Some movies are forgotten as soon as their theater run is over. Sure, people saw it, but it was just a puff of smoke. However, some movies stick around. Parents share it with their children, kids show their friends, and it becomes a part of the bedrock of popular culture. The Princess Bride is one of those films. It wasn’t a huge hit when it was released in 1987; it only made about $30 million at the box office. But, after it was released on home video, it grew into one of the biggest cult classics of all time.
It isn’t really a new story: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, lots of sword fights, they find each other in the end, epic kiss. However, with iconic performances from a great cast and a hilarious and sharp screenplay by William Goldman that was based on his own 1973 novel, The Princess Bride became more than just a fairy tale. It’s also considered one of the most quotable movies of all time, so, for nostalgia’s sake, let’s revisit some of the film’s epic monologues and quippy one liners.
“HE DIDN’T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE.” — Vizzini
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” — Inigo Montoya
Wallace Shawn wasn’t director Rob Reiner’s first choice to play Vizzini (Danny DeVito was), but to consider anyone else in the role is simply inconceivable.
“Give us the gate key.” — Westley
“I have no gate key.” — Yellin
“Fezzik, tear his arms off.” — Inigo Montoya
“Oh, you mean *this* gate key.” — Yellin
Andre the Giant is truly imposing as Fezzik. Andre spoke very fondly of his time on the Princess Bride set, saying that everyone treated him as an equal and did not gawk at this large size.
“You mock my pain!” — Buttercup
“Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” — Man in Black
Can you imagine Buttercup played by Uma Thurman or Courtney Cox? Both auditioned for the role that was eventually won by Robin Wright, and would be her breakout role.