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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

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The Borg travel 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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Jonathan Frakes

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Gene Roddenberry (television series Star Trek), Rick Berman (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Riker
Brent Spiner ... Data
LeVar Burton ... Geordi (as Levar Burton)
Michael Dorn ... Worf
Gates McFadden ... Beverly
Marina Sirtis ... Troi
Alfre Woodard ... Lily
James Cromwell ... Zefram Cochran
Alice Krige ... Borg Queen
Michael Horton ... Security Officer
Neal McDonough ... Lt. Hawk
Marnie McPhail ... Eiger
Robert Picardo ... Holographic Doctor
Dwight Schultz ... Lt. Barclay
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Storyline

In the 24th century, the crew of the Enterprise-E has been ordered to patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone by the Federation to avoid interference with their battle against the insidious Borg. Witnessing the loss of the battle, Captain Jean-Luc Picard ignores orders and takes command of the fleet engaging the Borg. But the Borg plan to travel back into the 21st century through a vortex with the intention to stop Earth's first contact with an alien race (the Vulcans). Following the Borg sphere, Picard and his crew realize that they have taken over the Enterprise in order to carry out their mission. Their only chance to do away with the Borg and their seductive queen is to make sure that Zefram Cochrane makes his famous faster-than-light travel to the stars. Written by Blazer346

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Resistance is Futile. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek 8 See more »

Filming Locations:

Green Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,716,131, 24 November 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$92,001,027, 30 March 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,000,000
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The character Zefram Cochrane was first seen in Star Trek: Metamorphosis (1967) played by Glenn Corbett. There are differences between the original Cochrane and this character, most notably Kirk's identification of "Zefram Cochrane of Alpha Centauri?" but they are both noted space flight pioneers. This Zefram Cochrane role was actually written for James Cromwell. Tom Hanks was also considered for the role, but was unavailable as he was filming That Thing You Do! (1996). Glenn Corbett could not reprise the role, as he died from lung cancer on January 16, 1993. See more »

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After killing the Borg queen, Data is seen laying down. When Picard goes to help him stand, he goes from laying down to kneeling (presumably to get a smoother standing shot). See more »

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[first lines]
Borg Queen: Locutus...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile.
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Enjoyable mix of light TV touches and sci-fi drama
21 December 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When the Borg launch an attack on Earth, the Enterprise is sent to the neutral zone due to the Admiralty's mistrust of Picard's abilities as he had been assimilated in the past. The Enterprise however, disobeys and returns to help destroy the Borg ship. However a smaller ship escapes and travels back in time, causing the assimilation of Earth in the future. The Enterprise follow the ship back in time and have to undo the damage the ship did on the surface to an experimental warp drive unit that will led Earth to it's first contact with alien life. Meanwhile, on the Enterprise, survivors of the Borg ship begin to assimilate decks within the ship itself.

The trend of the `even good, odd bad' continues in Star Trek with this good entry in the series. Linking to previous story lines, the film starts immediately and continues at a good pace. Where the previous time travel excursion for the crew was more funny than anything else, this film goes down a more dramatic route with the main plot not turning out to be on the ground (as I first thought it would be) but on the ship where the crew struggle to contain the Borg's advances. This aspect works well - it is not edge of the seat stuff, but it is dramatic and involving.

In contrast the stuff on the surface is more a side issue that is used well to contrast with the pace on the Enterprise itself. There aren't many laughs but it does have a nice little bit of self mocking humour that raises it's head occasionally. The cast (crew?) all do good work, but it is Stewart's film and his Borg past help to enrich his character well. Frakes does an able enough job as director but as an actor he has little to do, as indeed do most of those on the Earth aside from a cameo from Cromwell who adds humour. Woodard is OK in her role but not as good as I've seen her be in other things.

Overall this is a solid Star Trek film, which although not excelling in any one area, has a strong backbone of drama and action aboard the ship that works well with the lighter stuff on the earth.


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