Film 208 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1987’s “The Princess Bride”. This is based on William Goldman’s novel of the same name and is about a farm boy rescuing the love of his life from an evil king. Is it me or did anyone else think of Shrek after reading that? I was told by many people that this film is fantastic. And they were right. Memorable quotes/scenes and Andre the Giant. You can’t go wrong with a giant French wrestler who would’ve been feuding with Hulk Hogan in the World Wrestling Federation while filming this. Andre is also the only wrestler to appear in this list. When asked what his favorite thing about making this film was, André the Giant replied, without skipping a beat, “Nobody looks at me.” He felt treated as an equal, without people staring at him because of his grand height. Overall, this is a very fun film to watch and I highly recommend watching it. In a 2012 interview in New York Magazine, Mandy Patinkin said that his most famous line from the film, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” gets quoted back to him by at least two or three strangers every day of his life. Patinkin told the interviewer that he loves hearing the line and he also loves the general fact that he got to be in the movie. The role of Buttercup was originally going to be played by Uma Thurman but was told she was too exotic for the role. The role of Fezzik was auditioned by the likes of Liam Neeson and Arnold Schwarzenegger but was originally going to be played by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who was currently playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1987’s “The Princess Bride”
Year – 1987
Director – Rob Reiner
Written by – William Goldman
Based on – “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman
Staring – Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Andre the Giant
IMDb Rating – 8.2/10
My Rating – 8.5/10
Length – 94 min (1h 34min)
Genre – Adventure, Comedy, Family
We open with coughing
8-Bit “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”
Grandfather’s here and brought be a book
This book has everything!
We’re in Florin and we meet Westley and Buttercup
Stop calling me Farm Boy
Can you say more than “As you wish”
Westley and Buttercup have to leave each other
Westley is dead by pirates
Five years later and we’re about to see the Prince’s bride-to-be
Why am I getting flashbacks to Shrek
Buttercup is now a Princess and doesn’t love Humperdink
Look at my horse, my horse is amazing
He’s just knocked out Buttercup by grabbing her neck
This guy has the voice of the parrot from Aladdin but the acting of Bobby Heenan
And off they sail
That night, Buttercup is awake and claims she will be saved
Wait… Someone’s following us? Just some fisherman
Buttercup has escaped… into a river of eels
Andre saves her in time before the eel can eat her
I am gonna call him Andre throughout
It’s The Cliffs on Insanity
Really? Andre’s mountain climbing with two people on his back?
Meanwhile, a ninja follows them everywhere
Better cut the rope while he’s climbing
That didn’t work as he’s held onto the cliff
“People in masks can not be trusted”
Look, I know I am the bad guy but I will wait until you climb to the top of the cliff then I will kill you
Here, I’ll help you climb up
Lets catch our breath before we fight
Is the ninja… Westley?
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”
Now that we are friends… we must fight to the death… in a fencing match
You have fallen into my trap. I am not left-handed
Neither am I!!!
Stop knocking the sword out of my hand
I won’t kill you… but I will knock you out and steal your sword
Stop saying “inconceivable”
Guess news travels fast as Andre is now tasked to kill Westley
Andre wants a fist fight against Westley as he is a sportsman
Westley goes for the bear hug but fails
He’s got a sleeper hold on Andre but is doing everything to counter
And Andre is out
“I don’t envy you the headache you will have when you awake. But in the meantime, rest well and dream of large women”
Back at The Cliffs of Insanity and men on horses look at the footprints
It’s just us two left
Lets have a battle of wits to the death
But first… Shall we have some wine?
If you can find the wine with poison in it, we drink it and the winner is the one who isn’t dead
Lets talk about Australians
Behind Westley’s back, he’s swapped the wine glasses around
That failed as he’s dead and Buttercup is saved
The men on horses find the place Andre was knocked out… but isn’t there
Now they’ve found the wine glasses
Buttercup thinks the man in black is the pirate who killed Westley
She realises it’s Westley after shoving her down a hill
The Fire Swamp – That doesn’t sound good
It is Westley… with a really bad ponytail
Skip to The Fire Swamp part
Pan’s Labyrinth flashbacks
HER DRESS IS ON FIRE!!!
So… The pirate isn’t a real pirate! It was a gimmick all along
Good God that’s a giant rat
There’s two of them!
And one has just attacked and bitten Westley
Bit of help here?
The rat gets burned but is still alive
It eventually dies after three stabs
Humperdink has found them
Behind their back, he wants Westle thrown into the Pit of Dispear
That man has six fingers!!!
In The Pit of Dispear, a pale man gives Westley a wash
Back with Buttercup and she’s miserable
Buttercup has married Humperdink during the night
And Buttercup is now a queen
An creepy woman heckles Buttercup and knows everything about her Westley
It was just a dream! And the wedding is in 10 days
She admits to Humperdink that she loves Westley and the wedding is off
You write four letters and deliver the message to Westley “on his ship”
So.. Humperdink has the thiefs kidnap Buttercup and wanted to rescue her so he can strangle her on the wedding night
In The Pit, Westley is being strapped to The Machine
Are they gonna milk him?
He just sucked one year of his life away
Yellin arrives at Humperdink’s office and tells him about a plan to have all thieves killed
It’s the day of the wedding and Thieves Forest is being cleared
Andre tells him that he’s found the 6 fingered man… while trying to cure Inigo’s hangover
Inigo says he needs Westley’s help
Back at Humperdink’s office and he chats with Yellin & Buttercup
She knows Humperdink didn’t send the ships to find Westley
Humperdink teleports to The Pit and and turns The Machine to 50
The screaming is so loud it can be heard for miles
They find Westley and think he’s dead
The bad guy wins at the end? That never happens in fairytales!!!
They take Westley’s body to Miracle Max
Turns out Westley is “mostly dead” and can be rescued with some air
Gotta love a good MLT
Max’s wife arrives and gives him the riot act
I bring him back, Humperdink suffers? I’m in!!!
60 men against 3? Ain’t happening
Buttercup says she will be saved before the wedding is over
And the wedding has started
Mawidge is wasome
Andre is dressed as a pirate on a wheelbarrow
Skip to the end of the wedding
That’s the wedding over?
Westley looks like a drunk you carry out of a pub on a Saturday night
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”
Buttercup says she’s gonna kill herself before her and Humperdink are together alone
Where’s Westley gone?
Inigo has been stabbed
Westley is in Buttercup’s bed
Back with Inigo and he’s bleeding everywhere
Stop tormenting me with that quote
And 6 finger man is dead!
Did you say “I do” at the wedding? No? Your not married then?
Humperdink arrives and is challenged “to the pain”
Westley is nice enough to explain what that means in much detail
Humperdink is tied to a chair
Andre has 4 horses and catches Buttercup who jumped out of a window
Westley has made Inigo the new head pirate
One last kiss end the story
The kid wants his grandfather to read it to him tomorrow
“As you wish”
Are we getting a highlight reel for closing credits?