Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is an American science fiction/adventure film and the sixth installment in the Star Trek franchise. It was directed by Nicholas Meyer and written by the collective team of Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Denny Martin Finn and Nicholas Meyer. It was produced by Paramount Pictures and released theatrically in the United States on December 6th, 1991. It is the final film in the series to feature the full cast from the 1960s Star Trek television series. The movie stars William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Captain Spock, DeForest Kelley as Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy, James Doohan as Captain Montgomery Scott, Walter Koenig as Commander Pavel Chekov, Nichelle Nichols as Commander Nyota Uhura and George Takei as Captain Hikaru Sulu. Other cast members include Christopher Plummer as the antagonist General Chang, Kim Cattrall as the Vulcan lieutenant Valeris, Brock Peters as Admiral Cartwright, David Warner as Chancellor Gorkon and Rosana DeSoto as Azetbur.
Notes & Trivia Edit
- Production on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country began on April 16th, 1991 and concluded on July 2nd, 1991.
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was produced on a budget of $30,000,000 and grossed $94,000,000 worldwide.
- Nicholas Meyer also directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
- Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry passed away on October 24th, 1991, little more than a month before the US theatrical release of the film. He did however get to see the completed film.
- This film marks the final appearance together of the original series' cast. It also marks the last appearance to date of Nichelle Nichols as Uhura and the final appearance of DeForest Kelley as Doctor McCoy prior to his death in 1999.
- 1991 proved to be a busy year for Leonard Nimoy. In addition to starring in as well as co-writing and co-producing Star Trek VI, Nimoy also reprised the role of Spock for the two-part "Unification" storyline from Star Trek: The Next Generation, which aired in November, 1991.
- Spock makes a reference to former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon with the line, "Only Nixon could go to China". This was a reference to Nixon's 1972 visit to the People's Republic of China where he met with Chairman Mao Zedong, making him the first U.S. President to ever travel to the PRC.