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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

1984 American science fiction film directed by Leonard Nimoy

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Paramount Pictures, 1984) is the third feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. It is a direct sequel to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and has a similar feel, although often with a lighter, more humorous touch.

Directed by Leonard Nimoy. Written by Harve Bennett.
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James T. Kirk: Scotty, progress report?
Montgomery Scott: Almost done, sir! You'll be fully automated by the time we dock.
James T. Kirk: Your timing is excellent, Mr. Scott. You've fixed the barn door after the horse has come home. How much refit time before we can take her out again?
Montgomery Scott: Eight weeks, sir -- [Kirk opens his mouth] -- but ye don't have eight weeks, so I'll do it for ye in two.
James T. Kirk: Mr. Scott. Have you always multiplied your repair estimates by a factor of four?
Montgomery Scott: Certainly, sir. How else can I keep my reputation as a miracle worker?
James T. Kirk: [over the intercom] Your reputation is secure, Scotty.

[First look at the USS Excelsior]
Uhura: Would you look at that.
James T. Kirk: My friends, the great experiment...the Excelsior, ready for trial runs.
Hikaru Sulu: She's supposed to have transwarp drive.
Montgomery Scott:[unimpressed] Aye. And if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon.
James T. Kirk: Come, come, Mr. Scott. Young minds, fresh ideas. Be tolerant.

Fleet Admiral Morrow: You've all done a remarkable service under the most difficult conditions. You'll be receiving Starfleet's highest commendations. And more importantly...extended shore leave. That is, all but you, Mr. Scott. They need your wisdom on the new Excelsior. Report there tomorrow as Captain of Engineering.
Montgomery Scott: With all appreciation, sir, I prefer to supervise the refit of Enterprise.
Fleet Admiral Morrow: I'm afraid that won't be necessary.
Montgomery Scott: But, sir...
Fleet Admiral Morrow: I'm sorry, Mr. Scott, but there will be no refit.
James T. Kirk: Admiral...I don't understand. The Enterprise is not—
Fleet Admiral Morrow: Jim, the Enterprise is twenty years old! We feel her day is over.
James T. Kirk: But we had requested...we had hoped to take her back to Genesis.
Fleet Admiral Morrow: That is out of the question.
James T. Kirk: May I ask why?
Fleet Admiral Morrow: In your absence, Genesis has become a galactic controversy. Until the Federation Council makes policy, you are all under orders not to discuss with anyone your knowledge of Genesis. Consider it a quarantined planet...and a forbidden subject.

James T. Kirk:(Upon realizing who has Spock's Katra) McCoy!
Sarek: One alive, one not -- yet both in pain.
James T. Kirk: What must I do?
Sarek: You must bring them to Mt. Seleya, on Vulcan. Only there can both find peace.
James T. Kirk: What you ask . . . is difficult.
Sarek: You will find a way, Kirk . . . if you honor them both, you must.
James T. Kirk: I will -- I swear.

Fleet Admiral Morrow: No, absolutely not, Jim. You're my best officer. But I am the Commander of Starfleet, so I don't break rules.
James T. Kirk: Don't quote rules to me! I'm talking about loyalty and sacrifice. One man who's died for us! Another with deep emotional problems.
Fleet Admiral Morrow: Now wait a minute. This business about Spock and McCoy...honestly, I've never understood...Vulcan mysticisms!
James T. Kirk: You don't have to believe. I'm not even sure that I believe. But if there's even a chance that Spock has an eternal soul, then it's my responsibility.
Fleet Admiral Morrow: Yours?
James T. Kirk: (nodding his head) As if it were my very own. Give me back the Enterprise. With Scotty's help, I can—
Fleet Admiral Morrow: No, Jim! The Enterprise would never stand the pounding, and you know it!
James T. Kirk: Then I'll find a ship. I'll hire a ship.
Fleet Admiral Morrow: Out of the question, my friend. The Council has ordered that no one but the science team goes to Genesis! Jim, your life and your career stand for rationality, not for intellectual chaos! Keep up this emotional behavior, and you'll lose everything! You'll destroy yourself! Do you understand me, Jim?
James T. Kirk: I hear you. (chuckles) I had to try.
Fleet Admiral Morrow: Of course.
James T. Kirk: Thanks for the drink.
Fleet Admiral Morrow: Anytime.

