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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home -- To save Earth from an alien probe, Kirk and his crew go back in time to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it, humpback whales.


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26 November 1986 (USA) See more »
Beaming down to Earth December 12 1986 See more »
To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to 20th century Earth to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it, humpback whales. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Silly but fun and even more enjoyable after the straight-laced part 3. See more (206 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Shatner ... Kirk

Leonard Nimoy ... Spock

DeForest Kelley ... McCoy

James Doohan ... Scotty

George Takei ... Sulu

Walter Koenig ... Chekov

Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura

Jane Wyatt ... Amanda

Catherine Hicks ... Gillian

Mark Lenard ... Sarek

Robin Curtis ... Lt. Saavik

Robert Ellenstein ... Federation Council President

John Schuck ... Klingon Ambassador

Brock Peters ... Admiral Cartwright

Michael Snyder ... Starfleet Communications Officer

Michael Berryman ... Starfleet Display Officer
Mike Brislane ... Saratoga Science Officer

Grace Lee Whitney ... Commander Rand

Jane Wiedlin ... Alien Communications Officer
Vijay Amritraj ... Starship Captain

Majel Barrett ... Commander Chapel
Nick Ramus ... Saratoga Helmsman
Thaddeus Golas ... Controller #1
Marty Pistone ... Controller #2 (as Martin Pistone)
Scott DeVenney ... Bob Briggs
Viola Kates Stimpson ... Lady in Tour (as Viola Stimpson)
Phil Rubenstein ... 1st Garbageman

John Miranda ... 2nd Garbageman
Joe Knowland ... Antique Store Owner
Bob Sarlatte ... Waiter
Everett Lee ... Cafe Owner
Richard Harder ... Joe
Alex Henteloff ... Nichols
Tony Edwards ... Pilot
Eve Smith ... Elderly Patient
Tom Mustin ... Intern #1
Greg Karas ... Intern #2
Raymond Singer ... Young Doctor
David Ellenstein ... Doctor #1
Judy Levitt ... Doctor #2
Teresa E. Victor ... Usher (as Theresa E. Victor)
James Menges ... Jogger
Kirk R. Thatcher ... Punk on Bus (as Kirk Thatcher)

Jeff Lester ... FBI Agent

Joe Lando ... Shore Patrolman
Newell Tarrant ... CDO

Mike Timoney ... Electronic Technician
Jeffrey Martin ... Electronic Technician
Joseph Naradzay ... Marine Sargent (as 1st Sgt Joseph Naradzay USMC)
Donald W. Zautcke ... Marine Lieutenant (as 1st Lt Donald W. Zautcke USMC)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Adamson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Monique DeSart ... Madeleine (uncredited)

Stephen Liska ... Torg (archive footage) (uncredited)
Layla Sarakalo ... Passerby (uncredited)

Madge Sinclair ... Saratoga Captain (uncredited)

Directed by
Leonard Nimoy 
Writing credits
Gene Roddenberry (television series Star Trek)

Leonard Nimoy (story) &
Harve Bennett (story)

Steve Meerson (screenplay) &
Peter Krikes (screenplay) and
Harve Bennett (screenplay) &
Nicholas Meyer (screenplay)

