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The Quotable Star Wars:
     

The Quotable Star Wars: "I'd Just as Soon Kiss a Wookiee!"

by Stephen J. Sansweet
 
TWENTY YEARS AGO,

IN A THEATER RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER . . .

Movie audiences fell in love with the rogue, the farmboy, the princess, the villain cloaked in black. Each had his or her place in the universe, and each possessed a unique style.

"I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board."

"Let the Wookiee win."

"Do. Or

Overview

TWENTY YEARS AGO,

IN A THEATER RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER . . .

Movie audiences fell in love with the rogue, the farmboy, the princess, the villain cloaked in black. Each had his or her place in the universe, and each possessed a unique style.

"I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board."

"Let the Wookiee win."

"Do. Or do not. There is no try."

No series of movies—before or since—has yielded so many memorable moments as the Star Wars trilogy. Those moments are captured here, for everyone to carry and enjoy so that, now and forever . . .

The Force will be with you . . . always.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345407603
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
103
Product dimensions:
4.23(w) x 6.22(h) x 0.31(d)

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Introduction

by Steve Sansweet

"Frankly my dear, I don"t give a damn!"

"Here's looking at you, kid."

"The Force will be with you . . . always."

When a line from a film goes from screen to memory without pausing long enough to become a cliche, that's more than entertainment--that's the very essence of popular culture. And pop culture is one of the few things these days that provides us all at least a little shared identity. It makes the punch line of a joke funny, for example, without going through a laborious explanation. Thus, when a brown-robed and hooded actor with a white beard
materializes on Saturday Night Live next to guest host Luke Perry, you start to snicker even before the inevitable, "Use the Force, Luke!"

The Star Wars Generation--those of us who grew up or matured with Star Wars on the brain--took great delight in the dialogue: the funny lines and the philosophical ones. In fact, these phrases keep surfacing under the most unlikely of circumstances: Walking with a friend to my car in a dark parking lot on the wrong side of town one evening, I couldn"t help muttering, "I have a bad feeling about this." Or, searching for inspiration at the keyboard, I've been known to quietly mouth, "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."

It's not only our generation. A toy company president I know insists that we've passed on a "Star Wars gene" to the next generation. Fed by constantly rewound videos, youngsters across the world mimic the breathy tones of Darth Vader or the convoluted speech patterns of Yoda when they borrow a quote from the screen.

This book is an attempt to release at least some of the dialoguefrom the place where it's been locked up in my brain, thanks to George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, and Leigh Brackett. We've managed to fit in just about all of my favorites, except perhaps Han Solo's words of comfort to a wounded but recovering Luke Skywalker (". . . you look strong enough to
pull the ears off a gundark") and Wedge Antilles's exclamation upon first seeing the Death Star ("Look at the size of that thing!").

Nope. I guess we got those, too.
                                                
--Steve Sansweet

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