Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 space opera film. It is the first film of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. The film follows with two Jedi Knights, who flee the planet Naboo with the planet's queen Padme Amidala in the hope of finding a peaceful end to a trade dispute. Along the way, the ship must stop for repairs on the planet Tatooine, where the Jedi encounter Anakin Skywalker, a young slave boy who is unusually strong with the Force. When the group returns to Naboo, they realize that the situation is much worse than they thought — the evil Sith Lords have returned.

Written and directed by George Lucas.
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Queen Amidala

  • Beware, Viceroy. The Federation has gone too far this time.
  • I will not condone a course of action that will lead us to war.
  • I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee!
  • I will sign no treaty, Senator. My fate will be no different from that of my people.
  • I ask you to help us… No, I beg you to help us. We are your humble servants. Our fate is in your hands.

Jar Jar Binks

  • Mesa called Jar Jar Binks, mesa your humble servant!
  • Ex-squeeze me, but the mostest safest place would be Gunga City. 'Tis where I grew up. 'Tis a hidden city.
  • Hmm... yousa point is well seen. Dis way, hurry!
  • Yousa should follow me now, okeeday? My warning yous: Gungans no like outsiders. Don't 'spect a warm welcome.
  • [repeated line] How wude!
  • Count me outta dis one. Better dead here than deader in the Core-- Ye Gods, whatta mesa sayin'?!
  • You'd say, "boom de gasa"... den crashded da boss's heyblibber... den banished.
  • Uh-oh! Biiiiig Goober fish!
  • Monsters out dere, leakin in here, all sinkin an no power? When are yousa tinkin' wesa in trouble?!
  • Oh, maxi big da Force...
  • Den BOOM! Getin very scared and grabin dat Jedi, den pah... mesa here.
  • Mesa hatin' crunchin'. Dat's the last thing mesa want.
  • Dissen gonna be bery messy! Me no watchin!
  • Gungans no dyin' withouta fight. Wesa warriors. Wesa got a grand army. That's why you no likin' us, mesa thinks.
  • Icky, icky goo!

Qui-Gon Jinn

  • Don't center on your anxieties, Obi-Wan. Keep your concentration here and now, where it belongs.
  • The ability to speak does not make you intelligent, now get out of here.
  • Remember, concentrate on the moment. Feel, don't think. Use your instincts.
  • He is the Chosen One, you must see it.
  • Remember: Your focus determines your reality.
  • [last lines] Obi-Wan, promise me you will train the boy. He…is the Chosen One…he will bring balance. Train him.
  • There's always a bigger fish.
  • That is the sound of a thousand terrible things all headed this way.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

  • You were right about one thing, Master; the negotiations were short.
  • If they find us, they will crush us, grind us into tiny pieces, and blast us into oblivion!
  • You and the Naboo form a symbiont circle. What happens to one of you will affect the other. You must understand this.
  • Why do I sense we've picked up another pathetic life form?
  • The boy is dangerous. They all sense it; why can't you?
  • Oh, don't worry. This hasn't been our day for warm welcomes.
  • I have a bad feeling about this.

Darth Maul

  • Tatooine is sparsely populated. If the trace was correct, I will find them quickly, master.
  • At last, we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last, we will have revenge.
  • Fear. Fear attracts the fearful. The strong. The weak. The innocent. The corrupt. Fear. Fear is my ally.
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Darth Sidious

  • This is my apprentice, Darth Maul. He will find your lost ship.
  • You have been well trained, my young apprentice. They will be no match for you.
  • Wipe them out. All of them.

Senator Palpatine

  • The Republic is not what it once was. There is no interest in the common good. There is no civility, only politics.
  • Now they will elect a new Chancellor. A strong Chancellor. One who will not let our tragedy continue.
  • We are indebted to you for your bravery, Obi-Wan Kenobi. And you, young Skywalker; we will watch your career with great interest.

