and Tim Allen puts just the right Shatneresque in the role.
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