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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 1986 concludes the story arc begun with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 1982 and continued in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock 1984, but on a wholly new, different, and upbeat note. As the movie opens, months have elapsed since the events in Star Trek III; Admiral Kirk William Shatner, McCoy DeForest Kelley, Scott James Doohan, Sulu George Takei, Uhura Nichelle Nichols, and Chekhov Walter Koenig are marooned in self-imposed exile on Vulcan, along with the resurrected and ...
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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 1986 concludes the story arc begun with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 1982 and continued in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock 1984, but on a wholly new, different, and upbeat note. As the movie opens, months have elapsed since the events in Star Trek III; Admiral Kirk William Shatner, McCoy DeForest Kelley, Scott James Doohan, Sulu George Takei, Uhura Nichelle Nichols, and Chekhov Walter Koenig are marooned in self-imposed exile on Vulcan, along with the resurrected and regenerated Spock Leonard Nimoy, who also directed. While Spock tries to sort out the Vulcan and human halves of his resurrected psyche, the others prepare to return to Earth to face a brace of charges by the Klingon Empire and Star Fleet over events on Genesis. Taking off in their commandeered, jerry-rigged Klingon ship, they head to Earth, not knowing that a new crisis could destroy their home world -- a huge, immensely powerful alien probe has entered the galaxy and established a position near Earth, disabling every vehicle and installation in its path with its energy and communication output, and has ionized the entire atmosphere and started vaporizing the oceans, leaving the planet only hours to survive. Spock determines that the probe is sending out signals to another intelligent terrestrial life form, humpbacked whales, which no longer exist. Using the gravity slingshot time-warp effect established early in the original series to travel back into Earth's 20th century, Kirk and company land in 1980s San Francisco to try and bring humpbacked whales to the 23rd century, to respond to the probe. Thus starts a surprisingly breezy, light-hearted, yet serious odyssey through the past comparable to the best work of the original series, as the crew learns to deal with exact-change buses, angry drivers, punk-rock enthusiasts and other elements of '80s life, and Kirk tries to persuade a scientist Catherine Hicks of his good intentions for two whales in captivity. The screenplay, co-authored by Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Nicholas Meyer, and Harve Bennett from a story by Nimoy and Bennett, is the cleverest and most sophisticated of all the Star Trek movie screenplays, recalling some of the elements of Meyer's earlier time-travel movie Time After Time and also anticipating the feel and tone of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation which would be on the air not quite a year later. Nimoy's direction offers a combination of brisk pacing and a deep love of the characters and the actors, as well as a serious appreciation of the humorous aspects of the script, and Shatner gives his best performance of any of the movies.
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Who would have thought the best Star Trek movie would be the one with the sense of humor? Taking a 180-degree turn from Star Trek III, the series' most dour entry, director Leonard Nimoy utilized the natural comic chemistry of the long-time ensemble and crafted one of the funniest films of 1986. Never mind the destruction of the Enterprise and the death of Kirk's son, the most recent events in the chronology. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home finds the crew traveling back to 20th century San Francisco to procure a pair of a humpback whales, in order to appease a 23rd century probe sucking the planet dry in its failed attempt to communicate with the extinct whales. It's a relief to see the film setting aside Klingons as the source of dramatic tension, instead opting for such obstacles as having to use 20th century materials to build an aquarium that'll withstand a time warp. William Shatner finally looks carefree and comfortable as Kirk, and is downright delightful in his romantic bantering with cute marine biologist Gillian (Catherine Hicks). As Bones, the wry DeForest Kelley has always been a comic natural, and Nimoy (Spock) is perfect as the ultimate fish-out-of-water, peppering his speech with "colorful metaphors" to try to fit in. In fact, the whole cast shows a facility for comedy not previously seen. Combine that with a tightly focused and genuinely exciting plot, as well as an unobtrusive environmental message, and the result is a film that stretches far beyond the bounds of science fiction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 097361288338
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Shatner James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley Leonard "Bones" McCoy
George Takei Hikaru Sulu
James Doohan Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Catherine Hicks Gillian
Walter Koenig Pavel Chekov
Nichelle Nichols Uhura
Jane Wyatt Amanda Spock
Mark Lenard Sarek
Robin Curtis Lt. Saavik
Robert Ellenstein Federation Council President
John Schuck Klingon Ambassador
Scott W. de Venney Bob Briggs
Madge Sinclair Capt. of the U.S.S. Saratoga
Brock Peters Admiral Cartwright
Michael Snyder Starfleet Communications Officer
Michael Berryman Starfleet Display Officer
Grace Lee Whitney Janice Rand
Jane Wiedlin Alien Communications Officer
Vijay Amritraj Starship Captain
Majel Barrett Christine Chapel
Nick Ramus Saratoga Helmsman
Martin Pistone Controller #2
Phil Rubenstein 1st Garbageman
John Miranda 2nd Garbageman
Bob Sarlatte Waiter
Alex Henteloff Nichols
Tony Edwards Pilot
Eve Smith Elderly Patient
Greg Karas Intern #2
Raymond Singer Young Doctor
Judy Levitt Doctor #2
Teresa E. Victor Usher
Kirk Thatcher Punk on Bus
Jeff Lester FBI Agent
Joe Lando Shore Patrolman
Newell Tarrant CDO
Mike Timoney Electronics technician
Jeffrey Martin Electronics technician
Technical Credits
Leonard Nimoy Director, Original Story
Joe Aubel Art Director
James Bayliss Set Decoration/Design
Harve Bennett Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Peter E. Berger Editor
Richard G. Berger Set Decoration/Design
Brooke Breton Associate Producer
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound Mixer
Jack T. Collis Production Designer
Daniel Gluck Set Decoration/Design
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
David J. Hudson Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Krikes Screenwriter
Michael Lantieri Special Effects
Steve Meerson Screenwriter
Nicholas Meyer Screenwriter
Donald Peterman Cinematographer
Chuck Picerni Jr. Stunts
Robert Fletcher Costumes/Costume Designer
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
Peter Smith Art Director
Kirk Thatcher Associate Producer
Ralph Winter Executive Producer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite ST!!

