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Due to budgetary restrictions, the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) was never quite satisfied with the Borg sets and costumes as used during the series. However, the significantly bigger budget for this movie finally allowed them to design the Borg in a way that was much closer to what they had intended. As a result, the suits and sets were re-used extensively on Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
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Although his name is never given in this movie, according to "Star Trek" canon, the Vulcan who salutes Zefram Cochrane is named Solkar. As mentioned in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Solkar is the grandfather of Sarek, and subsequently the great grandfather of Spock.
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The U.S.S. Defiant, introduced on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), was built for the sole purpose of fighting and defeating the Borg. This movie features the only time the ship fights the Borg.
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The Borg Queen was created because the writers were having difficulty in writing dialogue for what was intended to be the Borg's central computer.
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When the Vulcans land on Earth and make first contact, Cochrane is unable to return the Vulcan salute. This is a reference to an old joke about Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). Many fans and quite a few actors throughout the "Star Trek" franchise cannot separate their fingers the right way. The most notable actor who cannot do this is William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk). Mike Johansen can do the salute but only with his left hand, even though he is right-handed.
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In the early drafts, Picard was supposed to be the one helping Zefram Cochrane on Earth, with Riker fighting the Borg on the Enterprise. The main story was also focused on the happenings on Earth. After Sir Patrick Stewart objected to that, the characters of Riker and Picard were swapped. This also resulted in making Picard more of an action hero, and the story more focused on happenings on the Enterprise.
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Whoopi Goldberg was not asked to return as Guinan, a character with a long standing enmity with the Borg as shown in previous Trek projects. She only learned about the decision through the newspapers. She said, "What can I say? I wanted to do it because I didn't think you could do anything about the Borg without my character, but apparently you can, so they don't need me."
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Earlier drafts of the script called for the U.S.S. Defiant to be destroyed in the battle with the Borg, but screenwriter Ronald D. Moore objected to the needless destruction of the ship from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) in a story that did not even involve the DS9 characters (apart from Lieutenant Commander Worf). This would also prove to be inconvenient for the television series, so the Defiant was eventually allowed to survive the battle.
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Avery Brooks had a cameo as Benjamin Sisko from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), ordering Worf to command the U.S.S. Defiant. This was filmed, but deleted.
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James Cromwell became the first actor in Star Trek history to actually utter the phrase "star trek" (although in Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things... (1994), John de Lancie (Q) said, "It's time to put an end to your trek through the stars").
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Geordi La Forge's visor is replaced here with "ocular implants". LeVar Burton lobbied for years to have his visor replaced so people could see his eyes. He always felt this limited his acting ability. His request was finally granted here.
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The moon phase and position shown through the Phoenix windshield (just prior to half full) are reasonably close to what they will actually be on Thursday, April 5, 2063.
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Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, and Jonathan Frakes have all been quoted as saying that this was their favorite of all the four Star Trek movies they made. Marina Sirtis mentioned that she had the most fun filming Star Trek: Generations (1994), but concedes that this movie was the best one they made.
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Cochrane asks La Forge, "Don't you people in the 24th century ever pee?" This is a reference to the fact that toilets were never shown in Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) or Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
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The eyepieces of the Borg flash the Morse code of the names of people associated with the production.
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When Dr. Crusher says "In the twenty-first century, the Borg are still in the Delta Quadrant", this was intended as a teaser for upcoming episodes of Voyager, in which the Borg were featured prominently. Star Trek: Voyager: The Q and the Grey (1996), was the first episode to air after the release of this movie, but the Borg do not appear until Star Trek: Voyager: Blood Fever (1997).
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At the end of filming, actor and director Jonathan Frakes got the nickname "Two-Takes Frakes" because of the efficiency of his style.
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Whenever a scene features the Borg, the music score includes an instrument called the Blaster Beam, the instrument used in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) whenever V'Ger is shown. Both movies were scored by Jerry Goldsmith.
