Same actor, different movie, same line - can you name them? (read complete OP)

I will give some examples…

Bruce Willis
In Pulp Fiction, and in Die Hard with a Vengence, he utters the same words. However, you have to be paying attention.

In Pulp Fiction, he is singing a song in the white Honda. The words “smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo.” are sung. In DHWAV, he says the same words “smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo” talking to S.L. Jackson.

This is what I’m looking for. I will give a couple more examples, along with one example that doesn’t work.

Arnold Schwarzenegger - in the Terminator, he says “I’ll be back.”. He says this in a number of movies he made after that, including The Running Man. It’s become his personal catchphrase.

Mel Gibson - this is a tough one. Normally, I won’t accept one or two word answers like “Hello”, but if it is an unusual word, or integral to the plot or character, we’ll take it on a case by case basis.

In Braveheart, his last word before being shredded to bits was “Freedom!”. In Chicken Run, an animated movie in which Mel plays the lead rooster called Rocky, he is shot from a cannon in a circus he is desperately trying to escape… When he flies over the fence around the chicken coop, he is heard yelling “Freedom!”, which is his first word in this movie. This was my favorite discovery in this strange game.

OK… One that is close but no cigar. In Jaws, Richard Dreyfus says “this was not a boating accident!” while he is looking at the remains of the first shark attack victim. In the movie Stake Out, Emilio Esteves and Dreyfus are on a stakeout and are quizzing each other. One of the things they do is exchange lines from movies. Esteves says to Dreyfus, “this was not a boating accident.” and Dreyfus can’t name the movie it was from. The irony, of course, is that he said it himself in Jaws, a clever piece of writing.
After these examples, I hope it makes sense… Does anyone else have other examples they’d like to share?

Feel free to ask questions if the OP isn’t clear.

Jeff Goldblum, in Independence Day while they’re trying to fly out of the mother ship before the doors close, and in Jurassic Park while they’re being chased by a T-rex: “Must go faster!”

Jeremy Irons won an Oscar for his performance as Claus Von Bulow, in Reversal of Fortune. In that one, Alan Dershowitz (Ron SIlver) says to him, “You’re a strange man,” and Von Bulow/Irons replies “You have no idea.”

In Disney’s ***The Lion King, *** Irons was the voice of the evil Scar. When young Simba says, “You’re so weird, Uncle Scar,” Irons/Scar replies (natch), “You have no idea.”
In the awful movie Rocky and Bullwinkle, former ***Taxi Driver ***star Robert Deniro plays Fearless Leader, who, at one point, asks repeatedly, “Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me?”

Ahh, ActorAllusion / ShoutOut.

Back to Dreyfuss- in Jaws, he starts singing Show Me The Way To Go Home, and first Chief Brody and then Quint join in. In the cinematic masterpiece Piranha (in 3D!), the movie opens with a guy, played by Dreyfuss, sitting in his little outboard skiff, fishing in the middle of a lake, all by himself. Then he starts singing the same song.

Well, there’s the whole genre of comic duos who put out series of movies and had stock phrases, like:

Abbott & Costello – “HEY ABBB-BOTTT!!!”
Laurel & Hardy – “Well, this is another fine mess you’ve gotten us into, Stanley!”
Three Stooges – “SPREAD OUT!!”, “Moe! Larry! The cheese!!”, etc.

Another example of the “close but no cigar” category given in the OP is “I love you!”/“I know”, from Star Wars (first Leia/Han, then Han/Leia).

If you watch the after-credits on Lethal Weapon 2 you get to see Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) screw up an attempt to diffuse a bomb. As they’re fleeing the building, Murtaugh (Glover) complains “I’m gettin’ too old for this shit!”

As the credits roll for Lethal Weapon 3 you can hear police radio chatter about a bomb that was found and someone saying, “Those two idiots gonna show up?”
Riggs (Gibson) does, in fact, decide to go to the scene–to Murtaugh’s (Glover’s) protests. Just as they arrive the building with the bomb blows up. As the building is collapsing, Riggs throws the car into reverse and we get to hear both men shouting, “I’m gettin’ too old for this shit!”

