Words by Benjamin Pinsent
Often criminally under looked by general audiences but adored by those who have seen it The Princess Bride takes the archetypes of the fairy tale world and turns them on it’s head.
Before Shrek was threatening a talking donkey with a smacked bottom, and dropping pop culture references so hard and fast it felt like hail storm, there was Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally) and Andrew Schieman. Their lightning fast wit and creative characters played by great comedic actors like Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally) and Carey Elwins make this a must see for all.
Here then is a small section of the verbal delight contained in this gem of a movie:
[after Westley rescues her from the lightning quicksand]
Buttercup: We’ll never succeed. We may as well die here.
Westley: No, no. We have already succeeded. I mean, what are the three terrors of the Fire Swamp? One, the flame spurt – no problem. There’s a popping sound preceding each; we can avoid that. Two, the lightning sand, which you were clever enough to discover what that looks like, so in the future we can avoid that too.
Buttercup: Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.’s?
Westley: Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don’t think they exist.
[Immediately, an R.O.U.S. attacks him]
Westley: Give us the gate key.
Yellin: I have no gate key.
Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, tear his arms off.
Yellin: Oh, you mean *this* gate key.
The King: [after a tender kiss from Buttercup] What was that for?
Buttercup: Because you’ve always been so kind to me, and I’ll never see you again, because I’m killing myself as soon as we reach the Bridal Suite.
The King: Won’t that be nice?
The King: She kissed me! Ha!
(none other than Peter Cook)
The Impressive Clergyman : Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam…
[cut to Westley, Inigo, and Fezzik]
The Impressive Clergyman: And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva… [cut to the trio again]
The Impressive Clergyman: So tweasure your wuv.
Prince Humperdinck: Skip to the end.
The Impressive Clergyman: Have you the wing?
[cut to the trio once more]
The Impressive Clergyman: …and do you,Pwincess Buwwercup… Prince Humperdinck: Man and wife. Say man and wife. The Impressive Clergyman: Man an’ wife.