The Princess Bride

As You Wish

October 17, 2017

princess bride posterIt under-performed at the time of its release and was largely ignored by critics and the movie-going public. Now, thirty years after its theater debut, the Princess Bride has become a well loved classic. As Actor Mandy Pantinkin – who played revenge focused Inigo Montoya – summed it up in 2007 “It’s sort of become ‘The Wizard of Oz’ of my generation.” The film, first released in October 1987, has been re-released to theaters this week. For most of us who missed it the first time, it is an opportunity to see a beloved film on the big screen.

It is one of my favorite movies of all time. Apparently I’m not alone. From the infallible Wikipedia:

inconceivable“The Princess Bride was not a major box-office success, but it became a cult classic after its release to the home video market. The film is widely regarded as eminently quotable. In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted The Princess Bride the 38th greatest comedy film of all time. In 2006, William Goldman’s screenplay was selected by the Writers Guild of America as the 84th best screenplay of

all time; it earned the same ranking in the Guild’s 2013 update. The film was selected number 88 on The American Film Institute’s (AFI) “AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Passions” listing the 100 greatest film love stories of all time.”

miracle maxMy brother purchased the Videocassette for our family when my children were little. We’ve since upgraded to DVD. Although they enjoyed it, I loved the film from the moment I saw it and often quote from it. A few of my favorites:

“Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!”
“It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead.”
“You are the brute squad.”
“ Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday.”
“As you Wish.”
And, perhaps, the most famous line of all:1_Fezzik_Westley_Inigo2-300x200
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

I never tire of the film and the final scene of the movie between Peter Falk and Fred Savage (The two are cast in the roles of a grandfather reading a book to his sick grandson) is guaranteed to bring a lump to my throat every time. So if you have a chance the next couple of days (I’m not sure how LONG it will be in theaters, so go very, very soon!), go see “The Princess Bride” in the theater. For those unfamiliar with the movie (Inconceivable!), an overview of the plot is found here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Princess_Bride_%28film%29 

And here’s a link to AMC theaters : https://www.amctheatres.com/movies/the-princess-bride

Peter Falk Fred Savage PBp.s. – This was posted in 2017. Alas, I am unaware of any showings of the film, especially in light of this year’s pandemic lockdowns. But it’s still worth a look on Netflix or other video streaming service. I checked on Amazon Prime Video (which is our service) and found it available to watch for $3.99.

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