The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days ( DAY 79) (Top 2):
2. “The Princess Bride” (1987)
A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).
Mandy Patinkin—Inigo Montoya
Christopher Guess—Count Tyrone Rugen
Andre the Giant—Fezzik
Fred Savage—The Grandson
Robin Wright—The Princess Bride
Peter Falk—The Grandfather/ Narrator
Peter Cook—The Impressive Clergyman
Mel Smith—The Albino
Billy Crystal—Miracle Max
Anne Dyson—The Queen
Margery Mason—The Ancient Booer
Willoughby Gray—The King
Facts about the this movie:
*Budget: $16,000,000 (estimated)
*Opening Weekend: $206,243 (USA) (9 Screens)
*Gross: $30,857,814 (USA)
*There really was a "Dread Pirate Roberts" (Bartholomew Roberts, also known as Black Bart) who operated in the Caribbean in the early 18th century. He is reckoned by many to have been the most successful pirate of all time.
*The fencing masters that Inigo and Westley talk about studying are all real fencing masters from the 14th to 16th centuries (although the styles of fighting they are using have little to do with what those masters actually taught).
*While rehearsing for the film, André the Giant's thick accent prevented many of his lines from being understood. To remedy this, actor Mandy Patinkin slapped André in the face to get him to concentrate harder.
*When Count Rugen hits Westley over the head, Cary Elwes told Christopher Guest to go ahead and hit him for real. Guest hit him hard enough to shut down production for a day while Elwes went to the hospital.
*The two rival kingdoms in the movie are Florin and Guilder. These are the names of two former Dutch currencies, the Florijn and Gulden.
*According to author William Goldman, when he was first trying to get the movie made in the 1970s, a then-unknown Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to play Fezzik, and he was strongly being considered because Goldman could never get his first choice, André the Giant, to read for the role. By the time the movie was made about 12 years later, Arnold was such a big star they could not afford him, Andre was cast after all and the two big men had gone on to become friends.
*Vizzini's advice on not getting involved in a land war in Asia is derived from principles stated by Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery (Viscount Alamein) in a speech in the House of Lords on 30 May 1962: "Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war is: 'Do not march on Moscow.' ... Rule 2 is: 'Do not go fighting with your land armies in China.'"
*The video baseball game the Grandson in playing during the first scene is "Hardball" produced by Accolade, Inc., in 1985. It was widely available in the mid-1980s for the Commodore 64 computer system. It was a one or two-player game. The sound was not from the actual game, but later added.
*Director Rob Reiner was the voice of the R.O.U.S.s.
*Most of the movie was filmed on location in England. The castle used for the film dated back to 1065 and had original tapestries on the walls.
*Writer William Goldman was on set during one of the flame burst scenes in the forest when Robin Wright's dress caught fire. Although Goldman knew this was intentional, he was so caught up in the moment that he shouted, "Her dress is on fire!", thus ruining the take.
*The giant rodents were created with diminutive actors inside rat suits. On the day Westley was supposed to battle the giant rat, the "rat actor" was pulled over for speeding and subsequently arrested, and actually had to be bailed out of jail by the filmmakers so the scene could be filmed.
*Mel Smith (The Albino) has confessed to never having watched his performance in this film due to the painful experience involved in filming the role. His character required him to wear coloured contact lenses and, unknown to Smith and the costume department at the time, he was actually allergic to the lens solution used. This meant that Smith was in constant pain and discomfort throughout filming; hence, he is reluctant to relive the memory.
*While shooting scenes on top of a high grassy slope, Cary Elwes broke his toe. André the Giant couldn't walk up that hill, which was a huge slab, so he drove a rented, small four-wheeler and threw Elwes the keys to try it. Elwes went over a rock, which got caught between his toes and the pedal, crushing his toe. He couldn't delay the shoot and thus shot his scene. In the film, you can see him limping when he's running into the swamp. Costume designer Phyllis Dalton made a special shoe for him.
*Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin performed all of their own sword-fighting after many hours of training. According to Rob Reiner, the only stunt performed by Patinkin's stunt double was one flip during the 'Chatty Duelists' scene.
*Cary Elwes was cast because of what Rob Reiner called his Douglas Fairbanks or Errol Flynn quality. Fairbanks and Flynn both played Robin Hood (Fairbanks in Robin Hood and Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood). Later Elwes spoofed their performances in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
*There were no "shrieking eels" in the original novel. Instead, once Buttercup jumps overboard to escape her captors, Vizzini warns her of sharks in the water, and fills a cup with his own blood and throws it in the water to attract them.
*When asked what his favorite thing about making this film was, André the Giant replied, without skipping a beat, "Nobody looks at me." He felt treated as an equal, without people staring at him because of his grand height.
*The 'Dread Pirate Roberts' costume was modeled after that of Zorro only leaving out the cape as it was felt it was unnecessary.
*Mandy Patinkin has said that the role of Inigo Montoya is his personal favourite over the course of his entire career.
*Buttercup is continually referred to throughout the film (and in the film's title itself) as "The Princess," even though she is not yet married to Humperdinck. However, the grandfather states that Buttercup was born on a small farm, and Humperdinck states in his speech to the people that she was once a commoner. The reason for the discrepancy is that in the novel, the law of the land did indeed allow Humperdinck to choose his bride, but that bride was required to be a princess. Humperdinck overcame the obstacle by making Buttercup princess of a nonexistent country, making her eligible to marry him.
*Iocaine powder is a fictional poison.
*Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was offered the role of Fezzik and was extremely interested in taking the role but was unable because shooting conflicted with his NBA schedule.
*Whoopi Goldberg campaigned for the role of Princess Buttercup.
Why I Picked this movie #2:
1.It is a timeless film.
2. One of the top five best fairy tale movies ever made
3. Brilliant chemistry with the whole cast.
4. One of best family/kid movies ever made
5. Best fairy tale movie made in the 1980’s.
6. Brilliant villain.
7. I can watch this movie over, over and over it never get old
8. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
9. Brilliant mix of comedy, action and romance.
10. It has great heart string pulling moments, while it still being funny.
11. One of the most imaginative movies made in the 1980. In the way it was put together.
12. Brilliant Script.
13. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
14. Brilliant story.
15. Brilliant ending.
16. Brilliant swordplay scenes.
17. Rob Reiner second best film from 1980’s.
18. Robin Wright and Cary Elwes chemistry is brilliant.
19. One of Rob Reiner top five best films ever.
20. Fred Savage and Peter Falk chemistry is brilliant.
21. Peter Falk and Mandy Patinkin are nip and tuck in stealing the movie.
First time seeing it:
After school film in middle school.