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Plot: 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. Runtime: 113 mins Release Date: 06 Dec 1991
The best of the bunch with the original cast. A great send-off! (by elgatony)
You don't have to be Einstein to figure out the Klingon Empire represented the Soviet Union in the original series and films so it's fitting Kirk's old foes should re-appear and give the crew it's final adventure at a time when similar questions raised in the film faced the old Soviet Empire.This is the best of the film series for several reasons. The timeliness of the film's release with real-world events. Funny how Col. West had a contingency plan for terrorism along the Federation's border. Made me wish we had one prior to 9-11 The issue of how people can be <more>
frightened of drastic change what a very Clinton-esque message mirroring Kirk and crew's emotional baggage helps propel the plot forward and makes it believable.A great tense score and tight editing sorry, no overlong speeches and theorizing combined with terrific performances from Christopher Plummer and the best yet from the original ensemble kept me glued to my seat the whole time. Additional characters are actually relevant, unlike Saavik, the Marcuses, et al., and although I should have seen it coming I was surprised how far-reaching the conspiracy to kill Gorkon actually was, even including a Vulcan! Fun cameos from Michael Dorn, Christian Slater and Iman lighten the mood. Her presence finally makes McCoy quip to Kirk "What is it with you, anyway?" which is something that should have been said years ago. Must be the girdle. The Klingon attack scene at the end is great unrelenting action and was better than Khan's attack on the Enterprise in Part II see my comments on that film to get an idea ."The Undiscovered Country" is essentially a mystery in space with political overtones and it's great fun watching Spock and Valeris unravel the mystery piece by piece. Valeris Kim Cattrall is given more to do than Saavik ever was. The only nit-picking comments I have is just why couldn't the assassins just throw the boots out the window? If an explosion in space wasn't monitored until the shockwave hit the Excelsior, how would the Enterprise find the boots? Would the NCC-1701 just shift gears into reverse?A lot has been made about the clock errors. To me, it's not terribly important since it's just background and your attention should not be there anyway. It was a bad idea to include such a prop though.The only wasted role belongs to Scotty but he had his moment of greatness in "The Voyage Home" during the transparent aluminum scenes. He also delivers the corniest line of the film during dinner with the Klingons: "Maybe we are looking at something of that future here!" Well, duh!Everything that made Star Trek great is in this film: action, great one-liners from McCoy and Chekhov, the peace message, the Klingons, Spock's logic skills, literary quotes and celebrity cameos makes "The Undiscovered Country" a worthy send-off to perhaps the most celebrated ensemble cast in entertainment history. Even if you're not a Trek-fan, you would enjoy this picture and is well worth the rental/purchase.
I think that STVI is the greatest Trek film ever. The reason I think it is better then ST:FC is because First Contact was on such a large scale; save all of humanity from oblivion. Well, that's nice and all, but STVI was a part of Trek history. Peace with the Klingons, who would have guessed it. Peace with the Russians, who would have guessed it. Which brings me to my next point, it parallaled current world situations which is why I bring up the USSR . It's a brilliant movie that will last the test of time.
Underrated Movie, not understood by trekkies and non-trekkies alike (by jeffpc)
Star Trek Movies are far more miss than hit, with only 3 excellent, 1 good and the rest rubbish although NEMESIS may be slightly above rubbish level . Anyway, this movie was meant to contrast 60s style leadership and ethics with those of the 80s. Borrowing from the modern leadership styles and political correctness portrayed in the Next Generation series, "The Undiscovered Country" explores in typical Hollywood sci-fi fashion how our present day society has progressed toward multiculturalism. It explores how committed, loyal patriots can be burdened with their old prejudices <more>
after the world/universe has changed around them. The personal struggles of Kirk and the Chancellor's daughter, and even the violently opposed logical conclusions of two Vulcans in the same circumstances but with differing priorities are all clearly missed by most viewers. Of course, as with James Bond movies, Jim Kirk and his crew must save the day and also nicely throw in some minor Star Trek future history trivia with the Khitomer massacre etc . An excellent story line, excellent themes, carefully produced and directed, this is a science fiction classic on par with Alien, Blade Runner and, yes, much better than any of the Star Wars movies.
