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5 things you didn't know about 'The Princess Bride'

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The Princess BrideThe Princess Bride is one of those '80s movies that won't go away. (A recent cast reunion on Good Morning America is one of the most popular videos on this blog.) And thankfully so. It still holds up. But did you know it was almost a '70s movie instead?

"Bill Goldman wrote The Princess Bride (novel) in 1973; in 1974, it was decided to make a film even though the studio didn’t know exactly how to do it," Cindy Davis writes on Pajiba.com in an article detailing 20 things you didn't know about the flick. "20th Century Fox bought the book rights, but Goldman owned the screenplay (which he had also written). At some point, the studio head got fired and the film idea just sat around for years, through several studio heads coming and going."

I won't torture you with 19 more trivial bits about the movie. But here are five that I didn't know myself. Read the full list when you're done.

ANDRE THE GIANT COULDN'T READ: "The director had to record Fezzik’s entire dialogue on tape, as André could not read—he had to memorize by rote."

ROB REINER'S MOST QUOTED MOVIE LINE IS ...: "The director believes 'My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die' is the most-quoted line from any of his movies (the other contenders being, 'I’ll have what she’s having,' and 'You can’t handle the truth!')."

vizzini.jpgVIZZINI FIRED? INCONCEIVABLE!: Reiner said Wallace Shawn (Vizzini) "was so worried about his performance he thought he would be fired."

RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE: "The ROUSs (Rodents of Unusual Size) were little people in costume. The grunts and groans they made during the fight scene were all sounds made by Rob Reiner, looped, put through harmonizers and with effects added."

THIS IS SPINAL TAP: "Musician, composer, guitarist and former lead singer of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler would only agree to score the film if Rob Reiner’s Spinal Tap hat was in evidence on film (note the room photo, towards top of this post). The one song not written by Knopfler (Willy DeVille’s Storybook Love) earned the film’s only Academy Award nomination."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:05am]

    

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