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The Enterprise is back. This time, have they gone too far? See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Shatner ... Kirk

Leonard Nimoy ... Spock

DeForest Kelley ... McCoy

James Doohan ... Scotty

Walter Koenig ... Chekov

Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura

George Takei ... Sulu

David Warner ... St. John Talbot
Laurence Luckinbill ... Sybok
Charles Cooper ... Korrd
Cynthia Gouw ... Caithlin Dar

Todd Bryant ... Captain Klaa

Spice Williams-Crosby ... Vixis (as Spice Williams)
Rex Holman ... J'onn

George Murdock ... God
Jonathan Simpson ... Young Sarek

Beverly Hart ... High Priestess
Steve Susskind ... Pitchman
Harve Bennett ... Starfleet Chief of Staff
Cynthia Blaise ... Amanda
Bill Quinn ... McCoy's Father
Melanie Shatner ... Yeoman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Berryman ... Sybok Warrior (uncredited)
Gene Cross ... Sybok Warrior (uncredited)

Conrad Hurtt ... Crew Member (uncredited)

Carey Scott ... Young Spock (uncredited)

Mike Smithson ... Klingon Helmsman (uncredited)

Directed by
William Shatner 
Writing credits
Gene Roddenberry (creator: based on "Star Trek")

William Shatner (story) &
Harve Bennett (story) &
David Loughery (story)

David Loughery (screenplay)

