Questions tagged [the-princess-bride]

Fantasy romance/comedy novel published in 1973, and adapted into a classic film in 1987, both written by William Goldman. Framed as a story read to a child (in the novel, a "just the good bits" version), Westley and Buttercup's true love must overcome a possessive prince, kidnapping, swordsmen, giants, pirates, swamps, torture, and a slight case of death.

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What plant are the vines in the fire swamp?

In the movie Princess Bride, Westley and Buttercup flee in to the Fireswamp where Westley uses his sword to cut through vines or vine like plants that are obstructing their path. What are those ...
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Could Vizzini have won the battle of the wits?

In the movie adaptation of The Princess Bride (I haven't read the book, though apparently it's also in the book), Vizzini loses the battle of the wits by drinking a cup poisoned with iocane powder. ...
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Kill the dark one and the giant, but leave the third - which did he mean?

There's a scene near the end of the Princess Bride where the evil Count Rugen confronts Fezzik, Inigo and Westley in the castle, and orders his guards, "kill the dark one and the giant, but leave the ...
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Why did the six-fingered man leave the sword?

In the film The Princess Bride, when Inigo and the Man in Black have their chat before their duel, the Spaniard tells his adversary about his father and the six-fingered man: Inigo: My father was ...
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It would take a miracle, which is what we do here? [closed]

Is it a good chance, neutral or remote chance when his wife asks, "Do you think it'll work?". He responds "It'd take a miracle". Since he is in the business of miracles (or because his name is ...
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The Princess Bride- context of Dread Pirate Roberts

My question comes from the 1987 film The Princess Bride. Is the name "The Dread Pirate Roberts" a full name? I keep wanting to think of it as ..."The dreaded Pirate Roberts" as opposed to ...
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The Princess Bride - book vs film differences?

The Princess Bride can refer to: a novel by William Goldman; the 1987 film adaptation of this novel. I've seen the film but not read the novel (shame on me), so I'm curious as to what differences ...
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Why did Westley Kidnap Buttercup?

In the movie, Westley takes Buttercup from Vizzini and begins evading Humperdinck who is searching for her (perhaps not really, but Westley thinks that this is the case). While they are on the run, ...
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Why did Vizzini have the wine and tablecloth all laid out?

In the film The Princess Bride, when the Man in Black approaches Vizzini for the final of his three 'duels', the Sicilian is sitting at a makeshift table complete with wine, cups, and a white ...
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How did the Man in Black find them on the ship?

Near the beginning of The Princess Bride, when Vizzini, Inigo, and Fezzik have kidnapped Buttercup and have her on their ship, they are surprised to find themselves pursued: INIGO: You are sure ...
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Why did Wesley recover so suddenly?

During the break in to the castle towards the end of A Princess Bride Wesley cannot walk or move other than turn his head, speak and occasionally move his fingers. However he seems to suddenly recover ...
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Why did Humperdinck want to start a war?

We know that Vizzini was paid by Humperdinck to start a war between Florin and Guilder. What made Humperdinck want to go to war with Guilder?
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Why did Vizzini want to start a war?

In The Princess Bride, there are at least two different people who aim to start a war between Florin and Guilder by assassinating the princess: Vizzini and Prince Humperdinck. Now rulers seeking ...
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Did Inigo Montoya and the Dread Pirate Roberts use actual sword forms?

When Inigo and the Dread Pirate duel atop the Cliffs of Insanity, they quip about different sword fighting styles, such as "Agrippa". Did the choreography of this duel use actual sword forms, by the ...
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Did Westley give Prince Humperdinck exactly what he wanted at the end of Princess Bride?

Westley left the prince alive, tied to a chair, "alone with his cowardice" and ran off with the princess. The prince was just going to kill her and frame the whole thing on Guilder, so doesn't he ...