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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

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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.


Nicholas Meyer


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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The novel revealed that Chekov had the night watch on the Enterprise when Khan was on board, and that Chekov had feelings for Marla McGivers. Marla was the love interest of Khan in Star Trek: The Original Series: Space Seed (1967). See more »


When Chekov steps out of the Botany Bay into a blinding sandstorm and sees the robed survivors, their robes are resting still - there is no wind around them. See more »


[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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Alternate Versions

In the network television version, during the sickbay scene where the young ensign dies, we find out that the ensign is actually Scotty's nephew, thus explaining Scotty's emotional state. In a version that aired on AMC, the relationship between Scotty and the ensign is established in a scene where Kirk is inspecting the Engineering section. He and the ensign have a spirited discussion, afterwards Scotty mentions in a light-hearted asside to Kirk that the ensign is his sister's youngest son. In the theatrical version, the same scene is shorter, leaving out any mention of who the ensign is and why Scotty is so upset. See more »


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Theme From Star Trek (TV Series)
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This Movie Rocks the House
29 March 1999 | by 2001RulzSee all my reviews

Okay, let me start out by saying that this is the only Star Trek movie I have ever seen and that I am not a Trekkie at all. In fact, the only reason I decided to see this was because my dad went on about how good it was. And do ya know it, he's right??!! Even if you're not a fan of Star Trek or Sci-fi in general, I still think you'll like this movie, thanks to an excellent performance by Ricardo Montalban as Khan Noonian Singh. He is such a great villain, and my favorite of all movie villains ever! Forget Darth Vader, Khan rules, man! I also enjoyed this movie a lot more than any of the Star Wars movies. This film is really 80's, but, hey, every decade has its own style. I've heard that "The Wrath of Khan" is MUCH better than any of the other Star Trek movies, so I guess I won't be seeing them, or maybe I will, to see how bad they really are......anyway, if you like sci-fi, space, comedy, and a little bit of tragedy (actually, the saddest part was when Khan died--where is the Star Trek gang gonna get all their good villains now??) then you should definitely see this movie. Don't expect "Casablanca" or "Citizen Kane," but this is a good movie that practically anyone can love.

4 out of 4 stars for "Khan."


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Release Date:

4 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek II: The Undiscovered Country See more »


Box Office


$11,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,347,221, 6 June 1982

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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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