The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyDirector: 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 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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Cast & Crew
|Martin Freeman||Arthur Dent|
|Mos Def||Ford Prefect|
|Sam Rockwell||Zaphod Beeblebrox|
|Zooey Deschanel||Tricia McMillan/Trillian|
|Alan Rickman||Marvin the Paranoid Robot|
|John Malkovich||Humma Kavula|
|Thomas Lennon||Eddie the Computer|
|Helen Mirren||Deep Thought|
|Bill Bailey||Whale [Voice]|
|Sumner Locke Elliott||Pub Customer|
|Simon Jones||Ghostly Image|
|Mark Longhurst||Bulldozer Driver|
|League of Gentlemen||Vogons [Voice]|
|Mak Wilson||Vogon Interpreter [Voice]|
|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|
|Douglas Adams||Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
|Terry Bamber||Asst. Director|
|Alan Cassie||Art Director|
|Joel Collins||Production Designer|
|Pete Coogan||Executive Producer|
|Ray De Haan||Stunts|
|Paul Dunn||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Derek Evans||Executive Producer|
|Simon Finney||Camera Operator|
|Mark Holding||Sound Mixer|
|Robin Knapp||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Daniel May||Art Director|
|Sharon Mccormack||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Ian Munro||Sound Mixer|
|Dan Pettipher||Production Manager|
|Sammy Sheldon||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Phil Sims||Art Director|
|Alastair Sirkett||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Special Effects (GB) Ltd.||Special Effects|
|Robbie Stamp||Executive Producer|
|Joby Talbot||Score Composer|
|Andrew Thomson||Art Director|
|Courtney Vanderslice-Law||Executive Producer|
|Richard Whelan||Asst. Director|
1. Opening Titles
2. The Bypass
3. The Confession
4. "People of Earth..."
5. The Guide Book
6. Vogon Poetry
7. The Heart of Gold
8. Zaphod Beeblebrox
9. A Message to the President
10. The Ultimate Answer
11. Infinite Improbability Drive
12. Humma Kavula
13. Saving the President
14. "Don't Think"
15. Trillian's Rescue
16. Love & Kisses Zaphod
18. A Sperm Whale
19. My Name Is Slartibartfast
20. The Ultimate Question
21. The POV Gun
22. "Welcome Home Arthur!"
23. "I Feel So Depressed"
24. End Titles
Original DVD Commentaries
Feature Audio Commentary With Executive Producer Robbie Stamp and Douglas Adams' Colleague Sean Solle: On
Feature Audio Commentary With Executive Producer Robbie Stamp and Douglas Adams' Colleague Sean Solle: Off
Feature Audio Commentary With Director Garth Jennings, Producer Nick Goldsmith and Actors Martin Freeman and Bill Nighy: On
Feature Audio Commentary With Director Garth Jennings, Producer Nick Goldsmith and Actors Martin Freeman and Bill Nighy: Off
About Movie Showcase
Original DVD Features: Deleted Scenes
Earth: Mostly Harmless
"We're Going to Win"
Original DVD Features: Really Deleted Scenes
Original DVD Features: Additional Guide Entry - The Man and the Fish
English 5.1 Uncompressed
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
French 5.1 Dolby Digital
Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
English for the Hearing Impaired
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I read the book back in the 80s and I feel that the movie was 100% hilarious!! Its hard to understand the humour if you did not enjoy any of Douglas Adam's creations, but it is very hard to squeeze an entire book into 90 minutes, ya' know?
The Movie managed to stay true to the books, but add another level of humor to the series, lets hope they do "the restraunt at the end of the universe" too
Three cheers to the producers of "Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy"! I have been thinking about getting this for several years and finally broke down and picked it up on BlueRay disk (with a discount). My happy surprise was that this film was more then enjoyable, overall. Now I'm a bit pickey generally, and my taste in films can be somewhat unforgiving to the general public, but overall, I was happily surprised by the pick. While this film "isn't" for everyone, with my somewhat off the wall taste and a bit contrived sense of humor, this was a perfect pick for me! If you "enjoy" what is often an off the wall kind of film, "this one surely is that", than you might just enjoy this film as I did. If not, then skip by this film entirely. The plot can often be confusing, the script a tad unusual, but the visuals most illuminating overall... all in all a somewhat confusing and mixed up piece of cineama but with solid heart! Not so simply stated, but finally done!
As a diehard Hitchhikers fan, this movie was a combination of great pleasure and great disappointment for me. I loved Alan Rickman as Marvin. In fact I loved pretty much everything that was from the books. However most of the things original to this script, I could have done without. Although I understand why they did Zaphod's heads they way they did, I didn't like it; and the sub-plot with the cult was completely useless. The POV gun was almost great, as were the idea thwackers. Hitchhikers - especially the first story - is like a comic book universe. There have been 9+ versions of the first story (if you include different audio readings of the book) and this is just the most recent of them, and all of them are valid. Great moments for me included the first time we hear the old theme music, the old Marvin robot, and Simon Jones as the shadowy figure. Bad moments included the ending, which rather defied the point of the whole series and Arthur and Trillian's romance. On the other hand, the creature work was amazing. The Vogons were spectacular. Unfortunatly, the movie as a whole felt... unBritish. Not what I hoped for.
