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Galaxy Quest (1999)

A 1999 science fiction movie directed by Dean Parisot.

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Never give up, never surrender!

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This is the best satire comedy on the market, making fun of the old Star Trek show and all the conventions and Trekkies that followed the show.

The aging actors of the Galaxy Quest show still attend conventions, signing autographs for money, and no other acting career left because of the previous popularity of their show. Commander Peter Quincy Taggert is just Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), a has been actor with a big ego. He's in dutch with his fellow cast members for taking side jobs without them. At a convention, Jason runs into the Thermians, who request his help to negotiate with Sarris, the general of an evil reptilian race. Jason believes they are simply fans, and has no idea that the Thermians are true aliens who have modeled their lives, and their ship, after watching transmissions of the show. The Thermians believe the show is historical documents, not old reruns of entertainment television.

After discovering the Thermians are real, Jason convinces his crew to come with him into space. The Thermians put the crew in charge, not knowing they are just actors. What follows is a hilarious romp through space with 'B' grade actors fleeing Sarris's revenge while trying to save the Thermians. All of the cheesiest aspects of the old Star Trek shows are brought back to comedic life. ("Look around you, can you construct some sort of rudimentary lathe?")

Stealing the show is Sigourney Weaver as Gwen DeMarco ("I have one job on this lousy ship, it's stupid, but I'm going to do it!"), Alan Rickman as Alexander Dane, Tony Shalhoub as Fred Kwan (a laid-back, stoner type), and relatively unknown Sam Rockwell as Guy Fleegman (the expendable crewman). Their comedic performances are absolutely top notch in this film, and there's a lot more humor hidden in it than just a first time watch can capture. It's a movie to watch over and over again.

Whether you love or hate the old Star Trek shows, as long as you love excellent satirical comedy, you will definitely enjoy this movie. 10 Stars! Well worth a purchase.
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review by . September 08, 2010
Never Retreat, Never Surrender!
Galaxy Quest.  Weird to admit that the first time I saw this movie was just last night when it came out in 1999. To be fair 1999 gave us incredible movies like The Matrix and Fight Club, so perhaps my mind was elsewhere. This movie was not high on my radar when it was new.      The source that even made me remember this movie existed was from my Directing 1 professor. If he liked there must be something good about it. So, while going to Wal-Mart looking a new DVD set out …
Quick Tip by . October 22, 2010
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This is another sleeper/ensemble piece. I had to watch it in pieces because I kept laughing to hard to catch the next funny bit. Seeing the link, I think it's time I see the movie again.
review by . March 08, 2010
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I recently re-watched GALAXY QUEST after a roughly decade long hiatus. I think it may have gotten even better with time. If you wanted to make a movie spoofing the original STAR TREK series and the cultural phenomenon it has simply couldn't do better than this film. It pokes fun of the genre, the cast, the fans, the cheesiness and the conventions. Often, rather pointed jabs. But it's infused with real affection, and it even tells a pretty exciting and moving story of its own.    "Ga …
review by . April 29, 2009
Having attended some of the conventions for old television series (Star Trek, Dark Shadows), I could really relate to this movie.  The atmosphere and the attitude of the fans at some of these conventions are captured exactly by the director.    In this movie, the actors from on old television series very much like Star Trek, attend a convention.  They are harangued by the fans and peppered with questions about the science in some of the more obscure episodes.  Tim Allen …
review by . October 13, 2004
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Having attended some of the conventions for old television series (Star Trek, Dark Shadows), I could really relate to this movie. The atmosphere and the attitude of the fans at some of these conventions are captured exactly by the director.     In this movie, the actors from on old television series very much like Star Trek, attend a convention. They are harangued by the fans and peppered with questions about the science in some of the more obscure episodes. Tim Allen is the …
review by . January 28, 2004
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"Galaxy Quest" gives sci-fi lovers a swift, but soft and loving, kick in the pants. It is dead-on with its parody of sci-fi television, the actors involved, and the herds of loving fans who, admittedly, do take their science fiction just a little too seriously. If your a fan of shows such as "Star Trek," "Farscape," or "Doctor Who," you'll definitely identify with this movie.What makes this movie so unique, however, is the fact that it uses the sometimes fanatic behavior of sci-fi fans who take …
review by . October 21, 2001
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Sometimes when I write a review and give five stars I pause. After all 5 stars makes a picture equal to THE GODFATHER or GONE WITH THE WIND, and BEN HUR etc. Thus when you have a light film such as GALAXY QUEST I think, "Can I really make this movie equal to them?"The answer is easy: Most people don't watch movies for artistic merrits (Stop fainting you cultured ones) we watch it to be entertained. This movie is entertaining, in fact if you are not a SCIFI fan you will find it even funnier.The plot …
review by . December 19, 2000
Pros: Very funny; Great cast; Hysterical script; Excellent direction; Lots of fun     Cons: Honestly, I can't think of anything at all.     What do you get when you have six defunct sci-fi actors, countless Trekkie-esque groupies and a planet in major trouble? Why, Galaxy Quest, of course! Add a great cast, hysterical script, excellent writer and terrific costumes, and you've got yourself a fabulous movie.      Galaxy Quest is about the …
review by . January 10, 2000
Pros: Amusing send off of Star Trek and their fans     Cons: A little too nerdy at times.     I knew I was in for something weird when I noticed that everyone in the theater was a fan of Star Trek. How could I tell? The tee shirts, the head gear, the Star Trek jokes, etc... It became pretty obvious that I was either at a Trek convention or something close.       While I am not a major fan of Star Trek, I could follow along with all the …
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You don't have to be aStar Trekfan to enjoyGalaxy Quest, but it certainly helps. A knowingly affectionate tribute toTrekand any other science fiction TV series of the 1960s and beyond, this crowd-pleasing comedy offers in-jokes at warp speed, hitting the bull's-eye for anyone who knows that (1) the starship captain always removes his shirt to display his manly physique; (2) any crew member not in the regular cast is dead meat; and (3) the heroes always stop the doomsday clock with one second to spare. So it is with Commander Taggart (Tim Allen) and the stalwart crew of the NSEAProtector, whose intergalactic exploits on TV have now been reduced to a dreary cycle of fan conventions and promotional appearances. That's when the Thermians arrive, begging to be saved from Sarris, the reptilian villain who threatens to destroy their home planet.

Can actors rise to the challenge and play their roles for real? The Thermians are counting on it, having studied the "historical documents" of the Galaxy Quest TV show, and their hero worship (not to mention their taste for Monte Cristo sandwiches) is ultimately proven worthy, with the help of some Galaxy geeks on planet Earth. And while Galaxy Quest serves up great special effects and impressive Stan Winston creatures, director Dean Parisot (Home Fries) is never condescending, lending warm acceptance to this gentle send-up of sci-fi TV and the phenomenon of fandom. Best of all is the splendid cast, ...

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Director: Dean Parisot
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: 1999
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2000
Runtime: 102 minutes
Studio: Dreamworks Video
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