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Major Movie Misquotes

It's been a strange weekend in Wisconsin with the tragedies in Connecticut, then the Packers going on to win. Like many of you, I watched the coverage all weekend long.  I feel like I need a little break this morning. 

Movies are all about escapism. It's one of the reasons I love film.  There was a story over the weekend about how the piano from Casablanca sold, so here's where my mind went with it.

Casablanca9406 Wideweb  470X385,0Play it again Sam.  Right?

Nope.  That's actually one of the most misquoted lines in movie history. 

Misquote: “Play it again, Sam”

This is often believed to have been said by Bogart in Casablanca. In fact, he closest Bogart came to the phrase was this: “You played it for her, you can play it for me…If she can stand it, I can. Play it!” Interestingly, Ingrid Bergman’s character comes closest when she says: “Play it, Sam.”

If you're being picky, there's also these too:

Snow White


Misquote: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”

This is an incorrect quotation. In Disney’s animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the wicked Queen asked: “Magic Mirror on the Wall, who is the Fairest one of all?”

Listen to the original


01A Dracula

Misquote: I want to suck your blood!

This quote, usually attributed to Bela Lugosi who played Dracula in 1931, was actually never spoken by Lugosi. However, it was used for humor in Tim Burton’s 1994 Ed Wood. Muahaha!

Star Wars


Misquote: “Luke, I am your father”

Commonly believed to have been said by Darth Vader, this quote did not actually occur at all. The actual quote was “No, I am your father” and it was not even delivered on camera – it was dubbed in later; what was originally said on camera was “Obi-Wan killed your father”.

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Forrest Gump


Misquote: “My mama always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Okay – it is a minor point, but he actually says “Life was like a box of chocolates.”

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Apollo 13


Misquote: “Houston, we have a problem.”

Also sometimes misquoted as: “Houston, we’ve got a problem.” Both are wrong. The correct historical phrase was: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”

Star Wars

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Misquote: May the Force be With You

This quote is wrongly attributed to Obi Wan Kenobi who actually said: “The Force will be with you…always”, and “Remember, the Force will be with you…always”. Han Solo, on the other hand, did say this at one point in the film.

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Here's the story that got me thinking about film today:

'Casablanca' piano sells in NY for more than $600K

The piano used for the song "As Times Goes By" in the classic 1942 film "Casablanca" has fetched more than $600,000 at auction.

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12/17/2012 6:47AM
Major Movie Misquotes
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