Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Director: Garth Jennings

Cast: Garth Jennings, Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Sam Rockwell

     
 

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Douglas Adams' oft-adapted tale of an normal guy making his way through the universe (it's already been presented as a novel, a radio serial, a television series, and a comic book) finally makes its way to the big screen in this endearingly goofy sci-fi comedy. Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is a very ordinary man who is having a truly unusual day -- after discovering… See more details below

Overview

Douglas Adams' oft-adapted tale of an normal guy making his way through the universe (it's already been presented as a novel, a radio serial, a television series, and a comic book) finally makes its way to the big screen in this endearingly goofy sci-fi comedy. Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is a very ordinary man who is having a truly unusual day -- after discovering that one of his best friends, Ford Prefect (Mos Def), is actually an alien, Ford tells him that the planet Earth is going to be destroyed so that otherworldly forces can make room for construction of a hyperspace bypass. Since Arthur accidentally saved Ford's life years ago, Ford does him a favor -- he first gets him a ride on a spaceship passing by, and then presents him with a guidebook that will tell a beginner everything he needs to know as he hitchhikes through outer space. Along the way, Arthur encounters such interstellar notables as sleazy Galaxy president Zaphod Beebelbrox (Sam Rockwell), the girl of his dreams Tricia McMillan (Zooey Deschanel), perpetually glum robot Marvin (voice of Alan Rickman), interplanetary construction magnate Slartibartfast (Bill Nighy), and cult leader Humma Kavula (John Malkovich). The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was the first feature film for Garth Jennings, previously best known for his work in television commercials and music videos; he was recommended to the producers by director Spike Jonze after Jonze had to turn down an offer to head up the project.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy began in 1978 as a BBC radio serial, which then spawned a bestselling book, a television series, more books, and even a text-based computer game. So it was inevitable that it would be made into a film: It just took a little longer than expected. The delay, in part, arose from the sizable problem of making a film that would appeal to both the book's devoted legions and newcomers to the Adams universe. Working from the last draft of the screenplay completed by Adams, who died in 2001, director Garth Jennings (one half of the music video team Hammer & Tongs) gives us a big-screen Guide that is about as good as you could expect from squashing a sprawling, meandering book into a 1-hour, 45-minute movie. The story remains the same: Arthur Dent (The Office's Martin Freeman) escapes from Earth mere seconds before it is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. This is thanks to Arthur's best friend, Ford (Mos Def). Ford, it turns out, is actually an alien who had been on Earth researching the latest edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. From there, Arthur meets Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell), his girlfriend, Trillian (Zooey Deschanel), and depressed robot Marvin (voiced by Alan Rickman) -- and learns of his and Earth's role in discovering the ultimate answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. The casting is spot on, especially Rickman, Stephen Fry (as the voice of the Guide), and an underused Bill Nighy as planetary designer Slartibartfast. Jennings attempts to retain Adams's spirit and humor, but some of the book's funniest sections were often lengthy asides, digressions, and footnotes; many of these have been excised to add such unnecessary elements as an Arthur-Trillian romance and a subplot involving John Malkovich as a cult leader. Yet when taken on its own terms -- which may be impossible for fans -- this Guide is still light-years smarter than your average interstellar screwball comedy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
UPC:
0786936258462
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
708

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes - bulldozed right out of the movie; Fake deleted scenes - way, way too-far-out outtakes; Additional Guide Entry - what the Guide has to say about quite possibly the oddest thing in the universe; Sing along "So Long & Thanks for All the Fish" - performed by the second most intelligent creatures on Earth; "The Making of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" ; 2 wholly remarkable audio commentaries - executive producer and Douglas Adams colleague Sean Solle; producer and actors; Set-top game: Marvin's Hangman - a simple word game with detachable results using Marvin the paranoid android

