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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Movie Information

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Robert Wise


William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley
James Doohan
George Takei
Majel Barrett





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Kirk, Spock, and McCoy have to save the planet Earth from V'ger, a massive space entity destroying everything in it's path. -- DB

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Leighann Paige 08/21/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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When I first heard Star Trek: The Motion Picture was two hours long, I was elated. Then I sat down and watched it. The truth is that you could probably cut out at least 45 minutes of the film and keep the same exact story without a single problem. Many of the sequences that could be cut are the equivalent of space porn with dramatic music. At least the music was good. It was nice to see The Original Series characters again, plus a few more that I liked, but some relationships and moments between characters were infuriating to say the least. I only liked the film as much as I did because of the relationships between Spock, Kirk, and McCoy, even though their interactions weren't the best. This picture could be skipped by Trek or sci-fi fans.

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worleyjamers 06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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An okay Sci-fi film. The performances and script were pretty solid, but the film is 30 minutes too long and moves at a glacial pace at times. I thought the final bits were really good and I enjoyed the NASA connection at the end, but with a slow-moving middle and the showcasing of some horrendous visual effects, Star Trek 1 is a mediocre entry in the genre.

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Chris Kavan 10/06/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A weak start to the franchise - luckily they get better. I would actually recommend watching Wrath of Khan and Search for Spock before this one, then going back or you may be turned off by the entire series.

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09/17/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" by Yojimbo

The first in the long running movie franchise was a huge departure from the ethos of the series it was based upon, and as such disappointed the majority of fans who were expecting more of the same kitsch hi-jinx and polystyrene sets that endeared themselves to so many. The Motion Picture prefers to take its cues from more grandiose, epic sci-fi tales such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and although its inspirations are very obvious, it does very well in capturing a sense of awe and wonder that space exploration (at least used to) conjures up. The stars of the show are most certainly the pairing of SFX legends Trumbull and Dykstra and the visuals of this film are still astonishing to this day, and the addition of Jerry Goldsmith's suitably operatic score makes the original Trek film an audio-vis...

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12/23/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

hugely atrocious first film for the series

Keep in mind this was the first thing I'd ever seen that included the original Star Trek crew, and I had already decided to watch all the films. So needless to say, I was scared. Anyone who has seen 2001: A Space Odyssey even once can tell that this is just a huge rip-off. Made even more disappointing that it's directed by the very gifted and versatile, Robert Wise who happened to have directed The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Haunting, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, and my personal favorite by him, The Body Snatcher...Out of all the people to direct a Star Trek film, Wise was hands-down the most talented. So it's a big surprise that he directed such a hugely atrocious first film for the series.

I can not begin to explain how boring I felt this film was. I've never fallen asl...

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05/31/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Visually and musically fabulous but otherwise dull

Long after STAR TREK became a pop culture phenomenon, creator Gene Roddenberry began conception on a second TV series. Due to the success of STAR WARS, however, it was decided to turn Roddenberry's concepts into a feature-film that hit theaters in 1979. Its financial success spawned several sequels, turning it into a legendary film franchse. However, you wouldn't know it by watching STAR TREK--THE MOTION PICTURE, which, despite some breathtaking visual effects work by Douglas Trumbull and a classic score by Jerry Goldsmith, never comes to life. The whole film feels very much like a television episode stretched out to more than two hours; this naturally leads to a lot of excruciatingly slow and boring scenes which take forever to get through, with a lot of stiff, emotionless acting. The co...

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