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The display cases in the Enterprise's briefing room contain gold models of all six Federation starships to bear the name Enterprise, prior to the introduction of the NX-01 from Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), which debuted five years after the release of this movie.
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Alice Krige suffered much discomfort throughout this movie. Her costume was too tight, causing blisters, and the silver contacts she had to wear were so painful, they could only be kept in for four minutes at a time.
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Robert Picardo does not just reprise his character from Star Trek: Voyager (1995) but there is a very subtle reference to the joke that made him earn "The Doctor" role: During his Voyager audition, he was asked to say, "Somebody forgot to turn off my program." He did that, then added, "I'm a doctor, not a light bulb", and got the role. In this movie, he says, "I'm a doctor, not a doorstop."
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One of the reasons Jonathan Frakes was chosen to direct was because the producers wanted someone who understood Star Trek. Amongst the cast, he was the series' most prolific director. Reportedly, Ridley Scott and John McTiernan turned down the chance to direct.
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The Enterprise-E sickbay is a redress of the sickbay from Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
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Screenwriter Ronald D. Moore picked the date of April 5 for "First Contact" simply because it's his son Jonathan's birthday.
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When Data responds to questions from the Borg Queen regarding his "sexuality", his answer is the same as when he was asked about it by Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Naked Now (1987). When he tells the Borg Queen it's been over eight years since he last used his sexuality program, he's acknowledging his rendezvous with Tasha.
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Industrial Light & Magic animators created several new classes of Federation ships for the huge CGI animation sequence against the Borg. Classes include the Akira, Sabre, Steamrunner, and others. In addition, the Industrial Light & Magic animators had a little fun with this by placing a shot of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars in the battle, which can be seen in several DVD versions of this movie. The scene showing this can easily be seen by going to the Star Trek fansite, Daystrom Institute Technical Library (ditl.org), and look at the sixth and last image for the Akira-class starship. There, just under the Akira's port nacelle, you can see the Millennium Falcon just after she made a strafing run on the Borg Cube.
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The Borg Sphere, the Cube's smaller counterpart, makes its first on-screen appearance during this movie.
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The writers of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) planned to address the backstory of the Borg Queen in its fifth season. However, the series was canceled before this could be realized.
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All the scenes filmed inside the silo, and of the Phoenix were taken at the Titan Missile Museum, located in Green Valley, twenty miles South of Tucson, Arizona. This site is the only Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) silo complex in the world that is open to the public. The one hundred ten foot tall Titan II rocket has been "de-militarized" (no fuel or nuclear payload) and, per the S.A.L.T. (Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty) and S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic Missile Arms Reduction Treaty), one of the two silo doors must remain blocked open for Russian satellite verification.
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The eyepiece of one of the Borg contains the front canopy of a Star Wars TIE Fighter toy made by Kenner.
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Tom Hanks was considered for the role of Zefram Cochrane. Being an avid Star Trek fan, Hanks was receptive to the role, but had to pass due to his commitment to directing and starring in That Thing You Do! (1996).
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James Cromwell claimed that Zefram Cochrane was the closest of any of his roles to his personality in real life.
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Geordi tells Zefram Cochrane that by the twenty-fourth century, the Phoenix missile complex will become a museum, and will feature a twenty-meter-tall statue of Cochrane, with his arm reaching out towards the sky "towards the future". Although the statue is never shown throughout this movie, a smaller scale model of the statue can be seen frequently on a shelf in Captain Archer's quarters on Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
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When Lily is scared almost out of her skin, after seeing her first Borg drone, that was because this legitimately scared Alfre Woodard. She had never seen Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) prior to filming the movie, so Woodard had no clue what Borg drones looked like.
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After Star Trek: Generations (1994), Worf became a member of the Deep Space Nine crew. The writers had to think of a way of bringing Worf into this movie and thus, Worf commands the Defiant and is rescued by the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E when the ship is damaged in the Borg attack.
