I spent yesterday afternoon watching The Princess Bride with my family. I never get tired of that movie. When I was about 9, I watched it religiously 4 or 5 times a day for about a month straight. I may have a few OCD tendancies. Anyway, I could recite that movie from beginning to end flawlessly. It is without a doubt, my favorite movie of all time. So, about a week ago, I bought the DVD. Now I know all these little behind-the-scenes goodies.
Like, did you know that Robyn Wright-Penn (Princess Buttercup) was only 19 when they made that movie?
Or that Cary Elwes (Westley) and Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya) practiced fencing for hours every day, every spare moment, to perfect what has been called the best sword-fight scene of all time? You know, neither of them had stunt-doubles.
One of my favorite scenes is The Battle of Wits. That Wallace Shawn (Vizzini) is hysterical. The best is when he says, "You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!" And then he laughs exactly 20 times, and falls over dead. You know, reading over that last line, I realize that it couldn't be that funny if you've never seen the movie. Hmmm...but then again, who hasn't seen that movie?
All in all, it's the best love story/adventure tale of all time. Boys and girls alike can get into it. As "Grandpa" said, "Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles..."
It doesn't sound too bad. I'll try and stay awake...