8 Most Iconic Movie Lines that weren't in the Script

8 Most Iconic Movie Lines that weren’t in the Script

Most iconic movie lines are not the ones that have been scripted but the ones that were improvised on the sets. The lines that were improvised impromptu added to the beauty of film and became the most quoted line from the film. It will not be an exaggeration to say that the movies received a new identity through these lines. The actors said the lines that were not scripted but they got off-book while in action and created a history. Therefore moving to the most iconic movie lines from the films that were in the scripts:


8 Most Iconic Movie Lines that weren’t in the Script

1. “I don’t wanna go.”

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)– at the end of the film, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) has a highly sensitive moment with his mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). as Peter is about to die and reduce to dust he says the most emotionally charged line “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good.. I don’t wanna go.” The lines were intense and could bring tears to even the most cold-hearted person.

The director Joe Russo was aware that it would be an emotional scene so he decided to work on it diligently with the emotional aspect and finish it only when he has tears in his eyes. He asked that the scene has to be stretched and the motivation needs to be “you don’t want to go.”  


2. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

Jaws (1975)- when the police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) finally gets close to the shark in “Jaws” he swiftly moves back and acclaims to Quint (Robert Shaw), “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The line was used to mark a comment on the stingy producers who didn’t allow the filmmakers the basics for the movie. Schieder tried to use the line in the film a few times and it finally struck the chords and became an iconic line of the film that took the scene and memories to yet another level. 


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3. “What an incredible Cinderella story”

Coddyshack (1980)- the entire Cinderella story was improvised and added by Bill Muray. As per the script, Carl is outside the clubhouse and is practicing golf swing and cutting the tops off flowers with a grass whip. Back then in the days Murray was the epitome of talent and energy and could have figured out as to combine his two love interests movies and golf. He could easily improvise the golf line and come with something crisp that could entertain the classes and masses. He then created a line to entertain the people and it goes like “ What an incredible Cinderella story”.


4. “Take the cannoli.”

The Godfather (1972) as per reports it was only the phrase “Leave the gun” that was supposed to be delivered. After Rocco has murdered Paulie his lines were to be “Leave the gun”. He however improvised the lines on his wife’s (Ardell Sheridan) suggestion. She suggested that based on the previous scene where the actor has been asked to pick up a dessert on his way home, the original line should get an extension. The addition was made and history was created with the line being the most quoted line from the film. 


5. “You talkin’ to me?”

Taxi Driver (1976)- as more than four decades have gone and yet the charm of the film doesn’t seem to go down even by an inch. Director Martin Scorsese in an interview fondly remembers the iconic movie quotes from the film that still fit apt in the present scenario and are often quoted. Things and acts were so natural and in the character that the lines delivered touched the hearts of millions.

There was no line decided and the director had asked De Niro to say something all by himself by wearing his creativity hat. De Niro practices in the locked studio and repeatedly said “You talkin’ to me” while the assistant director wanted him out to resume shooting. Therefore out of nowhere, the most iconic movie lines were just locked in a scene.  


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6. “Everyone wants to be us.”

The Devil Wears Prada- at the end of the film “The Devil Wears Prada, “Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) and Andy (Anne Hataway) have a heart to heart discussing the woes of being in the fashion industry. According to Variety, the iconic line from Streep’s monologue, ‘ “Everyone wants to be us,” was originally written as “Everyone wants to be me.” Streep changed the line and said the line that became history.  


7. “Mein Fuher! I can walk!”

Dr. Stragelove (1964)- unable to hide his Nazi tendencies, the titular character (Peter Sellers) of this war comedy rises from his wheelchair at the end of “Dr.Strangelove” and exclaims “Mein Fuher! I can walk!” the original script had an altogether different ending but the filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was open to ideas and even adopted one from Sellers.

“Peter said he couldn’t promise to do the same thing twice. And he couldn’t do anything more than two, three times,” he said. So the day the sequence was shoot ended with the epic line (Mein Fuher, I can walk,” and the change was spontaneous that no one including him knew what was in the plan.


 8. “Funny How?”

Goodfellas (1990)- in the tensest and emotionally challenging moment between Tommy (Joe Pesci) and Henry (Ray Liotta) at the Bamboo Lounge in Goodfellas was inspired by a real-life incident of Pesci. On the 25th celebration of the film, he admitted the origin of the line “Funny how? Funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? Line.

While the movie was on the floor it was improvised to add this line and make it a part of the film that adds another dimension to the film.


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Not only the above line that are several other iconic lines from films that were not in the original script but became an indispensable part of the film while it was being shot. At times working at the heat of the moment brings the best out of the situation and people and moves ahead to create fond memories. 

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