Star Trek: The Movie

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German title Star Trek: The Movie
Original title Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star trek of film.svg
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1979
length 132 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Robert Wise
script Harold Livingston
production Gene Roddenberry
music Jerry Goldsmith
camera Richard H. Kline
cut Todd Ramsay

Successor  →
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek: The Movie (Original Title: Star Trek: The Motion Picture ) is an American science fiction film from 1979. It is the first Star Trek cinema film and at the same time a sequel to the television series Spaceship Enterprise . The film opened in German cinemas on March 27, 1980.


A huge cloud of energy is on its way to earth. In the process, she destroyed three Klingon spaceships and the Federation space station Epsilon 9, which had previously tried unsuccessfully to communicate with the cloud. The Federation sees earth threatened by the cloud and sends the refurbished USS Enterprise NCC-1701 to intercept the cloud. James T. Kirk, who has meanwhile been promoted to Admiral, lets himself be given command of the ship at short notice and transfers the original Captain Will Decker to the post of first officer. Since the Vulcan Sonak, originally planned as a science officer, dies in an accident while beaming, Kirk transfers this role to Decker at the same time. Deltan Lieutenant Ilia, Decker's former lover, takes up her position as navigator.

In order to reach the cloud as quickly as possible, Kirk lets the Enterprise fly with the warp drive , which has not yet been adequately tested . This leads to a machine failure that puts the ship into a wormhole and threatens to collide with an asteroid out of control . A torpedo launched from the ship at the last second destroys the asteroid, causing the Enterprise to leave the wormhole again.

On the planet Vulcan, Spock tries to master the Kolinahr, a technique that enables him to completely suppress emotions. Suddenly he can feel the presence of the cloud and recognizes it as an alien consciousness. He therefore embarks on the Enterprise , where he resumes his proven role as a science officer.

After Spock restored the warp drive, the Enterprise soon reached the cloud. An energy beam from the cloud scans the ship and injures Chekov; Spock recognizes the beam as an attempt to communicate. Then the Enterprise flies into the cloud, which is structured unevenly and in color. In it, the crew discovers a construction several kilometers in size, which apparently creates the energy cloud. Suddenly a probe disintegrates Ilia on the bridge after being disturbed while trying to download data from the Enterprise's computer . Shortly afterwards, Kirk, Spock, ship's doctor, Doctor McCoy, and Decker discover a machine in Ilia's quarters that is an outwardly exact copy of Iliad. This is the mouthpiece of the foreign entity. The crew learns from her that the entity calls itself "V'ger" and is looking for its creator, whom it believes to find on earth. Spock, wearing a rocket spacesuit, goes to the center of the construction on his own and after a thought-amalgamation with the entity and a holographic replica of V'ger's journey, he learns that V'ger has tremendous knowledge but cannot understand emotions.

V'ger sends Spock back to the Enterprise . The huge spaceship in which V'ger and the Enterprise are located has reached earth and V'ger tries to contact its creator. But when he does not receive an answer, he wants to destroy all people on earth, because he thinks that they are preventing contact. Kirk is able to convince V'ger to personally give him the information that V'ger wants from its creator, and so the Enterprise is pulled directly to V'ger further inside the spaceship. An away team from the bridge crew goes to V'ger. It finds out that V'ger is the partially soiled label of " Voyager 6 ", a space probe launched by NASA in the 20th century , whose primary goal was to collect all knowledge about the universe. On her way she has reached a machine civilization that took the mission of the Voyager probe literally and developed Voyager with its technology to what V'ger represents. V'ger had continued the journey, soon learned everything that could be learned and therefore set out on the way back to earth in order to convey the knowledge that he had gathered to the people as creators. The knowledge transfer failed, however, because nobody on earth understood the communication code any more.

When V'ger understands that people are their creators, it demands answers about the meaning of the emptiness of their existence, which knows nothing but logic. Decker, who can still see Iliad's essence in the machine, wants to reveal to V'ger the essence of being human by offering V'ger to become one with him. He and the Ilia probe begin to dissolve into luminous energy. A new being arises and the cloud disappears. Kirk eventually reports Ilia and Decker missing instead of dead.

Before the beginning of the credits , the written sentence "The human adventure is just beginning."


The story was originally planned for the first episode of the television series Star Trek: Phase Two ; However, after much back and forth, Paramount Pictures decided on a feature film. Some of the backdrops originally built for the never-produced series were used for the feature film as well as later films and TV series to save on budget. The concept of the film plot was nothing new; the same idea had already been processed in the Spaceship Enterprise episode My Name is Nomad .

The production largely exceeded the budget . Ultimately, the film cost 40 million US dollars, among other things because finished visual effects by the animation company Robert Abel & Associates proved to be unsuitable and had to be recreated again at great expense.

The visual effects were overseen by Douglas Trumbull and Richard Yuricich , among others , who had already contributed to 2001: A Space Odyssey .

Despite the high production costs, Star Trek: The Film , supported not least by the science fiction hype about Star Wars , recouped its costs, whereupon the second film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was produced.

