Grandson: A book?
Grandpa: That’s right. When I was your age, television was called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my father used to read to me when I was sick, and I used to read it to your father. And today I’m gonna read it to you.
Grandson: Has it got any sports in it?
Grandpa: Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...
Grandson: Doesn’t sound too bad. I’ll try to stay awake.
Grandpa: Oh, well, thank you very much, very nice of you. Your vote of confidence is overwhelming.
Of course, this dialogue is between Peter Falk (grandpa) and Fred Savage (grandson) from Rob Reiner’s film “The Princess Bride” which celebrates its 25th anniversary this fall. Like a lot of cult films, this one didn’t catch fire right away. The Globe’s Jay Carr said in his 1987 film review: “Despite a certain flatness, it’s the kind of movie that parents will relish taking their children to on the grounds that they themselves will also be entertained.”
Thanks to William Goldman’s 1973 novel, we all know Buttercup (sigh), her fiancé Prince Humperdinck (boo), Westley (yay), and the other characters played in the movie by Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Mandy Patinkin, and Chris Sarandon. These folks will reunite at the Oct. 2 screening in New York at the New York Film Festival—coincidentally (wink), the same day as the special anniversary Blue-ray release.
Hopefully it will pop up at a screen around here this fall in honor of a classic.