Anakin Skywalker

  • Mom, you said that the biggest problem in the universe is no one helps each other.
  • Now this is podracing!
  • Are you an angel?
  • I am a person, and my name is Anakin!

Shmi Skywalker

  • There was no father. I carried him, I gave birth, I raised him. I can't explain what happened.
  • You can't stop the change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.
  • Now be brave and don't look back. Don't look back.

Mace Windu

  • You refer to the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the Force. You believe it's this boy?

Master Yoda

  • Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you.
  • Clouded this boy's future is.
  • Qui-Gon's defiance, I sense in you. Need that, you do not. Agree with you, the council does. Your apprentice, Skywalker will be.
  • Always two there are. No more, no less. (pause) A master, and an apprentice.
  • Feel the Force.


Note: All Sebulba's lines are Huttese, translated by subtitles.

  • [to Anakin] The next time we race, boy, it will be the end of you. If you weren't a slave, I'd kill you now!
  • You won't walk away from this one, you slave scum!
  • You're Bantha fodder!
  • [after crashing his Podracer] Pudu!!!

Opening crawl

Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute.

Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo.

While the congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict...


Obi-Wan Kenobi: I have a bad feeling about this.
Qui-Gon Jinn: I don't sense anything.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: It's not about the mission, Master. It's something... elsewhere. Elusive.
Qui-Gon Jinn: Don't center on your anxieties, Obi-Wan. Keep your concentration here and now, where it belongs.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: But Master Yoda says I should be mindful of the future.
Qui-Gon Jinn: But not at the expense of the moment. Be mindful of the living Force, my young Padawan.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Yes, Master. How do you think the trade viceroy will deal with the chancellor's demands?
Qui-Gon Jinn: These Federation types are cowards. The negotiations will be short.

Daultay Dofine: This scheme of yours has failed, Lord Sidious. The blockade is finished. We dare not go against the Jedi.
Darth Sidious: Viceroy, I don't want to see this stunted slime in my sight again. This turn of events is unfortunate. We must accelerate our plans. Begin landing your troops.
Nute Gunray: Ah, my lord, is that... legal?
Darth Sidious: I will make it legal.
Nute Gunray: And the Jedi?
Darth Sidious: The Chancellor should never have brought them into this. Kill them immediately.
Nute Gunray: Yes, my lord. As you wish.

Nute Gunray: At last we're getting results. Again you come before us, Your Highness.
Queen Amidala: [sternly] You will not be so pleased when you hear what I have to say, Viceroy. Your trade boycott of our planet has ended.
Nute Gunray: [smirks] I was not aware of such failure.
Queen Amidala: I have word that the Chancellor's ambassadors are with you now and that you have been commanded to reach settlement.
Nute Gunray: I know nothing of any ambassadors. You must be mistaken.
Queen Amidala: Beware, Viceroy. The Federation has gone too far this time.
Nute Gunray: We would never do anything without the approval to the Senate. You assume too much.
Queen Amidala: We will see.

Qui-Gon Jinn: A city? Will you take us there?
Jar Jar Binks: Uhhh, on second Not willy, no.
Qui-Gon Jinn: No?
Jar Jar Binks: Tis embarassing, but my afraid mys been banished. Da Bosses will do terrible tings to me! Tewiwible tings to me if me goin back dere!
Qui-Gon Jinn: Do you hear that?
Jar Jar Binks: Yeah.
Qui-Gon Jinn: That is the sound of thousand terrible things headed this way.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: If they find us, they will crush us, grind us into tiny pieces and blast us into oblivion.
Jar Jar Binks: Hmm... yousa point is well seen. Dis way, hurry!

Battle Droid Commander: Halt!
Qui-Gon Jinn: I'm Ambassador for the Supreme Chancellor. I'm taking those people to Coruscant.
Battle Droid Commander: Where are you taking them?
Qui-Gon Jinn: To Coruscant.
Battle Droid Commander: Coruscant...uhh...that doesn't compute. We...uhh... you're under arrest!

