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Release Date: October 28th, 1994

DVD Release Date: June 18th, 1997

PG-13|2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary
In modern-day Egypt, professor Daniel Jackson (James Spader) teams up with retired Army Col. Jack O'Neil (Kurt Russell) to unlock the code of an interstellar gateway to an ancient Egypt-like world. They arrive on a planet ruled by the despotic Ra (Jaye Davidson), who holds the key to the Earth travelers' safe return. Now, in order to escape from their intergalactic purgatory, Jackson and O'Neil must convince the planet's people that Ra must be overthrown.

Cast: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors, Alexis Cruz, Mili Avital, Leon Rippy, John Diehl

Director: Roland Emmerich

Genres: Science fiction, Action, Adventure

Production Co: Le Studio Canal +, Centropolis Film Productions, Carolco Pictures Inc.

Distributors: Warner Home Vídeo, Artisan Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.

Keywords: 1990s, Emotional, Son, Creative, Transformation, Escape

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The movie devolves into a kind of high-tech Flash Gordon, with Ra as a cross- dressed Ming and Russell and Spader as the heroes required to chase big lugs with ray-guns around the inside of a pyramid. Things get pretty brainless before it's over, although Russell does get to deliver a great send-off line. [28 Oct 1994, p.5]

  • Stargate is a blast from the past in many ways, but it imaginatively employs the latest special effects technology to give audiences new thrills. [24 Oct 1994]

  • It works not because ridiculousness is concealed, but because ridiculousness on this scale becomes something else. Don't let anyone tell you that Stargate, lifeless script and all, isn't clunky fun, proudly trembling on the brink of classic camp. [28 Oct 1994, p.48]

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