With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.

Director:

Nicholas Meyer

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (based on "Star Trek" created by), Harve Bennett (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

It is the 23rd century. Admiral James T. Kirk is an instructor at Starfleet Academy and feeling old; the prospect of attending his ship, the USS Enterprise--now a training ship--on a two-week cadet cruise does not make him feel any younger. But the training cruise becomes a deadly serious mission when his nemesis Khan Noonien Singh--infamous conqueror from late 20th century Earth--appears after years of exile. Khan later revealed that the planet Ceti Alpha VI exploded, and shifted the orbit of the fifth planet as a Mars-like haven. He begins capturing Project Genesis, a top secret device holding the power of creation itself, and schemes the utter destruction of Kirk. Written by Gregory A. Sheets <m-sheets2@onu.edu>

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A scientist discovered the Genesis Device. A madman stole the Genesis Device. An admiral pursued the Genesis Device. They all wanted the Genesis Device. Now, none can escape the Genesis Device. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Saavik was originally intended to be a male Vulcan, but was changed later on to a female Vulcan/Romulan hybrid. Nicholas Meyer's rewrite wasn't thorough enough, though, and Saavik is referred to as "Mr. Saavik" throughout this film, especially during the launch sequence of the Enterprise. Although Star Trek fans and Naval buffs have pointed out in actual, nautical jargon: women are addressed as such. Being that the true lady is the vessel herself. See more »

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Chekov and Khan recall having met each other. Although Chekov was not a bridge officer when Khan came on the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Original Series: Space Seed, it should be remembered that when Khan first took over Enterprise, he started with the engineering deck. Chekov was engineering ensign at the time, and mounted resistance against Khan, according to the movie's novelization. Surprisingly, Sulu was also absent from Space Seed, a point which no one ever brings up. See more »

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[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.
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Crazy Credits

After the opening credits: "In the 23rd century..." See more »

Alternate Versions

The Director's Edition also has a different font for the subtitles when Spock and Saavik have their Vulcan exchange in the torpedo bay. See more »

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Spoofed in The Kirk Show: The Kirk Show Rises (2014) See more »

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Theme From Star Trek (TV Series)
Music by Alexander Courage
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Still the best Star Trek Film after over 20 years!
20 July 2004 | by PJPairSee all my reviews

There have been many Star Trek films but The Wrath of Khan is still the best. Second to none for thrills, action and adventure. With the best musical score by James Horner to keep us on the edge of our seats. If you haven't seen this at least 10 times go and put it on now!! The new special edition with previously unreleased footage brings the whole thing together in an even better way (no spoilers, sorry!). The regular cast are at their best but Ricardo Montalban steals the show as Khan. Done in true Star Trek tradition, unlike the disappointing special-effects-fest of the first Motion Picture, this film will go on to be one of the all time greats of sci-fi.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek II: The Undiscovered Country See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,347,221, 6 June 1982

Gross USA:

$78,912,963

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,912,963
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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