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."
The fancy dress party contains several references to Douglas Adams' 40th birthday party, which happened in 1992. At the real party, Adams introduced Darwinian Evolutionist Richard Dawkins to the future Mrs. Dawkins, actress Lalla Ward. In the film, Arthur is seen reading Dawkins' book, ... ...
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 ...
When Trillian and Arthur are helping Zaphod out of Humma Kavula's temple, Trillian's arm switches from being by her side to holding up Zaphod between shots.
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".
$2,092,974 (Australia) (29 April 2005)
$51,085,416 (USA) (21 July 2005)