Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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Admiral Kirk's midlife crisis is interrupted by the return of an old enemy looking for revenge and a potentially destructive device.

Release Year: 1982

Rating: 7.7/10 (47,072 voted)

Director: Nicholas Meyer

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

It is the twenty-third century. Admiral James T. Kirk is feeling old; the prospect of accompanying his old ship the Enterprise--now a Starfleet Academy training ship--on a two-week cadet cruise is not making him feel any younger. But the training cruise becomes a deadly serious mission when Khan appears after years of exile--and holding the power of creation itself.

Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Harve Bennett

William Shatner - Kirk
Leonard Nimoy - Spock
DeForest Kelley - McCoy
James Doohan - Scotty
Walter Koenig - Chekov
George Takei - Sulu
Nichelle Nichols - Cmdr. Uhura
Bibi Besch - Carol
Merritt Butrick - David
Paul Winfield - Terrell
Kirstie Alley - Saavik
Ricardo Montalban - Khan
Ike Eisenmann - Preston
John Vargas - Jedda
John Winston - Kyle

Taglines: At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance.


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Release Date: 4 June 1982

Filming Locations: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $14,347,221 (USA) (6 June 1982) (1621 Screens)

Gross: $97,000,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (director's cut)

Did You Know?

The Enterprise bridge set from Star Trek: The Motion Picture was redressed for use as the Kobayashi Maru simulator, the Enterprise bridge, and the Reliant bridge. The circular set was built as a set of modular "wedges", which allowed them to be rearranged for a similar, but distinctive, look. Also, for the Reliant, the seat covers were changed, and the turbolift door was painted blue. In one shot, when the turbolift doors are open, a ship diagram for the Enterprise can be seen inside the lift.

Continuity: When Scotty's nephew, Peter Preston, dies, he leaves a blood mark on the flap of Kirk's jacket. When you see Kirk on the bridge of the Enterprise, the blood mark is lower on the flap and considerably smaller.

[first lines]
Saavik: Captain's log: Stardate 8130.3. Starship Enterprise on training mission to Gamma Hydra, section 14, coordinates 22-87-4. Approaching Neutral Zone; all systems normal and functioning.
Sulu: Leaving section 14 for section 15.
Saavik: Standby. Project parabolic course to avoid entering Neutral Zone.
Sulu: Aye, captain.

User Review

In the genre, there is simply nothing better, and there never will be.

Rating: 10/10

Wrath is based on one of the best episodes of The Original Series of Star Trek. The episode, Space Seed, introduced Kahn Noonian Singh, a genetically engineered super-warrior from the 20th century who survived in cryogenic freeze until the crew of the Enterprise found his derelict space ship and revived him. Alas, his instinct to conquer survived as well, and only after an epic struggle is Kirk able to deposit Kahn and his band of supermen in permanent exile on a garden planet.

Fifteen years later, a cataclysm has left that planet barren, and Kahn bitter about his plight, when along comes the Enterprise, not knowing they have returned to Kahn's home planet. Kahn escapes and the game is on.

This is undoubtedly the best of the Star Trek movies, and in fact, the best of everything that was best about Star Trek TOS. There is heroism, epic conflict, a fully satisfying story, and deliciously over the top acting by Shatner, Nimoy and, the main course, Ricardo Montalban, reprising his original role, with all the menace and drama of, say, Sir Anthony Hopkins' Oscar winning turn as Hannibal Lechter.

The writing is great, and why not, it was by Harve Bennett, by way of Melville, and Roddenberry's unforgettable characters, as indelibly etched on our psyches as any fairy tale of our youth, were never brighter, more heroic, more magnificent. In the genre, there is simply nothing better, and there never will be. It took decades to hone and refine these characters, for us to come to love them, and for them to reach the point in their palpably real lives to reflect with self-doubt and angst on lives that we accept as being as real as our own. This isn't a movie, it's a documentary, and a time capsule, and a worthy monument to the best cast in the best Sci-Fi Western ever made.


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