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Everyone loves to quote their favorite movie. It’s how people identify fellow fans and keep the spirit of their favorite films alive all year round. Movies also have some great jokes and some famous lines that are easily slipped into everyday situations. Famous lines become a sort of cultural shorthand. A single famous quote can carry with it a whole situation including the relationships between people or objects. Some of the most famous movie lines, however, are often misquoted. Classics such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “Apollo 13” and “Gone With the Wind” are regularly quoted, but they are often quoted incorrectly. Here are six of the most misquoted movie lines from famous films. 

The Wizard of Oz

This 1939 film is one of the most famous pieces of cinema to ever be created. The story of Dorothy, the ruby slippers and the Wicked Witch of the West is beloved by multiple generations. The film is filled with beautiful songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and catchy tunes like “We’re Off to See the Wizard.” There are multiple famous quotes from the movie, but one of the best known quotes is often misstated. When Dorothy lands in Oz, she steps out from her house into the technicolor world with her dog, Toto. As  she steps out of the house, she tells Toto that they have left Kansas. Most people remember the quote as “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto.” That, however, is not the correct phrasing of the quote. Dorothy actually says “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

Star Wars

This Sci-Fi epic continues on even today with “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One,” “The Last Jedi” and the TV series “Star Wars: Rebels.” There are many well-known quotes from Star Wars, including the famous pseudo-blessing “May the Force be with you.” 

The most misquoted line from Star Wars comes from the 1980 film “The Empire Strikes Back.” This film is widely considered to be the best of the series, and it contains one of the most iconic scenes of all time. It was “Empire” that truly pioneered the now-cliché trope of having the hero’s missing father reveal themselves to the hero. In “Empire,” the audience learns that the evil Darth Vader was once Anakin Skywalker, the father of the protagonist, Luke Skywalker. This dramatic reveal comes shortly after Luke tells Vader that Luke believes Vader killed Luke’s father. Vader’s response is one of the most iconic lines of all time, but it is often misquoted. Most people know the line as “Luke, I am your father,” but that is not what Vader says. Luke says to Vader, “He told me enough! He told me you killed [my father.]” Vader responds, “No. I  am your father!”


This 1942 drama is one of the most beloved movies of all time. In this dramatic, World War II love story, cynical American Rich Blaine reunites with his former lover and finds himself involved in a much larger and more dangerous event that involves the Nazi regime, the French Resistance and the Vichy French government. When his former lover reappears, she has Sam, Rick’s friend and pianist play “As Time Goes By.” Rick had previously told Sam to never play that song again. This scene is often misquoted as containing the line “Play it again, Sam,” but that line actually never appears in the movie at all. Ilsa, Rick’s former lover tells same to “Play it once, Sam! For old time’s sake, play ‘As Time Goes By.’”  Later, Rick says, “You played it for her, you can play it for me. If she can stand it, I can. Play it!”

Silence of the Lambs

This horror-thriller film is known for its eerie villain and famous dialogue. The 1991 film grew to be so popular that a spin-off television show, “Hannibal,” was created. The movie deals with FBI trainee Clarice Starling’s attempts to catch a cruel serial killer nicknamed Buffalo Bill. In order to do so, she is forced to work with cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Lecter famously greets Clarice with the eerie line, “Hello, Clarice,” but this is not actually what he said. In the film, Lecter says, “Good evening, Clarice.” The line “Hello, Clarice” was so commonly quoted that it was actually used in the 2001 sequel “Hannibal.” 


This 1975 classic left hundreds of people reluctant to enter the water lest they meet the massive shark from “Jaws.” Toward the end of the movie, the main characters are hunting down the giant shark that has killed several people. Until this point, the shark has largely been out of sight, and just its fin has been visible. When they finally get a good look at the full size of the shark, one character comments “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” This, however, is not the correct line. In the movie, he actually says, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The difference is subtle, but the commonly quoted phrase is not correct.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

This Disney classic from 1937 is still watched by thousands of children every year. In this story, the Evil Queen is obsessed with ensuring that she is the most beautiful woman in the land. Every day, she asks her magic mirror to confirm this fact. Usually, it agrees with her, but one day it declares that Snow White is even more beautiful than the Evil Queen. This sets off a chain of events that end with Snow White fleeing for her life, meeting seven dwarfs and, eventually, the death of the Evil Queen.

The Evil Queen asks her mirror about who is the most beautiful in a poetic spell. This chant is commonly misquoted as “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” This chant, however, is not said in the movie. Instead, the Evil Queen says “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”

Just because a movie line is iconic does not mean it will be quoted correctly. These are some of the most famous lines in all of cinematography, but they are often misquoted. Rather than being disappointed, enjoy the fact that these movie lines are often said incorrectly. That gives people an excuse to rewatch these classics one more time. 
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