To save Earth from an alien probe, Kirk and his crew go back in time to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it, humpback whales.
Release Year: 1986
Rating: 7.2/10 (32,657 voted)
Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
To save Earth from a destructive space probe, Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to 20th century Earth to recover two humpback whales, who are the only Earth beings who can respond to it.
Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Leonard Nimoy
Federation Council President
Starfleet Communications Officer
The key to saving the future, can be found only in the past.
Release Date: 26 November 1986
Filming Locations: 500 Block of Pacific Avenue, Chinatown, San Francisco, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $16,881,888
(30 November 1986)
Did You Know?
Jane Wyatt's final cinematic appearance.
When Gillian arrives at the institute and finds the whale tank empty, in the windows you can see reflections of swimming pool umbrellas (the empty tank was superimposed over the swimming pool area at the Hilton (note the door handles), where the scene was filmed).
You're not exactly catching us at our best.
That much is certain.
First off, I'm not a big BIG 'Star Trek' fan. I've seen the first six
films, and catch an episode of the TV series every now and then (I saw
the whole first season recently, which made me re-visit the
Shatner/Nimoy films). I did however, find this film extremely
entertaining! In fact, it was about as much fun as I think you can have
at home with a (tasteful) video! I found 'Star Trek: The Motion
Picture' a tad dull, although I still enjoyed it. And II and III work
well together, and are both enjoyable sci-fi action flicks ('Wrath of
Khan' is another classic, but I feel IV pips it to the post). However,
when 'The Voyage Home' was over, I had no idea that a film with a plot
which involved two humpback whales and mid-1980s San Fransico could be
so damn fun.
Shatner is on great form as the rogue Capt. Kirk, and Nimoy is
brilliant in conveying Spocks absolute confusion at being stuck on a
planet he partly understands, in a time he cannot comprehend. When Kirk
explains Spocks oddness to the brilliant and frankly underused actress
Catherine Hicks, Kirk says that Spock did a lot of "LDS" back in
Kelley, Takei and company are all on fine form, and the score,
direction and script all work brilliantly. The fact that the 1980s now
seems so long ago (it after all, did not age as well as some decades)
only adds to the films premise.
I would thoroughly recommend this film to anyone – 'Star Trek' fan or
not – as it is a wonderfully entertaining film for all ages. I'm sure
wherever Gene Roddenberry is, he looks back on this film venture with a
wry smile and a bag of popcorn.