Some of the most memorable and quoted lines in movie history were totally off the hook and were not in the script, as seen with these 10 quotes.
Although discouraged by meticulous filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick, improvisation has an interesting place in film. The average Hollywood comedy will have some scenes with semi-improvised riffs, especially since comedy’s biggest stars like Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray tend to come from an improv background, but improvised lines can also have a place in the drama.
In fact, some of the most memorable quotes in movie history were unwritten. An actor who is completely immersed in a scene can often have more adequate dialogue than a screenwriter sitting in an office, staring at a blank page, months before the cameras start rolling.
10 Bill Murray’s “Cinderella Story” speech at Caddyshack
Since Caddyshack Director Harold Ramis cut his teeth in the same improv circle as Bill Murray, he knew he didn’t need to give his character a lot of scripted dialogue, because the actor would make up even funnier lines that day.
There was no dialogue in the scene where he hits flowers with a golf club. Instead, Murray improvised the entire “Cinderella Story” monologue.
9 “I’m walking here!” In midnight cowboy
With a limited budget, producers of Midnight cowboy couldn’t afford to shut down a New York street, so Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman had to walk through regular crowds to act out their scenes.
To avoid ruining the shots, the actors had to incorporate real-life encounters into the scene. When a cab collided with Hoffman, he yelled at the driver in his character, “Hey, I’m walking here!”
8 “Okay, okay, okay” in dazed and confused
Wooderson has a ton of iconic lines in Richard Linklater’s classic comedy. Dazed and confusedFrom “It’d be so much better if you did” to “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man: I’m getting older, they’re still the same age.”
But arguably the most memorable is “Okay, okay, okay,” a phrase known to people who haven’t seen the movie and inextricably linked to Matthew McConaughey as a kind of catchphrase. McConaughey improvised the line after hearing Jim Morrison say “okay” a few times in rapid succession between songs on a live Doors album.
7 “How is it funny?” At Goodfellas
While filming the nightclub scene early in good friendsJoe Pesci mentioned that he had witnessed a similar encounter between gangsters while working as a waiter at a restaurant frequented by the mob, so Scorsese let him run with the scene.
Pesci’s character Tommy tells a story and Ray Liotta’s character Henry tells him he’s a “funny guy.” Tommy challenges Henry until Henry finally realizes that he is picking on him.
6 “I know” in the empire strikes back
In the original script of The Empire Strikes BackAs Han Solo was being frozen in carbonite and Princess Leia told him, “I love you,” he was supposed to say, “I love you too.”
However, Harrison Ford did not think this was very characteristic of Han and decided to change the line to “I know”, which has since become one of the Star Wars the most iconic quotes of the saga.
5 “Heeeere it’s Johnny!” In the afterglow
For the Stanley Kubrick scene The glow in which Jack Torrance hits the bathroom door with an ax in an attempt to murder his wife and son, Jack Nicholson added Ed McMahon’s catchphrase, “Heeeere’s Johnny!”
Since then it has become one of the most cited lines in the history of horror movies. Kubrick almost cut it off because he lived in the UK, where Tonight’s show it was not issued, so you did not understand the reference.
4 “… Take The Cannoli” In The Godfather
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the original script by The Godfather Clemenza simply said to Rocco, “Put down the gun.” Richard S. Castellano improvised the second part: “Put down the gun, take the cannoli”.
This was based on a suggestion from Castellano’s wife, Ardell Sheridan, who thought it would be fun to recall the character’s reference to dessert in an earlier scene.
3 “Are you talking to me?” In taxi driver
Paul Schrader’s script for Taxi driver he simply noticed that Travis Bickle was talking to himself in the mirror. He did not specify what his actual lines would be, so Robert De Niro was free to improvise.
He started repeating the line: “Are you talking to me?” and finally began to threaten the imaginary man in the mirror, highlighting the intense isolation of the character. Since then, this has become one of the most famous moments in movie history.
two “Yippee-Ki-Yay, son of a bitch” on Die Hard
Screenwriter Steven E. de Souza said that in his script for Die hard, wrote John McClane’s now-beloved catchphrase as “Yippee-ki-yay, asshole!” After saying the line as it was written several times, Bruce Willis changed it to “motherf *** er”.
However, he did not intend for this to be taken seriously. I just wanted to make the crew laugh. The studio reluctantly left it for the first test screening, audiences loved it and the rest is history.
1 “Here he is looking at you, boy” in Casablanca
“I’m looking at you boy” is now synonymous with White House, but it did not appear in the original script. Humphrey Bogart improvised the line during one of the flashback scenes.
The writers liked the line so much that they included it in a handful of other scenes, making it Rick’s catchphrase and cementing it as one of the most quotable lines in cinema.
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