Title: The Princess Bride (1987)
Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant and Chris Sarandon
The Princess Bride is the name of a boom being read by a Grandfather (Peter Falk) to his Grandson (Fred Savage), while the latter is convalescing in bed. The plot of the book follows a young couple called Buttercup (Wright) and Westley (Elwes), who are separated when Westley goes to sea. Buttercup hears word that Westley has died and is then chosen as a wife for the prince of the land (Sarandon). Prince Humperdink does not love Buttercup however and hires three mercenaries called Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), Fezzik (Giant) and Inigo Montoya (Patinkin) to kidnap Buttercup. His plan is to kill Buttercup and blame the whole affair on the neighbouring state, so that he can start a war with them. They succeed in kidnapping Buttercup, but are pursued tirelessly by a mysterious masked man in black, who defeats them all in varying ways. The man in black is revealed to be Westley and he rescues Buttercup only to be recaptured and tortured by Humperdink and his six-fingered henchman. Despite being near death, Wesley must help Fezzik gain access to the castle so that they can stop Humperdink wedding Buttercup and allow Montoya to get revenge on the six-fingered man.
The cast in the movie is great and they are all memorable in their own way. Cary Elwes is a dashing lead and has a fantastic fencing match with the gregarious, Inigo Montoya. Patinkin also gets to say the famous lines- ‘Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!’ Andre the Giant is very lovable as the gentle giant and Wallace Shawn is a riot as the overly confident, Vizzini. Christopher Guest is a suitable foil for Chris Sarandon as the six-fingered man, and Robin Wright was instantly memorable as the radiant, Buttercup. There is also a hilariously good cameo by Billy Crystal, which might just be the funniest scene in the movie.
The Princess Bride is full of memorable scenes including the fencing match, the drinking game between Vizzini and Westley and the ‘Fire swamp’. The entire film as a whole is a triumph and don’t let the film’s title fool you, this movie can be enjoyed by young and old, boy or girl. It is thirty years old this year, so why not check out this very amusing picture.