Produced by
Harve Bennett .... producer
Brooke Breton .... associate producer
Kirk R. Thatcher .... associate producer (as Kirk Thatcher)
Ralph Winter .... executive producer
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
Cinematography by
Donald Peterman (director of photography) (as Don Peterman)
Film Editing by
Peter E. Berger 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson  (as Amanda Mackey)
Production Design by
Jack T. Collis 
Art Direction by
Joe Aubel 
Peter Landsdown Smith  (as Pete Smith)
Set Decoration by
John M. Dwyer  (as John Dwyer)
Costume Design by
Robert Fletcher 
Makeup Department
Silvia Abascal .... hair stylist
Jeff Dawn .... makeup artist
Wes Dawn .... makeup artist
Monique DeSart .... hair stylist
Deborah Holmes Dobson .... hair stylist
Rolf John Keppler .... special makeup effects artist
James Lee McCoy .... makeup artist (as James L. McCoy)
Carol A. O'Connell .... hair stylist (as Carrol O'Connell)
Richard Snell .... special makeup effects artist
Brian Wade .... Klingon and Vulcan prosthetics designer
Rick Stratton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Mel Efros .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Adamson .... dga trainee (as Joe Adamson)
Frank Capra III .... second assistant director
Pat Kehoe .... first assistant director (as Patrick Kehoe)
Michael Owens .... second unit director
Randy Suhr .... assistant director
Douglas E. Wise .... first assistant director
Art Department
Richard J. Bayard .... construction coordinator (as Dick Bayard)
James R. Bayliss .... set designer (as James Bayliss)
Richard Berger .... set designer
Lloyd A. Buswell .... construction foreman
Ed Charnock .... paint foreperson
William K. Dolan .... property person (as Bill Dolan)
Huey Duval .... property person
Douglas Freeman .... construction coordinator
Jerry Gadette .... stand-by painter
Daniel Gluck .... set designer (as Dan Gluck)
Ron Greenwood .... property master
Joseph E. Hubbard .... assistant art director (as Joe Hubbard)
John Matheson .... construction foreperson (as John H. Matheson)
Ralph McQuarrie .... visual consultant
Nilo Rodis-Jamero .... assistant art director (as Nilo Rodis)
Charles Sertin .... property person
Mark Sparks .... propmaker
Barton M. Susman .... lead person (as Bart Susman)
Kaye Trapp .... assistant property master
Robert Van Dyke .... propmaker gangboss
Sound Department
Agamemnon Andrianos .... sound mixer: san francisco unit
Michael J. Benavente .... sound effects editor
Destiny Borden .... assistant editor
George Budd .... special sound effects
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound mixer
Steve Cantamessa .... boom operator (as Steven G. Cantamessa)
Christopher Flick .... assistant editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound effects editor (as Stephen Flick)
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound effects editor (as Warren Hamilton)
Doug Hemphill .... sound effects recordist
Ellen Heuer .... foley by
Alan Howarth .... special sound effects
David J. Hudson .... re-recording mixer (as Dave Hudson)
Mark Jennings .... utility
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor (as Nick Korda)
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects (as Mark Mangini)
Tim Mangini .... foley editor
Mel Metcalfe .... re-recording mixer
Dan O'Connell .... foley by
Terry Porter .... re-recording mixer
John Pospisil .... special sound effects
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley editor (as Solange Schwalbe)
David E. Stone .... sound effects editor (as David Stone)
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ezra Dweck .... sound effects recording (uncredited)
Clive Taylor .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Donald Elliott .... special effects (as Don Elliott)
Pieter Folkens .... designer
Pieter Folkens .... sculptor
Michael Lantieri .... special effects supervisor
Tim Moran .... special effects
Clay Pinney .... special effects
Robert Spurlock .... special effects
Chris Strohmeyer .... special effects crew
Brian Tipton .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Rick Anderson .... whale mechanical designer: ILM
Craig Barron .... matte photography supervisor: ILM
John Bell .... storyboard artist: ILM
Dale Brady .... creature crew: ILM
Rob Burton .... animation camera
Jo Carson .... assistant camera: ILM
Sean M. Casey .... whale mold supervisor: ILM (as Sean Casey)
Craig Caton .... creature crew: ILM
Eric Christensen .... modelmaker: ILM
Donald Clark .... optical camera operator: ILM (as Don Clark)
Walt Conti .... project supervisor: ILM
Walt Conti .... whale design supervisor: ILM
Peter Daulton .... camera operator: ILM
Dick Dova .... stage technician: ILM