Droid Soldier: (speaking to Jar Jar) Roger, Roger put your hands in the air!
Captain Tarpals: What do we do now, Jar Jar?
Jar Jar: Ohhh... I don't know. I surrender!
Captain Tarpals: Oh, great.

Ric Olie: There's not enough power to get us to Coruscant...the hyperdrive is leaking.
Qui-Gon Jinn: We'll have to land somewhere to refuel and repair the ship.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: [sudying a map] Here, Master. Tatooine. It's small, out of the way, poor... The Trade Federation has no presence there.
Captain Panaka: How can you be sure?
Qui-Gon Jinn: It's controlled by the Hutts.
Captain Panaka: [alarmed] You can't take Her Royal Highness there! The Hutts are gangsters! If they discovered her...
Qui-Gon Jinn: ... It would be no different than if we landed on a system controlled by the Federation. Except the Hutts aren't looking for her, which gives us an advantage.

Darth Sidious: And Queen Amidala, has she signed the treaty?
Nute Gunray: She has... disappeared, my lord. One Naboo cruiser got past the blockade.
Darth Sidious: [snarls] I want that treaty signed!
Nute Gunray: M-my lord, it-it's impossible to locate the ship. It's out of our range.
Darth Sidious: Not for a Sith. [a second Sith Lord appears beside him on the hologram] This is my apprentice, Darth Maul. He will find your lost ship.
Nute Gunray: This is getting out of hand! Now there are two of them!
Rune Haako: We should have not made this bargain.

Anakin Skywalker: Are you an angel?
Queen Amidala: What?
Anakin Skywalker: An angel. I've heard the deep space pilots talk about them. They're the most beautiful creatures in the universe. They live on the moon of Iego, I think.
Queen Amidala: [smiles] You're a funny little boy. How do you know so much?
Anakin Skywalker: I listen to all the traders and star pilots who came through here. I'm a pilot, you know, and someday I'm going to fly away from this place.
Queen Amidala: You're a pilot?
Anakin Skywalker: Mmhm. All my life.
Queen Amidala: How long have you been here?
Anakin Skywalker: Since I was very little - three, I think. My Mom and I were sold to Gardulla the Hutt, but she lost us betting on the pod races.
Queen Amidala: You're a slave?
Anakin Skywalker: [annoyed] I'm a person and my name is Anakin!

Watto: How are you going to pay for all this?
Qui-Gon Jinn: I have twenty thousand Republic dataries.
Watto: Republic credits? Republic credits are no good out here. I need something more real.
Qui-Gon Jinn: [gesturing to nudge Watto's mind] I don't have anything else, but credits will do fine.
Watto: No, they won't.
Qui-Gon Jinn: [nudging harder]: Credits will do fine.
Watto: No, they won't! What, you think you're some kind of Jedi, waving your hand around like that? I'm a Toydarian! Mind tricks don't work on me, only money! No money, no parts, no deal! And no one else here has a T-14 hyperdrive, I promise you that!

Shmi Skywalker: All slaves have a transmitter placed somewhere in their bodies.
Anakin Skywalker: I've been trying to work on a scanner to try and locate mine.
Shmi Skywalker: Any attempt to escape...
Anakin Skywalker: And they blow you up! BOOM!
Jar Jar Binks: How wude!

Anakin Skywalker: You're a Jedi Knight, aren't you?
Qui-Gon Jinn: What makes you think that?
Anakin Skywalker: I saw your laser sword. Only Jedi carry that kind of weapon.
Qui-Gon Jinn: Perhaps I killed a Jedi and took it from him.
Anakin Skywalker: I don't think so. No one can kill a Jedi.
Qui-Gon Jinn: I wish that were so.

Queen Amidala: Are you sure about this; trusting our fate to a boy we hardly know? The Queen will not approve.
Qui-Gon Jinn: The Queen doesn't need to know.
Queen Amidala: Well, I don't approve.

