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Trekkies (1999)

Denise Crosby , Frank D'Amico , Roger Nygard  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Denise Crosby, Frank D'Amico, Barbara Adams, Denis Bourguignon, David Greenstein
  • Directors: Roger Nygard
  • Producers: Denise Crosby, Joel Soisson, Michael Leahy, Scott Nimerfro, W.K. Border
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 1999
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305582742
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,686 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trekkies" on IMDb

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In just under 90 minutes, this dynamic documentary manages to boldly go where a lot of "Star Trek" fans have gone before: into the heart of "Star Trek" fandom, where humanity blossoms into its most endearingly odd and bracingly positive manifestations. Are "Trekkies" (or "Trekkers") just a bunch of geeks, loners, and societal outcasts who've found their niche on the fandom convention circuit? This delightful film proves that the stereotypes are simultaneously valid and woefully myopic, because the people introduced here are only as strange as you make them. We could just as easily embrace them as ideal citizens of the United Federation of Planets, living Gene Roddenberry's fictional future on present-day Earth. Who's to say theirs is not a better world than ours?\n Superbly directed by Roger Nygard and hosted by Denise Crosby (who played Tasha Yar on "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), the film offers splendid interview segments with all of the original "Star Trek" cast, and many from later "Trek" series, but the real story here lies with the devoted fans who are profiled with an equal balance of fascination, bemusement, and respect; they're a bit weird, to be sure, but these die-hard Trekkies are never unduly patronized. Instead, Crosby and Nygard respond as all "Trek" insiders have in the past: with astonished affection.\n Filmed in 1996-97 at a variety of locations and conventions, "Trekkies" visits a vast array of Trekkers, Trekkies, and just plain folks who love the series and its pop-cultural progeny. Uplifting, thoughtful, comprehensive, and frequently hilarious, this good-natured film (sanctioned by Paramount without being subservient) is guaranteed to entertain fans and nonfans alike, and a proposed sequel would be wholeheartedly welcomed. "--Jeff Shannon"

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In just under 90 minutes, this dynamic documentary manages to boldly go where a lot of Star Trek fans have gone before: into the heart of Star Trek fandom, where humanity blossoms into its most endearingly odd and bracingly positive manifestations. Are "Trekkies" (or "Trekkers") just a bunch of geeks, loners, and societal outcasts who've found their niche on the fandom convention circuit? This delightful film proves that the stereotypes are simultaneously valid and woefully myopic, because the people introduced here are only as strange as you make them. We could just as easily embrace them as ideal citizens of the United Federation of Planets, living Gene Roddenberry's fictional future on present-day Earth. Who's to say theirs is not a better world than ours?

Superbly directed by Roger Nygard and hosted by Denise Crosby (who played Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation), the film offers splendid interview segments with all of the original Star Trek cast, and many from later Trek series, but the real story here lies with the devoted fans who are profiled with an equal balance of fascination, bemusement, and respect; they're a bit weird, to be sure, but these die-hard Trekkies are never unduly patronized. Instead, Crosby and Nygard respond as all Trek insiders have in the past: with astonished affection.

Filmed in 1996-97 at a variety of locations and conventions, Trekkies visits a vast array of Trekkers, Trekkies, and just plain folks who love the series and its pop-cultural progeny. Uplifting, thoughtful, comprehensive, and frequently hilarious, this good-natured film (sanctioned by Paramount without being subservient) is guaranteed to entertain fans and nonfans alike, and a proposed sequel would be wholeheartedly welcomed. --Jeff Shannon


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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are You A Trekkie? June 16, 2000
Format:DVD
You might want to watch this documentary before you answer that question. Before I saw this film, I classified myself as a Trekkie. Boy was I wrong. The Trekkies in this movie are extreme. I don't even own one uniform, let alone two or three, and I've never been to a convention. This did not prevent me from enjoying this film. Denise Crosby, who "stars" in the documentary, visits several Trekkies, mostly at a convention in Pasadena, CA, and talks with many of the cast members of the various shows. The interviews with Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, James Doohan and DeForest Kelley about the first Trek conventions are great fun, as are the interviews with later cast members about the endurance of the franchise's popularity. The best interview is perhaps the one with Brent Spiner, who makes some rather amusing comments about fan artwork. Never does the film present the fans as objects of ridicule; rather, it is an attempt to understand why someone would turn his dental practice in to a "Star Trek"-themed practice, or why someone would wear his/her uniform to work or the grocery store. At the same time, the film is incredibly funny. One of my favorite scenes involved Denise Crosby following some Klingons into a fast-food establishment.
If you are a Trekkie, Trekker, or just a fan of Star Trek in its various incarnations, you must see this film!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Subculture May 16, 2005
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Although I've watched many of the countless episodes of the original Star Trek and all of its spin-offs, as well as viewed most of the films, I wouldn't consider myself a big fan of Star Trek. Outside of the major characters and a few of the ships, I don't remember many names of planets, alien races, etc. As a matter of fact I really didn't have much interest in watching this film until I happened upon it one day on cable.

