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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Nicholas Meyer

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Gene Roddenberry (television series "Star Trek"), Leonard Nimoy (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Spock
DeForest Kelley ... McCoy
James Doohan ... Scotty
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhuru
George Takei ... Sulu
Kim Cattrall ... Lt. Valeris
Mark Lenard ... Sarek
Grace Lee Whitney ... Excelsior Communications Officer
Brock Peters ... Admiral Cartwright
Leon Russom ... Chief in Command
Kurtwood Smith ... Federation President
Christopher Plummer ... Chang
Rosanna DeSoto ... Azetbur (as Rosana DeSoto)
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Storyline

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 Klingons. Peace talks don't quite proceed, and Kirk and McCoy are convicted of assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor, and imprisoned on 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 <cst@imdb.com>

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Between war and peace, there exists the undiscovered country, the final mission. See more »


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Nicholas Meyer meet with Gene Roddenberry following a rough cut screening, to fulfill Roddenberry's role as creative consultant. Roddenberry, who was in failing health at the time, was bound to a wheelchair, and had to be hooked up to an oxygen tank. Despite his frailty, Roddenberry demanded certain cuts to the film and, according to Meyer, engaged him in a heated argument. Roddenberry died several days after the meeting, and Meyer has expressed deep regret over his behavior in the meeting, not realizing just how sick Roddenberry really was at the time. See more »

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At roughly four minutes in, Sulu's tea cup is about to fall off the stand in the close up. However, in the shot of Sulu and the crew struggling with the turbulence, the cup is close to the center. See more »

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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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The opening titles shift color - pink, purple, blue, green, and around again. See more »

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The original theatrical release (U.S.) did not include the portion of the scene in the Federation President's office where Colonel West outlined his plan to rescue Kirk and McCoy. Also at the climax of the film, the bit where the Klingon assassin is revealed to be none other than Colonel West was not included. See more »


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Theme From Star Trek TV Series
Music by Alexander Courage
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Classic Space Opera
24 May 2005 | by itamarscomixSee all my reviews

The final Star Trek film to feature the original cast is an enormous improvement after the awful fifth film, and might just be the best in the series. Much of it is probably thanks to the return of director Nicholas Meyer, who is responsible also for the classic Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (while film III through V were directed by cast members). Meyer's very professional directing shows in every scene on ST-VI, and the old cast - William Shatner (Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Spock), DeForest Kelly (McCoy), James Doohan (Scotty) and the rest - give here what is without doubt their finest performance. Mind - Shatner and Nimoy are by now 60 years old, while Kelly and Doohan are well into their 70s. But there isn't a trace of the pathetic silliness that characterized the fifth movie; Meyer knows what to do with these aging actors that wouldn't make them look like idiots. What we see in Star Trek VI is a much more mature approach, and the crew members have to face, more than an outside enemy, their own aging, and their fear of change. That fear is a key element here, and it's an issue that is well handled and is always relevant.

While the old cast members are doing splendidly here, the movie introduces some fantastic new characters. First and foremost, the experienced Shakespearean actor Christopher Plummer makes a fascinating villain in the conservative and suspicious Klingon General Chang, endlessly throwing out Shakespeare quotes on every turn. ('You haven't truly enjoyed Shakespeare until you've read it in the original Klingon') Also, Kim Cattrall, who achieved much success lately in the acclaimed 'Sex And The City'), plays the Vulcan Lt. Valeris and gives a great performance. Finally, David Warner gives a brief but memorable performance as the visionary Chancellor Gorkon. The real stars here, though, are Shatner and Kelly, whose attempt to save the Chancellor's life, as well as their trial for assassination before a Klingon court (CAMEO: Michael Dorn, who plays Worf in the Next Generation, plays Kirk and McCoy's attorney here - Colonel Worf. An ancestor, probably) make for some of the best scenes ever seen on Star Trek. The directing and camera work are splendid, and the script has just the right amount of self humor, which was dreadfully lacking from the fifth movie (e.g.: Spock: 'If I were human I believe my response would be "go to hell." ...If I were human.' All in all, a remarkable sign off for the original crew of the Enterprise and one of the best sci-fi movies of all time.


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Official Sites:

Startrek.com

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Klingon

Release Date:

6 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country See more »

Filming Locations:

Alaska, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,162,837, 8 December 1991

Gross USA:

$74,888,996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,888,996
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Digital (some test prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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