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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  1 June 1984 (USA)
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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.

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Following Kirk's encounter with Khan that left the Enterprise severely damaged and Spock dead, they return to Starfleet so that Enterprise could be repaired. Kirk's hoping to go back to the newly-created Genesis planet where he laid Spock to rest. But upon arriving, he is told that the Enterprise will not be repaired and that Genesis has become a delicate matter and until it is resolved, no one is allowed to go there or talk about it. McCoy is also acting strangely and is later detained when he starts talking about Genesis. Kirk is visited by Spock's father Sarek, who tells him that he betrayed Spock because being placed on Genesis was not what he would have wanted. He tells Kirk he is supposed to bring Spock's body along with his soul or katra as the Vulcans call it which he passes onto someone, and bring it to Vulcan for the final rites. Sarek assumes Kirk would have it but he does not. Kirk then thinks that Spock may have passed it someone else and realizes McCoy is the one who has... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Kirk must battle the Klingons to protect the Genesis Planet and save a friend's life See more »


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1 June 1984 (USA)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$76,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The villains of the film were originally intended to be Romulans, but upper studio management wanted Klingons to be used since they were better-known enemies. By the time the decision was made, the Romulan ship was already built and they did not want the expense of replacing it. However, since the original Star Trek (1966) series had already established that the Klingons and Romulans had shared technologies and ships in the past (for exactly the same real-world cost-cutting reasons), the idea of Klingons using a Romulan-style vessel was not a problem. See more »

Goofs

When Kirk inquires to Admiral Morrow about possibly repairing and refitting the Enterprise, Morrow tells Kirk that there is to be no refit because the Enterprise is "over 20 years old" (as of 2285-the year this movie is set). This is an understatement if we consider information established from the Star Trek: The Cage and the Star Trek "Menagerie" 2-parter. Those stories had established that Kirk's 5-year mission with the Enterprise (from 2266-2270) was not the first 5-year mission for that vessel, but in fact the Enterprise had at least 2 previous 5-year missions under then-Captain Christopher Pike from 2251-2262, which would make the Enterprise at least 35 years old and not 20 as Admiral Morrow suggested. This also does not take into account the previous Enterprise missions under Captain Robert April in the 2240s mentioned in Star Trek: The Animated Series the animated series, but this is often disregarded as the animated series is not considered to be part of Star Trek canon. However, it is irrelevant how old the Enterprise is. It could be 35 years old, or 100 years old, the fact remains that all of these dates are technically "over 20 years old." See more »

Quotes

[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.
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Connections

Followed by Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) See more »

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Genesis Project
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User Reviews

 
better than you've heard
19 March 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

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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