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44. Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy.

Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth.

The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space...



C-3PO: Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.
Han: Never tell me the odds.


Han: [as Chewie tries to fight off the imperials to free Han] No! Stop, Chewie, stop! Chewie! this won't help me! Hey! Save your strength. There'll be another time. The Princess. You have to take care of her. You hear me? Huh?
[Leia and Han share a passionate kiss before Han is dragged towards the freezing chamber by the imperials]
Leia: I love you.
Han: I know.


Leia: Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder.
Han: Who's scruffy-looking?


Luke: All right, I'll give it a try.
Yoda: No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.


[Luke can't levitate his X-Wing out of the bog]
Luke: I can't. It's too big.
Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.


Yoda: Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away... to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.


[Using the Force, Yoda effortlessly frees the X-Wing from the bog]
Luke: I don't, I don't believe it.
Yoda: That is why you fail.


Han: [cutting open his dead Tauntaun and shoving Luke inside] This may smell bad, kid, but it'll keep you warm until I get the shelter up... Ugh. And I thought they smelled bad on the outside.


Darth Vader: Impressive. Most impressive. Obi-Wan has taught you well. You have controlled your fear. Now, release your anger. Only your hatred can destroy me.


Luke: I won't fail you. I'm not afraid.
Yoda: You will be. You... will... be.


Luke: There's something not right here... I feel cold. Death.
Yoda: [points to a cave opening beneath a large tree] That place... is strong with the dark side of the Force. A domain of evil it is. In you must go.
Luke: What's in there?
Yoda: Only what you take with you.


Luke: I don't know. I feel like...
Yoda: Feel like what?
[Luke whips around and pulls out his blaster in defense]
Luke: Like we're being watched.
Yoda: Away put your weapon. I mean you no harm.


Yoda: Yes, run! Yes, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice.
Luke: Vader... Is the dark side stronger?
Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.
Luke: But how am I to know the good side from the bad?
Yoda: You will know... when you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, NEVER for attack.
Luke: But tell me why I can't...
Yoda: No, no! There is no "why"


Luke: [clinging to an antennae below Cloud City] Leia... Hear me, Leia...
Leia: [in the Falcon] Luke... We've got to go back.
Lando Calrissian: What?
Leia: I know where Luke is!


C-3PO: Don't worry about Master Luke. I'm sure he'll be all right. He's quite clever, you know... for a human being.


[Luke's ship sinks into the mud] Luke: We'll never get it out now!
Yoda: So certain are you. Always with you what cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say?


Leia: Luke! Luke! Don't! It's a trap! It's a Trap!

Han: Hey, Your Worship, I'm only trying to help.
Leia: Would you please stop calling me that?
Han: Sure, Leia.
Leia: You make it so difficult sometimes.
Han: I do, I really do. You could be a little nicer, though. Come on, admit it. Sometimes you think I'm all right.
Leia: Occasionally, maybe... when you aren't acting like a scoundrel.
Han: Scoundrel? Scoundrel? I like the sound of that.
[Han starts to massage Leia's hand]
Leia: Stop that.
Han: Stop what?
Leia: Stop that. My hands are dirty.
Han: My hands are dirty, too. What are you afraid of?
Leia: Afraid?
Han: You're trembling.
Leia: I'm not trembling.
[Han moves in closer]
Han: You like me because I'm a scoundrel. There aren't enough scoundrels in your life.
Leia: I happen to like nice men.
Han: I'm nice men.
Leia: No, you're not. You're... [they kiss]


Emperor: The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi.
Darth Vader: If he could be turned, he would be a powerful ally.
Emperor: Yes. Yes. He would be a great asset. Can it be done?
Darth Vader: He will join us or die, my master.


Han: Well Princess, it looks like you managed to keep me here a while longer.
Leia: I had nothing to do with it. General Rieekan thinks it's dangerous for anyone to leave the system until they've activated the energy shield.
Han: That's a good story. I think you just can't bear to let a gorgeous guy like me out of your sight.
Leia: I don't know where you get your delusions, laser brain.
[Chewbacca laughs]
Han Solo: Laugh it up, fuzzball.


