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GALAXY QUEST (1999)

This hilarious parody features the star cast of the once-famous sci-fi show "Galaxy Quest" coming to terms with the cancellation of their show after seventeen years of airtime. Meanwhile, the "crew"/cast are making multiple appearances at sci-fi conventions and
other PR stunts á la costume and character.  Amidst their "mid-career" crisis, a group of extraterrestrials known as the Thermians arrive on Earth in search of the crew.  Having taken their show for a form of reality TV, the aliens kidnap the crew, whisking them away to space where they implore the crews help in saving their race from genocide at the hands of one ruthless general Sarris and his goony armada.  But are these down and out actors up to the task of doing their own stunts this time around?

The cast includes: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, with Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell.

Director Dean Parasot's comedy Sci-Fi is an instant classic.

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Has-been actors from a long-canceled space adventure TV Show, are beamed up to a real spaceship, by real aliens, who after seeing the old transmissions of the old Galaxy TV show, and want help from the crew of the NESA Protector, in battling the aliens' and the universe's deadly enemy.

For four years, the Sci-fi TV Show, "Galaxy Quest," as the valiant crew, of the NESA Protector thrilled many fans with their dangerous missions in space, until the show was canceled. The opening scene finds these same, now has-been actors, 18 years later, still going to Galaxy Quest conventions, or any other gig, to earn money for their portrayal of their heroic characters, the main ones being; Commander Peter Quincy Taggart (Tim Allen), Lt. Tawny Madison (Sigourney Weaver), and Dr. Lazarus (Alan Rickman).

Much dissension and unhappiness exists among these actors, until real aliens one morning approach a sleepy, hung-over actor Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), who thinks they are the reps from a gig he had booked as a solo. He falls asleep on the way to the real space ship, where he unknowingly has a real space battle with the real bad guy monster, all assuming it was all on a sound stage. He doesn't realize that it was all real, until they send him home, through real space, much to his astonishment.

When the aliens come back for him because the bay guy wasn't destroyed in the space battle, he fast-talks the rest of the Galaxy Quest actors to come with him, who don't believe Allen's fantastic story, but who also don't want to miss any possible gig. Thus begins their fantastically funny quest to battle evil, and "must turn in the performances of their lives, with no script, no director and no clue,"on a real, working ship that had their own TV Show ship, the NESA Protector, as its prototype model. They have to become the people they have pretended to be for so long, in order to save their universe, as well as their alien friends.

Some favorite scenes include: the dining scene aboard the ship, the mining planet scenes, scenes showing these actors evolving into heroes despite themselves, and the ending battle scenes, and the fantastic finale.

This hysterical spoof of Star Trek was written by two young, up and coming screenwriters, David Howard & Robert Gordon, under the fine direction of Dean Parisot, who has directed many fine T.V. shows, like "Northern Exposure," and some movies as well.

This Sci-Fi comedy is extremely well-done, and most enjoyable, due to a very witty, clever script, great direction, great pacing & timing, great set design and special effects, and a great ensemble cast, that had a lot of fun working together, creating a hilarious adventure comedy, sure to entertain everyone. (NBC-TV) calls Galaxy Quest, "The funniest, wittiest comedy of the year."

If you enjoyed GALAXY QUEST, you may like SPACEBALLS, TREKKIES, CONEHEADS, MEN IN BLACK , THE LAST STAR FIGHTER, MARS ATTACKS!, and/or any of the STAR TREK movies.

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Quote from Commander Peter Quincy Taggart: "As long as there is injustice, whenever a Targathian baby cries out, wherever a distress signal sounds among the stars, we'll be there. This fine ship, this fine crew. Never give up... and never surrender."