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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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The key to saving the future, can be found only in the past. See more »


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26 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Star Trek IV: The Adventure Continues  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$109,713,132 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Captain of the U.S.S. Saratoga, seen in the beginning of the film, was the first female captain ever seen in a Star Trek story. The success of this film led to offers by several U.S. television networks to produce a new Star Trek series with the original cast. Instead, Paramount gave the green light to produce the syndicated Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) starring an all new cast. A woman (Kate Mulgrew) was cast as ship's Captain in the spin-off series Star Trek: Voyager (1995). See more »

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After the President gives his warning, Kirk gets up to talk to Spock. See more »

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Kirk: You mean the profanity? That's simply the way they talk here. Nobody pays attention to you unless you swear every other word. You'll find it in all the literature of the period.
Spock: For example?
Kirk: Oh the collected works of Jacqueline Susann. The novels of Harold Robbins...
Spock: Ah, the "Giants".
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The film opens with a dedication to the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger. - European cinema versions contains a short summary of the two previous movies instead of dedication. See more »

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Followed by Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) See more »

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Ballad Of The Whale
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Performed by The Yellowjackets
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20 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one is great-I remember laughing my butt off the first time I saw it, and it still works now. Very well done, the time travel angle was better handled here then it has been in other Trek films, shows, etc.-and one thing that makes this work is that they didn't take themselves too seriously. What a romp! The crew come back to save the whales so they can save themselves in the future-and make some commentary on 1986, too.

Personally I donno if this is the best of the run-Undiscovered Country and Khan are its main competition-but I applaud them for doing this; and hope they can lighten up the newer generation too now. It is needed.

*** outta ****, good stuff.


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