PG | | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
Shada, the prison "planetoid" of the Time Lords, can be seen in the background during the factory floor scene on Magrathea. Doctor Who: Shada (1992) was a Doctor Who (1963) story that Douglas Adams wrote but was never completed for television due to a strike at the BBC. Characters and settings from "... ...
It's an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, Man had always assumed that he was the most intelligent species occupying the planet, instead of the *third* most intelligent. The ...
A cameraman is reflected in the left side of the kettle when Arthur makes tea in his house at the beginning.
After a couple of minutes of typical movie credits, there is a final, classic Guide entry. It refers to Arthur Dent carelessly speaking words about a towel, which ends up being interpreted by a pair of warring factions as a devastating insult. They then spend thousands of years coming to Earth bent on revenge, however "due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet was accidentally swallowed by a small dog". The Guide concludes with the reassuring nugget of wisdom, "this sort of thing is going on all the time".
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