Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

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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: How much refit time before we can take her out again?
Montgomery Scott: Eight weeks, Sir, [Kirk opens his mouth] but ya don't have eight weeks, so I'll do it for ya 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: 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.

Hikaru Sulu: The word, sir?
James T. Kirk: The word is 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.

James T.Kirk: (He enters McCoy's cell. He holds up his hand in the Vulcan hand salute.) How many fingers am I holding up?
Leonard McCoy: That's not very damn funny.
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.

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.

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. 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 promotion... in whatever fleet we end up serving. Best speed to Genesis.

David Marcus: I used protomatter in the Genesis matrix.
Saavik: Protomatter, a highly unstable substance which every ethical scientist condones as dangerously unpredictable.
David Marcus: It was the only way to solve certain problems.
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's something you enjoy.

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 Klingon] Kill one of them. I don't care which.

Kruge: Take every last man. Form a boarding party armed heavily.
Torg: They outnumbered us, my lord.
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, 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.

[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 is 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: [shouts] Get out! Get out of there! Get out!
Computer: 2... 1...
[The Enterprise bridge explodes]

James T. Kirk: My God, what have I done?
Leonard McCoy: What you had to do, what you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live.

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]

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 sometimes 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.]


Actor Role
William Shatner Admiral James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy Captain Spock
DeForest Kelley Dr. Leonard McCoy
James Doohan Commander Montgomery Scott
George Takei Commander Hikaru Sulu
Walter Koenig Commander Pavel Chekov
Nichelle Nichols Commander Uhura
Grace Lee Whitney Commander Janice Rand
Mark Lenard Ambassador Sarek
Judith Anderson High Priestess T'Lar
Merritt Butrick Dr. David Marcus
Robin Curtis Lieutenant Saavik
Christopher Lloyd Klingon Commander Kruge
Robert Hooks Fleet Admiral Morrow
James Sikking Captain Styles
Carl Steven Spock at 9
Vadia Potenza Spock at 13
Stephen Manley Spock at 17
Joe W. Davis Spock at 25
Frank Welker Spock's screams (voice-over, uncredited)

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