Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | April 18, 2012

A-Z: Princess Bride

“As you wish….”

ha ha…yep, another ’80’s movie – maybe I should have done an ’80’s movie theme, eh?

Well, in all fairness, I was going to do Pirates of the Caribbean cause I LOVE the movies (and Johnny Depp is awesome as Capt Jack Sparrow…lol) but, I just couldn’t leave Princess Bride out now could I?  This movie has an evil prince, a beautiful princess, it’s a fairy tale and oh yes, true love!!  What could possibly go wrong right?

Well, take the evil prince and add the Fire Swamp, the R.O.U.S. and a murdering count and guess what?  Yep, you’ve got problems!!  The movie starts out with Buttercup (Robin Wright) telling her farm hand, Westley (Cary Elwes) to do chores around the farm.  Westley always responds the same ‘As you wish’.  Buttercup finally admits she loves him and he leaves to make his fortune so they could get married.  Word gets back to Buttercup that Westley’s ship had been attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts who’s got a reputation for never leaving survivors.

Five years go by and a still grieving Buttercup reluctantly agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), heir to the throne.  But before they can marry, Buttercup is kidnapped by three outlaws: a short Sicilian named Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), a giant from Greenland named Fezzik (Andre the Giant) and a Spanish fencing master named Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) who seeks revenge against the six-fingered man who killed his father.

The group is pursued by Prince Humperdinck and his soldiers and a mysterious man in black.  After defeating the outlaws, the man in black reveals his identity to Buttercup.  Enraged that he was the Dread Pirate Roberts, she told him to die and pushed him down a hill and was shocked when he yelled ‘as you wish’ as he fell.  It was Westley!!

She falls down the hill after him and they flee into the Fire Swamp where they encounter the R.O.U. S. (rodents of unusual size) and lightening sand.  Prince Humperdinck is waiting for them on the other side of the swamp and to save his life, Buttercup promises to go with Humperdinck as long he promises not to hurt Westley.  Humperdinck agrees but secretly has Westley imprisoned and tortured.

Oh but that’s not all that happens!!  Does Westley live or die?  Does Buttercup marry Prince Humperdinck?  Get the movie and find out!!  And don’t forget the popcorn!!




  1. This is one of my all time favorite movies! Miracle Max, Holocaust cloak, The Cliffs of Insanity… priceless!


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