We’re living in a culture where half of what we say seems to come from television or the movies. At some points it feels like there are precious few original thoughts being delivered in every day conversation, and quoting movies promotes a sort of kinship, and an inside joke with other people who are thinking to themselves, “Yes, I, too, have seen and enjoy that movie.” It’s just a shame that when we actually quote movies, half the time we absolutely butcher the lines. This even happens with the most famous movie lines in history. 8.
“Luke, I am your father.”
Hey, remember that mind-blowing scene at the end of Empire Strikes Back in which Darth Vader reveals the true fate of Anakin Skywalker, and Luke gets all upset and throws himself into a bottomless pit like any reasonable human being would do in the same situation? For years, people have been throwing out the famous quote from this scene, “Luke, I am your father.” It’s just that, well, that’s actually not what Vader says. Instead, the famous line is, “No. I am your father.” It’s close, but no cigar.
“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”
An all-time classic movie and an all-time classic quote, we’re still going to guess that a lot of our readers have probably never seen All About Eve, so here’s a quick summary: the movie stars Bette Davis – she of having eyes in that one song fame – as an aging Broadway star whose career is being threatened by a young fan, and the movie was nominated for 14 Academy Awards. Anyway, the most enduring line, which has worked its way into our everyday lexicon despite so few people knowing where it comes from, is “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.” And once again, that’s not what was actually said on screen. Instead, Davis delivers the line, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” Which doesn’t make nearly as much sense, but hey, who are we to argue?
“I want to suck your blood!”
Arguably the most famous literary and film villain in modern history, Count Dracula is the classic vampire, and as vampires who don’t sparkle are wont to do, he liked to suck people’s blood. He enjoyed doing this so much that, over the years, people have been quoting, in their worst possible Transylvanian accent, “I want to suck your blood!” There’s only one small problem here, and that’s the fact that in the classic 1931 version of Dracula, the titular villain never, ever said that. Which makes sense, because it’s not exactly smart murdering if you go around warning people what you’re thinking about doing to them.
“Do you feel lucky, punk?”
You’d be hard pressed to find a more awesome onscreen badass than Dirty Harry. He’s the classic hardnosed police detective who plays by his own rules, and doesn’t mind bending a few laws along the way if it means delivering justice. And at the end of a shootout with one particular scumbag criminal offender, we all know he says, “Do you feel lucky, punk?” Only he doesn’t say that. Instead, he launches into a badass, mini-monologue about how awesome his gun is, culminating in him saying, “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well do you, punk?” The punk, by the way, was very misguided if he was feeling lucky on that particular day.