It is one of the most beloved, quotable, comedic, romantic and cherished films ever made; in short, 1987’s “The Princess Bride” may in fact be the perfect movie.
Adapted from a 1973 novel by William Goldman, the film was directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner, who compiled an all-star cast that provide iconic performances with many scenes and lines that have become part of the national lexicon. Simple statements like “Inconceivable!,” “Mawwrriage is what bwrings us together,” or “Anybody want a peanut?” are instantly recognizable, and have lived on more than 30 years later as internet memes.
One night only
The 1987 film will return to the big screen for one night only at the Ross Ragland Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 on the RDX (Ragland Digital eXperience) system – a state-of-the-art digital projector and sound system installed last summer. The RDX includes a massive new screen that can be lowered over the Ragland’s stage.
“The Princess Bride” is the latest iconic film to be featured at the Ross Ragland, which since the RDX’s installation joins classics like “Monty Python’s Quest For the Holy Grail,” Studio Ghibli’s anime classic “Castle in the Sky,” and filmed Broadway theater performances of musicals like “The King and I” and “An American in Paris.” The RDX was also utilized this year for the annual Klamath Independent Film Festival (KIFF) in September.
The film is a fantasy story-within-a-story, as a grandfather (Peter Falk) reads a book to his sick grandchild (Fred Savage). The tale weaves between classic medieval romanticism-adventure and modern day interjection banter between the grandfather and grandson as the story unfolds, unveiling a timeless love story with hilarious twists, epic battles, beautiful scenery, and legendary characters.
“The Princess Bride” begins with the love story of farmhand, Westley (Cary Elwes), and farm girl Buttercup (Robin Wright), whose undying love and devotion to each other seems certain amidst Westley’s lone response to Buttercup’s every mundane request – “As you wish.” However, the couple is torn apart; Westley is forced to join a ship’s crew and is reportedly killed by a pirate, while Buttercup against her wishes is forced to marry the evil Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon).
In the adventure to rescue Buttercup, Westley encounters many beloved characters along the way, performed by an instantly recognizable and memorable cast. There is the swashbuckling Spaniard Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) who is hellbent on revenge for his father’s death, the conniving trickster Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) who believes himself smarter than anyone else in his schemes for money, the hilarious healer “Miracle Max” (Billy Crystal) and his wife Valerie (Carol Kane), and countless others who have earned a place in film lore for their performances in this film.
Gift for rhyme
Yet with such an incredible cast compiled, the sentimental favorite among fans of the film has to be that of professional wrestler André the Giant as Fezzik. André, who at this point in his life had largely retired from the ring and was suffering from severe back ailments and health issues that would eventually kill him a few years after filming wrapped, steals the show as the lovable giant with immeasurable physical strength matched with a heart of gold and a childlike, innocent joy for speaking in rhyme.
Amazingly, the film did not collect a single Academy Award after its release, yet over time has become one of the most beloved family-friendly films of the 1980s. Come join the epic fun and quote along to every iconic line, or see it for the first time on the big screen and finally answer the question of if anybody wants a peanut, when “The Princess Bride” screens at the Ross Ragland Theater.
Tickets for “The Princess Bride” are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 with a student ID. Additional fees may apply.