Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

USA 1986. Dir: Leonard Nimoy. 119 min. 35mm

“Easily the most absurd of the Star Trek stories — and yet, oddly enough, it is also the best.”
ROGER EBERT

ALL AGES WELCOME! ► The late, loved sci-fi stalwart Leonard Nimoy (aka Spock) co-conceived and directed what is, in our opinion, the most flat-out enjoyable feature film in the stardating saga. Picking up where Star Trek III: The Search for Spock left off (some catch up needed, Trekkies-to-be!), Kirk and co. prepare to stand trial for crimes against Starfleet when, en route to Earth in a commandeered Klingon vessel, they're warned of a mysterious alien probe transmitting a destructive beacon into our planet's oceans. Deciphering that the signal is attempting to communicate with now-extinct humpback whales, the crew must travel back in time to — gasp! — 1986 San Francisco to first find and then ferry one of these endangered mammals back to the 23rd century! Lightweight, witty, and occasionally ridiculous (Spock vs. punk anyone?), The Voyage Home is also admirably big-hearted, carrying an important environmental message about the irrevocable damage we're doing to ourselves.


ALL AGES WELCOME

 

Star Trek Trivia! Big and little Trekkies (or Trekkers!) alike are invited to participate in a dual-difficulty trivia game after the film. Know your Vulcans from your Vortas? Test your knowledge for a chance to win Trek-related prizes from our community sponsors.

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Cinema Sunday films are introduced by Vancouver film history teacher, critic, and intergalactic space pirate Michael van den Bos. In-theatre giveaways courtesy of Cinema Sunday community sponsors Videomatica SalesGolden Age Collectables, and Kidsbooks.

 

REVIEWS

"Mr. Nimoy directed this Star Trek installment, and indeed he should probably direct all of them ... His sincerity is unmistakable, and it counts for a lot."

New York Times | full review

"The most enjoyable film of the series so far, also returning to the simplistic morality-play format that gave the original TV series its strength."

Time Out | full review