9 Iconic Movie Quotes (That Everyone Gets Wrong)

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Nothing is more annoying than the friend who recites all of your favorite movies quotes incorrectly. However, it turns out that we’re all guilty of misquoting. Here are 9 iconic movie quotes that you’ve probably gotten wrong:

1. “Mirror, mirror, on the wall…” (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)

In the 1937 version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the evil Queen actually says “Magic mirror on the wall who is the fairest one of all?” The confusion is probably thanks to the Brothers Grimm version of the story in which the Queen says “Spieglein, Spieglein, an der Wand, Wer ist die Schönste im ganzen Land?” (literally translated as “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the most beautiful in the whole country?”).

2. “Brace yourself, winter is coming” (Game of Thrones)

Attributed to Ned Stark and even the source of a meme, the words of House Stark are never actually preceded by phrase “Brace yourself” in Game of Thrones.

3. “And I would have gotten away with it if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids!” (Scooby-Doo)

Commonly attributed to various Scooby-Doo villains after being apprehended and unmasked at the end of each episode, this quote is actually an amalgamation of several lines delivered throughout the series. Some villains would deliver a variation on the line, substituting “meddling kids” for “blasted kids,” however many villains were actually silent upon arrest. In A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, almost every villain delivered the line, but would refer to the gang as “pesky” rather than “meddling.”

4. “Luke, I am Your Father.” (Star Wars)

Darth Vader’s famous line was selected as one of the 400 nominees for the American Film Institute’s 100 Years… 100 Movie Quotes, a list of the greatest American film quotes, however non-Star Wars nerds might be shocked to learn that the line is actually, “No, I am your father.”

5. “Beam me up, Scotty” (Star Trek)

“Beam me up, Scotty” is to Stark Trek as “Luke, I am Your Father” is to Star Wars. However, despite being the title of Star Trek actor James Doohan‘s autobiography, the line is never actually said in any Stark Trek movie or episode. On occasion William Shatner‘s Captain Kirk used the expressions “Energize;” “Beam me aboard;” “Beam us up home;” “Two to beam up;” “Scotty, beam us up;” “Beam me up;” “Beam us up, Scotty;” “Scotty, beam me in;” and “Beam them out of there, Scotty,” but never “Beam me up, Scotty.” The line was eventually spoken by Shatner in the audio version of the novel Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden.

6. “Play it again, Sam” (Casablanca)

Six lines from the movie Casablanca appeared on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes including “Play it once, Sam, for old times’ sake, play ‘As Time Goes By’.” Wait, what? That’s right it turns out one of the most classic lines in film history doesn’t even exist. So where does the shorter, more popular version of the line come from? Parody. It was originally misquoted in the Marx Brothers film A Night in Casablanca as well as the Woody Allen film, Play It Again, Sam.

7. “I’m out of order? You’re out of order! This whole court’s out of order!” (And Justice for All)

If you’ve seen a court room parody, you’ve probably heard this quote, however the actual line from Al Pacino’s character is “You’re out of order! You’re out of order! The whole trial is out of order! They’re out of order!” The line is been parodied in pop culture for years, including most famously on The Simpsons, which is probably where the misconception comes from.

8. “Do you want to play a game?” (Saw)

The iconic quote doesn’t actually appear in any of the Saw films. Instead, Jigsaw says “I want to play a game.” A similar quote, “Shall we play a game?” appears in the movie WarGames though, which is basically the same thing.

9. “Elementary, my dear Watson” (Sherlock Holmes)

The phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson” is never once spoken by Sherlock Holmes in any of the sixty stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The closest Holmes ever comes to the famous line is the word “Elementary,” in The Adventure of the Crooked. However, this hasn’t stopped the phrase from entering the pop culture lexicon. Today, the phrase is as closely connected to the character as vodka martinis are to James Bond or empathy is to Mr. T.