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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

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The Borg go back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.

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Storyline

It is the 24th century and the newly-commissioned Enterprise-E has been ordered the patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone. Captain Jean-Luc Picard has been ordered not to interfere in a battle between a Borg Cube and starships from the Federation. However, seeing the Federation is losing the battle, Picard ignores his orders and takes command of the fleet. With his knowledge of its weak spot, they destroy the Cube, but a Borg Sphere escapes and plots a course directly for Earth. The Enterprise chases the Sphere, enters a temporal vortex created by the Borg, and arrives in the 21st century. Their only chance of stopping the Borg from assimilating Earth is to make sure that Zefram Cochrane makes his famous first faster-than-light travel to the stars. Written by Marc-André Deschênes <imer@videotron.ca>

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Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi adventure violence | See all certifications »

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22 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Star Trek 8  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,716,131 (USA) (22 November 1996)

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$92,001,027 (USA) (28 March 1997)
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Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden and Jonathan Frakes have all been quoted as saying that this was their favorite of all the Star Trek films they made. Marina Sirtis mentioned that she had the most fun filming Star Trek: Generations (1994) but concedes that this film was the best one they ever made. See more »

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After the destruction of the Borg sphere, Picard asks where the Borg were firing on, and Riker heads towards the Science station on his right to read the coordinates from the display. Just a moment after, he asks Lt. Hawk (who is at the helm) for the damage done on the surface. Hawk states that "long-range sensors are still off-line", but at that distance away from Earth, short-range sensors would have sufficed. Furthermore, Hawk shouldn't even be capable of reading long-range science sensors from the helm console, and even if he could, Riker is still next to the science station, with the science officer next to him, AND the information about the surface is still on the display, so there is no need to ask the helmsman for it. See more »

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Borg Queen: Locutus...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile.
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Soundtracks

Vallon Sonore
from "Les Troyens"
Written by Hector Berlioz
Performed by Ryland Davies and The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal
Opera House, Covent Garden
Conducted by Colin Davis (as Sir Colin Davis)
Courtesy of Philips Classics
by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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One of the best sci-fi movies ever!
15 November 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This is one of the two best Star Trek movies ever made (the other being "Wrath of Khan"). Everything about this film is superb.... acting, set design, special effects, plot, and action. The story progresses at a breathtaking pace, and from the first 10 minutes when the Enterprise is locked in a life-and-death struggle with one of the best villains in all of sci-fi history (the Borg), to a perfect ending; there isn't a wasted or redundant moment. This is a film that both trekkers and non-trekkers can enjoy because the film explains enough about the back-story to get non-fans up to speed, and does it in a way that will keep the fans interest (check out the excellent opening sequence that introduces Picard's first encounter with the Borg and explains much of his implacable and obsessive attitude towards them throughout the film).

In addition to fine performances from the crew (highlighted as always by Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard), the supporting cast is more than equal to the task. Its too bad that the crew didn't bring Alfre Woodward back home with them........ she's one of the very few actors/actresses in Star Trek history who have been able to match Patrick Stewart's personality, acting skills, and histrionics. Also, I thought I detected a touch of romance between the two that could have been further developed at another time.

James Cromwell makes a perfect Zefrem Cochrane. It was a humorous touch to portray him as somewhat of an anti-hero, in contrast to the god-like reverence with which the characters in the film viewed him from a distance of 300 years.

The protagonists in the film, the Borg, have never looked more dangerous. I'm glad that this film returned them to their "roots", unlike their last few appearances in the television series in which they were becoming a little too domesticated.

This is a film to savor for any science fiction fan. 9.5/10.0 !


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