It honestly amazed me at how serious some people take this juggernaut that is "Star Trek." Some of the folks documented here seemed to be pretty normal, excepting the fact that they carry a phaser around with them. Others were just a little bit too serious for my taste, such as the lady who is addressed by her rank of "commander" at work and the man who has flirted with the idea of getting Vulcan ear implants.

With that stated, however, there are plenty of people out there who obsess over other things a little too much as well. For instance, lots of kids dress up like the pop queen flavor of the month. Tons of folks as of this writing are walking around with "West Coast Choppers" clothing on but have never even touched a bike before. Also, there are plenty of fans of reality shows right now who have their favorite "Survivor" or castaway, etc. The one thing that separates "trekkies" and "trekkers" from this bunch is that most of them stick with Star Trek for their entire lives.

Soon enough, West Coast Choppers will be a fleeting memory and all of the people who think it is cool right now will be wearing some other T-Shirt or cap. Pop princesses will go out of style and end up in the pages of Playboy. The same goes for some reality TV stars.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the point is made January 13, 2006
Format:DVD
This documentary really shows how ST has ingrained itself in all levels of the culture. At some point during this DVD, I was a little concerned for some of the individuals involved, but gradually by the end of the film reminded myself that the point of the ST universe is acceptance of all.

These people's passion drives them to be better people, and thats something no one should criticize. While bizarre at times, the people in the film follow Roddenberry's guidelines for life - were the world to do so, I doubt we would face most of the problems we now deal with globally.

The need to belong manifests itself in different ways for different people. ST is clearly an outlet for a rather large group to be a part of something larger than themselves. They don't hurt anyone doing it. They embrace different cultures and ways of life. They support each other with a common belief.

Who can argue with that?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trekkies, Live Long And Prosper! June 20, 2004
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I'm not quite a Trekkie (for one thing I've not been to a Star Trek Convention---yet!), but I remember first watching some of the rerun episodes of the original series when I was about 9 or so. I remember being excited when STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979) was announced, and I made sure to see it in the theater soon after it came out. I didn't see STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1981) till many years later, ditto for STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME (1986), I don't think I've still ever seen III, I've seen part of V (eventually I'll get around to seeing the rest of this travesty), I've never seen VI, but I've seen all the rest (you know, with The Next Generation cast). As for the series(es), I've seen most of TOS, about half of TNG and DS9, and almost all of Voyager, which is my personal favorite.
So that's my Star Trek confession; I wanted to get that out of the way as soon as possible. You can tell that I am a casual fan (well, maybe a *little* more than that), but not an actual "Trekkie." However, I've always been interested in the Star Trek phenomenon and how it came to be, especially considering that the original series (otherwise known as TOS) only lasted 3 1/2 years! Well, I got all the answers (well, most of them, anyway) while watching TREKKIES on cable TV one night. This documentary was directed by Roger Nygard in the spirit of wonder, and love, for the die-hard fans who spend hours dressing themselves up as their favorite character, or alien race, to attend these conventions. As is also shown, there are those who dress "in uniform" in their daily lives, such as the lady who's a postal worker in Little Rock, Arkansas, who famously kept her Starfleet uniform on when serving as a juror in the Whitewater Case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be interesting, seeing from a partial outsiders view ...
Should be interesting ,seeing from a partial outsiders view.
Published 2 months ago by Alan Sehmann
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
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Published 3 months ago by William Miles
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at Star Trek fans
I had never seen Trekkies. I had never been much of a Trek fan, more of a casual fan. It was interesting seeing the mundane day to day lives of those who go to Star Trek... Read more
Published 4 months ago by diggdugg
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good.
Had to watch it for a university class on religion. We had to determine if Star Trek was a religion. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BrutusBukeye
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Watching
If you want to watch a documentary that completely follows the stereotype of Trekkers/Trekkies this is for you. If you are looking for some new information don't bother watching.
Published 8 months ago by kimmmmeee
5.0 out of 5 stars Trekkies Forever
The phenomenon of this television show has transcended through our culture and our science has been based upon certain of the shows workings. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Candice
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
After all these years, I realize I am a Trekker. This is a very entertaining documentary about Star Trek fandom.
Published 15 months ago by James Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Trekkies reveiw
This a excellent one to get it has everything a well made production if havnt seen buy it don't miss it's on amazon prime too
Published 15 months ago by Alan Perry
3.0 out of 5 stars amusing to watch once
Recommended by a friend who was trying to convince me that _I_ am at this level of nerdiness. I am so not, but it was worth the watch.
Published 16 months ago by grebjack
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
very in depth on star trek fanatics...and how much the star trek cast love them and how they look forward to each convention
Published 16 months ago by dolly swanson
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