Watto: I want to see your spaceship the moment the race is over!
Qui-Gon Jinn: Patience, my blue friend. You'll have your winnings before the suns set, and we'll be far away from here.
Watto: Not if your ship belongs to me, I think! I warn you: no funny business.

Queen Amidala: You Jedi are far too reckless. The Queen trusts--
Qui-Gon Jinn: The Queen trusts my judgement, young handmaid. And you should too.
Queen Amidala: You assume too much.

Sebulba: You won't walk away from this one, you slave scum!
Anakin Skywalker: Don't count on it, slime ball!
Sebulba: You're Bantha fodder!

Anakin Skywalker: I can't do it, Mom. I just can't do it.
Shmi Skywalker: Ani...
Anakin Skywalker: Will I ever see you again?
Shmi Skywalker: What does your heart tell you?
Anakin Skywalker: I hope so. Yes... I guess.
Shmi Skywalker: Then we will see each other again.
Anakin Skywalker: I will come back and free you, Mom. I promise.
Shmi Skywalker: Now, be brave and don't look back. Don't look back.

Qui-Gon Jinn: Anakin Skywalker, meet Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Anakin Skywalker: Hi. You're a Jedi too! Pleased to meet you.

Master Yoda: Master Qui-Gon. More to say, have you?
Qui-Gon Jinn: With your permission, my master, I have encountered a vergence in the Force.
Master Yoda: A vergence, you say?
Mace Windu: Located around a person?
Qui-Gon Jinn: A boy. His cells have the highest concetration of midi-chlorians I have seen in a life-form. It was possible he was conceived by the midi-chlorians.
Mace Windu: You refer to the prophecy of The One who will bring balance to the Force. You believe it's this boy?

Chancellor Valorum: The chair recognizes the senator from the sovereign system of Naboo.
Senator Palpatine: Supreme Chancellor, delegates of the senate, a tragedy has occurred... which started right here with the taxation of trade routes... and has now engulfed our entire planet... in the oppression of the Trade Federation.
Senator Dod: This is outrageous! I object to the senator's statements!
Chancellor Valorum: The chair does not recognize the senator from the Trade Federation at this time.
Senator Palpatine: To state our allegations, I present Queen Amidala, recently elected ruler of the Naboo, who speaks on our behalf.
Queen Amidala: Honourable representatives of the Republic, I come to you under the gravest of circumstances. The Naboo system has been invaded by the droid armies of the Trade -- [interrupted by Senator Dod]
Senator Dod: I object! There is no proof! This is incredible. We recommend a commission be sent to Naboo to ascertain the truth.
Senator Teem: The Congress of Malastare concurs with the honourable delegate from the Trade Federation. A commission must be appointed.
Chancellor Valorum: The point-- [interrupted by Mas Amedda]
Mas Amedda: Excuse me, Chancellor... [whispers to Chancellor Valorum]
Senator Palpatine: [Whispering to Queen Amidala] Enter the bureaucrat. The true rulers of the Republic. And on the payroll of the Trade Federation, I might add. This is where Chancellor Valorum's strength will disappear.
Chancellor Valorum: The point is conceded. Will you defer your motion, to allow a commission to explore the validity of your accusations?
Queen Amidala: I will not defer. I've come before you to resolve this attack on our sovereignty now. I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee! If this body is not capable of action, I suggest new leadership is needed. I move for a Vote of No Confidence in Chancellor Valorum's leadership!
Senators: [Chanting] Vote now, vote now...!
Senator Palpatine: Now they will elect a new Chancellor, a strong Chancellor. One who will not let our tragedy continue.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Do not defy the council, Master, not again.
Qui-Gon Jinn: I shall do what I must, Obi-Wan.