Hikaru Sulu: The word, sir?
James T. Kirk: The no. I am therefore going anyway.
Hikaru Sulu: You can count on our help, sir.
James T. Kirk: Thank you, Mr. Sulu, I'll need it.
Pavel Chekov: Shall I alert Dr. McCoy?
James T. Kirk: Please. He has a long journey ahead of him.

[The Federation warden is leading him to McCoy's holding cell.]
Warden: Make it quick, Admiral, they're moving him to the Federation Funny Farm.
James T. Kirk: Yes, poor friend. I hear he's nutty as a fruitcake.
Warden: (unlocking the computer door's holding cell) Two minutes.

Leonard McCoy: Jim!
James T. Kirk: [He enters McCoy's cell and holds up his hand in the Vulcan hand salute] How many fingers do I have up?
Leonard McCoy: That's not very damn funny.
James T. Kirk: Your sense of humor's returned.
Leonard McCoy: The hell it has. [Kirk produces a hypospray from his jacket pocket] What's that?
James T. Kirk: Lexorin.
Leonard McCoy: Lexorin? What for?
James T. Kirk: You're suffering from a Vulcan mind-meld, Doctor.
Leonard McCoy: That green-blooded son of a bitch! It's his revenge for all those arguments he lost.

[Sulu comes in with his badge.]
Hikaru Sulu: Where's Admiral Kirk?
Warden: He's with the prisoner.
Hikaru Sulu: Get him quickly; the Commander of Starfleet wants him right away.
[The warden retrieves his key to get Admiral Kirk. Sulu is left in a room with a security guard, who has his feet up and yawns loudly]
Hikaru Sulu: [sarcastically] Keeping you busy?
[The guard stands up, towering menacingly over Sulu]
Guard: Don't get smart, Tiny.

[after Sulu easily dispatches the bigger guard in a fight]
Hikaru Sulu: Don't call me Tiny.

Captain Styles: Ah, Mr. Scott. Calling it a night?
Montgomery Scott: Uh, yes, sir.
Captain Styles: Turning in myself, looking forward to breaking some of the Enterprise's speed records tomorrow.
Montgomery Scott: Ah, yes, sir. Good night.
Elevator voice: Level, please.
Montgomery Scott: Transporter room.
Elevator voice: Thank you.
Montgomery Scott: [under breath] Up your shaft.

Mr. Adventure: You amaze me, Commander.
Commander Uhura: Oh, how is that?
Mr. Adventure: A 20-year space veteran, yet you choose the worst duty station in town. I mean, look at this place! This is the hind end of space.
Commander Uhura: Some peace and quiet appeals to me, Lieutenant.
Mr. Adventure: Yeah, well, maybe that's OK for someone like you, whose career is winding down. But me...I gotta have some challenge in my life, some adventure, maybe even just a surprise or two.
Commander Uhura: Well, you know what they say, Lieutenant: Be careful what you wish for; you may get it.

[Captain Styles is relaxing on his bed and filing his nails.]
Bridge Crew Chief: Yellow Alert. Captain to the bridge. Yellow Alert.
Captain Styles:[turns on the intercom with a nail file] Bridge, this is the captain. How can we have a Yellow Alert in Spacedock?
Bridge Crew Chief: Sir, someone is stealing the Enterprise.
Captain Styles: I'm on my way.

Captain Styles: Kirk...if you do this, you'll never sit in the Captain's chair again!

Excelsior computer: Transwarp drive, maximum velocity in five, four, three, two, one. (as the USS Excelsior grinds to a halt)

James T. Kirk: Scotty, as good as your word.
Montgomery Scott: Aye, sir. The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain. [hands McCoy a fistful of computer chips] Here, Doctor, souvenirs from one surgeon to another. I took them out of her main transwarp computer drive.
Leonard McCoy: Nice of you to tell me in advance.
James T. Kirk: That's what you get for missing staff meetings, Doctor. Gentlemen, your work today has been outstanding. I intend to recommend you all for whatever fleet we end up serving. Best speed to Genesis.

