"Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" : Behind the Scenes


Shatner wanted the horses in the movie to be unicorns, but Gene Rodennberry opposed it saying it would seem too much like fantasy.  In the end, the horse ended up being a modified unicorn.
The horses were initially going to be a gold color, but it did not work out, so they were changed to blue.
The rock face Kirk climbs was fake and was set up in a parking lot overlooking Yosemite.
Shatner took rock climbing lessons prior to shooting.
During filming, the production crew pinned clothespins on eachother as practical jokes.  Later, they started tying things to the pins.  In one case, they pinned several balloons to Leonard Nimoy's back.
The campfire scene was shot inside the studio; the tops of the trees on the set were not finished, so they had to make sure the camera did not catch this.
Harve Bennett plays the role of the Admiral that orders the Enterprise to rescue the ambassadors from Paradise City.
The footage of the Enterprise as seen through the shuttle's window when Sybok, Kirk, etc.return to the Enterprise was shorter than the dialogue.  So the footage shown through the window would end before the actors were done speaking.
The shuttle bay set was built on top of a Paramount vault that housed antiques.  As a result, they could not move the shuttles with heavy machinery.
The Enterprise corridors in the movie are the corridors used in the Enterprise D in The Next Generation.
The original ending of the movie was to include 10 rock men chasing Kirk.  One rock suit was made and it cost $350,000, which made it too expensive for duplicates to be made.  When the suit was seen by Shatner and other production staff, they were very disappointed in it, and chose to cut the entire sequence.
The surface of Shaka-Ri as viewed during reconnaissance by Captain Kirk was generated from an electron microscope image of a lobster's claw.
The name "Shaka-Ri" is a play on words from the original actor asked to play the part of Sybok: Sean Connery.
The novel "Probe," which was at one point considered as the basis for this film's story, was a sequel to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).
William Shatner asked Paramount for money to complete the film the way he originally intended, for release on DVD. This would have included the Rock men.  Paramount refused.
Stuntman Kenny Bates was credited with the highest descender fall in the U.S., standing in for William Shatner's fall from El Capitan.