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Star Trek Movie Memories

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  817 ratings  ·  55 reviews
The sequel to the bestselling Star Trek Memories, documenting in deliciously lurid and candid detail all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans in the making of the six Star Trek movies, with on-the-scene reporting from the set of the seventh in which...Kirk dies! Star Trek Movie Memories recounts all the chaos, creative turmoil, backstage politics, power plays and production n ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published June 21st 1995 by HarperTorch (first published January 1st 1994)
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This one was better than the first one, possibly because his memories of the movies were fresher. His perspective on his relationships with his costars is interesting; they bad-mouth him so much, and, while his take is obviously biased, he seems genuinely hurt and confused by their vitriol. Having read Nichols's autobiography, I can honestly say I don't understand where she's coming from in her relations with him. He deals with this well, referring vaguely in both books to his coworkers' bittern ...more
Darrell Reimer
In the mid-90s, shortly before Chris Berman and Brannon Braga completely bled the franchise of all human interest, William Shatner authored (with Chris Kreski) two volumes of “Star Trek memories.” The first volume, which focuses exclusively on the 60s television series, remains in print and continues to sell. The second volume, which focuses exclusively on the franchise movies that Shatner participated in, is out-of-print — which is a shame, because of the two volumes the “Movie Memories” is the ...more
I took a chance on this book because I saw it in the dollar bin at a book sale. I was expecting to read a lot about Shatner pounding his chest and showing how much of an ego he has.

To my plesant surprise, I found the exact opposite in the pages of this book.

Shatner starts the book riight after the 1966 Star Trek series has ended. He tells about his roles, his family and his career coming to a head with him and his dog traveling the country doing Shakespear in the park. Then, the book switches ge
Phoenix Emrys
This was a most enjoyable read, because of the irreverent and extremely humorous style of the book, as well as the frankly astonishing nature of the gossipy and at times extremely catty disclosures. Indeed many of the 'revelations' contained in Mr Shatner's colorful recollections of the post-series Star Trek years were to me as unexpected as they were... illuminating. Not necessarily in a good way, when it came to revelations pertaining to the unsuspected characters of certain key members of the ...more
Melissa McCauley
Although I liked this book, it was not nearly as enjoyable or personal as his previous book “Star Trek Memories”. Mainly, he talked about all the different script ideas, studio politicking and production disasters involved in bringing the various Star Trek movies to the big screen. His rare spurts of personal reflection involved 1) his description of being unemployed and living out of his truck after the original series was cancelled – which I thought was touching, 2) a page and a half describin ...more
Emmett Spain
Shatner reminisces about Star Trek movies with plenty of humour on display. This is miles apart stylistically from the preceding 'Star Trek Memories' book, which was aiming for warm nostalgia and mostly got there. Shatner's co-writer on this one, Chris Kreski, has obviously added a huge amount of punch to Shatner's prose, and it works. Unlike Star Trek Memories, this book has real personality.

Obviously this speaks to fans only - if you don't already know who the key people are then this book wil
Lorry Chwazik
As a devoted Trekker from the era of the original series, I'm embarrassed to not have had this book on my radar despite it being published a decade ago. (Perhaps some out there might consider the source of my embarrassment should stem from admitting the first part of my statement above....) However, a friend kindly passed this volume to me after picking it up at a sale, and I promptly dove in, expecting a rehashing of many more Shatner-style bombastic ST memories. There were those, of course, bu ...more
Read it in memory of Leonard Nimoy. It was an excellent complement to the book "I Am Spock".
This two books make you see how the story of Star Trek has been a really bumpy ride, and how Gene Roddenberry was really a figurehead with not much decision or power.
It will also be interesting to know how Star Trek has changed hands, specially after the next generation and the other shows came to be.
(SPOILER) It is also interesting to know that for Star Trek VI they wanted to make a story about a younger
E.A. Bucchianeri
To boldly laugh as no one has laughed before …

After the cancellation of the original Star Trek series, the cast and crew of the Enterprise seemed destined to find careers elsewhere in Hollywood, until it finally became apparent to Paramount how popular Star Trek had remained and continued to gather devoted fans, the die-hard Trekkers. The next step? Why, revive the franchise by producing a movie of course. The rest is history, as they say.

The creation of great art, be it a painting, a book, a p
Chad Sayban
It was interesting to get some of the behind-the-scenes tidbits about the making of the Star Trek movies of the original cast. Shatner's wit keeps the pages turning even though it isn't always completely effective. While I found it capable and Star Trek fans are sure to eat it up, I was hoping for more depth that what I found. Fans will enjoy the look behind the curtain, but don't expect too much.
Jules Fairley
Not a huge Star Trek fan, but I do like parts of the movie franchise - reading about it proved to be more enjoyable. Interesting to learn how the recently deceased Leonard Nimoy got the directing gig on Part III. I love following the evolution of a long, strong franchise - how the characters grow & the series changes over the course of a few decades. All the twists & turns of the behind-the-scene politics - from the first, artful '2001'-like motion picture to the more dramatic follow-up ...more
Fun, fun...William Shatner voices his abridged audio book version, and delivers a fun ride down memory lane. His intonation and persona are so iconic, that all of his memories just burst into life-form through his voiced recollections. This version is quite short, though, and I just wish it was a little longer. Shatner's wry sense of humor and delivery style are perfect. (I can just imagine the book's audio engineers going crazy as he speeds up and slows down his delivery in true Shatner form... ...more
David King
“Star Trek Movie Memories” is pretty much William Shatner and Chris Kreski’s sequel to their earlier memoirs book, “Star Trek Memories”. However whilst “Star Trek Memories” focused on the creation, production and reception of the original series, this book looks at what happened after the series was cancelled and how the various Star Trek movies came to be.

