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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Produced by Dean Devlin
Written by Roland Emmerich
Dean Devlin
Starring Kurt Russell
James Spader
Music by David Arnold
Studio Le Studio Canal+
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer
Release date(s) October 28, 1994
Running time 121 min. (theatrical)
129 min. (director's cut)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $55,000,000[1]
Gross revenue $196,565,669[1]
Followed by Stargate SG-1 (TV series)

Stargate is an American military science fiction film released through Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer (MGM) and Carolco in 1994. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first release in the Stargate franchise. Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film stars Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, John Diehl, Rae Allen, Mili Avital and Alexis Cruz. The plot centers around the premise of a "Stargate", a ring-shaped device that creates a wormhole enabling travel to a similar device a galaxy away. The film's central plot explores the theory of extra-terrestrial beings having an influence upon human civilization.

The film had a mixed to negative initial critical reception, earning both praise and criticism for its atmosphere, story, characters, and graphic content. Nevertheless, Stargate gained a cult following and became a commercial success worldwide. Devlin and Emmerich gave the rights to the franchise to MGM when they were working on their 1996 film Independence Day (the rights to the Stargate film are currently owned by StudioCanal, with Lionsgate handling most distribution in terms of international theatrical and worldwide home video releases), however MGM retains the domestic television rights.



The theatrical version of the film begins in 1928, where Professor Langford discovers a massive stone ring in the sands of Giza, Egypt. In the present day, Langford's daughter Catherine offers Egyptologist Daniel Jackson the chance to translate Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs that may prove his controversial theory regarding the Pyramid of Khufu. Jackson accepts and is taken to a US military installation inside Creek Mountain, Colorado. Jackson translates the hieroglyphs on the stone ring's coverstones, which read: "A million years into the sky is Ra, Sun God. Sealed and buried for all time, his Stargate." Formerly retired Air Force Colonel Jack O'Neil arrives to take command of the project and declares all information regarding it classified.

Jackson notices that the symbols are star constellations that are coordinates for a location within space, the sequence is entered into the Stargate, creating a wormhole to a location in another galaxy. After O'Neil leads a team through the Stargate, they find themselves inside a pyramid in the middle of vast sand dunes. Jackson reveals they cannot dial home because the Stargate coordinates to go back to Earth are missing. Some team members stay at the pyramid while Jackson, O'Neil, and others go out and discover a mining village inhabited by humans who assume them to be gods sent by Ra.

Jack O'Neil played by Kurt Russell

Jackson realizes that the people speak a dialect of Ancient Egyptian and begins communicating with them. The team develops friendships with the people; O'Neil with Skaara, and Jackson begins a budding romance with Sha'uri, a daughter of the leader. Jackson learns from hieroglyphs in the catacombs how the Egyptian god Ra was actually an alien life form who enslaved humans with his advanced technology. While these humans eventually rebelled and buried the Stargate, some had been taken to the other planet through the Stargate and used to mine the quartzite-like mineral on which all of Ra's technology is based. Fearing another rebellion on this planet, Ra outlawed reading and writing. At this point, the team from Earth discovers the coverstone to get back to Earth, but the seventh symbol is eroded away.

O'Neil orders the team to return to the pyramid. A short time after a huge craft lands on top of the pyramid. All team members in the pyramid are either killed or taken into the pyramidal craft. O'Neil and Jackson are escorted to the throne room, where they meet Ra (Jaye Davidson). Despite wearing fearsome armor, Ra's guards and servants are human. Ra reveals his intention to send the bomb brought by O'Neil, which was to be used to destroy the Stargate to prevent invasion by any threat, back to Earth; it is now enhanced with his quartzite-like material to produce cataclysmic results. O'Neil attempts to disarm the guards and kill Ra, but relents when Ra uses his children courtiers as human shields. Jackson is killed during the altercation. O'Neil is thrown into a dungeon with the captured team members, while Jackson is regenerated in a sarcophagus-like device. Ra states that he will kill Jackson and everyone who has seen him unless Jackson kills the rest of the team to show the villagers that Ra is their one true god.

However, once Ra has the local people gathered before the pyramid craft, several young villagers signal to Jackson that they have recovered the team's weapons. Jackson then shoots at Ra while the kids create a distraction. O'Neil, Jackson, and the rest of the team flee Ra's ship and take shelter in a cave with the boys. The next morning, when Skaara draws a picture of the people's victory against Ra, Jackson realizes that part of this drawing depicts the seventh symbol needed to reactivate the Stargate: three moons over a pyramid.

