UPDATE: Stargate will leave Netflix on June 1, 2019. Watch it while you can!
The film that unlocked a doorway to the stars is now streaming for Netflix subscribers.
The digital streaming giant has added the 1994 feature film Stargate to its sci-fi film library — so now is a good time to revisit the story that started it all! The franchise made the leap to television in 1997, and today includes three series and more than 350 episodes.
Directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, Stargate tells the story of the military and scientific outpost deep inside Creek Mountain. There, scientists and engineers worked to unlock an ancient artifact unearthed from the sands of the Giza Plateau in 1928.
Recruiting Daniel Jackson (James Spader), the team is finally successful in dialing the Stargate to another planet. Colonel Jack O’Neil (one L, played by Kurt Russell) leads a team through to the other side in order to make a threat assessment. And, oh my Ra (Jaye Davidson), do they ever find a threat.
Stargate grossed $196.5 million globally ($71 million domestic) when it was released in theaters in October of 1994. That made it one of the biggest hits of the year, and a sleeper hit as an unknown sci-fi property coming from a small studio.
The movie is available on Netflix only in the United States, with a running time of 2 hours and 1 minute.
This is the theatrical cut of the film, which does not include a few minutes of additional footage later added to the director’s cut for the home video release.
One word of realism: fans who are excited at the prospect of future Stargate productions shouldn’t read too much into the movie turning up on Netflix. The streaming rights to Stargate and other films and TV shows regularly come and go from one service to another. (Also the distribution rights for the Stargate movie are held by Lionsgate, not MGM.)
Stargate is rated PG-13. Watch the original trailer below, pop some popcorn, and get ready to step through the gate!