Hit movie about the discovery of an ancient portal capable
of zipping travellers to "the other side of the known
universe." James Spader plays the Egyptologist who
successfully translates the Stargate's hieroglyphic code, and
then joins a hawkish military unit (led by Kurt Russell) on a
reconnaissance mission to see what's on the other side. They
arrive on a desert world with cultural (and apparently
supernatural) ties to Earth's ancient Egypt, where the sun god
Ra (played by Jaye Davidson from The Crying Game) rules a
population of slaves with armoured minions and startlingly
advanced technology. After being warmly welcomed into the
slave camp, the earthlings encourage and support a rebellion,
and while Russell threatens to blow up the Stargate to prevent
its use by enemy forces, — Amazon.com
unexpected box office takings of this sleeper sci-fi hit no
doubt gave other sci-fi projects the green light and so 1995
saw more than the usual number of SF flicks. For that alone it
must be thanked by special effects aficionados. Post-Stargate
sci-fi movies seem to offer little else - witness the team
behind this film, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin's next
plot? A mixture between Erich von Daniken, Dune
as a marine platoon enters a mysterious dimensional portal
activated thanks to the ingenuity of an Egyptologist (James
Spader) to find a desert planet ruled by an advanced and
vicious alien who uses humans as his slaves. The concept
is inconsistent, where a high-tech production process would
first require unskilled human labour. But then, perhaps
the humans provide more than just labour.
follows á la Dune gigantic battle scenes in the
desert. The effects are well-done and both Spader and Kurt
Russell (as the tough-as-nails platoon leader) give likeable
Spader & Kurt Russell
this remains a matinee movie for the kids and little else.
Actually this rather derivative film made me long for other
movies: the opening shot with the "stargate" being
discovered in Egypt made me want to see Raiders of the
Lost Ark again: the film from which the scene was no
doubt inspired. No
sequels were made, but it did spawn a TV series that proved to
be quite popular with SF aficionados.
Russell, James Spader, Viveca Lindfors, Jaye Davidson, Alexis
Cruz, Mili Aveital, Leon Rippy, John Diehl, Carlos Lauchu,
Djimon, Erick Avari, French Stewart, Gianin Loffler, Cecil
Hoffman, Raw Allen, Richard Kind
1994, 119 Minutes
Tagline: It Will Take You A Million Light
Years From Home
Plot Outline: An interstellar teleportation
device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans
resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
User Comments: a new classic
User Rating: ***
Also Known As:
Stargate, la porte des étoiles (France)
Runtime: 121 min / USA:128 min (special
edition) / USA:130 min (director's cut)
Sound Mix: DTS
Digital (Europe) / Dolby
Emmerich and Dean Devlin were sued for stealing the storyline
from someone who submitted the story to them about ten years
before the movie was made (they "rejected" the story
at the time). The person that sued the men (a student of
Egyptology) even had a well- respected Egyptologist from Johns
Hopkins University vouch for him, since he put his own
theories into the story. The only differences between the
story and the movie are slight name variations. The issue was
finally settled out of court.
story combines traditional popular science fiction themes with
a heavy dose of Egyptological mumbo-jumbo. Occasional,
mostly-halfhearted attempts at character development are
ignored whenever they don't impact directly on the plot. As
has frequently become the case with movies of this genre, the
visual effects and breathtaking cinematography far outstrip
everything else offered by Stargate.
Spader plays nerdish Egyptologist Daniel Jackson, whose
linguistic expertise is called upon for decoding inscriptions
on tiles discovered in an Egyptian archeological site. These
turn out to be the key that turns the lock in something called
the "stargate", an intergalactic portal (that looks
like a giant donut) to some Earth-like world on the "far
side of the known universe."
Russell is Colonel Jack O'Neil, the borderline-suicidal
military commander of a mission to the other side of the
stargate. Accompanied by his crack troops and Jackson, O'Neil
enters the gate and emerges in what looks suspiciously like
Egypt. It's not, however, as the three moons in the sky soon
prove. This is the land of the Egyptian Sun God Ra (Jaye
Davidson) and his people.
it seems, created human society on Earth and on this world as
well as the stargates, and was displeased when the ancient
Egyptians closed their side of the space/time corridor,
confining him to one planet. Now that the way is again open,
Ra has decided to prepare a little surprise for those waiting
at the far end.
begins as an enjoyable romp degenerates into a tired retread
of the age-old good-versus evil battle pitting a group of
overachieving mortals against a ruthless god-like being. It's
Luke against the Emperor from Return of the Jedi
without the malevolent, charismatic presence of Darth Vader.
