TV Show Review: Depp v. Heard

I don’t really get to watch a lot of TV these days. I’ve been a bit busy writing books and working on this blog. But while channel hopping recently, I found this hilariously funny new comedy show called Depp v. Heard.

Now, I have missed a few episodes and so, I’ve only caught some of it. From what I’ve managed to work out, Depp v. Heard is a kind of mockumentary courtroom drama. Think Ricky Gervais’ The Office, only about a thousand times funnier. The cast is brilliant. You’ve got Johnny Depp (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Edward Scissorhands, Donnie Brasco) playing himself, except it’s like a really funny and exaggerated version of him. He has these really witty and well-observed comments that he makes regarding the whole case. Amber Heard (The O.C., Californication) plays this manipulative and clearly terrible liar, who is claiming that Depp beat her up but has zero evidence.


The plot seems to revolve around the idea that Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard for liable over her obviously false claims of his abuse that she wrote about in a newspaper column. So far Depp has had to defend himself against numerous allegations, that are very clearly false, thrown at him by Amber Heard’s lawyer. Now, this is where the real comedy comes from. So Heard’s lawyer is a guy called Ben Rottenborn. I’m not sure who plays this character as I’ve not been able to find a full cast list yet. Anyway, Rottenborn is not only a funny name, he’s probably the funniest character in the whole show. He could even be a contender for one of the most hilariously funny comedy characters ever made.

I don’t know who the writer is on Depp v. Heard but they deserve all the awards that should be coming to them for how brilliantly observed this Rottenborn character is. I mean, every good comedy show has the staple idiot character. The one who becomes the butt of a lot of jokes but also provides some of the best comedy a show has. Think Manuel from Fawlty Towers, an absolutely clueless employee that really is well in over his head. The only real difference is that Manuel had the excuse of being Spanish, so he didn’t really understand the English language fully. The Ben Rottenborn character doesn’t have that defence though as he is a native English speaker. Yet, he’s still utterly clueless and unable to do his job properly. I mean, I don’t want to get into spoilers here but there was one bit where Rottenborn raised an objection against a question that he himself asked. Fucking hilarious, if a little exaggerated as there is no way that a real lawyer could be so stupid.


What is really impressive about the Depp v. Heard show is that it is actually broadcast live. That’s a lot of pressure on the actors as live TV can really lead to a lot of problems with actors fluffing lines and so on. But to add a layer of authenticity, Sky News is broadcasting it via its YouTube channel. It really is a genius idea that adds a layer of ‘realism’ to the show and the whole mockumentary concept, even Ricky Gervais never did that. You can also catch previously broadcast episodes, easily found with a quick interwebs search. I recommend that you do too as it is hilarious.

If I have to find fault with the show, then there are times when you can hear people laughing in the background. This usually happens when Depp delivers one of his cutting witticisms or observations (“a mega-pint?”, “I wasn’t participating in the festival of ice cream.”) or when Rottenborn makes a complete idiot of himself, which does happen a lot. This does kind of break the immersion of the whole mockumentary courtroom drama feel. Plus, episodes do seem to drag on a bit sometimes. I’m talking several hours long and that can get a little boring after a while. Still, you can watch edited highlights which just gets to all the best bits. Also, there have been a few times when actors have broken character and you can see both Johnny Depp and his lawyer creasing up laughing at Amber Heard’s lawyer’s incompetence. Still, it is a live TV show and you kind of have to expect little bumps like this.


There’s a lack of characters. I mean, in real life when you have similar cases involving celebrities, multiple people always step forwards to collaborate the story of the accuser. Yet here, there hasn’t been anyone who has come forward to speak out against Johnny Depp except for Amber Heard. In fact, quite the opposite has happened with people very clearly stating that Depp has never abused them in any way and how he is a great person to work for and with. This does feel a bit unrealistic and it does give away the fact that you are really watching a TV show.

Another issue is that it is kind of obvious where the plot is going. Even a blind person can see that Johnny Depp is easily going to win this as Amber Heard’s legal team are complete jokers. Unless the writers can pull off some kind of clever twist at the end that sees Depp lose and shows the judge and jury as being as utterly clueless as the Ben Rottenborn character is, then I really don’t think the plot and resolve will surprise you.

