Latest excursion is warmer, wittier, more socially relevant and truer to its TV origins than prior odysseys.

Latest excursion is warmer, wittier, more socially relevant and truer to its TV origins than prior odysseys.

This voyage finds the crew earthbound but they find the galaxy dark and messages from Earth distorted. Spock locates the source of the trouble in the bleating, eerie sounds of an unidentified probe and links them to a cry from the Earth’s past that has long been silenced. Scripters employ successful use of time travel.

Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Kirk (William Shatner) play off each other in a sort of deadpan futuristic version of Hope and Crosby with Nimoy, surprisingly, as the awkward one relying on Shatner’s smooth talking to win the help of a zealous save-the-whales biologist (Catherine Hicks) in capturing a couple of specimens.

Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home

Production

Bennett. Director Leonard Nimoy; Producer Harve Bennett; Screenplay Harve Bennett, Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Nicholas Meyer; Camera Don Peterman; Editor Peter E. Berger; Music Leonard Rosenman; Art Director Jack T. Collis

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 119 MIN.

With

William Shatner Leonard Nimoy DeForest Kelley James Doohan Catherine Hicks George Takei
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