Star Trek VIII: First Contact

Paramount Released 1996



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Jonathan Frakes

Picard and his crew travel back in time to Earth in the year 2063 to protect Zefram Cochrane from the Borg who are trying to stop his maiden warp flight, which would in turn stop first contact with the Vulcans from happening. To preserve history and the march of technological innovation, Picard and his crew must defeat the Borg aboard the Enterprise and save Cochrane's life.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Blessed with clever plot devices and a villainous horde that makes the once-dread Klingons seem like a race of Barneys, First Contact does everything you'd want a "Star Trek" film ...

  • 90

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Having earned his stripes by directing a few TV episodes, Frakes makes an auspicious debut as a feature filmmaker, sustaining excitement and maintaining clarity as he dashes throug...

  • 50

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    The series now lacks all of its original stars and much of its earlier determination. It has morphed into something less innocent and more derivative than it used to be, something ...

    Patrick Stewart

    Patrick Stewart

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    Jonathan Frakes

    Jonathan Frakes

    Commander William T. Riker

    Brent Spiner

    Brent Spiner

    Lieutenant Commander Data

    LeVar Burton

    LeVar Burton

    Lieutenant Commander Geordi la Forge

    Michael Dorn

    Michael Dorn

    Lieutenant Commander Worf

    Gates McFadden

    Gates McFadden

    Dr. Beverley Crusher

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (7)

      • The Borg: We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctivness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

      • Picard: I'm about to commit a direct violation of our orders. Any of you who wish to object should do so now. It will be noted in my log.
        Data: Captain, I believe I speak for everyone here, sir, when I say... to hell with our orders.

      • Picard: I think our goal should be to puncture one of the plasma coolant tanks. Data?
        Data: Excellent idea. Plasma coolant will liquify organic material on contact.
        Worf: But the Borg are not entirely organic.
        Picard: True. But like all cybernetic life forms, they cannot survive without their organic counterparts.

      • Data: Captain, I believe I am experiencing anxiety. It is an intriguing sensation. A most distracting--
        Picard: Data, I'm sure it's a fascinating experience, but perhaps you should deactivate your emotion chip for now.
        Data: Good idea, sir. [BEEP] Done.
        Picard: Data, there are times when I envy you.

      • Picard: Good, they haven't broken the encryption code yet.
        Lily: Who? Those bionic zombies you told me about. The--
        Picard: Borg.
        Lily: Borg. Sounds Swedish.

      • Borg Queen: Are you familiar with physical forms of pleasure.
        Data: If you are referring to... sexuality... I am... fully functional. Programmed in... multiple techniques.

      • Worf: I must object to this course of action.
        Picard: The objection is noted.
        Worf: With all due respect, sir, I believe you are allowing your personal experience with the Borg to influence your judgement!
        Picard: You're afraid. You want to destroy the ship and run away. You coward.
        Beverly: Jean-Luc!
        Worf: If you were any other man, I would kill you where you stand.
        Picard: Get off my bridge.

    • NOTES (5)

      • Production Budget - $46,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $92,027,888 (17th)
        Worldwide Gross - $146,027,888 (22nd)

        Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $169,897,639
        Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $269,589,947

      • Filming locations include:
        Angeles National Forest, California
        Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
        Green Valley, Arizona
        Downtown, Los Angeles, California

      • Taglines:
        1. Population 9 billion. All Borg.
        2. The battle to save the future has begun.
        3. There is no thrill like First Contact.
        4. Planet Earth. Population 9 billion. None human.
        5. You Will Be Assimilated.
        6. Resistance is Futile.

      • Music:
        Theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture
        Written by Jerry Goldsmith
        Theme from "Star Trek" (1966) TV Series
        Music by Alexander Courage
        Vallon Sonore
        Written by Hector Berlioz
        Performed by Ryland Davies and The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal
        Opera House, Covent Garden
        Conducted by Colin Davis
        Ooby Dooby
        Written by Dick Penner & Wade Moore
        Moonlight Becomes You
        Written by Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen
        Performed by Julie Morgan
        Magic Carpet Ride
        Written by John Kay & Rushton Moreve
        Performed by Steppenwolf

      • Academy Awards Nominations:
        1. Makeup

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