10 Movie Quotes Everybody Gets Wrong

Are you feeling pedantic, punk?


"Unbearable pedantry means never having to say you're wrong."

- Love Story (1970)

The last one hundred years or so of cinema history has proffered up oodles of memorable sayings ripe for quoting at any given moment. There's barely an occasion in life that isn't fancified by a well-placed movie quote. Weddings ("My precious!"), funerals ("Hasta la vista, baby") - and even those intimate moments between the sheets ("Say hello to my little friend!"). It's never inappropriate.

But like childhood friends and after-dinner anecdotes, many of the best film quotes are made-up. And if not completely fabricated, at least grossly mis-remembered. The more people cite these fallacious phrases, the more history revises, until the original dialogue is forgotten entirely. Sometimes, even by the actor who said it.

It's important and not at all dickish to correct people who get them wrong. Did Dracula really want to drain your crimson vein-juice, or would a fine wine have done for him? And was Ingrid Bergman actually asking for an encore? Swot up on these most frequently botched cinema citations, and impress your friends.

Editorial Team
Editorial Team

Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know). He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.