Jackson convinces the locals that their "gods" are mere mortals and, with their help, O'Neil, Jackson, and the remaining members of the team make it back to the Stargate hoping to deactivate the bomb. When the locals begin an open rebellion against Ra's troops, Ra decides to retreat and prepares his ship for takeoff. Sha'uri is killed in the battle, but Jackson resurrects her in Ra's sarcophagus and manages to escape when O'Neill activates the ship's ring transporter (teleportation device). Unable to deactivate the bomb, O'Neil and Jackson transport the bomb to Ra's ship in orbit via the rings where it explodes, killing Ra. The team is able to return to Earth through the Stargate, though Jackson decides to remain on the planet.

Director's Cut

The Director's Cut had several scenes which were cut from the theatrical film version. The first such scene took place immediately after the excavation of the Stargate in 1928 and showed petrified Horus guards near the cover stones; the producers had tried to introduce the idea that beings had attempted to come through the Stargate after its burial, but they cut the scene for time concerns.[2]


  • Kurt Russell as Colonel Jack O'Neil, an Airman who suffers a period of suicidal depression after his son accidentally shot himself with his pistol. It was an important story for Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich that O'Neil had become suicidal and had left the military after his son's death. When he gets the mission from which he may never return, it's okay with him since it solves his problem with suicide, which in return makes him a dangerous person for the mission.[2]
  • James Spader as Dr. Daniel Jackson, a professor who finds little acceptance of his theory that the Pyramids of Giza were much older than they were thought to be. James Spader was intrigued by the script because he found it "awful", however, due to his manual-labourist view of acting, he accepted the role as a regular job that earned him some money.[3]
  • Jaye Davidson as Ra, a power-hungry alien being in the form of a young boy, who voyaged across the galaxy searching for a new host that could sustain his dying body.
  • Erick Avari as Kasuf, the local leader of the people living in a city near the Stargate, and the father of Sha'uri and Skaara.
  • Alexis Cruz as Skaara, the son of Kasuf and brother to Sha'uri. Skaara and his friends aid O'Neil and his airmen fight Ra.
  • Mili Avital as Sha'uri, the daughter of Kasuf. Kasuf offers Sha'uri to Daniel Jackson as a gift.
  • John Diehl as Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kawalsky, O'Neil's second-in-command on the mission through the Stargate.
  • French Stewart as Technical Sergeant Louis Feretti, a member of O'Neil's team.
  • Viveca Lindfors as Dr. Catherine Langford, who acquired the amulet depicting the Eye of Ra during the excavation of the Stargate in Giza in 1928 as a young girl. Stargate was Viveca Lindfors' last film before she died.[2]
  • Leon Rippy as Major General W.O. West, the commanding officer of the facility housing the Stargate device.
  • Richard Kind as Dr. Gary Meyers, a doctor researching the Stargate.
  • Rae Allen as Dr. Barbara Shore, a doctor researching the Stargate.
  • Derek Webster as Senior Airman Brown, a member of O'Neil's team.
  • Christopher John Fields as Staff Sergeant Freeman, a member of O'Neil's team.
  • Jack Moore as Senior Airman Reilly, a member of O'Neil's team.
  • Steve Giannelli as Senior Airman Porro, a member of O'Neil's team.


Stargate had a budget of $55 million.[3]

Stargate began as two separate films that Emmerich and Devlin conceived separately. Emmerich's film, Necropol: City of the Dead, was about a spaceship being buried under the Great Pyramid of Egypt and Devlin's unnamed film was to be, in his words, "Lawrence of Arabia on another planet." The two films were combined to become Stargate.

