When I was a senior in high school, my mother went to Blockbuster and rented movies for our family movie night. Of course, my mother thought she was bringing home a chick flick. My father and I prayed it would not be.
What she brought home changed my life forever. (OK, maybe it wasn’t that incredible, but still…).
My mother brought home a movie that took my father and me by surprise. It was “inconceivable” that we would like such a hilarious parody and cheerfully watch it 27 years after its release and still laugh.
If you have never watched this movie…What is wrong with you? But seriously folks, this is my favorite “fairy tale” of all time. There are pirates, an old irascible retired wizard, giant rats, sword fights, vendettas, a friendly giant, an evil prince, oh yeah, and true love.
This story inside of a story starts with a little boy staying home from school because he’s sick. His grandfather comes over and reads him a book. At first, the little guy isn’t having it. It doesn’t start with enough fighting and carnage. But by the end of the tale, he’s begging his grandfather to come back the next day and read it to him again.
This book is the tale of young Westley a poor farm hand in love with the beautiful, Buttercup. Knowing that he’ll need money to marry and take care of her, Westley leaves to find his fortunes only to end up being reported dead–killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts.
Years later, Buttercup, being the most beautiful girl in the realm, has to marry the evil prince Humperdink. Buttercup is kidnapped before the wedding by Vizzini and his cohorts, Inigo Montoya and Fezzik. They kidnap her to start a war.
Luckily for this beautiful princess-to-be, the Dread Pirate Roberts comes to her rescue. But why would he do such a thing? He is, after all, the scourge of the seas, and the murderer of dear Westley. Or is he?
To rescue this beautiful damsel in distress, The Dread Pirate Roberts has to get past Inigo’s sword on the Cliffs of Insanity, Fezzik’s brute strength, Vizzini’s intellect, the Fire Swamp, Rodents of Unusual Size, the Pit of Despair, and even death. Now if that’s not true love, I don’t know what is.
With the help of Inigo (who is out to avenge his father’s death at the hands of the six-fingered man), Fezzik and Miracle Max, the Man in Black/Dread Pirate Roberts/Westley fights to save his true love, defeat the evil prince and stop a war.
This movie has some of the funniest and most memorable lines ever. From Vizzini constantly finding everything “inconceivable” to the Impressive Clergyman and his marriage ceremony, “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday.”
If you are looking for a fantasy movie with swashbuckling, fantastic fun, then this cheesy classic is for you. “The Princess Bride”, staring Cary Elwes as Westley/The Man In Black, Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, Robin Wright as Buttercup and Chris Sarandon as the Evil Prince Humperdink is a fun time to be had by all.
I’ve attached a link to the trailer below. If this trailer doesn’t make you want to run out and buy this movie, then I don’t know what will (unless you already own it, that is).
Directed by the esteemed Rob Reiner, and released on my birthday , October 9, 1987, the movie budget was an estimated $16 million budget and grossed over $30 million U.S.
Join me next week when I introduce you to the undisputed King Of Cheese for my favorite Cheesy Sci-fi movies. Tune in to find out who that is.
I also look forward to sharing with you on Tuesday February 25th, a special guest post from my unofficial mentor and fellow speculative fiction author Marianne de Pierres.
Wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva… So TWEASURE your wuv: The Impressive Clergyman
As You Wish! Wesley/The Dread Pirate Roberts
The Princess Bride Website (www.theprincessbrideforever.com)
From Trailer Park to Outer Space (yiwashington.com)
Sci-Fi Pirate Cheese (yiwashington.com)