Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Poster

Ian McDiarmid: Supreme Chancellor Palpatine



  • Supreme Chancellor : Remember back to your early teachings. "All who gain power are afraid to lose it." Even the Jedi.

    Anakin Skywalker : The Jedi use their power for good.

    Supreme Chancellor : Good is a point of view, Anakin. The Sith and the Jedi are similar in almost every way, including their quest for greater power.

    Anakin Skywalker : The Sith rely on their passion for their strength. They think inward, only about themselves.

    Supreme Chancellor : And the Jedi don't?

    Anakin Skywalker : The Jedi are selfless... they only care about others.

    Supreme Chancellor : [looking a little frustrated]  Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis "the wise"?

    Anakin Skywalker : No.

    Supreme Chancellor : I thought not. It's not a story the Jedi would tell you. It's a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith who lived many years ago. He was so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life... He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.

    Anakin Skywalker : He could do that? He could actually save people from death?

    Supreme Chancellor : The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.

    Anakin Skywalker : What happened to him?

    Supreme Chancellor : He became so powerful... the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, and then one night, his apprentice killed him in his sleep. It's ironic that he could save others from death, but not himself.

    Anakin Skywalker : Is it possible to learn this power?

    Supreme Chancellor : Not from a Jedi.

  • The Emperor : Do it.

  • Mace Windu : In the name of the Galactic Senate of the Republic, you're under arrest, Chancellor.

    Supreme Chancellor : Are you threatening me, Master Jedi?

    Mace Windu : The senate will decide your fate.

    Supreme Chancellor : [now speaking as Darth Sidious]  I AM the senate!

    Mace Windu : Not yet.

    [the Chancellor/Darth Sidious rises slowly, and his lightsaber snaps to his hand from his sleeve] 

    Supreme Chancellor : It's treason, then...

    [ignites his lightsaber and leaps over his desk to attack] 

  • The Emperor : [to the Senate]  In order to ensure our security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire, for a safe and secure society which I assure you will last for ten thousand years.

    [Senate fills with enormous applause] 

    Padmé : [to Bail Organa]  So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.

  • Anakin Skywalker : [after killing Mace Windu and in disarray]  What have I done?

    Darth Sidious : You are fulfilling your destiny, Anakin. Become my apprentice. Learn to use the dark side of the Force. There's no turning back now.

    Anakin Skywalker : I will do whatever you ask. Just help me save Padme's life. I can't live without her. If she dies, I don't know what I will do.

    Darth Sidious : To cheat death is a power only one has achieved through centuries of the study of the Force. But if we work together, I know we can discover the secret to eternal life

    Anakin Skywalker : I pledge myself to your teachings. To the ways of the Sith.

    Darth Sidious : Good. Good! The Force is strong with you, Anakin Skywalker. A powerful Sith you will become. Henceforth, you shall be known as Darth... Vader.

    Anakin Skywalker : Thank you... my Master.

    Darth Sidious : Lord Vader... rise.

  • Darth Sidious : I have waited a long time for this moment, my little green friend. At last, the Jedi are no more.

    Yoda : Not if anything to say about it I have!

    [Yoda force flings Darth Sidious across the room and across his desk] 

    Yoda : At an end your rule is, and not short enough was it.

    [in a panic, Darth Sidious leaps towards the door. But Yoda leaps up and blocks his way] 

    Yoda : [ignites his lightsaber]  If so powerful you are... why leave?

    Darth Sidious : [ignites his lightsaber]  You will not stop me! Darth Vader will become more powerful than either of us!

    Yoda : Faith in your new apprentice, misplaced may be. As is your faith in the dark side of the Force.

  • Obi-Wan : Now, let's get a move on. We've got a battle to win here.

    Commander Cody : Yes, sir.

    [Obi-Wan and his lizard ride off. Commander Cody stops and opens his comlink, revealing the hologram of Darth Sidious] 

    Darth Sidious : Commander Cody, the time has come. Execute Order 66.

    Commander Cody : Yes, my Lord.

    [the comlink is shut. Cody gestures towards Obi-Wan] 

    Commander Cody : Blast him!

  • Darth Sidious : [Vader's new mechanical body arises from the steam]  Lord Vader... can you hear me?

    Darth Vader : Yes, Master.

    Darth Vader : [Vader looks at Sidious]  Where is Padme? Is she safe? Is she all right?

    Darth Sidious : It seems in your anger, you killed her.

    Darth Vader : I...? I couldn't have! She was alive... I felt it!

