'The Princess Bride' cast attends reunion to celebrate 25th anniversary (Video)
It's unclear if it took a miracle to stage this epic reunion, but it was indeed for a noble cause.
Many actors from the 1987 cult film "The Princess Bride" reunited at the New York Film Festival on Tuesday to celebrate the movie's 25th anniversary. A new Blu-ray of the film was also released that day.
The participants included Cary Elwes (Westley), Robin Wright (Princess Buttercup), Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya), Chris Sarandon (Prince Humperdink), Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), Carol Kane (Valerie), Billy Crystal (Miracle Max), director Rob Reiner and William Goldman, who wrote the 1973 novel and screenplay for "The Princess Bride."
You know, over time, this movie, which was not a big hit when it came out, has become, to many people, their own little 'Wizard of Oz,'" Crystal told the Associated Press at the film festival. "It's their their own 'It's a Wonderful Life,' which were also not big hits when they came out. It's because it's just a beautifully done, enduring love story."
"The Princess Bride," a fantasy film that depicts an epic love story that a grandfather tells his grandson, first hit theaters on Sept. 25, 1987. It made about $200,000 in its opened weekend and a total of $30 million domestically. However, it later achieved cult status when it was released on video and later, DVD and is considered one of the most memorable 1980s films of all time.
"The Princess Bride" was nominated for one Oscar - Best Music, Original Song - for Willy DeVille's track "Storybook Love." The award went to "Dirty Dancing" and its song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."
At the festival, "The Princess Bride" cast members shared some of their favorite lines from the film - and Patinkin repeated the most memorable sentence of all.
"Well the one everybody always quotes is, 'Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," Patinkin said.
"I think I like the 'Anyone want a peanut line,' it's just so silly, it gets me every time, for some reason," Elwes said.
He is referring to a humorous exchange of rhymes between Montoya and Fezzik, played by Andre The Giant, who died in 1993.
Sarandon quoted another well-known line from "The Princess Bride" - "Mawage." British actor Peter Cook's character, a clergyman, says this at the beginning of the wedding of Buttercup and Humperdinck.
"I have a lot of people by the way that walk up to me and say, 'Do you know I got married with those words?'" Sarandon told the Associated Press. "Literally, I had somebody come up to me the other day, who said they had hired an actor, who got ordained online, so that he could perform the wedding ceremony as if it were from 'The Princess Bride.'"
At the festival, the cast members took part in a screening and Q& session at Alice Tully Hall. Goldman, 81, said he is "desperate" to make a "Princess Bride" sequel, according to The Los Angeles Times.