25 Years Later the THE PRINCESS BRIDE Cast Reunites

     October 7, 2011


When it first arrived in theaters 24 years ago, The Princess Bride was well short of a box office smash. According to Prince Humperdinck, played by Chris Sarandon:

“They couldn’t quite figure out how to market it. They didn’t really know what they had.”

What they had was the definition of a cult classic, an inconceivably-well-put-together movie that would stand the test of time. There was a giant name Andre, a six-fingered man, princes and princesses, pirates and R.O.U.S.’s, miracle workers and albinos. What’s not to like? After more than two decades of having fans force them to repeat their famous lines, the cast of The Princess Bride reunited recently to reminisce. Hit the jump to check out what they had to say. Or don’t. As you wish.

Cary-Elwes-Westley-The-Princess-BrideThe Princess Bride cast not only reunited for EW’s annual “Reunions” issue, but also showed up on Good Morning America. For EW, Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, and Wallace Shawn all took a picture together for the first time in almost 25 years. They shared some anecdotes and trivia from their memorable time filming the Rob Reiner classic.

Cary Elwes, Westley:

“The movie has an incredible life from generation to generation. People have told me they’ve named their kids Westley and Buttercup, that they were married dressed as Westley and Buttercup. I met a girl just a few weeks ago who has “As You Wish” tattooed on her neck.”

Wallace-Shawn-Vizzini-The-Princess-BrideWallace Shawn, Vizzini:

“I was not the first person they wanted [for the part]. Unfortunately, my agent at that time believed that it would be helpful for me to know who they actually wanted, so he told me — it was Danny DeVito. Looking back on it, it didn’t help. Danny is inimitable. Each scene we did, I pictured how he would have done it and I knew I could never possibly have done it the way he could have done it. It made it challenging. I’ve mentioned it to Danny since. I said, “You know, of everything that I have ever done since birth, the thing that is most well-known is a part I had because you were unavailable.” He might have laughed nervously when I said that.”

Billy-Crystal-Miracle-Max-The-Princess-BrideBilly Crystal, Miracle Max:

“We ad libbed a lot of stuff: “Have fun storming the castle.” “Don’t go swimming for an hour — a good hour.” There was a lot of really funny stuff that never made it into the movie: “Don’t bother me, sonny. I had a bad day — I found my nephew with a sheep.” “True love is the greatest thing in the world — except for a good BM.” I remember the only trouble with the scene was Cary trying not to laugh while he was laying on the slab, because he’s supposed to be mostly dead but slightly alive.”

More quotes can be seen at the above link and in the current issue of EW in newsstands now. Check out a short video of the cast on Good Morning America below.  Be sure to leave your favorite quotes from The Princess Bride in the comments below. My personal favorite? Andre the Giant/Fezzik’s last rhyme: Anybody want a peanut?

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  • Edward Lee

    Sorry. Didn’t like it then. Like it even less today.

    • Anthony

      You Sir have no dick.

      • Brian


    • Ruprect

      Then why bother saying anything? Only a totally egotistical, hating troll would bother to ….. Oh, I see. Never mind.

    • dogg


  • Janine Kidd

    I never get sick of this movie and it still has the same appeal it did 25 years ago…like it doesn’t age! Classic lines and characters and the perfect cast.

  • james

    “Anybody want a peanut!”

  • rob

    There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in the world. It’d be a pity to damage yours.

    I’ll call the brute squad!
    I’m on the brute squad.
    …You ARE the brute squad!

    Have you ever considered piracy? You’d make a wonderful Dread Pirate Roberts.

    Classic movie.

  • ron

    Anyone seen a GIANT RAT?

  • Paris Jade

    Cary Elwes should have joined the A-list years ago and should have only been doing movies that got a theatrical release. Unfortunately, he has remained a straight to DVD king but he is an underrated actor. So, I hope that he does more mainstream movies, tries to reach his full potential as an actor and tries to win an Oscar.