Ultimately, the final battle, aside from being inexplicably
rushed, is dull and lacking in genuine suspense.
first half of the film, which includes the setup, Jackson's
intense struggle to break the stargate's code, the expedition
to Ra's world, and humankind's first contact with an alien
culture, is handled reasonably well. Things only start to fall
apart with Ra's appearance. Then it's all shoot-outs and fight
scenes, with action taking precedence over intelligence.
cast members do their best with sketchy roles. Kurt Russell
makes an effective no-nonsense military man who doesn't
overplay his grief at a recent personal tragedy. Not for the
first time, James Spader is believable as a dweeb forced into
a heroic act or two. And Jaye Davidson, despite never speaking
a word of English, has a commanding presence as the
a new classic, 25 October 2004
the movie :- superb atmosphreric music, great special effects,
excellent cast, intriguing story but - not surprised it
launched a successful TV series which has run and run. I cant
believe there are so called sci fi fans out there who didn't
like it - must be intellectuals!!! I still enjoy the film now
10 years later although disappointed they never made a sequel
as it was set up for one. Never really liked the ending
- should have included the return to earth. The TV series has
moved the story along nicely - even changes to the cast have
worked well and I particularly enjoy the dry humour of the TV
Plissken turns 53 this week!
18, 2004 - Stax here with a special tribute
Russell. The former Disney child
star-turned-tough guy actor turned 53 yesterday.
Kurt has been one of my favorite stars since I first
saw him play Elvis Presley and Snake Plissken (I've
only seen a few of his Disney vehicles and that was
then are some of my favorites starring Kurt Russell.
(For the films of Kurt and director John Carpenter):
Backdraft, 1991, dir. Ron
Howard. This salute to firefighters is also an
underrated thriller. Backdraft, which
features jaw-dropping visual effects, focuses on two
estranged Chicago firefighter siblings: Stephen
"Bull" McCaffrey (Kurt Russell) and
ne'er-do-well kid brother Brian (William Baldwin).
Like his late firefighter dad, Bull is a legend
within the department. Brian, on the other hand, is
a perpetual screw-up who seeks his brother's
approval. Bull and Brian end up working together
when a series of deadly arsons transpire. It soon
becomes apparent that the arsonist is a disgruntled
fireman. Could it be Bull? Scott
Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Donald Sutherland,
De Niro co-star.
Dark Blue, 2002, dir. Ron Shelton. This
flawed but noteworthy cop flick takes place in the
days leading up to the April 1992 riots in Los
Angeles. Eldon Perry, Jr. (Kurt Russell) and his new
young partner, Bobby Keough (Scott Speedman), belong
to the elite LAPD unit dubbed SIS (Special
Investigations Squad). After shooting a suspect,
Eldon – a racist, grizzled ex-Marine who hails
from a long line of L.A. cops – becomes the target
of an investigation led by the politically ambitious
Asst. Chief Arthur Holland (Ving Rhames). Meanwhile
Eldon and Bobby investigate a liquor store robbery
gone bad. Naturally, there's far more to this crime
than meets the eye. As with nearly every tale
plotted by James
Ellroy, characters are never quite what they
seem, everybody's dirty, and anyone can be killed.
Silkwood, 1983, dir. Mike Nichols. This
fact-based drama follows Oklahoma nuclear plant
worker Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep) who becomes
targeted after trying to expose the plant's unsafe
practices. Silkwood died under mysterious
circumstances while driving to meet with a reporter
from The New York Times. Kurt Russell
co-stars as Karen's boyfriend Drew and Cher plays
her pal Dolly.
The Mean Season, 1985, dir. Phillip Borsos.
Kurt Russell plays Miami reporter Malcolm Anderson
in this adaptation of John Katzenbach's novel.
Malcolm and his grilfriend Christine (Mariel
Hemingway) are planning on moving away when they're
pulled into a sick game of wits played by a serial
killer (Richard Jordan). After he pens a series of
news articles on the slayings, the killer contacts
Malcolm, transforming the reporter from a passive
observer into an unwilling participant. When the
killer kidnaps Christine from work, Malcolm and the
police (including a young Andy Garcia) venture into
the creepy Florida Everglades to rescue her.
