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The original: 

The Princess Bride (1987)


Directed by: 

Rob Reiner (This is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, Misery, When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men)


Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn; with Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Mel Smith, Peter Cook, Carol Kane and Billy Crystal

What’s it about? 

A bedridden boy is read a story of high adventure by his Grandfather… 


Princess Buttercup (Wright) and her lost love Westley (Elwes) battle tyrants, firepits, six-fingered sadists, albino dungeon keepers, cliffs of insanity, lisping priests, power hunger Princes and Rodents of Unusual Size. 


The Princess Bride is a film that manages to blend genres like no other, with action, adventure, romance, fantasy and comedy all being given stellar attention and perfect realisation. 


Expertly directed, tightly, brilliantly written, the film has a perfect cast playing perfect characters. 

The villains are as charming as the heroes, while oozing evil, malice, vanity and hate. 

The dangers are real, the horrors tangible, the pain palpable and the chemistry between all players unbeatable. 


A tale of true love and giant, man-eating eels, brilliant sword fights, devilish wordplay and beautiful people, the film is a masterclass of firing on all cylinders. 


All this, plus Peter Falk being the best Grandfather in cinematic history... 

...Fight chorography unmatched since Errol Flynn. 

...Wordplay, epic banter, beautiful friendship and true love.


Want all this and more? 


As you wish.  



Buttercup: “You mock my pain.” 

Man in Black: “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” 


Inigo Montoya: “You seem a decent fellow... I hate to kill you.” 

Man in Black: “You seem a decent fellow... I hate to die.” 


Buttercup: “We'll never survive.” 

Westley: “Nonsense. You're only saying that because no one ever has.” 


Inigo Montoya: “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” 

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The pitch: "Come up with a sequel to The Princess Bride."

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