Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
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Trivia: Kirk Thatcher, an associate producer of the film, played the punk on the bus, and also wrote the song ("I Hate You") the punk is listening to on his boombox. (00:43:45)

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Trivia: When Spock is taking the tests at the beginning, watch the questions he is given, in slow motion. Some are trivia questions about the original series. (00:08:45)

Mark Bernhard

Trivia: The aircraft carrier that Uhura and Chekov find is actually the USS Ranger, standing in for the USS Enterprise. The Enterprise was at sea during filming.

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Trivia: Longtime Hollywood film composer Leonard Rosenman scored a stirring title theme for "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," and it was well-received as an original Star Trek theme at the time (1986). However, the Star Trek IV title theme was actually a note-for-note recycled piece from the 1978 Ralph Bakshi animated film, "The Lord of the Rings," which Leonard Rosenman also scored. The victory fanfare in the Lord of the Rings' final battle scene is virtually the same music as Star Trek IV's title theme.

Charles Austin Miller

Trivia: McCoy's statement "Spock, you really HAVE gone where no man has gone before!" is the first time that the TV show's title catchphrase was used in-universe. Since this movie other productions such as "Star Trek V" and "Star Trek - Enterprise" have established the phrase as Starfleet's motto.

Trivia: The scene in which Chekov and Uhura ask people on the street where Alameda is was basically unscripted. Most of the people, except a few who were hired to react, were actual pedestrians, and the policeman was hired only to be bodyguard to the actors. Leonard Nimoy only gave Walter Koenig directions to repeat "nuclear wessels" load and clear, and then sat back with the camera in a 'Candid Camera' type manner. (00:43:20)

Trivia: Eddie Murphy was originally planned to take the role of the 20th Century Terran who assists the Enterprise crew in their efforts to retrieve the Whales. He would have played an English teaching college professor who believes in extra-terrestrials and witnesses the Enterprise crew's arrival when they materialise above a football game being watched by Murphy. While everyone else believed it to be a special effect for the game, Murphy would believe it was E.T.s arriving on Earth. This plan was eventually abandoned when the studio realised that they could make more money by keeping the two franchises separate and making a Trek film and a Murphy film. In the completed film, Murphy's character was changed to a female marine biologist and played by Catherine Hicks (although many of the scenes written for Murphy's character were used, if slightly altered).

Trivia: The scene in which Chekov and Uhura beam onto the Enterprise aircraft carrier was originally slightly different. It was scripted that they would sneak onto the ship undetected, but the American Navy believed that it would be impossible for two intruders to get past a military security force. So it was re-written that the transporter had enough energy to beam the pair onto the carrier, but not to get them back off.

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Trivia: The Cetacean Institute is really the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey Bay, California; the Institute's logo also belongs to the Aquarium (00:45:20 - 00:47:50)

Trivia: For the opening credits, composer Leonard Rosenmann had recorded an orchestral rendition of Alexander Courage's theme music from the original TV show, but the final film opened with its own theme instead. The original series theme is only heard sparingly throughout the films and it wouldn't be until 'Star Trek' (2009) that it would be played in full (over the end credits in that case). Rosenmann's take on the Courage theme can be heard on the 'Star Trek IV' soundtrack.

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Trivia: On the original VHS and Paramount Widescreen DVD releases, the synopsis on the covers says this, "A thrilling, action packed mission for the Starship Enterprise". As anyone who knows their Star Trek, this was the one movie that didn't feature the Enterprise in any capacity except as a flashback at the start and a brief reprisal at the end, the Klingon Bird of Prey was the ship they had the adventure in.


Trivia: Outside of the US, the title was modified to 'The Voyage Home: Star Trek IV' on promotional materials as well the film itself: the opening credits briefly faded into a completely new, custom-made animated title screen, in fact. The first PAL VHS releases in 1987 carried this title, but subsequent video releases reverted to 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.'.

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Continuity mistake: The Bird of Prey is the one captured by Kirk's crew in ST III That ship's bridge showed Klingon Cmdr Kruge in his elevated command chair with his helmsmen arrayed circularly below him, and nothing else. ST IV has this same ship, however the bridge now resembles The Enterprise layout with Kirk's command chair behind Sulu and Chekov at their rectangular helm, with Spock, Scotty and Uhura at their usual positions.

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Suggested correction: According to the captain's log at the beginning, they have been on Vulcan for 3 months. As they prepare to depart, we see several Vulcan technicians moving equipment in and around the ship. It's quite conceivable that the bridge was reconfigured according to the crew's specifications to facilitate their use of the ship. This may seem a bit excessive, as the remodel includes the door onto the bridge, and the frame of the door, and possibly most of the rest of the ship. But it's not outside the realm of possibility. The real mistake, though, is why they would go to the effort of installing new workstations on the Klingon bridge and marking them with Klingon labels, instead of standard Federation text. Interestingly, though, the "Starfleet" style bridge layout of the Klingon ship is being used by the Klingons on the Bird of Prey in Star Trek V.


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Spock: Your use of language has altered since our arrival. It is currently laced with, shall we say, more colorful metaphors, "double dumb-ass on you" and so forth.
Kirk: Oh, you mean the profanity?
Spock: Yes.
Kirk: Well that's simply the way they talk here. Nobody pays any attention to you unless you swear every other word.

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Question: What exactly was Scotty's reason as to why giving the Company boss the formula for the one inch glass wouldn't alter the future? He gave a brief response, but I honestly can't think of any reason why it wouldn't do any future damage.

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: Scotty says "Why? How do you know he didn't invent the thing!" If the man was in fact the inventor, this would only cause a slight causality loop problem - he "invents" it because they gave it to him, but they only know it because he "invented" it. However, since Sulu said earlier in the movie that it was about 150 years too early for transparent aluminum, it would seem they do know this, so it wasn't a smart thing to do. Of course, the real flaw in the plot is that they need the tank to be transparent at all.


Answer: They only give him a schematic of the molecule. The man even says, "It would take years to decipher the matrix", or something like that.

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