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.

Director:

Leonard Nimoy

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (based on "Star Trek" created by), Leonard Nimoy (story) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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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PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The original script called for the whales to be intercepted during aerial transport over the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein objected, saying that the city already had enough trouble with jumpers on the bridge, and that the scene would only encourage more. This led to the scene showing capture of the whales in Alaska. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Scotty: Damage control is easy. Reading Klingon - that's hard.
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits play on top of photos and clips from the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

At the begining of the Australian Home video version (before the dedication to the Challenger crew), a prologue narrated by Kirk and containing scenes for the last two movies brings the viewer up to speed on what's happened. This wasn't included in the cinema release, instead the opening titles were slightly altered. See more »

Connections

Featured in Pavel Chekov's Screen Moments (2009) See more »

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Genesis Project
by Craig Huxley (as Craig Hundley)
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My Favorite Star Trek Film!
19 February 2017 | by mz-37866See all my reviews

10/10 This is very much a personal rating and not a critical rating. I love this film! It's fun and silly, and it's my favorite Star Trek film. The whole premise of going back in time to save the world by saving the whales, ridiculously fun!! :) It may not be the most serious Star Trek or be the one that makes you look into yourself and challenges you, but not all movies have to do that. I grew up watching this film with my family and I guess my dads love for the film rubbed off on me.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Finnish

Release Date:

26 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek IV: The Adventure Continues See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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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:

$109,713,132
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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