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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kirk
... Capt. Spock
... McCoy
... Scotty
... Chekov
... Sulu
... Uhura
... Saavik
... David
... Trainee Foster
... Mr. Adventure
... Admiral Morrow
... Spock - age 9
Vadia Potenza ... Spock - age 13
... Spock - age 17
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In the wake of Spock's ultimate deed of sacrifice, Admiral Kirk and the Enterprise crew return to Earth for some essential repairs to their ship. When they arrive at Spacedock, they are shocked to discover that the Enterprise is to be decommissioned. Even worse, Dr. McCoy begins acting strangely and Scotty has been reassigned to another ship. Kirk is forced to steal back the Enterprise and head across space to the Genesis Planet to save Spock and bring him to Vulcan. Unknown to them, the Klingons are planning to steal the secrets of the Genesis Device for their own deadly purpose. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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A dying planet. A fight for life. See more »


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1 June 1984 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,673,229, 3 June 1984

Gross USA:

$76,471,046

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,000,000
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2.39 : 1
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In the movie, Saavik says to David that this experiment (Genesis) isn't what he expected it to be. He states he uses Proto-matter. He also states that this was the only way he could've solved certain problems. In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Carol Marcus is the one who appears to have created Genesis, not David. However, this is not necessarily a contradiction in the scientific community. Often, the lead scientist, of a team of scientists, will take the lion's share of the credit or blame for a project's success or failure. But, if asked individually, each would speak of his or her contributions, and either take the appropriate credit or blame, for which he or she feels responsible. Therefore, neither Dr. Carol Marcus taking credit for creating the Genesis project, nor Dr. David Marcus' confession for what he did, are unusual, out of place, or contradictory. See more »

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Writing repeatedly confuses and conflates evolution, mutation, and aging as if interchangeable. The screenwriter(s) clearly didn't understand subject matter despite using it as a critical plot device. See more »

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[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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Competent, but not great...
5 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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