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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 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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Rated PG for sci-fi action and mild language | See all certifications »

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7 December 1979 (USA)  »

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Star Trek I: The Motion Picture  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$82,300,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Another theory put forth on the Star Trek (1966) convention circuit as to the new look of the Klingons, was that any Klingon personnel that were expected to have any contact with human or other human-like races (such as any posting near the neutral zone or for diplomatic missions), were surgically altered to more easily blend in. That is why all the original series Klingons were ridgeless. Supposedly, according to the Star Trek rumor mill, by the time the motion picture came out, the storyline says that the Klingons had abandoned this practice because they realized that their physical alterations made little difference with regards to how they were perceived. This explanation is given in the reference book "Star Trek: The Worlds of the Federation" (1989) by Shane Johnson which states that the true nature of "Imperial Klingons" was unknown to the Federation until the "V'Ger incident". See more »

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Spock damages his console pretty badly when he bashes the V'Ger probe's "hand". A few minutes later, the console is undamaged. See more »

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Theme from 'Star Trek: The television Series'
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This is what science fiction is all about
28 July 2011 | by (Helsinki) – See all my reviews

Watched this one after few years, didn't remember what it was all about. Oh yes, it was the one with "V'ger"...aka amazingly beautiful Persis Khambatta...with her head shaved. Most beautiful bald woman I can think of right now...

The film is about huge unbeatable "cloud" approaching and threatening Earth, only thing standing in between is Enterprise with it's legendary crew. It appears I enjoy the film more and more each decade I see it again.

I thought there was slightly too much time used on introduction and drafting of old crew, but once the "action" began it kept me on edge of my seat all the way through. Don't think that "action" I mention was fighting and shooting, it wasn't. Perhaps lack of silly fighting makes (all too) many people to say that this film was too long and slow paced. Well, I disagree - this is exactly the kind of science fiction I love, you are given chance to use your own imagination. Some say pacing and the film is similar to Kubrik's 2001...I won't argue against it.

The film had amazing special effects for it's time. No, not amazing, incredible. But don't watch it for special effects only, the real interest of this film lies in the nature of the alien "cloud" and Enterprise crew trying to figure it out and trying to cope with it. Special effects were used as a tool to launch YOUR imagination, as they should be.

This film is probably closest to spirit of original series, without much campiness though. A thinking man's Star Trek film. What a wonderful treat. They don't make films like this any more.

9/10


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