The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move." - Douglas Adams

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Arthur Dent is having a bad day his house is being demolished to make way for a new freeway, he's learned that his best friend is from a different planet, and the girl of his dreams just hooked with a total idiot. Still, it's not exactly the end of the world--that's not for at least six minutes. It turns out (thanks to his alien friend) that the end of the world is just the beginning'

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'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' has finally made it to the big screen. "The Guide" is the most definitive guide book in the universe. It has just about every factoid and rumor on every possible subject, and a few impossible subjects, in the known universe.

So, what is 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy'?

In 1978, BBC Radio 4 listeners were treated to a spectacular new play unlike anything anybody had ever heard before. Part sci-fi space odyssey, part laugh-out-loud satirical comedy, and part inquiry into the nature of reality. 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' managed to spin tales of robots, space oddities and intergalactic encyclopedias, all the while meddling in some pretty massive questions--What is the nature of the universe? How did the universe begin? What is reality? Can we know the meaning of life?--without ever taking itself too seriously. The author of the radio series was a young man by the name of Douglas N. Adams (proud that his name spelled DNA). Adams was convinced that there really should be some sort of manual or guide to the universe. Soon he realized there was little chance of finding one, unless, he wrote it himself.

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Which is exactly what he did, penning the improbable tale of Arthur Dent, who escapes an imminently exploding Planet Earth only to jet off into space on a sleek starship in his pajamas and bathrobe. Arthur soon discovers 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy', which features some of the galaxy's best advice, like --"Don't Panic!" -- on it's cover. The standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, "The Guide" has advice, which ranges from the supremely practical to the sublimely ridiculous. "The Guide" is one of Adams most prophetic creations-one that predated cell phones, the Internet and especially online PDAs, like the Blackberry. It can be hard to remember that, when Adams first wrote about "The Guide" nothing even remotely like it was in existence.

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'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' has been turned into a radio show, novels, television series, computer programs and more. Adams knew his book was destined one day to be a feature film. But first Hollywood had a little technological catching up to do. In 1998 Adams signed a deal with Disney and hunkered down to turn 'Hitchhiker' into a screenplay, after finishing his second draft for Disney, Adams died of a heart attack. His friends and fans were devastated by the loss, hosting memorials worldwide in more than 15 countries. Since his death, two planetary objects have been named in Adam's honor: one entitled 'Arthurdent' after his most famous character from 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 'and the other named 'Asteroid Douglasadams'.

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Fans all over the world have been waiting for over twenty years for Hollywood, and for that matter the world to come up to speed with author Douglas Adams' version of our galaxy. And Disney has delivered us a warp speed, hyperspace, technologically dazzling while still being understated, version of this classic. Campy, surreal and really funny "Hitchhiker" is a movie that's not completely driven by special effects and yet has enough too imaginatively bring you into the fun and inventiveness of the story. The absurdly talented cast brings universal star power and delivers hilarious renditions of these beloved characters. A cult hit has been born!

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Oh, and --"So long and thanks for all the fish!"

Opens April 29, 2005
http://hitchhikers.movies.go.com/

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