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The Princess Bride

  • 1987
  • PG
  • 98min
  • 97%
  • 8.1 / 10

The story of The Princess Bride is told through a sickly young boy’s grandfather, who reads him the story of a farm boy who became a pirate and overcame obstacles in order to complete his quest of being reunited with his true love.

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Before The Princess Bride enjoyed its success as a cult classic, it had its humble beginnings as a story meant for two kids – William Goldman’s kids, to be specific. They had requested that it would be about a princess and a bride, hence the title. The film spent multiple times hanging in the air, almost getting made, because of multiple incidences. Robert Reiner, the film’s director, eventually secured funding and production as on its way. The stellar performances delivered by the actors were motivated by their relationship with the material. Mandy Patinkin, famously known as Inigo Montoya, and his well-remembered line, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”, was truly committed to his character. He revealed that he kept the memory of his father who had died from pancreatic cancer, especially when he delivered the line. Cary Elwes, the lead actor, also committed himself immediately to the film. Elwes was given the novel when he was a young boy. Wallace Shawn who played Vizzini the Sicilian, embodied the character who possessed mad intellect. This also rings true for Shawn who has a degree from Harvard.

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The Princess Bride is the 1987 cult classic, directed by Rob Reiner, and starred actors Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, and Christopher Guest. The story was adapted from William Goldman’s 1973 novel. When it was first released on September 25, 1987, it was only a moderate success in the box office. It was eventually inducted into the National Film Registry.