The Princess Bride

Corrected entry: During Westley and Inigo's fight atop The Cliffs of Insanity, the sky behind them is obviously a matte painting because the clouds never move.

Correction: Clouds don't visibly move if there's no wind to move them.

tw_stuart

Corrected entry: When the masked man is climbing the rope just before Vizzini cuts it, it's clear that he is being pulled up by another rope or wire. He flies up the rope and is moving up faster and farther than his arms are moving.

Correction: This is deliberate to emphasise his almost superhuman abilities - this is a fairytale after all.

tw_stuart

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.

Correction: It could have a built-in braking mechanism that kicks in when the gate is closed.

Rlvlk

Corrected entry: When Westley and Buttercup come out of the quicksand (an aggregate of water and sand, basically mud), they're covered with sand. Within a few seconds, they are clean - the wet sand should be quite sticky.

Correction: It's not quicksand, it's called lightning sand and it's dry from the way it flows. Buttercup disappears far too quickly for it to be regular quicksand. That's why they are cleaned up so fast.

tw_stuart

Corrected entry: When Inigo, Fezzik, and Westley are on the castle wall, Westley says, "There may be problems once we get inside" and Inigo is heard to say "I'll say" but his lips don't move.

Correction: A person's lips don't move all that much when saying "I'll say". I zoomed in, and he is saying it. You have to look pretty close, though.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Fezzik is hurling a rock at Wesley, watch carefully and you'll see the rock explode before it hits anything.

Correction: Untrue. It hits the boulder directly beyond him. It's just somewhat tough to make out the depth of field because it's viewed almost straight on. Once the debris has cleared you can see the mark the smaller rock made on the boulder.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: There's no fifth guy. I thought this was right at first, but in frame-by-frame on DVD what you see is that Fezzik gets off first and steadies the boat, then Buttercup, then Vizzini, then Inigo who is holding something man-sized out at arm's length, which appears like another person. It's actually the harness they then strap Fezzik into, for the rest of them to ride.

Rooster of Doom

Corrected entry: In some of the shots where Westley and Inigo begin to duel, one can see what appears to be a leftover 'practice' sword with a black glove on it sticking into the ground. It first appears in front of Inigo's stomach as they begin to hit swords.

Hans Deutsch

Correction: That is not a practice sword, it is Westley's scabbard.

Corrected entry: Westley states that no one has ever survived the Fire Swamp. If that is so, then how does he know what the 3 dangers are? Where did he find out if no one has ever survived to tell the tale?

Correction: It's likely that the legend has been documented somewhere, as is common in films like these. He could have read about the 3 dangers in a book written by a sorceror or other mystical being, or he could have heard it orally from a wise man or an elf.

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie when Westley is chasing after Buttercup, everyone climbs up the cliff. But later the prince and his men are on horses, tracking the footsteps of the other. Horses can't climb cliffs.

Correction: Nor did these horses have to. Humperdinck and his men approached from a different route. They only started at the top of the Cliffs because Humperdinck, having orchestrated the kidnapping, knew exactly where to go.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: In the shot of Westley climbing the Cliffs of Insanity, they show where the boats should have been moored but neither of the ships are there.

Correction: Partly explained in another one, Vizzini's ship floats away because they did not anchor it. Westley's crew probably just dropped him off and headed on their way (he was captain of a pirate ship after all).

Bruce Minnick

Corrected entry: As the story reaches the bottom of the Cliffs of Insanity, we see Vizzini et al exit their boat. However, when the Man In Black's boat reaches the landing area as well, the first boat is nowhere to be seen.

Correction: There's a shot where you see the boat drift away because it wasn't moored properly

Revealing mistake: When Inigo and Westley are duelling, they are making athletic jumps. One does it after the other and when they land you can see the mat wrinkle under the "dirt" on the ground.

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Vizzini: Inconceivable!
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Trivia: In the scene where the R.O.U.S. is snuffling around, it's the director, Rob Reiner, who is making the snuffling noises.

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Question: When Buttercup confronts a masked Westley, she says that she loved more deeply than a killer like him ever dreamed. Westley's response is to raise a hand as if to hit her, but he stops and says that was a warning and that where he comes from, there are penalties when a woman lies. In what way was Buttercup lying?

Answer: Westley comes back from the sea, only to find that his one true love is engaged to another man. He feels her love for him wasn't true if she could even think of getting married again, at least so soon.

Brian Katcher

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