What Are the First and Last Lines Spoken in the Star Wars Movies?

So what are the first and last lines spoken in each of the Star Wars movies? In this piece, that's exactly what we'll be discussing.

Some of the lines in question have become classic quotes, especially Luke Skywalker's line to Han Solo in The Empire Strike Back and Yoda's last line in Attack of the Clones.

Let's get to it…
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A New Hope 

We start with one-half of the most famous robot duo in history. C-3PO begins Star Wars with the following dialogue:

“Did you hear that? They shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness!”

The movie finishes with Chewbacca yelling a triumphant “grrrrrrrrr!” during the medal awarding ceremony.

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The Empire Strikes Back

Luke begins the greatest sequel of all time when he says to Han Solo over his radio “Echo Three to Echo Seven. Han, old buddy, do you read me?”

Skywalker also closes out the movie when he cries “Ow!” as the medical droid tests his new mechanical arm (replacing the arm Vader chopped off). Interestingly, Ben Skywalker's last word in The Rise of Skywalker is also “Ow!”

Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi begins with the Shuttle captain saying over the radio:

“Command station, this is ST321, code clearance blue. We're starting our approach; deactivate the security shield.”

This is quite a clever setup as clearance codes become a plot point later on.

Princess Leia has the last line of the movie when she responds to Han Solo when he offers to step aside so Luke can get all up and cozy with her instead. She says “Oh. No, it's not like that at all. He's my brother.”

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The Phantom Menace

The first line of The Phantom Menace goes to Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn. The conversation goes like this:

Qui-Gon: “Captain.”
Radiant VII Captain: “Yes, sir?”
Qui-Gon: “Tell them we wish to board at once.”
Radiant VII captain: [to communication device] “With all due respect, the ambassadors for the Supreme Chancellor wish to board immediately.”
Nute Gunray: “Yes, of course. As you know, our blockade is perfectly legal and we'd be happy to receive the ambassadors.”

Boss Nass gets to yell the last line “Peace!” to which Jar-Jar Binks responds with “Ya-hoo!”

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Attack of the Clones

The first line of this movie is the Naboo Lieutenant saying “Senator, we're making our final approach into Coruscant,” to which Cordé replies “Very good, Lieutenant.”

The last line is Obi-Wan saying “I have to admit that without the clones, it would have not been a victory,” to which Yoda replies “Victory? Victory, you say? Master Obi-Wan, not victory. The shroud of the dark side has fallen. Begun the Clone War has.”

Revenge of the Sith

The first line spoken goes to R2-D2 who beeps something at Anakin Skywalker. Anakin replies by saying “Lock on to him, R2.”

R2-D2 responds with more bleeping, then the following exchange occurs:

Anakin: “Master, General Grievous's ship is directly ahead. The one crawling with Vulture droids.”
Obi-Wan: “Oh, I see it. Oh, this is going to be easy.”

The last words spoken in Revenge of the Sith go to C-3P0 as Senator Bail Organa discusses his future.

Organa: “Captain Antilles.”
Captain Antilles: “Yes, Your Highness?”
Organa: “I'm placing these droids in your care. Treat them well. Clean them up. Have the Protocol Droid's mind wiped.”
C-3PO: “What?”
*R2-D2 beeps in a way that sounds like laughing*
C-3PO: “Oh, no!”

This conversation means that C-3PO says the last line of the movie and then the first in the following movie, A New Hope, which makes for some nice continuity and chronological order.

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The Force Awakens

Notable for being the first Star Wars movie that did not have George Lucas's name on the script, The Force Awakens saw J.J. Abrams, Michael Ardnt, and the legendary Lawrence Kasdan have a crack.

The first line of the movie is Lor San Tekka to Poe Dameron. He says “This will begin to make things right. I've traveled too far and seen too much to ignore the despair in the galaxy. Without the Jedi, there can be no balance in the Force.”

Perhaps that was a clever line to address some of the perceived missteps of the Prequel Trilogy?

The last line of The Force Awakens aptly falls to General Organa as she speaks with Rey May the force be with you!”

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Rogue One

Jyn Erso gets the first line when she notices the ship about to land and runs to her parents calling “Mama!”

Like The Force Awakens, Princess Leia Organa gets to say the last line, which happens to be her only line in the movie. The line in question is “What is it they've sent us? Hope.”

This means Leia has said the last line of no less than three Star Wars movies.

Want more? Check out the introduction text of every Star Wars title crawl and that of The Force Awakens.

The Last Jedi

Resistance Evacuation Officer to Connix (played by Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher's daughter) opens the movie with the line “We're not clear yet. There are still 30 pallets of cannon shells in C bunker.” Connix replies “Forget the munitions, there's no time. Just get everyone on the transports.”

The last line again goes to Carrie Fisher's Leia when she answers Rey's question about rebuilding the Rebellion with “We have everything we need.”

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

The second Star Wars prequel told the tale of how Han met Chewbacca (and a bit more).
The first line of the movie is “C'mon, C'mon” as uttered by the young Han Solo as he attempts to steal a speeder.

The last line spoken is Han to Chewie, as he says “When have I ever steered you wrong?”

The Rise of Skywalker

The first words uttered are by Palpatine after Kylo Ren has found him on Exogol. He says “At last… Snoke… trained you well…” and Ren replies “I killed Snoke. I'll kill you.”
And then Palpatine schools him on who Snoke really was and that he's never actually communed with Darth Vader.
Rey has the last line and it's a classic. In response to being asked her name, she says “Rey, Rey Skywalker.”
As she states this, she assumes the Skywalker mantle. While many fans were unhappy about it, it may actually have salvaged a tricky endgame the sequels found themselves in.
In case you were wondering what the last thing Princess Leia said was, it was “Ben”, while Ben Solo's last words were “ow.” Incredible.

If you liked this, check out the text of every Star Wars movie's opening crawl!

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