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The Captains -- Feature documentary following the life and career of William Shatner, The Captains will explore Shatner's Montreal roots and his early career in Stratford, Ontario, as well as the change in circumstances by his role as Kirk.
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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
Location Management
Nathan Gendzier .... location 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
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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Jump aboard as Shatner takes his fans on another Trek..., 27 October 2011
Author: Erikwk04 from Netherlands

Being born in '88, the original Star Trek series starring William Shatner had long stopped running and the new series Next Generation starring Sir Patrick Stewart was in full swing. It wasn't until TNG hit the daily reruns on the BBC that I got my first taste of Star Trek, mind you I could not have been more than 8 years old at the time.

As a young adult now I look back at the shows with a great sense of nostalgia and joy and have come to admire the original two Captains of the Enterprise for their influence on previous and current generations. I'm not a trekkie, as I have never been to a convention or felt the need to sport Spock ears, but I am for sure a fan.

So let's be honest about this, would I have watched Shatner's The Captains if it weren't for so many fond childhood memories? No. Would I have enjoyed it if it weren't for said memories? No. Is it a quality documentary by its own right? No. Is William Shatner a talented or even competent interviewer? No, although the other reviewers would disagree with me on that one. From my point of view Shatner makes some basic and rookie mistakes in his technique as an interviewer, best shown during his interview with Avery. So is it all just a wash and 90 mins of my life wasted on a pursuit of childhood nostalgia? No, and here's why.

What Shatner does in The Captains, is to give us a look into his own Star Trek experience. What it was like as the first captain, what it did to him at the time and in the years after. How it affected his personal life (failed marriage with three kids) and how he has struggled to give Kirk a place in his life. Shatner's journey of discovery is deeply personal as he, with the help of his fellow captains and Stewart in particular, comes to terms with the legacy he will eventually leave behind when Scotty beams him up one final time. This theme of mortality works brilliantly as a stark contrast to the immortality of the Star Trek franchise as it lives on to this day still.

The Captains gives us fans a never before seen glimpse into Shatner's mind and heart. It is dirty and messy at times, but always honest and genuine.

Watch this if you are a fan and interested in the man that made the captain that inspired millions to boldly go where no one has gone before…

P.S. To Shatner and all the captains, much love and appreciation for your work.

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