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Freeman Arthur Dent
Mos Def Ford Prefect
Sam Rockwell Zaphod Beeblebrox
Zooey Deschanel Tricia McMillan/Trillian
Warwick Davis Marvin
Alan Rickman Marvin the Paranoid Robot
John Malkovich Humma Kavula
Bill Nighy Slartibartfast
Thomas Lennon Eddie the Computer
Helen Mirren Deep Thought
Stephen Fry Narrator
Steve Pemberton Prosser
Richard Griffiths Jeltz
Ian McNeice Kwaltz
Bill Bailey Whale [Voice]
Anna Chancellor Questular
Sumner Locke Elliott Pub Customer
Dominique Jackson Fook
Simon Jones Ghostly Image
Mark Longhurst Bulldozer Driver
Kelly MacDonald Reporter
Jack Stanley Lunkwill
League of Gentlemen Vogons [Voice]
Mak Wilson Vogon Interpreter [Voice]
Albie Woodington Barman
Jerome Blake Vogon Soldier
Martine Dawson Vogon Soldier
Steve Grindle Vogon Soldier
Simon Hibbs Vogon Soldier
Mike Lewis Vogon Soldier
Tim Perrin Vogon Soldier
Tucker Stevens Vogon Soldier
Ben Uttley Vogon Soldier
Spencer Wilding Vogon Soldier
Milo Bodrozic Vogon Soldier
Dan Ellis Vogon Soldier
Art Hewitt Vogon Soldier
Rob Horseman Vogon Soldier
Paul Nathaniel Vogon Soldier
Jessie Riley Vogon Soldier
Ashley Stuart Vogon Soldier
Patrick Walker Vogon Soldier
William Wollen Vogon Soldier
Christopher Austin Conductor
R'SVP Voices Singer

Technical Credits
Garth Jennings Director
Douglas Adams Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Todd Arnow Co-producer
Terry Bamber Asst. Director
Gary Barber Producer
Gideon Baws Animator
Andy Bennett Stunts
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Richard Bradshaw Stunts
Roger Brinbaum Producer
Alan Cassie Art Director
Cinesite Special Effects
Joel Collins Production Designer
Pete Coogan Executive Producer
Mike Cooper Stunts
Ray De Haan Stunts
Kelly Dent Stunts
Paul Dunn Special Effects Supervisor
Erik Ellefsen Animator
Derek Evans Executive Producer
Susie Figgis Casting
Simon Finney Camera Operator
Neil Finnighan Stunts
Glenn Foster Stunts
Jonathan Glickman Producer
Nick Goldsmith Producer
Paul Gooch Makeup
Steve Griffin Stunts
Jason Groves Animator
Chris Harding Animator
Paul Heasman Stunts
Caroline Hewitt Co-producer
Mark Holding Sound Mixer
Myf Hopkins Producer
Niven Howie Editor
Igor Jadue-Lillo Cinematographer
Richard Kenworthy Animator
Karey Kirkpatrick Screenwriter
Robin Knapp Sound/Sound Designer
Derek Lea Stunts
Tracy Lenon Producer
Samantha Martin Stunts
Daniel May Art Director
Jamie Mccarter Animator
Sharon Mccormack Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Munro Sound Mixer
Grant Nicholson Stunts
Shaun O'Dell Cinematographer
David O'Reilly Animator
Dan Pettipher Production Manager
Nikita Rae Makeup
Natalie Reid Makeup
Jay Roach Producer
Seon Rogers Stunts
Marcia Ross Casting
Rebekah Rudd Co-producer
Sammy Sheldon Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Sheward Stunts
Phil Sims Art Director
Alastair Sirkett Sound/Sound Designer
Karne Smithson Stunts
Special Effects (GB) Ltd. Special Effects
Robbie Stamp Executive Producer
Joby Talbot Score Composer
Andrew Thomson Art Director
Courtney Vanderslice-Law Executive Producer
Timothy West Stunts
Richard Whelan Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
1. Opening Titles [3:51]
2. The Bypass [2:54]
3. The Confession [6:10]
4. "People of Earth..." [1:35]
5. The Guide Book [4:01]
6. Vogon Poetry [7:06]
7. The Heart of Gold [4:35]
8. Zaphod Beeblebrox [4:16]
9. A Message to the President [5:32]
10. The Ultimate Answer [3:49]
11. Infinite Improbability [4:45]
12. Humma Kavula [3:52]
13. Saving the President [4:00]
14. "Don't Think" [4:28]
15. Trillian's Rescue [5:11]
16. Love & Kisses Zaphod [4:02]
17. Magrathea [3:42]
18. A Sperm Whale [4:36]
19. My Name Is Slartibartfast [4:27]
20. The Ultimate Question [2:54]
21. The POV Gun [4:44]
22. "Welcome Home Arthur!" [5:03]
23. "I Feel So Depressed" [6:03]
24. End Titles [6:53]

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