Jeff Kleiser and a special effects team of 40 people created the look of the Stargate. They used self-written image-creation and compositing software, as well as commercial digital packages to create the Stargate, the morphing helmets worn by Ra and the Horus guards, and the cityscape of Nagada. Footprints in the sand were often digitally removed. The creation of the wormhole, which was fully digitized, was one of the biggest challenges in the making of the film. The ripples had to be digitized to seem accurate. Scanning lasers were lined up parallel to the gate to illustrate the amount of body that passed the surface of the Stargate plane. Afterwards, the parts of the body that that had or had not yet gone through the gate (depending of the side of filming) were obliterated with a digital matte program.[4] The use of computers generating a big 3D storyboard allowed director Roland Emmerich to try out different shooting angles before settling on one angle.[4]

The pharaoh mask in the opening credits was made out of fiber glass and was modeled in the workshop. The sequence was filmed with a motion-control camera to give a better depth of field.[5] The score of Stargate was composer David Arnold's first work on an American feature film. When Devlin and Emmerich first flew to London to meet with Arnold, they had not yet had the opportunity to listen to the score and were initially concerned. Upon hearing the score, they were convinced "he had elevated the film to a whole other level".[2] David Arnold later came to the set and interviewed the actors about secrets of their characters, and used the information for more depth in his score.[2]

The film was originally planned to play out in a chronological order, but when Devlin and Emmerich edited the film to tighten to narrative, they decided to change the first scene of the film into a flashback to show who the human host of Ra was before the aliens took him. Only Jaye Davidson's upper torso was filmed because Davidson had refused to take out his nipple rings.[2] The first scene was a combination of model shots and a set in Yuma, Arizona where Rambo: First Blood Part II had been filmed. The scene of the excavation of the Stargate was also filmed in three days in Arizona. A golden look was achieved by filming near the time of sunset.[5] To keep within the limit of the budget, the producers put stick figures with cloth in the distant desert to appear as humans. The original Stargate was painted black, but it looked like a giant tire so it was repainted silver at the last moment.[2]

Daniel Jackson's lecture on his theories were filmed in a hotel in Los Angeles.[5] The scene was originally much longer and delved more into the theories that aliens had built the Egyptian pyramids, but the scene was trimmed for time concerns for the release.[2] The scenes with O'Neil at his house were the first scenes filmed with Kurt Russell; his hair was cut short afterwards. Russell requested his hair color to be brightened a little for the film.[5] The fictional facility housing the Stargate was the largest set for the film, located in Long Beach, California.[5] Egyptologist Stuart Tyson Smith joined production to make all Ancient Egyptian hieroglypics and spoken language as accurate as possible.[2]


The film was met with mixed to negative reviews upon its release in 1994, though in recent years it has become a cult classic and developed a reputation as one of the best media releases from the Stargate series. The film was released in October, 1994 in the United States and released internationally in December the same year. Later in 1995 the film was released on VHS format, in 1997 the film was released on DVD format and on August 29, 2006 the film was released on Blu-ray format.[6][7]

The film received a warmer reception from the public, grossing $71.5 million at the US box office and $125 million in the rest of the world.[1] At the time, the film set a record for the highest-grossing opening weekend for a film released in the month of October.[8] It became more commercially successful than most film industry insiders had anticipated.[9][10] This film is seen by many as Emmerich's breakthrough film.[11] Stargate garnered over $16,651,018 in the United States during its opening week in October, 1994. It was the 35 highest opening film in the US in October.[12] From 4-6, November, the film grossed around $12,368,778 dollars, meaning a decline around 25%. The film would continue this decline until the end of November, when the film garnered $4,777,198 dollars, a 8.2% rise. The week before that the film garnered around $4,413,420 dollars, which was a 45.6% decline. At its last week on cinema, the film garnered around $1,170,559 in the US.[13]

Critical reception

Stargate has garnered mostly mixed reviews.[14] In Rotten Tomatoes main "T-Meter Critics" section, 46% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 37 reviews, with a average rating of 5.2 out of 10.[15] On its "Top Critics" section, it was lower with 33% of critics giving it a positive review based on 3 reviews.[16] For the "RT Community" section, it has 78% of critics with a positive review based on 828 reviews.[17] By the last "DVD" section (with no reviews in the "My Critics" or "My Friends" sections), 52% of critics have a positive review based on 42 reviews.[18] Allmovie "Work Rating" is 3 out of 5 stars for the film.[19] At MRQE, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 from most critics, the film holds a score of 62 based on 90 reviews.[20] The Internet Movie Database (IMDb's) score is 6.7/10 stars based on 44,135 reviews.[21] Stargate got a "B" grade based on 902 reviews at the Box Office Mojo.[12]

