As far as I can think, I think the only way the word "force" is used in SW movies is to mean "THE Force". I don't recall it ever being used to mean "to force someone to do something" or "a military force" or "the force of the thrusters" or those kinds of meanings of the term. Was it ever accidentally used to mean just the regular old English meanings of the word?

  • I see a fair number of downvotes, always curious why if you care to explain : )
    – zipquincy
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 18:34
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    Probably down to a lack of research put in. It's trivial to find the scripts and the answers below took mere seconds to locate.
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 20:05
  • @Richard that makes sense
    – zipquincy
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 20:30
  • I'm much more curious why this has 15 upvotes! Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 2:08
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    ANH is a beautiful feat of scriptwriting. All instances of "force" refer to the Force either directly or indirectly. Thanks for asking this question. I never realised how the writers avoid using the generic word "force"!
    – slebetman
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 7:58

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Ever? Yes, quite a few times.

Here's one from The Phantom Menace:

NUTE GUNRAY and DAULTRAY DOFINE stand, stunned, before TC-14.

NUTE : (shaken) What?!? What did you say?

TC-14 : The Ambassadors are Jedi Knights, I believe.

DOFINE : I knew it! They were sent to force a settlement, eh. Blind me, we're done for!

Emphasis added.

You can find other uses in the scripts:

  1. http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Star-Wars-The-Phantom-Menace.html
  2. http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Star-Wars-Attack-of-the-Clones.html
  3. http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Star-Wars-Revenge-of-the-Sith.html
  4. http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Star-Wars-A-New-Hope.html
  5. http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Star-Wars-The-Empire-Strikes-Back.html
  6. http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Star-Wars-Return-of-the-Jedi.html
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    FWIW - I did not find a spoken example of the specific requested usage in the Empire Strikes Back script, and as Richard points out, the only non 'Force' use in New Hope is by Solo.
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 21:46
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    "An overwhelming force of force users that force the force to force the other force users to force the force over to the dark side with the force." Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 15:42

"A small Rebel force has penetrated the shield and landed on Endor." - Vader, Return of the Jedi




When Queen Amidala decides to return to Naboo, Palpatine tells her not to because she'll be forced to sign a treaty with the Trade Federation:

Go back!! But, Your Majesty, be realistic! You would be in danger. They will force you to sign the treaty.

Source: the script and IMDb.


It's a bit of a subtle distinction, but in ANH when Han Solo says...

"Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful force controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny."

...he's not referring to the Force (note the capital F) but a force (no capitalisation).

  • Do you have any backing for that? It seems to me that either meaning is interchangeable. Especially as, from memory, this is in response to Luke's question "You don't believe in the force, do you?"
    – Shadow
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 3:36
  • @Shadow - Ah, and this is why it's worth reading the scripts. Luke's question is "You don't believe in the Force, do you?". Note the intentional capital F
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 8:35

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