Inconceivable

January 14, 2013

By Gabrielle.

These posters by Nathan Pyle made me happy. The Princess Bride is one of the my favorite movies. Back when we got married (17 years ago!), we received The Princess Bride on VHS as a gift. We watched the heck out of that tape!

Did you think of the movie instantly when you read twoo wuv? Did a favorite quote come to mind? Share, please! I’m in procrastination mode and I’d love to spend today trading Princess Bride quotes. : )

P.S. — Can you tell oldish movies have been a big topic of conversation at our house lately? Cold days just seem to call for movie parties.

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1 Julia January 14, 2013 at 8:27 am

My husband and I were just talking about Princess Bride yesterday…and Three Amigos…etc… There are just some movies that are must-see films for us to introduce to our kids. What was contemporary is now classic!

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2 Design Mom January 14, 2013 at 8:33 am

Oh my goodness. The Three Amigos! I had forgotten about that movie. Hah!

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3 Ginger J. January 14, 2013 at 8:28 am

I, too, have mega-love for the Princess Bride, but the movie we quote most around here now is GROUNDHOG DAY. We’ve made it a tradition for the past several years to watch GROUNDHOG DAY on Groundhog Day. Sometimes the groundhog even brings little gifts for my gingerbread boys. It’s goofy, but when you live in the northeast, winter gets long and having an excuse for a special day can not be over-rated!

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4 Design Mom January 14, 2013 at 8:34 am

That is so true, Ginger. As February drags on into March, we are just itching for any sort of excuse to celebrate.

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5 erin January 14, 2013 at 8:36 am

No more rhymes now, I mean it. Anybody want a peanut?

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6 Maria McClure January 14, 2013 at 9:44 am

That’s our family favorite!!!!

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7 Shannon { A Mom's Year } January 14, 2013 at 8:39 am

Yes, I did think of the movie when I saw the quote!

My husband, Tim, has a black T-shirt with one of those “Hello” name tags on it, but it actually says “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” From a distance, people always think it’s a real “Hello” sticker with his name on it, then crack up when they move closer and get the joke.

And how many times have I said, “Have fun storming the castle” when the kids leave for school?

Oh gosh, I could go on, but I’d better let someone else have a turn!

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8 Design Mom January 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

That’s the best school send off ever.

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9 Emily January 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I agree. I’m stealing it.

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10 marian January 14, 2013 at 8:46 am

I was on a camping trip in 7th grade and as we sat around the fire one evening a friend quoted the ENTIRE movie – good times.

I am also seriously considering making myself the red dress for my Halloween costume – pure amazing.

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11 Sara January 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

Watching the Golden Globes last night and seeing Mandy Petinkin, all I could think was, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” :)

Have a good day!

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12 Design Mom January 14, 2013 at 9:16 am

Oh man! I was fast asleep when the Golden Globes aired last night, but I’ve been trying to find all the Amy Poehler + Tina Fey parts online. I can’t wait to get caught up. Those two ladies. The best!!

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13 Tasha January 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Me too!!!

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14 Raquel January 14, 2013 at 8:52 am

Definitively Three Amigos! Watched it over the holiday break and kids are singing Arizona Moon to bed – goodnight Ned.

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15 Christa the BabbyMama January 14, 2013 at 8:55 am

I’ve been thinking about this movie like crazy lately, and don’t know why. Or maybe I’ve just had twoo luv n my mind. Like how to keep it alive. Deep thoughts, lovely film. I don’t have the answers, but at least I’m asking questions.

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16 Amy Mac January 14, 2013 at 9:01 am

I am a grown woman, a fully functional adult, married mother of two delightful daughters … and I have never seen The Princess Bride. This confession is always met with blank stares and/or “WHAAAATTTT????”s from anyone who hears this factoid.

Maybe this post will be the catalyst to change the missing piece to my arsenal of classic movies. ;-)

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17 Design Mom January 14, 2013 at 9:17 am

Add it to your movie queue. You won’t regret it!

