Tuesday, September 25, 2012

INCONCIEVABLE!  Rob Reiner's film of The Princess Bride turns 25 today.  It was nominated for only one Oscar (Best Original Song for "Storybook Love," which it lost to "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life"), in a year where the awards were dominated by The Last Emperor and Moonstruck, with ALOTT5MA Fave Broadcast News racking up a bunch of nominations but nary a win.  Heck, Princess Bride couldn't even make it into the adapted screenplay race.  Share your favorite quotes, moments, and bits, but be nice to each other, or I'll have to send in the Brute Squad.


  1. Watts2:01 PM

    Love the movie, love the book even more. If you've never read it, you MUST. There's a bit of philosophy in there that's a guiding force in my life.

    As far as the movie quotes go, the one I most often like to deploy is, "Ah, but I know something you don't know! ... I am not left handed!"  That and, "No, let me sum up."

  2. Watts2:03 PM

    I'd also like to note that a clip of Miracle Max plays in T<span>he National Museum of American Jewish History. </span>

  3. Hello my name is inIgo Montoya; you killed my father; prepare to die.

    Have fun storming the castle...

  4. The Pathetic Earthling2:19 PM

    "There's a shortage of perfect breasts in the world.  It would be a pity to damage yours."

  5. Emily W2:37 PM

    Anybody want a peanut?

  6. aimee_parrott@msn.com2:41 PM

    When somebody insists that I *must* tell them something that I have no intention of telling, my response is "Get used to disappointment." 

    I also frequently use "I hate waiting" with my best Inigo Montoya accent.

    And finally, my husband is half Sicilian, and so sometimes when he does something awesome, I'll lisp "Never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line!  A hahahahahahahahaha!  A hahaha!" and then I keel over dramatically.

  7. Meghan2:47 PM

    You are the brute squad.

    I'm a fan of "You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means."

  8. Watchman2:49 PM

    Murdered by pirates is good.

  9. bella wilfer2:53 PM

    I second the love for the book eclipsing the love for the movie.  The movie is great.  The book is a masterpiece. 

  10. I truly love Falk's narration and the framing device in the movie, as well as Patinkin's performance, but the book's "good parts version" bit and the adult humor in that is just so, so well done.

  11. Also, as required when I mention him--"Mandy Patinkin!  Holla!"

  12. Devin3:02 PM

    I had to explain to a couple of my friends that the whole framing device was fictional, which was a fairly odd moment. And if they were putting me on, they never told me so.

  13. lisased3:13 PM

    This was the first book I bought on my Kindle. The second one was "Ella Minnow Pea".

  14. Speaking of anniversaries, I just noticed that the Jon Stewart/Mo Rocca/Rob Corddry "Fool me once ... Can't get fooled again" sketch turned 10 last week.  To me, that bit is/was one of The Daily Show's comedic high points. 

  15. Maret3:16 PM

    Add me to the chorus who love the movie but LURVE the book.

  16. Maret3:20 PM

    I tell people "Yes, you're very smart. Shut up." all the time.

  17. Jordan4:28 PM

    I am so glad I read the book before I saw the movie.  All the additional twists and turns would have been canceled out had I known what would happen.  I love the movie, but the book is so much better.

  18. Squid4:32 PM

    "Mawwaige; tha' bwessed awwaingement.  Tha' dweam, wivvin a dweam..."

  19. lisased4:56 PM

    We renewed our vows at our five-year anniversary party. We didn't tell anyone but the officiant beforehand, and when he opened his mouth and said, "MAYWIDGE!", everyone burst out laughing.

  20. D'Arcy5:44 PM

    I quoted from this today at my students: Life is pain, princess. Anyone who says different is selling something (I realize I may have slightly mangled the quote)

    I also use, "You cannot break it, not with a thousand swords" in my best Buttercup voice for a particular 7th grade French lesson every year.

    Also: "Anybody want a peanut?" "As you wish." "Unless your enemy has a-studied his Agrippa... which I have."

    A boyfriend in university had a roommate who could do something from Princess Bride perfectly, but I forget now what it was. I just remember I used to call him and say, "Frank, do the voice!"

    Man I love that movie.

  21. Benner5:49 PM

    Fezzik saying "Hello, Lady!" at the end cracks me up every time.

    "WRONG! Your ears you keep, and I'll tell you why!"

  22. Slowlylu6:20 PM

    See we're really keen for our celebrant to say that at the wedding!

  23. Joseph Finn7:23 PM

    Huh.  For some reason, I had it in my head that I was 13 when I saw this with my sisters, but it must have been when I was 14, my freshman year of high school at the old Prospect theatre (a true dump in Mt. Prospect, IL).  Like seeing a Christmas Story there a few years before, it was an almost empty theatre which still seems bizzare to me.  Even at 14 I thought "What, are people nuts?  How are they not crowding the theatres to see this?"

  24. Meghan8:03 PM

    I will also cop to occasionally saying, all drunk-like, "Arrrrgh, keep your 'Ho there'!"

  25. Heather K9:31 PM

    I may have requested that my friend/officiant start our marriage ceremony with that.  I was vetoed by the hubs, but I did request it.

  26. Heather K9:33 PM

    Boooooo, Boooooooo!  Queen of grabage, queen of slime!  (this is how I remember this

  27. Heather K9:42 PM

    how I remember this quote, it might not be 100% accurate) 

    also apparently i hit post too soon

  28. Joan H.9:54 PM

    Believe it or not, I manage to work in references to ROUS's rather frequently.  In fact they came up just last week, when we were comparing the dark forest in Snow White and the Huntsman (finally watched on PPV, liked it, but not enough that I was disappointed to have waited for it) to the fire swamp.

    In fact, probably the best thing about SW&tH was that it was crammed full of slightly twisted yet still recognizable hommage moments like that.
    I'll second "Get used to disappointment" as a favorite, also.

  29. Mom took me and Keith to see it and we might have been three of, oh, nine people in the theater. Keith and I both liked the swordfighting, didn't like the kissy stuff, and Mom laughed as much as we did.

  30. I've always liked, "Good God, what is that THING?"

  31. Tosy and Cosh10:34 AM

    If you haven't checked out the "cast reminisces" feature on the DVD it's well worth the time. My 2 favorite anecdotes:

    Robin Wright Penn tells a story about how cold it was filming outside and how in her light gown she would be shivering and how Andre the Giant would come up behind her and lay his massive hand on her head, the heel of his palm at the nape of her neck and his fingers coming down in front of her face and how it would warm her up just perfectly and as she tells it she tears up and now I am too.

    Mandy Patinkin (holla) tells a story about prepping for filming the "Inigo kills the Count" scene, and how he had recently lost his father to cancer, and how before filming he did laps, walking around the castle, just thinking about the cancer and how it killed his father, and how much he hated it, how when he filmed that scene it's cancer he's talking to, not Rugen, and damn now I'm crying again.

    Damn I love this movie.

    (a brief moment of silence for the passing of the Goldman/Guettel musical version)

  32. Heather, I got you beat. I performed a wedding for a friend and she requested that I figure out a way to get it in...and I did.  I can still recite it from memory.

  33. Uncle Spike4:23 PM

    I'm afraid I have to demur. Although it has been years since I picked up the book, The Princess Bride was, for me, the first example I had of the movie being better than the book. The movie ended at the perfect time; the book went on to an inferior plot that just didn't have any appeal. But who knows? Maybe it's time for me to pick it back up again for a second read.

  34. I before E except after C.