Anyway, I say give Depp v. Heard a watch. It really is the best comedy show this year, if not this decade. I hope they release it on Blu-ray once it had finished its TV run. They could pack it with loads of special features that look at how the show was made, interviews with the writers and actors, etc.

Did Futurama ‘Borrow’ A Lot From Red Dwarf?

Well, it looks like Futurama is being brought back… again… again… again.

It took me a while to get into Futurama. I always saw it as a far less funny, sci-fi version of The Simpsons. For years I simply dismissed the show. In fact, it took me ten years to actually sit down and watch Futurama properly and when I did, loved it. Since then, I’ve watched had re-watched the episodes so many times (I have even just finished a binge-watch of the whole thing… again). So much, to the point where I began to notice quite a few times that Futurama has seemingly ‘borrowed’ from another brilliant sci-fi comedy show, Red Dwarf. Funnily enough, this was another show I also didn’t like at first, also a show that I really got into later and a show I ended up falling in love with.


When watching episodes of Red Dwarf after watching Futurama (or visa-versa), I began to notice quite a lot of similarities. Character traits motivations, and relationships. Even plots and story elements, which I felt that Futurama must’ve ‘borrowed’ from Red Dwarf. So I think I should get all of this down in writing and document the many, many times I believe that Futurama ‘borrowed’ from Red Dwarf.

First up, just a few general and very broad similarities to point out…
Of course, both shows are sci-fi comedies. That alone is not exactly unique but there are several things worth looking at. Lister is frozen in Red Dwarf and woken up many years later. Fry in Futurama, same thing Slightly different amount of years, I admit. But still, the basic premise is the same for both shows. There there are the names of Dave Lister and Philip Fry, both characters are known mainly by their last names over their first names. This extends to (Arnold) Rimmer and (Turanga) Leela too.


Both Lister and Fry are pretty slobby and oafish, both held dead-end jobs in their pre-frozen lives. Cat and Zoidberg are both animal characters who have evolved over the years… both really like fish too. This one is rather tenuous I admit but Starbug is green, so is the Planet Express ship. When not being used, Starbug rests in Red Dwarf, which is red. While the Planet Express ship rests in the Planet Express HQ… which is red. Lister is an orphan and often wonders about who his parents were, same for Leela. In both cases, we later learn about their parents too.

Those are just some basic similarities but now onto more episode-specific ones…
It is revealed in the first episode of Red Dwarf that Lister broke relegations by smuggling his cat, Frankenstein, onboard the ship. Leela is also found guilty of animal smuggling when she rescued Nibbler with the Planet Express ship. The Red Dwarf episode Future Echoes has the crew experience time-skips. This also happens in Futurama with the Time Keeps On Slipping episode. Also, Future Echoes features a toaster with a personality who bugs the crew. There is a talking toaster (that annoys Bender) in the Raging Bender episode of Futurama.


Lister learns that he is a god to the cat-race and that disagreements led to a Holy war. Bender is seen as a god in the Godfellas episode of Futurama and a Holy war breaks out between his followers. In both cases, Lister and Bender question the need for religion. In the Me² episode of Red Dwarf, Lister is told that the £17.50 he left in his bank account before he was frozen makes him incredibly rich on Earth due to compound interest. Unfortunately, he is lost in space so all his wealth is meaningless to him. In Futurama, Fry becomes rich after leaving a small amount in his bank and due to compound interest, in the A Fishful of Dollars episode.

In Red Dwarf, Kryten the robot is a big fan of the in-universe soap opera, Androids. Bender the robot is also a big fan of the in-universe soap opera, All My Circuits in Futurama. That’s not all. In Androids, the credits show that it had an all robot crew. The All My Circuits: The Movie shown in the Raging Bender episode shows all of its crew were robots. Cat talks about mermaids in Red Dwarf and claims that the fishtail on a woman’s body is the stupid way around as it makes sex rather difficult. Fry falls for a mermaid in the Deep South episode of Futurama. But when they go to bed together, Fry laments that she is not the ‘other kind’ of mermaid with the fish part on top and the woman on the bottom.


