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Every Line of Dialogue by a Woman in Star Wars


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Blah, blah, blah. Sure, it's only 1 minute and 3 seconds, but it can feel like an eternity. Amirite guys?

New York magazine noticed that aside from Leia, the original Star Wars trilogy contains very little dialogue by women. Only 63 seconds out of a total 23,160 seconds has a woman other than Leia speaking.

Is that too little, too much, or just the right amount? I don't know, but Han is losing patience with Mon Motha's PowerPoint presentation, as you can see by his expression at the 0:46 mark in the video.

-via Joe Carter


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It seems a bit inconsistent to be comparing "a woman other than Leia speaking" to the entire length of the trilogy. Sure, 63 sec vs 23,160 is dramatic, but I'd be more impressed if the numbers weren't apples and all edible substances.

Wouldn't it make more sense to compare it to the length of time that a man other than Han, Luke, Obi Wan, Darth Vader, or the Emperor is speaking? I imagine that number would still be pretty significantly larger than 63 seconds, since, as far as I can recall, most of the secondary characters were male.

Heck, we could just compare the two lists of characters with significant roles and see something worth noting:

Female characters with significant roles: Leia
Male characters with significant roles: Han, Luke, Obi Wan, Darth Vader, The Emperor, Lando, Chewie, Jabba...

That's just off the top of my head, and given that I haven't watched those movies in years, I may have missed a few, but I honestly cannot recall another female with a significant role in the entire initial trilogy.
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