Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: +1

When Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader) decrypts the code that activates an ancient StarGate, Army Colonel Jack O'Neil (Kurt Russell) leads Jackson and a team of heavily armed soldiers to the world on the other side. After kaleidoscoping through a million light years of stars, the team ends up in a replica of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Jackson and O'Neil find a tribe, who mistake Jackson for an emissary of Ra, the Egyptian sun god. Back at the pyramid, an evil being who calls himself Ra and his minions capture the rest of the team. Ra claims to be an alien who pulled Egyptians from Earth through the StarGate 6000 years ago to satisfy his need for slaves. Ra discovers a nuclear bomb O'Neil assembled to destroy the StarGate and vows to send it back to Earth with tenfold its destructive power. With lots of action and special effects, Stargate offers a novel and entertaining twist to time and space travel stories.

Ra is obviously not an alien, but a powerful demon. He professes the power of resurrection. His eyes glow wickedly and his face transforms into a demon's. But to the filmmakers' credit, evil power is restricted to this creature, who is in no way likable or sympathetic. Even his minions are only humans using fancy machinery. Evil is depicted as evil without deception. Other sensitive topics are also generally handled well. When the tribe presents Jackson with a woman, for example, he declines her "favors." We later find that Jackson's acceptance would have made the woman his wife. O'Neil smokes cigarettes, but proclaims the habit "pretty stupid." Violent, but not gory, fights with fists, machine guns and ray-guns occur a number of times. Refreshingly, only a few moderately crude words are spoken, but no obscenities. There's no sex in the film, only the suggestive scene in which a woman offers herself to a man. This detracts somewhat from the enjoyment of this otherwise decent fantasy movie.

Preview Reviewer: Bob Liparulo
Distributor: MGM/UA, 11111 Santa Monica, Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90025

Crude Language: Several (9) times - Mild 7, Moderate 2
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Many times - Moderate (bloodless machine gun and ray-gun shootings; several explosions; intense fist fight; severed head and arm with little blood; boy killed by machine gun and missiles - obscured; dragging through sand by beast)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Woman bares breasts for man, viewed from behind; woman's proposition declined
Drug Abuse: Cigarette smoking
Other: Demonic evil depicted; slaves bow before amulet of Ra; false god revealed to be human under a mask
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Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults

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