Thursday, 21 April 2011

The Princess Bride

Few films are as quotable as The Princess Bride.

"As you wish"
"Is this a kissing book?"
"Hello my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die"
"This is true love. You think this happens every day?"
"You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles"
"Do you want me to send you back to where you were? Unemployed in Greenland?"
"You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means"
"Life is pain princess"
"While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?"
"There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world, it would be a shame to damage yours"
"You're trying to kidnap what I've rightfully stolen"

And so on. I'll stop there. This is one of my all-time favourite films. A film that never fails to lift one's spirits. It's lovely, funny and magical. Everyone should be made to watch this film. Rob Reiner at the top of his directing game (before he made North) and Billy Crystal as wonderful as he always is. This film belongs to Cary Elwes though and I wonder if he gets bitter now, looking back and knowing he will never top this. He is completely perfect. As is Robin Wright. And Mandy Patinkin. It would be hard to go wrong with a cast and script as good as this but I think Rob adds his special touch.

I leave you with the trailer and advice to watch this film over the long weekend. Enjoy!


  1. Not just your average, run of the mill, ho-hum fairy tale!

  2. I'm sure this should have a 'films I first saw with my sister' tag!

  3. No, that tag is for films I first saw with my sister and just my sister. I first saw this with my sister, my brother and my dad. ;o)

  4. You missed out the ending to that 'Life is pain' quote - 'Anyone who says differently is selling something.'

    But yes, fully agree! I still own a T shirt that refers to the Dread Pirate Roberts...

  5. Laura - I like to leave room for comment. ;o)


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