THE PRINCESS BRIDE
      
by
      
William Goldman based on his novel
   
   
CARY ELWES....................WESTLEY
ROBIN WRIGHT................BUTTERCUP
MANDY PATINKIN..................INIGO
CHRIS SARANDON.....PRINCE HUMPERDINCK
CHRISTOPHER GUEST.........COUNT RUGEN
WALLACE SHAWN.................VIZZINI
ANDRE THE GIANT................FEZZIK
FRED SAVAGE...................THE KID
PETER FALK............THE GRANDFATHER
PETER COOK.......IMPRESSIVE CLERGYMAN
CAROL KANE....................VALERIE
MEL SMITH......................ALBINO
BILLY CRYSTAL.............MIRACLE MAX
   
   
       
       

                          THE PRINCESS BRIDE

      

     A VIDEO GAME ON A COMPUTER SCREEN.

     The game is in progress. As a sick coughing sound is heard.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THIS KID

     lying in bed, coughing. Pale, one sick cookie. Maybe he's 
     seven or eight or nine. He holds a remote in one hand, presses 
     it, and the video game moves a little bit. Then he's hit by 
     another spasm of coughing, puts the remote down.

     His room is monochromatic, greys and blues, mildly high-tech. 
     We're in the present day and this is a middle class house, 
     somewhere in the suburbs.

                                                          CUT TO:

     The Kid's MOTHER as she enters, goes to him, fluffs his 
     pillows, kissses him, and briefly feels his forehead.  She's 
     worried, it doesn't show. During this --

                           MOTHER
               You feeling any better?

                           THE KID
               A little bit.

                           MOTHER
               Guess what.

                           THE KID
               What?

                           MOTHER
               Your grandfather's here.

                           THE KID
                    (not overjoyed)
               Mom, can't you tell him that I'm 
               sick?

                           MOTHER
               You are sick, that's why he's here.

                           THE KID
               He'll pinch my cheek. I hate that.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           MOTHER
               Maybe he won't.

     The Kid shoots her an "I'm sure" look, as we

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE KID'S GRANDFATHER bursting into the room. Kind of rumpled. 
     But the eyes are bright. He has a wrapped package tucked 
     under one arm as be immediately goes to The Kid, pinches his 
     cheek.

                           GRANDFATHER
               Hey! How's the sickie? Heh?

     The Kid gives his Mother an "I told you so" look. The Mother 
     ignores it, beats a retreat.

                           MOTHER
               I think I'll leave you two pals.

     And she is gone. There's an uncomfortable silence, then-

                           GRANDFATHER
               I brought you a special present.

                           THE KID
               What is it?

                           GRANDFATHER
               Open it up.

     The Kid does. He does his best to smile.

                           THE KID
               A book?

                           GRANDFATHER
               That's right. When I was your age, 
               television was called books. And 
               this is a special book. It was the 
               book my father used to read to me 
               when I was sick, and I used to read 
               it to your father. And today, I'm 
               gonna read it to you.

                           THE KID
               Has it got any sports in it?

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE GRANDFATHER

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Suddenly passionate.

                           GRANDFATHER
               Are you kidding? Fencing. Fighting. 
               Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. 
               Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE TWO OF THEM as the Grandfather sits in a chair by the 
     bed.

                           THE KID
                    (manages a shrug)
               It doesn't sound too bad. I'll try 
               and stay awake.

                           GRANDFATHER
               Oh. Well, thank you very much.  It's 
               very nice of you. Your vote of 
               confidence is overwhelming. All right.
                    (Book open now, be 
                    begins to read.)
               The Princess Bride, by S. Morgenstern. 
               Chapter One. Buttercup was raised on 
               a small farm in the country of Florin.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

     The story he's reading about, as the monochromatic look of 
     the bedroom is replaced by the dazzling color of the English 
     countryside.

                           GRANDFATHER (CONT'D)
                    (off-screen)
               Her favorite pastimes were riding 
               her horse and tormenting the farm 
               boy that worked there. His name was 
               Westley, but she never called him 
               that.
                    (to the kid)
               Isn't that a wonderful beginning?

                           THE KID
                    (off-screen)
                    (doing his best)
               Yeah. It's really good.

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GRANDFATHER (CONT'D)
                    (reading)
               Nothing gave Buttercup as much 
               pleasure as ordering Westley around.

                                                          CUT TO:

 1   BUTTERCUP'S FARM - DAY                                         1   

     BUTTERCUP is standing, holding the reins of her horse, while 
     in the background, WESTLEY, in the stable doorway, looks at 
     her.  Buttercup is in her late teens; doesn't care much about 
     clothes and she hates brushing her long hair, so she isn't 
     as attractive as she might be, but she's still probably the 
     most beautiful woman in the world.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Farm boy. Polish my horse's saddle. 
               I want to see my face shining in it 
               by morning.

                           WESTLEY
                    (quietly, watching 
                    her)
               As you wish.

     Westley is perhaps half a dozen years older than Buttercup. 
     And maybe as handsome as she is beautiful. He gazes at her 
     as she walks away.

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)
               "As you wish" was all he ever said 
               to her.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

     WESTLEY, outside, chopping wood. Buttercup drops two large 
     buckets near him.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Farm Boy. Fill these with water --
                    (a beat)
               --please.

                           WESTLEY
               As you wish.

     She leaves; his eyes stay on her. She stops, turns -- he 
     manages to look away as now her eyes stay on him.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)
               That day, she was amazed to discover 
               that when he was saying, "As you 
               wish," what he meant was, "I love 
               you."

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

     BUTTERCUP IN THE KITCHEN - DUSK

     Westley enters with an armload of firewood.

                           GRANDFATHER (CONT'D)
                    (off-screen)
               And even more amazing was the day 
               she realized she truly loved him 
               back.

                           BUTTERCUP
                    (pointing to a pitcher 
                    that she could reach 
                    herself)
               Farm Boy, fetch me that pitcher.

     He gets it, hands it to her; they are standing very close to 
     each other gazing into each other's eyes.

                           WESTLEY
               As you wish.
                    (Now he turns, moves 
                    outside.)

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

     WESTLEY AND BUTTERCUP, outside his tiny hovel in the red 
     glow of sunset. They are locked in a passionate kiss.

                           THE KID
                    (off-screen)
               hold it, hold it-

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE KID'S ROOM

                           THE KID (CONT'D)
               What is this? Are you trying to trick 
               me? -- Where's the sports? -- Is 
               this a kissing book?

                           GRANDFATHER
               -- wait, just wait --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           THE KID
               -- well, when does it get good?

                           GRANDFATHER
               Keep your shirt on. Let me read.
                    (reading again)
               Westley had no money for marriage.  
               So he packed his few belongings and 
               left the farm to seek his fortune 
               across the sea.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY AND BUTTERCUP

     They stand near the gate to the farm, locked in an embrace.

                           GRANDFATHER (CONT'D)
                    (off-screen)
                    (reading)
               It was a very emotional time for 
               Buttercup --

                           THE KID
                    (off-screen)
                    (groaning)
               I don't be-leeve this.

                           BUTTERCUP
               I fear I'll never see you again.

                           WESTLEY
               Of course you will.

                           BUTTERCUP
               But what if something happens to 
               you?

                           WESTLEY
               Hear this now: I will come for you.

                           BUTTERCUP
               But how can you be sure?

                           WESTLEY
               This is true love. You think this 
               happens every day?

     He smiles at her, she smiles too, throws her arms so tightly 
     around him. They kiss. Then as Westley walks away, Buttercup 
     watches him go.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)
                    (reading)
               Westley didn't reach his destination. 
               His ship was attacked by the Dread 
               Pirate Roberts, who never left 
               captives alive. When Buttercup got 
               the news that Westley was murdered --

                           THE KID
                    (off-screen)
                    (perking up a little)
               -- murdered by pirates is good --

                                                          CUT TO:

     CLOSE UP: Buttercup, staring out the window of her room.

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)
               She went into her room and shut the 
               door. And for days, she neither slept 
               nor ate.

                           BUTTERCUP
                    (no emotion at all in 
                    her voice)
               I will never love again.

     HOLD ON HER FACE, perfect and perfectly sad.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

 2   FLORIN CASTLE - DAY                                            2   

     The main courtyard of Florin replete with townspeople, 
     livestock, and a bustling marketplace.

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)
                    (reading)
               Five years later, the main square of 
               Florin City was filled as never before 
               to hear the announcement of the great 
               Prince Humperdinck's bride-to be.

                                                          CUT TO:

     PRINCE HUMPERDINCK, a man of incredible power and bearing, 
     standing in his royal robes on a castle balcony.  Three others 
     standing behind him: an OLD COUPLE with crowns, the aging 
     KING AND QUEEN, and a dark bearded man who seems the Prince's 
     match in strength: this is COUNT RUGEN.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           HUMPERDINCK
                    (raises his hands, 
                    starts to speak)
               My people ... a month from now, our 
               country will have its 500th 
               anniversary.  On that sundown, I 
               shall marry a lady who was once a 
               commoner like yourselves --
                    (pause)
               -- but perhaps you will not find her 
               common now. Would you like to meet 
               her?

     And the answering YESSSS booms like summer thunder.

                                                          CUT TO:

     A giant staircase leading to the CROWD and as a FIGURE just 
     begins to become visible,

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE CROWD, as they see the figure. (We haven't yet.) And if 
     there is such a thing as collective action, then this crowd, 
     collectively, holds its breath.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE STAIRCASE, as the figure appears in the archway. It is 
     Buttercup. And she resplendent.

                           HUMPERDINCK (CONT'D)
               My people ... the Princess Buttercup!!

     She descends the stairs and starts to move amongst the people.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE CROWD, and they do a very strange thing: with no 
     instruction at all, they suddenly go to their knees. Great 
     waves of people kneeling and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP, terribly moved. She stands immobile among her 
     subjects, blinking back tears. HOLD on her beauty for a 
     moment.

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)
               Buttercup's emptiness consumed her. 
               Although the law of the land gave
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GRANDFATHER (CONT'D)
               Humperdinck the right to choose his 
               bride, she did not love him.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WOODLANDS

     -- and Buttercup, barreling along, controlling her horse 
     easily.

                           GRANDFATHER (CONT'D)
                    (off-screen)
               Despite Humperdinck's reassurance 
               that she would grow to love him, the 
               only joy she found was in her daily 
               ride.

                                                          CUT TO:

     A WOODED GLEN, CLOSE TO SUNDOWN.

     Lovely, quiet, deserted. Buttercup suddenly reins in.

                           VOICE
               A word, my lady?

                                                          CUT TO:

     THREE MEN, standing close together in the path. Beyond them 
     can be seen the waters of Florin Channel.  The three men are 
     not your everyday commuter types. Standing in front is a 
     tiny man with the most angelic face. He is Sicilian and his 
     name is VIZZINI. Beside him is a Spaniard, erect and taut as 
     a blade ofsteel. His name is INIGO MONTOYA. Beside him is a 
     giant. His name is FEZZIK.

                           VIZZINI
               We are but poor, lost circus 
               performers. Is there a village nearby?

                           BUTTERCUP
               There is nothing nearby; not for 
               miles.

                           VIZZINI
               Then there will be no one to hear 
               you scream-

     He nods to the giant, Fezzik, who merely reaches over, touches 
     a nerve on Buttercup's neck, and the start of a scream is

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     all she manages -- unconsciousness comes that fast. As she 
     starts to fall --

                                                          CUT TO:

     A TINY ISOLATED SPOT AT THE EDGE OF FLORIN CHANNEL

     A sailboat is moored. It's dusk now, shadows are long. Inigo, 
     the Spaniard, busies himself getting the boat ready.