In the Stasis Leak episode of Red Dwarf, Lister discovers he is married to the love of his life, Kochanski thanks to time travel. Yet, he does not know how it happened and tries to work out how they ended up together. Fry has the same thing happen when he finds out he and Leela are married thanks to the time-skips from the Time Keeps On Slipping episode of Futurama. With Fry trying to learn how it happened too.

We learn that there is a parallel universe in Red Dwarf with the aptly titled Parallel Universe episode. In the other universe, the same characters exist, only the men are women and visa-versa. In Futurama, there is also a parallel universe (several of them) where the main thing that is different is that coin flips have the opposite effect when making decisions. The thing is that both shows have the parallel universe accessible via a basic box. With Red Dwarf, Holly creates the Holly-Hop Drive which is operated via a simple stop and start button. With Futurama, it’s just a literal box with a universe inside it.


Camille is an alien creature in Red Dwarf that disguises itself as a perfect match for whoever it meets. Basically, it becomes a female version of Lister, Rimmer, etc. Except for Cat where it becomes Cat. In the Futurama episode, A Bicyclops Built For Two, Leela meets Alkazar, a perfect male match for her. Of course, it turns out that Alkazar is just an alien that disguises itself as a perfect match for whoever it meets. Though to be fair, Alkazar has a much more ulterior motive for his actions than Camille did. Kryten actually becomes human in one episode of Red Dwarf, where he struggles to grasp the basic nature of being a human. Bander also became human in Futurama. It was in the Anthology of Interest I episode and yes, Bender does struggle with the concept of being human too.

Lister uses his pool skills to knock a planet into a white hole, using various planets as the ‘balls’. An idea the rest of the crew feels that Lister is not up to. Fry has a similar idea in the A Big Piece of Garbage episode where uses one big ball of garbage to hit another ball of garbage off course, via the gravity of several other planets. An idea that people don’t think Fry is up to doing. The Quarantine episode of Red Dwarf explores the idea of a positive virus that gives the infected special skills, like amazing luck. Fry has a similar experience when he eats a sandwich from a truck stop that gives him positive parasites and vastly improves his skills.


The crew of Red Dwarf experience a hallucination that was brought about by something called a despair squid. The episode (Back To Reality) ends where it began with the crew investigating the planet the despair squid was found. Bender also experienced a hallucination in the episode Obsoletely Fabulous. This one was brought on by an upgrade chip though, yet the episode ends where it began. Kryten has his guilt-chip removed in an episode of Red Dwarf. This allows the robot to function without inhibitions. Bender has his inhibition unit tampered with in Futurama and we get to see how he acts without it.

Lister finally learns the truth about his father when he goes back in time and actually becomes his own father. Fry also went back in time and accidentally killed his own grandfather. As Fry still existed, he believed his grandfather wasn’t his real grandfather… so he had sex with his own grandmother (when she was young), therefore Fry became his own grandfather. Both main characters of both shows are of their own parentage.


Kryten says that he has a degree (in sanitation) that he earned at university. Kochanski says that he never went to university and that the degree is just a program installed into him. Bender also says he learned bending at bending school. However, a flashback shows that it was just a program installed into him. After which, he is handed a degree.

Well, those are just some of the remarkably similar elements that Futurama seemed to have ‘borrowed’ from Red Dwarf. There are actually quite a few more I have spotted, I just don’t want this to go on too long.


There is another coincidence worth looking at, one that can’t really be blamed on ‘borrowing’. The last series of Red Dwarf was in 1999, the year that Futurama first aired. There was talk of doing another series of Red Dwarf and even the possibility of a movie. However, the BBC officially cancelled and cut all ties with the show back in 2007. It was revived in 2009 with a ‘film’ called Red Dwarf: Back to Earth on a different TV channel. I say it was a ‘film’ because that was how it was conceived and shot, but it was really three special episodes that could be viewed as a film, or just three connecting episodes. That ‘film’ led to the series eventually being revived, Anyway, Futurama was also cancelled in 2003. It too was brought back via films that could be split into episodes and it too was revived for more seasons (and the Yanks call them) by a different TV station.