Yoda: You must not go!
Luke: But Han and Leia will die if I don't.
[Obi-Wan's Force-spirit suddenly appears]
Obi-Wan: You don't know that. Even Yoda cannot see their fate.
Luke: But I can help them! I feel the Force!
Obi-Wan: But you cannot control it. This is a dangerous time for you, when you will be tempted by the Dark Side of the Force.


Darth Vader: Calrissian. Take the princess and the Wookie to my ship.
Lando: You said they'd be left at the city under my supervision!
Darth Vader: I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further.


Yoda: Told you I did. Reckless is he. Now, matters are worse.
Obi-Wan: That boy is our last hope.
Yoda: No. There is... another.


Leia: They're getting closer.
Han: Oh, yeah? Watch this.
[he throws the hyperdrive lever, the engine sputters and dies]
Leia: Watch what?
Han: I think we're in trouble.
C-3PO: If I may say so, sir, I noticed earlier the hyperdrive motivator has been damaged. It's impossible to go to lightspeed.
Han: We're in trouble.

C-3PO: [Interrupting Han and Leia kissing] Sir. Sir, I've isolated the reverse, power flux coupling.
Han Solo: Thank you. Thank you very much.
C-3PO: Oh you're perfectly welcome, sir.


C-3PO: [R2 is outside the Hoth base, scanning the area] You must come along now R2. There's really nothing more we can do. And my joints are freezing up.
[R2 Beeps something about Luke]
C-3PO: Don't say things like that! Of course we'll see Master Luke again! He'll be quite all right, you'll see! [to himself] He'll be quote all right.


[first lines] Luke: Echo Three to Echo Seven. Han, old buddy, do you read me?
Han: Loud and clear, kid. What's up?
Luke: Well, I finished my circle. I don't pick up any life readings.
Han: There isn't enough life on this ice cube to fill a space cruiser. Sensors are placed. I'm going back.
Luke: Right. I'll see you shortly. There's a meteorite that hit the ground near here. I want to check it out. It won't take long.


[Han having decided to go searching for Luke] Echo Base Officer: Your Tauntaun will freeze before you reach the first marker!
Han: Then I'll see you in Hell!


Yoda: Stopped they must be; on this all depends. Only a fully trained Jedi Knight, with the Force as his ally, will conquer Vader and his Emperor. If you end your training now - if you choose the quick and easy path as Vader did - you will become an agent of evil.
Obi-Wan: Patience.
Luke: And sacrifice Han and Leia?
Yoda: If you honor what they fight for? Yes.
Obi-Wan: If you choose to face Vader, you will do it alone. I cannot interfere.
Luke: I understand. R2? Fire up the converters.
Obi-Wan: Luke! Don't give in to hate. That leads to the Dark Side.
Yoda: Strong is Vader. Mind what you have learned. Save you it can.
Luke: I will. And I'll return, I promise.


Luke: I saw - I saw a city in the clouds.
Yoda: [nods] Friends you have there.
Luke: They were in pain...
Yoda: It is the future you see.
Luke: The future?
Luke: Will they die?
Yoda: [closes his eyes for a moment] Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.
Luke: I've got to go to them.
Yoda: Decide you must, how to serve them best. If you leave now, help them you could; but you would destroy all for which they have fought, and suffered.


Lando Calrissian: [greeting his "old friend" Han] Why, you slimy, double-crossing, no-good swindler.


Han: How ya feeling kid? You don't look so bad to me. You look strong enough to pull the ears off a gundark.
Luke: Thanks to you.
Han: That's two you owe me junior.

Leia: [On the asteroid] I have a bad feeling about this...


Darth Vader: You have learned much, young one.
Luke: You'll find I'm full of surprises.

Darth Vader: The force is with you, young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet.


[After Han revealed his clever plan of escape] Leia: You have your moments. Not many of them, but you do have them.


Luke: How far away is Yoda? Will it take us long to get there?
Yoda: Not far. Yoda not far. Patience. Soon you will be with him.


Leia: I thought you knew this person.
Chewbacca: [Chewie barks something to Han]
Han Solo: Well, that was a long time ago, I'm sure he's forgotten about that.


Darth Vader: Yes, Admiral?
Admiral Piett: Our ships have sighted the Millennium Falcon, Lord. But it has entered an asteroid field and we can not risk...
Darth Vader: [interupting] Asteroids do not concern me, Admiral. I want that ship, not excuses.


