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The final frontier is only the beginning
The Captains is a feature length documentary film written and directed by William Shatner. The film follows Shatner as he interviews the other actors whom have portrayed Starship captains within the illustrious science-fiction franchise. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

William Shatner ... Himself

Patrick Stewart ... Himself (as Sir Patrick Stewart)

Avery Brooks ... Himself

Kate Mulgrew ... Herself

Scott Bakula ... Himself

Chris Pine ... Himself

Christopher Plummer ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rene Auberjonois ... Himself
Ira Steven Behr ... Himself

John de Lancie ... Himself
Paul Duraso ... Arm Wrestling Referee

Jonathan Frakes ... Himself

Sally Kellerman ... Herself

Walter Koenig ... Himself

Chase Masterson ... Herself - Convention Guest

Robert Picardo ... Himself

Jeri Ryan ... Herself
David R. Sparks Jr. ... Himself

Connor Trinneer ... Himself

Nana Visitor ... Herself

Grace Lee Whitney ... Herself

Directed by
William Shatner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Shatner 

Produced by
Christopher T. Carley .... associate producer
Emily Fischer .... associate producer
Kevin Layne .... co-executive producer
William Shatner .... executive producer
J. Craig Thompson .... executive producer
J. Craig Thompson .... producer
David Zappone .... executive producer
Original Music by
Andy Milne 
Cinematography by
Decebal Dascau (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Decebal Dascau 
Makeup Department
Leila Boyd .... makeup artist
Natalia Bruschi .... makeup artist
Andy Clement .... makeup artist
Emily Fischer .... makeup artist
Patricia Rocha .... hair stylist
Bradley Stenson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sandi Charlebois .... production manager
Aidan Dunstan .... production manager
Michelle Gorski .... production manager
Sound Department
Tony Carrison .... sound recordist
Matthew Chan .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Chan .... supervising sound editor
Simon Elsbury .... sound recordist
J.R. Fountain .... sound designer
Christopher Guglick .... assistant re-recording mixer
Jack Hutson .... sound recordist
Tim Lue .... sound recordist
Wes McLean .... sound recordist
Daniel Pellerin .... sound re-recording mixer
Jennifer Renaud .... mix coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Castro .... key grip
Decebal Dascau .... camera operator
Mark Davis .... still photographer
Kristin Fieldhouse .... assistant camera
Dominique Gorton .... camera assistant
Seth Greenwald .... key grip
Trish Herremans .... grip
Mike Hodder .... camera operator
Patrick King .... assistant camera
Ant Leake .... camera operator
Will Lodge .... camera operator
Franklin Lori-Anne .... still photographer
Jeffrey Neira .... still photographer
Mike Nolan .... camera operator
Walter Pacifico .... director of photography: L.A. segment
Mike Parry .... gaffer
Mike Roth .... steadicam
Brad Rushing .... additional camera
Bruce Schermer .... additional camera
Jeremy Settles .... assistant camera
Jeremy Settles .... gaffer
Drew Seymour .... camera operator
Stephen Sheridan .... additional cinematographer
Eric W. Smith .... first assistant camera
Mike Strange .... camera operator
Adam Vardy .... camera operator
Eric Vaterlaus .... gaffer
Scott Wildfong .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Tim Bissell .... assistant editor
Joachim Goetz .... colorist
Ahamd Ismail .... post-production coordinator
Steve McDonald .... on-line editor
Gord Ventura .... project manager
Music Department
Avery Brooks .... music supervisor
Aaron Field .... recording engineer
Grégoire Maret .... musician
Andy Milne .... musician
Christopher Tordini .... musician
Jeremy Underwood .... recording engineer
Transportation Department
Rich Buonagurio .... driver
Brad Rickert .... driver
Andrew Short .... driver
Doug Zubenick .... driver
Other crew
Richard Arnold .... researcher
Tim Bissell .... production assistant
Ted Boniface .... researcher
Henry Carter .... production assistant
Angela Cutrone .... production coordinator
Arthur Evrensel .... legal
Emily Fisher .... production assistant
Anastasia Folorunso .... production assistant
Nathan Gendzier .... location manager
Nicholas Glitzer .... production assistant
Richard Hanet .... production counsel
Helene Jacobson Layne .... researcher (as Helene Jacobson)
Cindy Jantzi .... bookkeeper
Justin Pastryk .... production assistant
Monica Penner .... visual researcher
Perm Persaud .... production accountant
Margo Raport .... publicist
Nick Sewell .... creative director
Claudia Stocker .... production staff
Jen Temple .... bookkeeping assistant
Eric Tschanz .... epk production assistant
Greg White .... first assistant: director
Scott Youdale .... motion designer
Rene Auberjonois .... the producers wish to thank
Scott Bakula .... very special thanks
Robert Beltran .... special thanks
Gary Berman .... the producers wish to thank
Jolene Blalock .... special thanks
Nathaie Bourdon .... the producers wish to thank
Avery Brooks .... very special thanks
Christopher T. Carley .... the producers wish to thank
Teresa Crites .... special thanks
Joseph D'Agosta .... the producers wish to thank
John de Lancie .... the producers wish to thank
Michael Dorn .... special thanks
Andrea Eisen .... the producers wish to thank
Terry Farrell .... special thanks
Alex Field .... special thanks (as Alexander Field)
Melissa Fonzino .... the producers wish to thank
Beth Fraikorn .... the producers wish to thank
Jonathan Frakes .... the producers wish to thank
Kyle Fritz .... the producers wish to thank
Anita Gaffney .... the producers wish to thank
Danny Girardi .... the producers wish to thank
Richard Herd .... the producers wish to thank
Helene Jacobson Layne .... thanks (as Helene Jacobson)
Jeff Kaplan .... special thanks
Melissa Kates .... the producers wish to thank
Dominic Keating .... special thanks
Sally Kellerman .... the producers wish to thank
Walter Koenig .... the producers wish to thank
Tanya Lemani .... the producers wish to thank
Sarah Levithan .... special thanks
Gary Lockwood .... the producers wish to thank
Adam Malin .... the producers wish to thank
Chase Masterson .... the producers wish to thank
Kate Mulgrew .... very special thanks
Nichelle Nichols .... special thanks
Linda Park .... special thanks
Dan Peel .... the producers wish to thank
Robert Picardo .... the producers wish to thank
Chris Pine .... very special thanks
Christopher Plummer .... very special thanks
Zachary Quinto .... special thanks
Steve Ridolfi .... grateful acknowledgment
Jeri Ryan .... special thanks
Jeri Ryan .... the producers wish to thank
Bria Schreiber .... the producers wish to thank
Jay D. Schwartz .... the producers wish to thank
Aaron Segal .... special thanks
Elizabeth Shatner .... special thanks
Armin Shimerman .... special thanks
Alexander Siddig .... special thanks
Jane Singer .... the producers wish to thank
Brent Spiner .... special thanks
Daniel Stewart .... the producers wish to thank
Patrick Stewart .... very special thanks
Ann Swerdfager .... the producers wish to thank
Larry A. Thompson .... special thanks
Connor Trinneer .... the producers wish to thank
Nana Visitor .... the producers wish to thank
Grace Lee Whitney .... the producers wish to thank

