‘Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary’ debuts Nov. 26

by Seth Kubersky

Nearly twenty years after its debut, the cast and crew of the cult classic sci-fi spoof Galaxy Quest are returning to the big screen on Nov. 26 for one night only in Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary.

By Grabthar’s Hammer, the “Thermians” have returned to celebrate Galaxy Quest’s anniversary in the new ‘Never Surrender’ documentary.

On November 26 only, Fathom Events and Fandom present the theatrical premiere of Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary which includes exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and a 10-minute introduction featuring the cast members of ScreenJunkies.

Surviving a set fire, the loss of a powerful director, and a studio that didn’t understand what it had, Galaxy Quest turned into a pop-culture phenomenon that would “never give up, never surrender.” As the movie, which premiered on December 25, 1999, nears its 20th anniversary, Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary explores how the science-fiction comedy became an enduring fan favorite, a movie that helped launch the sci-fi- and fantasy-driven movie and TV industry that dominates global entertainment today.

Actor Tim Allen played Jason “Commander Taggart” Nesmith in ‘Galaxy Quest’.

The documentary features the film’s stars, including Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Justin Long, Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub, Missi Pyle, Rainn Wilson and Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, along with director Dean Parisot, writer Robert Gordon, and a legion of celebrity fans sharing their reminiscences and appreciation for this beloved film. Among the celebrities who appear in Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary are Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Greg Berlanti, Damon Lindelof and more than a dozen other notable filmmakers, craftspeople and entertainment-industry observers who offer keen insight into the ways, both big and small, that “Galaxy Quest” has had lasting impact and developed a fan base that extends around the world.

“Fandom is powered by fans who deeply care about the movies, shows and games they love. Galaxy Quest was the first film that put fans at the center of the action and really foretold the era we’re in now, where fans are the most powerful force in entertainment,” said Michael Chiang, Fandom SVP of Programming. “We are thrilled to offer fans an insider’s look at this quirky, but highly influential film in the form of a one-night only theatrical event.”

“Fandom is dedicated to the celebration of the most passionate people in the world—the fans—and we are excited to team up with them to present the premiere of a most unique documentary about a most beloved movie,” said Brian Deulley, Fathom Events Sr. Director of Programming. “‘Never Surrender’ is both an amazing homage and an irresistible, wonderfully heartfelt documentary that will delight longtime ‘Galaxy Quest’ fans as well as those new to the phenomenon.”

Tickets to “Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary” are available to the public at FathomEvents.com or at participating movie theater box offices. The event will be presented in more than 600 movie theaters across the country at 7:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, November 26, through Fathom Events’ Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). In Orlando, the film will be screened at Cinemark Orlando (formerly Artegon), Regal Winter Park Village 20, and Regal Waterford Lakes 20.


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Bruce Gray November 18, 2019 - 9:34 pm

Hopefully, this will be somewhere in my area…..

Robert K McLean November 19, 2019 - 5:33 pm

Love this! Sadly our smalltown 4-plex will more than likely not be involved. “Never Surrender!”

Edd November 19, 2019 - 10:09 pm

By Grabthar’s Hammer I would love to see this but being a truck driver it is doubtful that I could find a theater where I could see it.

DannyJane November 20, 2019 - 3:08 am

Why no mention of Alan Rickman? You don’t have “By Grabthar’s Hammer” without him. You show his photo, but never mention him in the article. Why?

Sue Ann November 20, 2019 - 4:15 pm

He is dead, so cannot participate.

Magpie November 21, 2019 - 12:24 am

Apparently because the documentary was filmed after he died.

Doug Peeler November 21, 2019 - 12:44 pm

Could be that he is, sadly, no longer with us…..

Looceee November 21, 2019 - 2:00 pm

You know he passed away, right?

Dragonrose November 24, 2019 - 7:10 pm

That was my question. I think that is disrespectful to his memory.

Derek November 20, 2019 - 8:08 am

What about Australia!

We will never give up and Never surrender until we get this too!

Timothy J Watson November 21, 2019 - 5:29 am

Damn Right Derek, what about us, we want to see it too

Dyanne November 20, 2019 - 10:25 am

Anyone know anything about when/if we can view on a streaming service??

David McDougle November 20, 2019 - 4:28 pm

Our local AMC multiplex in Kokomo, Indiana never seem to carry any of these events even tho they are setup to do so.

Andrea Lena November 21, 2019 - 2:04 am

“Andrea? Why do you feel compelled to see this documentary?”

“Look! I have one job on this lousy ship, it’s *stupid*, but I’m gonna do it!”

Christine Takada November 21, 2019 - 7:31 am

How could you not mention the late, great Alan Rickman????

TC November 22, 2019 - 12:00 pm

So what if he’s dead? You can mention him in the article. Obviously he can’t be in the documentary. Quit being idiots.

James November 23, 2019 - 6:05 am

Sadly will not be on any cinema in the UK..would of been nice as love the film always have and always will.


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