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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.

Director:

Leonard Nimoy

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (television series Star Trek), Harve Bennett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Vadia Potenza ... Spock - age 13
Stephen Manley ... Spock - age 17
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Klingon | Russian | French

Release Date:

1 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek III: In Search of Spock See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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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The direction the Bird-of-Prey is turning as it opens fire on the cargo ship. 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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Crazy Credits

End title: "And the adventure continues..." See more »

Alternate Versions

An early ABC-TV broadcast had the flashbacks of Spock's Death and the opening scene of Captain Kirk on the Enterprise bridge cut for time constraints. Instead the opening fades in on Spock's tube being loaded for launch and then after the opening credits, it switches straight to the scenes between the freighter and the Klingon ship followed by the Enterprise's arrival at Earth. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pourquoi pas moi? (1999) See more »

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Genesis Project
by Craig Huxley (as Craig Hundley)
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The weakest of the "trilogy."
26 January 2003 | by Li-1See all my reviews

3.5 out of 10

Star Trek III, naturally entitled The Search for Spock, should have been an exhilarating adventure that lauded the bonds of friendship and honor, but instead, it comes off as a hokey, boring journey lacking in imagination and exciting conflict. Even the movie's key scene, the destruction of the Enterprise, is delivered in ho-hum fashion.

It turns out Spock is still alive, mind-melded into the doctor's body while his own physical state is currently regenerating on the planet Genesis (why Spock would do this without knowing his body would be regenerated is pretty harsh, considering the schizoid mental problems McCoy begins to suffer from). Thus, Kirk disobeys his superiors, hijacks the Enterprise, and goes on a quest to mend Spock's body and mind together.

Highlighting the movie's biggest flaw is the horribly unconvincing soundstage that represents Genesis. Most of the visual effects are quite good, but any scene set on that planet's surface throws all "reality" out the window. The film also moves at a painfully slow pace, never delivering much in the way of taut suspense, and the plot fails to conjure up any intriguing ideas or surprises. This Trek was a necessary installment, and at least the follow-up, The Voyage was superior, but this is one movie that's hard to plod through, and I'm a Trek fan.


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