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Star Trek Movie Memories

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  908 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
The star-studded sequel to the instant bestseller Star Trek Memories, which spent six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Shatner documents the making of the first six Star Trek movies and includes on-the-scene reporting from the set of the seventh, scheduled for a Thanksgiving 1994 release. Includes nearly 100 never-before-seen photos, some in full color.
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 1994)
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Nov 21, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
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
Apr 13, 2012 Darrell Reimer rated it really liked it
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
Aug 28, 2011 Aaron rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 05, 2010 Phoenix Emrys rated it really liked it
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
Mar 18, 2013 Melissa McCauley rated it liked it
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
Feb 24, 2015 Emmett Spain rated it really liked it
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
Mar 21, 2014 Lorry Chwazik rated it really liked it
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
Apr 02, 2015 Leo rated it really liked it
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
Sep 27, 2014 Chad Sayban rated it liked it
Shelves: good, own, home-library
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.
Thomas Herlofsen
Aug 13, 2015 Thomas Herlofsen rated it really liked it
A more engaging read than the first one. It might be that, as some have pointed out, the memories are fresher and more vi id, but I think its also due to the fact that many of the main cast of characters are already established, and It also seems that Shatner treated the movies like less of a job and more like a labour of love. There's also many good stories here; the Original Trek movie franchise comes off like diamonds in the rough, only really fulfilling their potential once (..Khan). Shatner ...more
Jules Fairley
Feb 28, 2015 Jules Fairley rated it liked it
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
Jul 10, 2016 Martin rated it really liked it
A fun, quick read. Not as good as its predecessor, but still good. Reading about the evolution of each movie's script, it is made clear there was no person or small group guiding the Star Trek universe's evolution. The inside baseball of how the studio, producers, and directors worked/fought together is especially interesting to this neverwas studio executive.

Shatner is fair with Roddenberry, showing Roddenberry as something of a jerk, but still expressing his personal appreciation that without
Sep 15, 2015 Malika rated it it was amazing
This book gave me a truly large and unexpected amount of joy. Bill Shatner's memories of making the movie, combined with some background of the studio politics, and a very generous sprinkling of other voices, tell the full story (with Shatner's skew, of course). Plus, his ghost writer is VERY good - the story flows well, it's well written and doesn't get bogged down with too much Tales of Heroism, dumb jokes, etc. (though there's plenty of both). An interesting read, I learned a lot about the fi ...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
Jan 09, 2014 David King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Dec 14, 2010 Adam Watson rated it really liked it
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
Sep 06, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
This book is about how the first seven Star Trek movies came together. It chronicles the ups and downs of scripts, casting, budgets, etc. So I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes of producing movies, or of course if you are interested in Star Trek. I've always enjoyed Shatner books so for me it's a solid 4 stars. Very interesting.
Jan 09, 2013 Cristina rated it it was amazing
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
May 10, 2012 Eugene Caputi rated it it was amazing
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
Bill Donhiser
Jun 06, 2016 Bill Donhiser rated it liked it
Overtime I pick up one of these celebrity memoirs I think why did I buy this thing. This one was better than most and did not show as much of Shatner's ego as i expected. I truly enjoyed reading it and it made me want to revisit watching the movie and the series again.
Jan 02, 2016 Unwordy rated it liked it
Täitsa lõbus lugemine. Eriti peatükk, kus vana enda režissööritööna valminud filmimoodustise totaalset feilimist üritab kõigi teiste kaela ajada peale iseenda.
Ray Jordan
Jul 27, 2015 Ray Jordan rated it liked it
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.
Jun 29, 2013 Darrell rated it liked it
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
May 19, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
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
Jul 17, 2015 Dodey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another good quick summer read - funny how movies get made
Apr 20, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
Enjoyed more than I thought I would
Grace Jensen
Sep 03, 2014 Grace Jensen rated it really liked it
Love reading the behind the scenes shenanigans!
Sep 17, 2007 Nathan rated it liked it
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.

Jan 26, 2016 Christian rated it liked it
Much more interesting and insightful than his book about the TV series.
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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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