    [Vader growls, and his Dark Side strength crushes everything around him in the room. He frees himself from the metal stretcher, and steps off. Palpatine has a smirk on his face] 

    Darth Vader : Nooooooooooooooooooo!

  • Darth Sidious : [to Separatists]  I am sending you my new apprentice, Darth Vader. He will... take care of you.

  • Supreme Chancellor : I know what's been troubling you. Listen to me. Don't continue to a be a pawn of the Jedi Council! Ever since I've known you, you have been seeking a life of great significance, far more than any Jedi.

    [turns his back on Anakin] 

    Supreme Chancellor : Are you going to kill me?

    Anakin Skywalker : I would certainly like to!

    Supreme Chancellor : I know you would. I can feel your anger. It give you focus... makes you stronger.

  • The Emperor : [to Darth Vader]  Every single Jedi, including your friend Obi-Wan, is now an enemy of the Republic. Do what must be done. Do not hesitate. Show no mercy.

  • Mace Windu : The oppression of the Sith will never return! You, my lord, have lost!

    Supreme Chancellor : [speaking as Darth Sidious]  No... no... no! YOU WILL DIE!

  • Mace Windu : [has Palpatine subdued]  I'm going to put an end to this, once and for all!

    Anakin Skywalker : You can't. He must stand trial.

    Mace Windu : He has control of the senate and all the courts. He is too dangerous to be left alive!

    Supreme Chancellor : [exhausted and disfigured]  But, I'm too weak. Don't kill me.

    Anakin Skywalker : That's not the Jedi way. He must live.

    [Windu ignores Anakin, still intending to kill Palpatine] 

    Anakin Skywalker : I need him!

    [Windu raises his lightsaber] 

    Anakin Skywalker : NO!

    Supreme Chancellor : [Anakin draws his own lightsaber, cutting off Windu's arm, then Palpatine electricutes Windu]  Power, unlimited power!

  • Supreme Chancellor : Be careful of the Jedi, Anakin. Only through me can you achieve a power greater than any Jedi. Learn to use the Dark Side of the Force and you will be able to save your wife from certain death.

    Anakin Skywalker : What did you say? How do you know that...?

    Supreme Chancellor : Use my knowledge, I beg you.

    Anakin Skywalker : [igniting his lightsaber]  You're the Sith Lord!

  • Supreme Chancellor : [Anakin cuts off Dooku's hands ending the battle. Anakin catches Dooku's lightsabre and ignites it and puts both lightsabres to his neck]  Good, Anakin, good. Kill him.

    [Dooku looks at Palpatine in shock] 

    Supreme Chancellor : Kill him now.

    Anakin Skywalker : I shouldn't...

    Supreme Chancellor : Do it!

    Anakin Skywalker : [Anakin decapitates Dooku] 

    Supreme Chancellor : You did well, Anakin. He was too dangerous to be kept alive.

    Anakin Skywalker : Yes, but he was an unarmed prisoner.

    [frees Chancellor Palpatine] 

    Anakin Skywalker : I shouldn't have done that. It's not the Jedi way.

    Supreme Chancellor : [stands up, rubbing his wrists]  It is only natural. He cut off your arm, and you wanted revenge. It wasn't the first time, Anakin. Remember what you told me about your mother and the Sand People.

    [sound of sand people screaming in as if Anakin can still hear their death] 

    Supreme Chancellor : Now, we must leave before more security droids arrive.

  • Supreme Chancellor : I hope you trust me, Anakin.

    Anakin Skywalker : Of course.

    Supreme Chancellor : I need your help, son. I want you to be the eyes, ears, and voice of the Republic. Anakin, I'm appointing you to be my personal representative on the Jedi Council.

    Anakin Skywalker : Me? A Master? I'm overwhelmed, sir. But the Council elects its own members. They will never accept this.

    Supreme Chancellor : I think they will. They need you, more than you know.

  • [Shock troopers are searching for the body of Yoda] 

    Clone Commander Thire : There is no sign of his body, sir.

    Mas Amedda : Then he is not dead?

    The Emperor : Double your search!

    Clone Commander Thire : Yes, sir! Right away, sir!

    [the troopers exit] 

    The Emperor : [to Mass Amedda]  Tell Captain Kagi to prepare my shuttle for immediate takeoff.

    Mas Amedda : Yes, Master.

    The Emperor : I sense Lord Vader is in danger.

  • Anakin Skywalker : [Through a hologram projector]  The Separatists have been taken care of, my master.

    The Emperor : It is finished then. You have restored peace and justice to the galaxy.

