Star Trek: The Motion Picture

1979 PG 2h 16m DVD

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

1979 PG 2h 16m DVD
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This first Star Trek film reunites the U.S.S. Enterprise's original crew from the 1960s television show. Capt. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) -- now an admiral -- and his former crew must save humanity from a giant alien ship steadily approaching Earth. There's conflict on the ship as well as in the universe, as displaced Cmdr. Decker (Stephen Collins), the Enterprise's new captain, becomes Kirk's assistant. Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley co-star.
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins, Grace Lee Whitney
Robert Wise
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the Star Trek: The Motion Picture features sci-fi violence, including the implication of death, and some intense moments amped up by music. When released theatrically, the movie received a G rating by the MPAA, which was revised to PG in the director's cut. There are allusions to sexual activity, but nothing onscreen. Some aspects of the story involve spiritual/moral questions. Like all Star Trek offerings, this one reflects a multicultural universe largely concerned with peace and the well being of all people (and aliens).

Sexual Content

Mention that Decker formerly had intimate relations with a comely alien. She spends a lot of the movie in a robe with a very short hemline, and there is generalized talk about her species having a powerful psychic sexual allure.


Space vessels are disintegrated into nothingness. A few crew are knocked around and scorched by energy bolts. A Vulcan nerve pinch. Minor characters perish in a transporter malfunction, but the horrific result is left to the imagination.


Scotty says "hell."

Social Behavior

Intellect and good judgment save the day, instead of warfare. The United Federation of Planets is famously multicultural, multi-ethnic, even multi-species. The ethos of Star Trek is one of exploration and non-interference, though the crew inevitably gets involved in protecting the vulnerable and fighting evil.


Nothing onscreen, but Star Trek, as a marketing franchise, has toys and products in "infinite diversity in infinite combinations," to quote a favorite Gene Roddenberry saying.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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