The Princess Bride

Corrected entry: In the scene where Wesley and Buttercup roll down the hill, when they get to the bottom, they are far apart on the wide shot and close together on the close-up shot.

Correction: The close-up shot follows after a shot of Humperdinck at the top of the hill, tracking them. As both Wesley and Buttercup were conscious and uninjured, they had enough time to start moving closer to one another, which is precisely what we see them doing in the second shot.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Fezzik is putting Inigo's head in a bucket of water, every time he dumps Inigo's head in the water, you hear his deep breath. Not when his head is pulled out of the water.

Correction: It's not a breath, it is Inigo trying to shout a protest while his head is under water. It sounds just the way it is supposed to.


Corrected entry: When Buttercup finds Westley in the honeymoon suite and jumps on him on the bed, her stockings and shoes are black. When she jumps from the window into Fezzik's arms, her stockings and shoes are white. I doubt she changed in front of Westley, Inigo, and Prince Humperdinck.

Correction: I just watched this in slow motion, and she is wearing white stockings and shoes the whole time. When she jumps on the bed, you mostly see the black (dirty) underside of the shoes, so this might be mistaken for the color of her shoes, but they are indeed white on top.


Corrected entry: As Fezzik, Inigo, and Westley are developing their plan to storm the castle, Inigo says Humperdinck and Buttercup are getting married in a 'little less than half an hour'. It is bright and sunny outside. Next time we see them, before their master plan is carried out, it is dark, like it's the middle of the night.

Correction: Well, since no season is given at any point, it could very well be winter, making it very possible for the sun to go down within a half hour. Anyway it is just stated that the wedding starts within a half hour. It has already begun the next time we see Inigo and Fezzik. Actually they are so far in the ceremony all that is left to do for the coming man and wife is to agree to the terms of marriage, which takes quite a while. So much time could have gone by before we see Inigo and Fezzik, giving the sun plenty of time to go down.

Corrected entry: When Westley and Buttercup are in the fire swamp and he is explaining to her how they will be able to survive said swamp, he puts down his sword so he can lift her for a moment. He never retrieves his sword, but it reappears in his hand when he is cutting vines moments later.

Correction: If you look carefully he does indeed pick it up as he is passing behind the branches and roots, there is even the sound of the blade being removed from the ground.

Corrected entry: In the final scene, as Peter Falk turns to say "As you wish", his hair and mustache are nearly black, but throughout the movie they have been heavily whitened.

Correction: This is a repeat entry that has been corrected, I also double checked for myself, it is only the way the shadow of his face is cast over it. the bedroom scenes where all shot around the same time so it doesn't make sense that they would have done something to the color of his mustache between takes.

Corrected entry: When Grandpa is reading to the boy, first the boy's sandwich is whole, then there are some bites taken, then it's whole again.

Correction: The boy's sandwhich is cut in two pieces. so he probably just finished one and started on the other.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Buttercup and Westley are rolling down the hill, go into slow mo and pause it on their faces. The same stunt double played both parts.

Correction: The rules of the site are clear. If you need to use pause or slow-mo, it's not a mistake.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene with Miracle Max, the bellow is placed in Westley's mouth to put air into him. Westley, who is supposed to be incapacitated, holds the nozzle in his mouth. Facial muscles should not be able to move like that if he is paralyzed.

Correction: In all fairness, the movie never says he's paralyzed or even unconscious only that he is "mostly dead".

Corrected entry: In the final scene with the grandpa and the boy the grandpa's hair gray (as it was in the rest of the movie) but during a close up when he at the door about to leave his hair is dark brown. It changes back to gray right before he leaves.

Correction: It only appears dark brown due to poor lighting during that shot. If you look closely, you will see that his hair never actually changes color.


Corrected entry: When Westley tells the dungeon keeper that he can bear torture, the keeper says that no-one can bear the machine. Yet when Westley is attached to the machine, the six-fingered man says that he has worked half a lifetime on it and that it has never been used before.

Correction: Yes, but the dungeon keeper knows how powerful it is and knows what it's capable of. He's just making a generalization that no one can withstand it.