                                                          CUT TO:

     The giant Fezzik carries Buttercup, unconscious, on board.

     Vizzini rips some tiny pieces of fabric from an army jacket 
     and tucks them along the saddle of Buttercup's horse. There 
     is about the entire operation a sense of tremendous skill 
     and precision.

                           INIGO
               What is that you're ripping?

                           VIZZINI
                    (not stopping or 
                    turning)
               It's fabric from the uniform of an 
               Army officer of Guilder.

                           FEZZIK
               Who's Guilder?

                           VIZZINI
                    (pointing straight 
                    out)
               The country across the sea. The sworn 
               enemy of Florin.
                    (slaps the horse's 
                    rump)
               Go!

     The horse takes off. They start for the boat.

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               Once the horse reaches the castle, 
               the fabric will make the Prince 
               suspect the Guilderians have abducted 
               his love. When he finds her body 
               dead on the Guilder frontier, his 
               suspicions will be totally confirmed.

                           FEZZIK
               You never said anything about killing 
               anyone.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Vizzini hops onto the boat.

                           VIZZINI
               I've hired you to help me start a 
               war. That's a prestigious line of 
               work with a long and glorious 
               tradition.

                           FEZZIK
               I just don't think it's right, killing 
               an innocent girl.

                           VIZZINI
                    (whirling on FEZZIK)
               Am I going mad or did the word "think" 
               escape your lips? You were not hired 
               for your brains, you hippopotamic 
               land mass.

                           INIGO
               I agree with Fezzik.

                                                          CUT TO:

     CLOSE UP: Vizzini, in a fury.

                           VIZZINI
                    (We only thought he 
                    was in a fury -- now 
                    he's really getting 
                    mad)
               Oh. The sot has spoken. What happens 
               to her is not truly your concern -- 
               I will kill her --
                    (louder)
               And remember this -- never forget 
               this --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO AND FEZZIK, as Vizzini advances on them. Nothing shows 
     on Inigo's face, but FEZZIK is panicked by Vizzini.

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
                    (to Inigo)
               -- when I found you, you were so 
               slobbering drunk you couldn't buy 
               brandy --
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
                    (now to Fezzik, who 
                    retreats as much as 
                    he can while Vizzini 
                    advances)
               -- and you -- friendless, brainless, 
               helpless, hopeless -- Do you want me 
               to send you back to where you were, 
               unemployed in Greenland?

     Vizzini glares at him, then turns, leaves them.

     During this, Inigo has gone close to Fezzik, who is very 
     distressed at the insults he's just received. As Inigo casts 
     off.

                           INIGO
                    (softly)
               That Vizzini, he can fuss.
                    (a slight emphasis on 
                    the last word)

                           FEZZIK
                    (looking at Inigo)
               ... fuss ... fuss ...
                    (Suddenly, he's got 
                    it again, emphasis 
                    on the last word.)
               I think he likes to scream at us.

                           INIGO
               Probably he means no harm.

                           FEZZIK
               He's really very short on charm.

                           INIGO
                    (proudly)
               Oh, you've a great gift for rhyme.

                           FEZZIK
               Yes, some of the time.
                    (he starts to smile)

                           VIZZINI
                    (whirling on them)
               Enough of that.

     As they sail off, we hear their voices as the boat recedes.

                           INIGO
               Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           FEZZIK
               If there are, we'll all be dead.

                           VIZZINI
               No more rhymes now, I mean it.

                           FEZZIK
               Anybody want a peanut?

     As Vizzini screams we:

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

     THE SAILBOAT RACING ACROSS THE DARK WATERS

     Inigo is at the helm, Fezzik stands near the body of the 
     princess, whose eyelids flutter slightly -- or do they?  
     Vizzini sits motionless. The waves are higher, there are 
     only occasional flashes of moon slanting down between clouds.

                           VIZZINI
                    (to Inigo)
               We'll reach the Cliffs by dawn.

     Inigo nods, glances back.

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               Why are you doing that?

                           INIGO
               Making sure nobody's following us.

                           VIZZINI
               That would be inconceivable.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Despite what you think, you will be 
               caught. And when you are, the Prince 
               will see you all hanged.

     Vizzini turns a cold eye on the Princess.

                           VIZZINI
               Of all the necks on this boat, 
               Highness, the one you should be 
               worrying about is your own.

     Inigo keeps staring behind them.

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               Stop doing that. We can all relax, 
               it's almost over-

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           INIGO
               You're sure nobody's following us?

                           VIZZINI
               As I told you, it would be absolutely, 
               totally, and in all other ways, 
               inconceivable. No one in Guilder 
               knows what we've done. And no one in 
               Florin could have gotten here so 
               fast. Out of curiosity, why do you 
               ask?

                           INIGO
               No reason. It's only, I just happened 
               to look behind us, and something is 
               there.

                           VIZZINI
               What?

     And suddenly the three whirl, stare back and as they do --

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE DARKNESS BEHIND THEM.

     It's hard to see; the moon is behind clouds now. But the 
     wind whistles. And the waves pound. And suddenly it's all 
     gone ominous.

                                                          CUT TO:

     Ingio, Fezzik, and Vizzini squinting back, trying desperately 
     to see. At this moment, they are all holding their breaths.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE DARKNESS BEHIND THEM.

     And there's still nothing to be seen. It's still ominous. 
     Only now it's eerie too.

     Then --

     The moon slips through and --

     Inigo was right -- something is very much there. A sailboat. 
     Black. With a great billowing sail. Black. It's a good 
     distance behind them, but it's coming like hell, closing the 
     gap.

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     INIGO, FEZZIK, AND VIZZINI

     staring at the other boat.

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
                    (explaining with as 
                    much logic as he can 
                    muster)
               Probably some local fisherman out 
               for a pleasure cruise at night through 
               eel-infested waters.

     And now as a sound comes from their boat they turn as we

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP, diving into the water, starting to swim away.

                                                          CUT TO:

                           THE BOAT,
               and Vizzini screaming.

                           VIZZINI
               Go in, get after her!

                           INIGO
               I don't swim.

                           FEZZIK
                    (to the unasked 
                    question)
               I only dog paddle.

                           VIZZINI
               Veer left. Left. Left!

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP

     still close to the boat, switching from a crawl to a silent 
     breast stroke. The wind dies and as it does, something new 
     is heard. A not-too-distant high-pitched shrieking sound. 
     Buttercup stops suddenly, treads water.

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     THE BOAT

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               Do you know what that sound is, 
               Highness? Those are the Shrieking 
               Eels -- if you doubt me, just wait.  
               They always grow louder when they're 
               about to feed on human flesh.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP, treading water, still not far from the boat. The 
     shrieking sounds are getting louder and more terrifying.  
     Buttercup stays silent.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE BOAT

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               If you swim back now, I promise, no 
               harm will come to you. I doubt you 
               will get such an offer from the Eels.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP, and she's a gutsy girl. The shrieking sound is 
     louder still, but she doesn't make a sound. Behind her now, 
     something dark and gigantic slithers past.

     She's scared, sure, petrified, who wouldn't be, but she makes 
     no reply --

     -- and now a SHRIEKING EEL has zeroed in on her --

     -- and now she sees it, a short distance away, circling, 
     starting to close --

     -- and Buttercup is frozen, trying not to make a movement of 
     any kind --

     -- and the Eel slithers closer, closer --

     -- and Buttercup knows it now, there's nothing she can do, 
     it's over, all over --

     -- and now the Eel opens its mouth wide, and it's never made 
     such a noise, and as its great jaws are about to clamp down --

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)
               She doesn't get eaten by the Eels at 
               this time.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     And the second we hear him:

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE SICK KID'S ROOM

     The Kid looks the same, pale and weak, but maybe he's gripping 
     the sheets a little too tightly with his hands.

                           THE KID
               What?

                           GRANDFATHER
               The Eel doesn't get her.  I'm 
               explaining to you because you looked 
               nervous.

                           THE KID
               Well, I wasn't nervous.

     His Grandfather says nothing, just waits.

                           THE KID (CONT'D)
               Well, maybe I was a little bit 
               concerned. But that's not the same 
               thing.

                           GRANDFATHER
               Because I can stop now if you want.

                           THE KID
               No. You could read a little bit more 
               ... if you want.
                    (He grips the sheets 
                    again, as the 
                    Grandfather picks up 
                    the book)

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (reading)
               "Do you know what that sound is, 
               Highness?"

                                                          CUT TO:

     VIZZINI.

     We're back in the boat.

                           VIZZINI
               Those are the Shrieking Eels.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           THE KID
                    (off-screen)
               We're past that, Grandpa.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE SICK KID'S ROOM

                           THE KID (CONT'D)
               You read it already.

                           GRANDFATHER
               Oh. Oh my goodness, I did. I'm sorry. 
               Beg your pardon.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     treading water.

                           GRANDFATHER (CONT'D)
                    (off-screen)
               All right, all right, let's see. Uh, 
               she was in the water, the Eel was 
               coming after her. She was frightened. 
               The Eel started to charge her. And 
               then -

     And we're back where we were at the last moment we saw her, 
     Buttercup frozen, the Shrieking Eel, jaws wide, about to 
     clamp down as we

                                                          CUT TO:

     A GIANT ARM,

     pounding the Eel unconscious in one move, then easily lifting 
     Buttercup.

     PULL BACK TO REVEAL

     The boat and Fezzik, Buttercup being deposited on the deck.

                           VIZZINI
               Put her down. Just put her down.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     pointing behind them.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 19
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                           INIGO
               I think he's getting closer.

     Vizzini, tying Buttercup's hands.

                           VIZZINI
               He's no concern of ours. Sail on!
                    (to Buttercup)
               I suppose you think you're brave, 
               don't you?

                           BUTTERCUP
                    (staring deep at him)
               Only compared to some.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

     The boat at dawn, being followed closely by the black 
     sailboat, which we can see for the first time is being sailed 
     by a MAN IN BLACK, and his boat almost seems to be flying.

                           INIGO
               Look! He's right on top of us. I 
               wonder if he is using the same wind 
               we are using.

                           VIZZINI
               Whoever he is, he's too late --
                    (pointing ahead of 
                    them)
               -- see?
                    (big)
               The Cliffs of Insanity.

     And once he's said the name,

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE CLIFFS OF INSANITY AT DAWN

     They rise straight up, sheer from the water, impossibly high.

                                                          CUT TO:

     The TWO SAILBOATS in a wild race for the Cliffs and the Man 
     In Black is closing faster than ever, but not fast enough, 
     the lead was too great to overcome, and as Inigo sails with 
     great precision straight at the Cliffs.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE BOAT

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 20
     8-7-01                                                      


     being pursued.

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               Hurry up. Move the thing! Um ... 
               that other thing. Move it!
                    (staring back now)
               We're safe -- only Fezzik is strong 
               enough to go up our way -- he'll 
               have to sail around for hours 'til 
               he finds a harbor.

     There is much activity going on, all of it swift, expert, 
     economical. Fezzik reaches up along the Cliff face, grabs a 
     jutting rock, reaches behind it. Suddenly there is a thick 
     rope in his hands.  He drops back to the boat, gives the 
     rope a freeing swing and

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE CLIFFS.

     The rope goes all the way to the top.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO

     hurrying to Fezzik. He straps a harness to him, then lifts 
     Buttercup and Vizzini in the harness. Finally, he himself 
     gets in the harness.  All three are strapped to Fezzik like 
     papooses.

