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Old 09-25-21, 06:47 PM
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Help with a Star Wars memory

I thought I asked this but a search turned up nothing. Sorry if this is a repeat.

I'm watching ANH for the first time in years and wondering if my memory is bad or Lucas and his annoying edits struck again. I can recall a scene in A New Hope at the Mos Eisley cantina when Han first comes over to Luke and Obi-Wan. As he sits down he says "You're pretty handy with that light saber, old man." He then introduces himself. This implies Han recognizes him as a Jedi.

So was it in an early cut or am I imagining things?
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Old 09-25-21, 07:30 PM
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Re: Help with a Star Wars memory

It was Han's final line to Kylo Ren.
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Re: Help with a Star Wars memory

It was a callback to the scene in RoTJ when he said to Luke: You're pretty light with that hand, young man!

That was a later cut though.
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Re: Help with a Star Wars memory

Actually what he really said was "I'd like a 'handy', old man."

A lot of weird shit went on underneath the tables at the Cantina.
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Damn. I guess Han really did shoot first.
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Old 09-25-21, 08:20 PM
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Re: Help with a Star Wars memory

For real I donít recall this scene. Pretty sure itís not in the film.
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Re: Help with a Star Wars memory

Originally Posted by Traxan View Post
So was it in an early cut or am I imagining things?
I think you're imagining things.

Or you could be confusing one of the many unused scenes/takes that never made it into the final film. There's quite a bit of extra footage from the Cantina sequence (including Han Solo hitting up some chick) that didn't make it into the final film. You might be thinking of some of these things, and then letting your imagination fill in the blanks.




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Re: Help with a Star Wars memory

It's in the shooting script, but did not end up in the theatrical release.

INT. MOS EISLEY CANTINA - DAY ZB50
Luke is still giddy and downs a fresh drink as he follows
Ben and Chewbacca to a booth where HAN SOLO is sitting. He
is a tough James Dean style starpilot about thirty years
old. A mercenary in a starship, simple, sentimental and
cocksure of himself. A lovely young alien girl has her arms
around him but the young space rogue sends her bouncing on
her way as the group approaches.
HAN
You're pretty handy with that saber old
man, not often one sees that kind of
sword play on this side of the galaxy.
I'm Han Solo, Captain of the Millennium
Falcon. Chewie tells me you're looking
for passage to the Alderaan system.
BEN
Yes indeed. If it's a fast ship.
HAN
Fast ship! You mean you've never heard
of the Millennium Falcon?
BEN
(amused) Should I?
HAN
It's the ship that made the Kessel run in
less than 12 par-sec's! I've outrun
Imperial starships, not local bulk-
cruisers mind you. These are the big
Corellian ships I'm talking about. I think
she's fast enough for you old man. What's
your cargo?
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Re: Help with a Star Wars memory

This is what's in the movie.

INT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - CANTINA
Strange creatures play exotic big band music on odd-looking instruments as Luke, still giddy, downs a fresh drink and follows Ben and Chewbacca to a booth where Han Solo is sitting. Han is a tough, roguish starpilot about thirty years old. A mercenary on a starship, he is simple, sentimental, and cocksure.
HAN
Han Solo. I'm captain of the
Millennium Falcon. Chewie here
tells me you're looking for
passage to the Alderaan system.
BEN
Yes, indeed. If it's a fast ship.
HAN
Fast ship? You've never heard
of the Millennium Falcon?
BEN
Should I have?
HAN
It's the ship that made the Kessel
run in less than twelve parsecs!
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Re: Help with a Star Wars memory

Thanks.
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Re: Help with a Star Wars memory

The line is also in the official novelization of the movie:

In a rear booth they encountered a sharp-featured young man perhaps five years older than Luke, perhaps a dozen-it was difficult to tell. He displayed the openness of the utterly confident-or the insanely reckless. At their approach the man sent the humanoid wench who had been wriggling on his lap on her way with a whispered something which left a wide, if inhuman, grin on her face.

The Wookiee Chewbacca rumbled something at the man, and he nodded in response, glancing up at the newcomers pleasantly.

"You're pretty handy with that saber, old man. Not often does one see that kind of swordplay in this part of the Empire anymore." He downed a prodigious portion of whatever filled his mug. "I'm Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon." Suddenly he became all business. "Chewie tells me you're looking for passage to the Alderaan system?"
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Re: Help with a Star Wars memory

Since this damn thread made me cue up the movie for the zillionth time, but I couldn't hack it, I watched the deleted scenes extras. "Nice moves old man, very impressive" was the line left on the cutting room floor.

He also said "looks like someone's taken an interest in your handiwork" when the troopers enter the cantina.
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Re: Help with a Star Wars memory

Here is that moment Kurt is referring to, about 3:25 in:

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When the OP asked this I began to wonder why I have the same false memory. Turns out Han Solo says this in the Marvel Comics adaptation as well: "You're pretty handy with that sabre, old man. I'm Han Solo, Captain of the Millenium Falcon; Chewie tells me you're looking for passage to the Alderaan System." Before the days of home video, I must've read issues 1-6 dozens of times as it was the only way to revisit Star Wars whenever I wanted.
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I wonder if it was in The Story of Star Wars album? I have that vinyl around here somewhere. Listened to it many times after seeing the movie.
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When the OP asked this I began to wonder why I have the same false memory. Turns out Han Solo says this in the Marvel Comics adaptation as well: "You're pretty handy with that sabre, old man. I'm Han Solo, Captain of the Millenium Falcon; Chewie tells me you're looking for passage to the Alderaan System." Before the days of home video, I must've read issues 1-6 dozens of times as it was the only way to revisit Star Wars whenever I wanted.
In that comic, after Han shoots Greedo and tosses a coin at the bartender with "Sorry about the mess," did Han say to Chewie "I never was a good guest?"
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Re: Help with a Star Wars memory

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In that comic, after Han shoots Greedo and tosses a coin at the bartender with "Sorry about the mess," did Han say to Chewie "I never was a good guest?"
No, just "sorry for the mess".

However, the novelization says "Sorry for the mess. I always was a rotten host."

Which is odd because the bartender is the host here, Solo would be a guest. I guess that's just another indicator of Lucas' writing abilities.
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Re: Help with a Star Wars memory

I guess that he was hosting Greedo at his table, lol.
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Originally Posted by IDrinkMolson View Post
I wonder if it was in The Story of Star Wars album? I have that vinyl around here somewhere. Listened to it many times after seeing the movie.
Crikey. I've apparently toted that album, and the soundtrack album, around for 43 years or so. That quote, however, is not on it. :P
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I wonder if it was in The Story of Star Wars album? I have that vinyl around here somewhere. Listened to it many times after seeing the movie.
Nope. Would've been here at the 6:00 mark.
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Originally Posted by bluetoast View Post
Here is that moment Kurt is referring to, about 3:25 in:

https://youtu.be/w8sD6-u7g2Y
Huh. I actually like that scene way more. Much more adult and atmospheric. And makes the world seem more dangerous.

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