Talk about how great the Princess Bride is

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So I was re-reading the "lets all agree on an ace film" thread and I was struck by the amount of love for this film, which pleased me, as I adore it. So, tweeist nightmare or heartwarming fable?

Matt (Matt), Friday, 13 June 2003 00:28 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i find the amount of acclaim accorded this film extremely suspect, ala buffy, but then again the internet is full of ex band geeks and the like

jess (dubplatestyle), Friday, 13 June 2003 00:31 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

But do you like it?

s1utsky (slutsky), Friday, 13 June 2003 00:32 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i most certainly do not

jess (dubplatestyle), Friday, 13 June 2003 00:32 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i find the male lead utterly repugnant

and fred savage too

jess (dubplatestyle), Friday, 13 June 2003 00:32 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"it's time for bed girls, and I mean it!

...anybody want a peanut?"

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Friday, 13 June 2003 00:34 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

andre the g earns it a smidgen of affection

jess (dubplatestyle), Friday, 13 June 2003 00:34 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

And you gotta give it Peter Falk too.

s1utsky (slutsky), Friday, 13 June 2003 00:37 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

my point is that it's an utterly innoffensive film which earns bonus points for being witty and occasionally very touching ("hello! my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die" "Stop saying that!"). I like to be surprised by a film which makes no claim to be great Art but yet which moves me.

Matt (Matt), Friday, 13 June 2003 00:41 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

it's darling!

Maria (Maria), Friday, 13 June 2003 00:50 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

It is. And given my post above I realise I lay this thread open to an argument about Art with a capital A. I would like to ignore this argument and talk simply about what a great deal of fun the film is.

Matt (Matt), Friday, 13 June 2003 00:54 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I love it to bits. A childhood fave that's still very enjoyable!

J-rock (Julien Sandiford), Friday, 13 June 2003 05:34 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i'd rather watch a real fairy tale movie than this lily-livered piece of shit.*


* note: "shit" may be hyperbolic.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 13 June 2003 05:42 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

peter falk is grebt but any film w/billy crystal gets docked more points than it can spare.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 13 June 2003 05:42 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I like the idea of a "real fairy tale movie."

s1utsky (slutsky), Friday, 13 June 2003 05:44 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

if it were easier to find you should look for maurice tourneur's "the blue bird" or herbert brenon's "peter pan" ... or the recent versions of "a little princess" and "the secret garden" although they are more fairytale-inflected victoriana than fairy tales proper.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 13 June 2003 05:47 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I can't deal with the Little Princess. SO precious.

s1utsky (slutsky), Friday, 13 June 2003 05:51 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

well mother freaking duh it's called "the little princess." if you babysat you'd know.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 13 June 2003 05:52 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The Little Princess film was marred by HORRIBLE child actors and another refusal to follow the book (the dad DIES, damnit!).

The adaptation of Secret Garden was okay though. Beautiful in spots. Once again, fairly bad child actors though. Also, they COMPLETELY ruined the bit with the key and the importance of the robin. I was very very very angry with this film when I was young.

Melissa W (Melissa W), Friday, 13 June 2003 05:56 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Melissa I'm glad I wasn't babysitting you!

although often i find that kids noticing the discrepancies b/t books and movie adaptations thereof (as in: harry potter--to pick an example with mucho contemporary currency) is actually the first awakenings of critical consciousness. it's both exciting and a bit depressing to observe.

P.S. I am such a fairtytale rockist.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 13 June 2003 06:02 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Well I was always very angry that they were "denying reality" in basically every Little Princess movie ever made. Did they EVER let the dad die, as he does in the book?

Melissa W (Melissa W), Friday, 13 June 2003 06:06 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

There has never been a good Hodgson Burnett film.

I like The Princess Bride film about 10% as much as I like the book, but I like the book a WHOLE lot, so...

I think the bit with Vizzini and Westley and the poison is fabulously witty. In fact Wallace Shawn is just hilarious, in a classically hammy way. And the film career of Carey Elwes may be entirely undistinguished, but ROWR (it's the mask and the boots you know).

Also, hello, PETER COOK is in it!

Archel (Archel), Friday, 13 June 2003 07:20 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

may i have the wing?

Mandee, Friday, 13 June 2003 08:05 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The Empire Strikes Back : The Black Hole :: Ronja Rövardotter : Princess Bride

Sommermute (Wintermute), Friday, 13 June 2003 08:06 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Yes the book is better. But that clifftop fight scene just looks ace. Plus of course yes PETER COOK is in it!