Master Yoda: How feel you?
Anakin Skywalker: Cold, sir.
Master Yoda: Afraid, are you?
Anakin Skywalker: No, sir.
Master Yoda: See through you, we can.
Mace Windu: Be mindful of your feelings.
Ki-Adi-Mundi: Your thoughts dwell on your mother.
Anakin Skywalker: I miss her.
Master Yoda: Afraid to lose her, I think, hmm?
Anakin Skywalker: What has that got to do with anything?
Master Yoda: Everything! Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you.

Ki-Adi-Mundi: The Force is strong with him.
Qui-Gon Jinn: He's to be trained, then.
Mace Windu: No. He will not be trained.
Qui-Gon Jinn: No?!
Mace Windu: He is too old.
Qui-Gon Jinn: He is the Chosen One! You must see it!
Master Yoda: Hmmm. Clouded, this boy's future is.
Qui-Gon Jinn: I will train him, then. I take Anakin as my Padawan learner.
Master Yoda: An apprentice, you have, Qui-Gon. Impossible, to take on a second.
Mace Windu: The code forbids it.
Qui-Gon Jinn: Obi-Wan is ready--
Obi-Wan Kenobi: I am ready to face the trials.
Master Yoda: Our own council, we will keep, on who is ready.
Qui-Gon Jinn: He is headstrong and he has much to learn about the living Force, but he is capable. There is little more he will learn from me.
Master Yoda: Young Skywalker's fate will be decided later.
Mace Windu: Now is not the time for this. The Senate is voting for a new Supreme Chancellor and Queen Amidala is returning home, which will put pressure on the Federation and could widen the confrontation.
Ki-Adi-Mundi: And draw out the Queen's attacker.
Mace Windu: Go with the Queen to Naboo and discover the identity of the dark warrior. This is the clue we need to unravel this mystery of the Sith.
Master Yoda: May the Force be with you.

Anakin Skywalker: Master, sir, I heard Yoda talking about midi-chlorians. I've been wondering...what are midi-chlorians?
Qui-Gon Jinn: Midi-chlorians are a microcopic lifeform that reside within all living cells and communicates with the Force.
Anakin Skywalker: They live inside of me?
Qui-Gon Jinn: In your cells, yes. We are symbionts with them-
Anakin Skywalker: Symbionts?
Qui-Gon Jinn: Life forms living together for mutual advantage. Without the midi-chlorians, life could not exist, and we would have no knowledge of the Force. They continually speak to you, telling you the will of the Force. When you learn to quiet your mind, you will hear them speaking to you.
Anakin Skywalker: I don't understand.
Qui-Gon Jinn: With time and training, Annie, you will. You will.

Qui-Gon Jinn: [dying after being wounded by Darth Maul] Uhh, it's too late, it's...
Obi-Wan Kenobi: No!
Qui-Gon Jinn: Obi-Wan, promise... Promise me you will train the boy.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Yes, master.
Qui-Gon Jinn: He... is the Chosen One. He... will bring balance... Train him.

Master Yoda: Confer on you the level of Jedi Knight, the Council does. But agree on you taking this boy as your Padawan learner, I do not!
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Qui-Gon believed in him.
Master Yoda: The Chosen One, the boy may be. Nevertheless, grave danger I fear in his training.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Master Yoda, I gave Qui-Gon my word. I will train Anakin. Without the approval of the Council if I must.
Master Yoda: Qui-Gon's defiance, I sense in you. Need that, you do not. Agree, the council does. Your apprentice, Skywalker will be.

Anakin Skywalker: What will happen to me now?
Obi-Wan Kenobi: The council has granted me to train you. You will be a Jedi. I promise.

[After Darth Maul's death]
Mace Windu: There's no doubt that the mysterious warrior was a Sith.
Master Yoda: Always two there are. No more, no less. A master... and an apprentice.
Mace Windu: But which was destroyed? The master or the apprentice?


  • Every Generation Has A Legend. Every Journey Has A First Step. Every Saga Has A Beginning.
  • One Truth, One Hate


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