Stargate, 1994, dir. Roland
Emmerich. Kurt Russell stars as brooding Col.
Jack O'Neill and James Spader as Dr. Daniel Jackson,
an Egyptologist. The government has come into the
possession of a mysterious Egyptian artifact that
acts as a portal to a faraway planet. O'Neill,
Jackson, and a squad of soldiers are sent through
the portal, encountering an alien civilization (led
by Jaye Davidson) that is capable of space travel
yet steeped in ancient Egyptian culture. Although
hokey at times, Stargate is charming because
it never pretends to be anything but an old
fashioned "popcorn flick."
Tombstone, 1993, dir. George Pan Cosmastos.
This fun but flawed hit recreates the feud between
the Earp brothers and the Clanton-McLaury cowboy
faction that led to the October 26, 1881 gunfight at
O.K. Corral. Kevin Jarre (Glory) scripted
this film and was its original director before he
was replaced by Cosmastos (Rambo: First Blood
Part II). As with almost every other O.K. Corral
flick, Doc Holliday steals the show. Val Kilmer
delivered an Oscar-caliber performance as the
sweaty, consumptive Southern
dentist-turned-gunslinger. Kilmer's effete manners
and rich drawl made Doc an audience favorite.
Equally good is Kurt Russell as Wyatt, sporting the
biggest and most authentic mustache of any movie
Earp yet. Tombstone's all-star cast includes
Dana Delaney as Wyatt's future wife Josie, Sam
Elliott as big brother Virgil Earp, Bill Paxton as
kid brother Morgan, Joanna Pacula as "Big
Nose" Kate, Powers Boothe as Curly Bill,
Michael Biehn as Johnny Ringo, Stephen Lang as Ike
Clanton, and Charlton Heston in a cameo.
Tequila Sunrise, 1988, wr/dir. Robert Towne.
Slick, dapper Nick Frescia (Kurt Russell), who has
just become head of narcotics for L.A. county,
investigates his boyhood pal Dale McKussic (Mel
Gibson) who may be in cahoots with a fabled Mexican
drug lord known only as "Carlos." Dale,
however, insists that he's gone straight.
Complicating matters further for Nick is his new
love interest, beautiful restauranteur Jo Ann
Vallenari (Michelle Pfeiffer), who is also seeing
none other than Dale McKussic. Will Nick use his new
lover in order to trap his one-time best friend?
2004, dir. Gavin O'Connor. Kurt Russell gives a
bravura performance as the late hockey coach Herb
Brooks in this winning true story. Miracle
recounts how the taciturn Brooks – who was cut
from the Olympic hockey team in his youth – led
the U.S. team to its 1980 underdog victory against
the indomitable Soviets. The cast members portraying
the U.S. team are mostly unknowns and first-time
actors but you'd never know it. The hockey scenes
are recreated with great detail and energy, and the
story would move even the most dour filmgoer.
Vogel Russell was born March
17, 1951 in Springfield,
MA to Bing
Russell, a baseball player who would later play the deputy
for 14 seasons. Kurt's first role was in a movie starring musician/actor
Presley called It
Happened at the World's Fair. Russell was the untamable
scamp who kicked The King in the shins. Kurt was only 10 years
old, but he signed to Disney and made numerous Disney films,
Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. Kurt also starred in the TV
Travels of Jamie McPheeters.
would tire of acting and followed his love, America's
Pastime. Kurt played for the San
Diego Padres and later for the California
Angels. While playing for the AA Angels in El
Paso, TX, Kurt Russel tore his rotator
cuff while turning a double
play. The injury caused Kurt to retire from baseball and
pursue his initial career as an actor. Kurt's first
performance back was to play as The
King in a TV movie for ABC,
directed by John
Carpenter. Kurt would portray Elvis, or atleast his voice,
in the Tom
Hanks classic Forrest
would proceed to keep close ties with John Carpenter and the
two would work together on several projects together including
from New York, The
Thing (no not Ben
Grimm]), and the comedy "Used
Cars," written by Bob Gale and Robert
1984, Kurt met his hetero
Hawn on the set of Swing
Shift which did not perform well in the box office,
however their partnership flourished. Not quite married, but
not single by any means, Goldie and Kurt have a son named Wyatt
and remain together living alongside fellow family members.
