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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [2005] (1 disc)

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Director:Garth Jennings
Writer:Douglas Adams
Karey Kirkpatrick
Composer:Joby Talbot
Length:109 minutes
(1 hour 49 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:April Fools
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:58%
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Arthur Dent wakes to find his house is about to be demolished and it only goes downhill from there.


Reaction: Fun and silly, this movie doesn't take itself too seriously, and neither should you.


Personal Rating: 8/10

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Garth Jennings => Director
Douglas Adams => Writer / Original book, radio play, etc.
Karey Kirkpatrick => Writer
Joby Talbot => Composer
Alan Rickman => Marvin (voice)
Anna Chancellor => Questular Rontok
Bill Bailey => The Whale (voice)
Bill Nighy => Slartibartfast
Helen Mirren => Deep Thought (voice)
Ian McNeice => Kwaltz (voice)
John Malkovich => Humma Kavula
Kelly Macdonald => Reporter
Martin Freeman => Arthur Dent
Mos Def => Ford Prefect
Richard Griffiths => Jeltz (voice)
Sam Rockwell => Zaphod Beeblebrox
Simon Jones => Ghostly Image
Stephen Fry => The Guide (voice) / Narrator
Thomas Lennon => Eddie the Computer (voice)
Warwick Davis => Marvin
Zooey Deschanel => Trillian

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Douglas Adams' face appears as a planet during Slartibartfast's tour of the galaxy.
  • Use 3-D glasses for the Magrathean message.
  • As the Heart of Gold Spaceship travels through "improbability" it quickly transforms into many strange shapes (including a rubber duck) in the very final transformation at the end of the film it quickly transforms into the face of author/creator Douglas Adams
  • The old lady sitting at the street side table oblivious to or uninterested in what's going on around her is Douglas Adams's mother. The director didn't give any acting directions to her or anybody else in the scene for what they were suppose to do, to simulate chaos, so she just sat there reading a newspaper.
  • Bill Murray was also considered for the part of Zaphod Beeblebrox, along with Will Ferrell and Robert Downey Jr., but after Sam Rockwell's audition, director Garth Jennings immediately chose him.
  • When Ford and Zaphod first great each other on the Heart of Gold, Zaphod calls Ford "Ix" and then quickly corrects himself. In the novel, "Ix" was a nickname that Ford's childhood schoolmates gave him.
  • The car that Ford Prefect "introduces himself to" is actually a Ford Prefect, from whence Ford got his "Earth name". Despite being a Ford, the car was never manufactured or sold in the US, but produced in Ireland, the UK, Malaysia, and New Zealand, and sold in Europe, Asia, and Australia between 1938 and 1959.
  • Ford's last name (Prefect) is never used. The joke, according to Douglas Adams, was lost on American readers because the Ford Prefect was never available in the United States.
  • Belgium (which, according to the original radio series, is the most unspeakably rude word there is) can be heard in the movie three or so times.
  • This film has been in "Development Hell" for over twenty years. At one point, Douglas Adams insisted it would be made "sometime before the last Trump". Just prior to his death, a deal was almost in place with Jay Roach directing and staring Hugh Laurie (Arthur), Jim Carrey (Zaphod Beeblebrox) and the late Nigel Hawthorne (Slartibartfast).