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The character Zefram Cochrane was first seen in Star Trek: The Original Series: Metamorphosis (1967), played by Glenn Corbett. There are differences between the original Cochrane and this character, most notably Kirk's identification of "Zefram Cochrane of Alpha Centauri", but they are both noted space flight pioneers. This Zefram Cochrane role was written for James Cromwell. Tom Hanks was also considered for the role, but was unavailable, as he was filming That Thing You Do! (1996). Glenn Corbett could not reprise the role, as he died from lung cancer on January 16, 1993.
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For inspiration prior to filming, director Jonathan Frakes said he viewed Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Blade Runner (1982), and Jaws (1975).
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Although several of the Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) cast members have directed various episodes of the series, Jonathan Frakes is the only cast member from the series to direct any of the Next Generation-related movies. He directed this movie and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).
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The opera that Picard is listening to is Hector Berlioz' "Les Troyens". The song is "Hylas' Song" from the beginning of Act V. Hylas is a homesick young sailor being rocked to sleep by the sea as he dreams of the homeland he will never see again.
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Footage of the Phoenix's launch was re-used in the opening sequence for Star Trek: Enterprise. James Cromwell reprised his role of Zefram Cochrane in the pilot Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow (2001), where he is seen as a recording from the dedication of the "Warp 5 Complex".
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When Lily points out the Borg Sphere just before this attacks, Cochrane thinks she's pointing at the constellation Leo. One of the stars that makes up Leo is Wolf 359, which was the site of a massive massacre of Federation ships by the Borg as mentioned in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part II (1990), and dramatized in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Emissary (1993).
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The film was produced simultaneously with the fifth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and the third season of Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
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The Borg make-up and suits had to be constantly touched up. Several of the Borg actors lost a considerable amount of weight while in costume, due to the heat of the sets, and temperature in Los Angeles during the shooting.
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The teaser trailer features scenes from Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds (1990)/Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part II (1990). Other scenes in the trailer include the destruction of the U.S.S. Pasteur from Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things... (1994), and other stock effects shots produced for TNG and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). In addition, a quick shot of the U.S.S. Voyager from Star Trek: Voyager (1995) can be seen in the teaser.
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Captain Picard's Borg name is Locutus. Locutus is Latin for "spoken".
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The song Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell) plays on the jukebox is "Ooby Dooby" by Roy Orbison. As this was originally released in 1960, the song is a one hundred three-year-old classic when Cochrane dances to the song in this movie.
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When Picard climbs to the bridge with Lily after getting away from the Borg, he says: "Reports of my assimilation are greatly exaggerated". This is a paraphrase of the famous quote by Mark Twain in response to a premature obituary about him: "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated". At least, that is how his quote is most often phrased, even though a more correct quote is: "The report of my death was an exaggeration."
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Like Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), this is the first movie in the "Next Generation" film franchise to be directed by a cast member. Leonard Nimoy and Jonathan Frakes played the First Officer of their respective crews, and directed two movies in a row.
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Once the creative team decided they were going to make a time travel movie, two of the time periods they considered having the Enterprise and her crew visit included the American Civil War and Medieval Europe (which gives the alternate title "Renaissance" more meaning, and would have included a castle that would have been partially assimilated by the Borg).
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Up until 2009, this movie held the record for the highest worldwide gross of all the Star Trek movies made to-date (over $150 million), as well as for highest first-weekend gross (over $30 million). This movie also had the second highest U.S. gross of all of the Star Trek movies (over $92 million), just behind that of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). All of these figures were broken by Star Trek (2009).
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Among the Borg on the Enterprise-E, assimilated humans, Cardassians, Bolians, and Klingons can all be seen throughout this movie.
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The titles "Star Trek: Borg" and "Star Trek: Resurrection" were considered. The Resurrection title was almost a lock until the studio realized that Twentieth Century Fox had registered the name for Alien: Resurrection (1997). First Contact is also the title of Star Trek: The Next Generation: First Contact (1991).
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The Enterprise-E observation lounge is a revamped version of the same observation lounge set used on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). This was one of the few TNG sets that was not "destroyed" when filming the Enterprise-D crash scenes in Star Trek: Generations (1994).
