Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – The Movie

Our look at the movie of the book of the radio series that is… The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

 

The Movie:

At last, after years of waiting, Douglas Adams’ dream of a HitchHikers Guide film has been realised – The Movie was released in the UK on the 28th April 2005, and worldwide from May 2005.

For information on the whole HHGG universe, see our Hitch-Hikers page.

HitchHikers Guide - The Movie

 

Who’s in it?

Our look at the cast of HitchHiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Movie:

  • Arthur Dent: Martin Freeman
  • Ford Prefect: Mos Def
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox: Sam Rockwell
  • Trillian: Zooey Deschanel
  • The Guide: Stephen Fry
  • Voice of Marvin: Alan Rickman
  • Slartibartfast: Bill Nighy (The Boat That Rocked)
  • The innocent-looking sperm whale: Bill Bailey (Black Books)

Watch out for Simon Jones (the original Arthur Dent), and the early Marvin making cameo appearances too…

 

Watch The Trailer

Just love this trailer. Stephen Fry is the voice of The Guide, and this trailer’s voiced by Mr Fry on the subject of movie trailers. Classic:


 

 

HitchHikers Guide DVD Release

The movie was released onto DVD in the UK on the 5th of September 2005

The twin DVD set includes: an extended Babel Fish guide entry,
3 deleted scenes (why were these cut!), singalong “so long and thanks”, a 10 minute “Making of” feature, and an excellent commentary
from director Garth Jennings, Producer Nick Goldsmith, and cast members Martin Freeman (Arthur) and Bill Nighy (Slartibartfast).

Save £9 by buying online… We’ve found it cheapest at Play.com (£7.99). Also at Amazon (£8.79)

Our comments on the film:

Our team went to see the movie on Day One of it’s UK debut, and despite a few misgivings, found it to be a good watch – there’s been a serious attempt to keep in much of what the original radio series fans will remember and relate to (with updates to the 1970s terminology), as well as to create a more general appeal to today’s movie-goer. Personally, I felt that there wasn’t a lot of time to get to know the characters – not a fault of the actors, but in an effort to get the story across, Ford and Zaphod just didn’t come across as the galaxy-weary travellers from the radio series, and the less said about the Trillian love triangle the better!

Also, I felt there were a few attempts to ‘Pythonise’ the humour (for the US market, perhaps?)… but, hey, it’s new Hitch-hikers, a good watch, and if it gets a few more people familiar with the epic, it gets my vote!

Some other film notes:

  • Great to see Simon Jones (the original Arthur Dent) paying a ‘courtesy’ walkon
  • Bill Bailey (from Black Books) as the whale? Inspired choice!
  • Some subtle H2G2 references for the diehard fans…. including the Vogon’s chair
  • No mention of the Guide’s entry on Earth, or Ford’s revision… odd.
  • Star Wars knives… what a great idea!
  • The Magrathea shop floor… wow!
  • Don’t leave the cinema as soon as the credits roll…

Anything to say? Comments on the film appreciated in our forum

Another two films to follow? Check out the BBC Story

 

Links to the various versions of The Guide

The soundtrack of the film
The soundtrack to the film
The Making of the film
The book of how they made the film
The Movie DVD
The DVD and video of the film
Out September 2005
Radio Series CD

The Original Radio Series

Radio Scripts Book
Audiobook, read by Stephen Fry)
Anthology at End of Universe
A book about the book

The first book

Tertiary Radio Series

DVD

 

 

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