Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Happy 25th to "The Princess Bride" (and some little known facts about it) - As You Wish: Little-Known Facts About The Princess Bride on Its 25th Anniversary

It's The Princess Bride's 25th anniversary! But before you break out your favorite fire swamp and brute squad quotes, let's take a moment to properly appreciate what is easily one of the greatest fantasy films of all time (and also one of the funniest). Then you can quote it. Or act out the entire Westley-Inigo duel. Or fight someone To The Pain. In fact, let's just instate a yearly tradition where we all get together and recreate the whole movie on September 25. We'll call it Project Dread Pirate Roberts.

The genesis of this gem was simple enough: Rob Reiner's father Carl handed him a book by William Goldman called The Princess Bride. (Charmingly, the title of the novel came when Goldman asked his two daughters what sort of story they would prefer, and the first asked for a tale about a bride, while the other wanted one about a princess.) Eventually, Reiner started making movies of his own, and after successfully helming classics like This Is Spinal Tap and Stand By Me, that book got dusted off and brought to the table. Then it was just a matter of assembling the right team of people.

And it's the people that really make The Princess Bride so special. Here are a few fun stories about what happened on and off set, all of them contributing to what makes this movie stand out a quarter of a century later….


Every time I see this on, I still watch it... I mean, who doesn't? :)

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