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�The Hitchhiker�s Guide to the Galaxy� (2005) is a science fiction MAX premier based on a series of novels by writer Douglas Adams, who passed away in (2001).

�The Hitchhiker�s Guide to the Galaxy� (2005) is based on a series of novels by writer Douglas Adams, who passed away in 2001. It follows Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman), an ordinary, everyday Brit as he takes an amusing voyage throughout the universe. Despite Adams� premature death, he had significant input regarding the film�s direction; filmmaker Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith carefully sculpted the film with the specifications and sensibilities of the prolific writer in mind. Fans of the novels, radio broadcasts, and TV series will not be disappointed with this Hollywood rendition; the same unusual, quirky sense of humor you�ve come to expect, complete with references only a diehard fan would intercept are all present. Likewise, newcomers will be invited to decipher the film�s nuances and perhaps be intrigued to pursue their origins.

Let us meet Arthur. All is well on Earth until he learns that an intergalactic freeway is being constructed directly in Earth�s path by the Vogons � an ironically friendly alien race, despite the fact that they are destroying a planet. While earthlings run in fear of their impending doom, Arthur receives a stroke of good luck. Arthur�s friend, Ford Perfect (Mos Def) reveals that he is not a human, but an alien in disguise sent to the planet for research purposes. You see, he has been compiling a series of digital guides for intergalactic hitchhikers, highlighting important and interesting locations throughout the universe. With his Vogon connections, Ford Perfect is able to utilize a magical ring to summon a large spacecraft, and beams himself up along with his human friend, Arthur.

In this advanced, futuristic age of space travel, tourist attractions are no longer limited to just Europe, North America, or Africa � but anywhere in the galaxy. Of course, in order to have a safe and exciting journey you will need a travel book, just like on earth. Ford Perfect�s guide is a digital, iPhone-like device providing interstellar maps and survival tips. Along the way the duo encounters colorful characters such as Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell), the two-headed president of the universe. Aruther also reconnects with a former girlfriend from earth, Tricia McMillan (Zooey Deschanel) and meets a dreadfully sad robot named Marvin (voiced by Alan Rickman, played by Warwick Davis).

As they travel the galaxy the diverse crew makes as many friends as they do enemies, determined to locate a super computer that will help them solve the ultimate question. Along the way viewers will see some familiar faces. Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor and a Grammy-nominated Hip-Hop artist Mos Def co-stars, fresh off his superb performances in �Bamboozled� (2000), �Monster�s Ball� (2001), and �The Italian Job� (2003). John Malkovich of �Dangerous Liaisons� (1988), �In the Line of Fire� (1993), �Con Air� (1997), �The Man in the Iron Mask� (1998), and �Being John Malkovich� (1999) fame depicts universal presidential nominee and Zaphod Beeblebrox�s opponent Humma Kavula. Martin Freeman, who portrays leading man Arthur Dent is most widely recognized as Tim Canterbury from the BBC version of �The Office� and his film roles in �Love Actually� (2003) and �Shaun of the Dead� (2004).

�The Hitchhiker�s Guide to the Galaxy� is rated PG for thematic elements, action and mild language. Its runtime is 100 minutes.