The fifth live-action Star Trek feature film was released on this day in movie history.
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was released in theaters across the US on June 9th, 1989. Written by David Loughery (with story by Loughery, William Shatner and Harve Bennett) and directed by Shatner (who plays Captain Kirk), it also starred Shatner along with Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and the rest of the original Star Trek’s main cast.
In the film, hostages are taken by a Vulcan and his followers on a failed planet and only a glitchy USS Enterprise-A led by Kirk and crew can rescue them. Eventually, they too find themselves prisoner as part of that Vulcan’s quest to find the promised land.
The film is often considered by critics and Star Trek fans as one of the weakest in the franchise. Special effects were done by a company less experienced than the usual Industrial Light and Magic, for example.
It made an estimated $63 million at the box office, starting at number one its first week, but falling quickly against competition.
The original Star Trek cast would completely reunite one last time in the next Trek feature, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.