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The first scene, Captain Picard's nightmare, was the last filmed.
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While this is the only "Star Trek" film to feature the Borg, they were mentioned in Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
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The program menu in the holosuite depicts various holodeck programs from previous episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Specifically: Cafe Des Artistes is from Star Trek: The Next Generation: We'll Always Have Paris (1988). Charnock's Comedy Cabaret is from Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Outrageous Okona (1988). The Big Goodbye is from Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Big Goodbye (1988), Star Trek: The Next Generation: Manhunt (1989), and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Clues (1991). Emerald Wading Pool is from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Conundrum (1992). Equestrian Adventure is from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Pen Pals (1989).
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The stardate given for this movie is 50893.5, which roughly translates to November 22, 2373 in the current calendar format. Coincidentally, this movie was released in theaters on November 22, 1996. (See Trivia Section for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) on how this was calculated.)
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When Picard, Worf, and Hawk are detaching the deflector, each lock is designated MagLok AE35. The AE-35 radio antenna is an important Macguffin from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and 2010 (1984).
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This was the first "Star Trek" movie to receive a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.
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In this movie, the Emergency Medical Hologram says "I'm a doctor, not a doorstop." This is a nod to Dr. McCoy from Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). Whenever McCoy was given a non-medical task, he would say "I'm a doctor, not a... (bricklayer, moon shuttle conductor, escalator, et cetera)"
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As Zefram Cochran's ship is taking off, a close-up of a button panel shows two adjacent buttons labeled "TOS 3" and "TOS 8". Zefram Cochrane was introduced in Star Trek: The Original Series: Metamorphosis (1967), which was the 38th episode of TOS.
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Certain U.S.S. Enterprise bridge set pieces from previous "Star Trek" movies were built into parts of the Enterprise-E bridge. These pieces include the turbolift foyers, which are the only surviving parts of the set from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), and the aft master display station, which was a piece of the Enterprise-A bridge set, originally built for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989).
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When Captain Picard smashes the display case containing the various Enterprise models, the screenplay called for the model of the Enterprise-D to fall and break. In this movie, we see the Enterprise-D model start to slide off its mount, but then the camera cuts to Picard's face, and we only hear the sound of the impact. Subsequent shots show the saucer section of the Enterprise-D model still hanging from its mount, and the warp drive section on the bottom of the case, along with broken pieces of the Enterprise-C model. Apparently, the Enterprise-D model did not fall and break as planned, but the scene could not be re-shot without replacing the glass and the broken models, so the footage was edited to imply that the Enterprise-D fell and broke. Lily's line to Picard as she picks up one of the model pieces was changed from "You broke your ship" to "You broke your little ships."
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Captain Picard is likened to the "Moby Dick" character Captain Ahab for his obsession with destroying the Borg, as Ahab was obsessed with killing the white whale. Sir Patrick Stewart portrayed Ahab in Moby Dick (1998). Thus, Sir Patrick Stewart became the first actor to have quoted "Moby Dick" as the Captain of a vessel in more than one series. It is also a recurring theme in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
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The escape pod doors on the Enterprise-E are the center section of cowl induction hoods found on many high performance cars and trucks.
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In an earlier draft of the script, the character Lily Sloane was originally named Ruby. In the theatrical version, Ruby is now a holographic character in the holonovel "The Big Goodbye". Additionally, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E was initially depicted as being a Nova-class starship instead of a Sovereign-class starship. The Nova-class ship was later introduced in the Star Trek: Voyager (1995) two-parter "Equinox" as the U.S.S. Equinox.
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In Star Trek: The Next Generation: New Ground (1992), La Forge is talking about historic events which includes how great it would be to see Zefram Cochrane make the first warp drive. In this La Forge not only gets to witness that event, but he helps repair the engine and takes the flight with him.
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Picard, Worf and Hawk's EVA on the Enterprise hull marks the first time any of the Next Generation crew are seen using spacesuits.