Darth Vader: What is thy bidding, my master?

Emperor: There is a great disturbance in the Force.
Darth Vader: I have felt it.
Emperor: We have a new enemy, the young Rebel who destroyed the Death Star. I have no doubt this boy is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker.
Darth Vader: How is that possible?
Emperor: Search your feelings, Lord Vader. You will know it to be true. He could destroy us.
Darth Vader: He's just a boy. Obi-Wan can no longer help him.
Emperor: The Force is strong with him. The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi.
Darth Vader: If he could be turned, he will become a powerful ally.
Emperor: Yes. He would be a great asset. Can it be done?
Darth Vader: He will join us or die, my master.


Luke: I want my lamp back. I'm gonna need it to get out of this slimy mudhole.
Yoda: Mudhole? Slimy? My home this is!


[After a tremor knocks her into Solo's arms] Leia: Let go.
Han: Shh.
Leia : Let go, please.
Han: Don't get excited.
Leia: Captain, being held by you isn't quite enough to get me excited.
Han: Sorry sweetheart. I haven't got time for anything else.


C-3PO: R2 says that the chances of survival are 725 to 1. Actually R2 has been known to make mistakes... from time to time.


Yoda: I am wondering, why are you here?
Luke: I'm looking for someone.
Yoda: Looking? Found someone, you have, I would say, hmmm?
Luke: Right...
Yoda: Help you I can. Yes, mmmm.
Luke: I don't think so. I'm looking for a great warrior.
Yoda: Ohhh. Great warrior.
Yoda: [laughs and shakes his head] Wars not make one great.


Leia: [to Han] Well, I guess you don't know everything about women yet. [Leia gives Luke a kiss in front of Han]


Yoda: Why wish you become Jedi?
Luke: Well, mostly because of my father, I guess.
Yoda: Ahh... father. Powerful Jedi was he. Powerful Jedi.
Luke: [suspcious] Oh, come on! How can you know my father? You don't even know who I am. Oh, I don't even know what I'm doing here! We're wasting our time!
Yoda: [Looking away from Luke] I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience.
Obi-Wan: [voice-over] He will learn patience.
Yoda: Much anger in him... like his father.
Obi-Wan: [voice] Was I any different when you taught me?


C-3PO: [on Han's escape plan] I really don't see how that is going to help! Surrender is a perfectly acceptable alternative in extreme circumstances! The Empire may be gracious enough to... [Han signals to Leia, who shuts 3PO down]


Imperial Officer: Sir, rebel ships are coming into our sector.
Captain Lennox: Good, our first catch of the day.


[Amid the violence of colliding asteroids]
Leia: [to Han] You don't have to do this to impress me.

C-3PO: Sir, it's quite possible this asteroid is not entirely stable.
Han: Not entirely stable. I'm glad you're here to tell us these things. Chewie! Take the Professor in back and plug him into the hyperdrive!


[the Millennium Falcon, under siege, won't start]
Leia: Would it help if I got out and pushed?
Han: It might!


[Han heads out of the Asteroids toward a Star Destroyer]
C-3PO: The odds of successfully surviving an attack on an Imperial Star Destroyer are approximately...
Leia: Shut up!


Darth Vader: [having cornered Luke during their lightsaber battle]

You are beaten. It is useless to resist. Don't let yourself be destroyed as Obi-Wan did.


Boba Fett: What if he doesn't survive? He's worth a lot to me.
Darth Vader: The Empire will compensate you, if he dies. Put him in.


[after choking Captain Needa to death]
Darth Vader: Apology accepted, Captain Needa.


[evacuating the Rebel Hoth base]
Han: [to C-3PO] Hurry up, goldenrod! Or you're gonna be a permanent resident!


C-3PO: Oh. They've encased him in Carbonite. He should be quite well protected. If he survived the freezing process, that is.
Darth Vader: Well, Calrissian, did he survive?
Lando Calrissian: Yes, he's alive, and in perfect hibernation.
Darth Vader: He's all yours, bounty hunter.