Matt (Matt), Friday, 13 June 2003 09:29 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"I do not think you know the meaning of that word"

RickyT (RickyT), Friday, 13 June 2003 09:54 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

It's classic just for the Wallace Shawn poison-in-the-wine-goblet scene.

NA. (Nick A.), Friday, 13 June 2003 11:30 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Hey, I was a drama club geek, not a band geek! Yet all too predictably I do love this movie.

Nicole (Nicole), Friday, 13 June 2003 11:40 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

It does exactly what it sets out to do: tell a simple fairy tale. I love that about it. The movie is great though because it's witty and touching and exciting almost in equal measures.

Vinnie (vprabhu), Friday, 13 June 2003 20:49 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

One of my favourite books and favourtie movies of all time. The movie disappointed me on first viewing, but seeing it again a few months later, I admired its levity and appreciated how ingenously it managed to incoporate all the book's themes into 90 odd minutes. On third viewing, I was moved by the revenge plot. By the fourth, I appreciated the poison scene. By the fifth, I was in love with the swordfight. By the 16th or 17th time, I was simply in love with the other person viewing it at the time, who wonderfully enough, appreciated it also. Tasteful girl.

And the dialogue sizzles: "Is this a kissing story?";"What is your name? I must know?" "Get used to disappointment." "What if you don't come back?" "This is true love. You think this happens every day?"'; "Inconceivable!" "You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."; "I'm going to go and kill myself as soon as i get to my room." "How lovely. See you in the morning."

Y'all start being nicer about it, or I'm going to have to get cross. And you wouldn't like me when I'm cross.

And you wouldn't like me when I'm cross.

Jamie Conway (Jamie Conway), Sunday, 15 June 2003 12:43 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

bah cary elwes is one of my alltime heroes

Chip Morningstar (bob), Sunday, 15 June 2003 21:16 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

my friend assures me that all top fencing competitors salute each other saying "My name is Inigo Montoya..." under their breath but this may not be true.

I like the names for things that only feature briefly, like the holocaust cloak.

isadora (isadora), Sunday, 15 June 2003 22:37 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

cary elwes is hot. thats all i remember. um, actually i don't even know if i've seen it, i've definitely seen robin hood men in tights tho.

di smith (lucylurex), Monday, 16 June 2003 02:21 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Cary Elwes inspired fanatical levels of obsession in a number of women I knew. I went to a fencing classes for a while and at most of the serious fencers had a thing about the Princess Bride. I never noticed any of them whispering under their breath though.

On another note: Robin Wright! Aaaah!

Jamie Conway (Jamie Conway), Monday, 16 June 2003 05:16 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

oh cary elwes... you never really made it, did you?

s1utsky (slutsky), Monday, 16 June 2003 05:29 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Haha when I fenced I often muttered "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya..." under my breath. Fencing is fun, I must do it again.

Matt (Matt), Monday, 16 June 2003 12:33 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

A most enjoyable film - one of those that I've watched a million times (well, that's a slight exaggeration, maybe, and that I'll happily watch a million more.

I am going to name my next (male) dog "The Dread Pirate Robert" - and Ingio Montoya is one of my all-time favorite names - and he had an excellent tuckus, too.

What were those Wallace Shawn lines about "Never get involved in a land war in Asia...?"

And Cary Elwes is a perfect example of someone that's really easy to fantasize about - sexy and witty and funny and looks good in tights - what more could one ask for? (Yeah, I liked "Men in Tights," too, but not as much.)

Damn - now I know what I'll pop into the DVD player to fall asleep by. Thanks for raising the topic *grin *

I'm Passing Open Windows (Ms Laura), Tuesday, 17 June 2003 04:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh - and my live-in is a fencer - maybe I'm searching for my Cary Elwes in him?

I'm Passing Open Windows (Ms Laura), Tuesday, 17 June 2003 04:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What were those Wallace Shawn lines about "Never get involved in a land war in Asia...?"

I was reading the book last week, and I came across this line, and thought "ooh, more whimsical humour". Then I remembered that it was published in 1973.

caitlin (caitlin), Tuesday, 17 June 2003 09:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

*grin* I seem to recall someone on ILE linking to a Photoshopped image showing Wallace Shawn in a crowd of war protesters, holding a sign that said "Never get involved in a land war in Asis." It was on one of the threads about Iraq, obviously.

I'm Passing Open Windows (Ms Laura), Tuesday, 17 June 2003 16:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...
"There's not a lot of money in revenge."

"I've hired you to help me start a war. It's a prestigious line of work, with a long and glorious tradition."

"Have you ever heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates? Morons."

"Been specializing in groups, fighting gangs for local charities, that kind of thing."

"Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something."

