One In Ten Brits Injured Recreating Movie Scenes

The flying scene from Titanic, the lift in Dirty Dancing – and Meg Ryan’s restaurant outburst in When Harry Met Sally are among the most recreated movie scenes, according to a new study.

Researchers polled almost 2,000 Brits and revealed that six in ten of us have attempted (some more successfully than others) to recreate a memorable movie moment – with 41 percent having attempted the Dirty Dancing lift when on holiday or in a swimming pool.

A more ambitious 21 percent have tried to pull off the dance move in a bar or pub, with one in ten having injured themselves after attempting the show-stopping lift!

A further 40 percent have acted out the Titanic flying scene on a cross-channel ferry, while 21 percent have attempted it on a cruise ship and a more low budget have recreated it “on a friends’ boat.”

Another favourite moment to re-enact is the famous “Are you talking to me?” monologue Robert De Niro performs in front of his mirror in the 1976 film Taxi Driver, the poll by Panasonic found.

A raucous 37 percent of adults have acted out the orgasm scene Meg Ryan performs in an American diner in When Harry met Sally whilst in the pub after a few drinks and 68 percent have performed the scene in the privacy of their own home.

But the research also revealed a staggering 12 percent of Brits have been told off at work for recreating a movie scene and 27 percent have embarrassed their other half after their theatrical performance.

More than one in ten have injured themselves trying to portray a film scene and one in twenty have been thrown out of a pub.

Rob Taylor, Head of TV, Panasonic UK comments: “Bringing Hollywood to life seems to mean as much to consumers as it does us. Most of the movies in this list are pretty iconic and the image of Brits recreating these big budget movies whilst in their local surroundings certainly puts smiles on faces.”

 As many as 96 percent of the adults polled said they love to quote lines from films – 29 percent said they have private jokes with their friends based on movie quotes. Recreating dance moves was a common theme with many Brits acting out the steps from toe-tapping favourites like Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction.

The unforgettable head banging scene to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody in the film Wayne’s World was tenth in the poll.



  1. Titanic “I’m Flying” scene (Leonardo DiCaprio stands on the ship’s railings behind Kate Winslet)
  2. Dirty Dancing lift (Patrick Swayze lifting Jennifer Grey above his head in the finale)
  3. You talking to Me? speech (Robert De Niro talking to himself in the Mirror – Taxi Driver)
  4. Saturday Night Fever (John Travolta’s disco moves)
  5. Grease – (John Travolta/Olivia Newton John – One that I Want dance)
  6. Here’s Johnny scene (Jack Nicholson sticks his head through smashed door in The Shining)
  7. Rocky – (Running up the steps)
  8. Meg Ryan’s orgasm scene (When Harry Met Sally)
  9. Lady and the Tramp – spaghetti eating scene
  10. Bohemian Rhapsody scene Wayne’s World (Mike Myers/Dana Carvey)
  11. I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse (Marlon Brando/The Godfather)
  12. The Potter’s Wheel scene (Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze’s romantic moment from Ghost)
  13. Scarface – Say Hello to me Little Friend scene (Al Pacino)
  14. Wizard of Oz yellow brick road dance
  15. Home Alone scream (Macaulay Culkin realises his family has left him alone)
  16. Show me the Money (Cuba Gooding Jr – Jerry Maguire)
  17. Pulp Fiction dance (John Travolta/Uma Thurman)
  18. Underwear free Sharon Stone crossing her legs (Basic Instinct)
  19. Opening scene from Jaws (skinny dipper gets pulled underwater by Great White)
  20. Upside-down Kiss from Spider-Man
Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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