Real Genius script
Real Genius (1985)
Synopsis: When science whiz Mitch Taylor (Gabe Jarret) arrives at Pacific Tech as a freshman, he's paired up with genius senior Chris Knight (Val Kilmer) to work on a laser project. Mitch initially doesn't care for Knight's slacker attitude, but is eventually won over, and their friendship allows them to make new progress on the laser project. It's only when the boys learn that the government intends to use the laser as a weapon that they start to question what they've actually been working for.


It's not intended for use in your kind of warfare, Roy. This is a perfect peace time weapon.


What's the kill potential?


As soon as the size-to power ratio is licked we'll have about seven bangs for the buck.


When that?

Carmichael shrugs the sign for "who knows?"


Seriously, Don, I have to report to the Secretary that everything's on schedule. We have plans for your little ray's gun this summer.


(Trying to cover)

As I understand it, guys, there's some major practical difficulties. I'm pushing as hard as I can.


Well, Don, you tell those geniuses you've got until the end of the next fiscal quarter to come up with a working model or I'm pulling the plug on the funding.


(very nervous)

I'm assured they're on the verge of a major breakthrough.


Good. Just as long as we get a working weapon out of it by June. Right, general?


I wouldn't know, Dave. I haven't had a working weapon since Korea.



(to assistant)

Larry, let's see the film on blinding techniques, then we'll have some lunch, all right?


WE OPEN on a sign: "Effects of marijuana on Rodents." A cage is divided in half. One side is marked "NO Marijuana." A chinchilla is running furiously on a treadmill. The other side is marked "Marijuana." A chinchilla is lying in a little hammock.

DOLLY BACK TO WIDE SHOT. We see we are in a large hall. There are dozens of booths and exhibits. A banner strung across the hall lets us know that this is the "WESTERN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SCIENCE FAIR."

ANGLE ON a pretty female student at a booth standing in front of a clear glass cylinder that has vacuum hoses connected to it. There are two colored gases inside the cylinder. A sign behind her says: HOW TORNADOS ARE FORMED." A small group of boys stand watching her in as sexist a way as possible.

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Neal Israel

Neal Israel is an American actor, screenwriter, film and television producer and director best known for his comedic work in the 1980s for films such as Police Academy, Real Genius, and Bachelor Party. more…

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