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18 Leslie January 15, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Ok, so we’ve indoctrinated our 5 children with these sorts of movies- and my teenage girls actually had an ‘intervention’ with their friends that hadn’t seen Princess Bride not long ago. It was funny- some of their friends didn’t get the humor.
Another ‘must see’ is Lady Hawk, which was a pre-classic to Princess Bride. (I’m a little bit older than you ladies) If you are a Ferris Buehler fan you’ll be in shock)

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19 zchamu January 14, 2013 at 9:03 am

Ha! I just watched this the other day. So many great lines. I love when Westley is just waking up and they’re telling him how dire the situation is. “I mean, if we even had a WHEELBARROW, that would be something..!”

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20 Ellen E January 14, 2013 at 9:09 am

You seem a decent fellow, I hate to kill you.
You seem a decent fellow, I hate to die.
:)
The Princess Bride is definitely one of my favourite movies. The book is good too!

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21 Louise January 14, 2013 at 9:16 am

Love this post and the fun memories it has brought back. Fun fact – my husband proposed to me on the real ‘Cliffs of Insanity’!!! (ha, does that say something?!) They are the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland!

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22 Design Mom January 14, 2013 at 9:17 am

My friend, Jyl, visited this weekend, after a trip to Ireland and those very cliffs! Maybe that’s why this movie is on my mind.

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23 Design Mom January 14, 2013 at 9:18 am

And what a cool proposal site!

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24 Starr January 14, 2013 at 9:28 am

The hill that Buttercup throws Wesley down (and then herself) is about an hour drive from my house. It’s incredibly steep & beautifully green. It’s also only about 30 minutes from Lyme Park which was the “Pemberley” in the BBC (Colin Firth) version of “Pride & Prejudice.” I saw them both on the same day.

My favorite Princess Bride quote: There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. ‘Twould be a pity to damage yours.

When I saw PB at BYU’s Varsity Theater in 1995 they actually edited out that line. It was a tragic moment in Princess Bride history.

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25 Tamara January 14, 2013 at 10:56 am

I went to a midnight showing of PB at the Varsity Theater in 1995. I remember standing in line for quite awhile to get tickets. It’s a small word.

I just watched Airplane! again this weekend. Love that movie. “Roger Roger, we have clearance Clarence, what’s our vector Victor”. So funny.

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26 Tasha January 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Love that dry sense of humor! Leslie Nielsen!!!

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27 Brent Morris January 14, 2013 at 9:28 am

AS YOU WISH!
Favorite movie of all time. Last valentines day alamo draft house cinema came out with these specials wines and a special dinner and movie screening. The menu was great.

Have fun storming the castle!

http://drafthouse.com/blog/entry/alamo_drafthouse_unveils_signature_wine_line_the_bottle_of_wits

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28 Maria McClure January 14, 2013 at 9:54 am

We use quotes from our favorite movie every day!!
“As you wish.” Sometimes my husband and I will say that to each other instead of “I love you”. Our girls are doing it now too.
“Have fun storming the castle!” Usually shouted as someone leaves for the day by those who are staying home.
“Anybody want a peanut?” typically serves as code for “OK, now… that’s enough”. (My 8 and 3 year old girls LOVE doing that snippet of dialogue between Fezzik and Vizzini.)
“Inconceivable.” You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means” and finally…”This is true love . You think this happens every day?”

What a beautifully, funny and romantic movie!

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29 Christine G. January 14, 2013 at 10:03 am

NPR did a great interview with Mandy Patinkin last fall celebrating the (gulp) 25th anniversary of the movie’s release:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2012/10/05/162383428/mandy-patinkin-25-years-after-the-princess-bride-hes-not-tired-of-that-line

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30 Design Mom January 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Thank you for the link, Christine! I sure miss NPR while I’m here in France.

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31 Misty January 14, 2013 at 10:33 am

Groundhog Day is a favorite in our family, as is PB. I re-watched Three Amigos last summer and it’s still hilarious. My BIL sings Arizona Moon to his son as his goodnight lullaby.

