Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

 
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Release date: Nov 26, 1986

Based on: Star Trek (television series created by Gene Roddenberry)

Directed by: Leonard Nimoy

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Montgomery Scott, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Catherine Hicks

Budget: $21 million

Box office: $133 million

 

To save earth, Kirk and the crew of the Entreprise go back in time to 1980s San Francisco.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a unique entry in the series, diverting from the usual formula and instead opting to be mostly comedic rather than a dramatic space opera. However, the departure works to make a really good film. Most of the humor coming from the fish out of water scenario the crew finds themselves in while attempting to blend into the 1980s. It’s something all of them, minus Spock, are fairly certain they can do, though their actions prove they really don’t have much historical knowledge. There is also quite a bit of humor coming from Spock paying more attention to his Vulcan side and reacting to particular problems by logical means in lieu of those which are culturally appropriate.

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Additionally, Spock finishes an interesting character arc that had extended through the previous two films. He spends the first part of the film only embracing his Vulcanness and pays no attention to his human half, seen in multiple conversations with other characters. Yet, as the story unfolds, his humanity comes out in various ways, one of which is demonstrated in him stating the solution to a dilemma the crew finds themselves in is not the logical thing to do, but it is the human thing to do. The conclusion to the arc is satisfying and serves to further how fascinating Spock is as a character.

The direction in this film is much better than it was previously too. The pacing feels more appropriate for a full-length feature, properly befitting the stakes all of the characters find themselves facing. Likewise, none of the directions the film goes seem as if they suddenly drop off with no explanation. Alternatively, the audience sees every thread in this film recieve a gratifying sense of closure. There are no early peaks either, the film constantly tops itself over and over again to provide countless compelling moments.

This is a fun film where even those who may not like science fiction could find something to enjoy.

Awards

Won

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards

  • Best Costumes

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • Top Box Office Films

Genesis Awards

  • Feature Film - Adventure

Nominated

Academy Awards

  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Sound
  • Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
  • Best Music, Original Score

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards

  • Best Science Fiction Film
  • Best Actor (Leonard Nimoy)
  • Best Actor (William Shatner)
  • Best Supporting Actor (James Doohan)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Walter Koenig)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Hicks)
  • Best Director
  • Best Writing
  • Best Make-Up
  • Best Special Effects

American Society of Cinematographers Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases

Hugo Awards

  • Best Dramatic Presentation

Young Artist Awards

  • Best Family Motion Picture - Drama