The book basically chronicles the production of the first seven Trek movies right up until Shatner has to face Kirk’s death in Generations. I
Adam Watson
After reading the first book, I was interested enough to continue Shatner's memoirs. This one was a bit more enjoyable, and overall eked out a star higher than its predecessor. It helps that Shatner starts off unusually humble (after the tv show, he slept with his dog in his pickup/camper shell while doing summer stock!), and his recollections and details are much more vivid for the movies than the original series. Roddenberry, in particular, comes across as a sad man trying vainly to control "h ...more
This book was a lot like its sister book, Star Trek Memories. I enjoyed the insider perspective on the moviemaking process. Especially interesting were all the ideas that never made it onto the screen, the priceless funny stories, the behind the scenes action ("if you'll look closely the next time you watch the movie, you might notice X") and the real chemistry between the original Star Trek characters. Shatner chronicles the rise and fall of the Star Trek movie franchise beginning with the end ...more
Eugene Caputi
The absolute best book I've read about the Hollywood Political Process. People are likely thinking, "Yeah, sure, Shatner wrote a great book?" Well, he did, if you like the Star Trek movies, and are curious as to how it all came together and why, it's a fascinating read. I read this book all the time. And some of the anecdotes are burned into my memory as to how Hollywood works.

Note: I absolutely had no love for Shatner's original Star Trek Memories which was more of a typical Hollywood tell-all
Ray Jordan
I thought this book was an insightful behind the scenes look at the making of the Star Trek films. Although some of Shatner's introspection was a little eye rolling, but the book was entertaining, nontheless.
After reading STAR TREK MEMORIES, it would only be appropriate to read this book too. The first one dealt more with the fight for a struggling television show. This one is about the strength that it built up and leading them to the next step: film. It is of the same caliber of the previous book and as much of a joy to read. But yes, it does humanize the people who are involved - - but that is the point. Again we are getting Shatner's limited (but first-hand) view of these events and we go into i ...more
A great read for a Star Trek fan and a nice revisitation for me since it has been years since I read this. Shatner, as always, is an interesting and fun narrator. He's such a goof and while he does sort of treat some of his cast members unfairly in the name of humour, and also just seems willfully ignorant about the opinion the others have of him, he does acknowledge some failings and owns up to some missteps. The chapter on his directed film, the much lampooned Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, ...more
another good quick summer read - funny how movies get made
Enjoyed more than I thought I would
Grace Jensen
Love reading the behind the scenes shenanigans!
Sep 17, 2007 Nathan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Long ago, in a galaxy, far, far... Wait.
Yes, I read it! And yes, I'm reviewing it! Everybody knows William Shatner. He's almost as famous as God, and twice as self-indulgent. In Star Trek Movie Memories, Shatner reveals the backstage gossip, production details and celebrity antics behind each of the then six Star Trek films. It's hilarious, it's over the top, and it's a great read for any fan of science fiction. Shatner has a wonderful memory for these events, and his surprisingly self-effacing wit makes this a fun book.

Larry Erbe
If you're a fan of the trek you'll enjoy this book. Live long and prosper.
This was a quick and entertaining read, meant to balance the hours I've been spending with a very seriously gothic and difficult literary novel. I have been a Trekkie since college and do enjoy reading about the making of the various TV series and movies. There is also one thing
that must be said about William Shatner: he has a sense of humor and that includes himself as subject.
I loved the book. Having grownup as a fan of Star Trek for much of my life, Capt. Kirk and the whole crew of the original series seem almost like members of the family. Really enjoyed reading about all the ups and downs of how the films were written and produced, and all the difficulties they had to overcome to put the Star Trek stories on the big screen.
Daniel Kukwa
One hell of a surprise. Not only is it full of Shatner's wonderful humour, it's also packed with lots of info & behind the scenes shenanigans...some of downright fascinating, especially the conflicts between the studio, the writer's guild, and other sundry outsiders. A very under-rated resource on film making between 1977 and 1994.
Jim Johnson
I'm not even a Star Trek fan (but I do follow William Shatner on Google+ and find him intriguing) but I really enjoyed this book. To read about each Star Trek movie from Shatner's perspective was insightful and entertaining. Now, I'm seriously considering watching all movies with the original cast back-to-back.
Zach Klinefelter
I loved this book. "Star Trek: Movie Memories" is an enlightening and surprisingly humble take on making the "Trek" films from Kirk himself. Shatner's memoirs are nostalgic, funny, and at times quite sad. I haven't read Shatner's predecessor yet, but it's a must-read now.
This was entertaining. Shatner gives you the behind the scenes info that went to the making of every Star Trek movie he was in. His writing style is smooth and the stories are interesting, at least if you like Star Trek or are interested in how movies get made.
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William Shatner is the author of nine Star Trek novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ashes of Eden and The Return. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Get a Life! and I'm Working on That. In addition to his role as Captain James T. Kirk, he stars as Denny Crane in the hit television series from David E. Kelley, Boston Legal -- a role for which he has won tw ...more
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