Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures, 1979) is the first feature film based on the popular science fiction television series, Star Trek: The Original Series.

Directed by Robert Wise. Written by Alan Dean Foster and Harold Livingston.
(The human adventure is just beginning.)


Three versions of this film exist. The film was originally released in theaters in 1979. The film was first shown on broadcast network television in 1983 and included 12 minutes of additional footage. This version was subsequently released on VHS as the "Special Longer Version." In 2001, a Director's Edition of the film was released on DVD and VHS. The Director's Edition included some additional dialogue not shown in the 1979 theatrical version, and some dialogue was cut out from the 1979 theatrical version. The 2001 Director's Edition is four minutes longer than the 1979 theatrical version. The dialogue from both prior versions that was not included in the main feature of the 2001 Director's Edition was included as deleted scenes on the "Bonus Features" disc. In the quotes that follow, the differences in dialogue are noted when they were not identical in all three versions.

Montgomery Scott: The crew haven't had near enough transition time with all the new equipment. And the engines-- They're not even tested at warp power. And an untried captain.
James T. Kirk: Two-and-a-half years as chief of Starfleet Operations may have made me a little stale, but I wouldn't exactly consider myself ... untried. [Scotty gives him a bewildered look.] They gave her back to me, Scotty.
Montgomery Scott: Gave her back, sir? Oh, I doubt it was that easy with Nogura.
James T. Kirk: [Scottish accent] You're right. [both laugh]

[Kirk just got command back of the USS Enterprise.]
Hikaru Sulu: He wanted her back. He got her.
Alien Ensign: And Captain Decker? He's been with this ship every minute of her refitting.
Uhura: Ensign, the possibilities of our returning from this mission in one piece may have just doubled.
  • [2001 Director's Edition only.]

Willard Decker: Admiral, this is an almost totally new Enterprise. You don't know her a tenth as well as I do.
James T. Kirk: That's why you're staying aboard. I'm sorry, Will.
Willard Decker: No, Admiral, I don't think you're sorry. Not one damn bit. I remember when you recommended me for this command. You told me how envious you were and how much you hoped you'd find a way to get a starship command again. Well, sir, it looks like you found a way.
James T. Kirk: Report to the bridge, Commander, immediately.
Willard Decker: Aye, sir.

[A transporter accident just occurred.]
James T. Kirk: Starfleet, do you have them?
Man: [on radio] Enterprise, what we brought back didn't live long, fortunately.
James T. Kirk: Starfleet, Kirk. Please express my condolences to their families. Commander Sonak's can be reaches through the Vulcan embassy. There was nothing you could have done, Rand. It wasn't your fault.

Commander Branch: Enterprise, the cloud is definitely a power field of some kind. Measures-- My God-- over [82/two] AUs in diameter. Must be something incredible inside there generating it. We're transmitting linguacode friendship messages on all frequencies. No response.
  • ["82 AUs" in 1979 theatrical version and 1983 television version, "two AUs" in 2001 Director's Edition.]

Uhura: Captain, Starfleet reports our last six crew members are ready to beam up, but one of them is refusing to step into the transporter.
James T. Kirk: Oh? I'll see to it that he beams up. Transporter room.

James T. Kirk: Yeoman?
Yeoman: Yes, sir?
James T. Kirk: What was the problem down there?
Yeoman: He insisted we go first, sir. Said something about first seeing how it scrambled our molecules.
James T. Kirk: [to Rand] Has a familiar ring, doesn't it? Starfleet, this is Captain Kirk. Beam that officer up now.
  • [Preceding dialogue in 2001 Director's Edition only. Following dialogue included in all versions of the film, and a continuation of the same scene in the 2001 Director's Edition.]
James T. Kirk: Well, for a man who swore he'd never return to Starfleet--
Leonard McCoy: Just a moment, Captain, sir. I'll explain what happened. Your revered Admiral Nogura invoked a little-known, seldon-used reserve activation clause. In simpler language, Captain, they drafted me!
James T. Kirk: They didn't.
Leonard McCoy: This was your idea. This was your idea, wasn't it?
James T. Kirk: Bones, there's a thing out there.
Leonard McCoy: Why is any object we don't understand always called a thing?
James T. Kirk: Headed this way. I need you. Damn it, Bones, I need you. Badly!

Leonard McCoy: Well, Jim, I hear Chapel's an M.D. now. Well I'm going to need a top nurse... not a doctor who will argue every little diagnosis with me. And they probably redesigned the whole sick bay too! I know engineers. They love to change things.

James T. Kirk: Well, Bones, do the new medical facilities meet with your approval?
Leonard McCoy: They do not. It's like working in a damn computer center.

James T. Kirk: Time to impact?
Ilia: Twenty seconds.
James T. Kirk: Mr. Chekov, stand by on phasers!
Willard Decker: NO!!! Belay that phaser order! (walks to Chekov) Arm photon torpedoes!

