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If you fell in love with the dashing Westley, the lovely Buttercup; if you were charmed silly by the incredible camaraderie of V
October 19, 2014
If you fell in love with the dashing Westley, the lovely Buttercup; if you were charmed silly by the incredible camaraderie of Vezzini, Fezzik & Inigo; if you watched the Best Swordfight in all the History of SwordFights 100 times+, well then this is a book for you! It's a short, light read, but it will make you want to sink into this amazing film just one more time while Cary's reflections are fresh in your mind. If you think the world is a sadder place without Andre the Giant, Peter Cook (mawwiage), and Mel Stewart (albino), then pick this up for a good stroll down memory lane. I was a child when the movie came out, and yet even at that age was bowled over by the excellent screenplay and superb direction. When we rented this movie back in the late 80s, my family watched it SEVERAL times in succession over the course of a couple days. There are few films that compare! I may even say that Princess Bride is my favorite film of all time, and I'm now sharing it with my own children. One bit of trivia that surprised me--I didn't realize the film was NOT a commercial success originally! How stupid the public can be, and the film studio execs! So glad that Cary & his gang have earned their due for their work on Goldman's masterpiece. My only criticism was that the book wasn't any longer; I'd like to hear many more stories from the actors and crew and Goldman. My favorite part of the book were the tales of Andre, for whom I've always had a soft spot, and it was great to hear just how kindly the cast & crew felt toward Andre. Several excellent Andre stories included here. Also, it was heartwarming to learn just how funny this was for the cast & crew to film--such as Rob Reiner and Cary getting banished from the sound stage during Billy Crystal's scenes for laughing too loudly for the microphones. I really recommend this as a gift for the holiday season. So glad that Bill Goldman made this movie a reality and allowed Cary's book to be written. Magic!