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    Can Some Explain the Appeal of "The Princess Bride"

    I just finished watching it for maybe the 30th time. I have heard and been part of  conversations with people of every possible income level, age bracket, intelligence level, etc. and have yet to hear one person say anything bad about it. My favorite movies are Hard Days Night, Help, Godfather, Highlander, The Crow, Goodfellas, etc. Princess Bride comes nowhere near any of them in any form. And yet I still cannot walk away from the TV when it is on.

    Can someone please tell me why? I don't understand.
     
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    After picking my brain for hours all I could come up with, it's the only film that stars Andre the Giant or the use of R.O.U.S.
     
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    Re: Can Some Explain the Appeal of "The Princess Bride"

    It seems like it's a kid's movie, but it has high-level dialogue for adults with a sly sense of humor - one that's fun for kids, but one that adults "get".

    It's got Columbo.  :-)  And a young Fred Savage.  And Inigo Montoya.  And inconCEIVable! Wallace Shawn.  And Andre the Giant.

    What more could you want?  ;-)
     
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    Cary Elwes.  He sucked me into that movie at 13, and I imprinted on it like a baby duck.
     
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    I just have to ask if you tend to be drunk when you watch it?  That's the only explanation I can come up with.  Take 3 aspirin and sleep it off, buddy.    A tune-up at a therapist's office never hurt, either.  One to two sessions and you'll be back to your old self in no time.     

    Stick with RnR.   Movies will burn out your brain.  Laughing

    PS J/K.  Even if you do watch the PB over and over, I will still luv you. 
     
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    That is the whole point - I can be straight as an arrow or tipsy on wine. If I see the movie on the screen, I will stop and sit. And I guarantee that when the movie ends, I will be smiling.
     
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    In Response to Re: Can Some Explain the Appeal of "The Princess Bride":
    That is the whole point - I can be straight as an arrow or tipsy on wine. If I see the movie on the screen, I will stop and sit. And I guarantee that when the movie ends, I will be smiling.
    Posted by jesseyeric


    OK, now I'm thinking there are subliminal messages the movie is implanting in us. They're making us into PB pod people?
     
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     and come on,  can you honestly tell me you don't mist up a bit when he asks grand-dad to come back tomorrow and read it again
     
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    Re: Can Some Explain the Appeal of "The Princess Bride"

    It just means you're mostly dead.

    I hope you weren't expecting "As you wish."
     
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    I read the book two or three times when it came out years ago and liked to compare it with Candide.  Never-mind Candide, the story mesmerized me! Still have my hardcover copy.  (I actually don't care for the movie because that special something about the book can't be caught on film.)  

    Years ago, there was a movie I watched over and over again. But once I achieved what it represented as missing in my life, I set it aside. 

    Currently, there's a movie I can watch over and over again because it represents an unfulfilled part of my being.   There's another one, that should it ever be released on dvd, would join the list.  

     For all its tongue-in-cheek, whimsy, and fantasy, TPB is about gallantry, being who you are, unconditional love, and justice for all. Cliches yes, but maybe TPB does for you, jess, what "my movies" do/did for me.  

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Thank you Elekktra. Interesting take.

    I don't know the answer, but that movie has a complete stranglehold on me and I hate sappy, happily ever after movies. I just don't know why. Maybe it is because of Andre the Giant.
     
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    Another one that gets me in a sappy way is "To Sir, With Love"
     
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    This movie has it all, swords, a giant, revenge, a battle wits to the death, a comeback from death, pirates, killer eels, ROUS, and ofcourse true love....

    If it had nude scene it might be perfect.  LOL

    Hello my name is Ingio Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!
     
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    Yah, but I don't think I'm ready to see Andre the Giant nude.
     
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    I'd have to agree with Diamond Girl--Cary Elwes.  Sigh....

    Beyond that it's funny, sweet, silly, well written and well acted. And so quotable.  Leave us not forget the Impressive Clergyman "Twue Wuv is what bwings us togever today", Prince Humperdink, Miracle Max....

    That said, there are "cult" movies or popular TV shows I don't care for, to each their own.  If you describe a Seinfeld episode to me, I'll think it sounds funny.  Make me sit and watch it and I want to run screaming to another room without these 40 something whiners!

