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Don't Crash: The Documentary of the Making of the Movie of the Book of the Radio Series of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (2005)

An in-depth examination of the complete production of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Adams ... Himself (archive footage)
Garth Jennings ... Himself
Nick Goldsmith ... Himself
Spike Jonze ... Himself (archive footage)
Robbie Stamp ... Himself
Jay Roach ... Himself (archive footage)
Kevin Davies Kevin Davies ... Himself
M.J. Simpson M.J. Simpson ... Himself (as M J Simpson)
Sam Rockwell ... Himself
Joby Talbot Joby Talbot ... Himself
Christopher Austin Christopher Austin ... Himself (as Chris Austin)
Mark Gatiss ... Himself (as The League of Gentlemen)
Steve Pemberton ... Himself (as The League of Gentlemen)
Reece Shearsmith ... Himself (as The League of Gentlemen)
Jamie Courtier Jamie Courtier ... Himself


An in-depth examination of the complete production of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).

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5 September 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cómo se hizo 'Guía del autoestopista galáctico' See more »

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Created for the DVD release of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005). See more »


References Doctor Who (1963) See more »

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The movie goer's guide to the making of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
28 September 2016 | by bazmitch23See all my reviews

This is an enjoyable documentary. We focus on the development hell this movie went through, it took over 20 years to get made. At one point, Spike Jonze was going to direct it, but I think it is a good idea that he didn't do it, because Jonze's style might be too weird for 'Hitchhiker's'.

We see Garth and Nick doing a pitch for the studio and then getting the film greenlit causing them to scream in the car for joy.

Then we get to the casting as we see everyone at the table read.

We even have interviews with the cast as they're being driven to work. They also explain how they get into acting in the first place.

We have two really geeky men arguing about how the spell 'Hitchhiker's' in the title. You just look at them and shake your head.

We see the Heart of Gold set being built and counted how many lights were used.

All the actors who played the Vogons had to go to 'Vogon school', much like actors who played zombies. Composer Jody said that for the Vogon's theme, he had to create the most boring theme in the world.

Sam Rockwell, for Zaphod's second head, had to be shot in front of a blue screen whilst wearing a blue shirt.

Footage of Stephen Fry, Bill Bailey and the League of Gentlemen are shown recording their voice overs.

Garth said that he was sick filming the Viltvodle scene and somebody screaming orders on a walkie talkie was making things better.

Humma Kuvula's choir was filmed in a real English church.

Finally, we have the big event, the premiere. You can't help but feel excited for the cast and crew as they enter the cinema.

If you liked the film, then you will enjoy this documentary.

Hitchhiker's fans will be over the moon to hear actual audio footage of Douglas Adams being interviewed.

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