Corrected entry: After Buttercup realizes that Humperdinck never sent the messengers and is calling him a coward, he grabs her and shuts her in her room, intending to lock her in since he grabs the key out of the lock. However, he immediately pulls the key out after shutting the door without turning it first- so the door is actually still unlocked. Since Humperdinck was intending to lock her in, it's unlikely that the character would have 'accidentally' forgot to lock the door, more likely the actor was just moving too fast.

Correction: Or he could have been so flustered at his deception being revealed that he truly forgot. It is pure speculation about what the actor was or wasn't doing.

shortdanzr Premium member

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.


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.


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.


Corrected entry: When Westley and Inigo are dueling, Westley disarms Inigo by knocking his sword high into the air, which Inigo subsequently catches. But a crew member caught the sword and dropped it back down to Inigo, and you can see him running away at the very top of the screen, far to the left.


Correction: I have reviewed this scene in slow motion time and again - the only thing I see is a small metallic flash, not someone running. Could this be a duplicate of the 'boom mike' mistake from the pan-and-scan version?

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 lightening sand and it's clearly 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.


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: When Westley is being tortured on the table, the lever which operates the machine is graded from one through ten. Later, when Prince Humperdinck decides to kill Westley, he pushes the lever all the way up, which now has a top value of fifty, instead of ten.

Correction: The machine is labeled by ones up to ten, then by tens up to fifty.

Corrected entry: When Vizzini accepts the battle of wits with Westley, Westley states that the poison he has is "called iocane powder. It is odorless, tasteless, dissolves instantly in liquid, and is among the more deadlier poisons known to man." How is that when Humperdinck finds the empty poison packet later on, he identifies it by sniffing it? Pretty clever for an odorless poison . . .

Correction: His precise words are "Iocane. I'd bet my life on it". From the wording, he doesn't actually know for certain, but he's pretty sure. From the evidence of a dead body with no wounds and a vial of odorless powder, Humperdinck is making an assessment that is, in this case, correct.

Tailkinker Premium member

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

Corrected entry: Look closely at Buttercup's wedding dress at the actual "wedding". It's ice blue with a white petticoat or whatever under it. It stays the same until where she jumps out the window in the end and lands neatly in Fezzik's arms. Watch her falling - her dress changes to purest white to contrast the night sky better.

Correction: Tough to call this one - the dress isn't really blue, at best it's a silvery-white with a blue cast to it. It's just that against the dark black background, it appears whiter. You've sort of got the cart before the horse.

Rooster of Doom

Corrected entry: When the boat reaches the Cliffs of Insanity, there's a long shot of Buttercup, Vizzini, Fezzik, and Inigo stepping away from the boat. But who's the fifth guy?

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: At the end of the movie, Buttercup and Westley reach for each other twice. Once when the grandfather reaches the end of the book and again when the grandson tells him he doesn't mind kissing.

Correction: The grandpa reads it twice, so we have to see it twice.

Corrected entry: Where on earth did Vizzini get wine, cups, and a tablecloth from, in the middle of a meadow?

Correction: Vizzini carries a small bag with him. Being an 'aristrocrat' in some ways, he carries these with him.

Corrected entry: As Buttercup rides up to the three kidnappers, notice that only Vizzini and Fezzik move. Inigo is actually a cardboard cut-out.

Correction: He blinks, so he's probably real...

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

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Vizzini: Inconceivable! Give her to me. Catch up with us quickly!
Fezzik: What do I do?
Vizzini: Finish him, finish him - your way.
Fezzik: Oh, good. My way. Thank you Vizzini. Which way's my way?
Vizzini: Pick up one of those rocks, get behind the boulder. In a few minutes, the man in black will come running around the bend. The minute his head is in view, HIT IT WITH THE ROCK!
Fezzik: My way is not very sportsmanlike.



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.



Mark Knopfler, who composed the music to the Princess Bride, only agreed to do so if Rob Reiner could include the baseball cap he wore in the film Spinal Tap. The director placed the cap in the boys bedroom, beside the bed.