Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a American film Star Trek from 1986 by Director Leonard Nimoy. It is the fourth Star Trek movie. The main roles are played by William ShatnerLeonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley

In this film was the storyline that began in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and continued in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock closed.


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Admiral Kirk and his crew are on their way to Earth in their Klingon spaceship; knowing that they will have to appear for the court martial because of ignoring Starfleet orders.

As they arrive, they see how an alien ship appears in the Earth . This strange ship begins to send signals to the oceans. This very strong Terrestrial signals cause heavy damage to the buildings and disrupt all communication. Closer inspection shows that the ship trying to contact with Humpbackwhales, but these are already centuries-extinct on Earth.

Captain Kirk and his crew decide to travel back in time in the 20th century a few humpback whales to pick up. They arrive in the year 1986 in San Francisco, and hide the camouflaged ship in Golden Gate Park. Kirk and Spock go in search of humpback whales, Uhura and Chekov get on board the nuclear Navy ship Enterprise what new energy for the damaged Warp Drive and SuluScotty and McCoy take care of plexiglass for the aquarium. Kirk and Spock are calling in the help of Dr. Taylor, an employee of the aquarium and a bultruggen expert.

After a few issues out of the way to have cleared the crew to obtain two humpback whales after which they return to their own time and the Earth from destruction is rescued. Dr. Taylor is going to the future because there is no one left in the 23rd century who has the necessary knowledge of humpback whales has.

Kirk and his crew come as expected for the court martial. But because of the save the Earth, all charges against them withdrawn on 1 after. The only punishment that they get is that Kirk again loses his rank as Admiral and Captain, but for him is this correct a blessing.

Division Of Roles[Edit]Edit

Actor Character
William Shatner Vice Admiral/Captain James t. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy Captain Spock
DeForest Kelley Commander Leonard McCoy
James Doohan Captain Montgomery Scott
George Takei Commander Hikaru Sulu
Walter Koenig Commander Pavel Chekov
Nichelle Nichols Commander Nyota Uhura
Majel Barrett Commander Christine Chapel
Grace Lee Whitney Commander Janice Rand
Mark Lenard Vulcan Ambassador Sarek
Jane Wyatt Amanda Grayson
Catherine Hicks Dr. Gillian Taylor
John Schuck Klingon Ambassador
Robert Ellenstein President of the Federation
Brock Peters Fleet Admiral Cartwright
Michael Snyder Starfleet communications officer
Robin Curtis Lieutenant Saavik
Madge Sinclair Captain USS Saratoga



No representation is being made In the whole movie about who the aliens are, why they come to Earth and what they "discuss" with humpback whales. The aliens and the humpback whales are in fact nothing more than MacGuffins; a term coined by Alfred Hitchcock for elements that are of great importance as a driver for a story, but whose exact nature remains undefined.

The Voyage Home is clearly different from the previous films. The film focuses on humor. Spock is in the film still working to get his memories back since the previous film. By his clothes (he looks like a pilgrim), he is the source of many jokes in the movie.

Nicholas Meyer and Harve Bennett co-wrote the script. Bennett wrote the scenes which take place in the 23rd century, and Meyer in the 20th century. The producers found that the previous three films were too seriously and it was time for a smoother approach.

The loose ends from The Search for Spock, including what awaits the crew after ignoring Starfleetorders, were eliminated in this movie.

At the end of the film is the USS Enterprise NCC-1701, which was destroyed in the previous film, replaced by the USS Enterprise NCC-1701A.

Production and locations[Edit]Edit

The "double dumb-ass on you" scene was filmed on Columbus Street at Kearney in San Francisco.

Uhura and Chekov In the movie visit the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65). The real Enterprise was when on sea and therefore not available for the film, therefore became the USS Ranger (CV-61) used.

The scenes in the fictional "Cetacean Institute of Biology" in SausalitoCalifornia were filmed in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The scenes in San Francis co's Golden Gate Park were filmed in Will Rogers State Park inLos Angeles.

Amigas were used as special effect devices to the Vulcan Spock's super computer to do.

Industrial Light & Magic was responsible for designing the models and the optical effects in the film.

Things Worth Knowing[Edit]Edit

  • The captain of the USS Saratoga was the first female Starfleetkapitein to see in a Star Trek production was.
  • The punk on the bus was played by producer Kirk r. Thatcher.
  • The way the crew travels to the past is taken from the Star Trek episode "Tomorrow is Yesterday"


Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home was premiered during the Thanksgiving weekend. The film was a great success financially. In America the film Crocodile Dundee bumped into first place in terms of income from entrance fees. The global revenue came in at $ 133 million.

Reviews from critics on the film were also positive.

Awards and nominations[Edit]Edit

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