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Quotations From LEIGH BRACKETT

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  • 1.
    Her I love. You I don't even like.
    Leigh Brackett, U.S. screenwriter, and Robert Altman. Marty Augustine (Mark Rydell), The Long Goodbye, having just smashed a Coke bottle on his girlfriend's face (1973). Based on a Raymond Chandler novel.

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  • 2.
    Never tell me the odds.
    Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), U.S. screenwriter, George Lucas (b. 1944), and Irvin Kershner. Han Solo (Harrison Ford), The Empire Strikes Back, having been told the odds against navigating a spaceship safely through an asteroid belt (1980).
  • 3.
    Surrender is a perfectly acceptable alternative in extreme circumstances.
    Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), U.S. screenwriter, George Lucas (b. 1944), and Irvin Kershner. C3PO (Anthony Daniels), The Empire Strikes Back, suggesting he, Han Solo, and Leia surrender to the Empire after they are outnumbered (1980).

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  • 4.
    Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? And well you should not. For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is.
    Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), U.S. screenwriter, George Lucas (b. 1944), and Irvin Kershner. Yoda (Frank Oz), The Empire Strikes Back, instructing Luke Skywalker in the use of the Force (1980).
  • 5.
    You know I'd a shot her when she come runnin' up here, but she's got the blame best lookin' legs I ever seen.... Well, I'll be a suck egg mule—legs like that and can shoot too.
    Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), U.S. screenwriter, Burton Wohl, screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. Phillips (Jack Elam), Rio Lobo (1970). Commenting on Shasta's (Jennifer O'Neill) various attributes.
  • 6.
    Over the mountains of the moon, down the valley of the shadow. Ride, boldly ride, the shade replied, in search of El Dorado.
    Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), U.S. screenwriter, and From The Novel The St. Howard Hawks. Mississippi/Alan Bourdillon Traherne (James Caan), El Dorado, line of poetry that Mississippi recites throughout the film (1966). The dialogue is based on the poem "Eldorado," by Edgar Allen Poe.

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  • 7.
    So that's why you're green around the gills. Spring comes to the bushveldt, the young bucks start butting their heads together.
    Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), U.S. screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. Sean Mercer (John Wayne), Hatari! Commenting on the romantic rivalry between Kurt Mueller (Hardy Kruger) and Chips Maurey (Gerard Blain) (1962). From a Story by Harry Kur.

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  • 8.
    I'd just as soon kiss a wookie.
    Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), U.S. screenwriter, George Lucas (b. 1944), and Irvin Kershner. Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), The Empire Strikes Back, after Han Solo proposes kissing her (1980).

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  • 9.
    The Force is with you, young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet.
    Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), U.S. screenwriter, George Lucas (b. 1944), and Irvin Kershner. Darth Vader (David Prowse; voice of James Earl Jones), The Empire Strikes Back, beginning battle with Luke Skywalker (1980). In this scene Vader reveals he is Luke's father.
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