Corrected entry: The Machine is powered by a water wheel that takes a while to get going (not to mention how long that flood gate took to open and whatever moves the water down the slough). However, when the Count switches it off, and an instant later the camera cuts to a wide shot - the Machine has stopped completely. It should have slowed gradually to a halt because of inertia.
Trivia: When Count Rugen knocks Westley out to put him in the Pit of Despair, Cary Elwes wanted the scene done properly, so he told Chris Guest to hit him for real with the sword butt. Guest did, and accidentally hit him hard enough that production had to be shut down for a day while Elwes was taken to the hospital.
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