    This ST was the only one I actually went to the movies to see and loved it. I bought the tape the day it came out and not that long ago purchased the DVD. Spock is very funny in this movie, and watching the whole Enterprise crew try to 'act' like they belonged on earth was hilarious. Dr McCoy was again his classic self with Spock. The story line made you cheer for the crew. I thought the character Jillian (bra-less and why?????) was annoying at times. And how could she possibly have a truck that looked like hers in California? Putting her aside, this movie was great from start to finish. The best line 'there be whales here!' Have watched this movie a gazillion times and never get tired of it. My favorite ST by far!!! Great special effects and very touching story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best 'Trek' Ever!

    Before I go any further, let me just say one thing: WOW! Okay, you might be thinkin' I'm crazy right about now, but hear me out. This is one of the most light-hearted adventures ever made, and thusly the best 'Trek.' The plot is absurd, the characters insane, and the special effects unusual and I adore it! The plot goes like this: an alien probe has entered the atmosphere of Earth, sucking the waters dry. At second glance, the conclusion is drawn that the probe is merely an investigation object. But that doesn't prevent it from wiping out the oxygen supply and water levels. In response, Kirk and his friends travel in time to retrieve the only reasonable stopping force: two humpback whales. What? Yes, apparently these creatures are the only thing that can stop the probe. Before you cast it away, just take a look. You might like what you find!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shifting Momentum

    Star Trek IV was the well anticipated sequel to The Search for Spock. Trek III left a cliffhanger so large that the filmmakers had a veritable world of possibilities available. The mid-eighties Eco-trend was pulled off perfectly in its time, and the present. Species are still on the brink of extinction, global warming, and rainforests are still a problem. STIV takes the trek fans and non-trek fans on a wild ride back in time to 1986 to combat the extinct species problem. The 23rd century is devoid of: Whales. An alien probe is unleashing punishment on man for his abuse, and ultimate extinction, of the ''humpback'' whale. Kirk and crew (minus the Enterprise) have to go back in time to bring a couple of whales to the 23rd century to thwart the probes destruction. Spock is not himself, but he's far more hilarious, and the crew must travel in a rust bucket Klingon ship that is battle damaged from the late starship Enterprise. The movie is filled with twists and turns that are sure to still please fans and closet fans alike. Remember, Kirk and Co. are still outlaws in the 23rd century, and strangers in the 20th.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good, but...

    OK, out of context, I like this movie a lot. However, since it is the last in a trilogy it has to be taken on those terms, so here we go. The crew of the Enterprise, in self exile on Vulcan, is determining whether they should go back to earth to face the music for the crimes they committed on behalf of their friend, Capt. Spock. They decide to go back to earth to answer the charges. Meanwhile, an alien probe enters the Alpha Quadrant headed for earth. It can stop all power systems in its path, so starships, bases, even whole planets are rendered inoperative. The crew of the Enterprise, in their commandeered Klingon Bird of Prey, are headed for earth and get the call from Starfleet to stay away. Kirk and Spock determine that the probe is calling to humpback whales on earth, but they aren't responding because there aren't any on earth anymore-they are extinct (made so by man and his carelessness). Spock says the only logical alternative is to go back in time, get a couple of humpback whales, come back to the 23rd century and have the whales, in McCoy's words, ''Tell the probe what to go do with itself!'' Kirk agrees, and... no more spoilers. This movie has a lot of nice touches and Leonard Nimoy's direction is a little more sure. The meeting and sub-plot with Dr. Gillian Taylor (Catherine Hicks) is little more than a quick rehash of Nicholas Meyer's own ''Time After Time'' (Meyer is credited with story input on the film). And this is the first time we see a Macintosh in a Star Trek film, however, there are a lot of missed opportunites as well. How much more resonant the plot would have been if we had been treated to a prologue sequence that included a court martial with Kirk and company. Then, maybe flash forward six months to Kirk and company doing freighter work on the outer edge of the Alpha Quadrant in a ship barely capable of time travel. Then the invasion of the alien probe, pick up Spock from Vulcan, save the whales. Then, the denoument, a full pardon and reinstatement of Kirk and Co. back into Starfleet. Oh, the possibilities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    FANTASTIC

    This film is easily one of the BEST of the six STAR TREK movies.This time travel idea worked well in the TV series,and it worked just as great here.The thought of bringing 2 whales from ''the past'' to help save the future was not only the work of great storytelling,but the work of somebody with ''good logic'' sense and the will to put real life problems back into STAR TREK such as we had in the TV series.A MUST HAVE FOR ALL STAR TREK FANS

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