He adapted his 1973 adult fairy tale “The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure” (1973) for the successful, and enduringly popular, 1987 film. (There was no S. Morgenstern classic tale; that was just a conceit, which he also used in a later work, “The Silent Gondoliers”). The film, a tongue-in-cheek adventure movie did only middling box office in its theatrical run, but became a cult favorite on video. Lines such as “Never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line,” and “as you wish” became fan favorites and entered the popular lexicon.
Friday, November 16, 2018
Author and screenwriter William Goldman has died. Of his many great works, "The Princess Bride will always be our favorite here. I had read the book shortly after it came out and was greatly excited to hear it was coming out as a movie. It exceeded expectations (except for Billy Crystal), and we were early adopters in bringing it to cult status.
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