Saturday, April 16, 2005

“You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, of which the most famous is, ‘Never get involved in a land war in Asia.’”

The Movie: The Princess Bride, 1987 (William Goldman, screenwriter, from his novel; Rob Reiner, dir.)
Who says it: Wallace Shawn as the Sicilian master criminal, Vizzini
The context: Vizzini believes he has won his battle of wits with The Man in Black (Cary Elwes)
How to use it: To gloat over a rival’s obvious mistake.

And so we come to the end of our Princess Bride week. It was an interesting experiment for me, but I'll be glad to switch away tomorrow. When I started this project, I wanted to limit myself to only one quotation from each movie I cited, but that didn't last long. Some movies are just too quotable.

It's a gorgeous day, and Dizzy and I will spend at least part of the afternoon in Vaughan Woods, a small wilderness on the eastern edge of Hallowell. After the year's first dose of flea-and-tick repellent, of course -- for Dizzy, not me.


Anonymous said...

But you can't stop now. What about (in no particular order):

-- "Sleep well. And dream of large women."

-- "Have fun storming the castle!"

-- "I'm not a witch. I'm your wife!"

-- "I'm on the Brute Squad./You ARE the Brute Squad."

-- "They're kissing again. Do we have to read the kissing parts?"

-- "You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you./You seem a decnet fellow. I hate to die."

-- "Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning."

_The Princess Bride_ is probably the most quotable movie of the last 30 years, If you want a real challenge, try doing a week of quotes from _Winged Migration_.

AnswerGirl said...

Ah... good lines, all of them. Maybe I'll have another "Princess Bride" week between now and the end of July.

But there are just too many other movies, too many other lines!

"Winged Migration" ran for a couple of weeks at the theater across the street from The Mystery Bookstore. Apparently, it's a great movie to see under the influence of a certain herbal mood enhancer -- so for a couple of weeks, browsers at the store were a good bit more cheerful and more disoriented than usual. But they didn't buy much.