The Joy Behind Making 'The Princess Bride'

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Cary Elwes in WBUR's studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Cary Elwes in WBUR's studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Twenty-seven years ago the film, "The Princess Bride," hit theaters. At first, it didn't do that well, but over the years, the tale of romance, giants, sword fights and rodents of unusual size has become a cult classic.

It had a great cast and some memorable lines:

"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

"Absolutely, totally and in all other ways inconceivable!"

And, of course, "As you wish."

The movie is not only a joy to watch, but fun to make. Actor Carey Elwes, who played the farmboy-turned-pirate Westley, has written a book about the film detailing how it was made and why it has such staying power. The memoir is called, "As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride."


Cary Elwes, actor best known for playing "Westley" in 1987 film, "The Princess Bride." He's also author of "As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride." He tweets @Cary_Elwes.


WBUR: 'As You Wish': Take A Peek At The Making Of 'The Princess Bride'

  • "The book takes readers behind the scenes for many of the movie's most recognizable moments. But Elwes didn't rely just on his own memories. The book includes remembrances from, among others, Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), Mandy Patinkin (Montoya), Billy Crystal (Miracle Max), Robin Wright (Buttercup), director Rob Reiner and author/screenwriter William Goldman."

The Daily Beast: Cary Elwes, Aka Westley, Shares Inconceivable Tales From The Making Of ‘The Princess Bride’

  • "In the upcoming page-turner of a book, As You Wish, the Man in Black writes about how Rob Reiner and Co. made one of the most cherished films of all time."

NPR: Mandy Patinkin: 25 Years After 'The Princess Bride,' He's Not Tired Of That Line

  • "For his part, Patinkin doesn't get bored with hearing his old dialogue again. 'I never do,' he says. 'I have a smile as big as, as big as can be from one end of the room to the other.' And that's true even though not only does he hear the scenes over and over again, but yes, people do come up and quote him back to himself — especially that one line. The one. You know the one."

This segment aired on July 3, 2015.


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