Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country (1991) - Illustrated Reference
Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country was directed by Nicholas Meyer. It premiered on the 3rd December 1991 Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Christopher Plummer, David Warner, Kim Cattrall and Mark Lenard. Screenplay by Nicholas Meyer, Denny Martin Flinn. Music by Cliff Eidelman. 110mins.
Peace talks with the Klingon Empire are jeopardised after the USS Enterprise seemingly fires at a ship carrying the Klingon Chancellor Gorkon. With the ship disabled assassins beam on board and kill the Chancellor. Kirk and McCoy are accused of murder and are sentenced to the remote prison planet of Rura Penthe.
Nicholas Meyer returned to direct the sixth and last Star Trek movie featuring all the original series cast. Leonard Nimoy suggested a story based on a future “Berlin Wall” coming down, substituting the Klingons for the Russians. The poor performance of Star Trek V meant more budget cuts than before and Star Trek VI cost less than the previous film.
Kirk: They're animals.
Spock: Jim, there is an historic opportunity here.
Kirk: Don't believe them. Don't trust them.
Spock: They're dying.
Kirk: Let them die!
William Shatner (1931-) / Captain James T. Kirk
Born in Quebec, Canada, William Shatner has also starred as James Kirk in Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V The Final Frontier (1989) and Star Trek Generations (1994).
Leonard Nimoy (1931-) / Mr. Spock
Born in Boston, Massachussets, Leonard Nimoy has played Spock in Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek V The Final Frontier (1989).
DeForest Kelley (1920-1999) / Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, DeForest Kelley has appeared as Dr. McCoy in Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek V The Final Frontier (1989).
Kim Cattrall (1956-) / Valeris
Born in Liverpool, England, Kim Catrall's films include - Porky's (1982), Police Academy (1984), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Mannequin (1987), Return of the Musketeers (1989), Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Unforgettable (1996), 15 Minutes (2001), Sex and the City (2008), The Ghostwriter (2010) and Sex and the City 2 (2010). TV series - Sex and the City (1998-2004 as Samantha Jones).
General Chang: Oh, now be honest, Captain, warrior to warrior. You do prefer it this way, don't you, as it was meant to be? No peace in our time. "Once more unto the breach, dear friends."
Christopher Plummer (1929-) / General Chang
Born in Toronto, Canada, one of the most respected actors working in films today, Christopher Plummer has appeared in films as diverse as The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), Battle of Britain (1969), Dreamscape (1984), Dragnet (1987), Twelve Monkeys (1995), The Insider (1999) Oscar nominated for Best Actor for The Last Station (2009) and winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Beginners (2011).
Chancellor Gorkon: You don't trust me, do you? I don't blame you. If there is to be a brave new world, our generation is going to have the hardest time living in it.
David Warner (1941-) / Chancellor Gorkon
Born in Manchester, England, David Warner's films include – Tom Jones (1963), Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966), Straw Dogs (1971), Cross of Iron (1977), Time Bandits (1981 as Evil Genius), Tron (1982 as Ed Dillinger / Sark), The Man With Two Brains (1983), Star Trek V The Final Frontier (1989),Titanic (1997) and Planet of the Apes (2001).
Rosanna DeSoto (1950-) / Azetbur
Born in San Jose, California, Rosanna DeSoto's films include - The In-Laws (1979), About Last Night (1986), La Bamba (1987), Family Business (1989) and Once Upon a Wedding (2005).
Iman (1955-) / Martia
Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Iman was a supermodel and is married to singer David Bowie. Her films include - Out of Africa (1985), No Way Out (1987), Surrender (1987), LA Story (1991) and Exit to Eden (1994).
Kurtwood Smith (1943-) / Federation President
Born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, Kurtwood Smith's films include - Robocop (1987 as Clarence Boddicker), Rambi III (1988), Dead Poets Society (1989), Oscar (1991), Fortress (1992), Under Siege 2 (1995), Broken Arrow (1996), Deep Impact (1998) and Girl Interrupted (1999). TV series - That 70's Show (1998-2006).
