Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier 1989

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Fifth big screen outing for the crew of the starship Enterprise. Kirk (William Shatner, who also directs and co-scripts), McCoy and Spock's shore leave is cut short when the latter's half-brother - Vulcan renegade Sybok - takes several important ambassadors hostage on the planet Nimbus.

William Shatner,Leonard Nimoy
1 hour, 46 minutes

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Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier

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Genres Science Fiction
Director William Shatner
Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy
Supporting actors Deforest Kelley, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, James Doohan, David Warner
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Picard on 29 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
Definitely the most underrated of all the films in the series, Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier is a success on many levels. Of course, living up to the hopes of the previous trilogy (meaning Star Trek's 2, 3 and 4), would be hard to ask, but it felt different in a good and refreshing way.

One of the best things about Star Trek 5 is the interaction between the main characters. The film really shows how close Kirk, Spock and McCoy are and how their strong friendship has kept them going. There are many memorable scenes revolving around the three, most notably the campfire scene - brilliantly written. The film is also very humorous, and I believe the humour to be the most successfully executed in this one out of all the Star Trek films. Like Star Trek 3, The Final Frontier captures the feel of the original show which gives a sense of warmth to what you are viewing. Another major plus side of the movie is it's score, yeah they might have nicked it from TNG, and the Motion Picture, but who cares. (It shows the Star Trek spirit.)

Sometimes in Star Trek 5 though, the special-effects don't work quite as well, they are done more cheaply. Compared to Star Trek 3 for example, the visual effect of the Enterprise is obviously lower budget, and some shots don't look very good. However, many visual images do work well. William Shatner, who directed had so much grief about this film as the critics slated it - an unfair slating at that. The only reason I can see for them axing it, is that the plot was a bit too far-fetched; otherwise I can't see the problem. Yes, Cybok's mob might have been able to take over the Enterprise a little too easily as they maybe had gotten through the great barrier a little too "easily", but get over it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
So Spock has a half-brother who looks like a pointy-eared Saddam Hussein, who manages to attract and then hijack a sad excuse for the Enterprise, all in an attempt to penetrate the Great Barrier (which has apparently moved from the edge of the galaxy to the exact center) and find the universal God. That's pretty much the plot of this movie in a nutshell. While Star Trek V: The Final Frontier does have its good moments, particularly in terms of the interplay between Kirk, Spock, and Bones, most Trekkies and movie-goers in general agree that this is without a doubt the worst of the six films featuring the original crew. Even Gene Roddenberry was critical of various parts of this film.

You could hardly ask for a more disappointing opening for a Star Trek film, as we watch a mysterious rider come upon a desert hole farmer (yeah, I said hole farmer) and release the man's pain. That pointy-eared stranger is Sybok, the half-brother Spock has never bothered to mention. One can only imagine the shame Sarek would feel (if Vulcans didn't bury their emotions) over this son, a renegade whose rejection of logic and embrace of emotions led to his expulsion from Vulcan. If nothing else, we now know that Spock was by no means the black sheep of his family. Following a vision of Shakaree, the legendary Vulcan "heaven," Sybok puts together a small army on the Neutral Zone planet of Nimbus III and takes the tri-partite council of Klingon, Romulan, and Terran ambassadors hostage, all in an effort to bring a starship into orbit. That starship is, of course, the new Enterprise, which has been dispatched by Starfleet despite the fact it has less than a skeleton crew - and almost nothing on the ship is actually working (despite Scotty's best efforts).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
Dvd Info.
Region 2, 2 disc dvd edition, Running time 102 minutes approx.

Commentaries, Behind the scenes Documentaries, Archive Material, Trailers.

1)The ending of the false God was supposed to have seen Kirk battling against the 10 levels of hell, Rock type beings at the movies climax but this sequence was eventually cut due to budgetary issues, William Shatner asked Paramount for money to complete his vision of the movie in a director's cut form for this 2 disc release but Paramount refused.
2)George Takei initially turned down an appearance in this film as he didn't want to be directed by William Shatner whom he had a long term feud with but Shatner coaxed him to appear.
3)Doctor McCoy fathers name is David.
4)The name Sha Ka Ree is a play of words in homage to actor Sean Connery who was originally asked to play the character of Sybok.
5)Max Von Sidow was also considered for the role of Sybok.
6)Only Star Trek film to win a Golden Raspberry award for worst film.
7)Only Star Trek film to have a pre credits sequence.
8)The special effects budget was reduced on this film & the ending suffered due to the writer's strike at the time of production.
9)David Warner also appearred in Star Trek VI & Star Trek The Next Generation 2 parter Chain Of Command playing different character's in each adventure.

After there shore leave is cut short due to a incident involving a renegade Vulcan who has captured 3 consuls hostages on the planet Nimbus III.
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