Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

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The crews of the Enterprise and the Excelsior must stop a plot to prevent a peace treaty between the Klingon Empire and the Federation.

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 7.2/10 (29,651 voted)

Director: Nicholas Meyer

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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?

Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Leonard Nimoy

William Shatner - Kirk
Leonard Nimoy - Spock
DeForest Kelley - McCoy
James Doohan - Scotty
Walter Koenig - Chekov
Nichelle Nichols - Cmdr. Uhura
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)

Taglines: The crew of the starship Enterprise fights not to win battles, but to end them forever.


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Release Date: 6 December 1991

Filming Locations: Alaska, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $94,000,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

In earlier screenplay drafts, the character of Maltz from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock appeared at the trial as one of Chang's witnesses, answering questions about Kirk's killing of the Klingon crew from that film. The scene was dropped as it was deemed extraneous, and John Larroquette was unavailable to reprise the part anyway.

Continuity: At the beginning of the film, when the Excelsior encounters the energy wave created by the explosion of Praxis, Sulu's hair goes from being neatly groomed to mussed up back to neatly groomed between shots.

[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.

User Review

A fitting end for the crew of the NCC-1701-A.

Rating: 9/10

The journey that began on the small screen in 1967 comes to its end on the big screen in 1991, after three TV seasons, six films, and the creation of a cultural phenomenon unrivaled in the history of television. The crew of the original series had met with mixed results on the big screen, producing the excellent The Wrath of Khan, but also the inexcusably bad The Final Frontier; the other four ranged from passable to good. After the financial failure of Star Trek V, Paramount brought back Star Trek II director Nicholas Meyer, and commissioned from him the final voyage of the original cast. As Star Trek so often does, the events depicted mirror the glasnost of the late 1980s, as the collapse of the Soviet Union eased global tensions and heralded the beginning of a new era. In the Trek universe, the possibility of rapproachment between the Federation and the Klingon Empire raises the hackles of hardliners on both sides, and Kirk and co. must prevent the weak peace from being destroyed. The original cast is in fine form, all of them giving their all to make the (potentially) final appearances of their characters memorable. Despite William Shatner's reputation as a ham actor, he delivers a great performance here; his final log entry is one of Trek's finest moments. As the villain of the piece, we get General Chang (Christopher Plummer), a Klingon out to insure "no peace in our time". Plummer is superb, chewing scenery and spewing Shakespeare with a wonderfully loathsome presence. I would rank Chang below Khan and the Borg Queen, but far above all the other Trek villains. There are some tacky anachronisms typical of Meyer's style, and the usual amount of discontinuities and canon issues; but that's inevitable, and I can accept it if it leads to a good story. Trek VI is a good story. 9/10.


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