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The Princess Bride cast reunion. One unfillable hole in the reunion was the dearly departed Andre the Giant.

Associated photo shoot.
posted by kmz (78 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

 
Also painfully missing: Peter Falk.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 10:34 AM on October 10, 2011 [13 favorites]


Humperdinck looks good! Like better than back in the day, no?
posted by nathancaswell at 10:37 AM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


No Christopher Guest, either! Still, pretty fun.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:39 AM on October 10, 2011


Is this the posse I keep hearing about?
posted by contraption at 10:41 AM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


No Mandy Patinkin, either. But he's not dead, at least.
posted by cooker girl at 10:43 AM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Mostly dead.
posted by victors at 10:43 AM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


No Mandy Patinkin, either.
posted by papercake at 10:43 AM on October 10, 2011


No Fred Savage.
posted by empath at 10:44 AM on October 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


I had this hope that Cary Elwes would become his generation's Errol Flynn - cinematically anyway, not so much in terms of personal life - and sadly it just didn't seem to shake out that way. A different world, I suppose.

Still, we can watch The Princess Bride, and watch him swashbuckle around and do the whole lovable-rogue thing, and I suppose that will have to be good enough.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 10:46 AM on October 10, 2011 [11 favorites]


"Have fun storming the castle!"

Thanks for this -- never would have seen it otherwise. One of life's small pleasures is showing this movie to your kids for the first time and seeing them enjoy it. It holds up really, really well.
posted by mosk at 10:46 AM on October 10, 2011 [6 favorites]


TOTALLY AWESOME 80'S WEEK WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS
posted by StopMakingSense at 10:47 AM on October 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


I had this hope that Cary Elwes would become his generation's Errol Flynn

Still totally works if you consider that Saw is a remake of Four's a Crowd.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:53 AM on October 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


No Mandy Patinkin, either. But he's not dead, at least.

Are you sure? Could you check again?
posted by longsleeves at 10:53 AM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


No Christopher Guest, either!

I've thoroughly enjoyed Guest's output since The Princess Bride, but I don't think he's ever looked more dashing in a role. Some how, fairy tale villain just suited him.
posted by gladly at 10:56 AM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Christopher Guest and Many Patinkin were there for the photoshoot, but (apparently) did not take part in the televised interview. You can briefly see both as they are posing in the scene with the horse.
posted by The Confessor at 10:56 AM on October 10, 2011


They've all aged?

INCONCEIVABLE!
posted by mightygodking at 10:58 AM on October 10, 2011 [6 favorites]


Poor Rob Reiner doesn't merit a tag.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:58 AM on October 10, 2011


Huh, at one point in my life I was pretty sure I was going to marry Cary Elwes. Don't tell mr. desjardins.
posted by desjardins at 11:00 AM on October 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


Huh, at one point in my life I was pretty sure I was going to marry Cary Elwes

Me too.
posted by The Whelk at 11:02 AM on October 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


Me three.
posted by cooker girl at 11:05 AM on October 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


After watching this yesterday I found myself doing the dishes and wishing Wallace Shawn had been a badass explorer/adventurer and/or a spy or something so his biography could be called Inconceivable!: the True Life Adventures of Wallace Shawn.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:10 AM on October 10, 2011 [7 favorites]


Me, not so much.

Still, what a great movie.
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 11:11 AM on October 10, 2011


That was a pretty good Clinton impression.
posted by Gator at 11:17 AM on October 10, 2011 [4 favorites]


I recently had the pleasure of showing Princess Bride to my roommate who, despite being 26 and terribly geeky, had never actually managed to see it. It was fantastic. She knew a significant chunk of the dialogue from hanging around with geeks all her life, but had absolutely no context to any of it, or any clue as to the visuals. She said it was like she had already read the script, just out of order.
posted by platypus of the universe at 11:18 AM on October 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


After watching this yesterday I found myself doing the dishes and wishing Wallace Shawn had been a badass explorer/adventurer and/or a spy or something so his biography could be called Inconceivable!: the True Life Adventures of Wallace Shawn.

Last year I watched Wallace Shawn, 23 years after The Princess Bride, give a talk to a large audience about his recently published collection of essays and about his playwriting. He handled it well, when the inevitable oh-so-clever Princess Bride references came up in the Q&A, but you could almost feel him wincing, psychically.