    Time to work and fight with the ROUS.....
     
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    Re: Can Some Explain the Appeal of "The Princess Bride"

    The shortest answer is that the Princess Bride works as straight romantic fantasy/adventure, while at the same time making fun of itself.

    Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin, in particular, carry off the deadpan satire perfectly.

    Read the original by William Goldman sometime.

    It's beyond brilliant.
     
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    In Response to Re: Can Some Explain the Appeal of "The Princess Bride":
    It seems like it's a kid's movie, but it has high-level dialogue for adults with a sly sense of humor - one that's fun for kids, but one that adults "get". It's got Columbo.  :-)  And a young Fred Savage.  And Inigo Montoya.  And inconCEIVable! Wallace Shawn.  And Andre the Giant. What more could you want?  ;-)
    Posted by LWhitt58


    i have to agree....its a more intelligent Shrek but its a biting wit and yes the characters are out of their normal  typecasting some of the time- Andre the Giant as a mellow but strong  giant, Peter Falk as a calm, warm hearted  Grandfather

    Carol Kane as unattactive witch with Billy Crystal.  So funny
     
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    In Response to Re: Can Some Explain the Appeal of "The Princess Bride":
    Yah, but I don't think I'm ready to see Andre the Giant nude.
    Posted by jkjband


    How 'bout we start with Wallace Shawn and work our way up?
     
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    In Response to Re: Can Some Explain the Appeal of "The Princess Bride" : How 'bout we start with Wallace Shawn and work our way up?
    Posted by SlimPickensII


    That's INCONCEIVABLE.
     
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    Re: Can Some Explain the Appeal of "The Princess Bride"

    I probably wouldn't find myself unable to walk away from it.  But I don't really see that there's anything bad to say about it.


    It's an action/adventure comedy. The actual adventure story is mainly for kids to enjoy .

    But the humor is built around it and I think it's a pretty damn funny movie.  Really enjoy the lead actor's sense of humor (guy with the blond hair; forgetting the name)

    Still, Robin Hood: Men in Tights was far funnier.
     
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    Re: Can Some Explain the Appeal of "The Princess Bride"

    I think the best way to explain it is this:

    The plot itself is rather conventional. Hero loses girl, finds girl with bad man, goes on quest to win girl back.

    And the twist of Peter Falk "reading" the story to Fred Savage is an interesting twist.

    But what makes the movie is the dialogue in each scene. It's witty, funny. There is memorable scene after memorable scene. To some extent, each scene is sort of a mini-play unto itself. And each builds on to each other to the point where it elevates a rather basic plot into a classic movie.

     
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    39704968i also read the book and it was even funnier...i just think the movie is full of whimsical nonsense and that's why i love it...before even seeing it once, you can predict what's going to happen and still watch intently.  

    for christmas i got my father a black tshirt with a hello my name is sticker (actually not a sticker, it's printed on the shirt) that reads

           hello, my name is 
                
                    
    inigo montoya
                   
                               you killed my father
                                    
                                        prepare to die
     
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    Re: Can Some Explain the Appeal of "The Princess Bride"

    the movie has everything: action, romance, humor, and drama.
    and it manages to do all of those things in a really great way, because it is well-written. When it's funny, it's really funny. When it's romantic, it makes you swoon. When it's dramatic, it takes your breath away.

    AND- It doesn't take itself too seriously. It's not some big-budget Oscar-worthy spectacle.
     
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    In Response to Can Some Explain the Appeal of "The Princess Bride":
    I just finished watching it for maybe the 30th time. I have heard and been part of  conversations with people of every possible income level, age bracket, intelligence level, etc. and have yet to hear one person say anything bad about it. My favorite movies are Hard Days Night, Help, Godfather, Highlander, The Crow, Goodfellas, etc. Princess Bride comes nowhere near any of them in any form. And yet I still cannot walk away from the TV when it is on. Can someone please tell me why? I don't understand.
    Posted by jesseyeric


    Agreed. An average movie otherwise, but with incredibly irresistable appeal. (I guess that makes it good, or at least a Cult classic). Some of the scenes with Shawn Wallace and/or Mandy Patinkin are among the most quotable ever. Also, see my thread about the movie Carlos. Thanks.
     
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