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By Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 29, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
Dirty Harry: Kobal Collection

What’s the most misquoted movie line?

What’s the movie line most often repeated incorrectly? My guess would be from Dirty Harry: ”You have to ask yourself, punk, ‘Do I feel lucky?”’ Which I probably got wrong here, too. — Amye

You’re only a little wrong, but the spirit is right: The actual quote is ”You’ve got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” Just as the actual line from Casablanca is ”Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By,”’ and not ”Play it again, Sam.”

Of course, lots of people always mess up Cameron Poe’s deathless line in Con Air. It’s not ”Put the bunny down, punk” — it’s ”Put… the bunny… back… in… the …box.”

And don’t you hate it when know-nothings say that the most important line in Pearl Harbor is ”a day that will live in infamy”? You and I both know it’s this:
Rafe: You are so beautiful, it hurts.
Evelyn: It’s your nose that hurts.
Rafe: I think it’s my heart.

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