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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

Captain Kirk and his crew must deal with Mr. Spock's long-lost half-brother who hijacks the Enterprise for an obsessive search for God at the center of the galaxy.

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When the newly-christened starship Enterprise's shakedown cruise goes poorly, Captain Kirk and crew put her into Spacedock for repairs. But an urgent mission interrupts their Earth-bound shore leave. A renegade Vulcan named Sybok has taken three ambassadors hostage on Nimbus III, the Planet of Galactic Peace. This event also attracts the attention of a Klingon captain who wants to make a name for himself and sets out to pursue the Enterprise. Sybok's ragtag army captures the Enterprise and takes her on a journey to the center of the galaxy in search of the Supreme Being. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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9 June 1989 (USA)  »

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Viaje a las estrellas V: La última frontera  »

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$27,800,000 (estimated)

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$55,210,049 (USA)
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An entirely new Enterprise bridge, with the single solitary exception of the Turbolift foyers, was built for this film. See more »

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[first lines]
Sybok: I thought weapons were forbidden on this planet. Besides, I can't believe you'd kill me for a field of empty holes.
J'Onn: It's all I have.
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat
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Performed by William Shatner and DeForest Kelley
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For true Trek fans...
27 September 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

What constitutes a true Trek fan? If you're wearing a pair of plastic Spock ears and waving a tricorder at the screen, you may go to the head of the class. If you can tell me Khan's full name... ooh you're good. (Hint: it's not "Khaaaaaaaaaan") and if you know all the words to "Heading Out to Eden" then you're gold.

The rest of you may read along anyway.

Star Trek V is without a doubt the most hated of all the trek films because it's light on action, even lighter on special effects, and there is no real bad guy. But think back, so were the great episodes "I, Mudd", "The Trouble with Tribbles", "A Piece of the Action" and "The Empath". In the tradition of the original series, this 5th installment of the Trek films is a timely pause for reflection. It's the most human of all the Treks, the most humorous, and for my money it's the most poetic.

I'll put it this way: the plot of the film doesn't emerge until nearly 45 minutes into it. Rightfully so; this isn't a plot-driven film. It's a film about friends, personalities and what makes us who we are. It just happens to be set in space with a bunch of aliens & such. But if you're a true Trek fan, you'll remember that that's exactly how the original series often was. Episodes like "The Deadly Years" or "All Our Yesterdays" were not so much about plot as they were about the characters Kirk, Spock & McCoy and the complexities of their interaction.

In Trek V we see the good old Spock-McCoy bickering. We see the dynamic between Kirk's fiery emotion and Spock's stoic coolness. And above all, we are reminded that these 3 are best friends through thick & thin. No, it may not be quite the heart-pounding scifi shootout that Trek II was, but that was never its intent. I take my hat off to William Shatner for having the integrity to take us back to the original Trek days, even at the risk of boring a new generation of fans. Tell me, what scifi flick has the balls to give us a campfire scene with the three main characters singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"? ...Twice! And just a quick word about the directing, visuals and cinematography: awesome. Shatner made excellent use of lighting, shadows, perspective and a few Hitchcockian tricks you may recognize. Shatner's directing style reminds me a lot of the Serbian master Emir Kusturica. It's a shame that this is Shatner's only major directing effort (not including documentaries & TV shows).

My advice to true Trek fans (and non-true Trek fans who managed to read this far) is SEE THIS MOVIE. I love all 6 of the Trek films, but this one really has a special place in my heart. If you're looking for more than spaceships & laser guns, I think you'll really like it, too.


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