Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (1986) - Illustrated Reference
Star Trek IV The Voyage Home was directed by Leonard Nimoy. It premiered on the 26th November 1986 Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Catherine Hicks, Robert Ellenstein, Jane Wyatt and Mark Lenard. Screenplay by Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Nicholas Meyer, Harve Bennett. Music by Leonard Rosenman. 119mins.
A mysterious alien probe approaches Earth sending out a signal and waiting for a response. The presence of the probe is threatening the Earth with destruction. Admiral Kirk and his crew travel back in time to the 20th century to bring back two humpback whales, hunted to extinction by the 23rd century and the only creatures that can respond to the probe’s signal.
Comedian Eddie Murphy wanted to star in the 4th movie and a script was written. Murphy’s character was a professor who enjoyed listening to whale song and believed in UFO’s. But Murphy didn’t want to play a hippie professor, he wanted to play a Starfleet officer. He declined the role and went on to make The Golden Child (1986) instead.
Gillian: Don't tell me, you're from outer space?
Kirk: No, I'm from Iowa. I only work in outer space
William Shatner (1931-) / Admiral James T. Kirk
Born in Quebec, Canada, William Shatner has also starred as James Kirk in Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek V The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country (1991) and Star Trek Generations (1994).
Leonard Nimoy (1931-) / Mr. Spock
Born in Boston, Massachussets, Leonard Nimoy has played Spock in Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek V The Final Frontier (1989) and Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country (1991).
DeForest Kelley (1920-1999) / Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, DeForest Kelley has appeared as Dr. McCoy in Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek V The Final Frontier (1989) and Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country (1991).
Gillian: Do you guys like Italian?
Kirk: I love Italian,
(looks at Spock)
Kirk: And so do you.
Catherine Hicks (1951-) / Dr. Gillian Taylor.
Born in Manhattan, New York City, Catherine Hicks received an Emmy nomination for playing Marilyn Monroe in the TV movie Marilyn-The Untold Story (1980) , she won a Best Actress Saturn Award for the horror film Child’s Play (1988), and received a Best Supporting Actress Saturn for Star Trek IV.
Her films include - Death Valley (1982), Garbo Talks (1984), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Like Father Like Son (1987), She's Out of Control (1989), Turbulence (1997) and The Genesis Code (2010). TV series 7th Heaven (1996-2007).
Mark Lenard (1924-1996) / Ambassador Sarek
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mark Lenard has played Spock's father Sarek on the classic 60's Star Trek series, The Next Generation and in three Trek movies, Star Trek III The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country (1991).
Jane Wyatt (1910-2006) / Amanda Grayson
Born in Campgaw, New Jersey, Jane Wyatt first played Spock's human mother in the classic Star Trek episode Journey to Babel (1967). Her films include - Great Expectations (1934), Lost Horizon (1937), Boomerang (1947), Gentlemen's Agreement (1947), My Blue Heaven (1950) and Treasure of Matecumbe (1976). TV series - Father Knows Best (1954-1960).
Robert Ellenstein (1923-2010) / Federation Council President
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Robert Ellenstein's films include - Illegal (1955), 3:10 to Yuma (1957), North by Northwest (1959), The Gazebo (1959), Love at First Bite (1979) and Brewster's Millions (1985).
Brock Peters (1927-2005) / Admiral Cartwright
Born in New York City, Brock Peters would reprise the role of Admiral Cartwright in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country (1991) where he would be exposed as one of the conspirators planning to sabotage peace talks with the Klingon Empire.
Brock Peters also played Captain Sisko's father on Deep Space Nine. He was the innocent man accused of rape in the classic movie To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. Peters read the eulogy at Peck’s funeral in 2003.
John Schuck (1940-) / Klingon Ambassador
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, John Schuck would reprise the role of “angry Klingon Ambassador” in Star Trek VI and would appear in other roles in episodes of Star Trek Voyager and Enterprise. TV Series McMillan & Wife (1971-1977) and The Munsters Today (1988-1991 as Herman Munster)
Star Trek IV The Voyage Home is dedicated to the crew of the Challenger space shuttle which exploded after lift off in January 1986, killing all seven on board.
The time travel technique used in the film to take the Bird of Prey back to the 20th century was first seen in the first season episode “Tomorrow is Yesterday” (1967) and the second season episode “Assignment Earth” (1968).
One plot development from the script that was not used in the film was Saavik staying behind on Vulcan because she was pregnant with young Spock’s child after he went through the Vulcan pon farr in Star Trek III.
Scotty: Admiral, there be whales here!
Many of the shots of the humpback whales used in the film were in fact life size animatronic models. I couldn’t tell the difference.
Chekov: Excuse me, sir! Can you direct us to the naval base in Alameda? It's where they keep the nuclear wessels.
After saving the Earth once again, Admiral Kirk’s punishment for disobeying Starfleet orders and stealing the Enterprise was to demote him to Captain and give him command of a Starship, which turns out to be a brand new Enterprise NCC-1701 A.
This is the only Star Trek movie with no villains. The closest thing to a villain here are the Finnish whale hunters attempting to harpoon the two humpback whales.
If you look carefully at the scene where Sulu is flying the Huey helicopter and he accidentally turns on the windscreen wiper look to the bottom right and you can see someone’s finger moving the wiper up and down.
Veteran composer Leonard Rosenman (1924-2008) scored the fourth Star Trek movie and received an Oscar nomination. Among the films he has scored are East of Eden (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1956), Fantastic Voyage (1966) and The Lord of the Rings (1978).
Trek IV was nominated for 4 Oscars, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Music.
Star Trek IV The Voyage Home was very successful, grossing $109m in the US. Until the release of Star Trek (2009) it was the only Star Trek film to pass $100m at the US box office. The worldwide total was $133m.
Kirk: If we play our cards right, we may be able to find out when those whales are being released.
Spock: How will playing cards help?
Very popular with fans and moviegoers, Star Trek IV had few special effects and plenty of humour. Surprisingly its environmental message was not a turn off and it’s the only Star Trek movie liked by people who aren’t fans of the series. It’s also very quotable.
Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise will be back in Star Trek V The Final Frontier (1989).
The Critics Wrote –
"Mr. Nimoy directed this Star Trek installment, and indeed he should probably direct all of them. The technical minutiae, the solemn silliness and the preachy tone occasionally sounded here (''You know, it's ironic - when man was killing these creatures, he was destroying his own future'') are all essential to the Star Trek mystique. Whatever it is, it seems durable beyond anyone's wildest dreams. And Mr. Nimoy, by injecting some extra levity this time, has done a great deal to assure the series longevity." (Janet Maslin, New York Times)
“It has an irresistibly sure touch, an easy command of its audience... It’s reminiscent of an old trouper - Chevalier, Hope or Crosby in their later years. Short of wind, it captures us with a wink or a word, a nudge on our mutual memory banks.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Warmer, wittier, more socially relevant and truer to its TV origins than prior odysseys.” (Variety)
"Some of the kidding around is fairly genial, and William Shatner's Kirk is less stoic here than in III--HE'S pleasantly daffy. The others in the crew also have an easy, parodistic tone. But the picture doesn't have much beyond the interplay among them and the jokey scenes in San Francisco” (Pauline Kael)
“The best of the series: it isn’t saying much, but at least there are shreds of wit in the script.” (Halliwell)
“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 nothing like restraint or common sense stood in their way.” (Roger Ebert)