Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Movie Trivia

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Trivia

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Picture
Spock gives a punk "the pinch"...

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Film facts for the 1986 Sci-Fi movie starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley More Cast

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Thanks to Mountain Mike
The film was originally supposed to have Eddie Murphy instead of Catherine Hicks.

Murphy was supposed to be a professor concerned with UFO's who spots the de-cloaking Klingon ship at the Super Bowl. Apparently, all others are convinced the ship is a half-time special effect while Murphy believes it is real.

Paramount declined this script for two reasons: Paramount didn't want to combine their two most profitable franchises ("Star Trek" and "Beverly Hills Cop") and Murphy had signed on to do "The Golden Child" (1986) instead.

This also probably turned out not to be a good idea, as it would look like a copy of another studio casting Richard Pryor as a sidekick for Superman in "The Quest For Peace".

Coincidentally enough, the preview for the Golden Child was shown in theaters before each showing of Star Trek 4.
Thanks to Robert Baum
A couple of months before the film's release, Catherine Hicks appeared in the time traveling fantasy-comedy "Peggy Sue Got Married." She later went on to play opposite Stephen Collins, who was among the cast of the first "Star Trek" feature in the series "7th Heaven."
Thanks to Aaron Taylor
Majel Barret (most noted for her role as the voice of the computer) can be seen in a cameo as Nurse Christine Chapel, her character from the original series.

Married to Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, she also appeared multiple times as Ambassador Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Sadly, Barrett died in 2009, the third member of the original series cast to pass away, after DeForest Kelly (Dr. McCoy) and James Doohan (Scotty).
Cast/Crew Bruce Marcotte
I was a crew member on the USS Constellation (CV-64), we were moored directly behind the Ranger at the time of the filming and I stood on the pier, witnessing "Checkov" falling off the aircraft elevator. That scene was filmed at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego California. I later served on the USS Ranger and found all the compartments and passageways that were used in the film.
Thanks to Phantom Planet
Catherine Hicks, who portrayed Gillian Taylor, had the lead role in director Tom Holland's now classic horror film, Child's Play. She also starred alongside actor Tim Matheson in a short-lived supernatural TV series called Tucker's Witch.
Thanks to Mike Johansen
This is the only Star Trek movie that does not have the Enterprise in it, unless you count the footage during the trial near the beginning, but that was a recap from Star Trek 3 so it wasn't directly in Star Trek 4.

However, one of the final scenes heralds the launch of the second Federation Starship Enterprise, serial number NCC-1701-A. The Enterprise B is launched at the start of the seventh Star Trek film, "Generations"(1994), The Next Generation crew flies in Enterprise D, and is manning Enterprise E by "Star Trek: First Contact"(1996).

The ill-fated Enterprise C is the only one never seen in film.
Thanks to Mike Martin
The rude punk rocker on the bus is Associate Producer Kirk Thatcher, who also wrote and performed the song that is playing on the boom-box.
Thanks to Mike Martin
This is the only Star Trek movie in which nobody dies. This was a conscious decision by Leonard Nimoy. He wanted no fights, and no villans.
The questions Spock has to answer in the beginning are as follows. There are ten, not counting his chess move because it wasn't really a question

Q: Who said "Logic Is The cement of our civilization with which we ascend from chaos using reason as our guide"?
A: T'plana-hath matron of vulcan philosophy

Q: What is the molecular formula of sulfite crystals?

Q: What significant contribution to bioengineering was made in the lucarian outpost on Klendth?
A: The universal atmospheric element compensator

Q: Evaluate and conclude: A starship's sensors indicate it is being pursued so closely that it occupies the same space as its pursuer

Q: Identify object and its cultural signifance
A: Klingon mummification glyph

Q: What were the historical events on the planet earth in the year 1987?

Q: What was kiri-kin-tha's first law of metaphysics?
A: Nothing unreal exists

Q: Adjust the sinewave of this magnetic envelope so that antineutrons can pass but through it but antigravitrons cannot

Q: What is the electronic configuration of gadolinium?

Q: How do you feel?
A: I do not understand the question
Thanks to Mike Martin
The "USS Enterprise CVN-65" was in reality the "USS Ranger CV-61."
Thanks to Neville Arthur Ross
The memory question testing that Spock does is later shown in the 2009 Star Trek movie as having been done by him as a child, which makes what he does as an adult more of a retraining exercise.
Thanks to Mike Martin
The "whaling ship" in the movie was a 140' World War II mine sweeper named the "Golden Gate".
Thanks to Mike Martin
During pre-production, a real humpbacked whale named "Humphrey" swam into the San Francisco bay and up the American River. The crew scrambled but was unable to get any footage they would be able to use in the movie.
Thanks to Robert Baum / Mountain Mike
Some of the cameos include former Indian tennis star now producer Vijay Amritraj, Michael Berryman, and Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin.

Mountain Mike adds: Jane Weidlin appears starting at 00:27:17 as Communications Officer Trillya of the Shepard, although she is credited simply as Alien Communications Officer. At the main menu go to commentaries and turn on "text commentaries" (I don't know why they didn't put this in the captions menu, instead. They way they did it makes it complicated) and they tell you she actually had a name. Here is a screen shot combined with a recent screen shot taken from a VH1 special showing what she looks like without makeup.
Thanks to Robert Baum
Because Nimoy was able to direct two films in the series, Shatner inked a deal to direct the next two.

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There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the 'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".

But, nothing bogus that we know yet for "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home".
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