My Favorite Movies #65 – The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

1987

Directed by Rob Reiner

Netflix says… Blending comedy, adventure, romance and fantasy, this cult classic follows peasant farmhand Westley as he battles three bumbling outlaws and a nefarious prince to win the hand of his one true love, a young woman named Buttercup.

  • This is one of those movies that didn’t actually do very well when it was first released in theaters, but has sense gained a cult following thanks to home video.
  • I remember the first time I saw it. I was in third grade and Mrs. Caldwell decided to reward our class for something (I think) and brought in The Princess Bride on VHS.
  • The story is told as a grandfather (Columbo Peter Falk) reads a book to his sick grandson (Fred Savage).
  • Throughout the film, the grandfather acts as the narrator while the kid interrupts to interject his opinion from time to time.
  • He generally doesn’t like the kissing parts.
  • In the story itself, we’re introduced to Buttercup (Robin Wright), whose favorite past times include riding her horse and tormenting Westley (Cary Elwes), the farm hand.
  • They fall in love, as young attractive people often do.
  • Since Westley can’t afford to marry Buttercup, he leaves to seek his fortune at sea, promising that nothing could ever keep them apart.
  • Because true love.
  • Soon after, Buttercup receives word that Westley’s ship was attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts, who never left his victims alive. So he’s dead.
  • Five years later, Buttercup has been chosen by Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) to be his bride. Since the law stated that he could pick any woman in the kingdom to be his wife.
  • Before they are wed, Buttercup is kidnapped by Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), and Fezzik (Andre the Giant). Vizzini has been hired by an unnamed employer to start a war between Florin (Buttercup’s home country) and Guilder, the country across the sea.
  • A mysterious man in black follows the war bringers and out sword fights Inigo, a master swordsman, out wrestles Andre the Giant (yeah, right!), and outsmarts self-proclaimed genius Vizzini in a battle of wits to the death.
  • The man in black rescues Buttercup, who figures out that he is the Dread Pirate Roberts… and then discovers he is Westley.
  • They’re reunited… then they’re separated again… more wackiness ensues.
  • You know, I don’t know why I’m giving you a play by play on this incredible movie when you should just be watching it right now!
  • Part of the fun of watching it is quoting it. I mean, how many of us ever used the word “inconceivable” before hearing Vizzini say it two dozen times?
  • “Ever heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates? …Morons.” – Vizzini
  • “Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” – Westley
  • Okay, no more quotes, I mean it.
  • “We are men of action. Lies do not become us.” – Westley
  • No… really this time. No more quotes.
  • Honestly, there are so many iconic lines and scenes in the movie. I just don’t understand how it wasn’t a hit when it was first released.
  • Was it a marketing issue?
  • According to our friends at Wikipedia, it was a moderate success at the box office. And the critics seem to have loved it. But it didn’t become a hit with the people until later.
  • The Miracle Max scene with Billy Crystal and Carol Kane must have been nuts to film.
  • Kids, it is inconceivable to think that you may never have seen this movie. Find a copy somewhere. Stream it. Have your many friends who have seen it act it out for you.
  • I promise, it’s worth it.

Next week we’re returning to the Wizarding World with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

6 thoughts on “My Favorite Movies #65 – The Princess Bride

  1. So this was made the year I was born! Yay!

    But also: I hate this movie so much lol I had to be honest. Someone I was talking to once said “as you wish” to me and I was all “ugh can you not?!” And he told me that he thought all girls loved the movie and that was the only reason he said it and I was all “ugh no!” We bonded over it lol

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  2. One of my all time favorites! I liked your review, and you’re right…one of the best things is quoting the movie. One of the best scenes (in my opinion): choosing the glass with/without poison.

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