     And he starts to ascend the rope, carrying them all along 
     with him as he goes.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK, sailing in toward the Cliffs of Insanity, 
     watching as Fezzik rises swiftly through the first moments 
     of dawn.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE TOP OF THE CLIFFS, LOOKING DOWN

     Fezzik'S GROUP is only faintly visible far below. This is 
     the first time we've gotten the real vertigo feeling and 
     it's a gasper.

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 21
     8-7-01                                                      


     Fezzik CLIMBING ON. Buttercup is almost out of her mind with 
     fear.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE CLIFFS.

     Fezzik is moving right along; however high they are, he's 
     already over a third of the way done.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     leaping from his ship to the rope, starting to climb. He's 
     impossibly far behind, but the way he goes you'd think he 
     didn't know that because he is flying up the rope, hand over 
     hand like lightning.

                                                          CUT TO:

     VIZZINI AND THE OTHERS.

                           INIGO
                    (looking down)
               He's climbing the rope. And he's 
               gaining on us.

                           VIZZINI
               Inconceivable!

     He prods Fezzik, who nods, increases his pace.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     roaring up the rope, and

                                                          CUT TO:

     LONG SHOT - THE CLIFFS

     -- and the Man In Black is cutting deeply into Fezzik's lead.

                                                          CUT TO:

     VIZZINI AND THE OTHERS

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
                    (shrieking)
               Faster!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 22
     8-7-01                                                      


                           FEZZIK
               I thought I was going faster.

                           VIZZINI
               You were supposed to be this colossus.  
               You were this great, legendary thing. 
               And yet he gains.

                           FEZZIK
               Well, I'm carrying three people. And 
               he's got only himself.

                           VIZZINI
                    (cutting through)
               -- I do not accept excuses.
                    (shaking his head)
               I'm just going to have to find myself 
               a new giant, that's all.

                           FEZZIK
                    (hurt)
               Don't say that, Vizzini. Please.

     And his arms begin moving much more slowly.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK.

     His arms still work as before. If anything, he has speeded 
     up. Fezzik's lead is smaller and smaller

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE CLIFFS

     Maybe a hundred feet for Fezzik to go. Maybe more.

                                                          CUT TO:

     VIZZINI AND THE OTHERS, and it's getting too close now.

                           VIZZINI
               Did I make it clear that your job is 
               at stake?

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     less than a hudred feet behind them. And gaining.

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 23
     8-7-01                                                      


     THE CLIFF TOP AS Fezzik MAKES IT!

     Vizzini leaps off and takes out a knife, begins to cut the 
     rope which is tied around a great rock while Inigo helps the 
     Princess to her feet and Fezzik just stands around, waiting 
     for someone to tell him to do something.  Nearby are some 
     stone ruins. Once they might have been a fort, now the kind 
     of resemble Stonehenge.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     75 feet from the top now, maybe less -- maybe only 50 -- and 
     his pace is as dazzling as before, and

                                                          CUT TO:

     VIZZINI,

     cutting through the last of the rope and

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE ROPE,

     slithering across the ground and out of sight toward the 
     Channel, like some great serpent at last going home.

                                                          CUT TO:

     FEZZIK,

     standing with Inigo and Buttercup by the cliff edge.

                           FEZZIK
                    (to Inigo -- impressed)
               He has very good arms.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     hanging suspended hundreds of feet in the air, holding to 
     the jagged rocks, desperately trying to cling to life.

                                                          CUT TO:

     VIZZINI,

     stunned, turning to the others, looking down.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 24
     8-7-01                                                      


                           VIZZINI
               He didn't fall? Inconceivable!!

                           INIGO
                    (whirling on Vizzini)
               You keep using that word -- I do not 
               think it means what you think it 
               means.
                    (looks down again)
               My God! He's climbing.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     and so he is. Very slowly, he is picking his way upwards, 
     sometimes a foot at a time, sometimes an inch.

                                                          CUT TO:

     The group at the top, staring down.

                           VIZZINI
               Whoever he is, he's obviously seen 
               us with the Princess, and must 
               therefore die.
                    (to Fezzik)
               You, carry her.
                    (to Inigo)
               We'll head straight for the Guilder 
               frontier. Catch up when he's dead. 
               If he falls, fine. If not, the sword.

     Inigo nods.

                           INIGO
               I want to duel him left-handed.

                           VIZZINI
               You know what a hurry we're in.

                           INIGO
               Well, it's the only way I can be 
               satisfied. If I use my right -- tch -- 
               over too quickly.

                           VIZZINI
                    (turns abruptly, starts 
                    off-screen)
               Oh, have it your way.

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 25
     8-7-01                                                      


     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     still creeping his way upward.

                                                          CUT TO:

     FEZZIK,

     who goes to Inigo.

                           FEZZIK
               You be careful.
                    (gravely)
               -- people in masks cannot be trusted.

                           VIZZINI
                    (calling out)
               I'm waiting!

     Fezzik nods, hurries after Vizzini.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO.

     He watches them depart, then turns, peers down over the 
     Cliffs.  He watches a moment, then paces, shaking his hands 
     loose. He practices a few of his honed fencing skills.  He 
     is a taut and nervous fellow, and has never been one for 
     waiting around.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     climbing on. He must be six inches closer to the top than 
     when last we saw him. Inigo is watching.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     walking away. Finally he goes back to cliff edge, starts to 
     talk.  It's instant death if the Man In Black falls, but 
     neither gives that possibility much credence. This is our 
     two heroes meeting. They don't know it yet; but that's what 
     it is.

                           INIGO
                    (hollering down)
               Hello there.

     The Man In Black glances up, kind of grunts.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 26
     8-7-01                                                      


                           INIGO (CONT'D)
               Slow going?

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Look, I don't mean to be rude, but 
               this is not as easy as it looks. So 
               I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't 
               distract me.

                           INIGO
               Sorry.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Thank you.

     Inigo steps away, draws his sword, loosens up with a few 
     perfect thrusts.  Then resheathes and looks eagerly over the 
     edge again.

                           INIGO
               I do not suppose you could speed 
               things up?

                           MAN IN BLACK
                    (with some beat)
               If you're in such a hurry, you could 
               lower a rope, or a tree branch, or 
               find something useful to do.

                           INIGO
               I could do that. In fact, I've got 
               some rope up here. But I do not think 
               that you will accept my help, since 
               I am only waiting around to kill 
               you.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               That does put a damper on our 
               relationship.
                    (He finds another 
                    bold a few inches 
                    higher)

                           INIGO
               But I promise I will not kill you 
               until you reach the top.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               That's very comforting. But I'm afraid 
               you'll just have to wait.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 27
     8-7-01                                                      


                           INIGO
               I hate waiting. I could give you my 
               word as a Spaniard.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               No good. I've known too many 
               Spaniards.

     And he just hangs there in space, resting, gathering his 
     strength.

                           INIGO
               You don't know any way you'll trust 
               me?

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Nothing comes to mind.

     And on these words, CAMERA ZOOMS into a CLOSE UP on Inigo. 
     He raises his right hand high, his eyes blaze, and his voice 
     takes on a tone we have not heard before.

                           INIGO
               I swear on the soul of my father, 
               Domingo Montoya, you will reach the 
               top alive.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK.

     There is a pause. Then, quietly:

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Throw me the rope.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO.

     He dashes to the giant rock the rope was originally tied to.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     as his grip loosens a moment, trying to cling to the side of 
     the cliff.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 28
     8-7-01                                                      


     now with a small coil of rope, hurries back to the edge and 
     hurls it over --

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE ROPE.

     It hangs close to the Man In Black. He releases the rocks, 
     grabs the rope, hangs helplessly in space a moment, then 
     looks up at Inigo and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     straining, forcing his body away from the cliff edge and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK

     rising through the early morning light, slowly, steadily, 
     and as the cliff top at last comes within reach --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     watching as the Man In Black crawls to safety, then looks to 
     Inigo.

                           MAN IN BLACK (CONT'D)
               Thank you.
                    (pulling his sword)

                           INIGO
               We'll wait until you're ready.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Again. Thank you.

     The Man In Black sits to rest on the boulder that once held 
     the rope.  He tugs off his leather boots and is amazed to 
     see several large rocks tumble out. The Man In Black wears 
     gloves. Inigo stares at them.

                           INIGO
               I do not mean to pry, but you don't 
               by any chance happen to have six 
               fingers on your right hand?

     He glances up -- the question clearly baffles him.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 29
     8-7-01                                                      


                           MAN IN BLACK
               Do you always begin conversations 
               this way?

                           INIGO
               My father was slaughtered by a six- 
               fingered man. He was a great 
               swordmaker, my father.  And when the 
               six-fingered man appeared and 
               requested a special sword, my father 
               took the job. He slaved a year before 
               he was done.

     He hands his sword to the Man In Black.

                           MAN IN BLACK
                    (fondling it-impressed)
               I have never seen its equal.

                                                          CUT TO:

     CLOSE UP - INIGO.

     Even now, this still brings pain.

                           INIGO
               The six-fingered man returned and 
               demanded it, but at one-tenth his 
               promised price. My father refused.  
               Without a word, the six-fingered man 
               slashed him through the heart.  I 
               loved my father, so, naturally, 
               challenged his murderer to a duel 
               ... I failed ... the six-fingered 
               man did leave me alive with the six-
               fingered sword, but he gave me these.

     He touches his scars.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     looking up at Inigo.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               How old were you?

                           INIGO
               I was eleven years old.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 30
     8-7-01                                                      


                           INIGO (CONT'D)
               When I was strong enough, I dedicated 
               my life to the study of fencing. So 
               the next time we meet, I will not 
               fail. I will go up to the six-fingered 
               man and say, "Hello, my name is Inigo 
               Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare 
               to die."

                           MAN IN BLACK
               You've done nothing but study 
               swordplay?

                           INIGO
               More pursuit than study lately.  You 
               see, I cannot find him. It's been 
               twenty years now. I am starting to 
               lose confidence. I just work for 
               Vizzini to pay the bills. There's 
               not a lot of money in revenge.

                           MAN IN BLACK
                    (handing back the 
                    great sword, starting 
                    to rise)
               Well, I certainly hope you find him, 
               someday.

                           INIGO
               You are ready, then?

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Whether I am or not, you've been 
               more than fair.

                           INIGO
               You seem a decent fellow. I hate to 
               kill you.

                           MAN IN BLACK
                    (walking away a few 
                    paces, unsheathing 
                    his sword)
               You seem a decent fellow. I hate to 
               die.

                           INIGO
               Begin!

     And on that word --

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 31
     8-7-01                                                      


     THE TWO OF THEM.

     And what we are starting now is one of the two greatest sword 
     fights in modern movies (the other one happens later on), 
     and right from the beginning it looks different.

     Because they aren't close to each other -- none of the swords-
     crossing "en garde" garbage.

     No, what we have here is two men, two athletes, and they 
     look to be too faraway to damage each other, but each time 
     one makes even the tiniest feint, the other counters, and 
     there is silence, and as they start to circle --

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE SIX-FINGERED SWORD,

     feinting here, feinting there and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE TWO MEN,

     finished teasing, begin to duel in earnest.

     Their swords cross, then again, again, and the sound comes 
     so fast it's almost continual. Inigo presses on, the Man In 
     Black retreating up a rocky incline.

                           INIGO (CONT'D)
                    (thrilled)
               You're using Bonetti's defense against 
               me, ah?

                           MAN IN BLACK
               I thought it fitting, considering 
               the rocky terrain --

                           INIGO
               Naturally, you must expect me to 
               attack with Capo Ferro --

     And he shifts his style now.

