Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Picture
Our friends in the Klingon "Bird of Prey" suprise the whalehunters


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Some shots of the whales were in fact four foot long animatronic models. Four models were created and were so realistic that after release of the film, US fishing authorities publically criticised the film makers for getting too close to whales in the wild. The scenes involving these whales were shot in a high school swimming pool. The shot of the whales swimming past the Golden Gate Bridge were filmed on location and nearly ended in disaster when a cable got snagged on a nuclear submarine and the whales were towed out to sea.
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The people that Chekov and Uhura ask for directions to Alameda are not actors. The scene was filmed with a hidden camera on a San Francisco street.
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The tank used for the water sceens was located in the Paramount parking lot. While trying to locate a large enough tank to shoot the scene, Leonard Nimoy noticed the lines in the parking lot and had the old plans brought up. The tank was originally built in the 1930's to shoot Pirate movies in. Paramount excavated and used the tank for this movie. After shooting was complete, they filled it back in and re-converted it to a parking lot. The background was of a building which was already there, but they painted it blue with clouds to make a suitable background. (This is all documented on the "Directors Cut" VHS release).
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During the scene in the tank, James Doohan (Scotty) slipped into the water and the rest of the cast just followed him in, it was completely unscripted.
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The original planned entry for the Eddie Murphy version of the script would have had the Bird-Of-Prey landing in the middle of a Superbowl Halftime show, then cloak and disappear. This would leave the spectators with the impression it was just special effects. Murphy's character was to be an English Professor, and Catherine Hicks (Dr. Gillian Taylor) was to have been a newspaper reporter. After Murphy left the project, the characters were combined to make the Gillian Taylor character.
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Nicholas Meyer, who was one of the writers was also the director of a 1979 movie called "Time After Time". This movie featured Jack The Ripper escaping into 1980's San Francisco. Nicholas Meyer almost refused to work with ST IV because of the similarity between the two movies. He fought hard (but failed) to have the story moved to Paris. When he directed Star Trek VI, he had the President of the Federation headquartered in Paris.
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The Starship first seen encountering the alien probe at the opening of the film was actually the model for the Federation vessel U.S.S. Reliant, the starship commandeered by Khan in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan."
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Originally there was scheduled to be a scene where Sulu encounters a young boy who actually turns out to be one of the characters ancestors but things didn't work out and the scene never made it into the picture.

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Deleted Scenes

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