A fitting end for the crew of the NCC-1701-A. (by colonel_green)
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 <more>
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.
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 <more>
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.
While most fans and non trekkies regard ST:II as the best Star Trek film, Nicholas Meyer's second Trek outing definitely challenges his debut. Essentially, it's a political thriller set in space, mirroring the events in Russia and Eastern Europe in the late '80s.Following an explosion on of their moons hello Chernobyl , the Klingons decide to begin peace negotiations with the Federation in an effort to save themselves. The Enterprise is sent out to meet with the Klingon chancellor but the crew, including Scotty and especially Kirk find it hard to accept the Klingons as their new <more>
friends. Things go from bad to worse when the chancellor is assassinated and the Enterprise is blamed and faces a race against time to find the truth.Meyer's direction is a welcome change after William Shatner's attempts in ST:V. He returns to the militaristic style established in ST:II and works in the ageing of the crew, rather than have it become embarrassing. Some fans dislike this film because the plot seems to complicated and it's not as action or humour filled as previous instalments but its a great send off for the TOS cast. The only regret I think is that Meyer was not allowed some of his original ideas, notably a return of Saavik and references to Kirk's old flame Carol Marcus. But these fail to spoil a great movie.
The fall of the Berlin wall and the end of the Cold War unleashed a spate of Hollywood films in which Russians defected to the United States "The Hunt For Red October" , Russians and Americans teamed up to fight crime "Red Heat" , shaky peace-talks began between Soviet and US politicians "The Undiscovered Country" , dissident Americans sold defence secrets to the Soviets "Falcon and the Snowman" and likable America warriors kicked steroid injected Russian ass "Rocky 4" .Directed by Nicholas Meyer, "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered <more>
Country" is one of the more interesting of such films. Meyer, a director and novelist who imbues his films with a quiet intelligence, is of course the man responsible for "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan", a film which virtually re-invented "Star Trek". Meyer took Melville's "Moby Dick", several allusions to "Hornblower", Naval classics and submarine flicks, and turned Star Trek into a full blown maritime adventure movie in space. The pretentious technobabble and the soulless FX of Robert Wise's "Star Trek: The Motion picture" it's actually pretty good , and the utopian flailings of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, gave way to crowd pleasing action, humour, screwball banter, likable heroes and retro design changes. Elsewhere uniforms were given a more maritime feel, battles were staged like nautical encounters, crewmen blew whistles, torpedoes were loaded like cannons, captains talked about rudders and villains wore pirate eye-patches.These changes, of course, annoyed both Roddenberry and the die hard fanboys. How dare Trek – a series about ideas and social issues - degenerate into a mainstream action movie!? How dare you turn a futuristic fleet of star ships into a jazzed up version of The British Navy, each vessel literally piloted by a crew of Red Coats!? It's a valid point, until you realise that Meyer was the first artist associated with Trek to have recognised, not only that Star Trek was always "Hornblower in space", but that it was always a fascist and xenophobic franchise. Meyer didn't turn The Federation of Planets into "The British Empire with warp drive", he merely amplified, and questioned, what was always there.And so "The Undiscovered Country" begins by introducing Captain James Kirk William Shatner as an unashamed racist. Having lost his son to a "dirty" Klingon warrior, Kirk hates the Klingons, believing them to be vile, vulgar, violent and always untrustworthy. Of course his crew shares his sentiments. Why wouldn't they? Throughout the TV series, the Klingons were cast as token Russian, Black and Japanese villains. They were savage barbarians wearing Asian clothes and mostly played by black actors.But when Kirk's ship is chosen to host the peace talks between the Federation US and Klingon Soviet Empires, Meyer undermines our preconceptions by portraying the Klingons as a well spoken and sophisticated group, adept at quoting Shakespeare and well versed in Earth literature. Far from a band of vile pirates, they come across as classy noblemen. Kirk and his merry men, meanwhile, look like a horde of drunken sailors.Later, Meyer deftly toys with his audience's preconceptions, teasing us with the possibility that the Klingon's are responsible for a cunning attack on their own ambassador. But what actually unfolds is an elaborate plot, started by human, Vulcan, Romulan