                           MAN IN BLACK
                    (coping as best he 
                    can)
               -- naturally --
                    (suddenly shifting 
                    again)
               --but I find Thibault cancels out 
               Capo Ferro, don't you?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 32
     8-7-01                                                      


     The Man In Black is now perched at the edge of the elevated 
     castle ruin.  Nowhere to go, he jumps to the sand. Inigo 
     stares down at him.

                           INIGO
               Unless the enemy has studied his 
               Agrippa-

     And now, with the grace of an Olympian, Inigo flies off the 
     perch, somersaults clean over the Man In Black's head, and 
     lands facing his opponent.

                           INIGO (CONT'D)
               -- which I have.

     The two men are almost flying across the rocky terrain, never 
     losing balance, never coming close to stumbling; the battle 
     rages with incredible finesse, first one and then the other 
     gaining the advantage, and by now, it's clear that this isn't 
     just two athletes going at it, it's a lot more that that.  
     This is two legendary swashbucklers and they're in their 
     prime, it's Burt Lancaster in "The Crimson Pirate" battling 
     Errol Flynn in "Robin Hood" and then, incredibly, the action 
     begins going even faster than before as we

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO.

     And behind him now, drawing closer all the time, is the deadly 
     edge of the Cliffs of Insanity. Inigo fights and ducks and 
     feints and slashes and it all works, but not for long, as 
     gradually the Man In Black keeps the advantage, keeps forcing 
     Inigo back, closer and closer to death.

                           INIGO (CONT'D)
                    (happy as a clam)
               You are wonderful!

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Thank you -- I've worked hard to 
               become so.

     The Cliff edge is very close now. Inigo is continually being 
     forced toward it.

                           INIGO
               I admit it -- you are better than I 
               am.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Then why are you smiling?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 33
     8-7-01                                                      


     Inches from defeat, Inigo is, in fact, all smiles.

                           INIGO
               Because I know something you don't 
               know.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               And what is that?

                           INIGO
               I am not left-handed.

     And he throws the six-fingered sword into his right hand and 
     immediately, the tide of battle turns.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     stunned, doing everything be can to keep Inigo by the Cliff 
     edge. But no use. Slowly at first, he begins to retreat. Now 
     faster, Inigo is in control and the Man In Black is desperate.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO.

     And the six-fingered sword is all but invisible now, as he 
     increases his attack, then suddenly switches styles again.

                                                          CUT TO:

     A ROCKY STAIRCASE leading to a turret-shaped plateau, and 
     the Man In Black is retreating like mad up the steps and he 
     can't stop Inigo -- nothing can stop Inigo -- and in a frenzy, 
     the Man In Black makes every feint, tries every thrust, lets 
     go with all he has left. But he fails. Everything fails. He 
     tries one or two final desperate moves but they are nothing.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               You're amazing!

                           INIGO
               I ought to be after twenty years.

     And now the Man In Black is smashed into a stone pillar, 
     pinned there under the six fingered sword.

                           MAN IN BLACK
                    (hollering it out)
               There's something I ought to tell 
               you.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 34
     8-7-01                                                      


                           INIGO
               Tell me.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               I am not left-handed either.

     And now he changes hands, and at last, the battle is fully 
     joined.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO.

     And to his amazement, he is being forced back down the steps. 
     He tries one style, another, but it all comes down to the 
     same thing -- the Man In Black seems to be in control. And 
     before Inigo knows it, the six-fingered sword is knocked 
     clear out of his hand.

     Inigo retreats, dives from the stairs to a moss-covered bar 
     suspended over the archway.  He swings out, lands, and 
     scrambles to his sword and we

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK

     who watches Inigo, then casually tosses his sword to the 
     landing where it sticks in perfectly.  Then the Man In Black 
     copies INIGO. Not copies exactly, improves. He dives to the 
     bar, swings completely over it like a circus performer and 
     dismounts with a 9.7 backflip.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     staring in awe.

                           INIGO
               Who are you?!

                           MAN IN BLACK
               No one of consequence.

                           INIGO
               I must know.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Get used to disappointment.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 35
     8-7-01                                                      


                           INIGO
               Okay.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     moving like lightning, and he thrusts forward, slashes, darts 
     back, all in almost a single movement and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK.

     Dodging, blocking, and again he thrusts forward, faster even 
     than before, and again he slashes but --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO.

     And there is never a move anyone makes he doesn't remember, 
     and this time he blocks the slash, slashes out himself with 
     the six-fingered sword.

     On it goes, back and forth across the rocky terrain, Inigo's 
     feet moving with the grace and speed of a great 
     improvisational dancer.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE SIX-FINGERED SWORD

     as it is knocked free, arching up into the air, and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO

     catching it again. And something terrible is written behind 
     his eyes: he has given his all, done everything man can do, 
     tried every style, made every maneuver, but it wasn't enough, 
     and on his face for all to see is the realization that he, 
     Inigo Montoya of Spain, is going to lose.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     moving in for the end now, blocking everything, muzzling 
     everything and

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 36
     8-7-01                                                      


     THE SIX-FINGERED SWORD,

     sent flying from Inigo's grip. He stands helpless only a 
     moment. Then be drops to his knees, bows his head, shuts his 
     eyes.

                           INIGO (CONT'D)
               Kill me quickly.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               I would as soon destroy a stained 
               glass window as an artist like 
               yourself. However, since I can't 
               have you following me either --

     And he dunks Inigo's head with his heavy sword handle. Inigo 
     pitches forward unconscious.

                           MAN IN BLACK (CONT'D)
               Please understand, I hold you in the 
               highest respect.

     He grabs his scabbard and takes off after the Princess and 
     we

                                                          CUT TO:

     CLOSE UP: VIZZINI

                           VIZZINI
               Inconceivable!

     PULL BACK TO REVEAL

     Vizzini, staring down from a narrow mountain path, as far 
     below the Man In Black can be seen running.  Fezzik, carrying 
     the Princess, stands alongside. It's a little later in the 
     morning.

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               Give her to me.
                    (grabs Buttercup starts 
                    off)
               Catch up with us quickly.

                           FEZZIK
                    (starting to panic)
               What do I do?

                           VIZZINI
               Finish him, finish him. Your way.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 37
     8-7-01                                                      


                           FEZZIK
               Oh, good, my way. Thank you, Vizzini.
                    (little pause)
               Which way is my way?

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUPLE OF ROCKS

     Nothing gigantic. Vizzini points to them. There is a large 
     boulder nearby.

                           VIZZINI
               Pick up one of those rocks, get behind 
               the boulder, and 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!

     As Vizzini and Buttercup hurry away.

                           FEZZIK
                    (little frown; softly)
               My way's not very sportsmanlike.

     He grabs one of the rocks and plods behind the boulder and 
     we --

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     racing up the mountain trail. Ahead is a bend in the trail. 
     He sees it, slows. Then he stops, listening.

     Satisfied by the silence, he starts forward again and as he 
     rounds the bend -- a rock flies INTO FRAME, shattering on a 
     boulder inches in front of him.

                                                          CUT TO:

     Fezzik.

     He moves into the mountain path. He has picked up another 
     rock and holds it lightly.

                           FEZZIK (CONT'D)
               I did that on purpose. I don't have 
               to miss.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               I believe you -- So what happens 
               now?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           FEZZIK
               We face each other as God intended. 
               Sportsmanlike. No tricks, no weapons, 
               skill against skill alone.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               You mean, you'll put down your rock 
               and I'll put down my sword, and we'll 
               try to kill each other like civilized 
               people?

                           FEZZIK
                    (gently)
               I could kill you now.

     He gets set to throw, but the Man In Black shakes his head, 
     takes off his sword and scabbard, begins the approach toward 
     the Giant.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Frankly, I think the odds are slightly 
               in your favor at hand fighting.

                           FEZZIK
               It's not my fault being the biggest 
               and the strongest. I don't even 
               exercise.

     He flips the rock away.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MOUNTAIN PATH AND THE TWO MEN.

     The Man In Black is not now and has never been a shrimp. But 
     it's like he wasn't even there, Fezzik towers over him so 
     much.

     There is a moment's pause, and then the Man In Black dives 
     at Fezzik's chest, slams him several tremendous blows in the 
     stomach, twists his arm severely, slips skillfully into a 
     beautifully applied bear hug, and in general makes any number 
     of terrific wrestling moves.

     Fezzik just stands there, kind of taking in the scenery. 
     Finally the Man In Black pushes himself away, stares up at 
     the Giant.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Look are you just fiddling around 
               with me or what?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 39
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                           FEZZIK
               I just want you to feel you're doing 
               well. I hate for people to die 
               embarrassed.

     They get set to begin again. Then suddenly --

                                                          CUT TO:

     Fezzik,

     as he jumps forward with stunning speed for anyone his size 
     and reaches for the Man In Black who drops to his knees, 
     spins loose, and slips between the Giant's legs.

                           FEZZIK (CONT'D)
               You're quick.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               And a good thing too.

                           FEZZIK
                    (getting set for 
                    another onslaught)
               Why do you wear a mask? Were you 
               burned by acid, or something like 
               that?

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Oh no. It's just that they're terribly 
               comfortable. I think everyone will 
               be wearing them in the future.

     Fezzik considers this a moment, then attacks, and if he moved 
     quickly last time, this time he is blinding and as the Man 
     In Black slips down to avoid the charge, Fezzik moves right 
     with him, only instead of twisting free and jumping to his 
     feet, this time the Man In Black jumps for Fezzik's back and 
     in a moment he is riding him, and his arms have Fezzik's 
     throat, locked across Fezzik's windpipe, one in front, one 
     behind. The Man In Black begins to squeeze. Tighter.

                           FEZZIK
                    (standing, talking as 
                    he does so)
               I just figured out why you give me 
               so much trouble.

                                                          CUT TO:

     Fezzik,

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 40
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     as he charges toward a huge rock that lines the path, and 
     just as he reaches it he spins his giant body so that the 
     entire weight of the charge is taken by the Man In Black.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK.

     And the power of the charge is terrible, the pain enormous, 
     but he clings to his grip at Fezzik's windpipe.

                           MAN IN BLACK
                    (his arms never leave 
                    Fezzik's throat)
               Why is that, do you think?

                           FEZZIK
                    (his voice just 
                    beginning to get a 
                    little strained)
               Well, I haven't fought just one person 
               for so long.  I've been specializing 
               in groups. Battling gangs for local 
               charities, that kind of thing.

                                                          CUT TO:

     ANOTHER HUGE ROCK ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PATH.

     Again Fezzik charges, slower this time, but still a charge, 
     and again he spins and creams the Man In Black against the 
     rough boulder.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK.

     And the punishment is terrible, and for a moment it seems as 
     if he is going to let go of Fezzik's windpipe and crumble, 
     but he doesn't, he holds on.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Why should that make such a 
               difference?

                           FEZZIK
               Well ... 
                    (And now his voice is 
                    definitely growing 
                    weaker)
               ... you see, you use different moves 
               when you're fighting half a dozen
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 41
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                           FEZZIK (CONT'D)
               people than when you only have to be 
               worried about one.

     Again Fezzik slams the Man In Black against a boulder, only 
     this time his power has diminished and Fezzik starts to slowly 
     collapse.

                                                          CUT TO:

     Fezzik.

     And there isn't much breath coming.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     holding his grip as Fezzik tries to stand, halfway makes it, 
     but there is no air. Back to his knees he falls, holds there 
     for a moment, and pitches down to all fours.  The Man In 
     Black increases the pressure. Fezzik tries to crawl. But 
     there is just no air. No air. Fezzik goes to earth and lies 
     still.

