“Luke, I am your father” is a famous line from The Empire Strikes Back, one of the best Sci-Fi films of all time, right? Wrong. The line, which tops a list from the site I love film and is highlighted over at The Guardian, is actually “No, I am your father.” Its a line Vader says in response to Luke who told him Obi-Wan Kenobi said Vader killed his father. Oh well, it was pretty close.
Some of the other famous misquotes include a classic from Casablanca where Ingrid Bergman’s character supposedly utters the line “Play it again Sam.” Like the line from The Empire Strikes Back, this one isn’t in the movie either. What’s actually said is “Play it Sam. Play As Time Goes By”, which is close, but not correct. Also not correct is Dirty Harry’s famous “Do you feel lucky punk?” line form the movie of the same name. In the film, Harry actually says: “”You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?” Again, close but not correct.
Its a fun list and really helps to illustrate how things can evolve and change over time as more people tell the same story. Fortunately, with the help of the Internets, we can keep better track of this kind of thing and characters from famous movies can get credit (or blame) for saying things they actually say.