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Your single favorite scene in the OT

Discussion in 'Classic Trilogy' started by Chewies_bandolier, Jul 10, 2004.

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  1. Chewies_bandolier

    Chewies_bandolier Jedi Grand Master star 4

    May 5, 2002
    Having just returned from watching an unnamed little feature purported to be "the best sequel ever made after ESB" (*cough*Spiderman2*cough*), I thought that it was only fair to watch ESB again in order to see whether it was true.

    I came across a scene that remains my absolute favorite for the whole OT (and indeed the whole saga so far): the rebel transport with its insubstantial escort of 2 X-wings, flitting past the star destroyers orbiting Hoth as the ion cannons on the surface of the planet disable the Imperial ships.

    I think that this little scene (aided considerably by the da-da-da-DUM of John Williams' Imperial march in the background) just epitomises the whole theme of the saga to me - the whole business of the individual standing up and overcoming the overwhelming forces arrayed against it. It is my favorite single moment in the whole OT; I unfailingly feel uplifted every single time that I've seen it.

    What's your favorite single moment or scene in the OT and why?

    CB (and if this has been discussed ad nauseum, point me in the direction of the appropriate tread)
  2. xie

    xie Jedi Knight star 5

    May 25, 2002
    It's a trap!

    GRAND_MOFF_KEVIN Jedi Master star 5

    Jul 4, 2004
    For me it have to be when the Rebels blow up the first Death Star. It is a huge moment for the rebels and I am in awe everytime I see it.
  4. Wrath_Mania

    Wrath_Mania Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jun 9, 2004
    Definetly the whole redemption scene. Sidious cackling as he tortures Luke, Vader looking back and forth, the darkness and Anakin within him in full conflict.
  5. Darth_Hydra

    Darth_Hydra Jedi Grand Master star 4

    May 14, 2001
    For me it's a tie between the revelation of Darth Vader being Luke's father and the scene where Yoda raises Luke's X-Wing.
  6. sweetcaroline

    sweetcaroline Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jun 23, 2004
    ANH: When the DS gets blown up...

    ESB: When Vader reveals to Luke that he is his father...

    ROTJ: When Luke goes to face the Emperor ( not any one part, the whole entire sequence)...
  7. C6P6H6

    C6P6H6 Jedi Youngling star 1

    Aug 9, 2002
    My favorite out of the whole OT is tied between the Emperor's toying w/Luke or the final battle in ROTJ
    But to break it down to individual movies
    ANH: When Obi first sees the Death Star(you know that he's seen the plans before(hint hint *cough*Ep III*cough)
    ESB: When Lando opens the door, on Cloud City, and guess who's at the head of the table
    ROTJ:Emperor and Luke

    ST-TPM-ASF-TNE Moderator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 27, 2001
    Return of the Jedi: the final scene of Luke and Vader dueling; Vader angers Luke, Luke lashes out with the darkside and nearly kills his father, then throws his lightsaber away. The music is really emotional and it's just powerful stuff. I get chills every time.
  9. GreenGreatWarrior

    GreenGreatWarrior Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 16, 2003
    ANH: Binary Sunset

    ESB: I am your Father

    ROTJ: Luke taps into the Dark Side

    Owen ;)
  10. Grand_Moff_Jawa

    Grand_Moff_Jawa Jedi Grand Master star 5

    May 31, 2001
    ANH: The opening scene where the Blockade Runner zips overhead, followed by a miles-long Star Destroyer.

    TESB: The approach into Cloud City. The eerie music and vocal soundtrack really adds a sense of awe to those scenes.

    ROTJ: When Luke and Vader really go after each other in the Throne Room and Luke knocks Vader to the floor. Lots of power and hatred pouring out of Luke there.

  11. DamonD

    DamonD Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Nov 22, 2002
    There's no way I can ever pick just one, so I'll instead throw out one of my favourites instead...

    "Never! I'll never turn to the Dark Side. You've failed, your Highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me."
  12. Jolt-Cola

    Jolt-Cola Jedi Youngling star 2

    Dec 27, 2002
    There are so many...

    In ANH:

    "It's heading for that small moon"

    "....That's no moon. That's a space station"

    Shivers went through me as I wrote that. I can see Obi-Wan seeing the Death Star under construction in Episode 3 and recognizing it in ANH.

    In ESB:

    "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter"

    In ROTJ:

    "So, you have a twin sistah! Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. If you won't turn to the dark side, then perhaps she will"


    Those three scenes are my definite favourites of the entire saga. There's nothing even remotely as memorable in the PT.
  13. Darth_Kaan

    Darth_Kaan Jedi Youngling star 1

    Nov 7, 2001
    Jeese so many..lemme try by movie..

    ANH: When Vader strikes down obi-wan and luke snaps (mainly cos of the music played), or twin sun-set

    ESB: "I am your father" or When luke calls out to leia using the force, while dangling below cloud city and she finally hears him

    ROTJ: When Luke snaps on vader then comes to his senses "I am a my father before me" and ofcourse after, when palps is killing luke and vader makes his choice.

