PG | | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales.
This is the first Star Trek project where this is stated that the Federation has no monetary system. Gene Roddenberry insisted on including this in the movie, even though this contradicted references in earlier Star Trek projects. The new idea was mentioned often on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and less frequently on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). On DSN, the Federation has to recognize the non-Federation intercultural currency of "gold pressed latinum" when dealing with non-Federation people. TNG and DSN writer Ronald D. Moore has stated that he considered the no-Federation-money rule to be a bad idea, but felt bound to acknowledge this in his scripts once continuity had been established.
Have you ever flown before?
Sulu: Oh, here and there!
Where did Dr. McCoy get his device that healed Chekov? He didn't have his bag on the planet when he and the rest were beamed to the Klingon ship in the previous movie unless he was wearing it the whole time.
The ending credits play on top of photos and clips from the film.
The German theatrical version contains a short summary of the two previous movies, instead of the challenger-dedication. Later video versions had both the summary and the dedication.
$16,881,888 30 November 1986