Produced by
Harve Bennett .... producer
Brooke Breton .... associate producer
Mel Efros .... co-producer
Gene Roddenberry .... executive producer
Ralph Winter .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Andrew Laszlo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter E. Berger  (as Peter Berger)
Casting by
Bill Shepard 
Production Design by
Herman F. Zimmerman  (as Herman Zimmerman)
Art Direction by
Nilo Rodis-Jamero 
Set Decoration by
John M. Dwyer 
Costume Design by
Nilo Rodis-Jamero 
Makeup Department
Janice Alexander .... special makeup artist (as Jan Alexander)
Ellis Burman Jr. .... special makeup artist (as Ellis Burman)
Hazel Catmull .... hair stylist
Jeff Dawn .... makeup artist
Wes Dawn .... makeup artist
Katalin Elek .... special makeup artist
Donna Barrett Gilbert .... hair stylist
Ben Gorman .... Klingon and Vulcan prosthetics
Edouard F. Henriques .... special makeup artist (as Edouard Henriques III)
Rolf John Keppler .... special makeup artist
Michael Mills .... special makeup artist
Kenny Myers .... special makeup designer
Ron Pipes .... Klingon and Vulcan prosthetics
Brian Wade .... Klingon and Vulcan prosthetics
Allan A. Apone .... special makeup designer (uncredited)
Bruce Barlow .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Roland Blancaflor .... foam latex technician (uncredited)
Lynette Eklund .... fake body fabrication (uncredited)
Tina Hoffman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Erin Koplow .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Mel Efros .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burt Burnam .... second assistant director (as Burt 'Skip' Burman)
George Fortmuller .... second assistant director
Paul F. Schlichting .... dga trainee
Douglas E. Wise .... first assistant director
James Lansbury .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Richard J. Bayard .... construction coordinator
James Betts .... production painter (as James H. Betts)
Anthony Brockliss .... assistant art director
Gary Clark .... paint foreperson (as Gary A. Clark)
Jeff Clark .... sign writer
Antoinette J. Gordon .... set designer (as Antoinette Gordon)
Don Hulett .... property master
Kurt V. Hulett .... property master
John Matheson .... construction foreperson
Richard McKenzie .... set designer (as Richard Frank McKenzie)
Andrew Neskoromny .... set designer
Michael Okuda .... scenic artist
Rick Sternbach .... illustrator
Barton M. Susman .... lead person
Cari Thomas .... scenic artist
Sandy Veneziano .... assistant art director (as Sandy L. Veneziano)
Ron Wilkinson .... set designer (as Ronald R. Wilkinson)
Ed Miarecki .... props (uncredited)
Michael W. Moore .... prop maker (uncredited)
Victor M. Shannon .... plasterer (uncredited)
Robert Van Dyke .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... re-recording mixer
Wayne Allwine .... sound effects editor
Scott Austin .... recordist
Ron Bartlett .... foley editor
Michael J. Benavente .... sound effects editor
Destiny Borden .... assistant sound editor
Greg Curda .... foley mixer (as Gregory J. Curda)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (as Kenneth Dufva)
John Dunn .... sound effects editor
David Lee Fein .... foley artist (as David Fein)
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound effects editor
Doug Hemphill .... re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Alan Howarth .... special sound effects
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Ken J. Johnson .... sound effects recordist (as Ken Johnson)
Angie Luckey .... assistant sound editor
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects (as Mark Mangini)
Randy McDonald .... utility sound technician (as Stewart D. McDonald Jr.)
Dave Moreno .... sound effects recordist (as David Moreno)
Andrew Patterson .... adr editor
Sonny Pettijohn .... assistant sound editor
John Pospisil .... special sound effects (as John P.)
David M. Ronne .... sound mixer (as David Ronne)
John B. Schuyler .... boom operator (as John Schuyler)
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley editor (as Solange Schwalbe Boisseau)
David Spence .... sound effects editor
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor
J.D. Ward .... recordist
David A. Whittaker .... sound effects editor
Ezra Dweck .... sound effects recording (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mike Edmonson .... special effects assistant
Michael Wood .... special effects supervisor (as Michael L. Wood)
John McLeod .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Mike Reedy .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Michael A. Tice .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John Alagna .... senior optical layout: optical unit
Myles Ambrose .... electrical technician: live action effects unit (as Miles Ambrose)
Eric Angelson .... visual effects coordinator: Associates & Ferren
Valerie Baiardi .... effects animator: optical unit
Patricia Barry .... assistant producer: Associates & Ferren
Nicholas Baum .... computer engineering: live action effects unit (as Nick Baum)
Stewart Brown .... precision printer: optical unit
David Bruce .... animation stand camera operator: model unit
Don Canfield .... motion control operator
Paul Clemente .... coordinator: model unit (as Paul Michael Clemente)
Susan Coursey .... assistant: Mr. Ferren
Phillip Cullem .... mechanical fabrication: live action effects unit (as Phillip Cullum)
David Drapkin .... animation stand camera operator: model unit
Rachel A. Drapkin .... manager: model unit
Joe Dubs .... computer animation and tactical display: Novocom, Inc. (as Joe Dubbs)
Syd Dutton .... matte paintings: Illusion Arts
Kinnereth Ellentuck .... film librarian: live action effects unit
Michael Faerman .... production executive: model unit
Bran Ferren .... visual effects
Robert C. Francis .... electrical technician: live action effects unit (as Bob Francis)
John Frith .... electrical technician: live action effects unit
John Gaeta .... chief lighting technician: model unit
Jim Gerken .... computer animation and tactical display: Novocom, Inc.
Mike Gerzevitz .... chief lighting technician: model unit (as Michael Gerzevitz)
Louis Goold .... optical layout: optical unit
Phil Gosiewski .... camera operator: live action effects unit
Gregory Harker .... senior animation stand photographer: optical unit
Chester Hartwell .... equipment manager: live action effects unit
Clint Hope .... special projects supervisor: live action effects unit
Barry Hyman .... titles and opticals
Paul Jordan .... electrical engineering: live action effects unit
Michael Kellough .... set construction: model unit
Robert Kohut .... mechanical fabrication: live action effects unit (as Bob Kohut)
Maria Konwicka .... 2D artist: model unit
Peter Kuran .... additional optical effects: VCE
Susan Le Ber .... purchasing agent: Associates & Ferren
Otto Leichliter .... computer engineering: live action effects unit
Veronica E. Lesser .... 2D artist: model unit
Robert Lyons .... motion control camera operator: model unit
Jeff McGrath .... computer animation and tactical display: Novocom, Inc.
David V. Mei .... senior model maker: model unit
Linda Miller .... computer animation and tactical display: Novocom, Inc.
Eric Moore .... props: model unit
Seth Nathanson .... electrical engineering: live action effects unit
Daniel Nauke .... fabricator: model unit
Don Nolan .... optical layout: optical unit
Thomas Quinn .... motion control support: model unit
Edward Lee Rapp .... motion control and animation producer: model unit