                                                          CUT TO:

     Fezzik,

     as the Man In Black turns him over, puts his ear to Fezzik's 
     heart. It beats. The Man In Black stands.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               I don't envy you the headache you 
               will have when you awake. But, in 
               the meantime, rest well ... and dream 
               of large women.

     And he nimbly scoops up his sword with his foot, catches it 
     and as he dashes off up along the mountain path --

                                                          CUT TO:

     PRINCE HUMPERDINCK,

     as he slips his boot into a foot print in the sand.

     Count Rugen mounted, watches. Behind him, half a dozen armed 
     WARRIORS, also mounted. A GREAT WHITE HORSE waits riderless 
     in front. Humperdinck is all over the rocky ground, and maybe 
     he isn't the best hunter in the world. Then again, maybe he 
     is. Because, as he begins to put his feet into strange

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 42
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     positions, we realize that what he is doing is miming the 
     fencers.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               There was a mighty duel -- it ranged 
               all over. They were both masters.

                           RUGEN
               Who won? How did it end?

                           HUMPERDINCK
                    (looking down in the 
                    position where Inigo 
                    fell unconscious)
               The loser ran off alone.
                    (points in the 
                    direction Vizzini 
                    and Fezzik took)
               The winner followed those footprints 
               toward Guilder!

                           RUGEN
               Shall we track them both?

                           HUMPERDINCK
               The loser is nothing. -- Only the 
               Princess matters --
                    (to the armed warriors)
               -- clearly this was all planned by 
               warriors of Guilder. We must be ready 
               for whatever lies ahead.

                           RUGEN
               Could this be a trap?

                           HUMPERDINCK
                    (vaulting onto his 
                    horse)
               I always think everything could be a 
               trap -- Which is why I'm still alive.

     And he gallops off --

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     cresting the peak of the mountain.

                                                          CUT TO:

     CLOSE-UP ON

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 43
     8-7-01                                                      


     a knife pointed at a throat -- PULL BACK TO REVEAL Vizzini 
     munching on an apple, holding the knife to Buttercup's throat. 
     She is blindfolded.

     A PICNIC SPREAD is laid out. A tablecloth, two goblets and 
     between them, a small leather wine container. And some cheese 
     and a couple of apples. The picnic is set on a lovely spot, 
     high on the edge of a mountain path with a view all the way 
     back to the sea.

     The Man In Black comes running around the path, sees Vizzini, 
     slows. The two men study each other. Then --

                           VIZZINI
               So, it is down to you. And it is 
               down to me.

     The Man In Black nods and comes nearer --

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               If you wish her dead, by all means 
               keep moving forward.

     And he pushes his long knife harder against Buttercup's 
     unprotected throat.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Let me explain-

                           VIZZINI
               -- there's nothing to explain. You're 
               trying to kidnap what I've rightfully 
               stolen.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Perhaps an arrangement can be reached.

                           VIZZINI
               There will be no arrangement --
                    (deliberate)
               -- and you're killing her!

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP'S THROAT,

     as Vizzini jabs with his long knife. Buttercup gasps against 
     the pain.

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 44
     8-7-01                                                      


     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     stopping fast.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               But if there can be no arrangement, 
               then we are at an impasse.

                           VIZZINI
               I'm afraid so -- I can't compete 
               with you physically. And you're no 
               match for my brains.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               You're that smart?

                           VIZZINI
               Let me put it this way: have you 
               ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, 
               Socrates?

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Yes.

                           VIZZINI
               Morons.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Really? In that case, I challenge 
               you to a battle of wits.

                           VIZZINI
               For the Princess?

     The Man In Black nods.

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               To the death?

     Another nod.

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               I accept.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Good. Then pour the wine.

     As Vizzini fills the goblets with the dark red liquid, the 
     Man In Black pulls a small packet from his clothing, handing 
     it to Fizzini.

                           MAN IN BLACK (CONT'D)
               Inhale this, but do not touch.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 45
     8-7-01                                                      


                           VIZZINI
                    (doing it)
               I smell nothing.

                           MAN IN BLACK
                    (taking the packet 
                    back)
               What you do not smell is called iocane 
               powder. It is odorless, tasteless, 
               dissolves instantly in liquid, and 
               is among the more deadlier poisons 
               known to man.

                           VIZZINI
               Hmm.

                                                          CUT TO:

     VIZZINI,

     watching excitedly as the Man In Black takes the goblets, 
     turns his back. A moment later, he turns again, faces Vizzini, 
     drops the iocane packet. It is now empty.

     The Man In Black rotates the goblets in a little shell game 
     maneuver then puts one glass in front of Vizzini, the other 
     in front of himself.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               All right: where is the poison? The 
               battle of wits has begun. It ends 
               when you decide and we both drink, 
               and find out who is right and who is 
               dead.

                           VIZZINI
               But it's so simple. All I have to do 
               is divine from what I know of you. 
               Are you the sort of man who would 
               put the poison into his own goblet, 
               or his enemy's?

     He studies the Man In Black now.

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               Now, a clever man would put the poison 
               into his own goblet, because he would 
               know that only a great fool would 
               reach for what he was given. I'm not 
               a great fool, so I can clearly not 
               choose the wine in front of you. But 
               you must have known I was not a great
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 46
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                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               fool; you would have counted on it, 
               so I can clearly not choose the wine 
               in front of me.

                           MAN IN BLACK
                    (And now there's a 
                    trace of nervousness 
                    beginning)
               You've made your decision then7

                           VIZZINI
               Not remotely. Because iocane comes 
               from Australia, as everyone knows. 
               And Australia is entirely peopled 
               with criminals. And criminals are 
               used to having people not trust them, 
               as you are not trusted by me. So I 
               can clearly not choose the wine in 
               front of you.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.

                           VIZZINI
               Wait till I get going! Where was I?

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Australia.

                           VIZZINI
               Yes -- Australia, and you must have 
               suspected I would have known the 
               powder's origin, so I can clearly 
               not choose the wine in front of me.

                           MAN IN BLACK
                    (very nervous)
               You're just stalling now.

                           VIZZINI
                    (cackling)
               You'd like to think that, wouldn't 
               you?
                    (stares at the Man in 
                    Black)
               You've beaten my giant, which means 
               you're exceptionally strong. So, you 
               could have put the poison in your 
               own goblet, trusting on your strength 
               to save you. So I can clearly not 
               choose the wine in front of you.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 47
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                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               But, you've also bested my Spaniard 
               which means you must have studied. 
               And in studying, you must have learned 
               that man is mortal so you would have 
               put the poison as far from yourself 
               as possible, so I can clearly not 
               choose the wine in front of me.

     As Vizzini's pleasure has been growing throughout, the Man 
     In Black's has been fast disappearing.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               You're trying to trick me into giving 
               away something -- it won't work --

                           VIZZINI
                    (triumphant)
               It has worked -- you've given 
               everything away -- I know where the 
               poison is.

                           MAN IN BLACK
                    (fool's courage)
               Then make your choice.

                           VIZZINI
               I will. And I choose --

     And suddenly he stops, points at something behind the Man In 
     Black.

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               -- what in the world can that be?

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     turning around, looking.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               What? Where? I don't see anything.

                                                          CUT TO:

     VIZZINI,

     busily switching the goblets while the Man In Black has his 
     head turned.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 48
     8-7-01                                                      


                           VIZZINI
               Oh, well, I-I could have sworn I saw 
               something. No matter.

     The Man In Black turns to face him again. Vizzini starts to 
     laugh.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               What's so funny?

                           VIZZINI
               I'll tell you in a minute. First, 
               let's drink -- me from my glass, and 
               you from yours.

     And he picks up his goblet. The Man In Black picks up the 
     one in front of him. As they both start to drink, Vizzini 
     hesitates a moment.

     Then, allowing the Man In Black to drink first, he swallows 
     his wine.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               You guessed wrong.

                           VIZZINI
                    (roaring with laughter)
               You only think I guessed wrong --
                    (louder now)
               -- that's what's so funny!  I switched 
               glasses when your back was turned. 
               You fool.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK.

     There's nothing he can say. He just sits there.

                                                          CUT TO:

     VIZZINI,

     watching him.

                           VIZZINI (CONT'D)
               You fell victim to one of the classic 
               blunders. The most famous is "Never 
               get involved in a land war in Asia." 
               But only slightly less well known is 
               this: "Never go in against a Sicilian 
               when death is on the line."

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 49
     8-7-01                                                      


     He laughs and roars and cackles and whoops and is in all 
     ways quite cheery until he falls over dead.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     stepping past the corpse, taking the blindfold and bindings 
     off Buttercup, who notices Vizzini lying dead.

     The Man In Black pulls her to her feet.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Who are you?

                           MAN IN BLACK
               I am no one to be trifled with, that 
               is all you ever need know.

     He starts to lead her off the mountain path into untraveled 
     terrain.

                           BUTTERCUP
                    (a final glance back 
                    toward Vizzini)
               To think -- all that time it was 
               your cup that was poisoned.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               They were both poisoned.  I spent 
               the last few years building up an 
               immunity to iocane powder.

     And with that, he takes off, dragging her behind him.

                                                          CUT TO:

     A MOUNTAIN PATH

     It's where Fezzik fought the Man in Black.  CAMERA PULLS 
     BACK TO REVEAL the Prince, kneeling, inspecting every grain 
     of misplaced sand. The others wait behind bim.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Someone has beaten a giant!
                    (roaring)
               There will be great suffering in 
               Guilder if she dies.

     He leaps onto his horse and they charge off.

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 50
     8-7-01                                                      


     WILD STRETCH OF TERRAIN

     The Man In Black comes running into view, still dragging 
     Buttercup, who sometimes stumbles, but he keeps forcing her 
     along. Finally, when she is close to exhaustion, he lets go 
     of her.

                           MAN IN BLACK
                    (his voice harsh now, 
                    carrying the promise 
                    of violence)
               Catch your breath.

                           BUTTERCUP
               If you'll release me ... whatever 
               you ask for ransom ... you'll get 
               it, I promise you...

                           MAN IN BLACK
               And what is that worth, the promise 
               of a woman? You're very funny, 
               Highness.

                           BUTTERCUP
               I was giving you a chance. No matter 
               where you take me ... there's no 
               greater hunter than Prince 
               Humperdinck. He could track a falcon 
               on a cloudy day. He can find you .

                           MAN IN BLACK
               You think your dearest love will 
               save you?

                           BUTTERCUP
               I never said he was my dearest love. 
               And yes, he will save me. That I 
               know.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               You admit to me you do not love your 
               fiance?

                           BUTTERCUP
               He knows I do not love him.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               "Are not capable of love" is what 
               you mean.

                           BUTTERCUP
               I have loved more deeply than a killer 
               like yourself could ever dream.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 51
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     And the Man In Black cocks back a fist. Buttercup flinches, 
     but does not retreat.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               That was a warning, Highness. The 
               next time, my hand flies on its own. 
               For where I come from, there are 
               penalties when a woman lies.

                                                          CUT TO:

     VIZZINI'S BODY.

     The picnic is spread as before.

     CAMERA PULLS BACK TO REVEAL the Prince kneeling by the body 
     as the others ride up. The Prince grabs the empty poison 
     packet, hands it to Rugen, after first sniffing it himself.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Iocane. I'd bet my life on it.
                    (gestures to the trail 
                    ahead)
               And there are the Princess's 
               footprints. She is alive ... or was, 
               an hour ago. If she is otherwise 
               when I find her, I shall be very put 
               out.

