Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Paramount Released 1982




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Movie Summary

Nicholas Meyer

When the U.S.S. Reliant is looking for a lifeless planet to test the Genesis project torpedo, Commander Chekov and Captain Clark Terrell beam down and find strange storage containers. They find that they contain refugees from the Eugenics Wars of 1990s Earth, and the genetically engineered superhuman villain - Khan. Khan blames Kirk for the death of his wife, and hijacks the Reliant and steals the Genesis Device, he vows to get revenge on Kirk.


Metacritic Score

  • 88

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The Wrath of Khan is a top-notch, fast-paced adventure that can be enjoyed equally by fans of the series and those who have never seen an episode.

  • 88

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A funnier, faster, altogether more energetic film than Star Trek I, The Wrath of Khan doesn't linger over its modest special effects. This is really down-home week with Captain - n...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I don't much care if the battles aren't that amazing, because the story doesn't depend on them. It's about a sacrifice made by Spock, and it draws on the sentiment and audience ide...

William Shatner

William Shatner

Admiral James "Jim" T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy


DeForest Kelley

DeForest Kelley

Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy

James Doohan

James Doohan

Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig

Pavel Chekov

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Kirk: (at Spock's funeral) We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted, in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most...human.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Production Budget - $12,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $78,912,963 (6th)
      Worldwide Gross - $96,800,000 (8th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $219,023,734
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $268,669,388

    • The director's cut of the movie contains improved effects scenes and runs 4 minutes longer.

    • Taglines:
      1. At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance.
      2. Beyond the darkness...beyond the human Khan. A genetically superior tyrant. Exhiled to a barren planet; banished by a Starship Commander he is destined to destroy. Left for dead, Khan has survived.


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