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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • Sci-fi
  • Drama
  • 2005
  • Garth Jennings
  • 104 mins
  • PG

Summary

Adaptation of Douglas Adams's cult sci-fi comedy, starring Martin Freeman, Mos Def and Sam Rockwell. Everyman Arthur Dent's morning goes from bad to worse when he discovers that not only is his home due to be demolished to make way for a bypass, but that planet Earth itself is to be destroyed to make way for a hyperspace motorway. With seconds to go to annihilation, Arthur's best friend Ford Prefect reveals that he is an alien. It's then that Arthur's adventures truly begin...

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Don't Panic! This long-awaited adaptation of Douglas Adams's classic BBC radio series/book/TV series finally makes it to the big screen without sacrificing any of its late creator's jovially lugubrious vision. Martin Freeman stars as put-upon everyman Arthur Dent who, in the company of extraterrestrial friend Ford Prefect (rapper Mos Def), escapes the Earth moments before it's demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Armed with Ford's copy of the eponymous guide - a PDA travelogue voiced by Stephen Fry - Arthur tries to make sense of a universe in which aliens recite brain-mangling verse, sperm whales fall from the sky while pondering the nature of existence and a paranoid android (voiced by Alan Rickman) copes with depression. Although signs of Hollywood studio tampering are in evidence - the clumsy love story between Arthur and space girl Trillian (Zooey Deschanel) - director Garth Jennings stays true to the oddity at the heart of this quintessentially British space odyssey.

Credits

Cast

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Arthur DentMartin Freeman
Ford PrefectMos Def
Zaphod BeeblebroxSam Rockwell
Trish McMillan / TrillianZooey Deschanel
SlartibartfastBill Nighy
QuestularAnna Chancellor
Humma KavulaJohn Malkovich
Marvin the Paranoid AndroidWarwick Davis
Marvin the Paranoid AndroidAlan Rickman
The BookStephen Fry
The WhaleBill Bailey (2)
Ghostly imageSimon Jones
Deep ThoughtHelen Mirren
Mr ProsserSteve Pemberton

Crew

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DirectorGarth Jennings

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2005-04-28
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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