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The Captains (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 22 July 2011 (USA)
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The Captains is a feature length documentary film written and directed by William Shatner. The film follows Shatner as he interviews the other actors who have portrayed Starship captains within the illustrious science-fiction franchise.

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William Shatner

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William Shatner
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Credited cast:
William Shatner ... Himself
Patrick Stewart ... Himself (as Sir Patrick Stewart)
Avery Brooks ... Himself
Kate Mulgrew ... Herself
Scott Bakula ... Himself
Chris Pine ... Himself
Christopher Plummer ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rene Auberjonois ... Himself
Ira Steven Behr Ira Steven Behr ... Himself
John de Lancie ... Himself
Paul Duraso Paul Duraso ... Arm Wrestling Referee
Jonathan Frakes ... Himself
Sally Kellerman ... Herself
Walter Koenig ... Himself
Chase Masterson ... Herself - Convention Guest
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The Captains takes the audience on a voyage of discovery as pop culture phenom William Shatner interviews Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek: The Next Generation), Avery Brooks (Captain Benjamin Sisko Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager), Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer, Star Trek: Enterprise), and Chris Pine (Captain James T. Kirk, Star Trek 2009). With each of these celebrated actors Shatner explores the pressures and pitfalls that came along with donning the Starfleet uniform and reveals for the first time his own embarrassment over the role which made him a household name. With the help of his fellow captains Shatner learns to respect his work on the original Star Trek and finishes the film with a new perspective on life, death, and the legacy he will leave behind. The Captains also delves into each of the actors' lives and careers leading up to their landmark television performances. The film pays ... Written by TB

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The final frontier is only the beginning


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Country:

Canada

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English | French

Release Date:

22 July 2011 (USA) See more »

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Капитаны See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

There was a series of books which had each of the captains walk through a door/portal that led them into a bar where they each spoke of the travails of being a captain, called "Captains Table" . Very interesting as how they created the entrance no matter where the captains were at the moment and captains could cross paths of past captains before they were or even ones past dead. But all captains, no matter the ship. See more »

Goofs

Right after the scene showing Captain Sisco on the bridge of the original Enterprise, there's a shot of Voyager dropping out of warp speed. The shot must be running backwards as no ship has even been shown to warp aft end forward. See more »

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Head Sci/Fantasy Con Promoter Debbie Hess See more »

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Probably not much interest to non-Trekkers, but a goldmine for fans.
1 November 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very odd and meandering little documentary. If you hate Star Trek or have little interest in it, then you should probably avoid it. But, if you like or love the shows, then by all means give it a look--but the film is probably NOT what you are expecting.

William Shatner made this documentary. It consists of him traveling about the globe interviewing the various people who have played the Captain on the various Trek incarnations--"Star Trek: The Next Generation", "Deep Space 9", "Voyager", "Enterprise" and even the latest movie "Star Trek"--where the Kirk character was given a re-boot. But, I was surprised because the flow of the show and the interviews seems rather free-form. And, unlike my expectations, it did NOT consist of the actors reminiscing very much about the show or telling amusing anecdotes (though there are a few). Instead, it's rather philosophical and discusses such unusual topics as death and the afterlife, the effect the shows had on their family lives (it was mostly VERY negative) and the legacy of having been a 'Captain'. The biggest surprise for me was how incredibly grueling the shows were--as 12-14 hour days were the norm. So, being at work 60-75 hours a week was typical--and wrecked a few marriages. How very sad. Yet, despite this, they all seemed very much at peace with the show and their legacy.

Overall, a delightful and slight little film. Worth seeing and thought-provoking.

why APple AnnIE? effect on family relationships--sad; grueling schedule


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