You’ve Been Saying These Classic Movie Lines Wrong The Entire Time
Movies have a way of transporting us to another reality. They can be a silly, temporary distraction and take our minds off of whatever is getting us down, or they can fundamentally alter the way we think and how we see the world. Considering how monumental cinema can be in any of our lives, it’s no wonder that so many people love to quote their favorite flicks.
Whether to get a laugh by dropping a Borat or Anchorman line at a party (it was tired 10 years ago, yet guys still do it…ugh) or prove a point dramatically by quoting that monologue you memorized years ago, movie quotes are a fun addition to any conversation. Yet as much as you love them and as many times as you’ve seen the films, some of the biggest quotes from some of the biggest movies of all time are always said incorrectly. Here are a few glaring examples.
Star Wars is the biggest movie franchise of all time. It has millions and millions of dedicated fans from around the world that obsess over every little detail of these films.
Yet, there’s one line everyone always gets wrong.
When dropping the truth on Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader does not say, “Luke… I am your father.” Despite what you may think, what he actually says is, “No… I am your father.” Did that blow your mind? Wait until you see some of these others.
Here is another sci-fi franchise that a lot of fans have taken everything about it a bit too seriously.
Star Wars and Star Trek fans have an unofficial rivalry, but they share a lot in common. Such as, a commonly misquoted famous line.
If you’ve never even seen Star Trek you still know the line, “Beam me up, Scotty.” Yet, that’s not how it goes. It should be, “Beam us up, Scotty.” Captain Kirk is always thinking about the good of the team, not just himself, after all.
The line from Apollo 13, “Houston, we have a problem” has been repeated and parodied for decades now.
This massively successful and popular film can be boiled down to this single phrase. Yet, everyone gets it wrong… because that isn’t the actual quote!
The way it was said in the movie verbatim was, “… Ah, Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Yes, this is semantics, but there is a clear difference between the two. If you don’t point out the small mistakes now, they’ll only get bigger and bigger over time.
Here’s another tiny mistake everyone makes when repeating one of the most famous pieces of dialogue from one of the most famous movies of all time.
How many of us have pumped our fists and shouted, “I’m king of the world?”
Well, we’d all be wrong. Not just about being a monarchistic ruler of the globe, but of what Leo actually said in this scene. The exact quote is, “I’m the king of the world.” The ‘the’ is small, but makes all the difference.
The biopic about the abusive childhood suffered at the hands of actress Joan Crawford is tough to watch at times.
The most iconic scene from this movie is when she lashes out, screaming, “No wire hangers! No wire hangers ever!”
That’s actually what she says during that moment. She doesn’t say, “No more wire hangers, ever” like so many people think. This one is a little more understandable, because one time is enough watching this part, so few would want to go back to double check.
'Cool Hand Luke'
“What we have here is a failure to communicate” is a line you know by heart even if you’ve never heard of the movie Cool Hand Luke.
But guess what? Yup. Surprise, surprise, this isn’t how the line is delivered onscreen.
“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate” is the word for word correct delivery of this quote. This was the leader of a Southern chain gang that said it, after all. You have to throw some of that grammar and drawl in there to sell it.
This is perhaps the greatest film of all time. And it’s not just us saying that.
Consult any ‘Best Film Of All Time’ list and this’ll definitely be in the top 10. It’s also in the top 10 most misquoted.
Despite popular opinion, “Play it again, Sam” is never uttered in this classic. The actual line is, “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’ ‘” Sure, brevity might be the soul of wit as Shakespeare said, but the longer quote is still the correct one.
Here is another legendary quote everyone knows even if they don’t know where it came from.
This is also an example of where the popular version of the quote is much shorter than the real string of words said out loud.
“Do you feel lucky, punk?” is a fun thing we’ve all said at one point in our lives, but that’s not what Clint Eastwood said. He said, “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?”
Oh, young Dustin Hoffman. So handsome, so easily manipulated by tempting him with carnal desires.
He bluntly stated the obvious when he asked, “Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?” But as you guessed, that’s not what he actually asked.
In that iconic scene, what he really nervously stammered was, “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?” And to answer that question… yes. Oh boy did she ever. The lines are different, but the message in both is the same.
Grammar 101: the subject of the sentence is very important. After all, it is the subject, right?
If you change that, then you change the meaning of the sentence. This often misquoted line from Jaws is a perfect example of that.
When you say, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat!”, you’re implying that the boat is yours as well, which is what people always say. But the actual line is, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat!” which implies a power dynamic and tells more about the relationship of characters.
'Field Of Dreams'
If this list teaches you anything, it’s that a great quote can outlive where it came from.
This is yet another line that everyone on Earth knows, and not all of them knows why they know it or from where.
The line in question? “If you build it, they will come.” But who are ‘they?’ That’s a good question, since it’s not ‘they’ at all. It’s actually, “If you build it, he will come.” Who is ‘he?’ I don’t know. I just know the line, but haven’t seen the movie.
'Wizard Of Oz'
Wizard of Oz is right next to Casablanca when discussing the greatest films of all time.
These films are so great and so legendary, and they came out within just a few years of each other. That’s not all they have in common.
They both also have an iconic line that everyone gets wrong every time they quote it. Say it with me now: It’s not “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore,” it’s “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
I’m sure by now most of you know that Frankenstein was actually the doctor, not the monster.
Guys everywhere love mansplaining that little tidbit to anyone that messes it up. But here’s something they might not know you can shove in their face.
The famous part where the doctor screams, “He’s alive!” never actually happens. What Frankenstein actually says is, “It’s alive.” When reanimating corpses, it definitely helps you ethically to think of them as an it rather than a person, it seems.
'Silence Of The Lambs'
You want to get pedantic? If you’re a movie lover, then of course you do. You’re reading this list after all, aren’t you?
Hannibal Lecter doesn’t spend a lot of time onscreen in this movie, but every time we see him we’re totally in the palm of actor Anthony Hopkins’ hands.
One of his iconic quotes is, “Well, Clarice.” On paper, that… doesn’t seem all that memorable. But it’s all in the delivery, and most people botch that line by saying, “Hello, Clarice.”
Perhaps Marlon Brando’s most legendary role (in a career of legendary roles), Vito Corleone never says, “I wanna make him an offer he can’t refuse” in The Godfather.
What he actually says is, “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
Think about it: He’s the boss of a powerful mob family. Why would he be making wishful statements? This is a man that knows how to get things done, and he calls his shots by letting you know what he’s going to do.