The Princess Bride

Act III Communications Released 1987




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Rob Reiner

The main narrative of the movie is told as a story from a grandfather to his sick grandson, and the two frame the movie and interrupt during various scenes. The grandfather's story focuses on Buttercup, a young woman who falls in love with her farmhand, Westley, who answers her every demand with, "As you wish." When Westley leaves Buttercup's farm to search for money so that they can get married, he is attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts and is believed to be dead. Although Buttercup does not get over her true love's death, she agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck but is kidnapped before the wedding by the Sicilian Vizzini, who is known for saying "Inconceivable!" to everything, the rather large Fezzik, and Inigo Montoya, who is searching for the man who killed his father so he can say, "Hello, My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." When Westley returns as the new Dread Pirate Roberts to save his love from her captors, the two must escape rodents of unusual size, a prince with an eye toward murder, and even death itself.



Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is filled with good-hearted fun, with performances by actors who seem to be smacking their lips and by a certain true innocence that survives all of Reiner's satire.

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Mr. Reiner seems to understand exactly what Mr. Goldman loves about stories of this kind, and he conveys it with clarity and affection. [25 Sept 1987, p.C10]

  • 50


    It also doesn't help that Cary Elwes and Robin Wright as the loving couple are nearly comatose and inspire little passion from each other, or the audience.

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  • QUOTES (15)

    • Vizzini: A word my lady? We are but poor, lost circus performers. Is there a village nearby?
      Buttercup: There is nothing nearby, not for miles.
      Vizzini: Then there will be no-one to hear you scream.

    • Inigo: You are sure nobody's follow us?
      Vizzini: As I told you, it would be absolutely, totally and in all other ways inconceivable.

    • Inigo: (Fezzik climbs a rope up the Cliffs of Insanity carrying buttercup, Inigo and Fezzini, pursued by Westley) He's climbing the rope... and he's gaining on us.
      Vizzini: Inconceivable! You were supposed to be this colossus. You were this great legendary thing, and yet he gains!
      Fezzik: Well, I'm carrying three people and he's got only himself.
      Vizzini: I do not accept excuses. I'll just have to find myself a new giant.
      Fezzik: Don't say that, Vizzini, please.

    • Fezzik: (Fezzik has reached the top of the cliffs, Vizzini cuts the rope but Westley grabs the cliff face) He got very good arms.
      Vizzini: He didn't fall?! Inconceivable!
      Inigo: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    • Inigo: (what Inigo intends to say to the man who killed his father) My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

    • Inigo: You seem like a decent fellow, I hate to kill you.
      Westley: You seem a good fellow. I hate to die.
      Inigo: Begin. (duel ensues) You're using Bonetti's defence against me, eh?
      Wesltley: I thought it fitting considering the rocky terrain.
      Inigo: Naturally, you expect me to attack with Capo Ferro.
      Westley: Naturally. But I find Thibault cancels out Capo Ferro, don't you?
      Inigo: Unless the enemy has studie Agrippa... which I have. (duel continues) You are wonderful.
      Westley: Thank you. I've worked hard to become so.
      Inigo: I admit it, you are better than I am.
      Westley: Then why are you smiling?
      Inigo: Because I know something you don't know.
      Westley: And what is that?
      Inigo: I am not left-handed. (duel continues)
      Westley: You're amazing.
      Inigo: I ought to be after 20 years.
      Westley: There's something I ought to tell you.
      Inigo: Tell me.
      Westley: I'm not left-handed either. (duel continues)

    • Fezzik: What do I do?
      Vizzini: Finish him! Finish him, your way.
      Fezzik: Oh good - my way. Thank you, Vizzini. Which way is my way?
      Vizzini: Pick up one of those rocks, get behind the boulder. In a few minutes the man in black will come running round the bend. The minute his head is in view, hit it with the rock!
      Fezzik: My way's not very sportsmanlike.

    • Westley: (Westley has just choked-out the giant - Fezzik) I do not envy you the headache you will have when you awake. But in the meantime, rest well... and dream of large women.

