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GALAXY QUEST is a satirical comedy that pokes fun at the influence science fiction shows such as STAR TREK have had on their audience. The cast member...

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published 30/04/2001 | Ork1927
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I don't think I have enjoyed a film more this year than Galaxy Quest. The premise is a great spoof and I'm surprised it wasn't thought up before this 1999 film.

Tim Allen is Jason Nesmith. A washed up actor who played the commander of a space ship in a long since finished Sci Fi series. He earns his living, visiting Sci Fi conventions with the rest of his crew in the show. Alan Rickman played an alien and is still upset about being typecast as he's a classicly trained actor while Sigourney Weaver's character was all cleavage and repeating what the computer had said.

Yes, it's a Star Trek spoof and a damn funny one at that.

After visiting yet another convention and nursing yet another hangover, Nesmith is approached by a strange group called the Thermians who he presumes to be another group of nerds who want him to appear at some convention. They are in fact, real aliens and soon he and his pretend crew find themselves in outer space and involved in a real war with General Sarris and his troops. The Thermians have seen the show (called Galaxy Quest) and believe it to be historical documents. Nesmith jumps at the change to play captain for real and finds himself battling rock monsters and cute cuddly things with sharp teeth as the rest of the crew overcome their issues in a bid to save the Thermians and get back to Earth.

As a plain comedy this is very funny. You don't need to know anything about Star Trek to enjoy it and laugh along. The film takes a swipe at Trekkies but in an affectionate way. When he gets in trouble, Allen contacts fans of the show for advice but runs into trouble when the kid he contacts has to take the garbage out for his mum.

If your a fan of the trek or Sci Fi in general then the film becomes bust a gut funny. The spoof jokes are superb and it's a film where you catch different things on each viewing. It' a great spoof of the genre.

Allen is great as the commander (a sort of crap version of Buzz Lightyear), Weaver plays against type as the blonde bimbo and Rickman is hilarious as the miserable British alien. The rest of the cast are also great, especially Guy who tags along for the ride and is convinced he will get killed. (Star Trek law, the least known actor always gets killed on the alien planet)

The DVD contains deleted scenes that, as usual, wouldn't have added much to the film but it's nice to watch them for a couple more laughs.

Galaxy Quest is a great film, it manages to be an effective film and a very funny film in it's on right. Don't be put off if you thinks it's just for sci fi fans. It's a film that anyone will laugh at.

The DVD isn't packed with extras but the film is worth the price alone.

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  • albertas published 20/02/2004
    This film is very funny ,-) cu albertas
  • alflavor published 30/04/2001
    Great op there, not a film i've heard of! AL.
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GALAXY QUEST is a satirical comedy that pokes fun at the influence science fiction shows such as STAR TREK have had on their audience. The cast members of the cult sci-fi television series GALAXY QUEST now earn their livings appearing at conventions and grand openings, led by their bomastic captain Jason Nesmith, played by Tim Allen. When an alien race--the Thermians--arrives on earth, it appears that they have mistakenly appropriated the show's culture as their own, thinking the series was actual fact. Desperate for help in battling the evil General Sarris, they bring the actors with them into space to save their planet. A surprisingly smart and funny send-up of the science-fiction culture and the influence television has on the world at large, GALAXY QUEST is a comedy that even non-genre fans can enjoy, with terrific turns by Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tony Shalhoub.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD


Release date: 19/06/2006, 26/03/2001

No of Discs: 1

Catalogue No: DSL 1297, 490 913 9

Composer: David Newman

Costume Designer: Albert Wolsky

Director of Photography: Jerzy Zielinski

Editor: Don Zimmerman

Executive Producer: Charles J. Newirth

Producer: Mark Johnson, Charles J. Newirth, Suzann Ellis

Production Designer: Linda DeScenna

Author: David Newman

Barcode: 5051188129736, 0678149091397

Screenwriter: Robert Gordon, David Newman, David Howard


Main Language: English

Dubbed Language: German

Subtitle Language: Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, English, Danish, Swedish

Hearing Impaired Language: English

Technical Information

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English German

Special Features: On Location In Space, Cutting Room Floor, Theatrical Trailer

Professional Reviews

Review: "...This tightly scripted, lightning-paced laffer delightfully pulls all the elements together and builds to a giddy and gleeful climax..." (Box Office, p.57, 01/02/2000)<br><br>"...The expert cast is more than game. Extra points to [Rickman and Weaver]..." -- 3 out of 5 stars (Premiere, pp.100-1, 01/06/2000)<br><br>"...Genuinely imaginative special effects which manage to recognisably in the spirit of the cheesy originals..." (USA Today, p.48-9, 01/05/2000)<br><br>"...Mischievously clever..." (Variety, pp.57-62, 20/12/1999)<br><br>


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