Friday, November 05, 2004

Random "Princess Bride" Factoids...

I think I'll do this every once in a while. Just post some random movie trivia.
One of my most favorite movies of all time is "The Princess Bride". I NEVER get sick of seeing this movie- much like "The Goonies"- but that's another post.

I was just checking out The Smoking Gun and saw that "Fezzik", AKA Andre The Giant, AKA André Rousimoff, has a mugshot . Bummer.

I thought I'd list some other random "Princess Bride"trivia:

* The two rival kingdoms in the movie are Florin and Guilder - these are the names of two Dutch coins.

* Vizzini's advice on not getting involved in a land war in Asia is derived from principles stated by Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery (Viscount Alamein) in a speech in the House of Lords on 30 May 1962: "Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war is: 'Do not march on Moscow.' ... Rule 2 is: 'Do not go fighting with your land armies in China.'

* The Fencing Masters that Inigo (Mandy Patinkin) and Wesley(Cary Elwes) talk about studying are all real Fencing Masters from the 14th to 16th centuries. Although the styles of fighting they are using have little to do with what those masters actually taught.

* Director Rob Reiner left the set during Billy Crystal's scenes because he would laugh so hard that he would become nauseous.

* The "Six-fingered man", Count Rugen (who has a total of 11 fingers counting his other hand) was played by Christopher Guest, who played Nigel Tufnel, in Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap (1984). Nigel Tufnel was famous for having an amplifier that goes up to "11".


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