[One of Kruge's gunners has defied a direct order to disable the engines of the USS Grissom by destroying the ship with everyone inside except Saavik, Spock and David Marcus.]
Kruge: [in Klingonese] I wanted prisoners!
Gunner 1: [in Klingonese] A lucky shot, sir!
Kruge: [pulls out his disruptor and shoots his gunner for his insurrection. In Klingonese] Animal!
Torg: Sir, may I suggest...
Kruge: [aiming his gun at Torg] Say the wrong thing, Torg!!
Torg: ...that if it's prisoners you want, there are life signs on the planet. Perhaps the very scientists you seek.
Kruge: [Taking notice of Saavik's distress call for the Grissom on his radar] Very good.

Saavik: It's time for total truth between us. This planet is not what you intended or hoped for, is it?
David Marcus: Not exactly.
Saavik: Why?
David Marcus: I used protomatter in the Genesis matrix.
Saavik: Protomatter, an unstable substance which every ethical scientist has denounced as dangerously unpredictable.
David Marcus: But it was the only way to solve certain problems. Only my mother knew nothing about it.
Saavik: So like your father, you changed the rules.
David Marcus: If I hadn't, it might have been years or never.
Saavik: How many have paid the price for your impatience? How many have died? How much damage have you done? And what is yet to come?

Kruge: I've come a long way for the power of Genesis, and what do I find? A weakling human, a Vulcan boy, and a woman.
Saavik: My lord, we are survivors of a doomed expedition. This planet will destroy itself in hours. The Genesis experiment is a failure.
Kruge: A failure. The most powerful destructive force ever created. You will tell me the secret of the Genesis torpedo.
Saavik: I have no knowledge.
Kruge: Then I hope pain is something you enjoy.

Kruge:[taking his communicator from one of his guards] I ordered no interruptions.
Torg: But, sir, a Federation starship is approaching.
Kruge: Bring me up.

David Marcus: Hello, sir. It's David.
James T. Kirk: I'm sorry I'm late.
David Marcus: It's okay. I should've known you'd come. But Saavik's right. This planet is unstable; it's going to destroy itself in a matter of hours.
James T. Kirk: David, what went wrong?
David Marcus: I went wrong.
James T. Kirk: I don't understand.
David Marcus: I'm sorry, sir. Just don't surrender. Genesis doesn't work. I can't believe they'd kill us for it.
[David's last words]
Kruge: Admiral, your young friend is mistaken; I meant what I said. And now to show that my intentions are sincere, I shall kill one of the prisoners.
James T. Kirk: Wait a minute! Give me a chance to talk.
Kruge: [in Klingonese] Kill one of them. I don't care which.

Kruge: There are two more prisoners, Admiral. You want them killed, too? Surrender your vessel.
James T. Kirk: All right...all right, damn you. All right. Give me a minute to inform my crew.
Kruge: I give two minutes...for you and your gallant crew.

Kruge: Take every last man. Form a boarding party armed heavily.
Torg: But they outnumber us, my...
Kruge: [shouts] We are Klingons! Once you control the ship, we'll transfer our flag there and take Genesis from their own memory banks.

James T. Kirk: Mr. Sulu, what is the crew complement of a bird of prey?
Hikaru Sulu: About a dozen officers and men.
James T. Kirk: With some of them on the planet. I swear to you, we're not finished yet. Bones, you and Sulu to the transporter room. The rest of you with me, we have a job to do. [to Kruge] Commander of Klingon vessel...prepare to board this ship on my next signal.
Kruge: No tricks, Kirk. You have one minute.
James T. Kirk: No tricks. I'm looking forward to meeting you.

James T. Kirk: Computer, this is Admiral James T. Kirk. Request security access. [the Enterprise computer acknowledges Kirk's identity] Computer, destruct sequence 1, code 1, 1-A.
Montgomery Scott: Computer, Commander Montgomery Scott, Chief Engineering Officer, destruct sequence 2, code 1, 1-A, 2-B.
Pavel Chekov: Computer, this is Commander Pavel Chekov, Acting Science Officer, destruct sequence 3, code 1-B, 2-B, 3.
Computer: Destruct sequence completed and engaged, awaiting final code for one minute countdown.
James T. Kirk: Code zero, zero,
Computer: Destruct sequence is activated.

