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Free Enterprise

Friday the 2nd of November

Only one man in the Universe can get them on the right Trek...

USA: 1998 -- Directed by Robert Meyer Burnett

Written by Mark A. Altman & Robert Meyer Burnett

Starring William Shatner, Rafer Weigel & Eric McCormack

"Live Long and Party."


This modest but likeable movie is driven by a sincere love of the screenwriters' childhood kitsch, with Star Trek dominant above all--although Logan's Run, the X-Men, Planet of the Apes, and dozens of other science fiction touchstones of the 1970s have been worked in as well. Even an action figurine of almighty Isis, from the Saturday morning TV show, plays a major role in the plot, if plot is the right word. The story follows two guys on the fringe of the movie industry: Robert (Rafer Wiegel) edits movies like Teen Bimbo Beach Assault, while Mark (Eric McCormack from Will and Grace) is writing a screenplay about a serial killer who murders all the characters from The Brady Bunch. The movie touches on their career struggles but spends most of its time with their floundering love lives, suggesting that their pop-culture programming may not be the best model for life. The actors are clearly enjoying themselves, and the writing makes its innumerable pop references with wit, but what really makes the movie work is William Shatner. Shatner plays himself with affectionate but cutting self-mockery, simultaneously lampooning Star Trek obsessiveness and Hollywood egotism in general. Shatner displays not only a more subtle sense of humor than he's ever shown before, but also a surprising vulnerability. He may have alienated a lot of his fans when he did that Saturday Night Live sketch telling them to get a life ("It was just a TV show!"), but his performance in Free Enterprise may just win them back

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and some Brady Bunch reruns!

The Crew Shatner!

Awards

Won Saturn Award for Best Home Video Release

Won Los Angeles International Film Festival Award for Best New Writer (Mark A. Altman & Rober Meyer Burnett) and New Directions (Rober Meyer Burnett)

Won Newport Beach International Film Festival Audience Award

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Memorable Quotes

Imaginary William Shatner: I'm not really here. I'm one of the top ten imaginary friends kids have. Just behind John Travolta, Reggie Jackson, and Farrah Fawcett-Majors.

Young Mark: So you're saying I should engage my advanced-for-a-twelve-year-old intellect and use logic?
Imaginary William Shatner: Logic is the other guy's schtick, but yes.

Mark's Mom: Mark, Mark, what are you doing here? I thought you were supposed to go to that movie -- that "Star Track" movie.
Young Mark: Oh, Mom, how many times do I have to tell you? "Track" is what a train goes on, okay? "Trek" is what the Enterprise goes on, okay?
Mark's Mom: Yeah, and they say the pain of childbirth ends with labor

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Trivia

The credit "The Artist Formerly Known as Shatner in `William Shatner vs. the World Crime League'" is a reference to Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, The (1984), which featured a similar credit at the end of the film, referring to a never-made sequel that appears to have been retooled by John Carpenter into Big Trouble in Little China (1986). The original "World Crime League" reference seems to be a nod to a similar credit at the end of Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975).

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