HitchHiker's was a great movie to see with my friends. It was superbly funny, delightfully strange, and stayed true to the book. I really hope they do the rest of the series, because, it truly, would rock my world.
This is a great film that is fun to see many times over. After the intial shock of the first viewing, you get to understand how much this film messes with your head. Everyone I know has a favorite part, my mine is the short dance when friends met up. Very well done sci fi classic.
This film greatly exceded my expectations. Douglas Adams' fingerprints are all over this movie and it's clear that the actors and production staff remained faithful to his intentions. Like the Hitchhiker's saga in the various other media, there are some plot twists and detours. But faithful froods know that Douglas liked to tweak the storyline when he thought of a better bit. The true essence of HHGG is here on film at last. There are plenty of references and inside jokes for long-time series fans, along with subtle tributes to Douglas as well. The casting was superb, and Alan Rickman was perfect as the voice of Marvin. And the opening theme song is a hoot! I liked it so much, I left the theater and headed straight to the nearest store to buy the soundtrack CD. And now I"m counting the days until I can buy the DVD. This movie is fun for HHGG devotees and newbies alike. It's smart, offbeat and fun!
the book was wonderful. This isn,t the book . If like the book you will not like th Go watch BBC TV version
This is one of the zaniest movies I know of but I loved it. I admit I haven't read anything by Douglas Adams, but I've seen the 6-episode British TV series from the 1980s and I thought that was God-awful (who is this God character anyway?). Sam Rockwell was PURE GOLD as Zaphod - his one-liners and physical comedy were exceptional in every scene. The "factory floor" scene near the end - along with the images of the guy filling in the ocean, the guy painting Ayers Rock, and the rising Himalayas - all breathtaking stuff, and of course even more amazing when given the Blu-ray treatment. First-rate sci-fi!
This movie is just bad. I know Douglas Adams had a hand in this movie but perhaps someone should have had him re-read the books first. I know no movie can accurately recreate a book, but I was hopeful with this one. If you have never read the books and you did enjoy this movie, read the books and you'll understand. If you're in the market for a Hitchhikers movie get the BBC version, which is actually pretty good. The dated, cheesy special effects of the BBC version actually work well with the story.
I know the long-awaited feature film version of Douglas Adams` eternal Hitchhiker`s Guide to the Galaxy has received a lot of criticism (as well as praise) and I can sort of see why. After the first watch, I felt slightly disappointed and not at all impressed. I am a fan of all the books of the late author, and my expectations were set high. I knew that Douglas Adams himself participated in writing the script before his premature death, and that a lot of additions to the movie (that were new elements as compared to the book) were his ideas, and I could feel that the makers tried to stay true to his legacy - still, at first, I was divided on whether I liked it or not. So when it came out on dvd, I watched it again. And again. And again...And the more times I saw it, the more I liked it - it grew on me, and I found it funnier each time. There are so many hidden gems in this version, slight hints at the book and the legacy of Adams that can be lost if you don`t know the books or don`t watch carefully. Another thing that has lifted this movie above expectations was the performances - they were all great. I was sort of divided on Mos Def first, but upon rethinking, he was a good choice. I heard that Zaphod Beeblebrox was originally to be played by Robert Downey Jr. and not Sam Rockwell,who was good, and crazy and I like him as an actor, but if I had to pick between the two, I would have gone for Downey in a heartbeat - especially in light of his recent perfomances, such as Sherlock Holmes or Tony Stark. I think he would have taken the whole thing to another level. But that`s just me, and speculation, so whatever. I do understand why some people are disappointed, I really do. Watch it and decide it for yourself whether you like it or not.
I read The Hitchhiker's Giude to the Galaxy, loved it, and will read the rest of the Universe series soon. I laughed out loud several times and enjoyed it so much that I decided to purchase this movie to see how it compared. Well, the book is always better, isn't it? Seriously, the movie was a huge disappointment compared to the book. The movie plot contained obvious deviations, which is inevitable I guess, but it also lacked much of the book's humor. The moviemakers tried, but ultimately failed to capture Adams's sense of humor, especially when comparing the entries and definitions from the Guide to the Encyclopedia Galactica. The book's silliness was incredibly hilarious and entertaining, but the movie's silliness was just plain silly and, frankly, a little stupid. My advice: buy the book and read it--you won't be disappointed. The movie isn't horrible (perhaps a little cheesy), but it isn't good either and it just doesn't compare to the book.