PG | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.
The opening was originally intended to be much longer, with Kirk and Spock assembling the crew from their post-Enterprise careers. Scotty was in charge of the engineering team disassembling the captured Bird-of-Prey. Uhura was a radio hostess. Chekov was playing chess with aliens. However, budget limitations forced these scenes to be scrapped, and replaced with the introduction at Starfleet Headquarters.
Captain Hikaru Sulu:
Stardate 9521.6. Captain's Log, USS Excelsior. Hikaru Sulu commanding. After three years, I have concluded my first assignment as master of this vessel, cataloguing gaseous planetary anomalies in Beta Quadrant. We're heading home under full impulse ...
At the beginning of the film, when the Excelsior encounters the energy wave created by the explosion of Praxis, Sulu's hair goes from being neatly groomed to mussed up back to neatly groomed between shots.
At the beginning of the end credits, the signature of each of the principle cast members is written one by one as a final send off for their characters.
For all widescreen home video releases (up until the Blu-ray release), the image was opened up, resulting in an aspect ratio of 2.00:1 instead of 2.39:1 (its theatrical ratio). The difference is evident when the home video releases are compared against the Blu-ray, or the deleted scenes that feature on the 2004 DVD.
$18,162,837 8 December 1991