[Chewbacca is fixing C-3PO]
C-3PO: Oh, yes, that's very good, I like that... Oh!
[the lights in his eyes go out]
C-3PO: Well, now, something's not right, because now I can't see!
[Chewie fiddles with something and his eyes turn back on]
C-3PO: Oh, oh, that's much better. Wait... wait. Oh, my! What have you done? I'm BACKWARDS. You flea-bitten furball! Only an overgrown mop-head like you would be stupid enough to...
[Chewie switches 3PO off]


Darth Vader: Luke, you can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.


[R2 is trying to open the door as Storm Troopers shoot at them; he beeps]

C-3PO: No! We're not interested in the hyperdrive on the Millennium Falcon, it's fixed!
[R2 beeps again]
C-3PO: Just open the door, you stupid lug!
[he opens the door]
C-3PO: I never doubted him for a second! Wonderful!


Admiral Piett: [reacting to the arrival of Boba Fett and others] Bounty hunters. We don't need that scum.


Captain Needa: They can't have disappeared. No ship that small has a cloaking device.


[in the Asteroid Field]

Leia: We're going to get pulverized if we stay out here much longer.
Han: I'm not going to argue with that.


[last lines]

Lando Calrissian: Princess, we'll find Han. I promise.

Luke: Chewie, I'll be waiting for your signal. Take care, you two. May the force be with you.


Lando Calrissian: How you doin' Chewbacca? Still hanging around with this loser?


C-3PO: [Chewbacca is carrying the dismembered C3PO on his back] If only you'd attached my legs, I wouldn't be in this ridiculous position. Now remember, Chewbacca, you have a responsibility to me, so don't do anything foolish!


[while the Falcon is fleeing from Imperial fighters, and R2-D2 is stitching C-3PO back together]
C-3PO: Noisy brute. Why don't we just go to lightspeed?
R2-D2: [beeps]
C-3PO: We can't? How would you know the hyperdrive is deactivated?
R2-D2: [beeps]
C-3PO: The City's central computer told you? R2-D2, you know better than to trust a strange computer.
[R2's welding arm shocks his ankle]
C-3PO: Ouch! Pay attention to what you're doing!


Leia: Han, we need you.
Han: We need?
Leia: Yes.
Han: Well, what about YOU need?
Leia: I need? I don't know what you are talking about.
Han: You probably don't.
Leia: And what precisely am I supposed to know?
Han: Come on you want me to stay because of the way you feel about me.
Leia: Yes, you're great help to us you're a natural leader.
Han: No! That's not it. Come on.
Han: A-ha! Come on!
Leia: You're imagining things.
Han: Am I? Then why are you following me afraid I was gonna leave without giving you a goodbye kiss?
Leia: I'd just as soon kiss a wookiee.
Han: I could arrange that! [Han yells as he walks away]
Han: You could use a good kiss!


Darth Vader: Your destiny lies with me Skywalker. Obi-Wan knew this to be true.
Luke: No...


Darth Vader: Yes, Admiral, what is it?
Admiral Piett: The Emperor commands you make contact with him.
Darth Vader: Move the ship out of the asteroid field so that we can send a clear transmission.

Admiral Piett: Lord Vader, our ships have completed their scan of the area and found nothing. If the Millennium Falcon went into light-speed, it'll be on the other side of the galaxy by now.
Darth Vader: Alert all commands. Calculate every possible destination along their last known trajectory.
Admiral Piett: Yes, my Lord. We'll find them.
Darth Vader: Don't fail me again, Admiral.

Lando Calrissian: Punch it!
[Chewbacca attempts to engage the hyperdrive on the Millenium Falcon - it fails. Chewie and Leia both glare at Lando]
Lando Calrissian: They told me they fixed it! I trusted them to fix it! It's not my fault!


Darth Vader: There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive. No disintegrations.
Boba Fett: As you wish.


Darth Vader: You may take Captain Solo to Jabba the Hutt after I have Skywalker.
Boba Fett: He's no good to me dead.
Darth Vader: He will not be permanently damaged.


C-3PO: Excuse me sir, but might I inquire as to what's going on?
Han: Why not?
C-3PO: Impossible man.


[Leia and Han prepares to escape in the Falcon] 
Leia: This bucket of bolts's never gonna get us past that blockade.


