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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

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On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.



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After an explosion on their moon, the Klingons have an estimated 50 years before their ozone layer is completely depleted, and they all die. They have only one choice - to make peace with the Federation, which will mean an end to 70 years of conflict. Captain James T. Kirk and crew are called upon to help in the negotiations because of their "experience" with the Klingon race. Peace talks don't quite go to plan, and eventually Kirk and McCoy are tried and convicted of assassination, and sent to Rura Penthe, a snowy hard-labor prison camp. Will they manage to escape? And will there ever be peace with the Klingons? Written by Colin Tinto <>

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The crew of the starship Enterprise fights not to win battles, but to end them forever. See more »


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6 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Star Trek VI: Das unentdeckte Land  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)


$74,888,996 (USA)

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A subplot to this movie was to show that even in the 23rd century humans hadn't totally shed their bigotry and prejudices. James Doohan had a line about "that Klingon bitch", but Nichelle Nichols refused to say it, in reference to the Klingons' "Yeah, but would you let your daughter marry one of them?" The line was dropped. See more »


Valeris is referred to as "Lieutenant", even though she wears the rank insignia of a Lieutenant Commander. Although Lieutenant Commanders are usually called "Commanders", the "Lieutenant" alternative is occasionally encountered as well. Apparently, both references are acceptable by Starfleet regulations. See more »


[first lines]
Captain Hikaru Sulu: Stardate 9521.6. Captain's Log, USS Excelsior. Hikaru Sulu commanding. After three years, I have concluded my first assignment as master of this vessel, cataloguing gaseous planetary anomalies in Beta Quadrant. We're heading home under full impulse power. I'm pleased to report that ship and crew have functioned well.
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References The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »


Music by Alexander Courage
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Underrated Movie, not understood by trekkies and non-trekkies alike
9 March 2003 | by (Gold Coast, Australia) – See all my reviews

Star Trek Movies are far more miss than hit, with only 3 excellent, 1 good and the rest rubbish (although NEMESIS may be slightly above rubbish level). Anyway, this movie was meant to contrast 60s style leadership and ethics with those of the 80s. Borrowing from the modern leadership styles and political correctness portrayed in the Next Generation series, "The Undiscovered Country" explores (in typical Hollywood sci-fi fashion) how our present day society has progressed toward multiculturalism. It explores how committed, loyal patriots can be burdened with their old prejudices after the world/universe has changed around them. The personal struggles of Kirk and the Chancellor's daughter, and even the violently opposed logical conclusions of two Vulcans in the same circumstances (but with differing priorities) are all clearly missed by most viewers. Of course, as with James Bond movies, Jim Kirk and his crew must save the day (and also nicely throw in some minor Star Trek future history trivia with the Khitomer massacre etc). An excellent story line, excellent themes, carefully produced and directed, this is a science fiction classic on par with Alien, Blade Runner and, yes, much better than any of the Star Wars movies.

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