Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan Parent Guide
This battle of wits and ingenuity between the two fiercely proud foes will have viewers sitting on the edge of their seats.
Parent Movie Review
Every hero has his nemesis. In the case of James T. Kirk (William Shatner), his avowed enemy is a man he has almost forgotten.
Having gallivanted all over the universe, the former Captain has now climbed to the ranks of Admiral and traded in his Starship for a classroom full of eager Star Fleet recruits. But what he doesn’t know is his career path is on a collision course with his past.
Fifteen years previously, while in command of the Enterprise, Kirk and his crew discovered a space vehicle filled with hibernating humans from the twentieth century. Once revived, these genetically enhanced earthlings turned hostile. The twenty-third century space explorers had no choice but to deposit the unruly bunch and their power-hungry leader Khan (Ricardo Montalban) on a remote life-sustaining planet where they could work out their own social order. (The whole story can be seen episode 39 of the original Star Trek series entitled Space Seeds.)
When an unrelated science expedition accidentally stumbles upon this sleeping giant, his past grievances (real and imagined) are aroused. Using his superior intellect, Khan devises a plan to seek his revenge on the man who marooned them.
On the other side of the cosmos, Kirk’s routine inspection of the Enterprise is interrupted by an urgent but garbled message from Dr. Carol Marcus (Bibi Besch), an old acquaintance who accuses him of commandeering her top-secret science research. Biting at the chance to resume his former post, the Admiral gets Federation permission to take the starship’s staff of inexperienced cadets and investigate the situation. Completely unaware the communication is only bait on Khan’s hook, the over-confident space veteran is about to chew off more trouble than he can swallow.
The ensuing battle of wits and ingenuity between the two fiercely proud foes will have viewers sitting on the edge of their seats while the script boldly explores such concepts as the cost of revenge, the burden of regrets, and the gift of self sacrifice. But the fast-passed action, violence, depictions of bloody injuries, and plot surprises (along with a few profanities) make this classic sci-fi adventure a better choice for teens and adults.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was the second attempt at bringing the popular 1960s television series to the big screen. After critics panned the first film because of its extended panoramic shots of the refurbished Enterprise, it is a wonder the studio invested in the franchise again. Fortunately for the fans, this well written sequel and the incredible performance by Ricardo Montalban not only saved Gene Roddenberry’s brainchild, but also acted as the genesis for more movies and a whole new generation of Trekkies.Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban. Running time: 112 minutes. Theatrical release June 3, 1982. Updated July 17, 2017
Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
Rating & Content Info
Why is Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan rated PG? Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan is rated PG by the MPAA for violence and language.
Overall: A- Kirk, now an Admiral at the Star Fleet Academy, gets called back into active duty when the Federation receives word of a compromised top-secret science mission. But when he goes to investigate he finds an old foe with an ax to grind in this exciting, but often violent movie in the Star Trek family of films.
Violence: C A lot of sci-fi violence such as explosions and weapon exchange between spacecrafts. Debris from damaged spacecraft falls on characters. Many characters sustain injury: death is implied and portrayed. Charred bodies, bloody wounds, fatal injuries and bloodstains are shown. The disabling and eventually fatal effects of a parasitic life form are verbally described before a character intentionally infects two other characters with the creature; Characters scream when the slug-like animal crawl into their ears. Character is determined to seek revenge despite pleadings from his companions to leave his grievances behind him. Torture and murder are mentioned. Characters scuffle and a knife is drawn during a fight. Characters are threatened with a phaser gun, and a creature is killed with one. Character shoots himself. Angry character grabs another. Character is exposed to fatal doses of radiation.
Sexual Content: B+ Aphrodisiacs are mentioned in passing. Some characters are scantily clad, showing the bare chests of the men and some cleavage of the women. The birth of an illegitimate child is discussed.
Language: B- Includes at least: 1 moderate and 13 mild profanities, 5 uses of deity as an expletive, and name-calling.
Alcohol / Drug Use: B Illegal alcoholic beverage is drunk at a birthday celebration. Character’s comment infers he is suffering from a hangover. Doctor discusses medications.
Miscellaneous Concerns: A character admits to cheating on a test.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
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The most recent home video release of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan movie is August 5, 2002. Here are some details…
Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection On September 6, 2016, Paramount is releasing a 30-disc set of Star Trek’s TV episodes and theatrical movies. If you are a fan of Kirk and his crew, here is what you will find in this 30 Disc set: - Star Trek: The Original Series Blu-ray - Star Trek: The Animated Series Blu-ray - Star Trek: The Motion Picture Blu-ray - Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Director’s Cut Blu-ray - Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Blu-ray - Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Blu-ray - Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Blu-ray - Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Blu-ray - Collectible 50th Anniversary Starfleet Insignia Pin - Collectible Mini-Posters for Movies 1-6 - Star Trek: The Journey to the Silver Screen—New 50th Anniversary Multi-Part Documentary - Over 20 hours of additional bonus content
Home Video Notes: Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan Release Date: June 7, 2016 Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan releases in a Director’s Cut (remastered in 4K) with the following bonus extras: - Audio Commentary by Nicholas Meyer - Audio Commentary by Nicholas Meyer and Manny Coto (Director’s Cut only) - Library Computer (Theatrical Cut only) - Captain’s Log (SD, 27 min.) - Designing Khan (SD, 24 min.) - Original Interviews (SD, 11 min.) - Where No Man Has Gone Before: The Visual Effects of Star Trek II (SD, 18 min.) - James Horner: Composing Genesis (HD, 10 min.) - Collecting Star Trek’s Movie Relics (HD, 11 min.) - Starfleet Academy SciSec Brief 002: Mystery Behind Ceti Alpha VI (HD, 3 min.) - A Tribute to Ricardo Montalban (HD, 5 min.) - Theatrical Trailer (HD, 2 min.) - Text Commentary (Director’s Cut only)
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan releases to Blu-ray on March 29, 2011. This restored version of the film comes with the following bonus extras: - Commentary by director Nicholas Meyer and Manny Coto - James Horner: Composing Genesis HD - Collecting Star Trek’s Movie Relics HD - A Tribute to Ricardo Montalban HD - Starfleect Academy: The Mystery Behind Ceti Alpha VI HD
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan releases to DVD on August 5, 2002. - Library Computer (Blu-ray Exclusive) - Star Trek I.Q. (BD-Live) - Commentary by director Nicholas Meyer - The Captain’s Log - Designing Khan - Original Interviews - Where No Man Has Gone Before The Visual Effects of Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan - Farewell - Storyboard Archives - Theatrical Trailer HD