Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

1984  105 MN


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Leonard Nimoy

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.

 Release Date

June 1, 1984


1h45m (105 min)


$ 18,000,000


$ 87,000,000

 Top Billed Cast

 William Shatner
 Admiral James T. Kirk
 DeForest Kelley
 Dr. Leonard McCoy
 Robin Curtis
 Lt. Saavik
 Merritt Butrick
 Dr. David Marcus
 Christopher Lloyd
 Cmdr. Kruge
 James Doohan
 Montgomery Scott

 Written by

Harve Bennett Author


A dying planet. A fight for life.



William Shatner
  Admiral James T. Kirk
DeForest Kelley
  Dr. Leonard McCoy
Robin Curtis
  Lt. Saavik
Merritt Butrick
  Dr. David Marcus
Christopher Lloyd
  Cmdr. Kruge
James Doohan
  Montgomery Scott
George Takei
  Hikaru Sulu
Walter Koenig
  Pavel Chekov
Nichelle Nichols
  Cmdr. Uhura
Mark Lenard
  Ambassador Sarek
James Sikking
  Captain Styles
Phillip R. Allen
  Capt. Esteban
Robert Hooks
  Admiral Morrow
John Larroquette
Judith Anderson
  Vulcan High Priestess
Leonard Nimoy
  Capt. Spock/Elevator Voice
Carl Steven
  Spock...Age 9
Vadia Potenza
  Spock...Age 13
Stephen Manley
  Spock...Age 17
Joe W. Davis
  Spock at age 25
Miguel Ferrer
  First Officer
Branscombe Richmond
  Klingon Gunner #2
Frank Welker
  Spock's Screams
Scott McGinnis
  Starfleet Cadet "Mr. Adventure"


James Horner
  Original Music Composer
Leonard Nimoy
Robert Fletcher
  Costume Design
Harve Bennett
Harve Bennett
Charles Correll
  Director of Photography
John E. Chilberg II
  Art Direction
Tom Pedigo
  Set Decoration
Robert F. Shugrue
Mary Ann Barton
Elza Bergeron
Stuart Jensen
Ken Ralston
  Visual Effects Supervisor


- A popular creature from the episode Star Trek: The Original Series: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967), Tribbles made a cameo appearance during the bar sequence where Dr. McCoy tries to hire a ship.
- This was Leonard Nimoy's first directorial feature.


 New Quote

As we say on Earth, c’est la vie.
— James T. Kirk


I have had enough of you!
— James T. Kirk


Kirk: My God, Bones, what have I done?
McCoy: What you had to do, what you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live.



 New Review

Recapturing the magic
By Jack Anderson on May 26, 2020

Our favorite crew from the United Federation of Planets is back in the aftermath of their previous adventure, which ended with what we thought was the death of Spock.
But Spock had been sent to the planet created by the Genisis project and came back to life, in the most extraordinary of ways.

Directed by Leonard Nimoy himself, the film is in a similar vein as the previous two. But the magic of the shiny big screen is disappearing in favor of another magic, a better one. We are slowly but surely moving from top notch science fiction to more basic one, with classic villains.
But by lowering the SiFi quality, we actually get back to what Star Trek did best. I liked to see the crew down to a planet and having a good old adventure. This is the first time in three movies and it was about time.
As an example, Sulu and Kirk are having a small fight with security guards, like old time. Obviously this feels cheap, but hey, it feels good.
As usual with these types of movies, the main goal is to recapture the essence and the magic of the original material, while still moving forward and creating new out of the old.
In the end, this is the film that ressembles The Original Series the most, and in that sense, I must admit Leonard Nimoy pulled quite a thing here, knowing as well that it was his very first time behind the camera.

For the first time again since the movies started, we finally had the great chance to see Kirk in action. He kicks and screams and kills and I loved it entirely! Kirk is back being the center of the Universe and it feels like a breath of fresh air. Kirk loses a son and the Enterprise, and that gives him the ultimate purpose and reason to go at the bad guy. It’s more than enough for me, and it gives for great imagery.

After hinting at this possibility during the series, we now finally witnessed the destruction of the starship Enterprise. This was really unexpected and quite a feast to the eyes. This is exactly the type of things that the movies had to do. The shot of the crew on the planet, looking at the Enterprise disintegrating was simply wonderful. I am just concerned on what it means for the next installments of the feature series. But I leave that for my next review.


I found the movie actually good! Leonard Nimoy did a great job to recapture the original magic of the series and while this felt cheaper, it also felt damn good. I give it 5 out of 10. Good.

John Chard

You Klingon bastards! Kirk gets personal.

It is what it is folks, it's a good honest Star Trek story, it beats a real emotive heart and although some may decry the lack of blistering space battles, or end of the universe peril scenarios, it's an essential film for dealing with the protagonists we know and love.

Into the mix here we have our favourite alien enemies The Klingons (led by the oddly cast Christopher Lloyd), Spock's father, Sarek, who adds grace to the story, and crucially Kirk gets an emotional kicker. While elsewhere hardcore fans get a big surprise with the beloved Enterprise.

It's of course merely a set up for the next (and delightfully great) instalment of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, but on its own terms this stands up as one of the better character pieces in the series. Due in no small part to having Leonard Nimoy directing it because he shows care and thought about a subject he obviously knows quite a bit about. 7/10


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