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Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

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When the crew of the Enterprise learn of a Federation conspiracy against the inhabitants of a unique planet, Captain Picard begins an open rebellion.

Director:

Jonathan Frakes

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (creator: "Star Trek"), Rick Berman (story) | 2 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
F. Murray Abraham ... Ru'afo
Donna Murphy ... Anij
Anthony Zerbe ... Dougherty
Gregg Henry ... Gallatin
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Sojef
Michael Welch ... Artim
Mark Deakins Mark Deakins ... Tournel
Stephanie Niznik ... Perim
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Storyline

While on a mission to observe the peaceful Ba'ku race, Lt. Commander Data suddenly behaves as if having to fear for his existence. The immortal Ba'ku, whose planet offers regenerative radiation and therefore incredible lifespans, live in harmony with nature and reject advanced technology. Their planet and their culture is secretly researched by the Federation associated with an alien race called the Son'a. But the Son'a intend to abduct the Ba'ku in order to take the planet for themselves and for the Starfleet officials who all would like to regenerate their bodies. But they did not think of the loyalty of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E to the Prime Directive. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Taglines:

The future of the galaxy, and the survival of a race, depend on an act of rebellion See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sci-fi action violence, mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek 9 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,052,836, 13 December 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,117,571, 28 March 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,000,000
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2.39 : 1
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According to a leaked manuscript, "Fade In: The Writing of Star Trek: Insurrection" (written by Michael Piller years before his death, and never released because of studio concerns about the content of said manuscript), initial concepts for the film were far removed from the final product. The first script treatment (called "Star Trek: Stardust") involved Picard and a fellow cadet named Hugh Duffy (who were friends at Starfleet Academy) meeting up after almost three decades because of different circumstances. Duffy has become a renegade who has tried to provoke a war between the Federation and the Romulan Empire, and Picard must travel to the Neutral Zone to bring him back. Picard eventually finds Duffy and risks his career to help the other officer thwart a plan by the Romulans to take over a planet housing "the fountain of youth". At the end, Picard gets arrested (and stripped of his rank) by Starfleet due to his actions during this film. The plot was similar to Heart of Darkness, and featured numerous references to various episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »

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When Picard shoots the Son'a guard on the holoship, a crash mat can be seen when he falls off the roof. See more »

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[first lines]
[children playing hide and seek]
child: There he is. Let's get him, come on!
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References Platoon (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet in D Major. Opus 64. No. 5. 'The Lark'
Fourth Movement: Finale - Vivace
By Franz Joseph Haydn (as Franz J. Haydn)
Performed by Caspar da Salo Quartet
Courtesy of Point Classics
By Arrangement with Source Q
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Star surprise
13 June 2000 | by ChronusSee all my reviews

Let me say this: I loved this movie. I'm not one of those unconditional trekkies, but I liked this movie a lot.

And this one, by actor/director Jonathan Frakes, is a good piece of entertainment. It's intelligent, sometimes surprising, has good action (albeit the tactics and manoeuvres of Star Trek ships are quite ridiculous - whatever the movie) and the actors chosen for this one are good performers.

The Star Trek Universe is complex, rich, but not my favourite. There seem to be holes in its consistency - technology seems to be less advanced in fields where it should have been far ahead, politics seems too much like politics on any country on Earth, and society a replica of USA's, Europe's or Japan's society, military tactics seem no different of manouvering battleships like Submarines, Frigates, Air Carriers, etc. At least, there is some effort to put some science into Star Trek - even if we do not know what metaphase is or why the explosion of metronium gas is so destructive in space.

The script is too simple, I grant that. But the way Insurrection was shot, the special moments achieved, a couple of twists in the plot, a reasonable dose of uncertainty and humour, leads me to say we are in the presence of a Star Trek masterpiece.

It's a pity that the main motor of events isn't some larger than life quest or fight (or is it?). Those of us who grew up familiar with the grand scale of events of the Star Wars saga, the details and realism of Blade Runner and Twelve Monkeys, the ingenuity of Batman, Dark City, The Matrix, expect of movies like Insurrection something that tops or equals these other masterpieces, and when that doesn't happen, something seems to fail.

But Insurrection ends up being a good work by someone that had only directed some episodes of Star Trek - The next Generation.

Well, the special effects are good, the acting is good (Patrick Stewart, Donna Murphy, Zerbe, Murray Abraham, Frakes, Levar Burton, Brent Spinner - they know exactly what to do and give this movie the extra-consistency), the soundtrack is ok.

If mr. Jonathan Frakes read this, I would advise him to continue his good work but to seek more complex and elaborated scripts for Star Trek. If he chooses to direct other types of movies, he does have the talent.

I hope you all enjoy this.


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