Most of the negative reviews focused on the overuse of special effects, thinness of plot and excessive use of clichés with Roger Ebert going so far as to say, "the movie Ed Wood, about the worst director of all time, was made to prepare us for Stargate. Ebert awarded the film one out of four stars, and even over ten years later "Stargate" remains on his list of most hated films. "[22] Mike DiBella from Allmovie said, "there simply isn't enough spectacle in Stargate to make up for its many flaws."[23] The film peaked at number one on the Billboard chart Top Video Rentals in April 29, 1995.[24] However the positive reviews stated that it was an "instant camp classic", and praised the film for its special effects and entertainment value,[25] with Chris Hicks of the Deseret News calling it "Star Wars meets Ben Hur".[26] Scott McKenzie from DVDactive said this about the film "it's a shame because the world created around the Stargate is compelling and detailed. It's almost enough to make me want to watch the TV series, but not quite."[27] The film won a Saturn Award in 1994 for Best Science Fiction film and was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1995 in the category, Best Dramatic Presentation.[28] Stargate has a MPAA Rating of PG-13 for sci-fi action violence. It is rated 14A in Canada for violence.[1]

After the release of the movie, Emmerich and Dean Devlin were sued by an Egyptology student, claiming he had written the story and given them the idea. The suit was later dropped.[29]

Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich always envisoned Stargate as the first part of a trilogy of films, but parts two and three were never developed.[30] At Comic-Con 2006, 12 years after the original film was released, writer/producer Dean Devlin stated that he was in early discussions with rightsholders MGM about finally bringing the final two parts to the screen.[31]

According to Devlin, the second film is intended to be set around 12 years after the original, with Daniel Jackson making a discovery that leads him back to Earth and to the uncovering of a new Stargate. The second movie would supposedly use a different mythology from the Egyptian one which formed the background to the original movie, with the third movie tying these together to reveal that "all mythologies are actually tied together with a common thread that we haven't recognized before."[32] Devlin stated that he hoped to enlist original stars Kurt Russell (Col. Jack O'Neil) and James Spader (Dr. Daniel Jackson) for the sequels. The actors have reportedly expressed an interest in participating in the project.[33]

The movie trilogy would not directly tie in to the Stargate series. According to Devlin, the relationship between the movie and the series is "we would just continue the mythology of the movie and finish that out. I think the series could still live on at the end of the third sequel. So we're going to try to not tread on their stories."[32] Plans for sequels to the original film are unrelated to the development of two straight-to-DVD movies being made as sequels to the Stargate SG-1 TV series. Using some of Roland Emmerich's notes, Bill McCay wrote a series of five novels, continuing the story the original creators had envisioned, which involved the Earth-humans, the locals and the successors of Ra. See Stargate literature. According to Devlin, he and Emmerich had always planned to do three films with the potential for more, but MGM preferred to play out the television series first.[34]


The soundtrack was composed by David Arnold, played by the Sinfonia of London and conducted by Nicholas Dodd.[35] It was the second motion picture Arnold had composed and the first major motion picture. At the time of Stargate's production, David Arnold had recently started to work in a local video store in London. Once Arnold got the job, he spent several months in a hotel room working on the soundtrack, spending more time rewriting the music and improving it as delays were being created due to film companies trying to get the rights to release the film.[36] According to Arnold "when I first read the script for StarGate, I knew what approach to take, which was to be as big and bold as possible," he kept on saying:[37]

"Every time there was an amazing sight, the characters would stand back and say, 'Oh my God!' But James would just smile and walk towards it. That was the basis for the Stargate score, moving forward with a sense of majesty instead of being frightened by what's around the corner."

Franchise and merchandise

The CR Rom Secrets of Stargate, released after the film, shows how the special effects were made. The film included behind the scenes of the film and the showing interviews with the cast and the production members.[4] Dean Devlin eventually gave Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer (MGM) the rights over the film,[38] and author Bill McCay wrote a series of five novels based on Roland Emmerich's notes, continuing the story the original creators had envisioned. In 1996, MGM hired Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner to create a spin-off television series. Stargate SG-1 premiered on the American subscription channel Showtime on July 27, 1997 and ended its ten-season run in 2007. Stargate SG-1 itself spawned the non-canon animated television series Stargate Infinity (2002–2003), and the live-action television series Stargate Atlantis (2004–2009) and Stargate Universe (2009-Present). A wide area of merchandise is available for the Stargate franchise.[39][40]

