CINEMA: Indiana Jones, Space Linguist

Politely put, Stargate is an homage to earlier, better films

The makers of the upcoming Star Trek picture, Generations, can find either comfort or anxiety in the success of Stargate. It has spent two weeks at the top of box-office charts, surprising even its distributors and proving there's still a general audience for sci-fi. But if Stargate has already sated that crowd, then Generations might end up as leftovers.

One thing Stargate definitely proves, though, is the old adage, If you're going to steal, steal big. If you're caught, you can always claim you were doing an homage. Director Roland Emmerich's chief honorees are the Indiana Jones and Star Wars sagas....

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