IT WILL TAKE YOU A MILLION LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME.
Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader) joins a military team led by Jack O’Neil (Kurt Russell) as they enter an alien device called Stargate that leads to a planet far away that’s ruled by what seems like the Egyptian sun god Ra. Director Roland Emmerich apparently came up with this story back when he was in film school and it has certainly inspired others who have continued to turn this Stargate universe into something resembling the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises. Still, in spite of decent production values and performances, this is highly mediocre science fiction.
1994-U.S.-France. 119 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Screenplay: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich. Music: David Arnold. Cast: Kurt Russell (Jack O’Neil), James Spader (Daniel Jackson), Viveca Lindfors (Catherine Langford), Jaye Davidson, Alexis Cruz, Mili Avital… Djimon Hounsou.
Trivia: Alternative version runs 128 min. Followed by two TV series, one live-action (Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007)), one animated (Stargate Infinity (2002-2003)).