Let's Get Out of Here

"So, why don't you make like a tree and get outta here?"
Biff Tannen, Back to the Future

The good guys have just activated the self-destruct on the Big Bad's Kill Sat or carefully laid a time bomb in the center of the Elaborate Base. Or maybe they have advance warning for a natural disaster... Whatever the reason, it's time to beat a hasty retreat!

According to an official Trivial Pursuit question, this is the second most often used Stock Phrase in movies, right after "I love you."


  • Said word for word in Tenchi Muyo! when Tenchi destroys Kargato's ship with everyone still inside.

Comic Books
  • Deff Skwadron: Having shot the loading chains off a bus-sized artillery shell, causing it to plummet explosively back into the magazine, our heroes have this exchange:
    Gimzod: Good shootin', boss! Now what we gonna do?
    Ugzob: A favorite ole Deff Skwadron taktik, Gimzod, 'oned to perfektion by years of 'ard-won experience... we legs it good an' proper!

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • The Movie of James and the Giant Peach.
  • One of the most memorable scenes in The Goonies. "Let's—" "get—" "out—" "of here!" "Like, NOW!"
  • Alien Several times throughout the film:
    • Lambert says these words after seeing the derelict space ship, before the alien infestation even begins. They probably should have listened to her.
    • Lambert also yells it at Dallas when she sees the alien closing in on him on the motion tracker screen. It only serves to make him panic and run right into the alien's open arms.
    • Lambert again (it's kind of a theme for her) after Dallas' death. Ripley has to remind her that the shuttle can't take all four of them.
    • And in the sequel, Hicks yells out during the evacuation to Drake, who is hanging back, that they are leaving. It doesn't end well.
    • And "I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit" does involve getting out of here first.
  • The Empire Strikes Back - Han Solo realizes that the "cave" in the asteroid in which they sought refuge was actually a giant space slug.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Will Turner sees Jack come running out of the jungle.... pursued by a horde of angry cannibals.

  • Used at least twice in The Tomorrow Series, each time followed by Lee (or Ellie) pointing out that it's a very commonly used movie line.
  • Sort of invoked by Lt. Blouse in Monstrous Regiment, after they used the enemy's portable clacks to send a false intel report.
    Blouse: "Now we leave as quickly as possible. I believe the phrase is, 'Let us get the heck out of here.'"
    Polly: "Close, sir. Quite close."

Live-Action TV
  • Star Trek: The Original Series - Captain Kirk saying this after saving the entire natural timeline and future, at the cost of letting Edith Keeler die in "The City on the Edge of Forever". Actually comes up quite often over the course of the Star Trek franchise. Generally in the form of ordering a course setting and saying "Maximum Warp, Engage!". On one occasion, Captain Picard simply ordered the ship to warp on any course, when trying to escape from a Negative Space Wedgie.
  • M*A*S*H: When Trapper and Hawkeye realize they've cut the wrong wire in an unexploded bomb.
  • The cast of Red Dwarf were asked, "What does "smeg" mean?" by a young boy at an event where they were fielding questions from the audience. After a bit of throat-clearing, Robert Llewellyn looked at Craig Charles. Craig looked at Robert. ...and both got on their hands and knees, crawled behind their chairs and out behind the stage curtain, Robert glancing back to 'check' if anyone was following.

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Practically Once an Episode on Scooby-Doo.
  • Used on The Simpsons whenever someone gets injured and, rather than do the courageous thing and help the victim, the other characters run and leave him (or her) for dead. Was used in a non-injury related scene on "New Kid on the Block," where after Kearney (who's with fellow bully, Dolph) hits on Laura with "Hey, baby, how 'bout puttin' your finger in my ear!", Laura snaps back, "Well, I dunno. Your boyfriend looks like the jealous type." Kearney and Dolph are so shocked by the comeback, they shout, "Let's get outta here!"
  • William Shatner uses the line again in the Futurama episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before", after Fry reminds the Original Series cast that the paradise they just left required them spending eternity with the universe's biggest Trekkie.
  • Several classmates from The Magic School Bus say it in unison as blood-borne bacteria multiply in front of them. (Yes, they are in the blood, too.)
  • In Garfield in Paradise, Jon says it rather quietly at the sight of mean-looking islanders, but The Alleged Car won't start. Fortunately for him and his pets, they're a Cargo Cult and worship the car.
  • In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, after the rescue from the snow monster's cave.
    Yukon Cornelius: Let's get out of here