William Shatner, Stephen Collins, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Directed by Robert Wise. William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Stephen Collins as Decker, Leonard Nimoy as Spock and DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy

Spock: Captain, V’ger is a child. I suggest you treat it as such.
Kirk: A child?
Spock: Yes, Captain, a child; evolving, learning, searching… instinctively needing.
Decker: Needing what?
McCoy: Spock, this “child” is about to wipe out every living thing on Earth. Now, what do you suggest we do? Spank it?

8 Responses to “Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)”

  1. The major component in this once derided first film in the famed series is Jerry Goldsmith’s sensational score and main theme (later used to lasting success in STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION.

  2. One of my favorite elements of the classic “original” incarnation of STAR TREK has always been the contrast is paints between the level-headed Spock and the firebrand Dr. McCoy. In particular, this contrast illustrates the two sides of Kirk’s personality- logic and human emotion- that he must reconcile in order to succeed as a leader. This dialogue exchange illustrates this nicely.

  3. Also, while the score is definitely a positive for the movie, the unfortunately hilarious expression “V’ger”- pronounced “vee-jer”- definitely drags down the movie. It just sounds so… inappropriate.

  4. …the unfortunately hilarious expression “V’ger”- pronounced “vee-jer”- definitely drags down the movie. It just sounds so… inappropriate.

    Paul, I think that might have been on purpose. ;)

  5. Yep agreed Alison. What brings this movie down is a torturous pace, and lack of feeling or connection with the original series. That problem was remedied in the next installment, THE WRATH OF KAHN and in a few others in the movie series.

    Still, it’s one of Goldsmith’s finest scores, worthy to sit alongside his superlative music for THE SAND PEBBLES, THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL, ISLANDS IN THE STREAM, PLANET OF THE APES, PAPILLON, ALIEN, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, TWILIGHT ZONE THE MOVIE and THE OMEN.

  6. Yeah, THE WRATH OF KHAN is terrific, as are the two that follow. I particularly like THE VOYAGE HOME (although I will never forget Leonard Nimoy having a bit of a hissy fit over the lack of nominations for it).

    Goldsmith is wonderful. In addition to everything on your list I also love his score for L.A. CONFIDENTIAL. Such a great movie. Another one that I watched again recently (within the last couple of months) that really stood up well in every way.

  7. Yep Alison, I quite agree with you there!

  8. There’s enough stuff here for a solid episode of the original series, but as a 2+ hour movie it kind of dragged. For me that was its biggest sin.

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