[The Klingons have boarded the Enterprise]
Torg: My lord, the ship appears to be deserted.
Kruge: How can that be? They're hiding!
Torg: Yes, sir. But the bridge seems to be run by computer. It is the only thing speaking.
[Torg's last words]
Kruge: Speaking? Let me hear.
Computer: 9...8...7...6... 5...
Kruge: [Realizing he was tricked by Kirk and the Enterprise is about to self destruct, he shouts to his crew] GET OUT!!! GET OUT OF THERE!!! GET OUT!!!
Computer: 2... 1...
[The Enterprise bridge explodes in a burst of flame with most of the Klingon crew inside. Kruge's ship drifts away as the Enterprise continues exploding into flames.]

James T. Kirk: [Looking up from the planet surface to see the remains of the Enterprise burning up in a fireball in the atmosphere] My God, Bones, what have I done?
Leonard McCoy: What you had to do, what you always do. Turned death into a fighting chance to live.

[McCoy uses a medical device to calm Spock down.]
Leonard McCoy: Rapid aging. All genetic functions highly accelerated.
James T. Kirk: What about his mind?
Leonard McCoy: His mind's a void. It seems, Admiral, that I've got all his marbles.
James T. Kirk: Is there anything we can do?
Saavik: Only one thing, sir; get him off this planet. His aging is part of what's going on around us.

Kruge: Genesis. I want it!
James T. Kirk: Beam the Vulcan up, and we'll talk.
Kruge: Give me what I want, and I'll consider it.
James T. Kirk: You fool, look around you! The planet's destroying itself!
Kruge: Yes, exhilarating, isn't it?
James T. Kirk: If we don't help each other, we'll die here.
Kruge: Perfect. Then that's the way it shall be.

[James, while kicking Kruge off of the cliff's edge]
James T. Kirk: I -- have HAD -- enough of -- YOU!
[Kruge falls screaming into the lavascape below]

[Leonard, seated before Spock, who's lying unconscious on a bed in the sickbay of the Klingon Bird of Prey en route to Vulcan]
Leonard McCoy: Spock! For God sakes, talk to me! You stuck this damn thing in my head, remember? Remember? Now tell me what to do with it. Help me. [McCoy sits up straight: his face visibly changing from an air of urgency to one of concern.] I'm going to tell you something that I...never thought I'd ever hear myself say. But it seems I've...missed you, and I don't know if I could...stand to lose you again.

T'Lar: Sarek! Child of Skon! Child of Solkar! The body of your son breathes still. What is your wish?
Sarek: I ask for fal-tor-pan, the refusion.
T'Lar: What you seek has not done since ages past...and then, only in legend. Your request is not logical.
Sarek: Forgive me, T’Lar. My logic is uncertain, where my son is concerned.
T'Lar: Who is the keeper of the Katra?
Leonard McCoy: I am. McCoy. Leonard H.. Son of David.
T'Lar: McCoy, son of David. Since thou art human, we cannot expect thee understand fully what Sarek has requested. Spock’s body lives. With your approval, we shall use all our powers to return to his body that which you possess. But McCoy, you must now be warned. The danger to thyself is as grave as the danger to Spock. You must make the choice.
Leonard McCoy: I choose the danger.
[Kirk glances at McCoy]
Leonard McCoy: [Mutters to Kirk] Hell of a time to ask.

[Kirk sees McCoy come down with Sarek]
Leonard McCoy: I'm all right, Jim.
James T. Kirk: What about Spock?
Sarek:[About Spock] Only time will tell. Kirk, I thank you. What you've done is...
James T. Kirk: What I've done, I had to do.
Sarek: But at what cost? Your ship. Your son.
James T. Kirk: If I hadn't tried, the cost would have been my soul.

Spock: My father says that you have been my friend. You came back for me.
James T. Kirk: You would have done the same for me.
Spock: Why would you do this?
James T. Kirk: Because the needs of the one . . . outweigh the needs of the many.
Spock: (Spock begins to remember) I have been and ever shall be your friend.
James T. Kirk: Yes. Yes, Spock.
Spock: The ship...out of danger?
James T. Kirk: You saved the ship. You saved us all. Don't you remember?
Spock: Jim...your name is Jim.
James T. Kirk: Yes.
  • [last lines]


  • ...and the Adventure continues...
    • [Closing text.]


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  Creator     Gene Roddenberry  (1921–1991)  
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