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Phrases the movies stole from us

We were watching Buffy season 7 last night, and at one point Spike asks, “Who you gonna call?”, and immediately follows up with “God, that phrase is never gonna be useable again, is it?”.  We found it amusing, and it got me thinking about regular phrases that the movies or TV mean will never be the same again (for a large generation of people).  These are normal, every day phrases you might expect to hear (well, some slightly less every day but still), but that evoke an immediate memory of the movie in question in a huge group of people.  You usually have to double take to work out if someone is quoting the movie or just speaking normally.

Here’s my 10 in no particular order.  Feel free to list yours in the comments.

  1. Who you gonna call?
  2. I’ll be back.
  3. I have a cunning plan.
  4. I know Kung-fu.
  5. I’m sorry <insert name>, I’m afraid I can’t do that.
  6. You want the truth?
  7. My precious.
  8. I have a bad feeling about this.
  9. I’m melting!
  10. Diplomatic immunity!