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32 Jeanne January 14, 2013 at 10:47 am

The Princess Bride is one of my Top 5 movies of all time. When it originally came out, I saw it in the movie theater 4 times in one week. We also quote it frequently, most recently “a dweam within a dweam.”

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33 Camille January 14, 2013 at 10:50 am

One of the best movies of all time! I actually made a cross stitch of “As You Wish” for my Etsy shop. I was trying to think of something sentimental to send to my family for Valentine’s Day. Perhaps I’ll include a copy of the DVD… since we all still have the VHS! Ha!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119398594/cross-stitch-quote-from-the-princess

We also used to watch “Romancing the Stone” and eat licorice on Valentine’s Day! We had taped it off of TV – remember those days? – so there wasn’t as much language. So good, too!

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34 Lucy Mitchell January 14, 2013 at 10:53 am

When I was in college, my friend and I used to say “I’m waiting!” with both hands open and elbows held in at the waist. In a sort of squeaky voice. Remember that part? Hopefully its not just me! (a friend of mine took a tour of people to the Cliffs of Moher and one of them fell over. He landed on a ledge and was ok! Phew!)

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35 Design Mom January 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Wow! What a dramatic story. I’m sure that was a heart-stopping tour. Glad he’s okay.

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36 Eleanor January 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

Last summer, I asked my 4 year old to do something she didn’t want to do, and she responded: “Do you want to go back where you were when I found you – unemployed, in Greenland?”
Possibly we watch this movie too much.

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37 mom in mendon January 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm

: D

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38 Maria McClure January 15, 2013 at 6:25 am

hahahaha!!! good one!

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39 Sarah January 14, 2013 at 11:33 am

“It’s probably just some local fisherman out for a pleasure cruise at night…through…eel-infested waters.”

My sisters and I used to watch it after school, and when Westley says, “This is true love. Do you think this happens every day?” we’d reply to the television, “Yes, because we watch this every day.”

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40 Shannon { A Mom's Year } January 14, 2013 at 11:50 am

This is way too fun. Also thought of these:

“Life is pain, highness” (my husband teasingly says that to me if I get whiny)

“And remember, this is for posterity so be honest.”

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41 Lori H January 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

We are big on movie quotes in our family. Princess Bride is one of our favorites to quote! “Mah-widge” (marriage) is another word that instantly brings Princess Bride to mind. Another favorite to quote is Napoleon Dynamite.

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42 Design Mom January 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

We’re huge Napoleon Dynamite fans, too. And Nacho Libre as well!

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43 Diana January 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

LOVE THIS!! We have 3 girls and we brainwashed them into loving this movie as much as we do. We just watched it again over break! Our favorite is, “Mawarawge” , TwooLuv”, and Of course, “I do not think you know the meaning of that word”

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44 Beluka January 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I have only recently watched the movie in English, but I know it by heart in Spanish! In the translated version, when Miracle Max is curing Wesley’s “mostly” death, what he says he hears instead of true love (“amor verdadero” in Spanish) is “farolero” (it could mean “lamplighter”, “lighthouse worker” or even “liar” :D). “Farolero” has become a recurring phrase in our home, and nothing else needs to be said! :D

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45 Lori January 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

We are yet another family that quotes movies. While we quote many of the lines from this movie one that I say to my husband is “I’m not a witch! I’m your wife” And he always sends people off by saying “have fun storming at the castle”. Yeah, we are all geeks together. I like it.

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46 Teresa January 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

“But Wesley, what about the ROUSes?” “Rodents of unusual size? I don’t believe they exist.”

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47 Nutmegg January 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I have twice calmed nervous brides about to walk down the aisle by turning to them and crooning “wuuuuuuv…twoooooo wuuuuuuv!” They started laughing and we all made it to the front!

