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Gene Roddenberry (television series Star Trek)
Harve Bennett (written by)
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Release Date:
1 June 1984 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The final voyage of the Starship Enterprise. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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7 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Shatner ... Kirk

Leonard Nimoy ... Capt. Spock

DeForest Kelley ... McCoy

James Doohan ... Scotty

Walter Koenig ... Chekov

George Takei ... Sulu

Nichelle Nichols ... 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
Paul Sorensen ... Captain

Cathie Shirriff ... Valkris

Christopher Lloyd ... Kruge

Stephen Liska ... Torg

John Larroquette ... Maltz
David Cadiente ... Klingon Sargeant (as Dave Cadiente)
Bob K. Cummings ... Klingon Gunner #1 (as Bob Cummings)

Branscombe Richmond ... Klingon Gunner #2
Phillip R. Allen ... Captain Esteban (as Phillip Richard Allen)
Jeanne Mori ... Helm
Mario Marcelino ... Communications

Allan Miller ... Alien
Sharon Thomas Cain ... Waitress (as Sharon Thomas)

Conroy Gedeon ... Civilian Agent

James Sikking ... Captain Styles (as James B. Sikking)

Miguel Ferrer ... First Officer

Mark Lenard ... Sarek
Katherine Blum ... Vulcan Child

Judith Anderson ... Vulcan High Priestess (as Dame Judith Anderson)
Gary Faga ... Prison Guard #1
Doug Shanklin ... Prison Guard #2 (as Douglas Alan Shanklin)

Grace Lee Whitney ... Woman in Cafeteria

Frank Welker ... Spock - screams (voice)
Teresa E. Victor ... Enterprise Computer (voice)
Harve Bennett ... Flight Recorder (voice)
Judi M. Durand ... Space Dock Controller (voice) (as Judi Durand)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessica Biscardi ... Vulcan Maiden (uncredited)
Steve Blalock ... Trainee Crewmember (uncredited)
Charles Correll ... Space Dock Worker (uncredited)
Al Jones ... Klingon Crewman (uncredited)
Claudia Lowndes ... Officers' Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Eric Mansker ... Bartender (uncredited)

Danny Nero ... Vulcan Guard (uncredited)
Dennis Ott ... Klingon (uncredited)
Nanci Rogers ... Bar Waitress (uncredited)
Kimberly L. Ryusaki ... Bar Alien (uncredited)
Rebecca Soladay ... Vulcan Maiden (uncredited)
Philip Weyland ... Starfleet Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Leonard Nimoy 
 
Writing credits
Gene Roddenberry (television series Star Trek)

Harve Bennett (written by)

Produced by
Harve Bennett .... producer
Gary Nardino .... executive producer
Ralph Winter .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Correll 
 
Film Editing by
Robert F. Shugrue 
 
Casting by
Mary Ann Barton 
Elza Bergeron 
Stuart Jensen 
 
Art Direction by
John E. Chilberg II 
 
Set Decoration by
Tom Pedigo 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Fletcher 
 
Makeup Department
Paul Abascal .... additional hair stylist
Silvia Abascal .... hair stylist
Barney Burman .... makeup effects lab technician
Wes Dawn .... makeup artist
Jim Kail .... makeup artist (as James Kail)
James Lee McCoy .... makeup artist (as James L. McCoy)
Carol A. O'Connell .... additional hair stylist (as Carol O'Connell)
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... special makeup effects artist
Steve LaPorte .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Rick Stratton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Michael P. Schoenbrun .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Hockridge .... first assistant director
Cynthia Riddle .... dga trainee
Ken Stringer .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
William Apperson .... propmaker foreman
Cameron Birnie .... set designer
Ed Charnock .... paint foreman (as Ed Charnock Jr.)
Jeff Clark .... sign writer
Ron Galloway .... swing gang
Scott Goodale .... construction foreman
Ron Greenwood .... assistant property (as Ronald E. Greenwood)
Dennis Ivanjack .... stand-by painter (as Dennis C. Ivanjack)
Jerry Kobold .... lead man
Thomas W. Lay Jr. .... illustrator (as Tom Lay)
Joe Longo .... property master
Clarence Lynn Price .... construction coordinator (as Lynn Price)
Blake Russell .... set designer
Charlie Russo .... swing gang
Mark Siegel .... sculptor
Mike Villarino .... propmaker
Louis Zamora .... labor foreman
 
