An Evening with William Shatner, featuring Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Directed by: Leonard Nimoy
USA, 1986, 119m, Rated PG
Following the film screening, Mr. Shatner will be present for a Q&A with the audience.
William Shatner is an actor, musician, singer, author, film director, spokesman, and comedian. He gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James Tiberius Kirk, commander of the Federation starship USS Enterprise in the science fiction television series Star Trek from 1966 to 1969, Star Trek: The Animated Series from 1973 to 1974, and in seven of the subsequent Star Trek feature films from 1979 to 1994. Shatner also played the eponymous veteran police sergeant in T. J. Hooker from 1982 to 1986. Afterwards, he hosted the reality-based television series Rescue 911 from 1989 to 1996, which won a People’s Choice Award for favorite new TV dramatic series. He was the host of Shatner’s Raw Nerve on The Biography Channel. From 2004 until 2008, he starred as attorney Denny Crane, both in the final season of the legal drama The Practice and in its spinoff series Boston Legal, a role that earned him two Emmy Awards®, one on each series. He currently is host of the hit series The Unexplained on the History Channel as well as I Don’t Understand on the RT cable channel. In his spare time, he went up to space on Blue Origin’s second manned flight in October of 2021, and at 91 years old, became the oldest person to ever fly into space.
In the fourth installment of the iconic Star Trek franchise, Admiral James T. Kirk (the legendary William Shatner) and his Starfleet officers once again boldly go where they have never gone before: San Francisco, California, circa 1986. With an alien probe threatening to destroy all life on Earth, the crew must travel back in time in a stolen Klingon warship to retrieve the only beings that can communicate with the aliens: the now-extinct humpback whale. Directed by Leonard Nimoy, from a screenplay that required the approval of both Shatner and Nimoy, The Voyage Home marked a stark change for the Trek franchise with the inclusion of critically lauded comedic elements (fish-out-of-water time travelers), a strong 1980s environmental message (save the whales), and no specifically identifiable villain to fight. The film captured the public’s imagination, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of the year, and it remained the highest-grossing Star Trek film at the domestic box office until the 2009 reboot. Nominated for four Academy Awards® and 11 Saturn Awards, The Voyage Home remains a beloved classic of the franchise whose compassionate humanity is on display even in the closing credits—which is dedicated to the brave crew of Space Shuttle Challenger.