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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales.

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The most acclaimed Star Trek adventure of all time with an important message. It is the 23rd century, and a mysterious alien probe is threatening Earth by evaporating the oceans and destroying the atmosphere. In their frantic attempt to save mankind, Admiral Kirk and his crew must time travel back to 1986 San Francisco where they find a world of punk, pizza and exact-change buses that are as alien to them as anything they have ever encountered in the far-off reaches of the galaxy. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy return as Kirk and Spock, along with the entire Star Trek crew. Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

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26 November 1986 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$109,713,132 (USA)
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Majel Barrett appears as Christine Chapel for the final time. A year later, she would begin her recurring role as Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), which she also played on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). She also provided the computer voice on "The Cage" (Roddenberry's original pilot) and all TOS and TNG episodes and films; Voyager, DS9; Enterprise and TAS episodes. See more »

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Kirk and Spock are seen walking as Dr. Taylor drives up. She asks where they are going, Kirk replies "Back to San Francisco." The scene is shot in the Marina District of San Francisco. Kirk and Spock are already in San Francisco, Sausalito is on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge which is behind them. While it is possible that Kirk may simply made a mistake being from the future, Dr. Taylor later even mocks him at dinner saying that they couldn't even get back to San Francisco without a lift. See more »

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Dr. Gillian Taylor: Don't tell me! You're from outer space.
Kirk: No, I'm from Iowa. I only work in outer space.
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Silly but fun and even more enjoyable after the straight-laced part 3.
18 January 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Still on the Vulcan planet awaiting repairs to their captured Klingon ship, Kirk and his crew are summoned to earth by the Federation to stand trial for making Star Trek 3 so very dull. However a deep space probe is approaching earth sending out a communication signal that is disrupting power and damaging the whole planet. When they find that the signal relates to the now extinct humpback whale, Kirk decides to travel back in time to the 1980's to recover and bring back a whale.

Part 2 of the series is easily my favourite to this day of the Star Trek movies, so part 3 was a major problem, being so very dull and heavy, but part 4 was an improvement simply because it was so much more light hearted and fun. The plot is potentially very silly and a barely hidden ecological subtext that threatens to sink the film, but it is delivered with tongue in cheek and it is that saves it. The mocking humour is gentle and really carries the film as fish-out-of-water gags abound and the contrast between the crew and their surroundings is used well.

While the plot is nonsense, the cast all enjoy themselves in whatever roles the script gives them. Shatner has the biggest role of course but has the least fun as he has to carry the unlikely love interest. Nimoy is good fun despite having a follow on from the last film that is a little heavy and he does a steady job as director. The rest of the crew have small roles but each is funny - whether it's Chekov appearing to be a communist spy, McCoy berating modern doctors as the Spanish inquisition and Sulu happily flying helicopters for some reason.

Overall this is not the best Star Trek film as it lacks any real action, excitement or tension, but what it lacks in this area it makes up for in terms of gentle laughs. Looking at it alone it is only reasonable but after watching the dull `Search for Spock' this is a fun relief.


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