Who I Think Will Play The Next James Bond…

So, the new Bond film, No Time To Die has finally been released after multiple and an almost two-year delay. It’s been well publicised that this is Daniel Craig’s final outing as Bond. Craig has often cited the fact that he’s getting too old to play the character now, that’s why he’s decided to hang up the Walther PPK after fifteen years and five films.


Fairplay to the man, he doesn’t want to do a Roger Moore and be pushing 60 while trying to play the character, I actually doff my cap to Craig for knowing when to pull the plug. However, what always happens when the current James Bond steps down is, the rumour mill starts turning and news outlets begin the long-standing tradition of bringing up suitable replacements to take on the James Bond role. So far, we’ve had names like Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hiddleston and more that have all been namechecked as the next James Bond.

However, after watching No Time to Die, I think I know what’s coming and who’ll play Bond next. Now, before I get into this, I have to pop up a very gargantuan SPOILER warning. Seriously, I’m about to reveal a few major plot points from No Time to Die that are huge and will ruin your enjoyment of the film if you’ve not yet seen it. So, please don’t read this article if you’ve not seen the film yet. Or read it if you don’t care about SPOILERS. Last chance coming up to click away from this one massive SPOILERS coming.



So there are two major events in No Time to Die that change the entire landscape of the franchise from this point on. First, Bond has a daughter, Mathilde. Played by Lisa-Dorah Sonnet, Mathilde is the daughter of James Bond and Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) returning from Spectre. The second aspect is pretty ground-breaking (even if more than a little expected, to be honest), James Bond dies at the end. Now, this is not some subtle, off-screen death where you could possibly argue that Bond could come back. Oh no, Bond is dead for sure. He dies right there on-screen after being hit by a barrage of missiles that are launched at the villain’s hideout. Seriously, James Bond gets decimated. There is no possible way he survived, he’s deader than Felix Leiter. Oh yeah, Felix Leiter dies too. Hey, I did pre-warn about spoilers.

This changes things massively for the franchise. Producer, Barbara Broccoli, has recently been talking about the Bond character amidst suggestions that James Bond could become female. Broccoli has said that James Bond will always be male:

“James Bond is a male character. I hope that there will be many, many films made with women, for women, by women, about women. I don’t think we have to take a male character and have a woman portray him. So yes, I see him as male.”


So there you have it from the horse’s mouth, Bond is male and there is no intention to turn the character female. Of course, they could reboot the franchise and bring in a new male actor to play James Bond… but I don’t think that is what they have planned at all. I think the idea is to carry on in the Daniel Craig universe, even though James Bond is dead. See, Craig himself said something interesting recently on the very same subject of Bond becoming female:

“The answer to that is very simple. There should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”

In No Time to Die, James Bond isn’t 007 anymore. 007 is just a codename and anyone can be an agent with the famed 007 title. In the film, 007 is now Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch… who is both female and an actor of colour (as Craig suggested). Then you also have Barbara Broccoli suggesting that you don’t need to take the character and make him female too. Coincidence? I think not.

007 NOMI

For me, I think they will carry on in the Daniel Craig universe (all of his Bond films have been connected in some way). Nomi as 007 will be the next ‘James Bond’, so to speak. She will carry on the series as the main character, but still being connected to all the previous events. I fail to see, from a storytelling point of view, why the producers would set all of this up, a new 007 agent and Bond having a daughter, to do nothing with it.

The very final scene of No Time to Die, before the credits roll (my favourite scene by the way) has Madeleine Swann driving away with Mathilde and telling her about ‘a great man’ called Bond, James Bond, her father. Not only does that scene reference one of the most heartbreaking scenes in a Bond film ever (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), it’s also setting up for the future. They could have Nomi as the new 007 for the next 15 – 20 years, then have a now-grown Mathilde work for MI6 as a new agent, Mathilde Bond and follow in her dad’s footsteps. The films between could also show Mathilde growing up and working towards becoming a 00 agent. There’s a lot of scope to be had here.


The great thing about this idea is that, if it fails, the producers always have the reboot idea to fall back on. Say, the next (not) Bond film is released with Lashana Lynch playing Nomi as 007 and it flops, they could just bring James Bond back and restart the whole thing… again.

So yeah, I don’t think there will be a next James Bond, none of the names continually being brought up will work out as there is no Bond anymore, he’s dead and I think the plan is to leave him dead.

