Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)
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Admiral Kirk's defeat of Khan and the creation of the Genesis planet are empty victories. Spock is dead and McCoy is, seemingly inexplicably, being driven insane. Then an unexpected visit from Sarek, Spock's father, provides a startling revelation: McCoy is harboring Spock's living essence. With one friend alive and one not, but both in pain, Kirk attempts to help his friends by stealing the Enterprise and defying Starfleet's Genesis quarantine. But the Klingons have also learned of Genesis and race to meet Kirk in a deadly rendezvous.
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Star Trek III: Return to Genesis
Title: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
Release Date: June 01, 1984
Runtime: 105 mins
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English, Klingon, Russian
Sound: Dolby, 70 mm 6-Track
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Buried.com Rating: 7.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S
MPAA Rating: PG
William Shatner ...Admiral James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ......
DeForest Kelley ...Dr. Leonard Bones McCoy
James Doohan ...Montgomery Scotty Scott
George Takei ...Hikaru Sulu
Walter Koenig ...Pavel Chekov
Nichelle Nichols ...Cmdr. Uhura
Merritt Butrick ...Dr. David Marcus
Phil Morris ...Trainee Foster
Scott McGinnis ...Mr. Adventure
Robin Curtis ...Lt. Saavik
Robert Hooks ...Adm. Morrow
Carl Steven ...Spock...Age 9
Vadia Potenza ...Spock...Age 13
Stephen Manley ...Spock...Age 17
Joe W. Davis ...Spock at age 25
Paul Sorensen ...Captain
Cathie Shirriff ...Valkris
Christopher Lloyd ...Cmdr. Kruge
Stephen Liska ...Torg
John Larroquette ...Maltz
David Cadiente ...Klingon sergeant (as Dave Cadente)
Branscombe Richmond ...Gunner #2
Phillip R. Allen ...Capt. J.T. Esteban
Jeanne Mori ...Helm
Bob K. Cummings ...Klingon gunner #1 (as Bob Cummings)
Mario Marcelino ...Communications
Allan Miller ...Alien
Sharon Thomas ...Waitress
Conroy Gedeon ...Civilian agent
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- A dying planet. A fight for life.
- Kirk must batle the Klingons to protect the Genesis Planet and save a friend's life
- The needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many.
- Kirk: How are we doing? McCoy: How are "we" doing? Funny you should put it quite that way, Jim. "We" are doing fine.
Sulu: The word, sir? Kirk: The word is no. I am therefore going anyway.
[their first look at the U.S.S. Excelsior] Uhura: Would you look at that! Kirk: My friends, the great experiment: The Excelsior. Ready for trial runs. Sulu: She's supposed to have transwarp drive. Scotty: Aye, and if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon! Kirk: Come, come, Mr. Scott. Young minds, fresh ideas. Be tolerant!
Scotty: The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.
Kirk: You're suffering from a Vulcan mind-meld, doctor. McCoy: That green-blooded son of a bitch! It's his revenge for all the arguments he lost.
- The villains of the film were originally intended to be Romulans, but upper studio management wanted Klingons to be used since they were better-known enemies. By the time the decision was made, the Romulan ship was already built and they did not want the expense of replacing it. However, since the TV show had already established that the Klingons and Romulans had shared technologies and ships in the past (for exactly the same real-world cost-cutting reasons), the idea of Klingons using a Romulan-style vessel was not a problem.
Although not mentioned on-screen, the novelization establishes that Saavik was half Vulcan and half Romulan. A scene cut from the previous film, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982), also established this but can not be considered canon. Leonard Nimoy seemed to have directed Robin Curtis to portray Saavik as a full Vulcan.
Leonard Nimoy does the turbolift voice in the scene when Scotty says "Up your shaft", while exiting the Starship Execelsior. The end credits lists the voice under the alias Frank Force.
Production was endangered by the great fire at Paramount. William Shatner helped fight the fire and rescue a crewmember before firefighter reinforcements arrived. Shatner said that his motivation for doing so was purely to save a day on the shooting schedule, as he had a make a deadline to be available for shooting on a new season of "T.J. Hooker" (1982).
When the Enterprise enters space dock at the beginning of the movie, just before Uhura comments on the Excelsior's appearance ("Would you look at that!"), another docked ship can be seen, in shadow, at the upper left corner of the screen. This ship is one of the alternative models that was considered for use as the Excelsior. This alternate model also makes several appearances in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), usually as a wrecked ship or piece of space junk.
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