Los Angeles Times - 06/09/1989
"...As much a spiritual odyssey as a space adventure, and it's all the richer for it. It has high adventure, nifty special effects and much good humor, but it also has a wonderful resonance to it..."
Stardate 8454.1: In the windswept desert of Nimbus III, the Planet of Galactic Peace, a lone settler witnesses a man materializing out of the dusty horizon, offering to share and bear the settler's pain. With a laugh, the two join forces and plan to steal a starship. Cutting to the rock and scrub of another desert, the jeans-clad Captain Kirk is climbing bare-handed in Yosemite. After a near-accident followed by a night of beans and whiskey and campfire songs, Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and McCoy (DeForest Kelley) are called back from shore leave to the new Enterprise for an emergency mission. Counting on Scotty (James Doohan) to bring the new ship up to specs, they travel to Paradise City on Nimbus III, where delegates from the Romulan, Klingon, and Human races have been kidnapped. The crew soon find themselves joining kidnapper Sybok (Laurence Luckenbill), a renegade Vulcan desperate to discover the secret that lies beyond the Great Barrier at the center of the galaxy. A thrilling and thought-provoking directorial debut from William Shatner, the journey becomes a metaphysical quest for the meaning of life, as the crew of the Starship Enterprise comes face to face with "God."
Outer Space |
Space Exploration |
Space Opera |
Space Travel |
Estimated budget: $20 million.
Color by Technicolor; shot in Panavision. Some release prints were blown up to 70mm. Locations included: the Mojave Desert; Los Angeles, California; and Yosemite National Park.
William Shatner's feature film directorial debut. The film was re-edited after audience response to advance screenings.
Additional cast: Cynthia Gouw (Caithlin Darr); Todd Bryant (Captain Klaa); Spice Williams (Vixis); Rex Holman (J'onn); George Murdock ("God"); Jonathan Simpson (Young Sarek); Cynthia Blaise (Amanda); Melanie Shatner (Yeoman).
The film's production was postponed (from 1987 to 1988) in order to accommodate actor/director Leonard Nimoy's schedule. He had been hired to direct "The Good Mother" (1988), starring Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson.
Re-released on video in the United States in 1991 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the first "Star Trek" episode.
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.