“They call me Mr. Tibbs!” & “E.T. phone home”

I’ve added some new movies, great lines, and discussions to this piece in the past couple months.

The Accidental Rabbi

Screenshot 2017-09-23 at 9.44.27 PM In 2005, the American Film Institute celebrated 100 years of movies, and released its top 100 movie quotes of all time – the result of 1500 experts’ opinions.

What do the famous movie lines “They call me Mister Tibbs!” (Sidney Poitier as Detective Virgil Tibbs, In the Heat of the Night, 1967) and “E.T. phone home” (Pat Welsh doing the voice of E.T., 1982) have in common?

Before someone breaks the internet arguing that the actual line uttered by E.T. was “home phone” and not “phone home,” I really don’t care, the little girl in the movie also says “phone home” in that order right after the Muppet-alien says “home … phone”, so the line in that word order exists in the movie, and this post isn’t about that.

in_the_heat_of_the_night_still_embed.jpg Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier in the 1967 drama, In the Heat of the Night

What the two lines have…

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