Sound Department
Pamela Bentkowski .... foley editor
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound mixer
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... re-recording mixer
Cecelia Hall .... supervising sound editor
Sean Hanley .... adr editor
Ellen Heuer .... foley by
Ron Horwitz .... adr editor
Alan Howarth .... special sound effects
David J. Hudson .... re-recording mixer
Tom Johnson .... additional sound effects
John Leveque .... sound effects editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley by
Bruce Richardson .... sound effects editor (as Paul Bruce Richardson)
Frank Serafine .... special sound effects
Randy Thom .... additional sound effects
George Watters II .... supervising sound editor
Ray West .... re-recording mixer
Jack Wolpa .... utility
Jack Woods .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Gary D. Bierend .... special effects technician
Bob Dawson .... special effects supervisor
Peter G. Evangelatos .... special effects
Rocky Gehr .... special effects
Bill George .... spacecraft and prop designer
Thomas R. Homsher .... special effects
John McLeod .... special effects technician
Dennis Petersen .... special effects (as Dennis K. Petersen)
Tony Vandenecker .... special effects
Tony McVey .... sculptor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Craig Barron .... matte camera supervisor
William Beck .... model maker
David Berry .... optical line up
Dave Carson .... visual effects art director (as David Carson)
Sean M. Casey .... model maker (as Sean Casey)
Terry Chostner .... still photography supervisor
Donald Clark .... optical camera operator
Peter Daulton .... visual effects assistant camera
Richard Davis .... model maker
Don Dow .... visual effects cameraman (as Donald Dow)
Selwyn Eddy .... visual effects cameraman (as Selwyn Eddy III)
Christopher Evans .... matte artist (as Chris Evans)
Scott Farrar .... special visual effects cameraman
Warren Franklin .... visual effects production supervisor
Michael Fulmer .... model maker
Steve Gawley .... supervising model maker
Ray Gilberti .... visual effects assistant camera
Ralph Gordon .... optical line up
Caroleen Green .... matte artist: ILM
John Haggar .... visual effects editor
David Hanks .... visual effects assistant camera (as Dave Hanks)
Toby Heindel .... visual effects assistant camera
Robert Hill .... visual effects assistant camera
Jay Ignaszewski .... visual effects editor
Randy Jonsson .... assistant camera: ILM (as Randy Johnson)
Ira Keeler .... model maker
Bill Kimberlin .... chief visual effects editor
James Lim .... optical camera operator
Jeff Mann .... model maker
Patrick McArdle .... visual effects assistant camera
Ted Moehnke .... miniature pyrotechnics
Michael Moore .... assistant visual effects editor: ILM
Charlie Mullen .... animation supervisor (as Charles Mullen)
Phillip Norwood .... visual effects animator
Frank Ordaz .... matte artist
Michael Pangrazio .... matte painting supervisor
Ken Ralston .... visual effects supervisor (as Kenneth Ralston)
Nilo Rodis-Jamero .... visual effects art director (as Nilo Rodis)
Kenneth Smith .... optical photography supervisor (as Kenneth F. Smith)
Thomas G. Smith .... general manager: ILM (as Tom Smith)
David Sosalla .... creature supervisor
Laurie Vermont .... visual effects production coordinator
Bruce Walters .... visual effects animator
Alan G. Markowitz .... optical effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Steve Blalock .... stunts
David Burton .... stunts
Phil Chong .... stunts
Jean Coulter .... stunts
Eddy Donno .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts (as Jim Halty)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Jeff Jensen .... stunts
Al Jones .... stunt double: Christopher Lloyd
Don Charles McGovern .... stunts
John Meier .... stunt double: William Shatner
Tom Morga .... stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts
Ernest Robinson .... stunt performer
Danny Rogers .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunt coordinator
Frank James Sparks .... stunts
Ron Stein .... stunt coordinator
David Zellitti .... stunts
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Cooper .... best boy (as 'Big' Ed Cooper)
Clarence Ebert .... second company grip
Jon Falkengren .... dolly grip
Ray Gilberti .... assistant camera
Norman Glasser .... chief lighting technician (as Norm Glasser)
Dennis Harper .... key grip
Hal Landaker .... video supervisor
David B. Nowell .... camera operator (as David Nowell)
Norman Parker .... second assistant camera: second camera (as Norman E. Parker)
Ed Reilly .... best boy
Randall Robinson .... first assistant camera
Peter Santoro .... second assistant camera
Tom Sawyer .... dolly grip
Michael Scott .... second camera operator
Alfredo Sepulveda .... second assistant camera (as Alfredo R. Sepulveda)
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (as John Shannon)
Robert A. Torres .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... casting: voice-over
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Bronson .... wardrobe
Agnes G. Henry .... wardrobe supervisor: women
James Linn .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Joseph Markham .... wardrobe
Jean Merrick .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Martin Chielens .... assistant film editor (as Martin X. Chielens)
Daniel F. Finnerty .... assistant editor
Bruce Fortune .... assistant editor (as Bruce D. Fortune)
John Haggar .... assistant film editor (as John A. Haggar)
Terry Haggar .... color timer (as Terry P. Haggar)
Bob Noland .... color timer
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor (as Robert Badami)
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba soloist
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Lynn Harman .... transportation captain
Scott Jimerson .... driver
Robert D. Mayne .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Deborah Arakelian .... production assistant
Barbara Arms .... assistant choreographer
Steve Blalock .... stand-in
Geoffrey de Valois .... production assistant
Richard Green .... technical advisor (as Dr. Richard H. Green)
Robin Kellick .... stand-in
Lily La Cava .... script supervisor
Alan Landaker .... chief engineer
Mike MacKenzie .... equipment engineering supervisor (as Michael MacKenzie)
Joel Marston .... dialogue coach
Robert Morgan .... craft service
Marc Okrand .... creator: alien language
Ed Pine .... unit publicist
Gene Roddenberry .... executive consultant
Sylvia Rubenstein .... assistant: Mr. Bennett
Kimberly L. Ryusaki .... stand-in
Debbie Schwab .... assistant: Mr. Schoenbrun
Mark Siegel .... creature maker
Mark Siegel .... puppeteer
Andre Tayir .... choreographer
Teresa E. Victor .... assistant: Mr. Nimoy
Philip Weyland .... stand-in (as Phil Weyland)
Rick Whitfield .... video coordinator
Leonard Nimoy .... additional writer (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Star Trek: The Search for Spock" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
105 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
James Goldstone was considered to direct the movie before Leonard Nimoy asked to direct.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Kirk checks the video logs to find the keeper of Spock's katra, the timestamp reveals that Spock melded with McCoy on stardate 8128.78. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) begins on stardate 8130.3.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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I Remember YouSee more »

