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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 James T. Kirk resumes command of the overhauled USS Enterprise in order to intercept it.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (based on "Star Trek" created by), Harold Livingston (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Capt. James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
James Doohan ... Scotty
George Takei ... Sulu
Majel Barrett ... Dr. Chapel
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Persis Khambatta ... Ilia
Stephen Collins ... Decker
Grace Lee Whitney ... Janice Rand
Mark Lenard ... Klingon Captain
Billy Van Zandt ... Alien Boy
Roger Aaron Brown ... Epsilon Technician
Gary Faga Gary Faga ... Airlock Technician
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Storyline

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 three 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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Taglines:

The human adventure is just beginning See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Startrek.com

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Klingon

Release Date:

8 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,926,421, 9 December 1979, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$82,258,456

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$139,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX (director's cut)| Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Although the 'pajama' style uniforms were never worn by the main actors, they were reused for the subsequent films for background characters, with subtle changes. The engineering suits were used in all of the films, up to Star Trek VI. Some of the different costumes were also reused during the filming of The Next Generation television series. A majority of the set pieces were used for decades after this film. The Klingon bridge set was turned into the transporter room of the Regula 1 space station, and a majority of the set became the photon torpedo bay area for Star Trek II, and III. That particular set would have sections used in most of the remaining films and television series. See more »

Goofs

When the Enterprise is departing from Earth the Sun is seen to rise above the Earth. However sunrise is normally due to the rotation of the Earth, or in the case of the International Space Station the vehicle moving in a posigrade orbit round the Earth. In this case, the Enterprise is moving in the opposite direction, so if we were following it then the Sun would be seen to set if the Enterprise was in orbit. On the other hand, if the Enterprise was moving in an almost straight line, the Sun could come into view as the apparent size of the Earth diminished due to the Enterprise moving away from it. As the size of the Earth does not appear to change, the Sun can only appear to rise if the position of our viewpoint is moving in that same direction, but if that were so, we would be moving upwards, away from the Enterprise. This isn't happening either, so the scene might look nice but it is incorrect. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Klingon captain: [giving an order in Klingon] Tactical...
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Crazy Credits

End title: "The human adventure is just beginning." See more »

Alternate Versions

Some scenes from the theatrical version were also slightly edited for the Director's Edition. Details are:
  • Some footage of the Klingon cruiser at the film's beginning is trimmed. Specifically, when the Klingon captain is sitting in his chair, and when the Klingon captain asks for a visual.
  • In the same scene, a large amount of footage in the Epsilon 9 station is deleted, mostly of the computer relaying voice information.
  • After the transporter accident, Kirk's line "Oh, my God" is deleted.
  • Some of the briefing footage is trimmed. Notably, after Epsilon 9's destruction, Kirk now says "Viewer off" only once instead of twice.
  • Decker's reaction to Ilia's presence aboard the ship is trimmed by one second.
  • A shot of an Enterprise instrument powering down is deleted and replaced with a shortened version of a scene where Ilia and Decker exchange glances and smile.
  • Some of the wormhole explosion reaction shots have been trimmed/deleted; notably, Chekov's line "We're out of it" is removed.
  • The shot of Kirk leaving for the Bridge as the Enterprise enters the V'Ger cloud is trimmed.
  • After Chekov burns his hand, some footage is rearranged, deleted or replaced.
  • When the energy torpedo powers down, Sulu's remark "The new screens held" is removed.
  • A large amount of shots of V'Ger's interior are trimmed for pacing.
  • After Ilia's capture by V'Ger, some footage relating to the Enterprise being held by a tractor beam is trimmed/deleted.
  • When Spock arms his thruster pack, the computer's relaying of instructions on how to use it is removed.
  • Spock's sickbay scene is slightly trimmed.
  • When the vessel approaches Earth, some footage is trimmed/deleted. Also, some footage of Kirk reasoning with the probe is deleted.
  • A shot of the Ilia probe turning her head near V'Ger is trimmed.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Theme from 'Star Trek: The television Series'
Written by Alexander Courage and Gene Roddenberry
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User Reviews

 
A muddled epic
30 November 2005 | by russem31See all my reviews

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Stardate: 7412.6

Of all the Star Trek films, this is the most impersonal and epic - which necessarily isn't a bad thing. This film really isn't about the Star Trek crew, but about the vast visual effects laden V'Ger and how the Enterprise spends 2+ hours exploring it. The score by Jerry Goldsmith only accentuates this epic-ness - this is one of his best scores and brings a majestic quality to the Star Trek crew. Never really is this film funny (unlike 4) or action-packed (unlike II) but regardless will always have a place in my heart because it tries to be as epic as Star Trek can possibly be. Overall, a 7 out of 10 (mostly because of the state-of-the-art effects of its time in 1979 and a superb score by Jerry Goldsmith RIP).


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