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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kirk
... Spock
... McCoy
... Scotty
... Sulu
... Chekov
... Uhura
... Amanda
... Gillian
... Sarek
... Lt. Saavik
... Federation Council President
... Klingon Ambassador
... Admiral Cartwright
Michael Snyder ... Starfleet Communications Officer
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Storyline

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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They travelled back where 23rd century man had never gone before. To a mad, crazy, outrageous time. 1986. See more »


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Startrek.com

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Release Date:

26 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Star Trek IV: The Adventure Continues  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,881,888, 30 November 1986

Gross USA:

$109,713,132

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,000,000
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Outside of North America, the film's title was changed to "The Voyage Home: Star Trek IV." This was done because Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) had done very poorly outside of North America. A special prologue narrated by William Shatner was created in which Kirk recaps the events of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek III. The film ended up grossing only slightly higher than Star Trek III outside of North America. See more »

Goofs

When Kirk and Spock are riding the Muni bus, a crewmember with a camera is reflected in the window behind them. See more »

Quotes

Kirk: [Explaining Spock's odd behavior] Oh, him? He's harmless. Back in the sixties, he was part of the free speech movement at Berkeley. I think he did a little too much LDS.
Dr. Gillian Taylor: LDS?
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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 »


Soundtracks

Ballad Of The Whale
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Performed by The Yellowjackets
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The most popular Star Trek movie
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The Voyage Home is the Star Trek film that had the highest box office gross. It captured the imagination of the public who were eager to see Kirk and the crew in present day (1986) San Francisco. Luckily, the film was solid in all aspects and was enjoyed by long-time fans of the series as well. Although the outcome of the film is never in doubt, it never loses the attention of the viewer and entertains throughout. It actually felt fresh and original despite the fact that time travel had been done before (in the TV series) and it was the fourth film in the franchise. Recommended, 8/10.


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