Dick Rauh .... effects animation supervisor: optical unit
Jack Riedel .... senior motion control photographer: model unit
Robert Rowohlt .... senior optical photographer: optical unit
Mark Sawicki .... matte photographer: Illusion Arts
Noel Scheinberg .... optical coordinator: model unit (as Noel Sheinberg)
Robert Schulze .... optical photographer: optical unit
James Shelly .... general manager: Associates & Ferren
Tom Snowden .... optical layout: optical unit
Eddie Stewart .... precision printer: optical unit
Eric Stich .... electrical engineering: live action effects unit
Michael Sullivan .... model photography design and lighting: model unit
Dick Swanek .... optical supervisor: optical unit
Michael Tabacco .... model maker: model unit
Peterson Tooke .... motion control stage manager: model unit
Susan Tremblay .... 2D supervisor: model unit
Bruce Vaughn .... assistant photographer: live action effects unit
Michael Ventresco .... senior effects animator: optical unit
Valentine Vignes .... assistant model wrangler: model unit
Peter Wallach .... motion control and animation supervisor: model unit
Liz Wassel .... 2D artist: model unit
Alan D. Webb .... process projection support: live action effects unit
Ron Webster .... computer engineering: live action effects unit
Tom Weston .... photographer: live action effects unit
Frost Wilkinson .... photographer: live action effects unit
Mitch Wilson .... senior optical timer: optical unit
Ken Wisner .... mechanical engineering: live action effects unit
Tim Zach .... decals and graphics: model unit
Jammie Friday .... animator: VCE (uncredited)
Gregory Jein .... model constructor (uncredited)
George Muhs .... visual effects (uncredited)
Ken Walker .... visual effects: model unit (uncredited)
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunt double: Leonard Nimoy (as Greg Barnett)
Kenny Bates .... high fall stunt (as Ken Bates)
David Burton .... stunts
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Richard Ellis)
Linda Fetters .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Thomas Huff)
Terry Jackson .... stunts
John McLeod .... stunt rigger: Yosemite climbing sequence (as John McCloud)
Joyce McNeal .... stunts (as Joyce L. McNeal)
Tom Morga .... stunts
Frank Orsatti .... stunts
Bernie Pock .... stunt rigger: Yosemite climbing sequence
Don Pulford .... stunt double: William Shatner
Air Randall .... stunts
Bruce Randall .... stunts (as Bruce Wayne Randall)
R.A. Rondell .... stunts
Tom Wetterman .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt coordinator
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunt double: William Shatner (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Werner Braun .... climbing rigger: Yosemite climbing sequence
Jim Bridwell .... climbing rigger: Yosemite climbing sequence
Philip Caplan .... camera operator (as Phil Caplan)
Lex DuPont .... assistant camera: Yosemite climbing sequence
Jon Falkengren .... dolly grip (as Jon A. Falkengren)
Steven Haire .... climbing rigger: Yosemite climbing sequence
Richard Hartley .... assistant chief lighting technician
Carmon H. Howell .... first company grip
Troy Johnson .... climbing rigger: Yosemite climbing sequence
William E. Kelley Jr. .... camera operator (as Bill Killey)
Bill Killey .... camera operator: Yosemite climbing sequence
Burton Lindemoen .... second company grip
Richard Craig Meinardus .... first assistant camera (as Dick Meinardus)
Nadim Melkonian .... climbing rigger: Yosemite climbing sequence
Dean Miller .... climbing rigger: Yosemite climbing sequence
Ken Nishino .... first assistant camera (as Kenneth Nishino)
Don Nygren .... chief lighting technician (as Donald O. Nygren)
Keith Peterman .... camera operator
Sean Plunkett .... climbing rigger: Yosemite climbing sequence
Bill Russell .... climbing rigger: Yosemite climbing sequence
Dennis Seawright .... second assistant camera (as Dennis B. Seawright)
Walter Shipley .... climbing rigger: Yosemite climbing sequence
Paul Sibley .... climbing rigger: Yosemite climbing sequence
Bob Stradling .... assistant camera: Yosemite climbing sequence
Rob Sweeney .... first assistant climbing photographer: Yosemite climbing sequence
Jeffrey Thorin .... second assistant camera (as Jeffrey S. Thorin)
Joseph F. Valentine .... camera operator: Yosemite climbing sequence (as Joe Valentine)
Patric J. Abaravich .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Sunny Johnson .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Bronson .... wardrobe: men (as John D. Bronson)
Joseph Markham .... wardrobe: men (as Joseph R. Markham)
Sue Moore .... wardrobe: women
Ray Phelps .... wardrobe: men (as Raymond A. Phelps)
Dodie Shepard .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Christopher E. Bennett .... apprentice film editor
John Haggar .... assistant film editor (as John A. Haggar)
Robert Raring .... color timer (as Bob Raring)
George C. Villaseñor .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... music scoring mixer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Alexander Courage .... composer: additional music (from "Star Trek")
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Ken Hall)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Raymond A. McLaughlin .... transportation coordinator
Gaston Veilleux .... transportation captain
Other crew
Dale Bard .... technical advisor: Yosemite climbing sequence
Charles Beichman .... scientific advisor: infared processing and analysis center, Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena (as Dr. Charles A. Beichman)
Charlene Bergman .... assistant: Mr. Bennett
Judy Biggs .... production assistant
Kimberly Boyle .... secretary: Mr. Bennett
Rebeca Brookshire .... assistant: Mr. Winter
Deborah L. Campbell .... production assistant
Robert Carmichael .... director: Yosemite climbing sequence
James Collins .... production assistant
Tony Criscione .... assistant production auditor
Tom Dupont .... paramedic: Yosemite climbing sequence
Marie Elder .... assistant production auditor
Terry J. Erdmann .... unit publicist (as Terry Erdmann)
Jim Evans .... coordinator: Yosemite climbing sequence
Mary Jo Fernandez .... assistant: Mr. Shatner
Eva-Marie Fredric .... assistant: Mr. Shatner (as Eva Marie Friedrick)
Bob Gaines .... climbing double: William Shatner, Yosemite climbing sequence
Wendell Johnson .... production assistant
Tom Jones .... craft service (as Thomas B. Jones)
Valerie Mickaelian Kucera .... production coordinator
Michael Mann .... location manager
Lorenzo Marchessi .... stand-in
Susan McCrae .... production assistant: Yosemite climbing sequence
Marc Okrand .... consultant: Klingon dialogue
Don Petrie .... production auditor
Corky Randall .... wrangler
Gene Roddenberry .... executive consultant
Stephen J. Ross .... producer: Yosemite climbing sequence
Susan Sackett .... assistant: Mr. Roddenberry
Marion Tumen .... script supervisor
Michael Weis .... technical advisor: Yosemite climbing sequence
Mitch Jones .... production assistant (uncredited)
Greg Knapp .... medic (uncredited)
Philip Weyland .... stand-in (uncredited)
James D. Bissell .... special thanks (as Jim Bissell)
Tim Down .... special thanks
Jack Morehead .... special thanks: superintendent: Yosemite National Park Services
Robert Parker .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Star Trek: The Final Frontier" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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107 min
Color (Technicolor) | Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

