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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.


Leonard Nimoy


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 »





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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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Did You Know?


On planet Vulcan, Scotty informs Admiral Kirk that the reparations of the Klingon Bird-of-Prey are easy, but reading the Klingon language is difficult. This is a deliberate in-joke after James Doohan introduced the Klingon language for the first time in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). See more »


During Dr. Taylor's conversation with Kirk and Spock in the pickup truck, three women (dressed in pink, purple, and denim) are briefly seen through the passenger-side window walking along. Thirty seconds later, the same three women are seen through the driver-side window, walking in the opposite direction. See more »


Chekov: Cloaking device now available on all flight modes.
Kirk: I'm impressed - That's a lot of work for a short voyage.
Chekov: We are in an enemy wessel, sir. I did not wish to be shot down on our way to our own funeral.
Kirk: Good thinking.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

The German theatrical version contains a short summary of the two previous movies, instead of the challenger-dedication. Later video versions had both the summary and the dedication. See more »


Theme From Star Trek (TV Series)
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User Reviews

'Star Trek' can't get any better!
17 June 2001 | by jellyneckrSee all my reviews

This is without question the best STAR TREK movie in the series. It is full of great special effects, clever dialogue, sharp humor, and absolutely dazzling action sequences. It is the most fun to watch out of all the STAR TREK movies and is the most creative of them too. This is was easily one of the best movies of 1986.

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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 »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,881,888, 30 November 1986

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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