"I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore."
Everyone loves The Wizard of Oz. You love it, we love it, your parents love it, and your uncle who dresses in drag sure as hell loves it. It’s just unfortunate that the most famous line in the entire movie is one we’ve all been saying wrong for a full 75 years. When Dorothy arrives in the magical Land of Oz, she takes one look around and says to her faithful dog, Toto, “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.” Well first of all, no kidding, genius. What gave that away? But more importantly, that’s not her actual phrasing, despite what you have been led to believe no matter how many times you’ve seen the movie. What she actually says is, “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
"May the Force be with you."
Wait, two Star Wars entries on the same list? Yep, because this one is a big one to clarify. Most people think of the line, “May the Force be with you” and immediately hear it in the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi. After all, he is the Jedi master who introduced Luke Skywalker to the ways of the Force, so it makes sense that he would be the one saying this, right? Actually, no. In point of fact, throughout the original Star Wars, Obi-Wan never utters this line, instead telling Luke – via his weird ghost voiceover powers – “The Force will be with you, always.” Now, “May the Force be with you” is, in fact, said during the movie, but the only person who ever says it is Han Solo – aka the one guy who doesn’t actually believe in the Force. It’s kind of like an Atheist blessing someone.
"Greed is good."
The movie Wall Street hit the 1980’s like a sledgehammer, making stockbrokers the next coolest thing to Top Gun pilots, despite the fact that it totally doesn’t celebrate the lifestyle of people like Gordon Gekko as much as offer a criticism of how evil and corrupt they can be. But that doesn’t matter, because they lived an awesome, filthy rich lifestyle, and that’s all people seem to latch on to, because as Gekko himself says, “Greed is good.” And, you guessed it, that’s not what he actually says. Instead, he delivers the line, “The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for the lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works.” So basically, the actual line sends a somehow worse message than the misquote.
"Play it again, Sam."
Casablanca is arguably the greatest movie ever made, and even less of an argument is the fact that it’s the greatest movie ever written, in terms of dialogue. It features so many memorable lines it almost seems unfair, and over time has become one of the most often quoted movies in history despite the fact that fewer and fewer young people have actually watched it. First of all, if you’re one of those young people, stop reading and go watch it. But secondly, when you watch it, please get the quotes right. Specifically, don’t say, “Play it again, Sam” because Ilsa sure as hell never said that. It’s unclear where the “again” part came from, since she never once says it. The actual line is, “Play it, Sam. Play, ‘As Time Goes By.’”
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