One of the most successful directors of the 1960s, when he became an efficient maker of epic-length pictures, Robert Wise is one of Hollywood’s few popularly recognized filmmakers. He joined RKO in the 1930s as a cutter and eventually became one of the studio’s top editors, working in this capacity on classics such as The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), Citizen Kane (1941), and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). He became a director with help from producer Val Lewton, who assigned Wise to finish Curse of the Cat People (1944), a B-movie that had fallen behind schedule, and the resulting picture proved extremely haunting and enduring. Wise later directed The Body Snatcher (1945) for Lewton, but after the producer left RKO, he found himself locked into B-movies. His 1948 psychological Western Blood on The Moon, starring Robert Mitchum, and the acclaimed boxing drama The Set-Up (1949) were the only two important pictures that Wise got to do during his last four years at the studio. Wise… read more
On the one hand: yes, it´s slow, the story is rather lame (a super intelligence that cannot read its proper name on a plate??) and Shatner´s acting is wodden... On the other hand: the look of it all, the music, the spirit of the whole enterprise (and: Enterprise) is pure joy. Kirk approaching the Enterprise is the best love scene in any Star Trek movie or episode. A classic not on par with the other films.
V'GER!!! Mind Blowing bad guy!!! I watched this with my dad, actually I haven't seen the saga. I really am starting to love these 5min pans of the USS Enterprise, they just never seem to stop!! But none the less, an fun movie, have to admit that Sulu & Bones are the ones that make me keep on watching.