Captain - no, make that Admiral Kirk has his hands full after defeating the evil Khan in Star Trek II: Spock is dead, McCoy might be crazy, and the Enterprise is about to be decommissioned. What's a hero to do? Disobey orders and go gallivanting across the galaxy in search of his fallen friend's remains, naturally. Throw in a maniacal Klingon played by Christopher Lloyd, and you've got yourself a party.
Top 10 Fun Facts
- Nicholas Meyer, who directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, refused to come back for the third film because he thought it was a cop out for Spock to rise from the dead. Apparently Leonard Nimoy thought it was a GREAT idea, because he took the director gig himself.
- Don't it make my blue eyes brown? One of the boys who played a young version of Spock had to wear brown contact lenses to match the color of Leonard Nimoy's eyes.
- Klingon scholars beware! The film's alien dialogue consultant, Marc Okrand, often found it easier to change the grammar and vocabulary of the Klingon language to match what the actors had said, rather than get them to re-shoot a botched line.
- Speaking of fun with foreign languages, Chekov makes a Russian remark to Scotty about the security breach in Spock's quarters. In case you don't speak Russian, he roughly says "I'm not crazy! There it is."
- In an episode of Taxi, Christopher Lloyd's character Jim mentions that he didn't like the Klingon leader on the TV show Star Trek because he said things "a real Klingon just wouldn't say." Lloyd would of course go on to speak the Klingon truth as Captain Kruge.
- Bones McCoy reveals that his middle name is "Horatio." Gene Roddenberry had actually modeled Captain Kirk after the C.S. Forester character Horatio Hornblower, but James H. Kirk just doesn't have the same ring to it.
- It's tough to be an extra: actor Gary Faga plays a security guard who gets his lights turned out by Captain Kirk. In the original Star Trek film, he played an airlock technician who fell victim to Spock's Vulcan nerve pinch.
- Size isn't everything: the spacedock orbiting Earth is supposed to be five miles tall, but in reality the model used in the film was only six feet.
- The bridge of the USS Grissom may look familiar to you. That's because it's the bridge of the Enterprise redressed with pink chairs.
- Watch your step: William Shatner improvised the moment when Kirk stumbles into his chair after learning about the death of his son. He reportedly won't reveal whether the stumble was an acting "choice" or a case of two left feet.