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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.

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 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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How on Earth can they save the future? See more »


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Trivia

Some questions from the memory tests Spock takes on Vulcan at the film's beginning:
  • Q: Who said "Logic is the cement of our civilization with which we ascend from chaos using reason as our guide"?
  • A: T'plana Hath, matron of Vulcan philosophy.
  • Q: What is the molecular formula of sulfite crystals?
  • Q: What significant contribution to bioengineering was made in Lucarian Outpost on Klendth?
  • A: The universal atmospheric element compensator.
  • Q: What were the principal historical events on the planet Earth in the year 1987?
  • Q: Adjust the sinewave of this magnetic envelope so that antineutrons can pass through it but antigravitons cannot.
  • Q: What is the electronic configuration of gadolinium.
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Goofs

Spock indicates that the Probe would not respond to synthesized versions of whales, commenting that it would sound to the probe as "gibberish." However, given the fact that they are in the year 2286, would they not somewhere in all their computer and history banks have an actual recording of whales to play back for the probe, thus precluding the preposterous and impossible feat of backwards time travel? Since the probe was only listening for sounds and not a visual response, it is extremely unlikely that the Probe would not have accepted the recordings and moved on. See more »

Quotes

Vulcan Computer: What was Kiri-Kin-Tha's first law of metaphysics?
Spock: Nothing unreal exists.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The Australian and Germany release summaries mentioned above (they are the same) also included music unique to the prologue. This prologue has not been included on any North American DVD release of the film. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Theme From Star Trek (TV Series)
by Alexander Courage
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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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