The Princess Bride

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Westley is trying to climb the Cliffs of Insanity, the shot of him from the top shows him holding on to a flat rock surface. The shot from his perspective shows him holding on to several bulbous rocks.

Continuity mistake: When Westley and Inigo are dueling atop the Cliffs of Insanity, the shadows cast change direction from shot to shot.

Continuity mistake: When Westley and Inigo are duelling at the Cliffs of Insanity, Inigo makes a strong gesture (feet together, right arm holding sword extended downward, left arm up extended backward). When the camera angle changes, the duel picks up a couple of seconds before that stance and he does it again.

Other mistake: When Westley and Inigo are fighting, they are speaking very quickly to each other. They're talking about different fencing styles, and these styles actually exist. Just the same, their fencing has nothing to do with the styles.

Continuity mistake: This is the scene after Westley gets tortured and he, Indigo and Fezzik are on the stone wall in front of the castle. Fezzik says, 'You moved your head, does that make you happy?' Wesley sort of turns his head and it falls in front of him towards his left. In the next shot, his head is against the wall leaning to his right.

Revealing mistake: In the shot where Fezzik is putting on the harness in preparation for climbing the Cliffs of Insanity, you see the boat start to drift away. As it does, the figurehead catches on the rocks and wobbles, as if made of rubber. (00:13:25)

Continuity mistake: When the grandpa is still narrating, and going on about how Buttercup realizes Westley loved her, her part in her hair goes from side to side.

Continuity mistake: When Westley and Inigo are fencing, Westley's black outfit gets dusty, and the dusty parts shift throughout the duel.

Continuity mistake: After Westley is injured in the Fire Swamp, the wound on his shoulder changes colour and position for the rest of the movie.

Revealing mistake: When Buttercup's dress catches fire in the fire swamp, Westley quickly puts it out. Light is shining through the skirt, and you can see a shadow of a hand reach out and hold the skirt so he can do so.

Continuity mistake: During the poison drinking scene there's a twig on the table that keeps changing positions in every shot.

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Continuity mistake: Before the wedding, when Westley moves his head for the first time it's tilted to the right. In the close-up it's turned to the left. Then the angle changes and it's turned back to the right.

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Continuity mistake: The amount of leaves around the quicksand trap increases/ decreases between shots.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the film, when the grandfather is leaving the boy's room, his mustache and hair aren't grey anymore, they are both brown. His mustache is much thinner too, and his hair isn't as wavy as in the rest of the film.

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.

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Trivia: 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 boy's bedroom, beside the bed.

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Question: Inigo shows Westley the sword his father made for the 6-fingered man ("I've never seen its equal"). How did Inigo acquire this sword? You would think that if Count Rugen was prepared to kill Domingo for the sword then he would have taken it with him.

Answer: When Inigo was a child, Count Rugen came to Inigos father and requested a sword be made for him. When the sword was finished, Count Rugen refused to pay the price he originally offered for the sword. Inigos father refused to hand the sword over so Count Rugen killed Inigos father. Outraged, Inigo took the sword his father made and tried to kill Count Rugen. He has kept the sword ever since so he could use it to kill Count Rugen.

Answer: In the book, Count Rugen told the outraged villagers that Domingo had tried to rob him and he killed Domingo in self-defense. He couldn't very well take Domingo's sword after that.

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