Famous Last Words: Movie Characters

A collection of memorable dying words spoken by well-known film characters

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Whether realized at the time they are said or only in hindsight, nearly everyone will express a word, phrase or sentence that proves the last thing he or she ever says while alive. Sometimes profound, sometimes everyday, here you will find a select collection of the last words spoken by characters from famous movies just before they bit the cinematic dust.

Note: The following quotations are organized alphabetically by the character's last name followed by the movie title and the year it was released.

Roy Batty
Blade Runner (1982)
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-Beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain. Time... to die.

Sydney Carton
A Tales of Two Cities (1935)
It's a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It's a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.

Whether uttered on film or in print, this immortal line from the Charles Dickens novel (1859) surely ranks among the greatest final words ever spoken.

Butch Cassidy
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Oh, good. For a moment there I thought we were in trouble.

Apollo Creed
Rocky IV (1985)
I want you to promise me you're not gonna stop this fight, no matter what. No matter what!

Jack Dawson
Titanic (1993)
Never let go.

HAL 9000
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Daisy, Daisy,
Give me your answer do!

I'm half crazy,
All for the love of you!
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle made for two.

The renegade computer from this famous science-fiction movie begins singing Daisy Bell, composed in 1892 by Harry Dacre, as character Dave Bowman systematically disables HAL's cognitive circuitry, effectively killing this artificially intelligent being. Interestingly, Daisy Bell was actually the first song sung by a computer-synthesized voice -- in 1961 by an IBM 704 mainframe computer. Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, saw this technologic feat firsthand and incorporated it into his novel several years later.

Luke Jackson
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
What we've got here is a failure to communicate.

Charles Foster Kane
Citizen Kane (1941)

Often ranked as the greatest film in Hollywood history, Orson Welles' Citizen Kane also bears mention as one of the few movies in which the central character's last words comprise the first words the audience hears at the start of the film.

Obi Wan Kenobi
Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope (1977)
You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Technically, these weren't the final words of the Jedi master, since his ghostly visage offered caution and counsel to Luke Skywalker in later Star Wars installments...

(Colonel) Walter E. Kurtz
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The horror... the horror.

Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Mein Führer, I can walk!

Comedic legend Peter Sellers' character, Dr. Strangelove, utters this line as he springs from his wheelchair at the conclusion of this crazy, eerie, satirical Cold War-inspired film.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
It's Doomsday.

The Terminator
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
I know now why you cry. But it's something I can never do.


Again, similar to Obi Wan Kenobi above, these technically are not the Terminator's final words courtesy of the franchise's time-travel storyline that enables him to reappear in sequels -- including Terminator: Genisys, which is set for release in July 2015.

Darth Vader
Star Wars: Episode VI -- The Return of the Jedi (1983)
You were right about me. Tell your sister... you were right.

One of the silver screen's greatest villains, this Dark Lord of the Sith finally atoned for his evil deeds shortly before his death -- only to rise again from the dead and achieve immortality in the later "prequels" and, of course, in the hearts, minds, and merchandise of fans worldwide.

William Wallace
Braveheart (1995)

Wicked Witch of the West
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Ah, you cursed brat! Look what you've done! I'm melting! Melting! Oh... What a world, what a world! Who ever thought a little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness! Ah, I'm going! Ahh!


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