The sound effects of the movie come from the German Kai Krause , who won a Clio Award for this work .

A new, longer version of the film was released on video in the late 1990s, containing scenes that were also included in the version on the US television broadcast.

The Director's Edition has been available on DVD since 2002 and contains new digital effects and changed scenes. In 1979 the film had to be finished as soon as possible due to the tight deadline and many effects were not implemented as originally planned by the director. The version currently available on Blu-ray is the original theatrical version from 1979.


Jerry Goldsmith's film music is considered one of the composer's most important works. Many of the themes were also used in later productions in the film series, in which Goldsmith was involved, especially the Klingon Battle theme and the theme music. Star Trek producer Roddenberry liked the latter so much that, at his request, the theme was also used as the opening music for the television series Spaceship Enterprise: The Next Century . Parts of the title theme of the series Raumschiff Enterprise by Alexander Courage can also be heard briefly (as background music for the logbook entries).

Goldsmith took an unusually long time to compose. This was due to the fact that, due to the ambitions of the producers with regard to optical effects, there were repeated delays in the completion of the image material. The last recordings for the soundtrack were recorded on December 1, 1979 at 3 a.m., 6 days before the film premiere. The orchestra was conducted by Lionel Newman.

As one of the few and final productions in the Hollywood film industry, Star Trek begins with a three-minute overture , i.e. a purely musical opening before the actual opening credits . For this purpose Goldsmith used the Ilia theme, a piece in six- eight time andante, which the composer himself described as a love theme . The piece is characterized by a striking dynamic : It begins with an initially two-part secondary melody; This is followed by a crescendo that is adapted to the compositional structure - main and secondary themes as well as a change of key - but is constant, which accumulates a few bars before the end. The overture ends with a pianissimo from the orchestra, after which the powerful title theme begins.

This heroic motif, referred to as the Enterprise or Kirk theme in the overall work of the music for the film, is integrated into a major harmony in twelve-eighth time, and can be heard as the title melody in a version allegro moderato, which is carried over long distances by a powerful brass section. The Enterprise theme itself was created as one of the earliest parts to be completed, initially to underline the scenes in which Admiral Kirk is transported to the spacecraft Enterprise , which is floating in earth orbit .

A third key element of the soundtrack is the V'ger theme, which stands for the alien entity that threatens the earth. It is mainly used in the pieces The Cloud , The Flyover and The Force Field . Brass instruments and percussion are increasingly used here. The use of a blaster beam ensured particularly strange sound effects . This is an electronic stringed instrument created by the artist Craig Huxley , whose rattling sound evokes associations with a kettledrum and which has a body about 5–6 meters long.

Singer Shaun Cassidy covered the Ilia theme on a single released in 1980, underlaid with lyrics, as Star Beyond Time .

The film music was released as LP in ten scores in 1979. 20 years later, an anniversary edition appeared with previously unpublished parts. The music was revised and digitally improved for the release of the film on DVD (Dolby 5.1).


The German synchronization was carried out by Berliner Synchron GmbH based on a dialogue book by Jürgen Neu, directed by Wolfgang Schick . Some of the original voice actors were hired for the film. Harald Wolff was responsible for the synchronization of the new scenes .

role actor Voice actor
Admiral James T. Kirk William Shatner Gert Günther Hoffmann ,
Klaus Sonnenschein (new scenes)
Mr. Spock Leonard Nimoy Herbert Weicker ,
Norbert Gescher (new scenes)
Dr. Leonard "pill" McCoy DeForest Kelley Manfred Schott ,
Bodo Wolf (new scenes)
Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott James Doohan KE Ludwig ,
Kaspar Eichel (new scenes)
Lt. Cmdr. Hikaru Sulu George Takei Helmut Gauss
Lt. Pavel Chekov Walter Koenig Elmar Wepper ,
Stefan Staudinger (new scenes)
Lt. Cmdr. Uhura Nichelle Nichols Rose-Marie Kirstein ,
Regine Albrecht (new scenes)
Dr. Christine Chapel Majel Barrett Doris Gallart
Lt. Ilia Persis Khambatta Alexandra Lange
Capt./Cmdr. Willard "Will" Decker Stephen Collins Frank Glaubrecht ,
Bernd Vollbrecht (new scenes)
Janice Rand Grace Lee Whitney Barbara Adolph
Cmdr. Branch Shimmer David Gautreaux Hans-Jürgen Dittberner


“Elaborate film based on the successful TV series 'Raumschiff Enterprise' (Star Trek). Boring staged, stereotypical in the figure drawing and with a pseudo-philosophical superstructure. "

"A worth seeing science fiction adventure with successful special effects, excellent music and excellent camera work."

“The film repeats the cliché patterns of the television series. A threatening situation arises, the captain reacts with authoritarian command, the doctor expresses skepticism, Spock brings cool logic into play, and the machinist warns for the umpteenth time that the machines must not be overloaded ... You have to do one be a die-hard "Enterprise" fan to enjoy such a simple film that has been forcibly trimmed to the point of meaning. "


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