Differences from the series

Concept drawing of Ra's original humanoid form by Patrick Tatopoulos.[41]

SG-1 showrunners Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner altered the canon by introducing several new concepts during production of the SG-1 and Atlantis series. Most notably, many characters were portrayed by different actors in the series, and names were spelled differently.[42] Daniel Jackson was played by James Spader in the movie and by Michael Shanks in the series. Kurt Russell's character Jonathan "Jack" O'Neil, a rather humorless Colonel, is played by Richard Dean Anderson as Jonathan "Jack" O'Neill (with two L's) in SG-1.[43][44] French Stewart's character was named Louis Feretti, in SG-1, Brent Stait's character is named Louis Ferretti. The spelling of Daniel Jackson's wife changes from Sha'uri to Sha're, O'Neill's wife from Sarah to Sara. (Similarly, the name of O'Neil's son changes from Tyler in the film to Charlie.[42])

The Stargate Command setting was transferred from the fictional military facility located in Creek Mountain, to the Cheyenne Mountain military complex.[42] The unnamed planet from the film was named Abydos in the series and the distance from Earth changed from millions of light-years away (in an entirely different galaxy, "the Kalium galaxy") to becoming the closest planet to Earth with a Stargate, residing in the same galaxy as Earth. Also in SG-1, Stargate travel is limited to the Stargate network in the Milky Way galaxy (unless a tremendous amount of power is used to lengthen the subspace wormhole of a Stargate to another galaxy's Stargate).[42] Ra was the last of an unnamed race in the film, being of a humanoid species with large black eyes and a lack of facial features. In SG-1 however, Ra is one of many "Goa'uld System Lords," who are a race of parasitic snake-like creatures.[43][45] There were also changes to the Stargate. The unique set of 39 Stargate symbols in the film were replaced with the concept of 38 symbols that are the same for each Stargate (Earth's symbols based on Earth's constellations), plus a single point of origin symbol that is unique to that individual gate.[45] While the kawoosh effect in the movie was created by filming the actual swirl of water in a glass tube, and looked like a vortex on the back of the Gate;[46] on the TV series this effect was completely created in CG by the Canadian visual effects company Rainmaker.[47] (At the beginning of Season 9, however, the original movie wormhole sequence was substituted by a new sequence similar to the one already used on Stargate Atlantis at the time, but being blue as it was in the movie and SG-1, whereas in Atlantis it's green.[48])


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jurassic Park
Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
Succeeded by
12 Monkeys


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Stargate is a 1994 film that follows an Egyptologist named Daniel Jackson, who joins a group of military specialists in deciphering and activating a device found in Egypt in the 20s. The device, they discover, is called a Stargate, and is a transportation device able to take the team to another world on the other side of the known universe.

Directed by Roland Emmerich. Written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich
( It Will Take You A Million Light Years From Home)


Col. Jonathan "Jack" O'Neil

  • No one should ever have to outlive their own child.
  • [Asking the Abydonians if they've seen Daniel anywhere] I don't suppose the word "dweeb" means anything to you guys.
  • I'm on Planet X looking for a dweeb who wears green fatigues.
  • [Skaara attempts to touch O'Neil's weapon] NO!!! Dangerous..
  • Give my regards to King Tut, asshole.
  • If anyone has anything to say, now is the time to say it. [Daniel sneezes]
  • [Last line of the film] I'll be seeing you around... Doctor Jackson.
  • [An enemy pulls off his hood, revealing him to a room full of enemies, he winks] How ya doin'? [Shoots the enemy several times]