  • Sinaya

    “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die….”
    (I hope I spelled the name right)
    Amazing movie, can see over and over again…

    • Lance

      I also wanted to post this line – absolute memorable =)

    • vxx

      Such a timeless classic. I was at a bike race a few years ago, the Kelly Cup in Baltimore, and the women’s field was racing. As one of the sprinters sped by the announcer’s booth during one of the last laps, the announcer said “That’s Ina-Yoko Teutenberg. She’s here to avenge the death of her mother.” Perfect.

    • AnaB

      One of the greatest movie lines ever! =)

  • Sotos

    I had seen it sometime in the 90′s on tv and I remembered loving it.
    When Stardust was released I read about that one again and I watched.
    It is so weak. It is for ages 5-12.
    But Stardust was worse (The movie. I had read the amazing book years before the crappy movie)
    I can’t understand how normal it is for an adult to like this. I mean I love Charlie’s Angels but I know it’s not good. I can’t understand how someone can think this is a good movie. Sorry.

    • Ball Licker

      My name is exactly what you are

      • Sticky Sock

        Here here!

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  • aaron

    Mawage. Mawage is wha bwings us togevah today. That bwessed awangement… that dweam wivin a dweam…

    • lyssa

      …wove, twu wove…LOL I Wove It

    • Kirsten Pronovost

      When my husband and I got married, the fella we had do it started out this way… we LOVE this movie and it made the whole ceremonie that much better!

  • judasbarronx1

    Classic movie! Loved it as a kid and have showed it to my kid. Great movie!

  • Jay


    Bye Bye Boys! Have fun storming the castle!

    But then, also:

    Get used to disappointment

  • LazarusLong

    “… I can have anything ?? I want my father back you son of a bitch!!!!”

  • Xandaca

    “Danny is inimitable.”

    I do not think that word means what he thinks it means. Wallace Shawn > Danny DeVito every day of the year.

  • Arwen

    One of the most quotable movies of all time, with one of the greatest sword fights of all time. I love it, my kids love it. Pirates, true love, evil 6 fingered evil men, giants, spaniards…whats not to love?

  • nunu

    My name is Iñigo Montoya you kill my father preper to die.

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  • lyssa

    Your ears you keep and I’ll tell you why. So that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish. Every babe that weeps at your approach, every woman who cries out, “Dear God! What is that thing,” will echo in your perfect ears. That is what to the pain means. It means I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery forever.

    • Christi

      I love this part…I can never get past the first line before half the folks standing around me join in…and the quote party begins! “Your ears you keep” has become the line at the office to say when you really are done with someone…but can’t do anything about it

  • joe

    (buttercup)-wesley, what about the R.O.U.S.es?
    (wesley)-the what?
    (buttercup) The R.O.U.S.es.
    (wesley) ah..the rodents of unusaual size, i don’t belive they exist.
    (R.O.U.S) Raar!

  • Rob

    “Give us the gate key.”

    “I have no gate key.”

    “Fezzik, tear his arms off.”

    “Oh, you mean this gate key.”

    • georgiaporgia

      Oh wait I forgot one!

      “Now where was I…”


    • jrodmc

      Incredibly great line!…the actor who provides the gate key was perfect.

  • georgiaporgia

    How could I pick just one? Princess Bride has a quote for every occasion… I find it useful in family life.

    kids whining: “life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something”

    when will supper be ready? “Little lessa half an hour”

    room is messy “so bow down to her, bow to the queen of slime, the queen of filth, the queen of putrescence!”

    husband taking remote control: “you are trying to kidnap what I have rightfully stolen”

    frog in throat: “welcome to the pit of dispair”

    miscelleneous fave quote: “Fezzik, jog his memory” “I’m sorry Inigo, I didn’t mean to jog him so hard”

    Didn’t mean to hog so many great lines…if you have a problem with it, then you put down your rock and I’ll put down my sword and we’ll try and kill each other like civilized people.

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  • jillathrilla

    You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    Best. Movie. Ever

  • Barbara

    “Mawidge…. A dweam wifin a dweam.”

  • Crasybebe

    “You mock my pain”
    “Life is pain, anyone tells you different is selling you something”.