So, no, I don't think he'd be so happy about a biography with that title.
posted by gurple at 11:18 AM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


I had this hope that Cary Elwes would become his generation's Errol Flynn

Mandy Patinkin is the guy I wish had gotten lots more great roles after Princess Bride.
posted by straight at 11:20 AM on October 10, 2011 [5 favorites]


I seem to recall seeing an interview a number of years ago with Wallace Shawn where he explained that he didn't find The Princess Bride very funny at all... Can't find it now, though...
posted by Jacob G at 11:23 AM on October 10, 2011


At one point in my life I was pretty sure I was going to be Cary Elwes, or at least the Dread Pirate Roberts.

Alas, my wearing of a mask, big black boots, thin mustache, and a sword didn't make it happen.

Although the one-on-ones with my direct reports at work have been a lot more interesting this week.

It really pleases me that the one time I actually did it as a costume, only about half the people who saw me guessed Zorro, and the rest (geeks to the one) spent the day calling out quotes from the movie with me.
posted by quin at 11:24 AM on October 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


Hard to believe that Wallace Shawn wasn't the first person considered for Vizzini. They were first looking at Danny DeVito.
posted by ZeusHumms at 11:29 AM on October 10, 2011


Mandy Patinkin's been in a great number of other things, but his favorite role of mine post-PB is Rube in "Dead Like Me". It was a shame that series was canceled so soon.
posted by ewagoner at 11:32 AM on October 10, 2011 [12 favorites]


I'd like to think that the real Peter Falk has been retired fifteen years and is living like a king in Patagonia.
posted by swift at 11:33 AM on October 10, 2011 [12 favorites]


Obligatory Andre the Giant in Modern Drunkard.

And that he was occasional taken to school by Samuel Beckett...

but you know these things already.
posted by edgeways at 11:46 AM on October 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


Poor Rob Reiner doesn't merit a tag.

Oops, that was an oversight on my part. Fixed!
posted by kmz at 11:47 AM on October 10, 2011


I'm STILL pretty sure I'm going to marry Cary Elwes some day, and you can go ahead and tell Mr. Padraigin, I'm pretty sure he'd understand.
posted by padraigin at 11:49 AM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


I seem to recall seeing an interview a number of years ago with Wallace Shawn where he explained that he didn't find The Princess Bride very funny at all... Can't find it now, though...

I recall something similar in the behind-the-scenes footage, where he said in all seriousness that he wasn't trying to be funny when speaking his lines and he had no idea what everyone was laughing at.

Except I think he was joking when he said that.

Or was he? I don't know! Good thing this doesn't have death on the line.
posted by CancerMan at 11:53 AM on October 10, 2011 [6 favorites]


After watching this yesterday I found myself doing the dishes and wishing Wallace Shawn had been a badass explorer/adventurer and/or a spy or something so his biography could be called Inconceivable!: the True Life Adventures of Wallace Shawn.

adamdschneider, he had an amazing career writing provocative and difficult plays, as well as political activism, with a side career of playing goofy characters in hit movies. Still a cool life story!


Mandy Patinkin is the guy I wish had gotten lots more great roles after Princess Bride.

straight a: he did. See Broadway, last 20 years.
posted by IAmBroom at 12:00 PM on October 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


Revisiting my childhood usually doesn't make me *sigh*

but this did. Thanks.
posted by kuanes at 12:01 PM on October 10, 2011


I find myself waxing rhapsodic about the Synclavier-heavy Knopfler soundtrack more than I ever thought I would when my friends went nutso for the actual film.

Also, anything that puts Carol Kane and Wallace Shawn in the same place is OK with me.
posted by mintcake! at 12:09 PM on October 10, 2011


When I was about 11 or 12, I got really sick with a flu and had to stay home from school for a while. So every day around noon or so, after I was done hacking up whatever was in my lungs that morning, my mom would make me a cup of tea and a big bowl of channa (read: boiled and slightly spiced chickpeas), and I'd go down to my room and pop in a copy of The Princess Bride that I'd taped off network tv. Every day for a couple weeks, I'd put down my Nintendo controller, eat channa like popcorn, and watch a love story, fast-forwarding through commercials to get to the good bits, which were all of them. My mother and I did not have a good relationship, but I remember those couple weeks as being a quiet and warm time in our lives.

