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11 Movie Quotes Supposedly Altered By The Mandela Effect

Updated April 28, 2020 9.7k votes 1.8k voters 165.8k views11 items

List RulesVote up the movie quotes you think were changed by the Mandela Effect.

Remember when Humphrey Bogart said "Play it again, Sam" in Casablanca? Or when Gordon Gecko said "Greed is good" in Wall Street? Or when Roy Scheider said, "We're gonna need a bigger boat" in Jaws? Some of the greatest movie lines in film history, right?

Trick question. None of those lines were actually spoken in their films. All of them (and many more) have been misremembered and mutated in our collective consciousness - or maybe they're Mandela Effects. The infamous Mandela Effect theory claims that the events we "misremember" are actually memories from alternate realities. 

Are these misquoted movie lines actually hints that our consciousnesses are surfing on quantum patterns across slightly different alternate universes? Or are they clues that what we perceive to be reality is just a glitchy simulation? Vote up the Mandela Effect movie quotes that make you question your own reality.

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  • The Actual Line: "No, I am your father."

    In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader starts his infamous monologue with "Luke" but doesn't repeat his son's name for some time. The infamous line actually starts with "No," since Vader is contradicting Luke's accusation that Vader killed his father. 

    Without this context, however, many Star Wars fans and casual viewers will vehemently insist that the line starts with "Luke." One Redditor refuses to rewatch the movie clip, claiming they "have to preserve the original memory. In one interview, even James Earl Jones himself, the voice of Vader, seems to remember the line as "Luke, I am your father."

    • Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Irvin Kershner
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  • The Actual Line: Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) never actually says this infamous line in The Silence of the Lambs, though many movie afficionados would likely beg to differ.

    The phrase has come to represent the unique relationship between Lecter and the fresh-faced FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), who seeks his help on an urgent investigation. Lecter greets Starling three times in the film: "Good morning," "Your bleeding has stopped," and "Good evening, Clarice." In the final scene, he also says to her over the phone, "Well, Clarice, have the lambs stopped screaming?"

    The misquote may have started when Jim Carrey jokingly imitated Lecter in 1996's Cable Guy. Some proponents of the Mandela Effect theory cite this as evidence that the line was still in its "early" form when Cable Guy was made.

    • Actors: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak, George A. Romero, Roger Corman
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Jonathan Demme
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  • The Actual Line: "Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?"

    This infamous line from Disney's first animated feature is often confused with the version from the original Grimm Brothers fairy tale, which reads "Mirror, mirror," not "Magic mirror." The second part of the line is likely misremembered because it has one too many syllables to fit the rhythm, hence why people shorten "who is" to "who's."

    One Redditor thinks the line actually changed since the movie's original release:

    How does that account for all the "Mirror Mirror" official Disney merch, all the advertisements running with the "Mirror Mirror" line, and even all the reviewers who stepped out of the cinema upon veiwing the film to utter statements like, "Mirror Mirror on the Wall / Who's the Fairest of them all, has entered folklore.

    Pair the physical evidence with the millions of people who remember "Mirror Mirror" - surely there must be some red flags going up?

    • Actors: Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald, Adriana Caselotti, Moroni Olsen
    • Released: 1937
    • Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell
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  • The Actual Line: "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

    In the unforgettable scene from Jaws, Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) gets his first close-up look at the gigantic shark he and his companions are hunting. He then staggers back into the Orca's cabin and tells Quint (Robert Shaw) that he's going to need a bigger boat. The line is likely misremembered as "we're" since the more inclusive term makes more sense outside of the dramatic context.

    Even Roy Scheider himself claims the line - which he improvised on set - starts with "We're."

    • Actors: Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, John Searle
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
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