The Great Movie Misquotes Article

Who doesn’t love a good quotable movie? Lines of dialogue that pass in seconds, but last for decades. Lines we all say on a regular basis, sometimes without even thinking about it, almost as if they become some kind of muscle memory. Uttered words that can spark off a memory and put a smile on your face. As memorable as some movie quotes are, quite a few are remembered and quoted wrong. Well, let’s take a look at some of the more famous (and not so famous) quotes that people often seem to get wrong.

“Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?”


Easily one of the most classic scenes in cinema history. There’s Clint Eastwood’s ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan in a diner trying to enjoy his morning coffee… when a bank robbery kicks off across the street. Harry does his thing, whips out his Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver loaded with .44 Magnum bullets and takes out three of the robbers and holds a fourth at gunpoint where he delivers one of the most awesome movie speeches and ends with: “Do you feel lucky, punk?”. You can hear Clint saying it in your head right now, can’t you.

Except he doesn’t. It is close, but Harry Callahan never asked the punk if he felt lucky like that. The full quote is:

“I know what you’re thinking, ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’. Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being 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 you, punk?”

He tells the punk that he needs to ask himself one question: “Do I feel lucky?”. Which he then answers for him with: “Well, do you, punk?”. He never says “Do you feel lucky, punk?” as often quoted.

“Greed Is Good.”


Wall Street is a film about eighties excess and suave but slimy stockbrokers. There’s a part in the film where Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) delivers a rather rousing speech about greed to a very hungry audience who lap up his every word. It is this speech where the famous line: “Greed is good” is uttered. Like the previous Dirty Harry misquote, this is close but not exactly right. Gordon Gekko’s speech goes on for a minute or so, so I won’t quote all of it. But the main part is actually:

“The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.”

So he does kind of say: “Greed is good”… there’s just a few words in between that people seem to forget about.

“Mrs Robinson, Are You Trying To Seduce Me?”


In The Graduate, a young Dustin Hoffman plays Benjamin Braddock who begins a love affair with the older Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft). The two have several meetings and the film ends with one of the most iconic and questionable finales ever. All with a pretty awesome Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack. Dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee. Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo. Dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee. In one of the earlier scenes of the film, it appears that Mrs Robinson (possibly) has an ulterior motive when Benjamin Braddock gives her a ride home. It is this scene where Dustin Hoffman delivers the immortal line as quoted above… doesn’t he? No, of course he doesn’t, that’s why it is in the article. What he actually says is: 

“Mrs Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me… aren’t you?”

The real quote makes the character sound far more unsure of exactly what Mrs Robinson’s intentions are. In fact, Mrs Robinson even lets out a little laugh before Benjamin Braddock asks: “Aren’t you?”. It is that laugh that casts a cloud of uncertainty over the young man who was, just before, pretty confident of exactly what Mrs Robinson wanted. The correct quote adds a layer to the scene this is missed with the misquote.

“Luke, I Am Your Father.”


This is very easily one of the most famous movie misquotes of all time… EVER. It has been covered so many times by so many people already that I almost didn’t bother to include it. Still, as it is so (in)famous, I just felt that I had to pop it in here. It’ll be rude not too wouldn’t it? Anyway, we all know the scene from the climax of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back where Darth Vader tells Luke Skywalker that he is his father in one of the biggest movie plot twists ever. So him saying: “Luke, I Am Your Father” makes perfect sense as he is literally telling Luke that he is his father. Simple enough. But we all know that is not what he says, despite the fact that is how so many people quote the line. The actual line is:

“No. I am your father.”

It is only a one-word change, but when you watch the whole scene, Darth Vader saying “Luke, I am your father” doesn’t make full contextual sense. Why would he need to address Luke as Luke, as if to clarify who he is talking to, when Luke is the only other person there? Especially after Luke’s little speech that precedes the quote. Despite some YouTube edits to try to fool people into thinking that the misquote is right, it’s not.

“Hello, Clarice.”