So imagine my surprise, many years later, when I watched a DVD of The Princess Bride and discovered that the network had, all those years ago, clipped out a couple "unnecessary" scenes for time. It was like discovering the movie all over again. Now I can say that I feel like I got to see The Princess Bride for the first time twice and live part of it once, and that's pretty great.
posted by Errant at 12:23 PM on October 10, 2011 [13 favorites]


No more rhyming now, I mean it.
posted by BlahLaLa at 12:30 PM on October 10, 2011 [7 favorites]


Anybody want a peanut?
posted by waitingtoderail at 12:37 PM on October 10, 2011 [12 favorites]


Read the book too if you haven't yet. You'll get some good back story, like what happened in Greenland, how Wesley became such a skilled fighter, and Inigo's father. Haven't read it in awhile, I'm sure it has much more.
posted by Brocktoon at 12:57 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Read the book too if you haven't yet. You'll get some good back story, like what happened in Greenland, how Wesley became such a skilled fighter, and Inigo's father. Haven't read it in awhile, I'm sure it has much more.

Of course, to get the full story, you have seek out the especially rare unabridged edition. The stuff Goldman cut out is really quite essential. I was able to read one of the few extant copies at the Harry Ransom Center, though it was later stolen by Guilderist separatists. I don't know why they don't make a more accessible edition of the original book. The fact that Morgenstern's estate has been able to lobby Congress to extend copyright whenever it looks like The Princess Bride might go into the public domain is outright criminal.
posted by kmz at 1:05 PM on October 10, 2011 [27 favorites]


I hear Stephen King has a sizable cache of First Editions, in both English and Florinese. (His name wasn't always King, you know.)
posted by Gator at 1:08 PM on October 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


My dad read The Princess Bride to me as a bedtime story when I was 10 or 11. Of course, he was doing his own "good parts version" of Goldman's "good parts version" of Morgenstern's version. You know how Goldman describes being disoriented and taken aback the first time he read the "real" version? That's how I felt the first time I read the book for myself.

Elwes was good in The Pentagon Wars (fan-made trailer here).
posted by Lexica at 1:15 PM on October 10, 2011


adamdschneider, he had an amazing career writing provocative and difficult plays, as well as political activism, with a side career of playing goofy characters in hit movies. Still a cool life story!

Oh, sure, I know he's a Serious Person. I have a copy of the Designated Mourner. The title would just be more appropriate to the biography of a swashbuckler is all.
posted by adamdschneider at 1:20 PM on October 10, 2011


Cary Elwes makes me think the dude was fucked over by an agent or something. Let's see, you're handsome, a passable actor, British accent, and you just starred as the romantic lead in one of the most well-loved movies of all time. Explain to me again how you ended up as the third lead in Glory (behind ... Ferris Bueller?) and the second villain in Days of Thunder?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:32 PM on October 10, 2011 [5 favorites]


If you haven't seen it, Mandy Patinkin has a small but brilliant cameo -- possibly the best cameo by anyone, anywhere -- in Run Ronnie Run.
posted by Catblack at 1:58 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


I had this hope that Cary Elwes would become his generation's Errol Flynn - cinematically anyway...

You clearly haven't seen Twister.
posted by doublehappy at 2:02 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


The style of Princess Bride was pretty true to the original Morgenstern but I'm not crazy about how he did the abridgement. There was so much left out. Entire chapters on Buttercup's training, gutted. The history of the Florinese monarchy, excised. And the packing. All those glorious pages about packing and unpacking, completely omitted. I agree with kmz, true fans should seek out the unabridged version, in the original Florinese. You lose so much in translation.
posted by hindmost at 3:02 PM on October 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


The hats omission is the real tragedy.
posted by winna at 3:35 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


I just feel like I should comment in this thread.
posted by inigo2 at 3:42 PM on October 10, 2011 [10 favorites]


My dad (Fred Savage) told me the story of "The Princess Bride" as it was told to him by his grandfather, Peter Falk who had read William Goldman's abridged version, who had had the original Morgenstern version read to him by HIS father and abridged in the telling. So you can imagine how confused I was when I read the original Morgenstern to my son.
posted by nathancaswell at 3:52 PM on October 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


And Inigo's grand soliloquy on fleeting glory. That was primo stuff.
posted by Gator at 3:54 PM on October 10, 2011


I'm right-handed, but for some reason I have always played pool left-handed. It has worked out pretty well for me, and I'm pretty good. There have been many occasions where I've had to take a shot right-handed, for whatever reason. While this may often end up with a failure of epic proportions, I'll still quote the line from the sword fight. Result? Blank stares and the sound of crickets. Just once I'd love if somebody got the reference.
posted by Sk4n at 4:02 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


*sigh* All these years and Robin Wright is still the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.

I'm starting to forgive her for all that Sean Penn business. Starting.
posted by Bonzai at 6:14 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


A scan from the article.
posted by bitmage at 6:38 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


@Sk4n: I'll still quote the line from the sword fight. Result? Blank stares and the sound of crickets. Just once I'd love if somebody got the reference.

