Stargate

Summary | Production

A misfit archaeologist joins a military team in traveling through an ancient doorway to a far-away planet, where they must liberate an enslaved people from a powerful false god.

RATINGS SCORECARD
OUR RATING -
FAN RATING - 8.89 
U.S. RELEASE DATE: 10.28.94
WRITTEN BY: Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich
DIRECTED BY: Roland Emmerich
STARRING:

Kurt Russell (Colonel Jack O’Neil), James Spader (Dr. Daniel Jackson), Alexis Cruz (Skaara), Viveca Lindfors (Catherine Langford), Mili Avital (Sha’uri), John Diehl (Lieutenant Kawalsky), Leon Rippy (General W.O. West), Carlos Lauchu (Inubis), Djimon (Horus), Erick Avari (Kasuf), French Stewart (Lieutenant Ferretti), Gianin Loffler (Nabeh), Jaye Davidson (Ra), Christopher John Fields (Freeman), Derek Webster (Brown), Jack Moore (Reilly), Steve Giannelli (Porro), David Pressman (Assistant Lieutenant), Scott Smith (Officer), Cecil Hoffman (Sarah O’Neil), Rae Allen (Barbara Shore), Richard Kind (Gary Meyers), John Storey (Mitch), Lee Taylor-Allan (Jenny), George Gray (Technician), Kelly Vint (Young Catherine Langford), Erik Holland (Prof. Langford), Nick Wilder (Taylor the Foreman), Sayed Badreya (Arabic Interpreter), Michael Concepcion (Horus Guard #1), Jerry Gilmore (Horus Guard #2), Michel Jean-Phillipe (Horus Guard #3), Dialy N’Daiye (Horus Guard #4), Gladys Holland (Professor), Roger Til (Professor), Kenneth Danziger (Professor), Christopher West (Professor), Robert Ackerman (Companion), Kieron Lee (Masked Ra), Frank Welker (Mastadge voice), Dax Biagas (Young Ra)

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PRODUCTION NOTES

  • Stargate is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.
  • Stargate had a production budget of $55 million. It’s U.S. domestic gross earnings were $71.5 million. Its international box office take was $125 million (according to Box Office Mojo). It’s total box office earnings were $196.5 million.
  • The film opened on 2,033 theaters and took first place its first weekend in the U.S., with $16.6 million (according to Box Office Mojo).
  • Stargate was produced by Canal+, Centropolis Film Productions, and Carolco Pictures. MGM acquired the rights to the Stargate brand after the fact, while Lionsgate picked up the film’s home video and DVD distribution rights.
  • “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)