9 Iconic Movie Lines You Probably Didn’t Know Were Improvised

  • March 12, 2014
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"I know."

Han Solo is simply one of the smoothest, most badass dudes in film history. Every guy has always wanted to be him, and women went crazy for the scruffy looking nerf herder, whatever the hell that means. Anyway, throughout the original Star Wars trilogy there was one line that summed Han up better than any other, and that’s when he’s about to be frozen in carbonite and taken to Jabba the Hutt. Leia looks at him and says, “I love you.” In the script, Han was supposed to say, “I love you, too” but Harrison Ford knew that simply wasn’t the kind of guy Han was, so he tossed aside that line and said, simply, “I know.” And so, so many women swooned upon hearing that line.


"You talkin' to me?"

Movie quotes don’t get much more famous than the classic, epic scene in which Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, stares into a mirror and starts trying to act like a tough guy. He has an imaginary conversation with an adversary who isn’t there, and out comes that iconic line, “You talkin’ to me?” This wasn’t even a case where DeNiro veered away from the movie script, either, because as written in the screenplay, there was no dialogue. It said, simply, “Bickle speaks to himself in the mirror” and it was left up to DeNiro to just sort of wing it. In retrospect, it turns out that was the best decision they possibly could have made.


"You're gonna need a bigger boat."

Jaws is one of the all-time classic combinations of action, adventure, horror, and thriller, and it was more or less the first real summer blockbuster in movie history. Ultimately, the story boils down to man versus beast, with beast in this case taking the form of a very large, very hungry Great White shark. Toward the end of the film, as the main trio of Brody, Hooper, and Quint are out hunting for the shark, Brody, played by Roy Scheider, is the first to lay his eyes on the impossibly large fish and, after backing slowly into the main cabin in terror, improvises the now legendary line, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.


"Here's looking at you, kid."

When it comes to fantastic dialogue, it doesn’t get any better than Casablanca. Simply put, it’s arguably the greatest film ever written. However, amazing as it sounds, the most famous line of dialogue in the entire movie wasn’t even in the screenplay but was instead improvised by Humphrey Bogart. The entire script was written at a pretty frenetic pace, as shooting was taking place while it was still being penned, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that some of the stuff was dialogued. However, Bogart had apparently been teaching Ingrid Bergman how to play poker when they weren’t shooting and would often say, “Here’s looking at you, kid” and, as luck would have it, he decided to throw that into the scene in which Rick says goodbye to Ilsa, and the rest is cinematic history.

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