Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Paramount / ILM Released 1986




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Leonard Nimoy

The recently recovered Spock is traveling back to Earth with his fellow crew members James T. Kirk, Montgomery Scott, Leonard McCoy, Hikaru Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov. Once on Earth, they will stand trial for stealing the Enterprise on a renegade mission to save Spock's life, a mission which led to the Enterprise's destruction. When they arrive back home in their stolen Klingon starship, they discover a mysterious alien cylinder that is causing huge amounts of damage to Earth's ecosystem. After Spock investigates, they discover the aliens are descendants of humpback whales, magnificent creatures that once lived in Earth's oceans until they were made extinct by human greed. Captain Kirk proposes a risky plan that takes the crew back in time to 1986, where they hope to find two Adam and Eve humpback whales to bring back to the present, where they could repopulate the Earth and appease the aliens.


Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is easily the most absurd of the "Star Trek" stories - and yet, oddly enough, it is also the best, the funniest and the most enjoyable in simple human terms. I'm relieved that...

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Star Trek IV, while not a superior effort, is an effective and enjoyable sample of entertainment -- not good science fiction, but a lightweight piece of comic fantasy utilizing cha...

  • 63

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is the dopiest and most congenial in the series, an indication that the producers have at last acknowledged that what they're dealing with is not scie...

William Shatner

William Shatner

Admiral James "Jim" T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy


DeForest Kelley

DeForest Kelley

Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy

James Doohan

James Doohan

Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

George Takei

George Takei

Hikaru Sulu

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • Production Budget - $21,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $109,713,132 (5th)
      Worldwide Gross - $133,000,000 (7th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $241,309,746
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $292,528,302

    • Filming locations include:
      Santa Clarita, California
      Chinatown, San Francisco, California
      Inglewood, California
      Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
      Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California
      North Beach, San Francisco, California
      Marina District, San Francisco, California
      Monterey, California
      Coronado, California
      Oakland, California
      Santa Ana, California
      San Francisco, California
      Agua Dulce, California
      West Harbor, Marina District, San Francisco, California
      Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California

    • Taglines:
      1. Beaming down to Earth December 12 1986
      2. They travelled back where 23rd century man had never gone before. To a mad, crazy, outrageous time. 1986.
      3. How on Earth can they save the future?
      4. The key to saving the future, can be found only in the past.

    • Music:
      Genesis Project
      by Craig Hundley
      I Hate You
      Written by Kirk R. Thatcher
      Performed by Edge of Etiquette

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Cinematography
      2. Sound
      3. Sound Editing
      4. Original Score


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