By Fareeha Qayoom
he other day at work, one of my colleague’s asked me for a paper clip – I wasn’t really listening to him when he made his request. I was engrossed in writing my cotton report…so top of my hat, I just said to him, “Offer me money.” He was completely taken aback. I guess; he had never seen the movie, The Princess Bride in his youth. He didn’t get the reference. So when I handed him the paper clip, I told him he was supposed to reply, “Anything, anything you want.”
Here is that famous scene – take a look.
Here’s the screenplay of that scene:
suddenly going into a fierce attack, striking with great
power and precision for he is a master swordsman, and he
forces Inigo easily back, drives him easily into the wall.
But he does not penetrate Inigo’s defense. None of the
Count’s blows get home. As the Count steps back a moment —
pushing slowly off from the wall again.
(a little louder)
Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya,
you killed my father, prepare to
And again he attacks, slashing with wondrous skill. But none
of his blows get through and, slowly, Inigo, again moves
(a little louder still)
Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya.
You killed my father. Prepare to
Stop saying that!
retreating more quickly around the table.
Inigo drives for the Count’s left shoulder now, thrusts home
where the Count had gotten him. Then another move and his
blade enters the Count’s right shoulder, the same spot Inigo
(all he’s got)
HELLO! MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA.
YOU KILLED MY FATHER. PREPARE TO
— offer me money —
And now the six-fingered sword strikes and there is a slash
bleeding along one of Rugen’s cheeks.
— yes —
— power too — promise me that —
The great sword flashes again, and now there is a parallel
slash bleeding on Rugen’s other cheek.
— all that I have and more
— offer me everything I ask
— anything you want —
I WANT MY FATHER BACK, YOU SON-
And on that —
and almost too fast for the eye to follow, the sword strikes
one final time and —
crying out in fear and panic as the sword hits home dead
center and —
INIGO AND RUGEN
the sword clear through the Count. They are almost frozen
like that for a moment. Then Inigo withdraws his sword and
as the Count pitches down —
lying dead. His skin is ashen and the blood still pours from
the parallel cuts on his cheeks and his eyes are bulging
wide, full of fear.
staring at Rugen. And now Inigo does something we have never
seen him do before: he smiles. HOLD FOR JUST A MOMENT on
Inigo smiling, then —
If you want the complete screenplay – here’s the link: click here
It’s one of the funniest movies I ever saw then and now. I saw it in my youth (I was barely fourteen at the time and still at school when it came out). The famous fencing scene is excellent too. Loved it then, love it now…take a look.
Excellent movie for the kids and adults alike – enjoy! 🙂