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Galaxy Quest (1999)

In this enormously entertaining send-up of the Star Trek universe, a bunch of washed-up actors from a cult sci-fi TV show (called Galaxy Quest) are mistaken for the real thing and recruited to defend a dying alien race.

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Almost 20 years after the cancellation of their TV show, the actor crew of the spaceship Protector encounters a strange group of fans at a convention.

They turn out to be Thermians: real-life aliens who – unaware of the difference between fact and fiction – believe that only the cast of Galaxy Quest can save their home, the Klaatu Nebula, from Sarris, a ruthless warmonger.

It’s an inspired premise, fired into orbit by a fantastic script, sublime visual effects and an absolutely perfect cast, including Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman, who’s hysterical as a grumpy British actor who hates his half-reptilian character, Dr Lazarus.

The story is so cleverly executed and the characters so beautifully fleshed-out that it not only succeeds as a Trek spoof, a satire on the acting profession and a parody of science-fiction fans but also as an engaging, original space saga in its own right.

Jason Nesmith/Commander Peter Quincy Taggart
Tim Allen 
Gwen DeMarco/Lt Tawny Madison

Sigourney Weaver
Alexander Dane/Dr Lazarus

Alan Rickman
Fred Kwan/Tech Sgt Chen

Tony Shalhoub
Tommy Webber/Laredo

Daryl Mitchell
Guy Fleegman

Sam Rockwell
Mathesar

Enrico Colantoni 
Sarris

Robin Sachs 
Quellek

Patrick Breen
Laliari

Missi Pyle
Teb

Jed Rees
Brandon

Justin Long
Kyle

Jeremy Howard
Katelyn

Kaitlin Cullum
Lahnk
Rainn Wilson
Hollister

Jonathan Feyer

Director
Dean Parisot

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