and Klingon militarist factions in other words, we're all guilty , to destabilise any hope of peace between the empires. Old animosities and fears of change are essentially exploited in order to maintain the intergalactic status quo. The status quo being the constant cultural, scientific and military superiority of the United Federation of Planets.Beyond its simple parable, "Country" resumes Meyer's fondness for turning his films into altars to classic literature. Dickens, Melville, Doyle, Shakespeare...these are his influences. Watch how he has Spock turn into Sherlock Holmes, frantically racing to solve "the case of the missing gravity boots". Watch how he pulls the film's title out of Hamlet, has bad guys quoting Shakespeare and has characters standing proudly before bookshelves adorned with "A Tale of Two Cities". References to Peter Pan, the Merchant of Venice, The Tempest and the racially themed "Guess Who's Coming To Diner", give the film a classiness which the franchise typically lacks.Other impressive things abound: despite severe budget limitations, Meyer's space battles are deliciously spatial, his action has a cerebral kick, his dialogue is exceptionally well written often screwball, always memorable, packed with one-liners , he makes sure all his cast members are given shining moments and cleverly counters Shatner's theatricality with appropriately theatrical villains. Elsewhere the film features an explosive shock-wave which set in stone the look of all future space shock-waves the "Star Wars" shock-wave was only added in 1997 .Still, the film has two flaws. Firstly, the film's lead characters are all ultimately heroes, each with their obligatory "save the day" sequences. You sense that Meyer wants them to be tarnished, to be deeply wounded in some way, but that these characters have simply become too iconic, too mythic, to be meddled with. And so all the film's evils are given to token characters, Kirk's evils transplanted to a Federation admiral, Spock's evils to a Vulcan officer, the Klingon's evils to a rouge captain and so forth. Secondly, like most science fiction films, the film fails in its depiction of alien planets a boring ice planet and alien creatures shape shifters and costumed dogs . But this is mainstream sci-fi. When you're dealing with swashbuckling space opera, dog puppets and ice planets will suffice.8.5/10 – Worth multiple viewings.
once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more (by TheNorthernMonkee)
SPOILERSThus it came to pass, twenty five years after the original series began, and twelve years after the first movie, the original crew of the USS Enterprise decided to retire. Before going however, they created history and they battled the all too human fear of change, all in a film which is not only brilliant to watch, but is a superb send off to this wonderful crew.Since "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" 1979 , the klingons, the most famous enemy of all, were always shown to be rather a pathetic lot. With their only appearance in the first film being five minutes, they <more>
didn't get off to the best of starts. In the third encounter, "The Search for Spock" 1984 , they were given slightly more menace but were still relatively inept. Finally in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" 1989 the main Klingons were an old alcoholic mess who needed to be shouted at by Spock to do anything, and a pathetic ship Captain who seemed almost childlike and eventually had to apologise to Kirk. Therefore, for a long time, the Klingon Empire always seemed to be hard done by and put upon. In the first ten minutes of "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country", this process appears to be repeating itself again. With the Klingon moon of Cronos being half destroyed, Captain Sulu's USS Excelsior encounters the shock-wave when they discover this awful accident. Skipping forward and on Earth the Federation's leaders are informed that the Klingon Empire is now facing doom. As a result, Captain Kirk's Enterprise is sent to meet with Chancellor Gorkon David Warner in yet another different role and to begin discussions of Peace. It isn't long however before things go wrong and Captain Kirk is forced to battle the wonderfully evil General Chang Christopher Plummer .The beauty of this sixth film is that it puts considerable thought into all the real aspects required to make a decent "Star Trek" movie. With the crew beginning to feel their age, they perform brilliantly in their final adventure. At the same time, the supporting cast including Plummer, Warner, Kim Cattrell and Brock Peters is well thought out and constructed. Out of this supporting cast comes the absolutely superb General Chang, played by Christopher Plummer. When considering all of this series of films, arguably the three finest attempts are "The Wrath Of Khan", "The Undiscovered Country" and "First Contact". With the three charismatic, appealing bad guys in the form of Khan, Chang and the Borg Queen, these films appeal because they have an evenly matched battle. Whether it's Captain Kirk or Captain Picard, both Shatner and Stewart perform better in their roles when they are given an enemy to sink their teeth into. None is more true of General Chang in this film. Chang represents an almost Klingon alternative of Kirk. Both are Warriors with strong knowledge of Earth's past Chang quoting Shakespeare perhaps once too often , and for the majority of the time, they both are terrified of change. The key to Kirk's success in this film is not the eventual destruction of Chang, but that Kirk is willing to set aside his prejudices and accept the Klingon offer of peace. The bartering between the two is superb and the film is considerably better for it."Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" is probably more what people would classify as a typical adventure. Whilst the forth film was funny, it never felt like it belonged in the series, and it was then followed by the awful fifth film which was just in general bad. Therefore it feels like this final voyage of the original crew has saved face really. This film feels like it has learnt to respect the genre. Constructing a brilliant plot, Nimoy, Konner and Rosenthal, have given the characters wide enough space for them to develop, whilst simultaneously sticking to what makes "Star Trek" so great. There are battles, there's drama, there's emotion and there is mystery. With these however, the crew are able to banter between themselves, with Dr McCoy the late, great DeForest Kelley getting some of the best lines once again.Ultimately, there is only one flaw with "Star Trek VI" and that is that it reminds us that this is the end. Whilst Patrick Stewart and the crew of the Enterprise NCC 1701-D would pick up the reigns from this moment on, the series would never be as good as it was with Captain Kirk in command. "Star Trek VI" tells us that never again will we see this crew together on board the Enterprise. This film is a brilliant film and a suitable way of saying farewell to this group of people, but this is in itself, rather upsetting.
There is an old Vulcan proverb: only Nixon could go to China. (by Spikeopath)
Star trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is directed by Nicholas Meyer who also co-wrote the screenplay with Denny Martin Flinn. The story comes from Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Konner & Mark Rosenthal, the musical score is by Cliff Eidelman and the cinematographer is Hiro Narita. The usual suspects from the franchise return for this sixth big screen outing, they are joined in the cast by Christopher Plummer, Kim Cattrall, David Warner, Kurtwood Smith & Rosanna DeSoto. Plot finds the Klingon's in danger of extinction and therefore keen for aid and peace in the universe. So who better to <more>
go escort the Klingon Chancellor to the Peace Summit than Kirk and company? Sure enough things go awry pretty quickly as the Klingon's come under attack and the Enterprise is held responsible, but Kirk is adamant that the Enterprise was not responsible. On trial for their lives, Kirk & Bones must hope that Spock and the rest of the crew can solve the mystery sooner rather than later. Not just for the sake of their two imprisoned colleagues, but to ensure that all talk of peace is not jettisoned forever.Granted it wouldn't have been hard for part 6 to be a better movie than the self indulgent crassness of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. But The Undiscovered Country actually turns out to be one of the best film's of the 10 big screen outings. First successful strike was to get Shatner out of the director's chair and install Meyer in the hot seat; Meyer of course was the man who directed arguably the best film of the ten with Wrath of Khan. Second successful strike was to have Nimoy at the head of the brains trust writing the story, his intelligence and love of Roddenberry's show is unbound, and with the narrative as it is in film 6, it's evident that the writers were clued in to what was needed to make a Trek film enjoyable.What mostly makes it work is that the film has all the right elements blended as a whole. It cleverly plays on real life affairs involving the Soviet Union, links it with delicious villains, laces it with knowing humour and even has it driven by a whodunit plot arc. Throw in Cattrall as Spock's protégée, some new revelations to the Star Trek lore, a blunderbuss ending Star Fleet tag team, woo hoo and you get a winner. Even the odd bit of ham Shatner, naturally and a stuttering mid-section can't dull down the overriding sense of honest entertainment that the film provides. In the year that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry passed away the film is dedicated to him , those involved have given a fitting farewell to not only him, but also the crew that have given joy to so many since the first episode aired back in 1966.The roads and star ways have been very up and down since 1966, but for 1991 the franchise got a highpoint. For sure. 7.5/10