FAQ

Has 'The Search for Spock' been novelized?
Was the Enterprise's bridge set redressed for the other Federation ships we see in this movie?
Why did Kirk leave Uhura behind at Spacedock, and how did she get to Vulcan?
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24 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Competent, but not great..., 5 October 2004
Author: mentalcritic from Southern Hemisphere

Perhaps it is the inevitable comparison to the previous episode, but Star Trek III very much has a feel of being low-rent or second-rate. An excellent example of this can be seen whenever Saavik is on the screen. Kirstie Alley may not be the greatest actor in the world, but Robin Curtis succeeds in making her look like Anna Paquin or Sigourney Weaver by comparison. The strange thing is that Merritt Butrick seems to suffer a decline in performance whenever he is in the same frame with her.

Let's face it, any dialogue heavy film was going to be a letdown after the epic battles in Star Trek II. A very personal battle between two enemies that have been festering in one another's minds for years is always going to make a brief fight with a crew of Klingons seem pretty restrained by comparison. A lot of the film's plot elements also come second-hand from the previous film, so it isn't as if much is done to separate it.

The spaceship sequences also look far less realistic in this film than is the case in the past two films. It seems that Paramount hired another effects house to simulate these moments, and the result is that the ships look as if they are under a constant invisible spotlight, rather than the realistic tones that were evident in the previous two films. The combat doesn't seem nearly as realistic, either. After the massive tradings of torpedoes and phaser energy in the previous film, expecting us to believe the Enterprise can be disabled by a single torpedo is a bit much.

The dynamic between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy was always a big part of what made the original series work, so it's not surprising that an entire film be dedicated to restoring this dynamic. To the credit of the screenwriters, it works. The fights on the surface of Genesis, and some of the dialogues, give the whole film a connection with the audience that later films in the franchise particularly lack. Everyone certainly has a friend that they'd do things like this for if they had to, so it's hard not to get behind the Enterprise crew as they battle for one of their most prominent members.

I would have appreciated more footage to show how Uhura arrives on Vulcan, and what the Federation does when they learn that the crew is on Vulcan. Still, the film is much more tightly paced than some give it credit for, so we can let that one slide. It is, however, interesting to note how little internal security the Starfleet orbital station has. I would have thought that the Starfleet version of the drunk tank would have more than just two security guards, given the wide variation in alien races that make up the organisation.

In all, I gave Star Trek III a six out of ten. Most sequels try to be bigger and bolder than the previous episode. Star Trek III is an exception, but it certainly is a worthwhile viewing if you like a bit of science fiction.

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