Some of the most commonly recited lines from movies are quoted incorrectly.
Favorite lines from classic cinema, from Field of Dreams to Dirty
Harry, have been repeated so many times over the years that, like in a
game of telephone, they are no longer remembered in their original
One misquote has become so common, it even became the title of another movie.
Mirror, Mirror, starring Lily Collins and Julia Roberts, is of course
named after the line in Disney’s Snow White tale on which it is based.
But the evil queen in the 1937 animated film actually says something else.
Instead of ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall,’ the queen says ‘magic mirror
on the wall.’
The signature quote from another children’s favorite, The Wizard of
Oz, is also constantly mis-quoted.
When Dorothy lands in Oz, most people believe she said ‘Toto, I don’t
think we’re in Kansas anymore.’ If fact, the line
feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.’
Set not far from Kansas in Iowa, Field of Dreams is another commonly
Most people think the character played by James Earl Jones tells Kevin
Costner’s character ‘If you build it, they will come.’
In fact, it something slightly different: ‘If you build it, he will come.’
James Earl Jones actually has two hugely famous, and often incorrect,
A slightly raspier version of the famous actor’s voice is often
believed to say ‘Luke, I am your father.’
Actually, Jones’ character Darth Vader says ‘No. I am your father,’
when Luke Skywalker mistakenly accuses Vader of killing his father.
In Dirty Hairy, Clint Eastwood doesn’t say ‘Do you feel lucky, punk?’
when he makes his final approach to an injured criminal as is commonly
Instead, he says ‘You’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel
lucky? Well, do ya, punk?’
Which might be a good question to ask yourself the next time you feel inclined to quote your favorite move line.