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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 (television series Star Trek), Leonard Nimoy (story) | 5 more credits »
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 13 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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How on Earth can they save the future? See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Startrek.com

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:

$133,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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Trivia

The restaurant scene was filmed in an actual restaurant. This did not have a pizza oven but, because the characters order pizza, Paramount bought and installed a pizza oven to make the kitchen more believable. The oven was given to the restaurant after filming was completed. But after all that effort, the oven is only visible for five seconds in the film. See more »

Goofs

During the Klingon Ambassador's argument before the Federation President, he shows footage of the destruction of the Enterprise, including footage from inside the bridge. There is no way he should have possession of either set of footage. If the Klingon Bird of Prey somehow recorded the destruction of the Enterprise, there is still the fact that the Bird of Prey is in Kirk's possession. Any footage aboard the Enterprise would have been destroyed with it. See more »

Quotes

Saratoga captain: What do you make of it?
Saratoga science officer: It appears to be a probe, Captain. From an intelligence unknown to us.
Saratoga captain: Continue transmitting universal peace and hello in all known languages. Get me Starfleet Command.
Saratoga helmsman: Ready, Captain.
Saratoga captain: Starfleet Command, this is the U.S.S. Saratoga patrolling sector five, neutral zone. We're tracking a probe of unknown origin on apparent trajectory to the Terran solar system. Attempts to communicate with the probe have been negative on all known frequencies.
Starfleet Command: Continue tracking, Saratoga. ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The Chronic Rift: Star Trek's 25th Anniversary (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad Of The Whale
(uncredited)
Performed by The Yellowjackets
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The most popular Star Trek movie
4 February 2003 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

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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