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Star Trek: The Motion Picture [1979 film] by…

Star Trek: The Motion Picture [1979 film]

by Robert Wise (Director), Harold Livingston (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Majel Barrett (Actor), Stephen Collins (Actor), James Doohan (Actor), DeForest Kelley (Actor), Persis Khambatta (Actor)5 more, Walter Koenig (Actor), Nichelle Nichols (Actor), Leonard Nimoy (Actor), William Shatner (Actor), George Takei (Actor)

Series: Star Trek Movies (1)

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A giant, deadly spaceship is headed for Earth.

Although there's only one credited screenwriter, it was in fact written by committee, and it hurts for it. Script-wise, it's more like Star Trek's Greatest Hits (minus the action) than a story of its own. But the visuals! Trumbull should have been credited as the star; I'm pretty sure his effects get more screen time than the actors.

Concept: A
Story: C
Characters: B
Dialog: D
Pacing: D
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: A
Acting: B
Music: B

Enjoyment: B

GPA: 2.7/4 ( )
  comfypants | Jan 7, 2016 |
Some think the fifth Star Trek film, Final Frontier, is the worst Trek film ever made. I think Generations and Insurrection are strong contenders. But actually, I think this should be the winner in the race for the bottom. Because this commits the cardinal sin--it's dull.

And the hell of it, it shouldn't be. Interesting things are happening with the central characters. Kirk (although you only learn this in the novelization) got married since the five year mission. McCoy shows up looking like a hippie after being shanghaied. Wherever he had been in the intervening years, I'm betting it wasn't Star Fleet. Yeoman Rand became a transporter chief and Chapel went from Nurse to Doctor. And Spock? Spock went to Gol to purge himself of all emotion. This should make for DRAMA! But no, this picture is so emotionally grey, so dull, so drearily boring, such a second rate attempt at 2001. Maybe it's those uniforms... ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Sep 16, 2013 |
When an unidentified alien destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, Captain James T. Kirk and his crew return to the newly-transformed U.S.S. Enterprise to stop the alien intruder on its flight toward Earth.
  mitja_i | Mar 2, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wise, RobertDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Livingston, HaroldScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Barrett, MajelActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Collins, StephenActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doohan, JamesActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kelley, DeForestActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Khambatta, PersisActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Koenig, WalterActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nichols, NichelleActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nimoy, LeonardActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shatner, WilliamActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Takei, GeorgeActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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