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1980s, Star Trek, Time Travel

StarTrek IV: The Voyage Home (ST 4)

Released 1986 Rating PG
Director Leonard Nimoy Writer/s Leonard Nemoy, Harve Bennet, Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Nicholas Meyer
Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Catherine Hicks
Source of story Startrek TV, and actually this is a continuation of Startrek III the Search for Spock.
Elevator Pitch An alien probe disables all the power system on earth apparently trying to contact whales, but there are none left, so Kirk, Spock et al return to 1986 in a Klingon warbird to find some and bring some back to the 23rd century.
Content Much humour derived from the crew in 1986 San Fransisco, some almost romance between Kirk and the the lady looking after two whales, George and Gracie (named, one assumes, after George Burns and Gracie Allen). Some good scenes involving the Klingon ship which has the ability to be invisible (cloaked).
A View I laughed out loud a number of times as the crew grappled with 20th century norms, and found “Gillian” charming – but I am old. Just good fun, which some of today’s film makers could learn from.

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