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“I’ll be back” is London's favourite movie quote

Press release   •   Nov 30, 2017 11:15 GMT

“How you doin’?” is London’s most popular TV show quote in BT TV poll

“I’ll be back” – Arnold Schwarznegger’s famous words from the movie Terminator–is the most popular film quote used by people in London, a new survey by BT TV reveals today. More than half of people in London (52 per cent) admit to using the line in conversation and on social media.

He’s possibly the most quotable actor with his quote “Hasta la vista, baby” from Terminator 2:Judgement Day also making it into the top 10 film quotes used in the UK.

In London, “Houston we have a problem” from Apollo 13 took second place, whilst “I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you”from Top Gun came third.

The BT TV study of 2,000 UK Brits, who have all used a quote when speaking to others, also looked at the nation’s favourite TV shows quotes, with the long-running animated series The Simpsons “D’oh!” coming out top nationally. Hot on Homer Simpson’s tail is “How you doin’?” from Friends, which turned out to be the most popular TV quote in London followed by The Simpsons quote.

Top 10 movie quotes in the UK Top 10 TV show quotes in the UK
1. “I’ll be back” - Terminator 1. “D’oh!” – The Simpsons
2. “Houston we have a problem” - Apollo 13 2. “I don’t believe it” – One Foot in the Grave
3. “I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you” – Top Gun 3. “You plonker” – Only Fools and Horses
4. “E.T. phone home” – E.T. The Extra Terrestrial 4. “How you doin’?” - Friends
5. “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn” – Gone With the Wind 5. “Yabba dabba doo!” – The Flintstones
6. “May the force be with you” – Star Wars: A New Hope 6. “You are the weakest link. Goodbye” – The Weakest Link
7. “You talking to me?” – Taxi Driver 7. “Is that your final answer?” – Who Wants to be a Millionaire
8. “Hasta la vista baby” – Terminator 2: Judgement Day 8. “Am I bovvered?” – The Catherine Tate Show
9. “My precious” – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 9. “Exterminate” – Doctor Who
10. “The name’s Bond. James Bond” – Bond: Doctor No 10. “I’m free!” – Are you Being Served?

On average, Brits like to say lines from film and TV shows three times a week and the people we are most likely to say them to are our friends (43 per cent) followed by our partners (42 per cent). Over two thirds of people (69 per cent) said it’s funny to say the lines, and half of people (51 per cent) said they sum up moments in life.

Film critic James King commented: “There are so many iconic quotes in these lists from different eras of film and television, there is something for everyone. Arnie has some great lines from the Terminator series and when you say them you instantly know they were said by him and what film they are from. But there are many quotes here that people say a lot but perhaps don’t realise originate from a film or TV show.”

Tony Singh, director of content at BT TV, said: “Great TV brings us closer together and films play such a powerful part in our lives that all of us borrow quotes from the movies when speaking to our friends and families or when posting on social media. My personal favourite is ‘Make him an offer he can’t refuse’ from Coppola’s masterpiece The Godfather, which sadly didn’t make it into the list.”

When quizzed almost 35 per cent of young adults admitted they quote from films ‘all the time’ while almost 35 per cent of people aged over 65 admitted to doing it ‘sometimes.

Thousands of films are available to buy or rent on the BT TV store for BT TV customers, including the latest blockbusters and classic cinema. Hundreds of TV box sets are also available to buy and own, as single episodes or whole seasons.

Research of 2,001 UK adults aged over 18 conducted by Mortar on behalf of BT.

London

Top 3 film quotes:

  1. “I’ll be back”– Terminator
  2. “Houston we have a problem”– Apollo 13
  3. “I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you”– Top Gun

Top 3 Christmas film quotes:

  1. “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”– White Christmas
  2. “Merry Christmas you filthy animal”– Home Alone
  3. “SANTAAA. Santa here? I know him” - Elf

Top 3 TV show quotes:

  1. “How you doin’?”– Friends
  2. “D’oh”– The Simpsons
  3. “To boldly go where no man has gone before”– Star Trek

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