Swords, Swamps and Six-Fingers…
Author: Cary Elwes
It wasn’t much of a sensation when it first hit the theaters in 1987, but time – and the home video industry – has been kind to The Princess Bride, as the movie has quietly become a cult classic over the decades. The wholesome story of true love, cleverly sprinkled with plenty of whimsy and magic, has become a favorite of movie fans of all generations. In honor of the 25th anniversary of its release, Cary Elwes – aka Westley and the Dread Pirate Roberts – has written a book about the making of the film, aptly entitled As You Wish. It’s sure to entertain anyone who’s enjoyed the movie.
Covering the entire production process, from the many years Hollywood struggled to finally bring William Goldman’s screenplay to the theater, to the shooting of Buttercup and Westley’s movie-ending kiss scene, Elwes reveals plenty of behind the scenes details. He tells of his months of arduous training with Mandy Patinkin for “The Greatest Swordfight in Modern Times”, his drinking adventures with 500 pound André the Giant, his countless bear hugs with director Rob Reiner and the wonderful camaraderie that developed with the stellar supporting cast.