Savvy Smarts: The Movie Misquotes

We all repeat them over and over – but how many of us get them “wrong?” There are lines we quote from famous movies that were never even really said. Here are just a few:

“Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?” In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman never asked Anne Bancroft a question, he merely stated the “obvious.” The actual quote is “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.”

“I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto.” Dorothy actually said upon arriving in Oz, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.”

“If you build it, they will come.” Kevin Costner’s character in “Field of Dreams” really said, “If you build it, he will come.”

“Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn.” Ah, that famous “Gone With the Wind” quote although often said, is also often misquoted. Rhett Butler never utters her name … he said, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

“Beam me up, Scotty.” Good ole’ Captain Kirk never said it like this; what he said was “Scotty, beam us up.”

“Hello, Clarice.” Bone-chilling Dr. Hannibal Lector in “The Silence of the Lambs” noted the time of day instead: “Good evening, Clarice.”

“Play it again, Sam.” Debonair Humphrey Bogart in “Casablanca” never said this often quoted line! He told Sam to play it like this: “You played it for her; you can play it for me. If she can stand it, I can. Play it!”

“Do you feel lucky, punk?” No matter how it is worded, most wouldn’t want to be on the other side of the gun held by Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry.” But his exact words were, “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?”

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” The evil queen, however she said it, was out to get Snow White in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” but just so that her evil words are straight, she asked her mirror, “Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”

“Luke, I am your father.” The Star Wars trilogy was a huge part of growing up for many, and in “The Empire Strikes Back,” we learn the true relationship of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. But how he really told his son of their relationship was more like this: “No, I am your father.”

Source: Access Hollywood; May 13, 2009


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