Star Trek: The Motion Picture script
Synopsis: The Federation calls on Adm. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the Starship Enterprise to contain an immense nimbused object that's on a crash course with Earth. After investigating, the crew discovers that the alien cloud harbors artificial intelligence with an ominous primary directive. Crisis strikes when a probe dispatched by the energy cloud attacks the crew, abducting navigator Lt. Ilia (Persis Khambatta). An android look-alike containing her memories shows up soon after.

FADE IN :

1 EXT SPACE (S) 1

An ever expanding infinity of light and color as CAMERA

TRAVELS THROUGH deep space, MOVING DIRECTLY for one

pinpoint of light: a STAR GROWING RAPIDLY as we SWEEP

TOWARD IT, a normal white star SUDDENLY CHANGING,

brightening, flaring unbelievable intensity: supernova.

The CAMERA HOLDS just a moment, then MOVES on, SEARCH-

ING through space, the jeweled beauty of other star

systems, sparkling nebulae, swirling hydrogen clouds.

STILL MOVING, then CAMERA FINDS:

2 EXT. AREA OF LUMINESCENCE (S) 2

In the far distance, slowly growing in size as CAMERA

APPROACHES:
it resembles, vaguely at this distance, an

Aurora Borealis:
flaring colors from the fringes,

beautiful yet ominous. It is so large, this Cloud, it

can envelope an entire solar system. CAMERA CONTINUES

APPROACHING the Cloud, and then suddenly, crossing

our POV, a:

3 KLINGON HEAVY CRUISER (S) 3

In a graceful, turning arc toward the mysterious

LUMINESCENCE. CAMERA FOLLOWS this Klingon, then FINDS

a second Klingon cruiser, also turning toward the Cloud,

which continues to grow in size as the Klingons

approach at warp speed, CAMERA CLOSING on the lead

ship, until the vessel's detail can be clearly MADE

OUT:
lights, weaponry, power systems, identification

emblazoned on the nacelles and saucer in Klingon

language (and symbols).

4 INT. KLINGON CRUISER BRIDGE (O) 4

Clearly alien, an ODD-SOUNDING KLAXON signaling

"battle stations." Orders issued in KLINGON LANGUAGE,

the KLINGON CAPTAIN and EXEC peering at an unusual

bridge viewer at the huge area of LUMINESCENT HAZE

directly ahead. In KLINGON DIALOGUE:

KLINGON CAPTAIN:

(Give me tactical.)

5 CLOSE - MAIN VIEWER (O) 5

goes suddenly to a TACTICAL GRID SYSTEM, showing the

LUMINESCENT HAZE to be an ENORMOUS BLIP OF LIGHT ON

THE SCREEN, with two TINY PINPRICKS OF LIGHT complete-

ing their turn on a direct course toward it.

6 EXT. SPACE - THE KLINGON PATROL AND THE HAZE (S) 6

The Patrol is clearly SEEN now on the right of the

bottom of the FRAME... THREE tiny ships closing on the

steadily growing LUMINESCENT HAZE.

7 INT. THE KLINGON BRIDGE - CAPTAIN AND EXEC (O) 7

All eyes on the viewer that shows the ships sweeping

on the Mysterious cloud.

KLINGON CAPTAIN:

(In Klingonese)

Visual.

The TECHNICIAN makes the switch.

8 CLOSE - VIEW SCREEN - LUMINESCENT HAZE (O) 8

growing ever larger, its flaring colors menacing,

mysterious, strangely beckoning.

9 INT. BRIDGE - KLINGON COMMAND CRUISER 9

The crew stands by for battle.

KLINGON CAPTAIN:

(In Klingonese)

Tactical again. Stand by on

torpedoes.

10 EAT SPACE - LEAD KLINGON VESSEL (TORPEDO HATCH) (S) 10

sliding open, the glowing "Hell Fire" of the Photon

Launch tubes, slowly revealed.

11 VERY WIDE ANGLE - THE THREE SHIPS (S) 11

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Harold Livingston

Harold Livingston is an American novelist and screenwriter who wrote the screenplay for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Before his career as a writer, Harold was a fighter pilot. more…

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