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You know when you’re talking about a movie with someone and you’re trying to quote all the best lines in that film? Well I bet you’ve done it with most of these movies, only the quote you said wasn’t in the actual film. That’s ok, everyone misquotes a movie now and then. In fact, here are some of the most common incorrect quotes from some of the most popular and successful films of all time. How many of these misquotes have you said/heard?
“Luke, I am your father.” (Star Wars): This is one of the defining quotes of one of the biggest and most successful movie franchises in history. The only problem is, this isn’t the correct quote. The real line, seen below, wasn’t even delivered on camera. James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader, spoke the real line into a microphone, then sound was dubbed into the film. The real conversation from Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back is as follows:
Darth Vader: Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father
Luke: He told me enough. He told me you killed my father.
Darth Vader: No! I am your father.
“If you build it, they will come.”: The movie Field of Dreams tells the heartwarming story of a struggling farmer who destroys a large portion of his crops to build a baseball field in his backyard based on heard voices and signs Kevin Costner’s character feels he is receiving from the beyond. The real quote from the movie, however, is “If you build it, he will come.” In the movie, this appears to be about baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson, but we find out the “he” is someone much more important. No spoilers, so I guess you’ll have to see the film!
“Hello, Clarice.”: Anthony Hopkins’ depiction of Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lector in Silence of the Lambs is a creepy portrayal that has given several people the heebie-jeebies. Funnily enough, this line is one most often used to impersonate the scary, deceiving and horrifying character, though it is wrong. The real line is “Good evening, Clarice.”
“I want to suck your blood.”: How many of you have had a friend say these words in an accent that sounds like The Count from Sesame Street? Interestingly enough, there isn’t a correct version of this quote from Dracula since no character ever said anything like this sentence. Although he is a vampire and he does drink blood and states his interest in sucking blood, these words are never said by Dracula or any of his vampires. In fact, this line first appeared in a 1994 Tim Burton film, Ed Wood.
“Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?”: This iconic line from The Graduate, occurs when Dustin Hoffman is being seduced by Anne Bancroft, a woman over 10 years his age. Standing in the doorway, Hoffman’s character actually says, “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?” I think the misquote actually sounds a bit smoother.
“Do you feel lucky, punk?”: This is one of the most badass quotes of all time by one of the most badass movie characters, “Dirty” Harry Callahan. Clint Eastwood’s character in Dirty Harry is a gritty, smart, tough inspector on the SFPD. The real line is “Do I feel lucky? Well, do you?” This quote came at the end of the shootout as Eastwood is pointing a gun at the head of a criminal while delivering this amazing monologue.
“May the Force be with you.”: While this quote IS actually said in a Star Wars film, the line is commonly credited to Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first movie, although he never actually says these words. The closest line delivered by Obi-Wan is “Remember, the Force will be with you, always.” Han Solo was the one who actually said the famous line later in the movie series.
“Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”: This little rhyme from Snow White has been uttered by almost everyone who has seen the movie or read the book. However, the real line is “Magic Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all,” since she is talking to her magic mirror.
“Play it again, Sam.”: In Casablanca, one of the greatest films of all time, Humphrey Bogart’s character Rick Blaine asks the piano player at his restaurant, Sam, to play a song which holds a lot of meaning to him and his love interest Ingrid Bergman. However, the real line is “You played it for her, you can play it for me. If she can stand it, I can. Play it.” Interestingly enough, Ingrid Bergman’s character actually comes closest to saying this line, by saying, “Play it, Sam.”
“Badges? We don’t need to stinkin’ badges!”: From legendary director John Huston came the highly acclaimed movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, a movie about two Americans who, strapped for money, go to Mexico to try and find gold. After finding some, they are traveling out of the mines to turn their gold into money when they are approached by bandits pretending to be Federales (cops). After claiming to be the police, the Americans ask to see their badges to prove they are sheriffs with the law and not outlaws, which they really were. Not having the badges, the bandits actually responded by saying “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges.”
“I love the smell of Napalm in the morning. Smells like victory!”: From the film Apocalypse Now, this quote spoken by Robert Duvall’s character Col. Bill Kilgore has become a defining quote of the movie. While these words are said, this isn’t the exact quote. As seen in the clip below, there is much more to this quote, as Duvall’s story has been drastically shortened to make the movie-defining quote.
“Me Tarzan, You Jane.”: Tarzan was one of my favorite movies as a kid, so I was sad to find out I had probably been misquoting this movie my whole life. This incorrect quote comes from the scene where Tarzan meets Jane, his love interest. As you can see from the clip, he points to himself and says, “Tarzan,” and points to Jane and says, “Jane.”