"I'll explain, and I'll use small words so that you'll be sure to understand, you warthog-faced buffoon."

Marmot 4-Tay: I'll sip from his well without hesitation. (marmotwolof), Saturday, 29 July 2006 17:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us hwere togevwer tooday."

Roz (Roz), Saturday, 29 July 2006 18:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Truly you have a dizzying intellect."

Marmot 4-Tay: I'll sip from his well without hesitation. (marmotwolof), Saturday, 29 July 2006 18:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

big w/ mormons.

fauxhemian (fauxhemian), Saturday, 29 July 2006 18:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Really?

Marmot 4-Tay: I'll sip from his well without hesitation. (marmotwolof), Saturday, 29 July 2006 18:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yell any of those lines on byu campus and you'll immediately have like 50 female (and some male) friends. non-threatening whimsical movie set in non-threatening whimsical times w/ some non-explicit hotness = the perfect match for straight-A mormon girls who like jane austen.

fauxhemian (fauxhemian), Saturday, 29 July 2006 18:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

straight-A mormon girls who like jane austen.

Hott.

"We'll never survive!"
"Nonsense! You're only saying that because no one ever has."

Marmot 4-Tay: I'll sip from his well without hesitation. (marmotwolof), Saturday, 29 July 2006 18:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Love it. "Aaaaaaaasssssss yooooooooouuuu wiiiiiiiiisssssshhhh...."

Of course, I first saw it with a guy I was pretty well in love with. I don't think I quite realized that we both were digging on Cary Elwes, though.

Sara R-C (Sara R-C), Saturday, 29 July 2006 18:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Sadly, although I do love The Princess Bride, I blame it for Shrek, which is shit.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Saturday, 29 July 2006 18:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

In my experience, yelling Princess Bride quotes just about anywhere will net you 50 new friends.

Jessie the Monster (scarymonsterrr), Saturday, 29 July 2006 19:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't think I quite realized that we both were digging on Cary Elwes, though.

Hahahah

I think it's one of those films for me that, having seen it once, I'll never need or even really want to see again, but I'm glad I saw it that one time and still remember just about every line from it one way or another. (See also Office Space.) I do still have the book, I think...*checks shelf*...yes indeed, as well as The Silent Gondoliers.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 29 July 2006 19:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ned otm. ok to see once, maybe with a girl or a boy or your mom, after that you start mumbling things under your breath while taking fencing lessons or making point-by-point comparisons between westley and captain moroni.

fauxhemian (fauxhemian), Saturday, 29 July 2006 19:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I've never done either. I've seen it maybe 50 times since 1987.

Marmot 4-Tay: I'll sip from his well without hesitation. (marmotwolof), Saturday, 29 July 2006 19:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

http://static.flickr.com/77/201236293_2d691fe902_o.jpg

Kim (Kim), Saturday, 29 July 2006 19:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

this movie is great. i love peter falk.

s1ocki (slutsky), Saturday, 29 July 2006 20:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i was jsut thinking about this movie the other day. thinking about how great Wallace Shawn is in that compared to in Melinda and Melinda.

"Have you ever heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates? Morons."

AaronK (AaronK), Saturday, 29 July 2006 20:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i love wallace shawn.

Sadly, although I do love The Princess Bride, I blame it for Shrek, which is shit.
-- accentmonkey (tris...), July 29th, 2006. (accentmonkey) (later)

completely OTM.

jed_ (jed), Saturday, 29 July 2006 21:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

OMG the BOO lady!

the doaple gonger (nickalicious), Monday, 31 July 2006 12:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

So bow down to her if you want. Bow to her. Bow to the Queen of Slime, the Queen of Filth, the Queen of putrescence! Boo! Boo! Rubbish! Filth! Slime! Muck! Boo! Boo! Boo!

the doaple gonger (nickalicious), Monday, 31 July 2006 12:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Watched it for the first time the other day - it had passed me by as a child. Was disappointed by the lack of proper monsters and general magic and stuff a la Labyrinth/Neverending Story. Also disppointed by the ending - everything just seemed a bit too easy and you never saw the baddy getting properly punished. Great script though.

wogan lenin (dog latin), Monday, 31 July 2006 12:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"My father's final words were...HOLD IT HOLD IT GRANDPA.

the doaple gonger (nickalicious), Monday, 31 July 2006 13:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"

the doaple gonger (nickalicious), Monday, 31 July 2006 13:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

WTF ROGUE QUOTE

the doaple gonger (nickalicious), Monday, 31 July 2006 13:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

lol @ the video game at the beginning of this movie.