Speaking of YouTube edits, Dr Hannibal Lecter never said “Hello Clarice” in The Silence of the Lambs. What a film and what a first meeting of two characters played perfectly by both Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. Still, many people are convinced that Hannibal’s first words to Clarice were “Hello Clarice”. Just going back to the YouTube clip I linked to there, the description for the video reads: “The footage has been edited with visual effects by Romthirty VFX”, yes, the clip has been edited as the uploader openly admits. Not only does Lecter not say “Hello, Clarice” when they first meet… he never says the line at all in the film. Even so, if we forget about that edited clip, Hannibal Lecter saying “Hello, Clarice” makes zero contextual sense when you take into consideration that Clarice Starling’s first line to the good doctor is: 

“Dr Lecter, my name is Clarice Starling. May I speak with you?”

So why would Lecter say “Hello, Clarice” for Clarice to reply with her name as an introduction? Doesn’t make sense, does it? Now, he does say something, but just what does Lecter actually say to Starling when they first meet? Something far more simple and actually more chilling too:


The calmness of how that simple word is delivered and with Dr Lecter standing in the middle of his cell, ready and waiting for Clarice Starling is far more effective than he magically knowing her name. Oh and just for the record, in the script Lecter was not supposed to be standing there seemingly waiting for Starling to arrive. It was Anthony Hopkins’ idea to do that. When the director asked how could Lecter know someone was coming to visit him, Hopkins said “he can smell her”.

“Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall, Who Is The Fairest Of Them All?”


The Evil Queen and her Snow White killing ways eh? Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a classic fairytale and one of Disney’s most endearing films. The Evil Queen talking to her magic mirror and asking who is the fairest of them all is one of those lines that has gone down in cinematic history as one of the most quotable. Yet a great many people get it wrong… twice in the same line. See the Queen never said “Mirror, mirror” or asked “who is the fairest of them all?” either, I know you think she did. If you ask someone to quote the line, they will probably say it too… but she didn’t. What the Evil Queen actually asks is:

“Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”

I admit, it is close, but still a misquote nonetheless. From what I gather, the misquote seems to come from the original Snow White fairytale from The Brothers Grimm and not from the Disney film that people like to quote… wrongly.

“We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat!”


Shortly after this scene in Jaws where Roy Scheider’s Chief Martin Brody is throwing chum into the water to attract Bruce the shark. He backs away into the cabin of the boat and declares “We’re gonna need a bigger boat!” after seeing first-hand just how big the shark is. This misquote can certainly be seen as very, very pedantic, but that is not quite what Brody says. What he actually says is: 

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat!”

As I said, very pedantic sure. But it’s also another one of those contextual things too. When Chief Brody backs into the cabin and says the line, he’s addressing Quint (Robert Shaw) and the boat belongs to him. So Brody saying “You’re” makes more sense than “We’re”, as he is talking to the boat’s captain and owner. He is telling Quint that he’s gonna need a bigger boat.

“Play It Again, Sam!”


When it comes to classic cinema, they don’t come much more classic than Casablanca. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and of course, Dooley Wilson as the often-quoted Sam. The scene in question basically has Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) ask Sam to play his and Ilsa Lund’s (Ingrid Bergman) song. This is when Blaine utters the immortal four words of the misquote that he never actually said. Some misquotes on this list are pedantic and are only a word or two wrong but this quote? It’s not even close to be fair. What Rick Blaine says is:

“You played it for her, you can play it for me. If she can stand it, I can. Play it!”

Aside from the words ‘play’ and ‘it’, the real quote is nothing like the misquote. Sam is not even mentioned, yet “Play it again, Sam!” is one of the most quoted movie lines ever. Woody Allen named a film after the misquote, whenever this scene from Casablanca is referenced, “Play it again, Sam!” is always used despite that line not being in the film at all. The closest the misquote comes to being in the film is perhaps from Ilsa Lund when she says:

“Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’.”

Yet, when the misquote is used, it is always done so with Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine very much in mind.

“Me, Tarzan. You, Jane.”


