Exactly how long is Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

JJ Abrams’ Episode VII is just shorter than 2002’s Attack of the Clones

If you’re trying to work out exactly how many times you’ll be able to watch Star Wars sequel The Force Awakens on its first day in cinemas, we have some good news for you – because the final length of the movie has been revealed. 


According to the Hollywood Reporter, Harrison Ford, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley will be fighting off Stormtroopers and Girls cast members for the princely runtime of 136 minutes, the joint third-longest film in the sci-fi saga alongside 1999’s The Phantom Menace.

For more comparison, this makes the Force Awakens shorter than prequels Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith (142 and 140 minutes respectively), and longer than all the films in the original trilogy (A New Hope was 121 minutes, The Empire Strikes Back was 124 and Return of the Jedi ended after 134) as you can see in our totally Star Warsy graph above.

Of course, it might seem like an unnecessary detail, but remember – many Bothans died to give you this information. Don’t let it be in vain.


Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is in UK cinemas on the 17th December