Floored by Princess Bride related news

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I like to think that when it comes to shameless 80s movies I can hold my own. I can’t quote entire scenes from The Breakfast Club like my older sister but I have perfected many a ‘Dirty Dancing lift’ in the above-ground Para Pool, sure I played Johnny whilst my pint-sized cousin go to be Baby every single time.

How Patrick got his hands so perfectly positioned so as not to expose Baby's undies was an ongoing mystery to my cousins and I

How Patrick got his hands so perfectly positioned so as not to expose Baby’s undies was an ongoing mystery to my cousins and I

Dirty Dancing, Stand By Me, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid, The Neverending Story, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Oh there were many, many a dreary Sunday afternoon spent in my pjs, munching on Buzz Bars and slugging back cold Milo watching those classics. Good times.

But there is one film that holds a special place in my youth, sure it didn’t have the spectacular final dance scene of Dirty Dancing, there were no adorable ewoks and nobody got slimed, but it had everything else.

The Princess Bride.

Are you with me on this? That gorgeous, dashing leading man. “As you wiiiiiiiiiiiiish” being called as he rolled down the hill. The angelic beauty of Robin Wright (Penn). The comedic mastery of the cast, I mean there was a giant*! A real one! This was before CGI, or whatever it’s called. Green screens? Never! They actually stabbed each other with swords, now that is acting!

Well today, my source of credible news, ie my Facebook feed, pointed me to this article. It was about Sal from Homeland.

WHO IS ALSO INIGO MONTOYA FROM THE PRINCESS BRIDE!

Got my bodywave, got my mo, got my sword - ready to roll

Got my bodywave, got my mo, got my sword – ready to roll

Hold the phone. Stop the clock. Shut the front door!

Of course I saw it as soon as I saw the photo, it’s no wonder Sal was my favourite Homelander, he was a friendly face from my childhood. He avenged the death of his father and had a curly mullet. What’s not to love?

With the death of his father finally avenged, Sal turned his attentions to protecting the world from terrorism. What a good bloke.

With the death of his father finally avenged, Sal turned his attentions to protecting the world from terrorism. What a good bloke.

I was astounded. What a career! Anyway, I felt compelled to inform the Viking of this amazing finding.

“You will never guess what I’ve found out!”

“Won’t I?”

“You know that movie…”

“You said I got to guess.”

“But you won’t guess.”

(This went on for some time).

“The guy from the Princess Bride who always says his name and wants to find his father’s killer is Sal from Homeland!”

“What’s the Princess Bride?”

And then I passed out on the floor. The man I love more than cat’s pyjamas and sliced bread and cherries on top has not lived a full life! I must have married on a whim because this, my friends, changes things.

This weekend I’ve decided to right the wrong in our house and have a family screening of The Princess Bride.

Have you seen Princess Bride? Did you want to marry Westley? Do you, in the privacy of your home, ask your partner to say “as you wish” – not that I’m planning to, or anything like that.

*The giant was played by WWF wrestler Andre the Giant. He was a hunka hunka burning love. My Dad’s favourite Andre the Giant story (to be fair I think he just has the one) is that AtG was cruising around South Taranaki during some sort of wrestling tour and stopped for a beer in a local pub. Apparently he bought a jug, which is the same as an American pitcher of beer, or about 5 normal glasses, or generally a shitload of booze. Anyway, he bought a jug and common standards are that one pours a jug into a glass and enjoys over a fair stretch of time. Andre the Giant downed the entire jug in one go. Like it was shotglass (according to my father). Oh Andre, I shudder to think how quickly you could have knocked over a kegstand in your college years.

Comments

  1. Favourite film ever!
    My brother and I would re-enact the entire film on the three-hour roadtrips to see our mam’s family! The Goonies is up there too, although having only seen it for the first time in my early twenties, it’s not a childhood memory, but I know it would have been a definate fave if I’d seen it sooner! I still love it.