Inigo v. WestleyThe Princess Bride Swordfight Scene shows a gentlemen's prelude, and how concealed ambidexterity can be a secret weapon, but can also backfire.

You will see Inigo Montoya very chivalrously allowing the Dread Pirate Roberts, aka Westley, to catch his breath after scaling a sheer cliff wall before beginning their swordfight.

Then as concealed ambidexterity is applied and revealed by both fencers one after another, the tables turn and turn yet again. But really the chivalrous Spaniard's eventual loss was sealed the moment he allowed Westley to clamber up over the cliff edge.

Chivalry, malevolence or (unjustified) pride in one's abilities?

Chris Tucker adds:

"The Princess Bride" is a movie that Aubrey simply must see. I love this movie; so do my kids. We find ourselves quoting Inigo at work frequently. "I do notta suppose you coulda speed things up?" or "I'm going to do him left-handed" or "You know what a hurry we're in!" or "It's the only way I can be satisfied" or "Inconceivable!" or "You keep on using that word. I do notta think it means what you think it means." Mandy Patinkin is priceless!

Bill Rafter adds:

"Never try to outwit a Sicilian," and "Do I have to get a new giant?"

Russ Sears writes:

My high school aged daughter tells me it is quoted all the time around her clique. Quoting it is the inside joke/ litmus test for those with verbal IQ versus those clueless.





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5 Comments so far

  1. David Riffer on April 29, 2010 7:49 pm

    A statement by the filmmakers about how the real world treats the chivalrous

  2. Steve Leslie on April 30, 2010 9:30 am

    William Goldman wrote the screenplay and the novel for The Princess Bride. He is an amazing talent. This movie is timeless on the level of The Wizard of Oz.

    The Quotable quotes in this move never stop. It is also for adults. Actors include, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Fred Savage, Peter Falk.

    Here is a list of Children's must see movies.

    The Sandlot
    The Wizard of Oz
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    Beauty and the Beast
    Back to the Future
    The Harry Potter series.

  3. Christopher Tucker on April 30, 2010 10:14 am

    “You’re that smart?” “Let me put it this way, you ever heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates?? Morons!”

    “HaHa you fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well known is this: Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line”

  4. Don Chu on April 30, 2010 7:14 pm


    This irreverent post seems to have struck a chord,
    Amongst man-child speculators in one accord.
    Hardened pugilists of the markets some may be,
    Always delightful the child in us to see.
    And for the diehard fans of Inigo Buttercup and Westley,
    Humperdinck Rugen Fezzik and Vizzini,
    Here’s the original movie script and screenplay,
    Indulge now your PB fantasies without delay.
    Hark, what’s that I now hear…
    Vizzini warning, “No more rhymes now, I mean it!”
    And gentle Fezzik without fear,
    “Anybody want a peanut?”


  5. Mark Bates on May 2, 2010 7:59 am

    “never get involved in a land war in Asia”


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