The Most Famous Movie Quotes You’ve Been Saying Wrong For Years, Ranked
Memory is a funny thing. Sometimes we think we remember things so clearly and other times we question what we thought we knew. Enter the Mandela Effect. The Mandela Effect is a bizarre phenomenon where people collectively misremember events, historical moments, or other strange pop culturally-related happenings.
So, apply this to famous movie quotes and you’ve got something pretty crazy. That’s right – you’ve been saying these movie quotes wrong for years. We’re setting the record straight with a ranking of quintessential movie quotes misremembered from one to ten.
1. ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ - “Luke, I Am Your Father.”
As one of the most quoted and beloved movies of all time, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back has remained an indelible component of film history. It all started with the famous line spoken by Darth Vader: “Luke, I am your father.”
Well, that’s not actually right. The scene begins with Vader’s monologue, where he does say “Luke” at first, but he doesn’t again say his name for a while. Contrary to popular belief, the notorious line begins with “No” because he is confirming that Vader didn’t kill his father, since he is his father. Despite this, Star Wars fans and other viewers refuse to acknowledge the fact; they believe the line still starts with “Luke.” Even actor James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader, recalls the line as being, “Luke, I am your father.”
2. ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’ - “Hello, Clarice.”
Despite what many movie buffs continue to refute, the infamous line “Hello, Clarice” was never actually said by Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs from 1991. Since then, the line has defined the intriguing relationship between Lecter and Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), a newly hired FBI trainee seeking his assistance on an important case.
Only three times does Lecter greet Starling. They are: “Good morning,” “Your bleeding has stopped, “ and Good evening, Clarice.” Lastly, Lecter asks her on the phone: “Well, Clarice, have the lambs stopped screaming?” The misquoting may have come from Jim Carrey when he did an imitation sketch of Lecter in the 1996 comedy movie The Cable Guy. Certain proponents of the Mandela Effect believe this line was in its “early” form when Carrey’s film came out.
3. ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarves’ - “Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall, Who’s The Fairest Of Them All?”
In 1937, Disney’s first animated feature film, Snow White And The Seven Dwarves, was released. In it, the notorious line about the mirror on the wall was certainly remembered incorrectly. The actual line is: “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Most likely, the line is misremembered because the version from the Grimm Brothers fairy tale was “Mirror, mirror” rather than “Magic mirror.”
Also, another reason for the misremembering of the line has to do with the number of syllables to match the rhythm. People shortened the “who is” to “who’s” since it fits better with the overall rhyme scheme.
4. ‘Casablanca’ - “Play It Again, Sam.”
Another example where the collective memory was formed and the Mandela Effect took place is in Casablanca. At different times in the movie, both Humphrey Bogart’s Rick and Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa ask the pianist and singer, Sam (Dooley Wilson) to play “As Time Goes By,” a song that calls back to their bittersweet moments in Paris.
The actual line is: “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.” So, the misremembered line was probably the product of Woody Allen’s 1969 play titled Play It Again, Sam, and then the film adaptation in 1972. Allen’s play centers on a love-seeking divorced writer who has ghostly visions of Rick from Casablanca that gives him advice. However, some people still insist that “Play it again, Sam” was truly the original line, suggested by an audio sample of Bogart in a random 1980s music video.
5. ‘Field Of Dreams’ - “If You Build It, They Will Come.”
1989’s Field of Dreams begins with farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) aimlessly walking around a cornfield when suddenly a voice from out of nowhere whispers, “If you build it, he will come.” A convinced Kinsella believes that if he builds a baseball diamond on his farm, Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), a renowned baseball player, will play there.
We remembered the line a certain way due to a few different reasons. The first reason is that James Earl Jones’ Terence Mann confirms to Kinsella that “people will most definitely come” and pay admission, which probably altered our memories with “they.” The second comes from the 1994 movie Wayne’s World 2 where the line was indirectly spoofed with the quote, “If you book them, they will come.” Lastly, the Mandela Effect really left an impression with the 2001 comedy How High, spoofing Field of Dreams. While standing in a cornfield, Tracey Morgan hears a whispering voice say, “If you build it, they will come.”
6. ‘Jaws’ - “We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat.”
Since Steven Spielberg’s Jaws came out in 1975, one singular line has lingered in the collective conscious: “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The actual line was “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” In the scene, Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) witnesses the ungodly shark that he is hunting with his companions.
Realizing the gravity of the situation, Brody stumbles back into the boat’s cabin, telling Quint (Robert Shaw) that he will need a larger boat. Per the Mandela Effect, the line is probably misremembered using “we’re” because it makes more sense separate from the dramatic context present in the scene. Roy Scheider even claimed that the improvised line began with “We’re.”
7. ‘Oliver Twist’ - “Please, Sir, May I Have Some More?”
The real line from 1968’s Oliver Twist is, “Please, sir, I want some more.” Most likely, our collective memory altered the line to, “Please, sir, may I have some more?” since it comes off as less demanding.
However, if you are familiar with the story and Oliver’s background, it’s actually pretty great that his deliverance of the line is more defiant than meek. Here’s yet another prime example of the Mandela Effect seeping into our minds and changing how we remember the line.
8. ‘Wizard Of Oz’ - “Toto, I Don’t Think We’re In Kansas Anymore.”
Judy Garland’s Dorothy actually says “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. Using “I’ve a feeling” isn’t as appealing for modern audiences to hear, which is probably why it was changed to “I don’t think.”
Although, some folks on Reddit did remember the line as being “I’ve a feeling” and question whether this example deserves a spot on the Mandela Effect roster. Coincidentally, this brings to the forefront another strange Oz conversation. Scarecrow is carrying a pistol in the Haunted Forest scene which some people have removed from their memories, insisting that it never appeared in the original version.
9. ‘Forrest Gump’ - “Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates.”
In Forrest Gump, the actual line that Forrest says is: “My mamma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” People privy to the Mandela Effect insist that the line really mentioned “is” when the film came out in 1994.
Of course, there were arguments around the grammatical correctness of the sentence. To confident Mandela believers “Mamma always said life was like a box of chocolates” was illogical due to the fact that the usage of the past tense shouldn’t have continued after “said.” Other people think that muddled memories impacted the iconic line’s common usage.
10. ‘Wall Street’ - “Greed Is Good.”
“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good” is the actual line from the 1987 finance drama Wall Street, demonstrating the significance between the Mandela Effect and the line itself. The non-Mandela quote shows that villain Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas) doesn’t feel “greed” is the right word to adequately define the intense entrepreneurial spirit that enables the capitalist structure to continue.
It’s obvious he isn’t comfortable with the word “greed” due to its negative connotations, yet he still uses it because he can’t come up with another word. Leave it to the passing of time to chip away at unnecessary words to reveal a phrase’s true essence, which could very well be what’s happening here. This is the Mandela Effect.