StudioCanal/Carolco/Centropolis (Joel B. Michaels, Oliver
Eberle & Dean Devlin)
W: Roland Emmerich & Dean Devlin
DP: Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Ed: Michael Duthie & Derek Brechin
Mus: David Arnold
PD: Holger Gross
Kurt Russell (Col. Jack O'Neil), James Spader (Dr. Daniel
Jackson), Jaye Davidson (Ra), Viveca Lindfors (Dr. Catherine Langford), Alexis Cruz (Skaara)
An American Egyptologist discovers a portal which allows
travel between Earth and a distant planet where inhabitants are descendants of Ancient Egyptian slaves, ruled over by a despotic leader who holds the secret of eternal youth.
Standard sci-fi with a plot recycled from other films and
stories and heavily indebted to Star Trek in particular. Some of the CGI effects work well but others are poorly animated. The film was unexpectedly popular in 1994 and spawned a successful
TV series, where it seemed to work better, mostly due to a larger scope for adventure. As the TV series, I think the idea worked well... the film, not so much.