Monday, December 18, 2017
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New show: 'The Princess Bride' turns 30? Inconceivable!

Our love for 1987's The Princess Bride should be more complicated. On one hand, it's a fairytale - with little or no footing in the themes of the 1980s. Pirates? Eels? No. True love? Maybe.

It also features a cast of actors who certainly had their moments in the '80s, but few of whom had any real headlining blockbuster success. (Billy Crystal's biggest '80s hit - When Harry Met Sally - wouldn't arrive until 1989. Cary Elwes likewise waited until '89 for his sidekick role in Glory.) Truth be told, the most successful actor in the '80s was Wallace Shawn, who had more than 20 roles in the decade.)

And yet through it all, The Princess Bride would eventually thrive and endure. It's as quotable a movie as there was in the '80s. Each Halloween, '80s fans by the thousands dress up as the Dread Pirate Roberts, Princess Buttercup or Inigo Montoya. (Maybe I'll try to go as the six-fingered man one year.)

In this week's Stuck in the '80s podcast, we explore the pop culture that surrounds The Princess Bride on its 30th anniversary. And we conclude the show with our picks for the top 10 memorable lines of the movie. Prepare to die ... laughing.

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