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April 5, 2063, First Contact day, will be a Thursday. It's also one day after the 95 year anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. It will also be Lana Clarkson's 101st birthday, & Michael V. Gazzo's 140th.
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The use of the number 47, done remarkably often on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), returns here: Captain Picard's authorization code is "Picard 47 Alpha Tango".
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The center of the rear bulkhead in the Phoenix cockpit is a back-lit eyeglass display stand, used in numerous retail stores, turned upside-down.
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The music Zefram Cochrane plays during the launch of the Phoenix is "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf.
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The original 1993 edition of "The Official Star Trek Chronology" had hypothesized that the year of Zefram Cochran's warp flight was 2061. This movie shows this as taking place in 2063. A revised updated version of the Chronology correcting this information was released shortly after the movie.
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This film was released in theatrically just four months after filming wrapped. For an effects heavy movie this is an amazingly quick turnaround and to put it in perspective, most large scale films spend the best part of a year in post-production.
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During the film franchise, the Enterprise-E deck structure has changed multiple times. In this movie, Picard states there are twenty-four decks, yet a security officer states the Borg controlled decks twenty-six to eleven. In Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), during the battle with the Remans, the ship loses shielding on Deck 29 allowing the Remans to board.
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The "first contact" in this movie takes place at a "missile silo in Montana". Montana's missile base is Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana, site of many of the more famous "UFO" sightings over the past few decades.
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A scene filmed, that did not make the final cut, featured Deanna Troi attempting to communicate with the abrasive Zefram Cochrane. Fed up with his attitude, she pushes him off an embankment, fully aware that he will land on a force field, which breaks his fall.
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When Picard, Worf and Dr. Crusher activate the Enterprise self-destruct, it marks the only time Beverly refers to herself by rank; Commander Beverly Crusher.
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Is the first "Star Trek" movie in which none of the Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) series cast members appear (although Majel Barrett, who provides the voice of the Enterprise computer, was a regular as Nurse Chapel).
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The teaser trailer, included on the DVD, used the score from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), and various shots from other Star Trek movies. It also shows a different take of the shot when Picard says, "The line must be drawn here", than the one used in the final cut.
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The film takes place in 2373 and from April 4 to April 5, 2063.
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Like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), this movie, which is the second Next Generation movie, is a darker installment, and sees the return of a villain from the television series, and a character seeking revenge. Captain Picard seeks revenge on the Borg for his abduction and assimilation which occurred in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds (1990)/Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part II (1990).
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The Enterprise-E is a Sovereign-class starship. The previous ship, the Enterprise-D, was a Galaxy-class starship.
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Every time Worf is shown in action, the Klingon theme from previous movies can be heard.
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Before playing Zefram Cochrane, James Cromwell guest starred as two unrelated characters on Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Hunted (1990) and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Birthright, Part I (1993).
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Data claims that the radioactivity of the atmosphere suggests that they arrived about ten years after the end of World War III. This suggests that World War III ended in about 2053, since the bulk of the story takes part in April 2063.
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Playmates Toy Company produced a tie-in model of the Sovereign-class starship U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E, which was first seen in this movie. But the producers at Paramount Pictures made changes to the ship's design after Playmates had already begun production, so the toy version retains the ship's earlier engine designs and placement not seen in this movie (although they were corrected for Playmates' later Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) tie-in).
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In an early draft of the screenplay, Lieutenant Hawk (Neal McDonough) was gay, and therefore was to have been the first openly gay character in any Star Trek series or movie. However, any reference to his sexual orientation was excised from later drafts of the screenplay. Lieutenant Hawk was later confirmed as having been gay in the Star Trek tie-in novel "Section 31: Rogue" by Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin.
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The firearm Lily is using against Picard and Data in the missile silo is the Calico M960A, a 9mm submachine gun produced in the U.S. Its helical magazine is loaded above the receiver, similar to a P90, and holds fifty to one hundred rounds.
