The most misquoted movie quote of all time comes from The Empire Strikes Back, the greatest of all Star Wars films. You might hear people utter, “Luke, I am your father,” referring to the surprising scene where Darth Vader reveals Luke Skywalker’s parentage. However, that’s not the actual line. The real movie line is, “No, I am your father” (with emphasis on the “I”). It’s generally easier for people to say the misquoted line than recite the entire scene, which gives more context to what was going on.
Still, the idea here is that there are certain pop culture references which are well known to a majority of people, even if those people have never seen the movie. Following is a list of some of those references; see how many you know immediately!
“I’ll be back.” Likely, if you recognize this quote, you did it in an accent. That’s right, it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator. And he was back in the sequel. And then the next one…and the next one…
“My momma always said life was like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.” Another quote that you can most likely read just as it was performed on the big screen. It’s Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump, talking to a lady at a bus stop as he tells his life story to an ever-changing crowd of interested people.
“Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion... It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!” Ah, there are so many great quotes from Caddyshack, but this one from Bill Murray playing Carl Spackler, the slightly touched groundskeeper at the golf course, is recognized by golf fans everywhere!
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!” Another accent needed! This is from the classic movie The Princess Bride. This movie is one that I feel like I can quote whole segments. There are so many funny parts, and if you’ve enjoyed the movie, you absolutely have to read the even-better book!
“He slimed me.” It’s been 30 years, but after Bill Murray (him again!) meets Slimer in Ghostbusters, nothing was ever the same. I think every kid wanted to get some green goo after that and slime people.
“If you build it, he will come.” You have to say this one in a whisper, don’t you? It’s what Kevin Costner hears in Field of Dreams, and he proceeds to build one of the greatest baseball fields ever put together, a simple thing of beauty.
“To infinity and beyond!” No matter how old you are, this line from Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story is memorable, and kids everywhere ran around quoting it after the movie came out. That trilogy of films is so amazing and so full of scenes that can be quoted all the way through, that it ranks as some of Pixar’s best work.
“Yo, Adrian!” I’m not a big boxing fan, but I absolutely love the first three Rocky movies. This one’s from the original, and Sylvester Stallone does his best job as an actor, by far.
“Just a flesh wound.” I guess I can forgive you if you don’t recognize this great quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It does take a unique sense of humor to appreciate this send-up of medieval times. The funny part is that the character who says this has just had his arms and legs cut off…
“My precious.” Another voice you have to hear in your head when you think of this line from Gollum in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. The way Andy Serkis reads this role is creepily dead on for how I always imagined it while reading The Hobbit. It gives me shivers!
Okay, a conversation quote: “Surely you can’t be serious.” “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.” This is one of many great back and forth scenes from Airplane. Considering it came out in 1980, it’s still very funny today.
Here’s a gimmee, just in case you haven’t gotten any correct so far: “E.T. phone home.” Another weird voice, another movie that everyone should see!
Let’s end with this one: “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Wise words for everyone from the lips of Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. As the holidays approach, we can all take that advice. Maybe it’s a good time to slow down and catch a movie!
Word of the Week: This week’s word is refection, which means a light meal, as in, “The couple only had a refection, knowing they’d also have popcorn at the movie theater.” Impress your friends and confuse your enemies!