8 Things We're Sure We've Seen In Films (But Actually Haven't)

You don't remember your favourite films anything like as well as you think you do.

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The Mandela Effect is a bizarre phenomenon we've all experienced - where one event is misremembered in the same way by a large enough group of people that its origin is called into question. Named after Nelson Mandela, who a huge swathe of people seem to believe died in prison in the 1980s, the effect has shown up many times in cinema. Many famous misquotes are a direct result of the Mandela Effect: Darth Vader's iconic line "Luke, I am your father", or Captain James T. Kirk's catchphrase "Beam me up, Scotty" are two prime examples.

But what about when this phenomenon extends beyond simple quotes and entire moments or scenes in films have been fabricated by our collective subconscious? Cinemagoers infamously managed to create an entire film in this way. Shazaam, an early 90s comedy starring comedian David "Sinbad" Adkins as a bumbling genie, has a dedicated fanbase despite having never existed. When informed that they're mistaking it for Kazaam, the 1996 comedy starring Shaquille O'Neal as a rapping genie, they assert that they remember both films as separate entities.

Whether the product of insidious conspiracies peddled about movie scenes, wishful thinking on the part of viewers or just simply getting details wrong over the passage of time, the entries on this list are set to make one tear one's hair out with frustration. Prepare to have your cinema knowledge thoroughly challenged.

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