9. Silence Of The Lambs (1991)The Misquote:
"Hello Clarice." The Real Quote:
"Good evening, Clarice." Why It Was Misquoted:
Hannibal Lecter is a suave, charming psychopath, so to expect him to use a greeting as common as Hello is frankly ridiculous. It robs the quote of context and thus makes it a more plainly menacing thing and less complex than in the film. The misquote stems from the sheer popularity of the film; within a couple of years numerous parodies (most notably French and Saunders) popped up using the misquote. As weve seen, parody can often be stronger than the original.
8. Tarzan The Ape Man (1932)The Misquote:
"Me Tarzan, you Jane" The Real Quote:
"Jane" "You?" "Tarzan. Tarzan." "Tarzan. Jane. Tarzan." Why It Was Misquoted:
Clearly the misquote is a lot easier to understand than the quote from the film; seeing it written down takes some brain power to follow. Tarzan the Ape Man was the first Tarzan film to star Johnny Weissmuller, who went on to define the character, as well as being on the first of the talkie era. This scene was a go to moment that defined the franchise and a new verson of the line stuck.
7. The Wizard Of Oz (1939)The Misquote:
"Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore." The Real Quote:
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." Why It Was Misquoted:
This line has been referenced in multiple blockbusters, from The Matrix (because evil people who betray their entire race have time for The Wizard of Oz) to Avatar (because evil people who try to destroy an entire other race have time for The Wizard of Oz), so its understandable, with so much reuse, the exact quote has been misconstrued. The Wizard of Oz may be one of the best regarded movies and consistently the highest rated fantasies of all time, but its signature line is always shortened for its more definitive stance.