Spock: Two months ago, a Federation starship monitored an explosion on the Klingon moon, Praxis. We believe it was the result of overmining and insufficient safety precautions. The moon's decimation means a deadly pollution of their ozone: They will have depleted their supply of oxygen in 50 Earth years. Due to the enormous size of their military budget the Klingons do not have the means to deal with this catastrophe. Last month, at the behest of the Vulcan ambassador, I opened a dialogue with Gorkon, Klingon chancellor of the High Council. He proposes to begin negotiations at once.
Admiral Cartwright: Negotiations for what?
Spock: The dismantling of our starbases and outposts along the Neutral Zone, an end to nearly 70 years of unremitting hostility which the Klingons can no longer afford.
The film is dedicated to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, the “Great Bird of the Galaxy” died of heart failure in October 1991 a few weeks before the film premiered, he was 70.
Rura Penthe was also a penal colony in the classic movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). Captain Nemo mentions he was once one of the prisoners there.
The film features a prototype Klingon Bird of Prey commanded by Chang which can fire while cloaked. It was destroyed by the Enterprise and Excelsior.
General Chang’s eye patch is bolted straight into his skull, proving how much of a badass he is. It was Christopher Plummer’s idea to keep Chang bald.
To avoid an R rating the Klingons bled purple blood during the zero gravity assassination on Kronos One. On the various TV series Klingon blood is red.
General Chang: Cry havoc, and let slip the Dogs of War.
Star Trek VI quotes many lines from Shakespeare and the title The Undiscovered Country is taken from Hamlet Act 3 Scene 1, the famous soliloquy.
Christian Slater (1969-) has a cameo in the film as an officer on board the USS Excelsior. His mother Mary Jo Slater was casting director for the film.
Originally it was meant to be Saavik that betrayed Spock and the Federation, but Kim Cattrall didn’t want to be the third actress to play that role and the character of Valeris was introduced.
Kim Cattrall posed nude on the Enterprise bridge for a magazine shoot. Leonard Nimoy found out and destroyed all the photos and negatives. Damn it Spock!
Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country opened with another record breaking weekend for the series, $18m in 3days, grossing $75m in the US and a total of $97m worldwide.
Much better received by fans and critics than its predecessor, with a stronger story and less humour than the previous two entries in the series.
A Cold War allegory set in the 23rd Century, Trek VI was the last movie starring the popular cast of the original Star Trek series and an excellent send off.
Chekov: Course heading, Captain?
Kirk: Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning.
The space adventures continue in Star Trek: Generations (1994)
The Critics Wrote -
"Star Trek VI directed by Nicholas Meyer, is as lively a tale as any Trekkie might want, even if it's not free-standing enough to bring in new recruits. There are no signs of waning energy here, not even in an Enterprise crew that looks ever more ready for intergalactic rocking chairs. The principals' enthusiasm for their material has never seemed to fade. If anything, that enthusiasm grows more appealingly nutty with time." (Janet Maslin, New York Times)
"Director/coscripter Nicholas Meyer, who helmed the popular second "Star Trek" movie, moves this vehicle efficiently. He employs some tremendous visuals. At one point, the gravity stabilizer goes off in the Klingon spaceship. Invaders come aboard and start firing laser-type weaponry. The Klingons' spilled blood floats in the air in eerily beautiful purplish globules; it's space-age Sam Peckinpah." (Washington Post)
"This sixth "Star Trek" film has so much more life and interest than the dreary "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" that perhaps it will tempt Paramount into still another story for Captain Kirk and his crew." (Roger Ebert)
“Hiro Narita's photography is breathtaking, and the script by the director and Denny Martin Flinn is filled with wit and polish.” (Scheuer)
“Delivers enough of what Trek audiences hunger for to justify the trek to the local multiplex. Sappy ending provides a fitting send-off to the ground-breaking series and its rabid fans, reinforcing its humanistic messages.” (Variety)
"Best of all the Star Trek movies, and a fitting finale to the series. Even if you’re not normally a Star Trek fan, you’ll enjoy this one." (Chris Tookey)
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