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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.

Director:

William Shatner

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (creator: based on "Star Trek"), William Shatner (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Cynthia Gouw ... Caithlin Dar
Todd Bryant ... Captain Klaa
Spice Williams-Crosby ... Vixis (as Spice Williams)
Rex Holman ... J'onn
George Murdock ... God
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

What does God need with a starship? See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Startrek.com

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Klingon

Release Date:

9 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,375,648, 11 June 1989

Gross USA:

$52,210,049

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,210,049
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gene Roddenberry took personal offense to William Shatner's concept of the Enterprise crew meeting "God." Roddenberry had pushed his own concept of Kirk, Spock, etc. meeting God for years before, only to have his various iterations of the idea (God is a broken spaceship, God is an alien, Kirk kills God, the Enterprise crew become gods) rejected by Paramount. This further distanced Roddenberry from the film series which he often derided in interviews for the rest of his life. See more »

Goofs

In wide shots of the mountains on Sha Ka Ree, dirt roads are clearly visible on a planet supposedly uninhabited. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Highest descender fall recorded in the United States: Ken Bates. See more »

Alternate Versions

The CBS broadcast premiere removed a number of scenes from the movie. 1) All scenes featuring the dancing triple-breasted catwoman were removed. 2) The campfire scene was trimmed, ending with Spock producing the 'marshmellon' - effectively removing the infamous 'Row Row Row Your Boat' sing along between Kirk, Spock and McCoy. 3) The scene between Uhura and Scotty on the bridge as they receive new orders from Starfleet Command. 4) The "I could use a shower" scene between Kirk and Spock in the turbolift. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 5 (1998) See more »

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This potentially good film could have been so much better.
25 August 2006 | by anth001See all my reviews

Having recently purchased the box set of all 10 Star Trek films (including Next Generation), I watched Star Trek V, not having seen it since it was released, hoping that it would improve on a second watching.

Watching it now, I can see that here was a story that could have been very, very powerful, and the film could have been an equal to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which is also underrated by non-Star Trek fans.

The overwhelming sense I got in this film was that everything proceeded so quickly, as if the producers/director felt that a successful film was trim, with no excess fat. Those people who really enjoy a good steak, enjoy that little bit of fat on the edge, or marbled through the meat. It makes it all so much more tasty, even if it has little nutritional value. To remove myself from the metaphor, Star Trek fans enjoy the taking of time over certain elements - seeing the ship, seeing it travel, dialogue en route, etc.

If there was a director's cut, or another cut, that wasn't so very lean, I think the new pace would work to the film's advantage. Of course the worst element of pacing is the finale. When we finally arrive at the centre of the galaxy, Kirk & Co. march straight in without much ado. Think to the Enterprise venturing into the cloud that surrounded V-GER. We were given time to savour the beautiful visuals set to a engaging score.

To my mind this doesn't happen in Star Trek V, and this is its weakness. I think it is still a reasonable film. The scene where Spock and McCoy are shown there heart's deepest wound is quite moving. With a little more breadth, this could have been incredible. It's frustrating that the film will not get the best treatment the story deserves. When watching the special features, it seems that the production was not smooth sailing, the finale weakened due to poor response (according to Shatner) from special effects teams. As a Star Trek fan, I can't give this film less than a 5. I hope that's not out of sentimentality.


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