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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Leonard Nimoy

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Plot Summary

When last we left the crew of the star ship Enterprise, they were heading home following a skirmish with the despotic Khan. The unpleasant incident had cost the life of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy)—or so it seemed. Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) is informed by Spock's father Sarek (Mark Lenard) that his son is being kept alive in the thoughts of one of the crew members. It now becomes necessary to search for Spock's body, so that flesh and soul can be rejoined on Vulcan. It turns out that Spock's spirit is residing within the mind of the Vulcan's longtime shipmate, "Bones" McCoy (DeForrest Kelley). Finding the body is another matter, since the Enterprise has been consigned to the trash heap and thus is out of Kirk's jurisdiction.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 41
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The humanity of the Star Trek series, unexpected as it is in a sci-fi setting, remains the series' best feature. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: These are classic directorial occasions, and Nimoy rises to them with fervor, in effect beaming his film up onto a higher pictorial plane than either of its predecessors. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An emotionally satisfying science fiction adventure. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: This 1984 film's few and unimpressive special effects evidently qualify it as science fiction, but the genre it really belongs to is the male weepie: there hasn't been a gooier buddy romance on the screen since Joe Buck took Ratso Rizzo to Miami. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A well crafted Trek movie

The Wrath of Khan and The Voyage Home are easily the best of the early Trek movies, and it's unfortunate that Search for Spock get slightly overlooked by fans. Leonard Nimoy directed this movie beautifully, and he should be applauded for creating a story that captures the mystique of the Spock character and the crew's clever attempt to save his eternal soul. I am a Trek fan for life, and thank you ITUNES for giving me and other Trekkies access to this amazing genre!

Leonard Nimoy's finest work.

In 1984 I searched for Spock with the rest of the crew of the SS Enterprise and found that he was in my heart all along. Bravo, Leonard Nimoy, Bravo!

Picks Up Right Where ST II:TWOK Left off

Awesome Movie, picks up perfeclty with no seems.