then go on to make one of the best movies of all time, Big
Trouble in Little China. Containing
everything from Chewbacca's retarded younger brother to 3
magical bad ass ninja's, one of whom cam make himself blow up
like Rosie O'Donnell at an all you can eat buffett. Kurt
plays your sterotypical
American tough guy and chases after a girl with green eyes
scary long haired old guy could force her to watch pokeman
episodes!. Maybe not exactly right, but still a good cult
the early 90's Kurt starred in a series of movie that would
dominate in the box office. In Backdraft
he played fire-fighter Lieutenant Stephen 'Bull' McCaffrey and
spent time riding along with Chicago Fire Dept's Squad 5 in
preparation of the role.
this suspenseful thriller was a classic retelling fo a western
classic. Although I think Kurt looks a bit silly in that mustache,
the movie was excellent, par for director Ron
Howard, not to mention the uber excellence of one Doc
Holliday. And after the west, came the really far west,
the egyptian sci-fi action flick Stargate.
A meld of Indiana
fiction, and a proto-matrix.
In Stargate, acheologists find a large ancient gateway/archway
type object, then the US Government figures out how to use it
and sends Colonel
Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil, as well as Dr.
Daniel Jackson to a futuristic Egyptian
chilling on a nearby planet. Hilarity ensues, alongside a love
story and crazy scifi-Egyptian stuff and gunfights.
between Backdraft and Tombstone Kurt would make the randomness
that is Captain Ron. A family, headed by Martin
Short get a yacht, which Captain
Ron captains. Here, hilarity actually ensues.
co-produced and co-wrote Escape
from L.A. the hipped up quasi-remake of Escape from New
York, featuring the return of Snake
Plissken the 98
degrees of action stars. In his next movie, Kurt would
play a husband who's wife is kidnapped by some nogoodnicks,
and sets out to find her. No hilarity, but no tears either. In
1998 Kurt "starred" in Soldier.
I put it in quotes because Kurt's dialogue was rather limited.
Not only was the dialogue small but so was the earnings at the
box office. ouch.
most recent movie was the Tom
Cruise driven Vanilla
Sky. The movie, an adaptian of the 1997 Spanish film Abre los Ojos, also starred
Season Hubley (1979 - 1984)
Goldie Hawn (1983 - Present)
Happened At The World’s Fair” (1963 Uncredited)
Emmy Award Nomination:
Outstanding Lead Actor for “Elvis”.
1984 Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best
Supporting Actor for “Silkwood”.
Blue (2002) .... Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.
60 (2002) (uncredited) .... Libertarian Sheriff
Sky (2001) .... Dr. Curtis McCabe
A Tribute to Heroes (2001) (TV) .... Himself
Miles to Graceland (2001) .... Michael Zane
Portrait: Halle Berry (1998) (TV) .... Himself
(1998) .... Sergeant Todd
(1997) .... Jeff Taylor
from L.A. (1996) .... Snake Plissken
... aka John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. (1996) (USA:
Decision (1996) .... Dr. David Grant
... aka Critical Decision (1996)
(1994) .... Colonel Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil
... aka Stargate, la porte des étoiles (1995) (France)
12. 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) (TV) ....
Gump (1994) (uncredited) (voice) .... Elvis Presley
(1993) .... Wyatt Earp
Ron (1992) .... Captain Ron
Entry (1992) .... Michael Carr
(1991) .... Lieutenant Stephen 'Bull' McCaffrey & Dennis
& Cash (1989) .... Gabriel 'Gabe' Cash
19. Winter People (1989) .... Wayland Jackson
20. Tequila Sunrise (1988) .... Detective Lt. Nick Frescia,
Head of Narco Div. L.A. County Sheriff
(1987) .... Dean Proffitt
Trouble in Little China (1986) .... Jack Burton
... aka John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
(USA: complete title)
Best of Times (1986) .... Reno Hightower
Mean Season (1985) .... Malcolm Anderson
25. Making of 'The Mean Season', The (1985) (TV) ....
in the Aisles (1984) (archive footage) .... MacReady
(segment "The Thing")
... aka Time for Terror (1984) (Europe: English title: video
Shift (1984) .... Lucky/Mike
(1983) .... Drew Stephens
Thing (1982) .... R.J. MacReady
... aka John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) (USA: complete
from New York (1981) .... Snake Plissken
... aka John Carpenter's Escape from New York (1981) (USA:
Fox and the Hound (1981) (voice) .... Adult Copper
Cars (1980) .... Rudolph 'Rudy' Russo
Waves (1980) (TV) .... Laurence Kendall
(1979) (TV) .... Elvis Presley
35. Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. (1977) (TV) ....
