I don't remember in which movie it was mentioned for the first time.

It was some movie with John Malkovich if I remember well.

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    Which Ultimate Question? Asimov's, Adams', whose? Jan 20, 2012 at 14:01
  • @DanielRoseman - Malkovich is a bit of an obvious factor to easily narrow it down :) Jan 20, 2012 at 16:06
  • @DVK I actualyl don't know who he is, nor have I (to my knowledge) ever seen anything with him in it. So it'd be nice to know. I've just seen the answers, maybe I have seen him....
    – AncientSwordRage
    Jan 20, 2012 at 16:15
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    @Pureferret - just IMDB him. I'm sure one of his roles will ring a bell :) Jan 20, 2012 at 16:28

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"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" was a 2005 movie where John Malkovich played "Humma Kavula" (Zaphod Beeblebrox's competitor for President of the Galaxy post).

That movie was based on Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" book, which famously originated "42" as the "Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything".

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The origin of "The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything" ( to which the answer is, of course, 42 ) was Douglas Adams Hitchikers Guide series, which first appeared on Radio back in the early 1980s.

That seems like a pretty ultimate question to me. But as @Daniel said, you need to clarify if you want better or other results.

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    HHGTG was on BBC radio in 1979, the same year the book was published.
    – Tango
    Jan 20, 2012 at 20:24
  • Thank you - I know it was popular in various forms around that time. Jan 20, 2012 at 21:26
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    HHGTG was first on Radio 4 in 1978, not 1979.
    – Mike Scott
    Jan 21, 2012 at 7:13

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