Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country

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The Undiscovered Country is a strong cinematic send-off for the original Trek crew, featuring some remarkable visuals and an intriguing, character-driven mystery plot.



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In this last film centering on the original television series' stars, an ecological disaster forces the Klingons to seek peace with the Federation. But when the Klingon ship being escorted by the Enterprise to a peace summit is attacked, Kirk and McCoy stand trial for assassination of the Klingon Chancellor.

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William Shatner
as Capt. James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy
as Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley
as Dr. Leonard `Bones' McCoy
James Doohan
as Montgomery Scott
Walter Koenig
as Cdr. Pavel Chekov
Nichelle Nichols
as Cdr. Uhura
George Takei
as Capt. Hikaru Sulu
Kim Cattrall
as Lt. Valeris
David Warner
as Chancellor Gorkon
Mark Lenard
as Amb. Sarek
Grace Lee Whitney
as `Excelsior' Comm. Officer
Brock Peters
as Adm. Cartwright
Leon Russom
as Chief in Command
Kurtwood Smith
as Federation President
John Schuck
as Klingon Ambassador
Michael Dorn
as Klingon Defense Attorney
Robert Easton
as Klingon Judge
Clifford Shegog
as Klingon Officer
William Morgan Sheppard
as Klingon Commander
Brett Porter
as General Stex
Jeremy Roberts
as `Excelsior' Officer
Michael Bofshever
as `Excelsior' Engineer
Angelo Tiffe
as `Excelsior' Navigator
Boris Lee Krutonog
as Helmsman Lojur
as Martia
Tom Morga
as The Brute
Todd Bryant
as Klingon Translator
Boris Krutonog
as Helmsman Lojur
John Bloom (III)
as Behemoth Alien
Jim Boeke
as First Klingon General
Carlos Cestero
as Munitions Man
Edward Clements
as Young Crewman
Katie Jane Johnston
as Martia as a Child
Douglas Engalla
as Prisoner at Rura Penthe
Matthias Hues
as Second Klingon General
David Orange
as Sleepy Klingon
Judy Levitt
as Military Alien
as ADC
Michael Snyder
as Crewman Dax
Christian Slater
as `Excelsior' Communications Officer
Rene Auberjonois
as Colonel West (uncredited)
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  • Jun 22, 2016
    Star Trek's attempt at a murder mystery/political thriller. Story was the idea of Leonard Nimoy's and the entire movie seems pretty flat until the end when the crew of the Enterprise has to race to stop an assassination. Guess the entire original cast needed one big send off before the Next Generation cast took the torch.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2016
    The Star Trek series has had its fair share of ups and downs with the previous 5 films, but luckily 'The Undiscovered Country' rights some of the wrongs of past entries all while presenting a fitting finale to the original crew's story. The film sees the return of the entire original Enterprise crew for one last ride. Much like the previous 5 films, it developed its own distinct story. Instead of saving wales, the crew were thrust into a mystery surrounding the death of the Klingon leader. The mystery behind why Kirk and Bones were charged with his murder is really what I appreciated most about the film. Instead of a largely comedic take or a space bound CGI fest, it was grounded with real mystery leaving the enterprise crew with one last epic task. Now the mystery doesn't necessarily last all that long if you realize how the film set up the story, but that also doesn't take away from the execution. As cheesy as the last 15 minutes are, it's hard not to feel a rush of emotion and a great sense of finality. I also appreciated how they took the Klingon side of things and brought it full circle as Kirk's regret and anger towards his son's death definitely plays a role. Even amongst the heavy mystery, we do get some great space action with improved visuals the 3rd act. As much as I think there have been much better entries in the series, The Undiscovered Country is about as fitting of a send-off for Shatner and crew as any Trek fan could have asked for. With an added intelligent script with important themes explored within the context of an epic conclusion, there's more than enough good material for fans and non-fans alike. +Satisfying conclusion +Mystery centric +Involvement of the Klingons -Cheesy -Some clumsy elements 7.2/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2014
