Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Poster

Alec Guinness: Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi



  • Stormtrooper : Let me see your identification.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : [with a small wave of his hand]  You don't need to see his identification.

    Stormtrooper : We don't need to see his identification.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : These aren't the droids you're looking for.

    Stormtrooper : These aren't the droids we're looking for.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : He can go about his business.

    Stormtrooper : You can go about your business.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Move along.

    Stormtrooper : Move along... move along.

  • Princess Leia Organa : General Kenobi. Years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars. Now he begs you to help him in his struggle against the Empire. I regret that I am unable to present my father's request to you in person, but my ship has fallen under attack, and I'm afraid my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed. I have placed information vital to the survival of the Rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit. My father will know how to retrieve it. You must see this droid safely delivered to him on Alderaan. This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.


    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : [to Luke]  You must learn the ways of the Force, if you're to come with me to Alderaan.

    Luke Skywalker : Alderaan? I'm not going to Alderaan, I've gotta get *home*, it's late, I'm in for it as it is!

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I'm getting too old for this sort of thing.

    Luke Skywalker : Look, I can't get involved. I've got work to do. It's not that I like the Empire; I hate it, but there's nothing I can do about it right now... It's all such a long way from here.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : That's your uncle talking.

  • Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Use the Force, Luke.

  • Obi-Wan : I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

  • Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Mos Eisley spaceport: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

  • Han Solo : Han Solo. I'm captain of the Millennium Falcon. Chewie here tells me you're lookin' for passage to the Alderaan system?

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Yes indeed, if it's a fast ship.

    Han Solo : Fast ship? You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon?

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Should I have?

    Han Solo : It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. I've outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers mind you, I'm talking about the big Corellian ships now. She's fast enough for you old man. What's the cargo?

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Only passengers. Myself, the boy, two droids... and no questions asked.

    Han Solo : [chuckles]  What is it? Some kind of local trouble?

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Let's just say we'd like to avoid any Imperial entanglements.

  • Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : The Force will be with you, always.

  • Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.

  • [Ponda Baba gives Luke a rough shove and starts yelling at Luke in an alien language which Luke doesn't understand] 

    Dr. Evazan : [explaining]  He doesn't like you.

    Luke Skywalker : Sorry.

    Dr. Evazan : [grabbing Luke]  *I* don't like you either. You just watch yourself. We're wanted men. I have the death sentence on twelve systems.

    Luke Skywalker : I'll be careful.

    Dr. Evazan : You'll be dead!

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : [intervening]  This little one's not worth the effort. Come, let me get you something.

    [Dr. Evazan shoves Luke across the room and pulls out a blaster] 

    Bartender : No blasters! No blasters!

    [Obi-Wan ignites his lightsaber, killing Dr. Evazan and severing Ponda Baba's arm] 

  • Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : In my experience, there's no such thing as luck.

  • Luke Skywalker : How did my father die?

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi knights. He betrayed and murdered your father. Now the Jedi are all but extinct. Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force.

  • Luke Skywalker : No, my father didn't fight in the Clone Wars. He was a navigator on a spice freighter.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : That's what your uncle told you. He didn't hold with your father's ideals; he felt he should've stayed here and not gotten involved.

    Luke Skywalker : You fought in the Clone Wars?

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Yes. I was once a Jedi knight, the same as your father.

    Luke Skywalker : I wish I'd known him.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : He was the best star pilot in the galaxy, and a cunning warrior. I understand that you've become quite a good pilot yourself.


    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : And he was a good friend.

  • Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : That's no moon. It's a space station.

  • Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : [to R2-D2]  Hello there.

    [R2 beeps] 

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Come here, my little friend. Don't be afraid.

    [R2 beeps a question] 

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Oh don't worry, he'll be alright.

  • Han Solo : I don't what we're gonna do now. Even if I could take off, I could never get past the tractor beam.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Leave that to me.

    Han Solo : Damn fool, I knew you were going to say that.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Who's the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?

  • Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : I have something here for you. Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough, but your uncle wouldn't allow it. He feared you might follow old Obi-Wan on some damn fool idealistic crusade like your father did.

    Luke Skywalker : What is it?

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Your father's light saber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times... before the Empire.

  • Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : There was nothing you could have done, Luke, had you been there. You'd have been killed too, and the droids would now be in the hands of the Empire.

    Luke Skywalker : I want to come with you to Alderaan. There's nothing for me here now. I want to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi like my father.

  • Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : For over a thousand generations, the Jedi knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the old Republic... before the dark times... before the empire.

  • Luke Skywalker : I don't understand how we got by those troops. I thought we were dead.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.

  • Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Your eyes can deceive you; don't trust them.

  • Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : [as Luke wakes up after being knocked out by Tuskan Raiders]  Rest easy, son. You've had a busy day. You're fortunate to be all in one piece.

    Luke Skywalker : Ben? Ben Kenobi? Boy, am I glad to see you.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : The Jundland Wastes are not to be traveled lightly. Tell me, young Luke, what brings you out this far?