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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Nana Visitor's introduction card lists her as having played Commander Kira Nerys on Deep Space Nine while in fact, she rank was a Colonel at the conclusion of the series.See more »
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References Fiddler on the Roof (1971)See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Oddly engaging, ultimately unfulfilling, 4 January 2012
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If you love Star Trek you will forgive the meandering route this documentary takes, if you are not a fan you will see this as an overindulgent preoccupation of Mr. Shatners one true love... Himself and his impending mortality!

There are truly some heart felt conversations with Patrick Stewart and Scott Bakula regarding the long hours put in and the disintegration of their respective marriages. Scott Bakula seems like a really nice guy who is grounded, he understands the life he has chosen and is grateful for the opportunities given to him, although if I'm honest Enterprise comes second to his success in Quantum Leap.

There is straight talking from Kate Mulgrew whom sees the world from a female perspective in a male dominated industry. I'm not sure Bill got the best out of Kate Mulgrew as I have seen her in other interviews and she was more upbeat and less preoccupied with gender related commentary! I suppose that could be down to the editing, context and questions posed by Mr. Shatner...

The Chris Pine segments are purely incidental, you can't help feeling that William Shatner feels a little embittered at the fact he is in his twilight years and would gladly exchange his position with Pine for another throw of the dice.

Poor old Avery Brooks, this poor chap seems to have lost his marbles! Either his interviews were edited to make him look completely unbalanced or this guy really has taken leave of his senses. Some parts of the interviews with Avery were a little uncomfortable as he just grins like a lunatic and plays the piano rather than respond to simple questions.

Patrick Stewart always comes across in a quiet and considered manner. There were times you could clearly see he was emotional, however he never comes across as bitter or anything other than a dignified true professional.

I have mixed emotions when It comes to William Shatner in this documentary, in parts he reveals emotional content about himself & you feel empathy, for instance the part where he says he fears death! In other parts you feel there is narcissistic tendencies which smother the other interviewee's

What you can take away from this is that all the Captains worked extremely hard in their respective roles and there was a toll paid by each of them. William Shatner seems quite reflective in places and yet self focused in others (not completely unexpected).

Of the five Captains interviewed you wouldn't hesitate to ask Patrick Stewart & Scott Bakula out to lunch, because from this disjointed venture you get the feeling they were the most articulate individuals who have the ability to talk about themselves and you would still like to listen.

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