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Dirty Harry

Who feels lucky?

MMDE: Do you feel lucky, punk?

Current: Do I feel lucky?

Remember the famous scene in Clint Eastwood's 1972 movie "Dirty Harry", where he's just chased a robber down, points his gun at him and asks "Do you feel lucky, punk?". If so, you might be experiencing a Mandela Effect, because that's not what he said.

Movie misquotes are a special case when it comes to the ME. The idea that many of people misremember something which never happened is what defines it. The interesting part is that so many misremember it the exact same way, and some are certain it's not down to faulty memory and the original really was different to the way we see it today.

In the Dirty Harry case, the line is "You've got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?".

Origin

Eastwood played "Dirty" Harry Callahan in San Franscisco in the movie, which actually drew on the real life events in the Zodiac Killer case. The movie was added to the National Film Registry due to it's cultural, historicall and aesthetic significance. It's during the early scenes in the movie, when he foils a bank robbery and traps on of the perpetrators, that he says the famous line:

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?

-- Dirty Harry, 1972

Sequels

The film proved so popular it spawned four sequels, and in the first, "Magnum Force", he even refers to the line again by asking "Do you feel lucky". It's almost as if he knew something...