     And as he vaults onto his horse and they all charge off --

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     being spun INTO CAMERA view, falling heavily as the Man In 
     Black releases her. We are at the edge of an almost sheer 
     ravine. The drop is sharp and severe. Below, the ravine floor 
     is flat, but getting there would not be half the fun.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Rest, Highness.

                           BUTTERCUP
                    (stares at him)
               I know who you are -- your cruelty 
               reveals everything.

     The Man In Black says nothing.

                           BUTTERCUP (CONT'D)
               You're the Dread Pirate Roberts; 
               admit it.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 52
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                           MAN IN BLACK
               With pride. What can I do for you?

                           BUTTERCUP
               You can die slowly cut into a thousand 
               pieces.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Hardly complimentary, Your Highness. 
               Why loose your venom on me?

     CLOSE UP - BUTTERCUP, quietly now.

                           BUTTERCUP
               You killed my love.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK

     watching her closely.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               It's possible; I kill a lot of people. 
               Who was this love of yours? Another 
               Prince, like this one, ugly, rich, 
               and scabby?

                           BUTTERCUP
               No. A farm boy. Poor. Poor and 
               perfect, with eyes like the sea after 
               a storm.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP.

     And probably, if she did not hate Roberts so, there would be 
     tears.

                           BUTTERCUP (CONT'D)
               On the high seas, your ship attacked, 
               and the Dread Pirate Roberts never 
               takes prisoners.

                           MAN IN BLACK
                    (explaining as a 
                    teacher might)
               I can't afford to make exceptions.  
               Once word leaks out that a pirate 
               has gone soft, people begin to disobey 
               you, and then it's nothing but work, 
               work, work, all the time.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 53
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                           BUTTERCUP
               You mock my pain.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who 
               says differently is selling something.  
               I remember this farm boy of yours, I 
               think. This would be, what, five 
               years ago?

     Buttercup nods.

                           MAN IN BLACK (CONT'D)
               Does it bother you to hear?

                           BUTTERCUP
               Nothing you can say will upset me.

                           MAN IN BLACK
               He died well, that should please 
               you. No bribe attempts or blubbering. 
               He simply said, "Please. Please, I 
               need to live." It was the "please" 
               that caught my memory. I asked him 
               what was so important for him. "True 
               love," he replied.  And then he spoke 
               of a girl of surpassing beauty and 
               faithfulness. I can only assume he 
               meant you. You should bless me for 
               destroying him before he found out 
               what you really are.

                           BUTTERCUP
               And what am I?

                           MAN IN BLACK
               Faithfulness he talked of, madam. 
               Your enduring faithfulness. Now, 
               tell me truly. When you found out he 
               was gone, did you get engaged to 
               your prince that same hour, or did 
               you wait a whole week out of respect 
               for the dead?

                           BUTTERCUP
               You mocked me once, never do it again -- 
               I died that day!

     The Man In Black is about to reply as they stand there on 
     the edge of the sheer ravine. But then something catches his 
     attention and as he stares at it briefly,

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 54
     8-7-01                                                      


     HIS P.O.V.:

     The dust cloud caused by Humperdinck's HORSES is rising up 
     into the sky.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     and while his attention is on the dust cloud, rising high, 
     she pushes him with all the strength she has.

                           BUTTERCUP (CONT'D)
               You can die too, for all I care!!

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAN IN BLACK,

     teetering on the ravine edge, for a moment, then he begins 
     to fall. Down goes the Man In Black.  Down, down, rolling, 
     spinning, crashing always down toward the flat rock floor of 
     the ravine.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     staring transfixed at what she has wrought.

     There is a long pause. She stands there, alone, as from far 
     below the words come to ber, drifting on the wind --

                           MAN IN BLACK
               ... as ... you ... wish...

                           BUTTERCUP
               Oh, my sweet Westley; what have I 
               done?

     And without a second thought or consideration of the dangers, 
     she starts into the ravine. A moment later, she too is 
     falling, spinning and twisting, crashing and torn, 
     cartwheeling down toward what is left of her beloved.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE DUST CLOUD,

     rising.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 55
     8-7-01                                                      


     PULL BACK TO REVEAL

     Prince Humperdinck and the others reining in at the spot 
     where Buttercup promised ransom in exchange for her freedom. 
     The Prince shakes his head.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Disappeared. He must have seen us 
               closing in, which might account for 
               his panicking in error. Unless I'm 
               wrong, and I am never wrong, they 
               are headed dead into the fire swamp.

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN.

     The mere mention of the Fire Swamp makes him pale.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE RAVINE FLOOR

     TWO BODIES lie a few feet apart, not moving.  It is, of 
     course, Buttercup and Westley. They might be corpses. After 
     a time, Westley slowly forces his body into motion and as he 
     does,

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     bruised and torn, as Westley crawls slowly toward her.

                           WESTLEY
               Can you move at all?

                           BUTTERCUP
                    (weakly stretching 
                    out an arm toward 
                    him)
               Move? You're alive. If you want, I 
               can fly.

                           WESTLEY
               I told you, "I would always come for 
               you." Why didn't you wait for me?

                           BUTTERCUP
               Well ... you were dead.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 56
     8-7-01                                                      


                           WESTLEY
               Death cannot stop true love. All it 
               can do is delay it for a while.

                           BUTTERCUP
               I will never doubt again.

                           WESTLEY
               There will never be a need.

     And now, they begin to kiss; it's a tender kiss, tender and 
     loving and gentle and --

                           THE KID
                    (off-screen)
               Oh no. No, please.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE KID'S BEDROOM

                           GRANDFATHER
               What is it? What's the matter?

                           THE KID
               They're kissing again, do we have to 
               hear the kissing part?

                           GRANDFATHER
               Someday, you may not mind so much.

                           THE KID
               Skip on to the Fire Swamp -- that 
               sounded good.

                           GRANDFATHER
               Oh. You're sick, I'll humor you.
                    (he picks up the book 
                    again)
               So now, where were we here? Yeah, 
               yeah, yeah. Ah. Oh. Okay. Westley 
               and Buttercup raced along the ravine 
               floor.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY AND BUTTERCUP

     racing along the ravine floor. Westley glances up.

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 57
     8-7-01                                                      


     HUMPERDINCK AND HIS MEN

     perched on top of the cliff, looking down at Westley and 
     Buttercup.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY.

                           WESTLEY
               Ha. Your pig fiance is too late.  A 
               few more steps and we'll be safe in 
               the Fire Swamp.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     and Westley has tried to say it with Chevalier-like 
     nonchalance, but she ain't buying.

                           BUTTERCUP
               We'll never survive.

                           WESTLEY
               Nonsense -- you're only saying that 
               because no one ever has.

     As they race off, leaving Humperdinck and his men stranded, 
     defeated.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE FIRE SWAMP

     And it really doesn't look any worse than any other moist, 
     sulphurous, infernal horror you might run across. Great trees 
     block the sun.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY AND BUTTERCUP.

     Buttercup is clearly panicked and maybe Westley is too, but 
     he moves jauntily along, sword in hand.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               It's not that bad. I'm not saying 
               I'd like to build a summer home here, 
               but the trees are actually quite 
               lovely.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 58
     8-7-01                                                      


     THE GIANT TREES, thick and black-green, look ominous as hell 
     and they shield all but intermittent stripes of sun.

     A GIANT SPURT OF FLAME leaps up, preceded by a slight popping 
     sound, and this particular spurt of flame misses Westley, 
     but Buttercup is suddenly onfire; at least the lower half of 
     her is and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY,

     instantly forcing Buttercup to sit, gathering her flaming 
     hem in his hands, doing his best to suffocate the fire. This 
     isn't all that easy and it causes him a bit of grief, but he 
     does his best to sound as jaunty as before.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               Well now, that was an adventure.

     He examines where the flames burst over her.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               Singed a bit, were you?

                           BUTTERCUP
                    (She wasn't and she 
                    shakes her head "no")
               You?

     He was, and he shakes his head "no." As he pulls her to her 
     feet --

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE SWAMP FLOOR

     -- and as there's another popping sound,

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY GRABBING BUTTERCUP,

     pulling her aside to safety as another great spun of flame 
     suddenly shoots up.

                           WESTLEY
               Well, one thing I will say. The Fire 
               Swamp certainly does keep you on 
               your toes.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 59
     8-7-01                                                      


     Buttercup is frozen with fear. He takes her hand, gently 
     Leads her forward as we-

                                                          CUT TO:

     The two of them moving slowly along through a particularly 
     dangerous part of the Fire Swamp.

     It's later now, the sun slants down at a slightly different 
     angle.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
                    (happily)
               This will all soon be but a happy 
               memory because Roberts' ship "Revenge" 
               is anchored at the far end. And I, 
               as you know, am Roberts.

                           BUTTERCUP
               But how is that possible, since he's 
               been marauding twenty years and you 
               only left me five years ago?

                           WESTLEY
               I myself am often surprised at life's 
               little quirks.

     There is again a popping sound, then a huge spurt of flame. 
     Westley simply picks up Buttercup as they walk along, moves 
     her out of danger, puts her back down, goes right on talking 
     without missing a beat.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               You see, what I told you before about 
               saying "please" was true. It intrigued 
               Roberts, as did my descriptions of 
               your beauty.

                                                          CUT TO:

     SOME HIDEOUS VINES --

     they look like they could be flesh eating. Westley takes his 
     sword, slices a path for them to follow. The vines groan as 
     they fall. He's been chatting away the entire time.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               Finally, Roberts decided something. 
               He said, "All right, Westley, I've 
               never had a valet. You can try it 
               for tonight. I'll most likely kill 
               you in the morning."
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 60
     8-7-01                                                      


                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               Three years he said that. "Good night, 
               Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I'll 
               most likely kill you in the morning." 
               It was a fine time for me. I was 
               learning to fence, to fight, anything 
               anyone would teach me. And Roberts 
               and I eventually became friends. And 
               then it happened.

                           BUTTERCUP
               What? -- go on --

     Westley picks her up, carrying her across some swamp water 
     that is bridged by a narrow, rickety tree branch.

                           WESTLEY
               Well, Roberts had grown so rich, he 
               wanted to retire.  So he took me to 
               his cabin and told me his secret. "I 
               am not the Dread Pirate Roberts," he 
               said. "My name is Ryan.  I inherited 
               this ship from the previous Dread 
               Pirate Roberts, just as you will 
               inherit it from me. The man I 
               inherited it from was not the real 
               Dread Pirate Roberts, either. His 
               name was Cummerbund.  The real Roberts 
               has been retired fifteen years and 
               living like a king in Patagonia."  
               Then he explained the name was the 
               important thing for inspiring the 
               necessary fear. You see, no one would 
               surrender to the Dread Pirate Westley.

     The two of them have by now crossed the pond.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               So we sailed ashore, took on an 
               entirely new crew and he stayed aboard 
               for awhile as first mate, all the 
               time calling me Roberts. Once the 
               crew believed, he left the ship and 
               I have been Roberts ever since. 
               Except, now that we're together, I 
               shall retire and hand the name over 
               to someone else. Is everything clear 
               to you?

     Buttercup, perplexed, is about to reply but the ground she 
     steps on gives way -- it's Lightning Sand -- a great patch 
     of it, and it has her -- a cloud of powder rises and she

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 61
     8-7-01                                                      


     sinks into the stuff crying Westley's name but then she is 
     gone as we --

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY WHIRLING,

     slashing at a U-shaped vine, hacks it in half -- it's still 
     connected to the tree.  Then be grabs it, drops his sword, 
     and, clutching the other end of the vine, he dives into the 
     lightning sand and there is another cloud of white powder, 
     but it settles quickly.