  • Darth Sidious : Once more, the Sith will rule the galaxy! And... we shall have peace.

  • The Emperor : [Repeated several times]  Execute Order 66.

    [the clone soldiers start killing the Jedi] 

  • Supreme Chancellor : [about the Jedi Council]  They don't trust you Anakin.

  • Darth Sidious : The end of the war is near.

    General Grievous : But the loss of Count Dooku?

    Darth Sidious : His death was a necessary loss. Soon I will have a new apprentice, one far younger and more powerful.

  • [Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda are escaping the Jedi temple as Obi-Wan noticed the hologram center] 

    Obi-Wan : Wait, Master. There is something I must know.

    Yoda : If into the security recordings you go, only pain will you find.

    Obi-Wan : I must know the truth, Master.

    [Obi-Wan watches the recordings of Jedi, even younglings, being slaughtered] 

    Obi-Wan : It can't be... It can't be...

    Anakin Skywalker : The traitors have been taken care of, Lord Sidious.

    Darth Sidious : Good... Good... you have done well, my apprentice. Now Lord Vader, go and bring peace to the Empire.

    Obi-Wan : [switches off the hologram]  I can't watch any more.

    Yoda : Destroy the Sith we must.

  • Yoda : I hear a new apprentice you have, Emperor... or should I say "Darth Sidious"?

    Darth Sidious : Master Yoda... you survived.

    Yoda : Surprised?

    Darth Sidious : Your arrogance blinds you, Master Yoda. Now you will experience the full power of the dark side.

    [Unleashes Sith lightning on Yoda] 

  • Yoda : [walks into room to find Darth Sidious]  I hear a new apprentice you have, Emperor. Or should I call you Darth Sidious.

    Darth Sidious : Master Yoda. You survived.

    Yoda : Surprised?

    Darth Sidious : Your arrogance blinds you, Master Yoda. Now you will experience the full power of the Dark Side.

    [electrocutes Yoda with hands and laughs] 

    Darth Sidious : I have waited a long time for this moment, my little green friend.

    [laughs more while Yoda gets up] 

    Darth Sidious : The last of the Jedi are no more.

    Yoda : Not if anything to say about it, I have!

    [throws Sidious back by using the Force] 

    Yoda : That'll end your rule is.

    [Sidious gets up] 

    Yoda : Not short enough it was.

    [Sidious jumps at the door to get out, but Yoda blocks it] 

    Yoda : If so powerful you are... why leave?

    [ignites lightsaber] 

    Darth Sidious : You will not stop me. Darth Vader will become more powerful that either of us!

    [ignites lightsaber] 

    Yoda : Faith in your new apprentice, misplaced may be.

    [wields lightsaber] 

    Yoda : As is you faith in the Dark Side of the Force.

    [fights Sidious] 

  • The Emperor : UNLIMITED POWER!

  • Anakin Skywalker : I'm going to turn you over to the Jedi.

    Supreme Chancellor : Of course you should. But you can't be sure of their intentions.

    Anakin Skywalker : I will learn the truth of all this quickly.

    Supreme Chancellor : You have much wisdom, Anakin. But if I were to die, all the knowledge you seek about the true nature of the Force will be lost with me. Learn the power of the Dark Side, Anakin. The power to save Padmé.

  • Supreme Chancellor : [to Anakin]  Once more, the Sith will rule the galaxy. And, we shall have peace.

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi : [as he and Anakin walk into a room and find Chancellor Palpatine in a chair]  Chancellor.


    Anakin Skywalker : You all right?

    Supreme Chancellor : Count Dooku.

    [Anakin and Obi-Wan turn around to and see Count Dooku with two Super Battle Droids] 

    Obi-Wan Kenobi : This time we'll do it together.

    Anakin Skywalker : I was about to say that.

    Supreme Chancellor : You can't be any match for him, he's a Sith Lord.

    Obi-Wan Kenobi : Chancellor Palpatine, Sith Lords are our specialty.

    [he and Anakin take off robes] 

    Count Dooku : Your swords, please. You don't want to make a mess of things in front of the Chancellor.

    Obi-Wan Kenobi : You won't get away this time, Dooku.

    [he, Anakin, and Dooku ignite lightsabers and fight] 

    Count Dooku : I've been looking forward to this.

    Anakin Skywalker : My powers are double since the last time we met, Count.

    Count Dooku : Good. Twice the pride, double the fall.

    [fights more] 

    Supreme Chancellor : [as Obi-Wan falls and gets back up, running toward Dooku]  Get him!

    [Dooku chokes Obi-Wan and throws him down the stairs] 

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