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 Year: 1984
Rating: 6.5/10 (29,146 voted)
Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
Picking up exactly where Star Trek II left off, the Enterprise and crew are returning to port for some essential repairs to their ship. When they arrive, they are shocked to discover the Enterprise is to be scrapped. When Dr. McCoy starts acting strangely, Kirk is forced to steal his old ship back and fly across space to a lonely planet to save a friend.
Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Harve Bennett
Joe W. Davis
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Release Date: 1 June 1984
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $16,673,229
(3 June 1984)
Did You Know?
Grace Lee Whitney, who played Janice Rand, Kirk's yeoman in season one of
Star Trek and returned as transporter chief in
Star Trek: The Motion Picture, makes a cameo appearance during the Enterprise's docking sequence. She is the red haired officer in the spacedock lounge who shakes her head in disapproval as she sees the ship's damage.
Crew or equipment visible:
During the self destruction of the Enterprise, there's an explosion where a Klingon goes flying over the navigation console. When he lands, an arm can be seen helping him.
[Spock's dying words, repeated from the previous film]
Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh…
…the needs of the few.
Or the one. I have been and always shall be your friend. Live long and prosper.
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I almost never agree with Trekkies! They usually pan "Star Trek III"
and label it a disappointing follow-up to the classic "Wrath of Khan."
But I just don't see anything wrong here. The Klingons are delightfully
over-the-top villains, the effects and spaceship models are great
(arguably the best in the series), and the theft of the Enterprise is a
wonderful sequence loaded with humor and tension. DeForest Kelley gets
some great material as the "possessed" McCoy, and Shatner's performance
– slightly more understated than in the last film – is again rock
So what's the problem? I suppose this movie has difficulties standing
on its own; it relies heavily on knowledge of "Khan." But, such issues
inevitably crop up when you're dealing with a long-running series of
interconnected movies, and they don't matter much in terms of raw
entertainment value. Some fans complain that nothing really happens in
this film – it's just about getting Spock back and nothing else – but
the death of David and the destruction of the Enterprise load it up
with more than enough dramatic punch for me.
And, can you possibly imagine Picard stealing the Enterprise to go on a
rescue mission? I can't. This movie's storyline captures exactly what
makes the original crew so warm, funny, and rebellious…and so it's a
good Trek movie, despite what the fans will tell you.