    Luke Skywalker : [indicating R2-D2]  This little droid. I think he's searching for his former master. I've never seen such devotion in a droid before. Ah, he claims to be the property of an Obi-Wan Kenobi. Is he a relative of yours? Do you know what he's talking about?

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : [thoughtfully]  Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan... Now, that's a name I've not heard in a long time. A long time.

    Luke Skywalker : I think my uncle knows him. He said he was dead.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Oh, he's not dead. Not yet.

    Luke Skywalker : You know him?

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : But of course I know him. He's me.

    [R2 beeps in surprise] 

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : I haven't gone by the name of Obi-Wan since... oh, before you were born.

  • Luke Skywalker : You know, I did feel something. I could almost see the remote.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : That's good. You have taken your first step into a larger world.

  • [Luke, Obi-Wan, and the droids find the Sandcrawler that the droids were sold from trashed and a majority of the Jawas dead] 

    Luke Skywalker : It *looks* like the Sandpeople did this, alright. Look, there's gaffi sticks, Bantha tracks. It's just, I never heard of them hit anything this big before.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : They didn't, but we are meant to think they did. These tracks are side-by-side. Sandpeople always ride single file to hide their numbers.

    Luke Skywalker : These are the same Jawas that sold us R2 and 3PO.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : And these blast points, too accurate for Sandpeople. Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise.

    Luke Skywalker : But why would Imperial troops want to slaughter Jawas? If they traced the robots here, they may have learned who they sold them to and that would lead them back...

    [runs towards his Landspeeder] 

    Luke Skywalker : ... Home!

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Wait, Luke! It's too dangerous!

    [Luke boards his Landspeeder and takes off towards his homestead] 

  • Darth Vader : [as Obi-Wan finds him and ignites lightsaber]  I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner, but now I am the master.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Only a master of evil, Darth.

    [fights Vader] 

    Darth Vader : Your powers are weak, old man.

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.

    [fights more] 

    Darth Vader : You should not have come back.

    [fights more] 

    Luke : [Obi-Wan spots him and allows himself to be killed]  NO!

    [stormtroopers shoot at him] 

  • [the Millennium Falcon emerges from hyperspace] 

    Han Solo : What the-? We've come out of hyperspace, right into a meteor shower... or an asteroid field or something. It's not on any of the charts!

    Luke Skywalker : What's going on?

    Han Solo : Our position's correct, except... no Alderaan.

    Luke Skywalker : What do you mean? Where is it?

    Han Solo : That's what I'm trying to tell you, kid; it ain't there... It's been totally blown away.

    Luke Skywalker : *What*? How?

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi : Destroyed, by the Empire.

    Han Solo : The entire Starfleet couldn't destroy a whole planet. It'd take a thousand ships, with more firepower than...

    [alarm sounds] 

  • Obi-Wan : You must do what you think is right, of course.

  • Han Solo : Stay sharp. There's two more coming in. They're gonna try and cut us off.

    [CUTTING-ROOM FLOOR-LINE; turns to Luke and Obi-Wan] 

    Han Solo : What did you guys do to attract this kind of attention, anyhow?

    Luke : Couldn't we outrun them first and explain ourselves later? You said something about the Kessel Run.

    Han Solo : Watch the wisecracks, kid, or you're gonna find yourself floating home! I'm nobody's straight-man, not on my own ship!... We'll be safe enough once we make the jump to hyperspace. Besides, I know a few maneuvers which ought to shake the more persistent ones.


    Han Solo : I just wish I'd known how *popular* the two of you were.

    Luke : [CUTTING-ROOM FLOOR-LINE]  Don't tell me you would've turned us away.

    Han Solo : [CUTTING-ROOM FLOOR-LINE]  No; far more likely, all I would've done was boost your fare... considerably.

    [the ship shudders as an explosion flashes outside the window] 

    Han Solo : Here's where the fun begins!

    Obi-Wan : How long before you can make the jump to hyperspace?

    Han Solo : It'll take a few moments to get the coordinates from the nav-com.


    Han Solo : I could override it, but the drive might shred itself.

    [the ship rocks violently as it is straddled with particle-beams] 

    Luke : Do we *have* a few moments? At the rate they're gaining...!

    Han Solo : Traveling through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops, farm-boy!


    Han Solo : Ever try calculating a jump to light-speed?

    [Luke shakes his head] 

    Han Solo : Didn't think so; well, it's no parlor trick. Without precise calculations we could fly right through a supernova, or bounce into a singularity. I've seen it happen, too; I only wish I hadn't.

    Luke : [notices a flashing light]  ... What does that mean? What's happening?

    Han Solo : [noticing it also]  Uh-oh, we're losing a deflector shield. Go strap yourselves in, we're ready to make the jump. If we take a burst at the wrong moment...

    [They escape] 

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