Dr. Daniel Jackson

  • [The audience abruptly and indignantly files out of Dr. Jackson's lecture.] Is there a lunch or something...?
  • [Dr. Jackson is correcting other scientists' translations from the cover stone.] It's not "Door to Heaven", it's... "STARGATE".
  • (On a recording of his notes about the symbols after two weeks of no progress) I'm never gonna get paid.
  • (to Col. O'Neill) I don't want to die. And your men don't want to die, and these people certainly don't want to die. It's a shame you're in such a hurry to.
  • [Eats a cooked alien creature] It tastes like chicken.. That [Points towards the food] tastes like [Makes childish chicken noises]
  • Here, look at this. It says, "A traveler from distant stars escaped from a dying world, looking for a way to extend his own life. His body decaying and weak, he couldn't prevent his own demise." Apparently his whole species was becoming extinct. So he traveled or searched the galaxies, looking for a way to cheat death. Look here: "He came to a world rich with life, where he encountered a primitive race." Humans, heh. A species which with all his powers and knowledge he'd maintain indefinitely. He realized, within a human body, he had a chance for a new life. Now, apparently he found a young boy. It says, "As the frightened villagers ran, night became day. Curious and without fear, he walked towards the light." Ra took him and possessed his body, like some kind of a... parasite looking for a host. Inhabiting this human form, he appointed himself ruler. He used the Stargate to bring thousands of people here to this planet as workers... for the mines. (...) Now, something happened back on Earth. A rebellion or uprising and the Stargate was buried there. Fearful of a rebellion here, Ra outlawed reading and writing. He didn't want the people to remember the truth...


General West: [to Daniel] So, you think you've solved in 14 days what they couldn't solve in two years?


Colonel O'Neil: I wouldn't feed that thing.
Daniel: It's got a harness, it's domesticated.
[Daniel pats the animal, which starts and runs off, dragging Daniel through the desert.]

[Daniel and Sha'uri are both speaking in Sha'uri's native language.]
Daniel: Married?
Sha'uri: Don't worry, I didn't tell them.
Daniel: Tell them what?
Sha'uri: That... that you didn't want me.
[Daniel leans over and kisses Sha'uri]

Catherine: Why are you here, Colonel?
O'Neil: I'm here in case you succeed.

Soldier: I don't understand, why don't we just turn the gate back on ourselves?
Soldier 2: Yeah, how hard it can be?
Soldier 3: That would be great! Yeah, we could turn the thing in the wrong order and materialize in the vacuum of outer space. Do you have any idea how many possible combinations there are on that thing?
Soldier 4: No. How many?
Soldier 3: Shut up. Hmm? (everybody laughs)

Feretti: I can't believe we're stuck here.
Soldier: Don't be such a doomsayer, Feretti!
Soldier 2: Yeah, give it a rest!
Brown: Yes, please! If we're not back soon, they'll just turn it back on from the other side, no?
Feretti: It doesn't work that way. You see, if we don't turn the gate on from here, we're screwed! So what I'm tellin' you guys, we're not goin' anywhere!

O'Neil: You job here is to realign the Stargate. Can you do that or not?
Daniel: I can't.
O'Neil: You can't or you won't?
Daniel: I can decipher the symbols on the Stargate but I need an order of alignment. Those coordinates were marked on tablets back on Earth, there's must be something like that here. I just need to find it.

(O'Neil walks away, visibly upset)

Kawalsky: "Find it"? What do you mean "find it"? You didn't say about finding anything.
Daniel: Well, I assumed the tablet would be here, right here.
O'Neil: You assumed?
O'Neil: Kawalsky, set up a base camp down here. Organize our supplies.
Kawalsky: Sir-
O'Neil: You've got your orders.

(two soldiers and several natives are pinned down by aircraft)

Feretti: We're dead!
Kawalsky: Quit talkin' like that!
Feretti: What are we gonna do?!
Kawalsky: Cover me! (runs out into the open and immediately gets under fire)
Feretti: COVER YOU?!?


  • It Will Take You A Million Light Years From Home
  • Sealed and buried for all time is the key to mankind's future.
  • It will take you a million light years from home. But will it bring you back?


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Directed by Roland Emmerich
Produced by Dean Devlin
Written by Roland Emmerich
Dean Devlin
Starring Kurt Russell
James Spader
Music by David Arnold
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) 28 October, 1994
Running time 121 min.
Language English
Budget $55,000,000 (est.)
Followed by Children of the Gods (Stargate SG-1)
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In a dig at Giza in 1928, scientists find a big metalic ring inscribed with hieroglyphics. Archeologist Doctor Daniel Jackson is called by the US Air Force to translate hieroglyphics on the ring. They find out that the ring is actually a piece of alien technology that creates wormholes to transport people across the universe. A military team goes through the stargate with Jackson, and after the journey find out that they cannot get back to earth. They find a city of ancient Egyptian-like people under the rule of Ra, who is an alien posing as their god. They eventually kill Ra with a nuclear blast and figure out how to get back to earth, but Jackson gets married and stays on the planet.

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