Thursday, April 17, 2008

Who knew that all along you been saying it WRONG!

I thought this was funny. I am glad Jeopardy sparked me to educate myself a little more today!


1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Misquote: "Luke, I am your father."

Actual quote: "No. I am your father."

Your bĂȘte noire, spoken during Luke's illusion-shattering confrontation with his nemesis, Darth Vader, is a perfect example. The pertinent part of the exchange goes like this:

Darth Vader: "If you only knew the power of the dark side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father."

Luke: "He told me enough! He told me you killed him."

Darth Vader: "No. I am your father."

Wow — great moment. But as beautifully as "No. I am your father," plays in context, it's not a one-liner without the specificity of Luke's name. So people remember it as "Luke, I am your father."

2. Dirty Harry (1971)

Misquote: "Do you feel lucky, punk?"

Actual quote: "Ah, I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking, 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, I've forgotten myself in all this excitement. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk?"

Clint Eastwood sells the hell out of that speech, but the misquoter boils it down to five key words that never occur together.

1 comment:

Angie said...

I had a flashback of a band shirt...ha ha, isn't it crazy though how we get from one comment and end up with another..kinda like that whisper the thought down the line game..by the time its a the end it has nothing to do with the original quote.