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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

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When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk resumes command of the overhauled USS Enterprise in order to intercept it.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (based on "Star Trek" created by), Harold Livingston (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Capt. James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
James Doohan ... Scotty
George Takei ... Sulu
Majel Barrett ... Dr. Chapel
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Persis Khambatta ... Ilia
Stephen Collins ... Decker
Grace Lee Whitney ... Janice Rand
Mark Lenard ... Klingon Captain
Billy Van Zandt ... Alien Boy
Roger Aaron Brown ... Epsilon Technician
Gary Faga Gary Faga ... Airlock Technician
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Storyline

A massive alien spacecraft of enormous power destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, entering Federation space. Admiral James T. Kirk is ordered to take command of the USS Enterprise for the first time since her historic five-year mission. The Epsilon IX space station alerts the Federation, but they are also destroyed by the alien spacecraft. The only starship in range is the Enterprise, after undergoing a major overhaul at Spacedock on Earth. Kirk rounds up the rest of his crew, and acquires some new members, and sets off to intercept the alien spacecraft. However, it has been three years since Kirk last commanded the Enterprise - is he up to the task of saving Earth? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Not owning it would be illogical (DVD release) See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Startrek.com

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Klingon

Release Date:

8 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,926,421, 9 December 1979

Gross USA:

$82,258,456

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,258,456
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX (director's cut)| Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The new phaser was entirely self-contained, with its own circuitry, batteries, and four blinking lights. The prop came with a hefty 4,000 dollar price tag. To save money, the lights were dropped, reducing the size of the phaser by a third. A total of fifteen of the devices were made for the film. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double for Spock during his fall on the bridge when the V'Ger probe zaps him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Klingon captain: [giving an order in Klingon] Tactical...
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Crazy Credits

End title: "The human adventure is just beginning." See more »

Alternate Versions

Some scenes from the theatrical version were also slightly edited for the Director's Edition. Details are:
  • Some footage of the Klingon cruiser at the film's beginning is trimmed. Specifically, when the Klingon captain is sitting in his chair, and when the Klingon captain asks for a visual.
  • In the same scene, a large amount of footage in the Epsilon 9 station is deleted, mostly of the computer relaying voice information.
  • After the transporter accident, Kirk's line "Oh, my God" is deleted.
  • Some of the briefing footage is trimmed. Notably, after Epsilon 9's destruction, Kirk now says "Viewer off" only once instead of twice.
  • Decker's reaction to Ilia's presence aboard the ship is trimmed by one second.
  • A shot of an Enterprise instrument powering down is deleted and replaced with a shortened version of a scene where Ilia and Decker exchange glances and smile.
  • Some of the wormhole explosion reaction shots have been trimmed/deleted; notably, Chekov's line "We're out of it" is removed.
  • The shot of Kirk leaving for the Bridge as the Enterprise enters the V'Ger cloud is trimmed.
  • After Chekov burns his hand, some footage is rearranged, deleted or replaced.
  • When the energy torpedo powers down, Sulu's remark "The new screens held" is removed.
  • A large amount of shots of V'Ger's interior are trimmed for pacing.
  • After Ilia's capture by V'Ger, some footage relating to the Enterprise being held by a tractor beam is trimmed/deleted.
  • When Spock arms his thruster pack, the computer's relaying of instructions on how to use it is removed.
  • Spock's sickbay scene is slightly trimmed.
  • When the vessel approaches Earth, some footage is trimmed/deleted. Also, some footage of Kirk reasoning with the probe is deleted.
  • A shot of the Ilia probe turning her head near V'Ger is trimmed.
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Connections

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Who is 'VGER'?
5 March 2000 | by whitepeSee all my reviews

Star Trek: The Motion Picture is the first film in the Star Trek series, the most successful series in movie history. After all, the fact that a movie series can hold the public's interest for 21 years (and nine films) and that the whole Star Trek concept is alive and well after over 30 years says something about the genius of Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek's creator.

People seem to cricitize this film heavily. Some of the criticisms of the film that I have heard in my discussions with people include phrases such as "frightfully boring," "way too long," and "chronically lacking in action." However, if that is all you saw in the film, then you clearly missed out on the film's beauty. This film is not about guns, explosions, blood, or machismo. It is about the philosophical relationship between logic and emotion.

The film is masterfully directed by Robert Wise, the academy award winning director of "The Sound of Music." The film reunites the original cast of the Star Trek series with a few new faces ... Stephen Collins as "Capt. Decker" and Persis Khambata as "Lt. Ilia". It also recaps the events that have transpired in each original series character since the television series in the late 60's with a sensitivity to newcomers to the Star Trek universe. It effectively introduces newcomers to Star Trek without insulting the intelligence of those of us who are thoroughly familiar with Star Trek.

The plot features an intelligent, logical entity that calls itself VGER. VGER is an innocent entity with one mission ... "learn all that is learnable... transmit that information to the creator." VGER in its incredible journey has in essence gained knowledge that spans the very essence of the universe. VGER now has set a course for Earth in an attempt to share its knowledge with its creator. VGER believes that its creator is on Earth.

VGER becomes a threat to life on Earth when its destroys three Klignon vessels and a Federation space station with incredible destructive power. To counter this threat, Admiral Kirk takes command of the Enterprise and leads the Enterprise in an intriguing battle with this alien entity.

While battling this alien entity, Admiral Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the crew learn about the relationship between human logic and emotion. They explore philosophical issues such as "Is this all that I am?" and "Is there nothing more?". I believe Spock summarizes the quest for answers to these questions by his statement about two-thirds of the way into the film that indicates that "logic alone is not enough". They eventually learn to appreciate the unique attributes that make us human ... "our weaknesses ... and the drive that compels us to overcome them."

In conclusion, this film has a great plot, great special effects, and excellent music and cinematography. Definitely see it if you are truly interested in taking a philosophical journey into the essence of what makes us human.


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