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The Empire Quotes Back

Chewbacca has all the good lines

As we continue our look back at 30 years of The Empire Strikes Back, it’s hard not to recall some really memorable lines.  Sure, we got “May the Force be with you” in the first movie, but movie quote afficionados have to love Empire for its clever and memorable dialogue.  The recent Star Wars status day on Facebook in honor of May the 4th (be with you) saw a considerable amount of lines from Empire, which is a testament to its lasting imprint on the movie quote universe.  So, here are a few of my (and probably other people too) favorites.

“No disintegrations”

This quote is somewhat more obscure than the rest of the lines in this post, but its obscurity reflects the mystery of the character it refers to.  The line is spoken by Darth Vader to the bounty hunter Boba Fett when we first meet him.  This one line conjures a mysterious past and defines the character by his intense methods of dealing with his prey.  In addition, Darth Vader, the big baddie, has to keep another character in check.  If a minor character can inspire a talking-to from the main villain, he must be a tough dude.  These two words are the perfect introduction to the phenomenon that became the Fett.

“I love you…..” “I know”

Don't forget your matching his and hers t-shirts

It’s hard to get a more classic romantic line than the famous interchange between Han and Leia on the platform of the carbon freezing chamber.  The romantic tension between the two had been building the entire film, and the emotionally charged scene in Cloud City called for a touching romantic moment.  Instead, Han responds to Leia’s emotional outburst with his trademark nonchalance, and this brief exchange reminds us that Han Solo is by far the coolest, suavest, and manliest smuggler in the galaxy.  I would not suggest, however, using this line with your significant other as a romantic gesture mostly because you and I will never be as cool as Han Solo.

“Do or do not.  There is no try.”

Yoda speaks many of the classic lines throughout the entire saga, but this particular line has always stuck out to me.  It’s interesting that the line isn’t even typically characteristic of Yoda-speak, but the wisdom imparted in it is all Yoda.  Yoda’s lesson that failure is acceptable because it leads to success is one that rings true across all cultures and beliefs.  When Yoda lifts Luke’s X-Wing out of the swamp just with his mind, you know immediately that his life has never been about trying.  He has always put everything into all of his actions, whether or not they succeeded, and that is why he is ultimately successful.  It’s hard to beat a life lesson like that.

“No. I am your father!”

Yes, this is the actual line.  The next time you hear anyone say “Luke, I’m your father” slap them in the face and immediately confiscate their geek card.  They have no credibility.  The defining moment of Empire is the scene in the reactor shaft where Luke and the audience discover the true identity of his father.  Fittingly, the most memorable quote from the film comes from the most memorable scene.  This line has been parodied in countless movies and TV shows to the point that it has become a part of pop culture even for those who have never watched one scene from The Empire Strikes Back.  No other quote from the entire Star Wars saga is more famous, and any list of quotes would be incomplete without it.

There are countless other lines in Empire that are worth the effort required to type them out, and they will forever live on in the minds and mouths of nerds everywhere.  Happy Quoting!


May 16, 2010 Posted by | Movies, Star Wars | Leave a comment