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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (film, 1979)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture
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The Human Adventure is Just Beginning
Directed by Robert Wise
Produced by Gene Roddenberry
Jon Povill
Written by Gene Roddenberry
Alan Dean Foster
Harold Livingston
Starring William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelly
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Richard H. Kline
Editing by Todd C. Ramsay
Distributed by Paramount
Release date(s) December 7, 1979
Running time 132 min
Country USA
Language English
Gross revenue $139,000,000
Preceded by Star Trek (television series)
Followed by Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek: The Motion Picture is film released in 1979 from Paramount Pictures, and based on the 1966-1969 television series Star Trek. The film, from original series creator Gene Roddenberry and veteran director Robert Wise, won three Academy Awards (best music, visual effects, and art/set direction) and earned $139 million at the box office, despite being rushed to release without a proper editing from Wise nor a pre-screening, which was corrected in 2001 with the release of a director's cut to video and DVD.


The cast of the original television series reprised their roles for the film, with one notable exception: Mark Lenard, who was best known for having played Spock's father Sarek, played a Klingon in the movie.

  • William Shatner (Admiral James T. Kirk)
  • Leonard Nimoy (Cmdr. Spock)
  • DeForest Kelley (Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy)
  • James Doohan (Cmdr. Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott)
  • George Takei (Lt. Cmdr. Hikaru Sulu)
  • Majel Barrett (Dr. Christine Chapel)
  • Walter Koenig (Lt. Pavel Chekov)
  • Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Cmdr. Uhura)
  • Grace Lee Whitney (CPO Janice Rand)
  • Mark Lenard (Klingon Captain)

Additional cast members

  • Persis Khambatta (Lt. Ilia)
  • Stephen Collins (Cmdr. Willard Decker)
  • David Gautreaux (Cmdr. Branch)

Persis Khambatta was the former Miss India, and a newcomer to the screen when she was chosen for the major part of Ilia. Stephen Collins was also a newcomer, and he auditioned for the part of Decker primarily to meet director Wise (DVD interview). David Gautreaux was originally to have been the Vulcan officer Xon in the aborted Star Trek: Phase II, a planned relaunch of the television series for 1977; the role of Cmdr. Branch was given to him, in part when Leonard Nimoy was persuaded to reprise his role for the film.