1932’s Tarzan the Ape Man is credited with introducing the line “Me, Tarzan. You, Jane.”, it’s from a scene where Jane (Maureen O’Sullivan) is trying to teach Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) to communicate. However, that line is never said in the film. During that scene (after saving Jane from a leopard), Tarzan learns to say Jane after encouragement from her. He also says Tarzan, he then just keep repeating their two names over and over to the annoyance of Jane. Now, while that line is not in Tarzan the Ape Man or any of the Tarzan films that Johnny Weissmuller starred in (including eleven sequels), Weissmuller himself did say it… at least twice. First, he said it during an interview with Photoplay magazine in 1932:

“I didn’t have to act in Tarzan The Ape Man, I just said, ‘Me Tarzan, you Jane’.”

Johnny Weissmuller reportedly also said it again in another interview After Weissmuller died in 1984, Associated Press obituary posted a quote from him after being quizzed on his (limited) acting talent where Johnny Weissmuller replied:

“How can a guy climb trees, say ‘Me, Tarzan, you, Jane,’ and make a million? The public forgives my acting because they know I was an athlete. They know I wasn’t make-believe.”

“Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates.”


Forrest Gump is one of my all-time favourite films, it is also highly quotable. One of the most famous quotes is Forrest Gump saying “life is like a box of chocolates”. But what if I told you that he never says that line? You’d call me out for lying and being wrong, I assume. But here’s the thing, he never did say “life is like a box of chocolates”. Admittedly, this is one of those pedantic ones for a couple of reasons. The line is in the film, it’s just that Forrest himself never said it. mama Gump says it on her deathbed. What Forrest does is, he then quotes his mama saying it:

“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.”

Forrest quotes his mom, he doesn’t say the line himself. Also, the quote is “life was like a box of chocolates” and not “life is like a box of chocolates” because Forrest is quoting from the past after his mama died. He says “was” and not “is”.

“I Love The Smell Of Napalm In The Morning. It Smells Like Victory!”


Apocalypse Now is often seen as the quintessential ‘Nam movie. With an all-star cast and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. This really is the Godfather of war flicks. It also features one of the most misquoted lines ever when
Robert Duvall’s Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore says: 

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like victory!”

Now technically, he does kind of say that… this is just a case of the actual quote being longer and some of the wording is a tad different:

“Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for twelve hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn’t find one of ’em, not one stinkin’ dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell? The whole hill. Smelled like… victory. Someday this war’s gonna end.”

Yup, the shorter version is a bit snappier, but it also misses out on a lot of the meaning and vitriol behind the quote. As snappier as the misquote is, it really lacks the punch of the complete quote. Still, if/when you do say the misquote… people know what film you are quoting.

Well, I think that will do for movie misquotes for now. There are more… a lot more. Maybe I’ll take a look at some of those further down the road. But until then:

“Beam me up, Scotty.”

My Raiders At 40 Celebration… All Of It

In case you missed it, I spent June of this year celebrating Raiders of the Lost Ark turning 40-years-old. I put together a rather large collection of articles covering various Raiders and Indiana Jones subjects. Four decades of Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr. which took a lot of research, writing and editing to get it all done. As there were so many articles, I thought that I could put them all together in one place so they were easier to find.

So here they are, all ten articles all in one place. Just give each link a click and the articles will open up in their own window for your convenience and reading pleasure.

Raiders At 40: An Indiana Jones Games Retrospective

A look at every Indiana Jones video game ever released.

Raiders At 40: Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Plot Hole

Was Indy irrelevant in his own film?

Raiders At 40: Indy Rip-Offs

Several films that jumped on the Raiders bandwagon.

Raiders At 40: Movie Sequels We Never Got: The ‘Other’ Third Indiana Jones Film… And More

An interesting look at several Indiana Jones films that were never made.

Raiders At 40: The Future Of Indiana Jones?

I ponder what the future holds for the Indy franchise after Indy 5.

Raiders At 40: Behind The Boulder

I explore the famed opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark and discover and interesting inspiration.

Raiders At 40: Is Indiana Jones A Paedophile?

There’s a fan theory floating around the internet that Indy and Marion’s relationship may not have been ‘legal’. 

Raiders At 40: Creating A Legend, Part One

The first part looking at the making of Raiders concentrates on the conception and pre-production.

Raiders At 40: Creating A Legend, Part Two

Part two of the making of Raiders explores the shooting of the film.

Raiders At 40: Creating A Legend, Part Three

The final part looking at the making of Raiders of the Lost Ark covers post-production and the film’s release.