It's possible you may be playing in the wrong pool hall. I think there used to be a 'Mad Max's' in Basel - if you're nearby.
posted by Twang at 7:03 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thanks for this!
I remember seeing The Princess Bride when it opened in 1987. I went back and saw it again the next day. And again the day after. I've never done that with any other movie before or since.
I still feel flickers of the almost painful crush I had on Robin Wright.
posted by John Smallberries at 7:12 PM on October 10, 2011


Yes, thanks for this.
posted by ilovemytoaster at 7:14 PM on October 10, 2011


I found an old plain hardcover edition of The Princess Bride on my parents' bookshelf when I was twelve or thirteen years old (1980 - 81). I was unbelievably enthralled, and passed the book around at school with my friends. We obsessively quoted it, and drew pictures, and acted out parts. When the film came out my freshman year in college I just couldn't believe how perfect it was! But it was very strange, seeing what I thought of as my secret fan club for an obscure book become a huge movie sensation.
posted by Malla at 7:31 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Rather, the object of my secret fan club become a huge movie sensation. Oh, you know what I mean.
posted by Malla at 7:33 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Cary Elwes' accent in that is just killing me. I wonder if his English accent returns when he's being interviewed for UK television.
posted by George_Spiggott at 7:38 PM on October 10, 2011


For anyone who'd like to see a bit of earlier Cary Elwes, I recommend Lady Jane, with the young Helena Bonham-Carter (and Patrick Stewart!). There were a couple of years there when Bravo! was showing Lady Jane every hour, on the hour.

(As it happens, I just saw Cary Elwes in The Cat's Meow. Worth seeing, especially for Eddie Izzard as Charlie Chaplin.)
posted by kristi at 7:57 PM on October 10, 2011


*sigh* All these years and Robin Wright is still the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.

I was thinking the same thing.

Thanks for sharing this. I think I might dig out my DVD tonight.
posted by chemoboy at 8:54 PM on October 10, 2011


Say what you will about Psych, but they make great use of their guest stars. Cary Elwes is marvelous as international catburglar Desperaux.
posted by Eideteker at 12:48 AM on October 11, 2011


I was thinking the same thing, but about Carol Kane.

Does that make me weird?
posted by Eideteker at 12:54 AM on October 11, 2011


I went back and saw it again the next day. And again the day after. I've never done that with any other movie before or since.
posted by John Smallberries


Not even Buckaroo Banzai?
posted by grubi at 6:20 AM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


I suppose it's heretical to say this but I always found Billy Crystal's role to be too fourth-wall, too knowing, too SNL, and just plain too Billy Crystal. It always takes me out of the movie.
posted by George_Spiggott at 8:07 AM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


George_Spiggott, um, if it wouldn't be too much of a bother, could you spare a few minutes? See, these guys and I - yes, I suppose you could say there's almost a mob of us gathered - anyway, we wanted to discuss some things you mentioned online with you. What? Well, of course we have torches; you don't want us tripping and falling on your lawn at night, do you? That could end in a lawsuit.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:11 AM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


IAmBroom, don't warn him! Nobody expects us, and you'll totally ruin the dramatic sting.
posted by zombieflanders at 9:29 AM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


IAmBroom, don't warn him! Nobody expects us
- posted by The Spanish Inquisition
posted by inigo2 at 9:40 AM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


That scan is lovely. They even brought back an ROUS and gave a shout-out to Andre and Peter Falk.

That IS Peter Falk's photo between Kane and Elwes, right?
posted by CancerMan at 11:51 AM on October 11, 2011


I let my six year old daughter watch this for the first time the other night. She liked it and I was surprised that she watched the whole thing. When she saw Andre the Giant for the first time, she said "I wonder how big his toilet is?". Such a fine film and a fine book as well.
posted by PuppyCat at 7:05 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


That IS Peter Falk's photo between Kane and Elwes, right?

Correct, CancerMan.
posted by IAmBroom at 11:30 AM on October 12, 2011


I love my wife dearly. But I will never forgive her for not liking The Princess Bride. I can't wait till my son is old enough to watch this movie for the first time, too :)
posted by antifuse at 9:15 AM on October 26, 2011


And also, yes, Robin Wright is looking FANTASTIC, wow.
posted by antifuse at 9:16 AM on October 26, 2011


Speaking of Robin Wright, I think she looks *better* now.

Wow.
posted by volk at 4:44 PM on October 28, 2011


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