Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

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Director: Nicholas Meyer

Cast: Nicholas Meyer, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

     
 

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The plot involves a peace conference between the Federation of Planets and the troublesome Klingons. The Klingons are hoping to perform a little damage control after triggering a mining disaster on one of their moons; their spokesman is the seemingly contrite General Chang (Christopher Plummer). All negotiations abruptly cease when a Klingon vessel is attacked, and… See more details below

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The plot involves a peace conference between the Federation of Planets and the troublesome Klingons. The Klingons are hoping to perform a little damage control after triggering a mining disaster on one of their moons; their spokesman is the seemingly contrite General Chang (Christopher Plummer). All negotiations abruptly cease when a Klingon vessel is attacked, and Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) are accused of the crime. As they stand trial for murder, Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Vulcanian trainee Lt. Valeris (Kim Cattrall) try to locate the real culprits. It turns out that Kirk and McCoy are victims of a conspiracy to foment further hostilities between the Good Guys and the Klingons.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The last Star Trek adventure to focus on the original show's characters -- portrayed by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, et al. -- The Undiscovered Country is suspenseful and exciting, but it also has a wistful undercurrent that suggests cast and crew alike knew the torch would soon be passed to the Next Generation. The story begins after a Chernobyl-like disaster, with the Klingon leader attempting to make peace with the Federation. Sent to escort the official to peace talks being held on Earth, Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew are stunned when unknown conspirators murder the Klingon and the blame is fixed on them. The race to clear their names takes on added importance for Kirk and friends when the peace conference itself is imperiled. Director and co-writer Nicholas Meyer, whose involvement with the series dates back to the excellent Wrath of Khan (1982), knows these characters well and gives all the regular cast members a few fleeting moments in the sun before we say goodbye to them. The murder-mystery angle isn't especially well developed, and the final outcome is never much in doubt, but Meyer goes through his paces and delivers what Star Trek fans expect to see. The familiar cast members, by now wearing their characters like comfortable old sweaters, are predictably delightful in their final outing together; and newcomer Kim Cattrall, well in advance of Sex and the City stardom, makes a fetching addition to the crew. There's a not-unexpectedly sappy windup to the film, but Trek fans wouldn't have had it any other way. On balance, however, Undiscovered Country makes a perfectly satisfying coda to one of sci-fi's most cherished series.
All Movie Guide
One of the more successful Star Trek movies, the sixth installment benefits mightily from the writing and directing of Nicholas Meyer. Meyer is a big part of the reason Trekkers maintain that the even-numbered films in the franchise are the best. He wrote and directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and co-wrote (with unsung producer Harve Bennett) Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Here he and four other co-writers utilize the Chernobyl incident and a dry wit to keep things interesting. Another new twist: this time around, star William Shatner shelves his usual histrionics and machine-gun delivery for a more subtle approach, and except for the talented Walter Koenig, the normally reliable supporting cast chews the scenery. The worst offenders are Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, and especially the late DeForest Kelley, who seems incapable of delivering a line without putting a spin on it. Still, the rousing score and supporting actors (including Christopher Plummer, John Schuck, and Kurtwood Smith) are first rate. There's also a warm tone to the proceedings that gives the gallant original crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise a fitting send-off. They deserve it: For 25 years, they entertained viewers well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
UPC:
0097360719246
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
37,787

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Commentary By: Larry Nemecek & Ira Steven Behr; ; Tom Morga: Alien Stuntman; To Be Or Not To Be: Klingons & Shakespeare; Starfleet Academy: Praxis

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Shatner James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley Leonard "Bones" McCoy
Kim Cattrall Lt. Valeris
David Warner Chancellor Gorkon
James Doohan Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Walter Koenig Pavel Chekov
George Takei Hikaru Sulu
Nichelle Nichols Uhura
Christopher Plummer General Chang
Mark Lenard Sarek
Grace Lee Whitney Janice Rand
Brock Peters Admiral Cartwright
Leon Russom Chief in Command
Kurtwood Smith Federation President
Rosanna de Soto Azetbur
John Schuck Klingon Ambassador
Michael Dorn Klingon Defense Attorney
Paul Rossilli Kerla
Christian Slater Excelsior Communications Officer
Edward Clements Young Crewman
Douglas Engalla Prisoner at Rura Penthe
Mary Jo Slater Actor
Robert Easton Klingon Judge
Clifford Shegog Klingon Officer
Brett Porter General Stex
Jeremy Roberts Excelsior Officer
Michael Bofshever "Excelsior" Engineer
Angelo Tiffe "Excelsior" Navigator
Boris Krutonog Helmsman Lojur
Iman Martia
Tom Morga The Brute
Todd Bryant Klingon Translator
Jim Boeke First Klingon General
Carlos Cestero Munitions Man
Katie Jane Johnston Martia as a Child
Matthias Hues Second Klingon General
Darryl Henriques Nanclus
David Orange Sleepy Klingon
Judy Levitt Military Aide
Shakti ADC
Michael Snyder Crewman Dax
René Auberjonois Colonel West (uncredited)
William Morgan Sheppard Klingon Commander
John Bloom Behemoth Alien
B.J. Davis Actor

Technical Credits
Nicholas Meyer Director,Screenwriter
Scott E. Anderson Special Effects
Brooke Breton Associate Producer
Cliff Eidelman Score Composer
Scott Farrar Special Effects
Denny Martin Flinn Screenwriter
Edward French Makeup
Marty Hornstein Co-producer,Production Manager
William Hoy Editor
Steven Charles Jaffe Producer
Lawrence Konner Original Story,Screenwriter
Mickey Michaels Set Decoration/Design
Michael Mills Makeup
Hiro Narita Cinematographer
Leonard Nimoy Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Nilo Rodis-Jamero Art Director
Ronald Roose Editor
Mark Rosenthal Original Story,Screenwriter
Dodie Shepard Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Jo Slater Casting
Ralph Winter Producer
Douglas E. Wise Asst. Director
Herman Zimmerman Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
1. Scene 1 [3:17]
2. Scene 2 [3:59]
3. Scene 3 [4:38]
4. Scene 4 [2:08]
5. Scene 5 [5:32]
6. Scene 6 [1:24]
7. Scene 7 [5:35]
8. Scene 8 [1:24]
9. Scene 9 [7:25]
10. Scene 10 [1:57]
11. Scene 11 [3:59]
12. Scene 12 [:39]
13. Scene 13 [4:58]
14. Scene 14 [6:03]
15. Scene 15 [7:13]

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