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The Reason Captain Picard was able to take command of the fleet at Earth was explained in Star Trek: Voyager: Equinox: Part I (1999). Janeway states Star fleet Regulation 191 article 14 " in a combat situation involving more than one ship command falls to the vessel with tactical superiority". Since the Enterprise-E has just shown up, has not fired any expendable munitions (e.g. torpedoes), has not suffered any injuries, and is not damaged whatsoever - it has by far the most tactical superiority over every other ship in the battered Federation fleet.
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Gene Roddenberry found inspiration from Forbidden Planet (1956) and it still carried on in First Contact where the replacement EPS conduit that Lt. Barclay shows Geordi is the same as the "Special Klyston Frequency Modulator " that Chief Quinn showed Commander Adams.
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There was a rumor amongst fans that the character Ensign Lynch was a reference to Internet critic Timothy W. Lynch, who watched and reviewed every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). However, according to screenwriter Ronald D. Moore, it is a reference to a friend of co-writer Brannon Braga.
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The scene where Captain Picard and Data "feel" the hull of the Phoenix is a nod to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), where various characters "feel" the monolith.
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Toward the beginning of this movie, when Lily Sloane pointed to the sky and asked Zefram Cochrane about the newly arrived Borg ship, Zefram replied that this was the constellation Leo. Leo is in fact visible from northern Montana during evenings in April, which was when and where the story takes place.
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MicroProse planned to release a video game adaptation of the film in 1998. However, the game was cancelled due to the company's financial difficulties. Shortly afterwards, Activision gained the rights to produce video games based on the "Star Trek" franchise. MicroProse went out of business in 2001.
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The canisters the Borg are installing in the deflector dish are commercial restaurant water filters.
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In this movie, Zefram Cochrane is from Earth. In Star Trek: The Original Series: Metamorphosis (1967), he is from a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri, approximately four light-years from Earth's solar system. It is likely that Cochrane eventually retired to that solar system.
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The Enterprise bridge crew program their escape pods to land on Gravett Island. This is a fictional uninhabited island in the vicinity of French Polynesia, named after Jacques Gravett, an associate of Ronald D. Moore.
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The Vulcans made first contact with Earth on April 5, 2063.
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The Enterprise E was designed by John Eaves. He wanted the ship to be sleeker than the Enterprise D, and took inspiration from Walter M. Jefferies original design from Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). Eaves showed his initial design to Rick Sternbach, who had just finished designing the titular ship for Star Trek: Voyager (1995). They were both pleasantly surprised that the two ships had some similar features, which would make sense if both classes were developed by Starfleet during the same time frame. Sternbach showed Eaves how many revisions he had to make before the Voyager design was approved, which helped Eaves with his final design for the Enterprise E.
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Total Recall (1990) influenced the opening credits sequence and the opening nightmare scene.
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The film takes place six years after Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part II (1990).
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The Star Trek Customizable Card Game gives names to many nameless characters from this movie. Steve DeRelian: Two of Seventeen. Wayne King: Fifteen of Seventeen. Joey Anaya: Nine of Seventeen. Don Fischer: One of Eleven. Thomas Robinson Harper: Six of Eleven. Patrick Barnitt: Six of Seventeen. Gregory Sweeney: Dr. Royse. Shepard Ross: Crewman Lightner. Michael Horton: Thomas McClure. Tamara Krinsky: Kathleen Tonell. Louis Ortiz: Sevek. Cully Fredricksen: Solkar. (According to Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Solkar is the father of Sarek, and in turn the grandfather of Spock.) Noelle Hannibal: T'Shonra. Robert Zachar: Six of Nineteen.
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At the beginning of this movie, Picard is listening to "Les Troyens" by Hector Berlioz. A short while later, Riker asks, "Why are we out here chasing comets?" There is an asteroid named "69288 Berlioz".
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This is the second Star Trek movie involving time travel.
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At the start of the Holodeck sequence, Captain Picard is reviewing the story selections on the Holodeck computer station. Looking closely to the display at the left of the list, a series of buttons are illuminated, with each button labeled by letters, HE ZIM and FR ZIM. These are shortened abbreviations for long time Star Trek production designer Herman F. Zimmerman.
