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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder.

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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 there 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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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$82,300,000 (USA)
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Paramount announced that they would be creating a new television network (which was considered as the ancestor of the fourth television network later associated with the Fox Broadcasting Company when it launched in 1986), initially operating one night a week showing Paramount television movies and a new Star Trek series about the Enterprise's second five-year mission, with most of the original Star Trek (1966) cast and the title "Star Trek: Phase II". It soon became clear that they could not make a go of the new network, but Paramount continued work on the new series in the hope of selling it to one of the existing networks. Paramount revisited the television network in the early 1990s when its Paramount Stations Group business assets (as part of the Viacom purchase in 1993) evolved into a joint venture with Chris-Craft Industries where UPN (United Paramount Network) was launched in 1995 - when the network was launched, a new Star Trek series (Star Trek: Voyager) was included in the program lineup. UPN ended its run in September 2006, where the CW network has became its replacement (a joint venture with CBS, former assets of UPN, and Warner Bros.). See more »

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Immediately before Spock walks out of the shuttle onto the Enterprise, there is an announcement which states; "Identity: Starfleet, inactive". Yet when on the Bridge, Spock tells Kirk that he has been monitoring their communications with Starfleet and is aware of their warp drive problems. Surely communications between the Enterprise and Starfleet would be secured, especially during a major mission, and no person who did not have a current active position in Starfleet should be able to listen in. See more »

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Beam me out of here Scottie, this one is boring me to death!
27 December 2009 | by (California, northern) – See all my reviews

I think I saw this when it came out in 1979. Just watched it on DVD (got the boxed set of the Star Trek movies for Christmas). This movie is bad, a real stinker.

Plot is essentially a remake of one of the original series episodes. (Sorry, I'm not enough of a Trekker to remember them by name, but the episode was better.).

I have never seen so many reaction shots. Show a special effect (many similar to, but not as interesting as the sequences in "2001, A Space Odyssey" filmed a dozen years earlier). Follow special effect with reaction shot. Then another reaction shot. Then another special effect. Then another reaction shot.

The amount of interesting dialog could fit on the back of a cereal box, in large print.

Spends so much time showing the exterior of the Enterprise it seemed like porn for nerds. Slow pacing.

I was thinking it would be a good exercise for a film class on editing to see if you could get a good 45 minutes out of this. But I'm not sure it would be a fair assignment.

Look, I like Star Trek. I watched it in the '60s, watched it in syndication in the '70s, have seen most (perhaps all) of the movies. Have seen many episodes of each of the ST franchise. This movie stunk.

Most significant fact about this movie -- William Shatner appeared to be in better shape than when he was in the series, or in later films. Of course he may have been wearing a truss

I looked up Robert Wise's other credits, and he did know how to tell a story at one time. But I can't imagine he was proud of directing this one.

Ultimately, skip this one. Even if you got the boxed set and think it would be fun to watch them all in order. If you do watch it, keep the remote handy to speed through the many special effect / reaction shot sequences.


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