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Encyclopedia > Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Movie poster
Produced by Harve Bennett
Directed by Leonard Nimoy
Written by Leonard Nimoy
Harve Bennett
Steve Meerson
Peter Krikes
Nicholas Meyer
Starring See table
Music by Leonard Rosenman
Cinematography Donald Peterman
Editing Peter E. Berger
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date November 26, 1986
Runtime 119 min.
Language English
Budget $25,000,000
IMDb Page

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Paramount Pictures, 1986; see also 1986 in film) is the fourth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. It is often referred to as ST4:TVH or TVH. It completes the trilogy started in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and continued in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. DVD Cover for Star Trek IV This is a DVD cover. ... Harve Bennett (born August 17, 1930) is an American television and film producer and scriptwriter, perhaps best known for being the producer on the second through to fifth Star Trek films. ... Nimoy signing autographs at a Star Trek convention (circa 1978). ... Nimoy signing autographs at a Star Trek convention (circa 1978). ... Harve Bennett (born August 17, 1930) is an American television and film producer and scriptwriter, perhaps best known for being the producer on the second through to fifth Star Trek films. ... Nicholas Meyer (born 24 December 1945 in New York City, USA) is a film writer, producer and director best known for his involvement in the Star Trek films. ... The Paramount Pictures logo used from 1987 to 1995. ... November 26 is the 330th day (331st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Paramount Pictures logo used from 1987 to 1995. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1985 in film, other events of 1986, 1987 in film, list of years in film. Events April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... The Enterprise boldly going where no man had gone before. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount Pictures, 1982; see also 1982 in film) is the second feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Paramount Pictures, 1984; see also 1984 in film) is the third feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ...

Contents

Cast

Actor Role
William Shatner Admiral/Captain James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy Captain Spock
DeForest Kelley Dr. Leonard McCoy
James Doohan Captain Montgomery Scott
George Takei Commander Hikaru Sulu
Walter Koenig Commander Pavel Chekov
Nichelle Nichols Commander Uhura
Majel Barrett Commander Christine Chapel
Grace Lee Whitney Commander Janice Rand
Mark Lenard Ambassador Sarek
Jane Wyatt Amanda Grayson
Catherine Hicks Dr. Gillian Taylor
John Schuck Klingon Ambassador
Robert Ellenstein Federation President
Brock Peters Fleet Admiral Cartwright
Robin Curtis Lieutenant Saavik

Plot summary

A huge alien vessel orbits Earth and begins probing its oceans, causing widespread mayhem and draining the power from nearby ships. Admiral James T. Kirk and his crew return from their mission on Vulcan to revive Captain Spock to face criminal charges after his theft of the USS Enterprise. The crew reasons that the alien ship is trying to contact humpback whales, which unfortunately were hunted to extinction two centuries ago. William Shatner as Captain Kirk William Shatner (born in Montreal, Quebec, March 22, 1931) is an actor, writer and musical performer. ... James Tiberius Kirk, a fictional character in the Star Trek television series, was the captain of the Starship Enterprise (NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A). ... Nimoy signing autographs at a Star Trek convention (circa 1978). ... Mr. ... DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy Jackson DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999) was an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Leonard Bones McCoy in the 1966–1969 television series Star Trek (TOS) and the first six Star Trek motion pictures. ... Leonard Horatio McCoy, M.D., nicknamed Bones, is a fictional character in the fictional Star Trek universe, played by the late DeForest Kelley. ... James Montgomery Doohan (born March 3, 1920) is a Canadian actor and linguist best known for his portrayal of Scotty in the television and movie series Star Trek. ... Montgomery Scott, usually known as Scotty, is a character in Star Trek: The Original Series, played by James Doohan. ... George Hosato Takei (born April 20, 1937 in Los Angeles, California) is a Japanese-American actor. ... Hikaru Sulu is a character in the original Star Trek series, played by George Takei. ... Walter Koenig as Commander Pavel Chekov Walter Marvin Koenig (born September 14, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an actor. ... Pavel Andreivich Chekov, a character from the fictional Star Trek universe, was the Navigator and Weapons Officer on the Starship Enterprise under Captain Kirk. ... Nichelle Nichols as Lt. ... Commander Uhura is a character from the fictional Star Trek universe and was played by Nichelle Nichols on Star Trek: The Original Series and the first six Star Trek movies. ... Majel Barret Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (born Majel Lee Hudec on February 23, 1932 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American actress and widow of television director/producer/writer Gene Roddenberry. ... Christine Chapel is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe, played by Majel Barrett, the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. ... Grace Lee Whitney greets a fan at a Star Trek convention (circa 1978). ... In the original Star Trek television series Janice Rand (played by Grace Lee Whitney) served as a yeoman to Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) in 2266, assisting him with his job. ... Mark Lenard (October 15, 1924–November 22, 1996) was an American actor, primarily in television. ... Sarek is a Vulcan character in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Jane Waddington Wyatt (born August 12, 1911 in Campgaw, New Jersey) is an American actress. ... Amanda Grayson is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe. ... Catherine Hicks (born August 6, 1951 in Scottsdale, Arizona) is an American actress. ... John Schuck (born February 4, 1940 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actor. ... Robert Ellenstein (born June 18, 1923 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American film and television actor. ... Brock Peters (born George Peters on July 2, 1927 in New York City) is an American actor who is probably best known for his role as Tom Robinson, the black man acuused of raping a white girl in the film To Kill a Mockingbird. ... Fleet Admiral Cartwright from Star Trek VI Fleet Admiral Cartwright is a character of the Star Trek universe who appears in two feature films, those being Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. ... Robin Curtis (Born June 15, 1956 in New York Mills, New York, USA) is an American actress. ... Lieutenant Saavik is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe. ... Aliens are foreigners to their surroundings. ... Earth, also known as the Earth or Terra, is the third planet outward from the Sun. ... James Tiberius Kirk, a fictional character in the Star Trek television series, was the captain of the Starship Enterprise (NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A). ... Vulcans are a humanoid species in the fictional Star Trek universe who reside on the planet Vulcan and are noted for their attempt to live by reason and logic. ... Mr. ... The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), a Constitution class starship In the fictional universe of Star Trek, the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701 was a Constitution class starship that was commissioned in 2245. ... Binomial name Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781) Humpback Whale range The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a mammal which belongs to the baleen whale suborder. ...