Don Dow .... effects director of photography: ILM
Selwyn Eddy .... camera operator: ILM (as Selwyn Eddy III)
Christopher Evans .... matte painting supervisor: ILM (as Chris Evans)
John V. Fante .... camera operator: ILM
Ellen Ferguson .... rotoscope artist: ILM
Allen Feuerstein .... creature crew: ILM
Robert Finley Jr. .... pyrotechnician: ILM (as Bob Finley Jr.)
Warren Franklin .... general manager: ILM
Tim Geideman .... lab technician: ILM
Jim Gerken .... computer animation: Novocom, Inc.
Ray Gilberti .... assistant camera: ILM
Michael Gleason .... visual effects editor: ILM (as Mike Gleason)
Ralph Gordon .... optical supervisor: ILM
Ned Gorman .... production assistant: ILM
Caroleen Green .... matte artist: ILM
James Hagedorn .... optical camera operator: ILM (as Jim Hagedorn)
Donald Hansard Sr. .... process coordinator
Toby Heindel .... camera operator: ILM
Todd Heindel .... lab technician: ILM
Edward Hirsh .... production manager: ILM (as Ed Hirsh)
Richard E. Hollander .... computer animation: Video Images (as Richard Hollander)
Tony Hudson .... puppeteer: ILM
Tony Hudson .... whale operator: ILM
Peg Hunter .... optical lineup: ILM
Erik Jensen .... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Brad Jerrell .... stage technician: ILM
Randy Jonsson .... matte photography: ILM (as Randy Johnson)
Sean Joyce .... matte artist: ILM
Pete Kozachik .... assistant camera: ILM
Paul Kraus .... modelmaker: ILM
Ellen E. Lichtwardt .... animation supervisor: ILM (as Ellen Lichtwardt)
Jeff Mann .... model shop supervisor: ILM
David McCue .... optical camera operator: ILM (as Dave McCue)
Mark S. Miller .... puppeteer: ILM (as Mark Miller)
Mark S. Miller .... whale operator: ILM (as Mark Miller)
Lori J. Nelson .... optical coordinator: ILM
Nancy Nimoy .... creature crew: ILM
Michael Okuda .... graphic designer
Michael Olague .... stage technician: ILM (as Mike Olague)
Frank Ordaz .... matte artist: ILM
Terrence Peck .... assistant effects editor: ILM (as Terry Peck)
Mark Peterson .... computer animation: Novocom, Inc.
Ken Ralston .... visual effects supervisor
Jay Riddle .... animation camera operator: ILM
Nilo Rodis-Jamero .... visual effects art director: ILM (as Nilo Rodis)
Pete Romano .... underwater whale photography: ILM
Martin Rosenberg .... assistant camera: ILM (as Marty Rosenberg)
Randall Rudd .... creative director
Shannon Shea .... creature crew: ILM
Pat Sweeney .... camera operator: ILM
Larry Tan .... chief modelmaker: ILM
Bruce Vecchitto .... optical lineup: ILM
Brian Wade .... creature crew: ILM
Bruce Walters .... animation camera operator: ILM
John C. Wash .... computer animation: Video Images (as John Wash)
Christopher Duddy .... visual effects (uncredited)
Jenny Fulle .... visual effects (uncredited)
Ian Hiebert .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sandy Houston .... rotoscoper (uncredited)
Steven Kosakura .... motion control camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Miller .... sculptor (uncredited)
George Muhs .... visual effects (uncredited)
Thomas Rosseter .... optical lineup (uncredited)
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunt double: Leonard Nimoy (as Gregory Barnett)
Steve M. Davison .... stunts
Cliff Fleming .... stunts (as Clifford T. Fleming)
Eddie Hice .... stunts
John Meier .... stunt double: William Shatner
Bennie Moore .... stunts (as Bennie E. Moore Jr.)
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts (as Charles Picerni Jr.)
R.A. Rondell .... stunt coordinator
Sharon Schaffer .... stunts
Spike Silver .... stunts
Jim O'Rear .... stunts (uncredited)
R.A. Rondell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Patric J. Abaravich .... electrician
Wayne Baker .... assistant camera: underwater scenes
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Mike Brooker .... second company grip
Jack Cooperman .... underwater director of photography
Richard Dow .... dolly grip
Ray Gilberti .... assistant camera
Lloyd Gowdy .... assistant chief lighting technician
Jon Kranhouse .... aerial photographer
Hal Landaker .... video supervisor
Norman Lang .... electrician
Kal Manning .... chief lighting technician
Jim McConocha .... electrician
Frank McKane .... assistant chief lighting technician
Ken Nishino .... first assistant photographer (as Kenneth Nishino)
Jay Peterman .... second assistant photographer
Keith Peterman .... camera operator
Pete Romano .... underwater photographer: whale photography
Waverly Smothers .... second company grip
Calvin Sterry .... first company grip
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Bill Shepard .... casting administrator
Judith Bouley .... location casting: Monterey (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Bronson .... wardrobe: men
