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Writers:
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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Awards:
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 ... Commander 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)
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: mastering
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
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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:
In a June 2009 interview, Christopher Lloyd said that the role of Klingon Commander Kruge was among one of his favorite roles he ever portrayed in his acting career.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Arrangement of Kirk's duelling pistols on the wall in the background when Sarek and Kirk are talking in Kirk's home.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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Soundtrack:
That Old Black MagicSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
The Enterprise Crew Goes Renegade, 21 December 2010
Author: brando647 from Spring Hill, FL

After the massive success of WRATH OF KHAN, the studios found themselves at the beginning of a hot streak and immediately jumped into producing the next installment. The death of Spock (Nimoy) following the battle with Khan left the perfect storyline to follow, as fans would be lining up for the possibility of seeing everyone's favorite Vulcan return. It is discovered that Spock's mind-meld with Dr. McCoy (Kelley) left his katra, his spirit, cohabiting the doctor's mind. Spock voices his request to Kirk through McCoy that he must return to the Genesis planet, formed at the end of II when the Genesis device detonated inside the USS Reliant and the Mutara Nebula. With the Enterprise being decommissioned and the Genesis planet declared forbidden to access, Kirk makes a bold decision and his crew joins him in stealing the Enterprise from space dock to return his best friend's katra to the Genesis planet and ultimately to his home planet Vulcan. Unfortunately, a group of rogue Klingons have gained knowledge of the Genesis device and seek it's secret for its destructive properties.

THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK isn't as good as STAR TREK II, but it's still better than THE MOTION PICTURE. The film regains some of the mellow spirituality of the first film while continuing to integrate the action and humor that made the show so fun. My problem with the film was that it bounced between these two qualities and gave the film's pace a stop-and-go feel. The movie moves in bursts of excitement punctuated with long sequences that at times bored me. For example, the final act of the film where the crew arrives at Vulcan with Spock's rapidly matured new physical body was a drawn out ceremony where I found myself checking the time and waiting for it to end. My interest had waned as soon as the movie's main action had ended. The best moments are when everything's moving at an exciting pace as Kirk and his crew hijack the Enterprise or battle the Klingon Bird-of-Prey. I should also mentioned I loved the bar scene near the beginning where McCoy, losing his mind, enters a bar seeking transport to the Genesis planet. You can tell they found their inspiration from the cantina scene in A NEW HOPE and it was a fun sequence giving more screen time to my all-time favorite original series character.

The film marks Leonard Nimoy's first time directing a feature film, and I don't think he did too bad. He certainly did the best he could with a story that wasn't the strongest to begin with. It's a shame that even Nimoy himself couldn't wrangle a powerful enough performance out of William Shatner here. It's not that I don't like Shatner's work (he is and always will be the best Kirk there could ever have been), but I have seen now that he has limitations. In this film, Kirk experiences some heavy losses (both pretty crucial plot points that I don't want to spoil here in the event a reader hasn't seen the film) and, while they should've been moments for a heavy dramatic moment, I never felt it. When the Klingons decide to execute a particular captive to prove their seriousness, I never felt the weight of the loss through Shatner's performance. A brief flicker and then BAM, back to the action. It cheapened what could've been a great character moment for the starship captain who's always seemed so invincible. Too bad, it just falls a little flat.

Despite Shatner's performance shortcomings in the film, most everything else came together well. Robin Curtis replaced Kirstie Alley as Saavik (I guess her sitcom star status went to her head by this point) and does a well enough job filling her position. But while they lost one TV sitcom comedians, they gained two more: Christopher Lloyd and John Larroquette as Klingons. Lloyd is the film's main villain, the Klingon commander Kruge. He actually does a great job and is probably one of the better villains from the movie series, even if it did take me a while to stop associating the voice with Doc Emmett Brown. Speaking of Klingons, the film also introduces my favorite STAR TREK spacecraft: the Klingon Bird-of-Prey. I've always loved the design and any chance to see it in action is a treat for me.

When the movie is over, I'm happy to say the good outweighs the bad. It has some real slow bits but the parts that standout in my mind are only the best, and it leaves me with an overall good impression. While I'll not say it's the best STAR TREK film, it does have some important moments in series history and it isn't a bad way to spend two hours. Plus, you know, we're reunited with one of the most treasured characters in the franchise's history, even if it does take a while.

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