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William Shatner practised aerobics and strength training daily to prepare for the film. The physical activity and directing duties meant he woke at 4 a.m. every day during filming, no matter what time he fell asleep.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Wire holding the dancing cat's tail.See more »
[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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15 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Cheesy fun, 19 February 2011
Author: Terrell Howell (KnightsofNi11) from United States

This is often said to be the worst of the Star Trek films. After watching it I can see why a lot of people would think that. It is a very flawed film but I by no means hated it. In fact, I liked it more than Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier opens with the crew of the Enterprise enjoying some well deserved shore leave. Kirk, Spock, and Bones enjoy their time off together by going camping in Yosemite park and this makes for some amusingly cheesy moments. Their vacation is interrupted when they must respond to a hostage situation concerning a renegade Vulcan who happens to be Spock's half brother. This Vulcan's name is Sybok and he is on a desperate search for God and the end of the universe. There are also some Klingons in pursuit of Kirk and the Enterprise, but they don't seem to serve much of a purpose in the end. The Final Frontier is all kinds of weird and doesn't have much of a structure, but I can't say I didn't have fun with this movie.

Remember how The Voyage Home added this element of comedy to Star Trek? Well The Final Frontier saw that and thought to itself, 'Hey! I can do that too!' Unfortunately, it was wrong. Any and all comedy in this film is completely unnecessary and either makes you cringe or roll your eyes in embarrassment. There are moments in the film where I was left wondering, 'Why in the hell did the writers think that line was a good idea?' The movie tries way too hard with its ridiculous punchlines and awkward moments that are supposed to be hilarious. A lot of the humor comes around when the friendship between Kirk, Spock, and Bones is being developed. This was always an important aspect of Star Trek, but The Final Frontier almost makes a mockery of it. Never, under any circumstances do I need to watch Shatner, Nimoy, and Kelley sit around a campfire singing Row Row Row Your Boat. But I guess these were the days when Shatner and Nimoy were building their "singing" careers so they thought they needed those "careers" to carry over into Star Trek.

This movie had the potential to be incredible. Sybok's search for God could have gone much deeper and been much more intellectual than what it was. This aspect of the film had spiritual and existential overtones, but they were buried by silly nonsensical scenes that do nothing for the plot. There is a lot to strip away if you want to get down to the more intellectual meaning of this film. It is something that was so obscured by the amount of crap this film throws together that in the end it was a completely lost meaning.

But if you move past that, The Final Frontier can be pretty fun. If you enjoy it for its cheese than you can have a moderately good time. Especially towards the end, the film becomes completely over-the-top and loaded with cheese. It isn't like The Motion Picture, which tried way to hard to be something it wasn't and painfully dragged on for over two hours. The Final Frontier clocks in at only an hour and 45 minutes and just stays lively and fun the whole time. It isn't high quality fun, but its fun nevertheless. This definitely is not a Star Trek film I would watch again, but its a necessary watch if you are a fan of Star Trek like me and have made it your duty to see all of the films.

Star Trek: The Final Frontier is not a good movie. But its not a bad movie either. It isn't one of those that I just hated by the end, but I knew for sure that what I had just seen was not a very well made film. I love Star Trek so watching Kirk, Spock, and Bones boldly go where no man has gone before, even if they go to a realm of such cringe worthy cheese as this, still puts a smile on my face.

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