Today is actor Cary Elwes 50th birthday, which conveniently coincides with the recent 25th anniversary of the film that made him a star (and the subject of many a teenage crush): The Princess Bride. Often lauded as one of the most quotable movies ever made, The Princess Bride was not an immediate box office hit when it debuted in 1987, but has since become a cult favorite (the book is also wonderful). Here are my picks for the top five most quotable lines from “not just your basic, average, everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, ho-hum fairy tale.”
1. “As you wish” – Westley
2. “Inconceivable!” – Vizzini
3. “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. – Inigo Montoya
4. “You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – The most famous of which is ‘never get involved in a land war in Asia’ – but only slightly less well-known is this: ‘Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line’!” – Vizzini
5. “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam…” – The impressive Clergyman
Bonus: “Have fun storming the castle!” – Miracle Max
So many of the lines from The Princess Bride are memorable – which are your favorites? If you haven’t seen it, do you know birthday boy Cary Elwes from any of his other roles (Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Liar Liar, Twister, Saw)? Mr. Elwes, if you’re reading this, I’d really appreciate if you’d respond to my 1995 request for a signed picture of the Dread Pirate Roberts. Thank you.
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