Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

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Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned Enterprise to return to the restricted Genesis planet to recover Spock's body.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 6.5/10 (29,146 voted)

Director: Leonard Nimoy

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Picking up exactly where Star Trek II left off, the Enterprise and crew are returning to port for some essential repairs to their ship. When they arrive, they are shocked to discover the Enterprise is to be scrapped. When Dr. McCoy starts acting strangely, Kirk is forced to steal his old ship back and fly across space to a lonely planet to save a friend.

Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Harve Bennett

William Shatner - Kirk
DeForest Kelley - McCoy
James Doohan - Scotty
Walter Koenig - Chekov
George Takei - Sulu
Nichelle Nichols - Cmdr. Uhura
Robin Curtis - Saavik
Merritt Butrick - David
Phil Morris - Trainee Foster
Scott McGinnis - Mr. Adventure
Robert Hooks - Admiral Morrow
Carl Steven - Spock...Age 9
Vadia Potenza - Spock...Age 13
Stephen Manley - Spock...Age 17
Joe W. Davis - Spock...Age 25

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Release Date: 1 June 1984

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $16,673,229 (USA) (3 June 1984)

Gross: $87,000,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Janice Rand, Kirk's yeoman in season one of Star Trek and returned as transporter chief in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, makes a cameo appearance during the Enterprise's docking sequence. She is the red haired officer in the spacedock lounge who shakes her head in disapproval as she sees the ship's damage.

Crew or equipment visible: During the self destruction of the Enterprise, there's an explosion where a Klingon goes flying over the navigation console. When he lands, an arm can be seen helping him.

[first lines]
[Spock's dying words, repeated from the previous film]
Captain Spock: Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh...
Kirk: ...the needs of the few.
Captain Spock: Or the one. I have been and always shall be your friend. Live long and prosper.

User Review

better than you've heard

Rating: 7/10

I almost never agree with Trekkies! They usually pan "Star Trek III" and label it a disappointing follow-up to the classic "Wrath of Khan." But I just don't see anything wrong here. The Klingons are delightfully over-the-top villains, the effects and spaceship models are great (arguably the best in the series), and the theft of the Enterprise is a wonderful sequence loaded with humor and tension. DeForest Kelley gets some great material as the "possessed" McCoy, and Shatner's performance - slightly more understated than in the last film - is again rock solid.

So what's the problem? I suppose this movie has difficulties standing on its own; it relies heavily on knowledge of "Khan." But, such issues inevitably crop up when you're dealing with a long-running series of interconnected movies, and they don't matter much in terms of raw entertainment value. Some fans complain that nothing really happens in this film - it's just about getting Spock back and nothing else - but the death of David and the destruction of the Enterprise load it up with more than enough dramatic punch for me.

And, can you possibly imagine Picard stealing the Enterprise to go on a rescue mission? I can't. This movie's storyline captures exactly what makes the original crew so warm, funny, and rebellious...and so it's a good Trek movie, despite what the fans will tell you.


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