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Stargate (1994)



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This lucrative, elephantine-budgeted sci-fi opus paved the way for director Roland Emmerich's mega-hit Independence Day (1996). The story commences in Giza, Egypt, circa 1928, where an archaeological expedition unearths an ancient ring with cryptic hieroglyphs. The film then moves to the present day, where Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader) is busily trying to convince a group of skeptics that the pyramids were not built by man, but by an extraterrestrial force. After the lecture, a military man approaches him and offers him a job translating the said ring; its inscriptions actually constitute a map to a massive stargate (or interstellar portal). The army sends over resident crackpot colonel Jack O'Neill (Kurt Russell) to travel through the stargate and see what's on the other side; Jackson accompanies him, and the two men turn up in a desert planet on the other side of the universe, with three moons in its sky. The world in question is ruled by Ra (Jaye Davidson), a hermaphroditic Egyptian sun god, who oppresses hordes of slave workers. Jackson and O'Neill then join forces to help the said workers revolt against their oppressor. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 17, 1997
Artisan Home Entertainment


Kurt Russell
as Col. Jack O'Neill
James Spader
as Dr. Daniel Jackson
Viveca Lindfors
as Catherine
Mili Avital
as Sha'uri
Leon Rippy
as General W.O. West
John Diehl
as Lieutenant Kawalsky
French Stewart
as Lieutenant Feretti
Christopher John Fie...
as Lieutenant Freeman
Derek Webster
as Lieutenant Brown
Jack Moore
as Lieutenant Reilly
Steve Giannelli
as Lieutenant Porro
David Pressman
as Assistant Lieutenant
Cecil Hoffmann
as Sarah O'Neil
Scott Smith
as Officer
Cecil Hoffman
as Sarah O'Neil
Rae Allen
as Barbara Shore
Richard Kind
as Gary Meyers
George Gray
as Technician
Kelly Vint:
as Young Catherine
Erik Holland
as Professor Langford
Nick Wilder
as Foreman Taylor
Sayed Badreya
as Arabic Interpreter
Gladys Holland
as Professor
Roger Til
as Professor
Kieron Lee
as Masked Ra
Frank Welker
as Mastadge
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Critic Reviews for Stargate

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (9)

The movie Ed Wood, about the worst director of all time, was made to prepare us for Stargate.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A cinematic fireworks show without the grand finale.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

[A] loopy, mostly entertaining sci-fi adventure.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

What Emmerich achieves is a sense of grand scale that makes the film fun to watch as a space adventure.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
7M Pictures

Promising setup killed by action-film cliches.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Stargate

Stargate is the second Roland Emmerich feature, and is a flawed, but somewhat enjoyable effort from a director who is very hit and miss. Stargate is a fun, entertaining picture that is visually stunning and boasts some pretty good performances. Although far from perfect, this film isn't as bad as it seems, but it does have a few weak moments. I feel that that if the script would have been better thought out, this film really could have been a highly engaging, thrilling and memorable sci fi adventure. As it is, it's a good film that unfortunately has a few elements missing to really make it a standout feature. Nonetheless, the film doers boast good action to make up for the weak moments that are found throughout. I really liked the film, and considering it was directed by Roland Emmerich, it's a pretty good effort. There are enough effective moments to keep you interested, but like I said, you are left wanting more as the scripts limitations do show up. The story should be reworked, but overall, film buffs who enjoy mindless action films, should give this film a chance. Even with all its imperfections, Stargate is an underrated film, one that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. There are far worst films out there, and Emmerich has directed far worst movies than this. Stargate, along with Independence Day are his finest works, and display a certain element from a director that most of the time, can't seem to craft a good film. This is good fun with all its flaws, and it's not as bad as what the mainstream critics have said about. Yes, the script should have been better written, with a few revisions here and there, but there's still effective entertainment to be had here.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


A spectacular and tremendously enjoyable sci-fi epic. An instant classic in it's own right. A wickedly entertaining and explosive action-adventure that's loaded with eye-popping special effects, great humor and non-stop thrills from start to finish. A heart-pounding and mind-blowing action-packed thrill-ride that hits alll the right notes. A full-throttle roller-coaster ride that dose not let up for an instant. James Spader and Kurt Russell are terrific. Director, Ronald Emmerich crafts one of his finest and most incredible movies ever.

Al S

Super Reviewer


Its really random plot is a little awkward for a sci fi movie and some of the parts but it is fairly decent for a sci fi movie

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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