Lando Calrissian: Lord Vader, what about Leia and the Wookiee?
Darth Vader: They must never again leave this city.
Lando Calrissian: [outraged] That was never a condition of our agreement, nor was giving Han to this bounty hunter!
Darth Vader: Perhaps you think you're being treated unfairly?
Lando Calrissian: [after a pause; nervous tone] No.
Darth Vader: Good. You know it would be unfortunate if I had to leave a garrison here.
Lando Calrissian: [to himself] This deal is getting worse all the time!

[Darth Vader has just learned of Admiral Ozzel's big blunder, and activates a viewscreen]
Admiral Ozzel: [appearing onscreen with Captain Piett] Lord Vader, the fleet has moved out of lightspeed and we're preparing to...
[Ozzel stops, and suddenly begins to choke, clutching at his throat]
Darth Vader: You have failed me for the last time, Admiral. Captain Piett?
Captain Piett: Yes, my lord?
Darth Vader: Make ready to land our troops beyond their energy field, and deploy the fleet, so that nothing gets off the system.
[beside Piett, Admiral Ozzel utters one last strangled gasp, and falls over dead]
Darth Vader: You are in command now, Admiral Piett.
Admiral Piett: Thank you, Lord Vader.


[the storm troopers are taken prisoner by Lando's men]
Lando Calrissian: Well done. Get them to the security tower, and keep it quiet.
[Lando's aide and their men walk off with the troops as Lando hands Leia the imperials' weapons and starts taking off Chewie's cuffs]
Leia: What do you think you're doing?
Lando Calrissian: We're getting out of here.
C-3PO: I knew all along. Had to be a mistake.
Leia: [angrily] Do you think that after what you did to Han that we're going to trust you?
[Chewie grabs Lando by the throat]
Lando: [choking] I had no choice!
C-3PO: What are you doing? Trust him, trust him!
Leia: Oh, well, we understand, don't we, Chewie. You had "no choice".
Lando Calrissian: Just trying to help...
Leia: We don't need any of your help!
Lando Calrissian: [gasps] Han! Ha- Ha...
Leia: What?
Lando Calrissian: HAN!
C-3PO: It sounds like Han!
Lando Calrissian: [gasping] There's still a chance to save Han! At the east... platform!
Leia: Chewie!
[Leia gets Chewie to drop Lando]
C-3PO: I'm terribly sorry about all this. After all, he's only a Wookiee!


Lando Calrissian: I had no choice. They arrived right before you did. I'm sorry.
Han Solo: I'm sorry too.


Darth Vader: What is it, General?
General Veers: My Lord, the fleet has moved out of lightspeed. Com Scan has detected an energy field protecting an area of the sixth planet of the Hoth System. The field is strong enough to deflect any bombardment.
Darth Vader: The Rebels are alerted to our presence. Admiral Ozzel came out of lightspeed too close to the system.
General Veers: He felt surprise was wiser...
Darth Vader: He is as clumsy as he is stupid. General, prepare your troops for a surface attack.
General Veers: Yes, my Lord.


Lando Calrissian: [to Leia] You look absolutely beautiful. You truly belong here with us among the clouds.
Leia: [cooly] Thank you.


Lando Calrissian: Lord Vader, we only use this facility for carbon freezing. If you put him in there it might kill him.
Darth Vader: I do not want the Emperor's prize damaged. We will test it on Captain Solo.


Lando Calrissian: [to Han] You know, seeing you sure brings back a few things. Yeah, I'm responsible now, the price you pay for being successful.


C-3PO: That sounds like an R2 unit in there! I wonder if... Hello? How interesting.
Unseen voice: Who are you?
C-3PO: Oh, my! I... I'm terribly sorry. I didn't mean to intrude. No, no, please don't get up.


Han: What's going on... Buddy?
Lando Calrissian: You're being put into carbon-freeze.


Lando Calrissian: I've just made a deal that'll keep the Empire out of here forever.

Darth Vader: We would be honored if you would join us.


Darth Vader: There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millenium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary but I want them alive - no disintegrations!
Boba Fett: As you wish.


Darth Vader: Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.
Luke: I'll never join you!
Darth Vader: If you only knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!
Darth Vader: No. I am your father.
Luke: No. No. That's not true. That's impossible!
Darth Vader: Search your feelings, you know it to be true!
Luke: [anguished] No! Nooooo!

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