Friday, April 24, 2015

Favorite Scene Friday! The Princess Bride: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya."

Sometimes this column can be pretty frustrating. You know exactly what movie scene you want to feature, but you can't find it online. Or, even worse, the scene existed when you first thought of using it, but by the time you get around to writing the FSF, it's gone. But that's a complaint for another day.

For example, various times over the past few years, I found myself wanting to share scenes from 1987's The Princess Bride, but I could never find any decent clips online. That is, until MOVIECLIPS finally added the film to their catalogue, rescuing me from my own personal Pit of Despair.

If you're somehow not familiar with The Princess Bride, it's a great fantasy flick. Directed by Rob Reiner and starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, the late great AndrĂ© the Giant, Wallace Shawn and others, it follows Buttercup (Wright) and Westley (Elwes) as they face The Cliffs of Insanity, Rodents of Unusual Size, and other obstacles on their quest to live happily ever after.

Nick Thornborrow via JoBlo

For me, The Princess Bride is right up there with The Neverending Story (also sort of underrepresented on YouTube) in the '80s fantasy hall of fame. The movie's sweetness and boundless fantasy had a big effect on me when I was a kid. One aspect I'll always appreciate about the film is the characters, and not just Westley and Buttercup. In fact, our scene this week doesn't even feature them.

In the film, Inigo Montoya (Patinkin) is hired by Vizzini (Shawn), a villain trying to start a war by kidnapping soon-to-be-Princess Buttercup. This scheme Inigo's involved in essentially sets the whole film in motion and causes a lot of trouble for our heroes. Inigo's not a bad guy, however. In fact, his real motivation in life is to find the man responsible for killing his father when he was a young boy, a man with six fingers on his right hand. We learn early on in the film that Inigo knows exactly what he'll do when he finds the Six Fingered Man (SFM). It's pretty simple - in a nutshell, Inigo plans to introduce himself, remind the SFM of his crime, and kill him for it.

Our scene this week shows what happens when Inigo finally finds the SFM. Unfortunately, Inigo's plan for revenge doesn't quite go as he thought, but that's what makes this scene so inspiring. The SFM has the upper hand (no pun intended?) but Inigo rallies and the line he had planned for years to say only once becomes more of a mantra. Moral of the story? Don't give up hope, whether you're searching for vengeance or clips from one of your favorite movies.


  1. Such a great movie. My personal favourite moment (not even a scene really, that would be the swordfight on the Cliffs of Insanity) is when Count Rugen just turns and runs away when greeted with Inigo. Christopher Guest is great in this film, and just thinking about that moment makes me smile.

  2. That's such a great moment - all that buildup to the Six Fingered Man and then he runs away. The entire Cliffs of Insanity sequence is great, especially Westley and Inigo's friendly conversation before their fight. I'm glad you like this movie - I don't think we've ever talked about it and I was genuinely worried that you might not like it.