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Movie Quotes You Love, But Have Wrong

Updated on October 29, 2011

Ah, a favorite scene in a film, a timeless quote. Ever been around someone discussing a great film - let's say, Star Wars - and they do a horrible impersonation of Darth Vader by saying "Luke, I am your father!"? Well, if you're a crazy nitpicker like myself, you'd know that this line is incorrect.

So for fun, what other famous movie quotes do we often misquote, and how far off are we? Read on to find out. If you can think of any others that aren't on the list, add them in the comments section!

Star Wars - Empire Strikes Back (1980)

One could go on for days with this film. But as previously mentioned, many people misquote Darth Vader as he informs Luke that he is his father. Often, the people believe the quote is something along the lines of "Luke, I am your father!"

In reality, Darth Vader was responding to a statement previously made by Luke. "He told me enough. He told me you killed him [Luke's father]. Darth Vader then replies "No, I am your father."

Dracula (1931)

Have you been to a Halloween costume party, and some unoriginal person is dressed like Bela Lugosi from the 1931 black and white Dracula? If the answer is yes, then you also probably heard this person say, in a terrible Eastern European accent, "I want to suck your blood!" Well, this line is never actually in the 1931 version of Dracula.

So the next time you hear this quote at a party, and someone's using it as a pick up line, tell them the truth about the quote and really rain on their parade...

Sorry, no video for this one, as it was NEVER IN THE FILM
Sorry, no video for this one, as it was NEVER IN THE FILM

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

"We're not in Kansas anymore." Many times, people use this incorrect quote when discussing the film, or just using it to describe a crazy situation they've been put in (Office Space, anyone?). In reality, however, the actual quote given by Dorothy is a little less matter-of-fact. The correct quote is, "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more."

The Star Trek Films

"Beam me up, Scotty." Ah, a favorite of science fiction fans, or people who claim to really love Star Trek. In actuality, a true fan of Star Trek would probably never say this, as they beyond a doubt know that this quote was never actually said in any of the Star Trek films. The correct quote by Captain Kirk is, "Scotty, beam us up."

Sorry, no video. Like Kirk in this picture, the quote just ain't there.
Sorry, no video. Like Kirk in this picture, the quote just ain't there.

Casablanca (1942)

Boy, Woody Allen sure got this one wrong. In 1972, Allen starred in a film based off a play he wrote entitled, "Play It Again, Sam." In the film, Allen's character is overly obsessed with the film Casablanca. Unfortunately, this film's title comes from a common misconception regarding the film Casablanca.

In reality, the quote "play it again, Sam" is never actually spoken in the film. The nearest anyone comes to saying something similar to this in Casablanca, is Bogart's character, when he says, "You played it for her, you can play it for me."

The Graduate (1967)

In a memorable episode of Seinfeld (The Millennium), Jerry's girlfriend's stepmother starts hitting on him, so that she can get his name removed from her stepdaugher's speed dial. Jerry asks, "Are you trying to seduce me!?" Well, they got it wrong.

While many believe that Dustin Hoffman said this ("Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me!?") to Mrs. Robinson in the 1967 film The Graduate , this is not the case. In actuality, Dustin Hoffman, in a calm, collected manner, says, "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me....Aren't you?" And, in fact, the "aren't you?" is less sure than the misquote; its more of a "Am I right?" response.

Jaws (1975)

A minor misquote to be sure, but nevertheless, very often misquoted. In the film, as the three characters set out to kill the shark, Sheriff Brody begins throwing chum into the water at Quint's command. Out of nowhere, the audience sees its first glimpse of Bruce the shark (his name on set). Brody, in shock, tells Quint, "we're gonna need a bigger boat" - at least, this is what you thought right? What Brody actually says is, "YOU'RE gonna need a bigger boat." Hey, I said it was minor, didn't I?

Field of Dreams (1989)

A favorite film of sport/baseball fans, fans often misquote this film. In the famous scene, Kevin Costner's character, out in his field, hears a mysterious voice saying, "If you build it, they will come." Now used as a kind of symbolic quote for pushing people into achieving or accomplishing something, many people actually misquote the film.

As the plot of the film is about Costner's character reconnecting with his father (and not the entire team), the actual quote in the film is, "If you build it, HE will come." Minor to be sure, but important.


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      Vanessa Martinez Wilson 6 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      I love how misquotes become legend. It takes watching them again to realize the legend is more of a 'sum up' of what was said. Thanks and great list.