     Now nothing can be seen. Nothing at all. Just the lightning 
     sand, lovely and lethal.

     HOLD ON THE LIGHTNING SAND -- THEN --

     An odd panting sound is heard now. The panting sound is 
     suddenly very loud. And then a giant R.0.U.S.  darts into 
     view. The R.0.U.S.  -- a Rodent of Unusual Size -- is probably 
     no more than eighty pounds of bone and power. It sniffs around 
     a bit then, as quickly as it has come, it goes.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE LIGHTNING SAND,

     as Westley, lungs long past the bursting point, explodes 
     out; he has Buttercup across his shoulders and as he pulls 
     to the edge of the lightning sand pit, using the vine --

                                                          CUT TO:

     CLOSE-UP - BUTTERCUP.

     Her face is caked with the white powder. It is in her eyes, 
     her ears, hair, mouth.  She's still probably beautiful, but 
     you have to look awfully hard to see it.  As Westley continues 
     to pull them to safety --

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE R.0.U.S.,

     high above them; it watches --

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     placed against a tree. Westley is cleaning the lightning 
     sand from her face.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 62
     8-7-01                                                      


     He hesitates, glances around and

                                                          CUT TO:

     The R.0.U.S.  

     on a much lower branch now. It stares down at Westley.

     Westley stares back up at the beast. Buttercup is oblivious. 
     Her eyes flutter. He continues to work on her as --

                           BUTTERCUP
               We'll never succeed -- we may as 
               well die here.

                           WESTLEY
               No. No. We have already succeeded.
                    (he glances back again)

     Now THERE ARE TWO R.0.U.S.'s. The have climbed into a nearby 
     tree, stare hungrily down.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY, picking her up.

     He puts an arm around her, starts to walk with her as he 
     encouragingly goes on talking.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               I mean, what are the three terrors 
               of the Fire Swamp? One, the flame 
               spurts. No problem. There's a popping 
               sound preceding each, we can avoid 
               that. Two, the Lightning Sand.  But 
               you were clever enough to discover 
               what that looks like, so in the future 
               we can avoid that too.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.'s?

                           WESTLEY
               Rodents of Unusual Size? I don't 
               think they exist...

     And as he says that, a R.0.U.S. comes flying at him from off-
     screen.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 63
     8-7-01                                                      


     screaming and --

     Westley, pinned under the attacking R.0.U.S., trying to fend 
     it off. Can't. The thing's teeth sink deep into his arm. He 
     howls.

     Westley drives a fist into the beast's face, rolling it off. 
     He reaches for his sword just a few feet away, but the 
     R.0.U.S. is back atop him. It's a fierce battle, and just 
     when we think Westley can't possibly win, he flips the ugly 
     rodent clear.

     Westley scrambles for his sword. The R.0.U.S. stampedes on, 
     changing its target, heading right for --

     Buttercup, and she's scared to death and --

                           BUTTERCUP
               Westley!

     Westley abandons his sword, reaching for the rodent, grabbing 
     only a tail, wrestling with it. Buttercup grabs a small 
     branch, and using it as a club, beats the skull of the thing, 
     doing pretty well, but the beast manages to snag her hem 
     with its razor teeth, and she's pulled to the ground, and

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY,

     jumping onto its back, and the R.0.U.S. is all over him now, 
     sinking needle teeth into Westley's shoulder.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY,

     with death close at hand, as a popping sound starts. He tries 
     one desperate move, rolls into the sound --

                                                          CUT TO:

     A FLAME SPURT

     shooting skyward and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY,

     with the R.0.U.S. pinned under him, and as the beast bursts 
     into flame, it lets go and Westley rolls safely free, grabs

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 64
     8-7-01                                                      


     his sword and exhaustedly stabs the R.0.U.S., which is trying 
     to put itself out.

     The R.0.U.S. collapses dead. Westley stands motionless, 
     exhausted. The danger has passed.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     relieved.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

     THE FAR EDGE OF THE FIRE SWAMP

     Beyond, a beach.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP AND WESTLEY

                           BUTTERCUP (CONT'D)
                    (almost in disbelief)
               We did it.

                           WESTLEY
               Now, was that so terrible?

     And from somewhere they summon strength, pick up their pace, 
     and as they reach the edge of the Fire Swamp --

                                                          CUT TO:

     SOMETHING WE HADN'T EXPECTED:

     Humperdinck on his horse, Rugen beside him. THREE WARRIORS, 
     armed and ready, are mounted in formation behind.  Buttercup 
     and Westley are at the edge of the Fire Swamp, about to leave 
     it. They stop. Buttercup looks beyond exhaustion.  Westley 
     looks worse.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Surrender!

     It's dusk. Behind Humperdinck are the waters of the bay.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY AND BUTTERCUP,

     staring out at the others.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 65
     8-7-01                                                      


                           WESTLEY
               You mean you wish to surrender to 
               me? Very well, I accept.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               I give you full marks for bravery -- 
               don't make yourself a fool.

                           WESTLEY
               Ah, but how will you capture us? We 
               know the secrets of the Fire Swamp. 
               We can live there quite happily for 
               some time. So, whenever you feel 
               like dying, feel free to visit.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               I tell you once again -- surrender!

                           WESTLEY
               It will not happen!

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     looking from one to the other; then something else catches 
     her eye and we --

                                                          CUT TO:

     AN ARMED WARRIOR,

     in shadow, with a loaded crossbow aimed at Westley's heart.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     looking the other way --

                                                          CUT TO:

     ANOTHER WARRIOR,

     crossbow aimed at Westley.

                           HUMPERDINCK
                    (roaring)
               For the last time -- SURRENDER!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 66
     8-7-01                                                      


                           WESTLEY
                    (roaring right back, 
                    bigger)
               DEATH FIRST!!

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     frantically staring around, and now

                                                          CUT TO:

     A THIRD WARRIOR,

     crossbow stretched, ready to shoot; this one is hidden in a 
     tree blocking any escape Westley might try.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Will you promise not to hurt him?

                                                          CUT TO:

     HUMPERDINCK,

     whirling to face her.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               What was that?

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY,

     whirling to face her.

                           WESTLEY
               What was that?

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     talking to them both.

                           BUTTERCUP
               If we surrender, and I return with 
               you, will you promise not to hurt 
               this man?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 67
     8-7-01                                                      


                           HUMPERDINCK
                    (right hand high)
               May I live a thousand years and never 
               hunt again.

                           BUTTERCUP
                    (looks at Westley)
               He is a sailor on the pirate ship 
               "Revenge." Promise to return him to 
               his ship.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               I swear it will be done.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP AND WESTLEY,

     staring deep into each other's eyes.

                                                          CUT TO:

     HUMPERDINCK AND RUGEN

                           HUMPERDINCK (CONT'D)
               Once we're out of sight, take him 
               back to Florin and throw him in the 
               Pit of Despair.

                           RUGEN
                    (almost a smile)
               I swear it will be done.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP AND WESTLEY

                           BUTTERCUP
               I thought you were dead once, and it 
               almost destroyed me. I could not 
               bear it if you died again, not when 
               I could save you.

     Westley is dazed. Silent.

     Buttercup tries to speak again, can't, and is swooped off 
     her feet onto Humperdinck's horse, and off they go.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY,

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 68
     8-7-01                                                      


     staring after her. Rugen watches as his warriors bring Westley 
     to him. The Count has a heavy sword and he holds it in his 
     hand.

                           RUGEN
               Come, sir. We must get you to your 
               ship.

                           WESTLEY
               We are men of action. Lies do not 
               become us.

                           RUGEN
               Well spoken, sir --

     Westley is looking at him.

                           RUGEN (CONT'D)
               -- what is it?

                           WESTLEY
               You have six fingers on your right 
               hand -- someone was looking for you --

     Count Rugen clubs Westley hard across the skull. Westley 
     starts to fall -- the screen goes black.

                                                      FADE IN ON:

     THE PIT OF DESPAIR

     Dank and chill, underground and windowless, lit by flickering 
     torches. Frightening. Westley lies in the center of the cage, 
     chained and helpless.

                                                          CUT TO:

     SOMETHING REALLY FRIGHTENING: A BLOODLESS-LOOKING ALBINO.

     Dead pale, he silently enters the pit, carrying a tray of 
     food and medication. He puts it down.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               Where am I?

                           ALBINO
                    (he only whispers)
               The Pit of Despair.

     He begins tending Westley's wounds. Westley winces.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 69
     8-7-01                                                      


                           ALBINO (CONT'D)
               Don't even think --
                    (A hack, sputter, 
                    cough - now his voice 
                    seems normal again)
               -- don't even think about trying to 
               escape. The chains are far too thick. 
               And don't dream of being rescued 
               either. The only way in is secret.  
               And only the Prince, the Count, and 
               I know how to get in and out.

                           WESTLEY
               Then I'm here till I die?

                           ALBINO
                    (working away)
               Till they kill you. Yeah.

                           WESTLEY
               Then why bother curing me?

                           ALBINO
               The Prince and the Count always insist 
               on everyone being healthy before 
               they're broken.

                           WESTLEY
               So it's to be torture.

     From the Albino: a nod.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               I can cope with torture.

     From the Albino: a shake of the head.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               You don't believe me?

                           ALBINO
               You survived the Fire Swamp. You 
               must be very brave...
                    (little pause)
               ... but nobody withstands The Machine.

     He studies Westley, whose face is almost sad.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 70
     8-7-01                                                      


     and her face is sad.  Pallid, perhaps ill. She wanders down 
     a corridor in Florin Castle. As she moves unseeing past an 
     intersecting corridor:

                                                          CUT TO:

     PRINCE HUMPERDINCK AND COUNT RUGEN,

     WATCHING HER

                           HUMPERDINCK
               She's been like that ever since the 
               Fire Swamp.
                    (looks at Rugen)
               It's my father's failing health that's 
               upsetting her.

                           RUGEN
               Of course.

     AS THEY MOVE ON,

                                                          CUT TO:

     FLORIN CASTLE AT NIGHT

     CAMERA HOLDS ON IT while we hear the Grandfather's voice 
     reading.

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)
               The King died that very night, and 
               before the following dawn, Buttercup 
               and Humperdinck were married.

                                                          CUT TO:

     MAIN SQUARE OF FLORIN CASTLE

     And if we thought it was packed before, we didn't know how 
     many more could fit in this courtyard.  Humperdinck, Rugen 
     and the Queen stand high on the balcony.

                           GRANDFATHER (CONT'D)
                    (off-screen)
               And at noon, she met her subjects 
               again. This time as their Queen.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               My father's final words were...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 71
     8-7-01                                                      


                           THE KID
                    (off-screen)
               -- hold it. Hold it, Grandpa.

     And the scene FREEZES, Humperdinck caught in mid-sentence.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE KID'S ROOM

     The Kid is half sitting now, not strong yet, but clearly 
     stronger than when we first saw him.

                           THE KID (CONT'D)
               You read that wrong. She doesn't 
               marry Humperdinck, she marries 
               Westley. I'm just sure of it. After 
               all that Westley did for her, if she 
               does not marry him, it wouldn't be 
               fair.

                           GRANDFATHER
               Well, who says life is fair? Where 
               is that written? Life isn't always 
               fair.

                           THE KID
               I'm telling you you're messing up 
               the story, now get it right!

                           GRANDFATHER
               Do you want me to go on with this?

                           THE KID
               Yes.

                           GRANDFATHER
               All right, then. No more 
               interruptions.
                    (starts to read again)
               ... at noon, she met her subjects 
               again. This time as their Queen.

