• Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Release Date: December 7th, 1979

DVD Release Date: January 12th, 1999

G |2 hr 12 min

Plot Summary

The Federation calls on Adm. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the Starship Enterprise to contain an immense nimbused object that's on a crash course with Earth. After investigating, the crew discovers that the alien cloud harbors artificial intelligence with an ominous primary directive. Crisis strikes when a probe dispatched by the energy cloud attacks the crew, abducting navigator Lt. Ilia (Persis Khambatta). An android look-alike containing her memories shows up soon after.

Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Stephen Collins, Persis Khambatta, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig

Director: Robert Wise

Genres: Science Fiction

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Century Associates

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Mystery, Doctor, Creative, Engaging, Sacrifice

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Fans will probably spend little time debating Star Trek's intellectual depths; there are none. But the human element triumphs over the technological in a resolution that is sentimental and highly satisfying. Star Trek is a visually boggling 23rd-Century fantasy. But peel away the budget and it's as comforting as an old-fashioned fable. [8 Dec. 1979]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture is probably about as good as we could have expected. It lacks the dazzling brilliance and originality of 2001 (which was an extraordinary one-of-a-kind film). But on its own terms it's a very well-made piece of work, with an interesting premise. show more

  • 70

    The big problem with this movie is its length. And the story it tells was really better suited for an episode of the series. show more

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Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
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