(I’m not sure whether or not Murtaugh was repeating that line in LW1)

In Maverick, (a ‘remake’ of the old TV show with Gibson in the lead role) Brett Maverick is at an bank in some old Western town when a gang comes in to stage a hold-up. The leader of the gang is Danny Glover. Brett (Gibson) stares at Glover as if he thinks he recognizes the eyes and voice, and even pulls down the gang leader’s bandana to look at his face. The robbery concludes and, as the gang is riding away, we hear Glover’s voice complaining, “I’m gettin’ too old for this shit!”


I’ve seen this place before
And you were standing by my side
I’ve seen your face before tonight
…–Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow)
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…Bent Out of Shape

Another post reminded me of one. Steve Martin, in The Man With Two Brains reads poetry to his new wife (Kathleen Turner). It’s from the complete works of John Lillison, England’s greatest one-armed poet (and also the first person ever to be hit by a car):

O pointy birds, o pointy pointy,
Anoint my head, anointy-nointy.

In L.A. Story (released nine years later), there’s a scene where he’s trying to win back a woman and starts reading the same poem.

John Lithgow as Reverend Shaw Moore in the movie Footloose stood being a lecture and gave a speech on the evils of rock music.

When Tommy started a rock band, John Lithgow as High Commander Dick Solomon in the TV show 3rd Rock from the Sun stood being a speaker and gave the same speech, complete with the same arm gestures. It was very funny.

Gary Farmer appears in two Jim Jarmusch movies, Dead Man and Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai. He says the same line in both movies: “Stupid fuckin’ white man.”

James Earl Jones

I can’t remember which ones(except for Hunt for Red October) but I am sure he says “I was Never Here” in more than one movie. Sneakers?

Not sure if this really counts, since the second incident was a straight send-up of the original:

In Airplane!, while Ted and Elaine are trying to safely land the plane, Leslie Nielsen, as Dr. Rumack, does the opposite of helping by repeatedly sticking his head into the cockpit to remind them that, “I just want to tell you both good luck. We’re all counting on you.”

In Scary Movie 4 Nielsen, as President Baxter Harris, says the same thing to the hero and heroine while they are in the middle of (IIRC) trying to defuse an alien bomb.

Not movie-movie connections but both Nathan Fillion on Castle and Adam Baldwin on Chuck made frequent “shout-outs” to their earlier work on Firefly/Serenity and, in Baldwin’s case, at least one to Full Metal Jacket.

Didn’t Lawrence Fishburne twice utter the line, “Welcome to the desert of the real.”

Once is the Matrix, but I thought he said it in another movie before that.

I’m going from a semi-distant memory, but isn’t John Cleese’s first line in Silverado, “What’s all this then?”

In the second Naked Gun movie they show a crowd scene where everyone is in a panic and in the middle of it Lloyd Bochner is running around yelling “it’s a cookbook!”

Kevin McCarthy runs around near the end* of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers (directed by Don Siegel) shouting “You’re Next! You’re Next!”
The 1979 version, directed by Philip Kaufman, has McCarthy running through traffic saying the same thing.
In Looney Tunes, Back in Action, McCarthy is in Area 61, carrying a Pod, and saying the same thing.
Unless they resurrect him, he can’t do it on the next 25th anniversary.

*It was supposed to be the chilling end, but the Hollywood powers-that-be made Siegel tack on a hopeful “happy” ending.

They succeed in diffusing the bomb. They diffuse the bomb all over downtown LA. Along with most of the building.
However, if they had managed to defuse the bomb it would not have diffused so violently.


In the (pointless) remake of Death at a Funeral Glover plays the cranky wheelchair bound uncle. When the funeral devolves into dysfunctional family chaos he says “I’m gettin’ too old for this shit!”, this being shortly before his character has a disgusting comedic scene (that was also in the original with the old English actor) involving his own shit

Haha!, There was a somewhat legendary mission in the City of Heroes MMORPG that hilariously tasked your superhero character with “diffusing” several bombs in an office building. The error never did get fixed. The fact that there were other missions that correctly asked you to defuse bombs made the “diffuse” mission stick out even worse.