    After the somewhat lacking The Final Frontier, The Undiscovered Country manages to retain a new found vigor in storytelling in the franchise. I found this film to be the best since the Wrath of Kahn and it was a well crafted Science Fiction film that had a vibe that this one had something to prove. Although I didn't mind the previous film in the franchise, I felt that there was something missing. With this entry, the filmmakers manage to deliver a picture that adds what was missing, and it's an exciting, thrilling feature that has a good story, effective performances and memorable thrills. The Undiscovered Country is a much more refined sequel, one that is a return to form of the first few films, and in doing so, the filmmakers also add much needed depth to the story, which makes for a truly interesting film. This is a highly engaging film, one that is sure to delight fans of the franchise as well as genre fans. Considering that this is a sixth entry, the film manages to work well to entertain viewers and offer everything you'd expect from a Star Trek film. I think that this is one of the strongest efforts in the franchise, and not since the second film, has a film in this series been this good. The film may not be perfect, but it's nonetheless worthwhile entertainment for viewers that want an effective and memorable Science Fiction film to watch. There are plenty of good moments to be had here, and The Undiscovered Country is a strong entry in the franchise, and like I've said, one of the best since The Wrath of Kahn. With great effects, good performances, a well developed script, this film is a highly entertaining film going experience, one that is sure to entertain you from start to finish.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2013
    When Praxis, the Klingon moon and site of their energy production facility, explodes, the Klingons decide they must come to a peaceful agreement with the United Federation of Planets in order to survive. Much to his chagrin, Kirk (Shatner) is ordered to take the Enterprise to meet with Gorkon (Warner), the Klingon High Chancellor, and escort him to Earth to begin negotiating peace. After sharing a meal with the Klingons, someone on the Enterprise fires torpedoes at Gorkon's battlecruiser, disabling the anti-gravity mechanism. Two assassins in Starfleet suits, equipped with gravity boots, beam aboard and kill Gorkon. When Kirk and McCoy (Kelley) beam aboard to explain they weren't responsible, the Klingons refuse to listen, placing the pair on trial for Gorkon's murder. The original series of 'Star Trek' was known for tackling the contemporary issues of the day through a science fiction filter. While 'The Voyage Home' had addressed environmental issues, it did so in a blatant manner rather than an allegorical one. For the sixth film, Leonard Nimoy suggested a plot-line which would mirror the ending of the cold war, as the Berlin wall had just come down in 1989. The relationship between the Federation and the Klingons had always been a thinly veiled allegory of that of the U.S and U.S.S.R so it made sense to now bring the onscreen cold war to an end. With the preceding three movies directed by Nimoy and Shatner, the director of the series' best installment, 'Wrath of Khan', Nicholas Meyer, was brought back. As a result, this movie has a level of class that had been absent from Nimoy and Shatner's work. Despite working with the same level of budget, Meyer's film looks like a much larger scale movie, utilizing the relatively modest sets (many of which were borrowed from 'The Next Generation') to great effect. It's a shame Meyer never went on to bigger things as few of today's Hollywood directors have either his talent or integrity. Should you ever get the chance to listen to one of his DVD commentaries, I thoroughly recommend it, as he provides some great insights into the story-telling process. This was the final film to feature the original crew in its entirety and, although he would return in a reduced role in the next installment, Shatner really milks his screen time here, putting in a tour de force like only he can. Kirk had fought himself in the original series and does so again here, thanks to the shape-shifting alien played by Iman. The dialogue here references the actor's notorious ego as Kirk exclaims "I can't believe I kissed you", only for his adversary to reply "Must have been your life's ambition!". The legendary Plummer is fantastic as the Klingon, Chang, replete with an eyepatch nailed into his skull. Cattrall, relatively unknown at this point, is perfectly cast as a deceitful Vulcan. Youthful composer, Cliff Eidelman, took over soundtrack duties, providing one of the series' best. The opening credits theme is a rousing riff on Gustav Holst's 'The Planets', at Meyer's suggestion. There's little reference to previous Trek themes as Meyer wanted the score to feel like a "fresh start". This is the sort of Hollywood movie that's all too rare now, fun without being dumb, involving without being convoluted. It's a shame the cast found themselves at an age too advanced to be taken seriously any longer as, under Meyer's guidance, this film feels like a new beginning, with Trek just hitting its stride as a big-screen franchise. Although 'Generations' ends the story-line of Kirk, it's 'The Undiscovered Country' which really acts as a farewell to the original crew. A fitting farewell.
    The Movie W Super Reviewer

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