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For this movie and its two successors, the German dubbing voice for Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker) was Tom Vogt, replacing Detlef Bierstedt. Vogt was also dubbing Tom Paris on Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
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Patrick Stewart was unwell during production.
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Ethan Phillips: The actor who plays Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager (1995) is the maitre'd of the holodeck nightclub scene.
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Dwight Schultz: Reprised his role as Lieutenant Reginald Barclay from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995). Schultz was three hours late when arriving to the set, because he got lost, and a crew member had to go get him.
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Brannon Braga: The screenwriter appears in the holodeck nightclub scene.
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Robert Picardo: Reprised his role as the Emergency Medical Hologram from Star Trek: Voyager (1995). He is seen in the gray and black uniform for the first time here.
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Ronnie Rondell Jr.: This movie's stunt coordinator appears in the holodeck nightclub scene, as the man who warns Picard that he is about to take his actions personally.
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Kelsey Grammer: At the beginning of this movie, when Picard and crew are listening to the com traffic as Starfleet engages the Borg, the Defiant and Bozeman are ordered to fall back, the voice that acknowledges the order sounds like Grammer, who played Captain Morgan Bateson of the Bozeman in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cause and Effect (1992).
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Michael Zaslow: Who appeared as Crewman Darnell in Star Trek: The Original Series: The Man Trap (1966) (the first Trek to be broadcast), makes an uncredited cameo as the barkeep. Claims that Darnell was the first actor/character/crewman to be killed on Star Trek, are not really valid, because the series episodes were not broadcast in the order they were made, and the original pilot, "The Cage", is ignored completely in such arguments. In the original pilot Star Trek: The Original Series: The Cage (1986), Michael Dugan (Rigel VII Warrior) was the first actor/character killed, by falling onto the broken spear point that Captain Pike was holding up as the warrior fell. In terms of the series episodes that were aired, the first crewman killed was in Star Trek: The Original Series: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966), the second pilot for the series which led to the show being approved and broadcast, even if this was not the first episode aired. Paul Carr (Lieutenant Lee Kelso) was telekinetically strangled in the control room of the lithium cracking station on Delta Vega by Gary Lockwood (Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell) from the security cell where Mitchell was being held.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Although this movie was followed up by Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), that movie was a stand-alone installment in the franchise. A more direct "sequel" story-wise was made with Star Trek: Enterprise: Regeneration (2003), where scientists discover the remains of the destroyed Borg ship on Earth, and inadvertently revive several Borg, almost one hundred years after the events of 2063 in this movie.
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After the Borg Queen is killed by the warp core coolant, Picard picks up her pulsing cybernetic skull and spinal column and snaps it in half just below the third vertebrae, rendering it completely inactive. This is a subtle call back to Star Trek: The Next Generation: Descent (1993), where the Borg drone Crosis says to Picard and the crew "Biological organism: Human. Sever spinal cord below third vertebrae. Death is immediate."
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There is a subtle nod to, and a play on, the "Red Shirt Curse" where an unknown crew member or crew member only recently introduced, wearing a red shirt, joins an away team and promptly dies. When Picard, Worf and Hawke are suiting up to sabotage the deflector shield their space suits have red plates on the abdomen. As all have the red plating there is no indication that one may die in the effort, though true to form, Hawke - a character new to this film, who also had a "command" red tunic - falls victim to the Borg while the main characters survive.
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Zefram Cochrane's ship is called Phoenix. Symbolically, phoenix is a mythical bird capable to resurrect from his ashes after he dies burnt in his own flames. Very appropriately, the flight of the phoenix at warp speed is seen by a Vulcan starship that it was traveling at Earth's surroundings, symbolizing the resurrection of human race as well as the Vulcan ship lands on planet Earth to help humans to rebuild the civilization, creating the future for the rest of the franchise where Star Trek set (movies, series, videogames, etc).
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