Who saw Star Trek IV in theaters when it came out?

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  1. Doc Mugatu

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    I remember seeing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in the theater. It was a Wednesday. November 26th in our Lord's year of nineteen hundred and eighty-six to be exact. Ronald Reagan was our president and the Iran-Contra story had just broken the day before. I enjoyed the motion picture so much I would go on to see it another 11 times before it's run ended.
     
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  2. General_Phoenix

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    Yes, saw the movie the night it was released, then again a few months later. I remember some wild speculation that Kirk would end up commanding the Excelsior, and remember people in the theater gasping in surprise of the reveal of the 1701-A. I was surprised as well, but I was rooting for the Excelsior since I have loved that ship since ST-III.

    Was a fun adventure to watch the crew embark on. Wrapped up the Genesis story-arc nicely too.
     
  3. penguin44

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    I saw it here in Toronto when I was 9 at the old Hollywood theatre on St Clair.
     
  4. Colonel Midnight

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    *Raises hand*

    The ENT-A got a standing ovation in the theater I was in when it was revealed. :techman:

    Cheers,
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  5. FormerLurker

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    I saw this thread title and was immediately reminded why it's lucky (I guess) that I don't see these threads until they have a page or two of responses, because mine, if I was in the first few, would have been "Everyone who did."
     
  6. ssosmcin

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    I was 18 and was really looking forward to it because I loved TSFS. I felt the films just kept getting better and better. Then I saw a blurb in my local newspaper:

    "Star Trek 4 has begun filming. It's being billed as a 'sci-fi comedy." My heart sank....

    Fast forward, Opening credits. My heart sank further. No James Horner.

    And off we go. I "liked" it and laughed a lot (the "I love Italian" bit is the hands down most hysterical exchange in Star Trek), but it was not and will never be a favorite. It is, actually, my least favorite of the classic film series. It's fine, but it also sounded the death knell for serious Star Trek films with this cast. Every movie afterward was polluted with ridiculous gags. After the greatness I felt with the first 3, this was a huge letdown. So, there ya go.
     
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  7. Khan 2.0

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    it would seem in addition to the 'Genesis' trilogy of 234 theres also the 'serious' trilogy of 123 and the 'comedic' trilogy of 456
     
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  8. David Brown

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    Star Trek IV was the first Trek movie I saw in the theater and I've seen them all since. I saw the Wrath of Khan director's cut in the theater for my birthday a couple of years ago. So, I have yet to experience the Motion Picture and Search for Spock. I missed TMP last year, but I'm hoping it will come around again, perhaps in the director's cut version.
     
  9. Morgan Primus

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    (raises hand)

    There was a line around the block. Proud Trek feels that moment.
     
  10. dupersuper

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    I did: my dad took a friend and I when I was 8 or 9. It's the only Star Trek movie my father has ever seen. He knows it as "the one with the whales".
     
  11. Joanna McCoy-Kirk

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    I saw it on first release; I was struck by how much Gillian reminded me of my high school best friend.
     
  12. RAMA

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    STIV was the first film I saw twice in the movie theater. I've only done that a few times since then. I was 16 at the time.

    RAMA
     
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  13. urbandefault

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    A few weeks before I turned 27, I saw it in the theater with a high school buddy who was back in town for a visit.

    Coincidentally, I started the movie on CBSAA just before opening the forum just now.
     
  14. ChallengerHK

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    I've seen every movie up to an including NEM on opening night. I had started to question that with INS, and after NEM I said "If they're not going to even try, why should I go out of my way?" Now I catch them whenever it's convenient.

    I used too have three or four copies of the program they handed out, but I think I've thrown them all away. Just too much stuff to haul around the country.
     
  15. Mr. Laser Beam

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    I saw it at least a dozen times.
     
  16. STEPhon IT

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    I wish I was around back then since it's my favorite Star Trek film. My Dad and my older brother talk about their experience watching TVH and they were happy and knew the movie and Star Trek could relate to not only fans. Star Trek's messages were open for everyone.
     
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  17. Khan 2.0

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    at the time IV just felt part of the mid 80s blockbuster movies like Crocodile Dundee, Top Gun or Beverly Hills Cop II etc (and although couldn't see them back then the SF events of Aliens, Predator, Robocop). it felt like it belonged with those hugely popular films as it was a hugely popular movie.. unlike V a couple years later that felt abit like a cheap knock off sequel like a Space Academy Part 5: The Quest For God type thing and was totally destroyed by the behemoth events of Batman and Indiana Jones (that sort of happened again to varying degrees with Insurrection and Beyond - coming after the break out success of the popular previous one it went back to being just for the trekkies)
     
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  18. STEPhon IT

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    I think V would've done a lot better if it was released in the winter season but man, Shatner dropped the ball by not hiring ILM to polish his movie. It's wonderfully shot and the adventure is fine but those visual effects shots were atrocious. It's not TSFS dreadful where it destroyed all of the great ideas from TWOK, but I don't think V complimented TVH where it set everything back in place just to steer it off track again.
     
  19. indianatrekker26

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    I saw it opening weekend. I was 6 years old. I remember the packed theatre. Everyone was standing up as the the crew flew over the excelsior. When the enterprise reveal happened, I remember everyone in the theater cheering and clapping.
     
  20. thribs

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    I would have been -1 at the time so not me.