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48 amyt January 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm

One of my favorite tributes to the Princess Bride is a song by Aqueduct, entitled “As You Wish”. You can find it lots of places, but also here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtBYLFcQzJs

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49 Lady Madonna January 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

How come no one said one of my favorites yet? “Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons!”

The whole Cliffs of Insanity sword fight is amazing, beginning with the “You seem a decent fellow, I hate to kill you. – You seem a decent fellow, I hate to die.” bit, followed by the “I… am not left-handed!” part (“I’m not left-handed either!”) and all the way through the “- Who are you? – No one of consequence. – I must know. – Get used to disappointment. – Ok.”

This is my favorite movie ever, I can quote it from top to bottom… I watch it twice every year: once on my birthday (yep I also watch Groundhog Day in Groundhog Day too) and another time during the Christmas holidays. I got married last year and it was one of the wedding themes: the wedding ceremony started with the “mawage” speech, there were peanuts in all the tables with an “Anybody want a peanut?” sign, and also chocolates for the “mostly dead” during the dance.

Unfortunately, since I’m Spanish I don’t usually get the chance to quote it (I can’t stand it in Spanish but that’s how people usually watch movies here so they don’t understand the references :S), but with my husband I do it all the time (poor thing, I made him watch the movie so many times he already knows most of it by heart too :P). “Not to fifty!!!”, “As you wish”, “I’m waiiiting!!!”, “Everybody mooove!!”, “I would not say such things if I were youuuu!”, “I do not think it means what you think it means”, “You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles” are among our favorites.

I can’t wait to have kids and watch it with them, I hope they like it or “I should be very put out!” ;)

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50 Danielle January 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Gabrielle! Thank you for putting these up. I LOVE when a graphic or illustration perfectly captures nostalgia. The Princess Bride will always be a favorite, and has special meaning: When I first starting dating Andrew (my husband) and learned he owned a copy of the book The Princess Bride, I knew he was “the one”. We watched the film many, many times together. And nine years later, we named our first son Wesley. Yes, we named our son after a movie character (it is actually Westley, but we opted for the softer-sounding Wesley). AS YOU WISH!! xo Danielle

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51 Tasha January 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I remember falling in love with that movie way back when and probably have seen it once since…I will look for it again. Another favorite of mine that I recall first sharing with my son is “The NeverEnding Story.” I need to watch that again with my little nephew and niece…chances are I’ll enjoy it most♥

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52 echo allred January 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm

its possible…pig.

we say that line daily.

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53 Sally January 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm

One of the all time best movies! We do the whole rhyming converstation ending with “Anybody have a peanut? ” And then there is “Why are you smiling? Because I know something you don’t know?…I am not left handed…”
Along with the twulove and marwidge
All good memories…we had the vhs and just barely got the dvd as we no longer have a way to watch the vhs. It gets played a lot.

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54 Carolina January 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm

“Hello. My name is Iñigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Notable

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55 Kate Frishman January 15, 2013 at 11:10 am

When my husband and I were dating and having one of those get to know each other talks, I told him that if I was ever really down just to plant me in front of TPB and I would be fine. He took me at my word :) When we bought our first DVD player that was the first movie he bought for me.

My favorite line, if I had to pick one, is “This is true love. You think that happens every day?”

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56 Susan January 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Inconctheviable !……You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Anybody want a peanut?

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57 Sarah January 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I just remembered this…some ESPN anchors apparently had a contest to see who could fit in more Princess Bride references to their show. It’s under 2 min. and totally worth watching; it’s pretty funny to see these sports guys quoting PB as part of their football analysis.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP-RQkeXkf8

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58 Ann January 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

I loved these!! I hope my boys love the movie as much as I do!

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59 Emily January 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

When my 8 year old son had to miss a cousins outing because he was sick we tried to make it fun by having a movie morning (which never happens around here). When we told him we were watching “The Princess Bride.” He gave us a look like we were insane and suggested it might be better to show that to his little sisters. Later he said, “My favorite movie is the Princess Bride, but if I said that at school everyone would make fun of me because only one other person has seen it.”

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