Star Trek: the Motion Picture

Star Trek: the Motion Picture

Robert Wise (1979)

U Certificate


Our Score
At its long-delayed release, this big-screen version of the cult TV series was dubbed "The Slow Motion Picture". True, it is rather talky and the Enterprise crew does stand around looking awestruck a lot, yet it hits epic heights that fans can't fail to be moved by. Robert Wise, director of the classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, purposely went for 2001 grandeur rather than Star Wars mock heroics in an effort to give the beloved characters an enduring film career beyond their TV repeats. And it worked, as time has shown, despite the plot merely combining The Changeling and The Doomsday Machine episodes in one glorious space glob.


A mysterious, planet-sized energy cloud is heading for Earth, destroying everything in its path. Admiral James T Kirk returns to the bridge of the Enterprise to stop the invader, but he has to contend with a bitter rival and the possession of one of his crew by the alien force. Sci-fi adventure, the first movie based on the TV series, starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and Persis Khambatta.

Cast & Crew

Admiral James T Kirk William Shatner
Mr Spock Leonard Nimoy
Dr Leonard "Bones" McCoy DeForest Kelley
Commander Willard Decker Stephen Collins
Ilia Persis Khambatta
Scotty James Doohan
Sulu George Takei
Uhura Nichelle Nichols
Chekov Walter Koenig
Dr Christine Chapel Majel Barrett
Janice Rand Grace Lee Whitney
Director Robert Wise
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: C.I.C. (UK)Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray