Galaxy Quest (1999)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 36 mins

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The sci-fi television series Galaxy Quest, which took place aboard the intergalactic spaceship NSEA Protector, starred Jason Nesmith as suave Commander Peter Quincy Taggert, Gwen DeMarco as sexy communications person Lt. Tawny Madison (a role which consisted solely of repeating what the computer stated, much to Gwen's annoyance), Shakespearean trained Sir Alexander Dane as alien Dr. Lazarus, Fred Kwan as engineer Tech Sgt. Chen, and Tommy Webber as child gunner Laredo. Seventeen years after the show last aired, it lives on in the hearts of its rabid fans. However it lives on in infamy for its stars, who have not been able to find meaningful acting work since. Their current lives revolve around cashing in on however those roles will afford, which usually entails attending fan conventions or worse, such as shopping mall openings. Only Jason seems to relish his lot in life, until he finds out that his co-stars detest him because of his superior attitude as "the Commander", and much of the public considers him a laughing stock. Their lives change when Jason is approached by who he thinks are convention fans asking for help. They are in reality an alien race called Thermians, led by Mathesar, who have modeled their existence after the show, which they believe to be real. When Jason and then the rest of his co-stars (along with Guy Fleegman, who was killed off before the opening credits in only one episode) go along with the Thermians, Jason's co-stars who believe they are off to yet another paying gig, they learn that they have to portray their Galaxy Quest roles for real. With no scriptwriters to get them to a happy and heroic ending, they have to trust that their play acting will work, especially in dealing with the Thermian's nemesis, General Sarris. Guy in particular fears that he will go the way his character did on the show. But when they run across technical issues that they as actors didn't care anything about during the filming of the show and thus now don't know how to deal with, they need to find someone who should know what to do.
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Cast: Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen

Crew: Dean Parisot (Director), Jerzy Zielinski (Director of Photography), David Newman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Release Dates: 25 Dec 1999 (India)

Tagline: The show has been cancelled... But the adventure is just beginning.

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as Alexander Dane
as Gwen DeMarco
as Jason Nesmith
as Young Tommy
as Navigator
as Tommy Webber
as Mathesar
as Teb
as Kyle
as Reporter
as Warrior Alien
as Brandon
as Katelyn
as Laliari
as Lahnk
as Sarris
as Neru
as Guy Fleegman
as Teek
as Fred Kwan


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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
The show has been cancelled... But the adventure is just beginning.
A comedy of Galactic Proportions
Audio/Video Mismatch
When Madison and Taggart are standing at the start of the chompers, the audio track has Madison saying "Screw this!" However, she is clearly saying "Fuck this!" but was dubbed for the PG rating from MPAA.

Audio/Video Mismatch
At the beginning of the movie, after Jason Nesmith enters the dressing room of the convention center, the audio track has Tommy Weber (Laredo) saying, "You are so full of it, man!" However, looking at the visual, he is clearly using another expletive instead of "it". This overdub was necessary in order to obtain a PG rating from the MPAA.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When the two teenagers are entering and leaving the restroom they are talking and laughing. At some moments you can see their mouths but they're not moving even though you can still hear them talking and laughing.

Character Error
On the way down to the planet to get the beryllium sphere Guy says no one knows his last name. Up till this point in the film his last name isn't mentioned. On the planet when hatching their plan, Jason calls him "Fleegman" and tells him to set up a perimeter.

Character Error
In the credits for "Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues," the credits read "Jason Nesmith as Commander Peter Quincy Taggert", though it should be "Taggart."

Character Error
When Nesmith is explaining to Mathesar that they are actors from a show he says, "There is no Captain Taggart." In a following line he uses the correct "Commander Taggart" title.

When Nesmith and DeMarco are in the engineering room aborting the self-destruct sequence, DeMarco's uniform goes from being zipped up before they press the blue button, to being unzipped immediately afterward (the scene has been edited to remove a segment where DeMarco seduces one of Sarris' soldiers).

