Why Cult Classic Galaxy Quest Wasn't a Bigger Hit

The 1999 film Galaxy Quest had a lot going for it: comedy, action, science fiction, and a stellar cast. We know from the recent Honest Trailer that it's not just you who thinks it's an excellent movie. So why wasn't it a big hit? The movie opened in seventh place over the Christmas holiday twenty years ago. Producer Mark Johnson and star Sigourney Weaver explain how the studio pulled the film out from under them.  

“DreamWorks didn’t know what to make of the film,” Johnson says. “I wouldn’t go so far as to say they didn’t believe in it, but it wasn’t what they felt like they ordered.” For Weaver, she’d had a similar feeling for much longer.

“To me, they didn’t seem particularly interested in what we were doing, which gave us more freedom during the shoot,” Weaver says. “But at the last minute DreamWorks decided it needed a movie to go up against Stuart Little, the mouse movie. So, they chose this one and started making cuts to the film.”

Weaver notes that along with an F-bomb she shot, several of Rickman’s scenes were cut because they were a little kinky for a family audience.

“That all had to go so they could make it a kids movie, which is such a shame,” Weaver says. “I would buy Galaxy Quest with the cut scenes added back just to see Alan doing some of those scenes. This was a very sophisticated picture, and they could have had a wider audience with the more adult-take on the Star Trek of it.”

Now that Galaxy Quest is 20 years old, Hollywood Reporter tells the story of how the movie came about and tracks down what went wrong with its marketing, straight from those who were there. -via Metafilter

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As someone whose Star Trek experience goes back to the original airing (I was 12 when it premiered), I loved Galaxy Quest. It was an affectionate send up of '60s Sci-fi TV tropes. Too bad the studio did not know what to do with it.
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Wow, Wendi, couldn't disagree more! I think Galaxy Quest was a brilliant send-up of but simultaneously a love-letter to the original Star Trek. Perhaps you're just too young to have appreciated it.
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it was boring and it sucks. just because fans find themselves on the internet and think they're a lot of people doesn't mean they actually are a lot of people relative to the masses who make our break movies. i am a big Firefly fan and think Serenity is an awesome movie but recently I've seen it listed as an overrated film that isn't that interesting. and weLL to people who aren't Firefly fans that may very well be true. suffice it to say movies are often judged by the popular vote and if the majority don't like it your screwed. movies that make it into film history books can be the exception since they're being judged by insiders and not the general public
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I saw it in the theater with friends in late 1999. We laughed often. There was another group in the audience also laughing often. Afterwards they came to us and asked if we were also theater people. "Nope, we're nerds."
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