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BOOK REVIEW: AS YOU WISH: Inconceivable Tales From The Making Of The Princess Bride – by Cary Elwes

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BOOK REVIEW: AS YOU WISH: Inconceivable Tales From The Making Of The Princess Bride – by Cary Elwes
Touchstone/Simon & Schuster
October 2014
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
8 1/2 /10

As You Wish by Cary Elwes cover

With gentle humour and all the wit of the movie, Cary Elwes (with Joe Layden) tells the wonderful tale of how the much beloved movie The Princess Bride came to be made, shares experiences from the set and behind the scenes from most of those involved, and explores the legacy of the film.

William Goldman’s children’s book – a fairy tale within a coming of age story – which was inspired by and written for his daughters, was long considered unfilmable, but actor/director Rob Reiner – fresh off the enormous success of his debut movie, This Is Spinal Tap – was determined to make a film true to the original text.

Elwes details how Reiner pursued Goldman for the rights, gathers reflections from the cast and tells all the behind the scenes gossip – nothing salacious, mind you: in the spirit of The Princess Bride this tale is kept good natured and fun and entertaining, never resorting to the lowest common denominator.

As Elwes tells it, the cast had as wonderful a time making the movie as those of us who love watching it over an over – although he never shies away from the hard work involved, especially himself, Mandy Patinkin and Christohper Guest’s dililgent study to become proficient enough swordsmen to pull off “The Greatest Swordfight In Modern Times”!

As You Wish is a wonderful companion piece to a wonderful film, and has plenty of interesting information the average watcher would never have known, including how Elwes broke his toe just before filming the climactic swordfight scene, Andre The Giant’s insatiable appetites for food and booze, and the wonderful ad libs of Billy Crystal.

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