When Alexander is being introduced, he bows with his hand flat against his chest. When he comes up, his hand is in a fist.

When Tech Sergeant Chen is helping to roll the beryllium sphere on the planet, he is shown holding a large brown paper bag with his teeth. A split second later, the bag is gone.

Errors in Geography
When the shuttle lands on the mining planet, we see a crescent moon lighted from the left, but the shadows of the rocks show that the landscape is lighted from the right. Even if this is a planet of a double star, the moon should have a crescent on the right side.

Factual Mistake
On the original 2000/2001 DVD cast and crew listing, Justin Long is mistakenly billed as Brandon Long (Brandon being his character). On the 2003 DVD, this is corrected.
The scene when Tim Allen is in a mens room overhearing how the cast of Galaxy Quest are nobodies and all the co-stars can't stand him mirrors an actual event in William Shatner's life. He discovered the exact same things about himself when he attended a Star Trek (1966) convention.

Alan Rickman never takes off his headpiece throughout the entire movie. Even in the scene when he and Gwen (Sigourney Weaver) are both at home talking to each other on the phone, Rickman still has his headpiece on, even though he is not in costume.

At the beginning of the film, Tommy's "You are so full of shit, man!" line was re-dubbed to "You are so full of it, man!" When faced with going through "the chompers", Gwen's "Well, fuck that!" was re-dubbed to say "Well, screw that!". These edits were to avoid a PG-13 rating. The original lines are still obvious when reading their lips.

The NSEA Protector's serial number is NTE 3120. NTE is short for Not The Enterprise.

The set of the NSEA Protector was built on an articulated platform so that it could move a few feet in any direction, for a touch of realism (instead of actors leaning in unison). When it was first used the set dropped two feet and shifted to the side, causing several cast members to fall out of their chairs and two lights to fall down.

According to writer David Howard, the continuous melodic yet monotone voice of Thermian Commander Mathesar was an original idea that Enrico Colantoni brought to the character. Everyone on the set loved it so much they kept it in the shoot.

The rock monster is a mock tribute to William Shatner, who desperately wanted to put rock monsters in the climax of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), but had to cut them out of his script for budgetary reasons. There are a couple of references to Star Trek: Arena (1967), particularly the suggestion to "build a weapon" during Jason's encounter with the rock monster.

Director Dean Parisot and star Tim Allen have revealed in interviews that the original tone of the film was much darker, with more scenes of violence. After test screenings the film was re-cut to emphasize the comedy and obtain a PG rating.

In theaters, the film was presented at 1.85:1 for the first 20 minutes. When Tim Allen first realizes he's on a real spaceship and the vista of Thermia is revealed, the screen image widened to 2.35:1 as the parting walls of the spaceship revealed the vista.

When the crew are eating aboard the ship, they are told that the food has been prepared based on their regional cuisine. The commander comments that the steak tastes like Iowa Beef. This seems like a subtle reference to the fact that Captain Kirk (Star Trek (1966)) is from Iowa.

The design of the NTE ship is based on a Star Trek comm-badge.

Sam Rockwell based his portrayal on Bill Paxton's performance in Aliens (1986). In particular, his hysterical fear of being killed, and his mental breakdown upon seeing a motion detector that shows their enemy closing in on them.

Instead of ripping off the standard Star Trek (1966) "Swooosh-thweep" sound for their automatic doors, the NSEA Protector's automatic doors were given the same "Tweeep-Clunk" sound effect as the doors in the original version of the video game Ultimate Doom (1993).

Laliari is the first main role Missi Pyle landed in a feature film. Her part was expanded after the producers noticed Sigourney Weaver was the only female main character.

The Thermians use appearance generators to assume human form, while their true form is that of massive alien beings with several tentacles. This concept was possibly taken from the Star Trek (1966) episode Star Trek: By Any Other Name (1968), where in that episode, the Kelvans are aliens who assume human form, but their true form (which is never shown, but described by Spock to Capt. Kirk) is that of "massive creatures with hundreds of tentacles".