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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

US 132m, Colour
Director: Robert Wise; Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins

Star_Trek1979Star Trek: The Motion Picture was a monumental event for fans of the original television series on which this film was based. With only the Enterprise and its crew standing between a powerful alien entity and earth’s destruction, the plot is relatively simplistic for a feature-length film. Notwithstanding the surprisingly clever revelation of the entity’s earthly origins, the film is a slow-paced and self-indulgent production which spends an inordinate amount of time with its special effects, despite the fact that they are not as good compared to contemporary science fiction films. The production’s saving grace is the reuniting of the cast from the original television series – which set in motion the revitalization of the franchise (Klaus Ming December 2012).

2 comments on “Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    12/30/2012

    I saw this when it came out, and I thought it was too slow and too long and not very much fun. Years later I rented it on video and I remember joking with the clerk about the “Now with extra footage!” note on the box, wondering who had asked for that.

    But then I saw it again more recently and I liked it more. It doesn’t play to the Trek audience as the later ones did, but I think it has its own virtues. It’s the Star Trek movie for people who don’t like (or have never see) the TV show.
    (First Contact us still my favorite, though.)

    • Klaus
      12/31/2012

      I’ve similar feelings with this one and have come to better appreciate what they wanted to do with this film. Unfortunately the special effects haven’t held up that well. I recall thinking it was pretty dazzling in 1979.

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