This Day in Movie History – June 9th, 1989 – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

The fifth feature film featuring the crew of the Federation Starship Enterprise is considered to be one of the weakest of the entire franchise, and it was released on this day in history.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was released in theaters on June 9th, 1989. The film, directed by William Shatner, features the crew of the Enterprise venturing to a planet to rescue hostages taken by a rogue Vulcan who seeks the ultimate power at the center of the Galaxy.

The film did make back its budget and more, but was criticized for several reasons. Unlike previous Trek films, ILM was not available for special effects, so another company was used, and many say the effects in the film are weak because of this. The film is considered by many Trek fans to be the weakest installment, although some quotable lines and the orchestral score from Jerry Goldsmith are praised.

Despite the mixed reception, the original crew of the Enterprise would get one more feature film with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

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