• Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Release Date: December 8th, 1979

G |2 hr 12 min

Plot Summary

A massive alien spacecraft of enormous power destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, entering Federation space. Admiral James T. Kirk is ordered to take command of the USS Enterprise for the first time since her historic five-year mission. The Epsilon IX space station alerts the Federation, but they are also destroyed by the alien spacecraft. The only starship in range is the Enterprise, after undergoing a major overhaul at Spacedock on Earth. Kirk rounds up the rest of his crew, and acquires some new members, and sets off to intercept the alien spacecraft. However, it has been three years since Kirk last commanded the Enterprise - is he up to the task of saving Earth?

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

Director: Robert Wise

Genres: Adventure , Mystery , Sci-Fi

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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]

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