... aka Christmas Coal Mine Miracle, The (1977) (TV)
36. Battle of the Network Stars II (1977) (TV) .... NBC Team
Captive: The Longest Drive 2 (1976) .... Morgan 'Two
38. "Quest, The" (1976) TV Series .... Morgan
Quest (1976) (TV) .... Morgan 'Two Persons' Bodeen
... aka Longest Drive, The (1976) (TV) (USA: video title)
40. Strongest Man in the World, The (1975) .... Dexter Riley
Deadly Tower (1975) (TV) .... Charles Joseph Whitman ...
aka Sniper (1975) (TV)
for the Gods (1975) (TV) .... Shan Mullins
(1974) .... Bart
44. "New Land, The" (1974) TV Series .... Bo
and the Angel (1973) .... Ray Ferris
You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) .... Dexter Riley
Parade (1971) .... Johnny Jesus
... aka Dynamite Man from Glory Jail (1971) (UK)
Barefoot Executive (1971) .... Steven Post
Can I Borrow the Car? (1970) (TV) .... Narrator
Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) .... Dexter Riley
in the Heather (1968) .... Rich
... aka Secret of Boyne Castle, The (1968)
... aka Spy Busters (1968)
in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968) .... Ronnie Gardner
53. One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, The (1968)
.... Sidney Bower
54. Mosby's Marauders (1966) .... Willie Prentiss
... aka Willie and the Yank (1966)
Me, Boys! (1966) .... Whitey
of Diablo (1964) (TV) .... Jamie McPheeters
57. "Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, The" (1963) TV
Series .... Jaimie McPheeters (1963-64)
Happened at the World's Fair (1963) (uncredited) ....
Boy Who Kicks Mike
Absent-Minded Professor (1961) (uncredited) .... Bit
60. "Sugarfoot" (1957) TV Series
... aka "Tenderfoot" (1957) (UK)
DC -- Another famous movie star has acknowledged his
libertarian political beliefs. Kurt Russell, star of such
motion picture blockbusters as Escape from New York, Stargate,
and Executive Decision, used the Cato Institute's gala 20th
anniversary celebration in Washington, DC, last week as an
opportunity to go public with his support for libertarianism.
"I'm a libertarian," Russell said in a May 2nd
Washington Post article about the Cato bash. Surrounded by
2,000 libertarian-leaning Cato supporters, Russell continued,
"It's fun to be in a room of people who think like you
do. I think a lot of people are libertarians and are afraid to
admit it -- or don't know."
But support for libertarianism doesn't stop with Kurt Russell
-- it has also spread to the next generation of the Russell
family, according to Harry Browne, who attended the Cato
event. Browne, the 1996 Libertarian Party candidate for
president, said he was introduced to Kurt Russell -- but got
an especially warm reception from Russell's 17-year-old son,
Boston. "He said that he had seen me several times on
television and liked what I said," reported Browne.
"He was very complimentary."
Kurt Russell's comments -- which follow similar endorsements
of libertarianism from movie star Clint Eastwood, TV star John
Laroquette, and 20/20 correspondent Hugh Downs -- were greeted
with delight by the Libertarian Party. "Increasingly, the
road to liberty seems to lead through Hollywood," said
the party's national director Perry Willis. "The more
celebrities and high-profile Americans who voice support for
libertarianism, the easier our job becomes. Yes, libertarian
ideas are so good they sell themselves -- but celebrity
endorsements sure can't hurt."
Russell, 46, has been an actor for 35 years. After becoming a
child star in such Disney classics as The Computer Wore Tennis
Shoes, he grew up to star in a wide range of popular action
classics, dramas, and comedies. Highlights of his career
include Silkwood (with Meryl Streep), Tango and Cash (with
Sylvester Stallone), and Backdraft (with Robert DiNiro).
Russell's three biggest motion picture hits -- Tombstone,
Stargate, and Executive Decision -- grossed a total of $200
million in the United States. And his latest movie, Breakdown,
opened at the top of the box office chart this month.
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