Kirk orders their hijacked Klingon Bird-of-Prey to slingshot around the sun to time travel to the late 20th century. Arriving in the year 1986, the crew hides their ship in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, and spreads out to find materials to repair the ship's drive so that they can return to the future, and to find and procure some whales to communicate with the giant alien vessel and save Earth. Klingons (tlhIngan in the Klingon language), are a race of humanoids in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Bird-of-Prey is a common name for various makes of Romulan and Klingon warship in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The domed Conservatory of Flowers is one of the worlds largest. ... San Francisco skyline. ...

After rescuing two humpback whales, Admiral Kirk is found guilty of disobeying a Starfleet superior officer and is 'demoted' to Captain and given command of the USS Enterprise-A. U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701 The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) commissioned in 2286 was a Constitution class starship in the Star Trek fictional universe. ...

Themes

The Voyage Home is played broadly for humor. Mr. Spock's memory and sense of self have not fully recovered from the events of the previous films, and his pilgrim-like appearance in Vulcan robes makes him the subject of a number of jokes, although he gives as good as he gets. Every member of the crew also gets an opportunity to star in a few scenes.

Nicholas Meyer and Harve Bennett co-wrote the script, with Bennett writing the 23rd century scenes and Meyer writing the 20th century scenes. The film is essentially a lighthearted adventure. The loose threads from The Search for Spock involving the crew's disobedience of Starfleet orders is handled perfunctorily at the end of the film, thus denying viewers the opportunity to see Kirk and company have to own up to their actions. Nicholas Meyer (born 24 December 1945 in New York City, USA) is a film writer, producer and director best known for his involvement in the Star Trek films. ... Harve Bennett (born August 17, 1930) is an American television and film producer and scriptwriter, perhaps best known for being the producer on the second through to fifth Star Trek films. ... (22nd century - 23rd century - 24th century - other centuries) The 23rd century (Gregorian Calendar) comprises the years 2201-2300. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... Starfleet Command In the Star Trek fictional universe, Starfleet is the defense, research, diplomacy, and exploration force of the United Federation of Planets. ...

At the end of the film, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), which was destroyed in the previous film is replaced by the almost identical USS Enterprise-A. While it was a popular moment, some viewed it as marginalizing the destruction of the previous ship. The filmmakers initially intended for the crew to receive the USS Excelsior (NCC-2000) (possibly renamed to Enterprise), but an unexpectedly large outcry caused this idea to be dropped. The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), a Constitution class starship In the fictional universe of Star Trek, the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701 was a Constitution class starship that was commissioned in 2245. ... U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701 The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) commissioned in 2286 was a Constitution class starship in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... The USS Excelsior in 2293 The USS Excelsior is a starship in the Star Trek fictional universe. ...

Notes

The film was directed by Leonard Nimoy, who also reprised his role as Mr. Spock. Nimoy signing autographs at a Star Trek convention (circa 1978). ...

The popularity of this film, the highest grossing Star Trek movie to date, was what prompted the decision to make a new spinoff series, which became Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Enterprise boldly going where no man had gone before. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ...

Trivia

  • To date, this is the only Star Trek film in which no one dies or is killed.
  • The model of Apple Macintosh computer shown in the Plexicorp office scene is the Mac Plus. According to rumor, it was intended to be an Amiga, but Commodore required the producers to purchase a computer while Apple was willing to lend them the machine shown. Amigas were used to produce the screens of the Vulcan computer used by Spock to re-train himself in logic.
  • This is the only Star Trek production in which obvious product placement appears: an ad on a building for the Pacific Bell Yellow Pages is given considerable screen time, and the Yellow Pages are later used by Uhura and Sulu to locate the naval base. In addition, Dr. Taylor and Kirk drink Michelob beer, which is mentioned by name.
  • Sequences planned but cut from the final film included Hikaru Sulu encountering an ancestor in San Francisco, as well as a sequence that would have revealed that Lieutenant Saavik was pregnant with Spock's child (a continuation of events from Star Trek III), which is why she stays behind on Vulcan. The latter has caused much debate among Trek fans over whether Saavik's pregnancy should be considered canon if it was never confirmed on screen.
  • The film marks the first use of the word "shit" in a Star Trek production, when the term "dipshit" is used twice. The film suggests that, by the late 23rd Century, swearing is uncommon, although this is contradicted not only by previous and later Trek films, but also by Kirk himself in this very film.
  • The scenes in which Uhura and Chekov asked passersby (including a police officer) where the "nuclear wessels" were located were filmed via hidden camera. The passersby were not actors and were unaware that they were being filmed.
  • In the film, Uhura and Chekov visit the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. The real Enterprise was unavailable for filming, so the carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) was used.
  • The exact amount of time that elapses during the conclusion of this film is a matter of debate. It is evident that a number of months must elapse between the crew returning to Earth and later taking command of the NCC-1701-A, in order to allow for a trial, and refitting and recommissioning of a previously existing Constitution class vessel. In addition, Dr. Taylor is shown to have adjusted to life in the future and sports a new hairstyle, while Spock appears to have fully recovered from his regeneration.
  • The whalers in the film spoke Finnish, which is strange considering that Finland is not a whaling nation.

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