    AVECEASAR Jedi Youngling star 1

    May 28, 2004
    There's no problem in choosing the scene for me. It's the decision of Vader in ROTJ. When he looks at Luke and the Emperor and then rises the grandpa up and walks with him... This, (thanks for the wonderful music, without which it wouldn't be so good) is My.Favourite.Movie.Scene.EVAH!
  15. Devilanse

    Devilanse Jedi Knight star 5

    May 11, 2002
    When Luke enters the carbon chamber and it lights up with that eerie orange unison with Vader's metallic wheezing.

    Pure gold.

    And....Sidious was not in ROTJ.
  16. SLAVE2

    SLAVE2 Jedi Knight star 5

    Apr 6, 2000
    "Never! I'll never turn to the dark side. You've failed, Your Highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me."

    It doesn't get better than that, does it? Yoda raising the X-Wing from the swamp is right up there with it though, and Han returning just in time to save Luke in the Battle of Yavin.
  17. Master_Starwalker

    Master_Starwalker Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 20, 2003
    ANH:Trench Run
    ESB:Cloud City Duel
    ROTJ:Anakin's Funeral
  18. HanSolo29

    HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Apr 13, 2001
    Definitely the Asteroid Chase :cool:
  19. Darth_Kaan

    Darth_Kaan Jedi Youngling star 1

    Nov 7, 2001
    And....Sidious was not in ROTJ.

    Really? You didn't notice him? That's odd...
    *scratches head before laughing*
  20. BaronFel88

    BaronFel88 Jedi Knight star 7

    Jan 25, 2004
    Some of my favorite moments are in RotJ, with the first being Han freeing Lando from the Sarlacc's grasp. I love the panicked "Chewie!" Han gives and the calm "give me the gun." afterwards. The music builds up as Lando nervously yells "a little higher! JUST A LITTLE HIGHER!" until Han finally shoots the tentacle and Sarlacc winces in pain. Great stuff.

    The other is the first firing of the DSII's superlaser, beginning with Palpatine's firing order. Then the chilling music begins, and I just love the sound effects (charging sound, alarm) and the motions of the gunner (pressing buttons). Then Jerjerrod barks a "fire!" order as we see the familiar firing mechanism annihilate a cruiser.

    Not gonna split these cause I just can't.
  21. fat

    fat Jedi Master star 4

    Feb 4, 2002

    My favorite scene is actually in ESB, as Leia, Chewie (with Threepio in tow), Artoo, and Lando flee through the Cloud City corridors from the stormtroopers. I love the crimson sunset blazing through the windows. I love the rushing, symphonic music. I love that it's been one bad event after another, and the only thing left for our heroes to do is run. Yet they hopelessly rush to save their friend, who is in the clutches of a ruthless bounty hunter. They are impossibly outnumbered, and The sun is setting on not only Cloud City but also our heros. It just sums up the rather insanely romantic plight of all of the heroes of the Star Wars saga.
  22. Captain_Typho

    Captain_Typho Jedi Master star 5

    Jul 30, 2003
    I'm gonna get beheaded by some of the users in here....but I'd have to say the scene that never made it....Luke and Biggs in Anchorhead.

    Garrick Hagon is BRILLIANT in those scenes. His accent is totally unique, (especially considering the actor is British) I cry every time I see Biggs and Luke part ways, and cry even harder knowing that they're not in the final movie.
  23. fat

    fat Jedi Master star 4

    Feb 4, 2002

    Here's to hoping for deleted scenes on some format ... some day. Yes, I know they've already been released in the past, but ... Again!
  24. friendly_bob

    friendly_bob Jedi Youngling star 1

    May 12, 2004
    I'm gonna get beheaded by some of the users in here....but I'd have to say the scene that never made it....Luke and Biggs in Anchorhead.

    This is a terrific scene and one that adds much emotional clout to the story (Lukes motivation for wanting to go the academy, extra pain at Biggs' death). I've said many times on the DVD thread that this should be added back in to the movies as a flashback during the binary sunset (as it is in the Manga adaptation), but I guess seing as there are no flashbacks in Star Wars my wish will not be granted... :(


    ANH: It's an SE bit, but the CG scene of the Falcon rising out of the docking bay on Tatooine made me grin like mad when I saw it at the cinema, and still does today. :D

    ESB: The cave. Great sequence. One of the best shot of the whole saga imho. The slow mo just adds to the build up and tension. Loads of atmosphere, probably my fave overall.

    ROTJ: The moment Luke ignites his new saber on the skiff. Return of the Jedi? You betcha!
  25. Carl_SkyWalker

    Carl_SkyWalker Jedi Youngling star 1

    Jul 11, 2004
    For me, its the scene in ESB where vader is in his chamber and you just see his helmet come down over his scarred head.

    It's kind of chilling. Watching it as a child its when I first realised Vader wasnt all mechanical and there was a possibility he could be human.

    I hope we see something like that in EpIII

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