If you haven’t seen “The Princess Bride,” you’ve missed one of the classic pieces of movie-making. It’s been one of my family’s favorite films for many years, and as many times as I’ve seen it (at least 20) it never fails to entertain. Lee Ann and I always loved it, and when our kids were old enough to watch it (probably 8 or 9 years old) we introduced it to them. In addition to being great fun, “Princess Bride” has some of the most memorable lines in movie history.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Inigo Montoya goes to Miracle Max, looking for a miracle cure for Westley, who’s been tortured on “the machine” in the Pit of Despair.
Inigo: Are you the Miracle Max who worked for the king all those years?
Miracle Max: The King’s stinking son fired me, and thank you so much for bringing up such a painful subject. While you’re at it, why don’t you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it? We’re closed!
Westley regains consciousness following his miracle, and awakens near the castle with Inigo and Fezzik.
Westley: Who are you? Are we enemies? Why am I on this wall? Where is Buttercup?
Inigo: Let me ‘splain. (Pause.) No, there is too much. Let me sum up. Buttercup is marrying Humperdinck in a little less than half an hour. So all we have to do is get in, break up the wedding, steal the princess, make our escape… after I kill Count Rugen.
I would not say such things if I were you!!!
And, of course: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!!”
In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the classic “Battle of Wits” scene from the film…