    • Vizzini: Have you ever heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates?
      Westley: Yes.
      Vizzini: Morons.
      Westley: Really? In that case I challenge you to a battle of wits.
      Vizzini: For the Princess?
      Westley: (nods)
      Vizzini: To the death?
      Westley: (nods)
      Vizzini: I accept.
      Westley: Good, then pour the wine. (Westley removes something from his pocket) Inhale this but do not touch.
      Vizzini: I smell nothing.
      Westley: What you do not smell is called iocane powder. It is odourless, tasteless, dissolves instantly in liquid, and is among the more deadly poisons known to man.
      Vizzini: Hmm.
      Westley: Westley hides the two goblets of wine and adds the poison to one of them. He then places them back on the table) All right. Where is the poison? The battle of wits has begun. It ends when you decide and we both drink and find out who is right and who is dead.
      Vizzini: But it's so simple! All I have to do is divine from what I know of you, are you the sort of man who would put the poison into his own goblet or his enemy's? Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I'm not a great fool so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
      Westley: You've made you're decision, then?
      Vizzini: Not remotely! Because iocane comes from Australia! And Australia is entirely peopled with criminals. And, criminals are used to having people not trust them, as you are not trusted by me, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you.
      Westley: Truly, you have a dizzying intellect!
      Vizzini: Wait till I get going! Where was I?
      Westley: Australia.
      Vizzini: Yes, Australia! You must have suspected I'd know the powder's origin so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
      Westley: You're just stalling now.
      Vizzini: You'd like to think that wouldn't you? You've beaten my giant, which means you're exceptionally strong, so you could have put the poison in your own goblet, trusting on your strength to save you, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you've also bested my Spaniard, which means you must have studied, and in studying you must have learned that man is mortal so you would've put the poison as far from yourself as possible, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
      Westley: You're trying to trick me into giving away something. It won't work.
      Vizzini: It has worked. You've given everything away. I know where the poison is!
      Westley: Then make your choice.
      Vizzini: I will! And I choose... What in the world can that be?
      Westley: (Vizzini switches the goblets as Westley turns round) What? Where? I don't see anything.
      Vizzini: I could've sworn I saw something. No matter. (sniggers)
      Westley: What's so funny?
      Vizzini: I'll, I'll tell you in a minute. First let's drink. Me from my glass and you from yours. (they both drink)
      Westley: You guessed wrong.
      Vizzini: You only think I guessed wrong. That's what's so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned. Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the c blunders. The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia. But only slightly less well known is this - never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line! [laughs maniacally... then keels over]

    • Westley: (explaining to Buttercup about the Dread Pirate Roberts) "I'm not the Dread Pirate Roberts", he said."My name is Ryan. I inherited the ship from the previous Dread Pirate Roberts, just as you will inherit it from me. The man I inherited it from was not the Dread Pirate Roberts either. His name was Cummerbund. The real Dread Pirate Roberts has been retired 15 years and is living like a king in Patagonia." The he explained the name was the important thing for inspiring the necessary fear. You see, no-one would surrender to the Dread Pirate Westley.

    • Tyrone: Are you coming down to the pit. Westley's got his strength back. I'm starting him on the machine tonight.
      Humperdink: Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it. I'm swamped.

    • Inigo: Are you Miracle Max who worked for the king all those years?
      Max: The king's stinking son fired me. And thank you so much for bringing up such a painful subject! While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?

    • Clergyman: Mawidge. Mawidge is what bwings us together today. Mawidge, that bwessed awangement, that dweam within a dweam.

    • Westley: Give us the gate key.
      Yellin: I have no gate key.
      Inigo: Fezzik, tear off his arms.
      Yellin: Oh, you mean this gate key.

    • Tyrone: (Tyrone has just hit Inigo with a throwing knife to the gut) You must be that Spanish brat I taught a lesson to all those years ago. Simply incredible. Have you been chasing me your whole life, only to fail now? I think that's the worst thing I've ever heard. How marvelous.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Production Budget - $16,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $30,857,814 (41st)

      Domestic Adjusted fro 2013 - $64,398,916

    • Other Production Companies:
      20th Century Fox (US distributor)
      Interaccess Film Distribution (non US distributor)
      Buttercup Films ltd

    • Taglines:
      1. Scaling the Cliffs of Insanity, Battling Rodents of Unusual Facing torture in the Pit of Despair. - True love has never been a snap.
      2. It's as real as the feelings you feel
      3. Heroes. Giants. Villains. Wizards. True Love. - Not just your basic, average, everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, ho-hum fairy tale.
      4. Heroes, giants, villains, wizards, true love

    • Filming locations include:
      Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, England
      Castleton, Derbyshire, England
      County Clare, Ireland
      Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
      Hever, Kent, England
      Lee International Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England
      Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
      Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Original Song - "Storybook Love"


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love story, long lost love, funny fantasies, finding mister right, fantastic adventure