18 Famous Movie Quotes
You've Been Getting Wrong
Did you know the famous phrase, "you can't have your cake and eat it too" is really supposed to be "you can't eat your cake and have it too" (makes much more sense that way, doesn't it)?
What other quotes (perhaps these from your favorite films) do you get jumbled up? Test them out and see how well you really know your favorite phrasings.
1. Dirty Harry (1971):
Misquote: “Do you feel lucky, Punk?”
Actual movie quote: “You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do you punk?”
2. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937):
Misquote: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall - who is the fairest of them all?”
Actual movie quote: “Magic mirror, on the wall - who is the fairest one of all?”
3. She Done Him Wrong (1933):
Misquote: “Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?”
Actual movie quote: “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me.”
4. Casablanca (1942):
Misquote: “Play it again, Sam.”
Actual movie quote: “You played it for her, you can play it for me. If she can stand it, I can. Play it!”
5. All About Eve (1950):
Misquote: “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”
Actual movie quote: “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night."
6. The Wizard of Oz (1939):
Misquote: “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.”
Actual movie quote: “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
7. Sunset Blvd. (1950):
Misquote: “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.”
Actual movie quote: “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”
8. White Heat (1949):
Misquote: “Top of the world, Ma!”
Actual movie quote: “Made it, Ma. Top of the world!”
9. Tarzan (the Ape Man) (1932):
Misquote: “Me Tarzan, you Jane”
Actual movie quote: “Jane, Tarzan... Jane, Tarzan”
(Though they do play with pronouns a great deal in this scene)
10. Wall Street (1987):
The misquote: “Greed is good”
Actual movie quote: “The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works.”
11. Jaws (1975):
Misquote: “We're gonna need a bigger boat”
Actual movie quote: “You're gonna need a bigger boat.”
(This common misquote might be partially exacerbated by the “salsa shark” scene from “Clerks”)
12. Sons of the Desert – et al. (Laurel & Hardy)(1933):
Misquote: “Another fine mess you've gotten me into!”
Actual movie quote: “Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!”
(“Another Fine Mess” was the name of one of Laurel & Hardy’s movies but the catchphrase – through several of their films - was “Another nice mess”)
13. TaXi (1932):
Misquote: "You dirty rat!"
Actual movie quote: "You dirty, yellow-bellied rat…"
(Cagney never actually says simply “You dirty rat” – the above quote is probably the closest he gets)
14. 42nd Street (1933):
Misquote: “You're going out a chorus girl, but you're coming back a star!”
Actual movie quote: “You're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!”
15. The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935):
Misquote: “We have ways of making you talk.”
Actual movie quote: "Well, gentlemen. We have ways to make men talk."
(Despite the popular misconception that this should be read with a German accent, the famous misquote is spoken by the evil Mohammed Kahn, played by Douglas Dumbrille, who – as his character name indicates – is not very German)
16. Only Angels Have Wings (1939):
Misquote: "Judy... Judy... Judy"
Actual movie quote: Though Cary Grant says the name Judy several times (Judith McPherson is the character played by Rita Hayworth in the film) he never says it in rapid succession.
(Except on a rare recording of his live one man stage show “An Evening with Cary Grant”)
17. Knute Rockne: All-American (1940):
Misquote: "Win one for the Gipper!"
Actual movie quote: "Win just one for the Gipper."
18. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948),:
Misquote: "We don't need no stinkin’ badges"
Actual movie quote: "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!"
(This misnomer may be a result of the misquote being used in the Mel Brooks’ classic “Blazing Saddles”)
Now, run off and annoy… ahem, I mean amaze your friends with this newly found knowledge. Isn’t it great to be right?
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