Monday, December 19, 2011

Movie Mondays: The Princess Bride



This week's choice is, along with Love Actually, my favourite movie of EVER. An undying love for this movie is generally perceived as one of the ways you know you're a child of the 1980s. 
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By some bizarre miracle, I managed to go until I was 21 without seeing this movie. I can even tell you the exact date and place on which I first saw it - 25th June 2004, sitting in Megan's parents' house in rural Nebraska. According to my travel diary, it was "a little cheesy, but still fun". Since then, I've seen it about a million times </slight exaggeration> and I love it more every time I do. 

If, by some miracle you haven't seen it, drop what you're doing and go watch it THIS MINUTE. Because of reasons. So very many reasons.

Reasons why The Princess Bride is awesome:
1. BECAUSE IT IS, DAMMIT.
2. You get to relive the hilarity of 1980s 8-bit video games.
3. Cary Elwes. I can never decide if I love him more in this or in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
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4. The soundtrack, which was written by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straights fame.
5. Mandy Patinkin. Even *he* says it was his favourite role ever.
6. There are pirates.
7. Andre the Giant.
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8. Rodents of Unusual Size.
9. Chris Sarandon as Prince Humperdinck. He's a genius at portraying a total knobhead. And went on to be the voice of Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas!
10. Robin Wright. For someone with a pretty limited acting career prior to this, she's amazing.
11. The eyebrows on the crazy old lady in Buttercup's nightmare.
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12. Billy Crystal.
13. The mother's hilarious mullet hair. Aaah, the 1980s...
14. It's directed by Rob Reiner, who's also responsible for A Few Good MenStand By MeWhen Harry Met Sally, and This Is Spinal Tap.
15. The scene where Fezzik is reviving Inigo. Poor Mandy Patinkin...
16. The bit where Westley dives into the lightning sand to rescue Buttercup.
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17. The marriage scene with the Impressive Clergyman. How to know you're around children of the 1980s? You go to a wedding and half a dozen people quote the Impressive Clergyman. Also? The Impressive Clergyman is Peter Cook. 
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18. The 24th anniversary reunion photo.
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19. Wallace Shawn as Vizzini. Even if every time I see him, it makes me want to watch Clueless...
20. Inigo finally getting his revenge on the six fingered man. It just makes you want to cheer.

And so very many quotes:
- "A book?" "That's right. When I was your age, television was called BOOKS."
- "Is this a kissing book?"
- "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
- "Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while."
- "No more rhymes now, I mean it!" "Anybody want a peanut?"
- "INCONTHEIVABLE!!!" "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
- "...Iocane comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is entirely peopled by criminals..."
- "You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - the most famous of which is 'never get involved in a land war in Asia' - but only slightly less well know is this: 'Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line'! Ahahahahaha! Ahahahaha! Ahaha-"
- "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something."
- "Get back, witch!" "I'm not a witch, I'm your wife!"
- "Bye bye, boys!" "Have fun storming the castle!"
- "Let me explain. No. There is too much. Let me sum up."
- "Mawage. Mawage is what bwings us togevver today. Mawage, that bwessed awangement. That dweam wivvin a dweam..."
- "Why do you wear a mask? Were you burned by acid or something like that?" "Oh no, it's just that they're terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future."
- "Yes, you're very smart. Shut up."
- "First things first. To the death." "NO! To the pain."
- "Murdered by pirates is good."
- "As you wish."

I pity Little Miss A - I have grand plans to make her watch it in the future. And if she doesn't like it, I'll tie her to a chair and make her watch it over and over again until she does. Ahahahaha! Ahahahaha! Ahaha-

(Seriously, though. Please tell me you guys love this as much as I do?) 

K xx

10 comments:

  1. Definitely love it!! I made Husband sit through it, and at the time he pretended he didn't like it but now he quotes it more than I do :)

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  2. OH and also don't forget the albino guy! He was awesome too.
    Inigo: Where we did we put that wheelbarrow the albino had?
    Fezzik: Over the albino, I think.

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  3. I love the Princess Bride. I need to watch it again.

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  4. I LOVE THIS MOVIE! A few years ago I was talking about it to the youth at church and they had no idea what I was talking about. I was like "YOU ALL HAVE TO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW!" So I scheduled a movie night. All of the boys were like... "I'm not watching a movie with the words princess and bride in the title" and I had to be all "it's not that kind of movie... I promise."

    They all love it now.

    I do such a great job of educating these teenagers.

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  5. I love this movie so much. We used to rent it all the time when I was a kid. And quote it. And I still do to this day.

    basically, yes, I'm a child of the 80's. :)

    Lor

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  6. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this movie! And my kids love it too :) (they are 8 & 9, both boys)

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  7. I'm sad that your:

    12. Billy Crystal

    doesn't including "and Carol Kane." Billy Crystal would've totally been nothing without her as his wife, hahaha. She was absolutely my favourite part ever (she's also my favourite part of the movie Scrooged -- maybe that'll get me out of my Christmas slump!).

    But I do love this movie, too. Love, love, love.

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  8. Eek, this is one of my all time favorite movies!

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  9. Oh my Lord, I've seen and heard the Inigo Montoya quote SO MANY TIMES, and never had a clue where it's from! This film is actually already on my Lovefilm rental list, so fingers crossed I'll get to see it soon!

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  10. Yeah... I've made it 29 years without seeing it. Oops. Judging by your selection of quotes, it's also not at all the sort of movie that I thought it was!

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