Rating: **** Threat: Alien device
Paramount. Written by Harold Livingston based on a story by Alan Dean Foster & Gene Roddenberry with Isaac Asimov (advisor); Photographed by Richard H. Kline; Special effects by Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuroch & John Dykstra (supervisors); Edited by Todd Ramsay; Music by Jerry Goldsmith; Produced by Gene Roddenberry; Directed by Robert Wise. Original version, 132 minutes; Expanded version, 143 minutes.
William Shatner (James T. Kirk, Starfleet admiral); Leonard Nimoy (Spock, Vulcan Starfleet officer); DeForest Kelley (Dr. Leonard McCoy, chief medical officer of the Enterprise); James Doohan (Montgomery Scott, engineer of the Enterprise); George Takei (Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Enterprise); Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov, chief weapons officer); Nichelle Nichols (Nyota Uhura, communications officer); Majel Barrett (Dr. Christine Chapel, medical officer); Stephen Collins (Willard Decker, captain of the Enterprise, later reduced to executive officer); Persis Khambatta (Ilia, navigator); Grace Lee Whitney (Janice Rand, transporter chief); John D. Gowans (Rand's assistant); Mark Lenard (Klingon captain); John Rashad Kamal (Sonak, Vulcan science officer killed in transporter accident); Susan Sullivan (woman killed in transporter accident); Billy Van Zandt (alien ensign); Roger Aaron Brown (Epsilon technician); Michele Ameen Billy (Epsilon lieutenant); Gary Faga (airlock technician); Howard Itzkowitz (ensign who gives Kirk permission to board); Marcy Lafferty (DeFalco, officer who replaces Ilia); Terrence O'Connor (Chief 'Ross, Chekov's backup); Michael Rougas (Lt. Cleary); Joshua Gallegos (Perez, security officer who escorts Ilia); Leslie C. Howard (yeoman who gives Kirk directions); Doug Hale (voice of Enterprise computer); David Gautreaux (Com. Branch); Sayra Hummel, Junero Jennings (technical assistants); Edna Glover, Norman Stuart, Paul Weber (Vulcan masters); Ralph Brannen, Ralph Byers, Paula Crist, Iva Lane, Frank L. Seales, Bjo Tremble, Momo Yashima (crew members); Jimmie Booth, Joel Kramer, Bill McIntosh, Dave Moordigian, Tom Morga, Tony Rucco, Joel Schultz, Craig Thomas (Klingon crew).
Nine years after the original Star Trek television series was canceled, a revised version of the series was planned for production. But with the enormous success of Star Wars (1977), this project was suspended and replaced by a major feature-length film with a large budget While wholeheartedly welcomed by fans, many felt the picture short-changed the regular cast in favor of elaborate special effects and an ethereal storyline. It was not until after its original theatrical run that