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The Princess Bride


Roger Davidson

Princess Bride, The
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"My name is Inigo Montoya. You Killed my father. Prepare to die!"-Line from The Princess Bride, repeated throughout the picture by bandit Montoya (Mandy Patinkin).

Rob Reiner directed this fine spoof of children's fairy tales, which involves the adventures of Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) and her true love Westley (Cary Elwes), as they attempt to escape from the nefarious Prince Humperdink (Chris Sarandon) and Count Rugen (Christopher Guest). They are helped along by the Spanish sword fighter Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) and the hulking, marble-mouthed Fezzik (wrestler Andre the Giant).

Full of wickedly funny sight gags that would have made Monty Python proud, this is a film with Elwes and Wright providing some fine romantic-comedy, while Andre and Patinkin furnish some truly memorable moments. There is the problem of the unwanted cameo from Billy Crystal (covered in pounds of latex), basically redoing his usual old-cranky-Jewish-man impression. Still, as an added bonus, there are plenty of references for film buffs, especially ones who enjoy Errol Flynn's swashbuckling adventures.

My Rating = Three Stars

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