Leonard McCoy: Spock, you haven't changed a bit. You're just as warm and sociable as ever.
Spock: Nor have you, doctor, as your continued predilection for irrelevancy demonstrates.
James T. Kirk: Gentlemen. At last report, you were on Vulcan... apparently to stay.
Leonard McCoy: Yes, you were undergoing the "Kolanear" discipline.
James T. Kirk: Sit down.
Spock: If you are referring to the Kolinahr, Doctor, you are correct.

Spock: On Vulcan I began sensing a consciousness... from a source more powerful than I have ever encountered. Thought patterns of exactingly perfect order. I believe they emanate from the intruder. I believe it may hold my answers.

Uhura: It could hold a crew of tens of thousands.
Leonard McCoy: Or a crew of a thousand ten miles tall.
Pavel Chekov: I'll take over now.
Ensign: Aye, sir.
James T. Kirk: Evaluation, Mr. Spock.
Spock: Facinating. That vessel is generating a force field greater than the radiation of Earth's sun.
  • [1983 television version only.]

Uhura: A faint signal from Starfleet, sir. Intruder cloud has been located on their outer moniters for the past 27 minutes. Cloud dissipating rapidly as it approaches.
Hikaru Sulu: Starfleet reports forward velocity has slowed to sub-warp speed. We are three minutes from Earth orbit.

Willard Decker: Captain, Voyager 6 disappeared into what they used to call a black hole.
James T. Kirk: It must have emerged on the far side of the galaxy... and fell into the machine planet's gravitational field.
Spock: The machine inhabitants found it to be one of their own kind-- primitive, yet kindred. They discovered its simple 20th-century programming-- collect all data possible.
Willard Decker: Learn all that is learnable. Return that information to its creator.
Spock: Precisely, Mr. Decker. The machines interpreted it literally. They build this entire vessel... so that Voyager could actually fulfill its programming.
James T. Kirk: And on its journey back, it amassed so much knowledge... it achieved consciousness itself. It became a living thing.

Spock: V'Ger must evolve. Its knowledge has reached the limits of this universe, and it must evolve. What it requires of its god, Doctor, is the answer to its question -- Is there nothing more?
Leonard McCoy: What more is there than the universe, Spock?
Willard Decker: Other dimensions. Higher levels of being.
Spock: The existence of which cannot be proven logically. Therefore, V'Ger is incapable of believing in them.
James T. Kirk: What V'Ger needs in order to evolve... is a human quality-- our capacity to leap beyond logic.
Willard Decker: And joining with its creator might accomplish that.
Leonard McCoy: You mean this machine wants to physically join with a human? Is that possible?
Willard Decker: Let's find out.

James T. Kirk: Decker.
Willard Decker: I'm gonna key the final sequence through the ground test computer.
Leonard McCoy: Decker! You don't know what that'll do to you!
Willard Decker: Yes, I do, Doctor.
James T. Kirk: Decker, don't.
Willard Decker: Jim, I want this. As much as you wanted the Enterprise, I want this.

James T. Kirk: Spock, did we just see the beginning of a new life-form?
Spock: Yes, Captain. We witnessed a birth. Possibly a next step in our evolution.
James T. Kirk: I wonder.
Leonard McCoy: Well, it's been a long time since I delivered a baby. And I hope we got this one off to a good start.
James T. Kirk: I hope so too. I think we gave it the ability to create its own sense of purpose... out of our own human weaknesses... and the drive that compels us to overcome them.
Leonard McCoy: And a lot of foolish human emotions. Right, Mr. Spock?
Spock: Quite true, Doctor. Unfortunately, It will have to deal with them as well.

James T. Kirk: Mr. Sulu, ahead warp one.
Hikaru Sulu: Warp one, sir.
Chief DiFalco: Heading, sir?
James T. Kirk: Out there. Thataway.
  • [last lines]


  • The human adventure is just beginning.
    • [Closing text]


Actor Role
William Shatner James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy Commander Spock
DeForest Kelley Dr. Leonard McCoy
James Doohan Commander Montgomery Scott
George Takei Lt. Commander Hikaru Sulu
Walter Koenig Lt. Pavel Chekov
Nichelle Nichols Lt. Commander Uhura
Majel Barrett Dr. Christine Chapel
Grace Lee Whitney Transporter Chief Janice Rand
Persis Khambatta Lieutenant Ilia
Stephen Collins Willard Decker
Mark Lenard Klingon Captain

External links

Quotes for other Star Trek television series and feature films
  Television series
The Original Series · The Animated Series · The Next Generation · Deep Space Nine · Voyager · Enterprise
  Feature films
The Motion Picture · II: The Wrath of Khan · III: The Search for Spock · IV: The Voyage Home · V: The Final Frontier · VI: The Undiscovered Country

Generations · First Contact · Insurrection · Nemesis