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STARGATE
 
RATINGS SCORECARD
GATEWORLD - * * * *
FAN POLL - 8.89
 

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U.S. RELEASE DATE - 10.28.94
BUDGET - $55 million
WRITTEN BY - Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich
DIRECTED BY - Roland Emmerich
STARRING - Kurt Russell (Colonel Jack O'Neil), James Spader (Daniel Jackson), Jaye Davidson (Ra), Viveca Lindfors (Catherine), Alexis Cruz (Skaara), Mili Avital (Sha'uri), Erick Avari (Kasuf), French Stewart (Ferretti), John Diehl (Lt. Kawalsky), Carlos Lauchu Djimon (Anubis), Gianin Loffler (Nabeh)
A misfit archaeologist joins a military team in travelling through an ancient doorway to a far-away planet, where they must liberate an enslaved people from a powerful false god.

PRODUCTION
  • "They could not believe anyone could shoot a film like this and be conscientious and responsible. They guessed the film would cost $100 million. I told them, 'No. I can do it for $55 million.' They did not believe me. They were not used to a director keeping to his budget."
    (Director Roland Emmerich, in a 1994 interview with Rice Paper's Monica Sztybel)

  • "There has been plenty of talk about doing a sequel, from everyone who worked in the first one. Both James (Spader) and Kurt (Russell) are enthusiastic about the idea."
    (Director Roland Emmerich, in a 1994 interview with Rice Paper's Monica Sztybel)

  • "The script was just awful, and that sort of intrigued me. ... Acting, for me, is a passion, but it's also a job, and I've always approached it as such. I have a certain manual-labourist view of acting. There's no shame in taking a film because you need some f---ing money."
    (Actor James Spader, in an interview with The Globe and Mail)

  • "Working on the film was incredible. Everyone there was very good to me. Kurt was awesome and so was James. I met a lot of interesting people and made some friends that I still keep in contact with today. The story arc for Skaara was great. He starts off as this feisty little kid who must suddenly confront his god. In doing so, Skaara learns that this all-powerful entity, Ra, who he and his kind have worshipped for all their lives, is, in fact, 'full of crap,' and he helps O’Neill defeat him.

    "Originally, there was supposed to be three Stargate features, but then MGM bought the rights to the film and decided to turn it into a series. The producers [Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner] asked me if I'd like to be a series regular but I declined. I didn't want to be tied down to playing the same role week-after-week, plus I didn't know how they planned to develop Skaara. However, I still wanted to be involved in the series, so they very kindly offered to make my character a recurring one."
    (Actor Alexis Cruz, in an interview with SciFiAndTvTalk's Steve Eramo)




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