(♥_♥) (roxymuzak), Monday, 14 December 2009 06:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

i'd rather watch a real fairy tale movie than this lily-livered piece of shit.*

* note: "shit" may be hyperbolic.

― amateurist (amateurist), Friday, June 13, 2003 1:42 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

love amateurist being all gangsta about real fairy tale movies

donde está mia farrow, fa la la la la, la la la la (s1ocki), Monday, 14 December 2009 07:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

god how old was carey elwes in this thing, 12?

(♥_♥) (roxymuzak), Monday, 14 December 2009 07:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

do you have to be young when you see this to appreciate it?

on now and i don't think i get it

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 02:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

big w/ mormons.

― fauxhemian (fauxhemian), Saturday, July 29, 2006 11:07 AM (4 years ago)

This is so OTM! This movie and (surprisingly, imo) Monty Python & the Holy Grail all quoted endlessly in LDS seminaries all over America.

great & spacious building (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 22 February 2011 03:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

Man fauxhemian is all over the Mormon jokes on this thread. Do they still post here? wesley/moroni is killing me. Killing! I'm easily pleased, you see.

great & spacious building (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 22 February 2011 03:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

look how gangster mandy patinkin is. thats a homeboy right there

The sham nation of Israel should be destroyed. (Princess TamTam), Friday, 18 November 2011 18:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

so Fred Savage is what, like 30 now?

when I was a kid "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" was shown on CC all the time, didn't realize until I actually saw the Princess Bride what a rip-off it is

really one of the few movies to be really funny and smart and touching without being vulgar, appeals to comic book geeks as well as kids and people like my Mom, I dunno how many movies like that exist

frogbs, Friday, 18 November 2011 18:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

Fred has to be into his thirties, I was surprised at what a good director he's turned into -- he directed a lot of the episodes of Party Down, and quite a few from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

bouquet beatdown (Nicole), Friday, 18 November 2011 18:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

O_O

Fred Savage is 35

Much Ado About Nuttin (DJP), Friday, 18 November 2011 18:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

35 and too busy to turn up to the reunion photo shoot.

DavidM, Friday, 18 November 2011 18:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

he was too busy talking about being in The Princess Bride on Happy Endings to show up for the shoot

Much Ado About Nuttin (DJP), Friday, 18 November 2011 18:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

I thought Fred Savage was like 90 or something

crüt, Friday, 18 November 2011 18:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

should crosspost this to ANGRY PATINKIN

zero dark (s1ocki), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:07 (six years ago) Permalink

MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA
I GOT A BIG BONER
PREPARE TO SIGH

― s1ocki (slutsky)

http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view3/1366708/slow-clap-o.gif

christmas candy bar (al leong), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:11 (six years ago) Permalink

Princess Bride successfully maintains a tone of extremely light handed satire with the barest pinch of self-mockery. If you respond to that tone, then you will find it a very entertaining movie. If not, you'll be repulsed by each and every minute of it, because that tone is the whole of the movie.

Aimless, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:18 (six years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

caught this last night for the nth time and i found it much better all round than i remember, with the exception of wallace shawn who is as awful in the role as ever

fremme nette his simplicitte (darraghmac), Sunday, 14 April 2019 12:54 (two months ago) Permalink

with the exception of wallace shawn who is as awful in the role as ever

INCONCEIVABLE!

Roz, Sunday, 14 April 2019 13:00 (two months ago) Permalink

:D no other response possible rly

fremme nette his simplicitte (darraghmac), Sunday, 14 April 2019 13:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line! (I wish for these to also be my final words)

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 14 April 2019 14:23 (two months ago) Permalink

his lines are good!

fremme nette his simplicitte (darraghmac), Sunday, 14 April 2019 15:33 (two months ago) Permalink

agreed. it would have been difficult to ruin Shawn's role. because it is a fairy tale, and he is written as an irritating little dweeb, overplaying the part was nearly impossible.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 14 April 2019 18:03 (two months ago) Permalink

disagreed!

fremme nette his simplicitte (darraghmac), Sunday, 14 April 2019 18:27 (two months ago) Permalink

for contrast, guest's readings are almost absolutely flat, and his *looks* are great

and he kills it in the role

fremme nette his simplicitte (darraghmac), Sunday, 14 April 2019 18:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Until this moment I thought Rob Reiner and Ron Howard were the same person. Like, when Rob Reiner is in Spinal Tap (not looking at all like Ron Howard) I'd think "huh that dude looks real different with a beard"

Anyway I really love the sword fighting in this movie and I like the moment when The King says "won't that be nice ;) She kissed me! She kissed me!"

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 14 April 2019 19:46 (two months ago) Permalink


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