Favorite Quotation

Well, in last year’s challenge, I said I was urged to do a favorite quotation from every movie, but would have to put it off for another day.

Today I was going to take the lazy way out and tell you my favorite quotation from E1, but I guess since I already did that, today is the day I give you my favorite line from each film. You can see my last answer (here).

Episode I, the Phantom Menace

No, they won’t! What do you think, you’re some kinda Jedi, waving your hand around like that? — Watto

Mind tricks don't work on me! Only money.
Mind tricks don’t work on me! Only money.

I love everything about this scene, and have for an age. (Literally, the timestamp on that picture on my hard drive is May 27, 2002.) I remember it in the theater: we knew what was coming, guy gives the Jed a hard time, Jed waves his hand, problems evaporate! But audiences get tired of the slick way out and suddenly bam. Watto’s not weak-minded. Qui-Gon has to find another solution. I love the furious look on his face, the way he falls abruptly silent, the singsong way Watto makes his demand for cash (without ever really questioning how this guy knows how to use mind tricks).

Episode II, Attack of the Clones

You don’t want to sell me death sticks. You want to go home and rethink your life. — Obi-Wan Kenobi

I want to go home and rethink my life
I want to go home and rethink my life

I know this is probably everyone’s favorite line from E2, simply because all I had to do to find the picture was type in the quote . . . But it’s a great line! A little bit of levity in the middle of the tragic. Plus it just goes to show you, you can’t ever take Obi-Wan to a bar. He always cuts people’s arms off!

Episode III, Revenge of the Sith

You were my brother, Anakin! I loved you. — Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar
Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar

This entire speech is one of my favorites. There is so much packed into it, and Ewan McGregor delivers (as usual). Anakin was his brother; he considered Qui-Gon the father figure to them both, but Anakin wanted Obi-Wan to be his father figure. Anakin ultimately turned to the dark side because the slave mindset he grew up with told him he needed someone to give him orders; Palpatine filled that role and Obi-Wan did not because Obi-Wan wanted them to be equal. The betrayal, grief, and rage in this line encapsulates Anakin’s fall entirely.

Episode IV, a New Hope

I want to come with you to Alderaan. There’s nothing for me now. I want to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi like my father. — Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker on Tatooine
Luke Skywalker on Tatooine

His face! He is absolutely dumbstruck with grief — I mean, try to imagine the absolute raw horror of coming across the skeletons of the two people who were the only family you ever had, especially growing up in such an isolated place. Not just the dead bodies, no, but the charred skeletons — and one of those, the last conversation they ever had was an argument. He knows now that the Empire isn’t “such a long way from here”: it’s up close and personal, it’s taken everything he ever had and some things he never did, like his father. Obi-Wan tells him after he beats the remote that he’s taken his first steps into a larger world, but those steps were really taken here, when for the first time, Luke has everything stripped away and is left only with Purpose and Duty.

Episode V, the Empire Strikes Back

The Force is with you, young Skywalker. But you are not a Jedi yet. — Darth Vader

Duel on Cloud City
Duel on Cloud City

I used to sit by the TV with a tape recorder and record my favorite lines from movies and things. This is one I used to listen to repeatedly, and  when I got my niece to play Luke and Vader with me (where I had to be Vader because I was taller), we’d reenact this scene, me standing on the bed where I’d intone this line in my deepest possible voice before we waled on each other with the broomsticks covered in construction paper. The menace in his voice, the grim expression on Luke’s face, ah! It’s perfect.

Episode VI, Return of the Jedi

You rebel scum. — Lt. Renz

Battle for Endor
Battle for Endor

This line was spoken by an anonymous Imperial officer before the Battle for Endor starts. I have to say this is one of my favorite quotations of all time because I once used it for my bedroom password (I wouldn’t let my nieces in my room unless they knew the password, which was pointless because I always told them the password…) and also a voice clip of this was the error message “ding” on my computer for years and years. I used to quote it along with the actor whenever I watched the movie. (Barrie Holland, by the way, was the actor.)


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