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  • 10 Most Misquoted Movies


    Posted on: 25/02/2016

    When we announced SCORSESE, we noticed a few people on the Interwebs perhaps getting some iconic Taxi Driver mixed up with... we don't know, the end of Casablanca

    We had to double-check our own messages, because despite the cinematic masterpiece being one of our favourites, there’s always the risk of misinterpretation. Even one of the most iconic lines in cinema is easy to get wrong. In fact, it's likely the more famous a line is, the more often it's been lifted from the script and been slightly skewed for pop culture purposes.  

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    This idea made us think – what other famous movie lines have we all been mangling?

    Turns out, there are a lot of common mistakes made by the movie quoting public in some of the biggest films. Here are 10 of the best.

    Dirty Harry

    Sometimes we’re feeling lucky despite being incorrect. Don Siegel’s 1971 gem Dirty Harry had tough guys everywhere emulating the titular Harry Callahan’s infamous line, ‘Do you feel lucky punk?’

    We’ll spare you the beautiful monologue about his .45 and cut to the chase, Harry actually says, “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?’

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    This one is so ubiquitous the film should almost be rubbed to make it a reality. In Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the Evil Queen doesn’t say, ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?’, she actually asks, ‘Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?’

    We know, mind blown.


    This is one of the most famous misquotes in movie history. While many people believe that Humphrey Bogart’s Rick tells his piano player to ‘Play it again, Sam.’ Instead, he never uses Sam’s name and says, ‘If she can stand it, I can, play it!’

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ‘Luke, I am your father!’

    Err, yeah, but that’s not how it goes down during Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader’s epic lightsaber duel in Cloud City. Rather, Darth Vader answers Luke’s assertion that he had killed the young Jedi’s pops with, ‘No…  I am your father.’


    Another of the most quoted and recycled lines in cinema happens the moment Roy Schneider’s Police Chief Martin Brody sees the great shark in Jaws for the first time. After seeing the fish’s monstrous size, Schneider backtracks through the boat, turns to shark hunter Quint (Robert Shaw) and says, ‘We’re gonna need a bigger boat.’

    But he doesn’t say that, he says ‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat.’

    The Wizard of Oz

    Again, this one shoulder probably just be redubbed to become the real thing it’s so ingrained in popular psyche. Whenever you find yourself in a strange situation, it’s not uncommon to whisper, ‘Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.’

    Judy Garlan’s Dorothy actually tells her canine companion, ‘Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.’

    Wall Street

    Since the ‘80s we’ve used Gordo Gekko’s memorable line ‘Greed is good!’ to vilify stockbrokers, corporate raiders and anyone associated with the smarmy world of Wall Street. Unfortunately, it’s a bit more complicated than that (the line and the sentiment). Michael Douglas actually says, ‘The point, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.’

    Star Trek

    You wouldn’t believe it but no one in the original Star Trek TV series or the movie spin offs ever says, ‘Beam me up, Scotty.’ Sure, people get beamed up, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage plays with the misquote with the line ‘Scotty, beam me up!’

    We know, it’s hard to believe but srsly, Wikipedia confirms this.


    ‘You Jane, me Tarzan’? How about ‘Me Tarzan, you Jane’?

    Nup, it’s actually “Jane” “You?” “Tarzan. Tarzan.” “Tarzan. Jane. Tarzan.”

    If you’d prefer a different version, we also found this… but we don’t know WTF it is. It’s like… a Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman mash up with Tarzan and Phil Collins. Bless you internet.


    Nah, everyone gets this one right. We just wanted to include it because it's awesome.

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    - Matt Millikan

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