Eric Harrison .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Mary Etta Lang .... wardrobe: women
James Linn .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Joseph Markham .... wardrobe: men
Wingate Jones .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Thomas R. Bryant .... assistant film editor (as Thomas Bryant)
John Haggar .... assistant editor
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: mastering
Robert Raring .... color timer (as Bob Raring)
George C. Villaseñor .... assistant film editor (as George Villaseñor)
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... supervising music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Alexander Courage .... composer: theme "Star Trek"
Bruce Dukov .... violin
Russell Ferrante .... composer: jazz music
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator
Jimmy Haslip .... composer: jazz music
A. David Marshall .... music editor (as David Marshall)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
The Yellowjackets .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Raymond A. McLaughlin .... transportation captain (as Ray McLaughlin)
Stewart Satterfield .... transportation coordinator (as Stu Statterfield)
Other crew
Kevin Barry .... production assistant (as Kevin F. Barry)
Rebeca Brookshire .... assistant: Mr. Winter (as Rebeca R. Brookshire)
Kevin Richard Buxbaum .... assistant accountant
Craig Caton .... creature crew
John Craig .... assistant production auditor (as John R. Craig)
Dan Curry .... title designer
Tom Jones .... craft service
Lily La Cava .... script supervisor (as Lily LaCava)
Alan Landaker .... chief engineer
Andrew Lipschultz .... unit publicist
Michael Mann .... location manager
Lorenzo Marchessi .... production assistant
Michael John Meehan .... location manager (as Michael Meehan)
Harry Moreau .... title designer
Gina Neilson .... production coordinator
Gene Roddenberry .... executive consultant
Brigette Roux-Lough .... assistant: Mr. Bennett
Sylvia Rubenstein .... assistant: Mr. Bennett
Susan Sackett .... assistant: Mr. Roddenberry
Ori Seron .... assistant: Mr. Nimoy
Susan Smith .... production assistant
Robert Thorson .... production auditor (as Robert Cecil Thorson)
Michael Besman .... production executive (uncredited)
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (uncredited)
Cliff Fleming .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Tony Potter .... assistant projectionist (uncredited)
Philip Weyland .... stand-in (uncredited)
Roy Danchick .... the producers extend special thanks to
Walter Davis .... the producers also acknowledge the cooperation of (as Capt. Walter Davis)
Mark Ferrari .... the producers extend special thanks to: The Humpback Whale Fund
Debbie Glockner-Ferrari .... the producers extend special thanks to: The Humpback Whale Fund
John Horton .... the producers also acknowledge the cooperation of (as Mr. John Horton)
Charles Reynolds McGrail .... the producers also acknowledge the cooperation of (as RADM Charles Reynolds McGrail)
Roger Payne .... acknowledgment: Humpback whale sounds courtesy of
Lee Saunders .... the producers also acknowledge the cooperation of (as Lt. Lee Saunders)
Sandy Stairs .... the producers also acknowledge the cooperation of (as Lt. Sandra Stairs)
Howard Weinstein .... the producers extend special thanks to

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Star Trek: The Voyage Home" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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119 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

William Shatner was originally reluctant to return to the Star Trek franchise. Leonard Nimoy and Harve Bennett considered making a prequel with the characters at Starfleet Academy. Eventually, Shatner was offered a pay raise in order to convince him to return. As a result of Shatner and Nimoy's raised salaries, Paramount had to lower the budget of its new series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987).See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Just before Spock checks the bus map at a stop, you can see several crew members are visible through a large glass window of a restaurant - one of them even clearly wears a Star Trek IV security badge, and all are wearing walkie-talkies.See more »
[after landing and cloaking a Klingon spaceship in Golden Gate Park]
Kirk:Everybody remember where we parked.
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Silly but fun and even more enjoyable after the straight-laced part 3., 18 January 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

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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