     AND ON THESE WORDS,

                                                          CUT TO:

     PRINCE HUMPERDINCK.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               My father's final words were "love 
               her as I loved her, and there will
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 72
     8-7-01                                                      


                           HUMPERDINCK (CONT'D)
               be joy." I present to you your Queen. 
               Queen Buttercup.

     AND ON HIS WORDS,

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE CROWD,

     and it's gigantic.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE ARCHWAY

     we saw before, as Buttercup emerges.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE CROWD,

     suddenly going to its knees, wave after wave of silent 
     KNEELING PEOPLE. All of them down.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     touched as before, but then she seems stunned as we

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE CROWD.

     SOMEONE IS BOOING! The BOOING gets louder as an ANCIENT WOMAN 
     approaches Buttercup through the crowd, BOOING every step of 
     the way.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Why do you do this?

                           ANCIENT BOOER
               Because you had love in your hands, 
               and you gave it up.

                           BUTTERCUP
                    (distraught)
               But they would have killed Westley 
               if I hadn't done it.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 73
     8-7-01                                                      


                           ANCIENT BOOER
               Your true love lives and you marry 
               another --
                    (to the crowd)
               -- True love saved her in the Fire 
               Swamp, and she treated it like 
               garbage. And that's what she is, the 
               Queen of Refuse! So, bow down to her 
               if you want. Bow to her. Bow to the 
               Queen of Slime, the Queen of Filth, 
               the Queen of Putrescence. Boo! Boo! 
               Rubbish! Filth! Slime! Muck! Boo! 
               Boo!

     She advances on Buttercup now, who is more and more panicked.

     CLOSE-UP - THE ANCIENT BOOER.

     Louder and louder and LOUDER she shrieks vituperation at 
     Buttercup, reaching out her old hands toward Buttercup's 
     throat, and Buttercup is as frightened now as Dorothy was 
     when the Witch went after her in "The Wizard of Oz", and 
     suddenly,

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     coming out of her nightmare, alone in her castle bedroom. As 
     she fantically grabs a robe and starts to run.

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)
                    (still reading)
               It was ten days till the wedding. 
               The King still lived, but Buttercup's 
               nightmares were growing steadily 
               worse.

                           THE KID
                    (off-screen)
               See? Didn't I tell you she'd never 
               marry that rotten Humperdinck?

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)
               -- yes, you're very smart. Shut-Up.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     bursting into the Prince's chambers. Count Rugen stands 
     nearby.

                           BUTTERCUP
               It comes to this: I love Westley. I 
               always have.  I know now I always 
               will. If you tell me I must marry 
               you in ten days, please believe I 
               will be dead by morning.

                                                          CUT TO:

     PRINCE HUMPERDINCK.

     Just stunned. Finally, softly, he begins to talk.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               I could never cause you grief; 
               consider our wedding off.
                    (to Rugen)
               You returned this Westley to his 
               ship?

                           RUGEN
               Yes.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Then we will simply alert him.
                    (to Buttercup now)
               Beloved, are you certain he still 
               wants you?  After all, it was you 
               who did the leaving in the Fire Swamp. 
               Not to mention that pirates are not 
               known to be men of their words.

                           BUTTERCUP
               My Westley will always come for me.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               I suggest a deal. You write four 
               copies of a letter. I'll send my 
               four fastest ships. One in each 
               direction. The Dread Pirate Roberts 
               is always close to Florin this time 
               of year. We'll run up the white flag 
               and deliver your message.  If Westley 
               wants you, bless you both. If not 
               ... please consider me as an 
               alternative to suicide. Are we agreed?

     And she nods --

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 75
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     VERY THICK GROVE OF TREES

     The trees are unusual in one respect: all of them are 
     extraordinarily heavily knotted.

     PULL BACK TO REVEAL

     Humperdinck and Rugen, walking into the grove of trees.

                           RUGEN
               Your Princess is really a winning 
               creature. A trifle simple, perhaps, 
               but her appeal is undeniable.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Oh, I know. The people are quite 
               taken with her. It's odd, but when I 
               hired Vizzini to have her murdered 
               on our engagement day, I thought 
               that was clever. But it's going to 
               be so much more moving when I strangle 
               her on our wedding night. Once Guilder 
               is blamed, the nation will be truly 
               outraged. They'll demand we go to 
               war.

     They are deeper into the grove now. Rugen is searching around.

                           RUGEN
               Now, where is that secret knot? It's 
               impossible to find.
                    (Finding the knot on 
                    the tree he hits it, 
                    and it opens, 
                    revealing a staircase 
                    leading underground.)
               Are you coming down into the Pit? 
               Westley's got his strength back. I 
               am starting him on The Machine 
               tonight.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Tyrone, you know how much I love 
               watching you work. But, I've got my 
               country's five hundredth anniversary 
               to plan, my wedding to arrange, MY 
               wife to murder, and Guilder to frame 
               for it. I'm swamped.

                           RUGEN
               Get some rest -- if you haven't got 
               your health, you haven't got anything.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 76
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     Rugen smiles and hurries down the stairs as the tree slides 
     back perfectly into place.

                                                          CUT TO:

     AN ENORMOUS THING.

     We can't tell quite what it is or what it does, but somehow 
     it is unsettling.

     PULL BACK TO REVEAL

     Count Rugen, dragging Westley up alongside the thing -- Levers 
     and wheels and wires, you name it, it's there.

                           RUGEN (CONT'D)
               Beautiful, isn't it?
                    (The Albino starts 
                    attaching suction 
                    cups to Westley)
               It took me half a lifetime to invent 
               it. I'm sure you've discovered my 
               deep and abiding interest in pain. 
               At present I'm writing the definitive 
               work on the subject. So I want you 
               to be totally honest with me on how 
               The Machine makes you feel.

                                                          CUT TO:

     A DIAL

     with numbers ranging from a low of "l" to a high of "50." 
     Rugen goes to it.

                           RUGEN (CONT'D)
               This being our first try, I'll use 
               the lowest setting.

     And he turns the dial to "1".

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY.

     He has suction cups on his head now, on his temple, on his 
     heart, his hands and feet. He says nothing, keeps control of 
     himself

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN,

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 77
     8-7-01                                                      


     fiddling with his Machine a moment more.  And then he opens 
     the flood gate, water pours down the chute, turning the wheel, 
     which in turn really gets The Machine going.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY,

     and he's lying on the table, and he's only flesh and the 
     chains are metal and thick, but such is his desperation it 
     almost seems he might break them. A terrible sound comes 
     from his throat, an incessant gasping. It keeps on coming as 
     we finally

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN.

     He switches off The Machine, picks up a large notebook and 
     pen, sits in a chair. The NOISE of The Machine subsides. 
     Rugen opens the book to a blank page.

                           RUGEN (CONT'D)
               As you know, the concept of the 
               suction pump is centuries old. Well, 
               really, that's all this is.  Except 
               that instead of sucking water, I'm 
               sucking life. I've just sucked one 
               year of your life away.  I might one 
               day go as high as five, but I really 
               don't know what that would do to 
               you. So, let's just start with what 
               we have. What did this do to you? 
               Tell me. And remember, this is for 
               posterity, so be honest -- how do 
               you feel?

     AND NOW, AT LAST,

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY,

     in anguish so deep it is dizzying. Helpless, he cries.

     Count Rugen watches the tears, then starts to write.

                           RUGEN (CONT'D)
               Interesting.

                                                          CUT TO:

     HUMPERDINCK

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 78
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     in his quarters, swamped. Piles of papers are strewn all 
     over. Now YELLIN, a pale, shifty, quick-eyed man appears in 
     the doorway.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Yellin.

                           YELLIN
                    (bows, then kneels)
               Sire.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               As Chief Enforcer of all Florin, I 
               trust you with this secret: killers 
               from Guilder are infiltrating the 
               Thieves' Forest and plan to murder 
               my bride on our wedding night.

                           YELLIN
               My spy network has heard no such 
               news.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP

     entering.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Any word from Westley?

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE PRINCE AND YELLIN,

     turning to her in the doorway.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Too soon, my angel. Patience.

                           BUTTERCUP
               He will come for me.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Of course.

     AS SHE GLIDES OUT,

                           HUMPERDINCK (CONT'D)
               She will not be murdered.  On the 
               day of the wedding, I want the 
               Thieves' Forest emptied and every 
               inhabitant arrested.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 79
     8-7-01                                                      


                           YELLIN
               Many of the thieves will resist. My 
               regular enforcers will be inadequate.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Form a Brute Squad then. I want the 
               Thieves' Forest emptied before I 
               wed.

                           YELLIN
               It won't be easy, Sire.

                           HUMPERDINCK
                    (alone, exhausted)
               Try ruling the world sometime.

                                                          CUT TO:

 3   THE THIEVES' FOREST - DAY                                      3   

     A lot of hollering is going on. The THIEVES are being rounded 
     up by the BRUTE SQUAD, a large group of large men. Yellin 
     stands on a wagon in the midst of all the scuffling.

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)
               The day of the wedding arrived. The 
               Brute Squad had their hands full 
               carrying out Humperdinck's orders.

                           YELLIN
                    (to an unpleasant-
                    looking assistant)
               Is everybody out?

                           ASSISTANT BRUTE
               Almost. There's a Spaniard giving us 
               some trouble.

                           YELLIN
               Well, you give him some trouble. 
               Move!

     And his wagon starts, and as it does,

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     drunk as a skunk, sprawled in front of a hovel, a bottle of 
     brandy in one hand, the six-fingered sword in the other. He 
     looks dreadful. Unshaven, puffy-eyed, gaunt. But the way he

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 80
     8-7-01                                                      


     brandishes the great sword in front of him would give anyone 
     cause for worry.

                           INIGO
               I am waiting for you, Vizzini. You 
               told me to go back to the beginning. 
               So I have. This is where I am, and 
               this is where I'll stay. I will not 
               be moved.

     He takes a long pull from his brandy bottle. He stops as the 
     Assistant Brute comes into view.

                           ASSISTANT BRUTE
               Ho there.

                           INIGO
               I do not budge. Keep your "Ho there."
                    (He waves his sword 
                    dangerously)

                           ASSISTANT BRUTE
               But the Prince gave orders --

                           INIGO
               -- So did Vizzini -- when a job went 
               wrong, you went back to the beginning. 
               And this is where we got the job. So 
               it's the beginning, and I'm staying 
               till Vizzini comes.

                           ASSISTANT BRUTE
                    (gesturing off-screen)
               You! Brute! Come here.

                           INIGO
               -- I -- am -- waiting -- for -- 
               Vizzini --

                           VOICE
                    (off-screen)
               You surely are a meanie.

     INIGO feels a hand on his back. A huge hand. He compares it 
     to his own smaller hand.

                           FEZZIK
               Hello.

                           INIGO
               It's you.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 81
     8-7-01                                                      


                           FEZZIK
               True!

     And as the Assistant Brute is just about to club Inigo's 
     brains out, Fezzik lets fly with a stupendous punch.

     The Assistant Brute takes the full force of the blow right 
     in the chops.  It's like he was shot from a cannon as he 
     careens backwards out of sight across the street.

     There is a pause. Then a crunching sound, as he clearly has 
     come in contact with something hard and immobile.

     Fezzik puts Inigo down.

                           FEZZIK (CONT'D)
               You don't look so good.
                    (after Inigo blasts 
                    air in protest)
               You don't smell so good either.

                           INIGO
               Perhaps not. I feel fine.

                           FEZZIK
               Yeah?

     And so Fezzik puts Inigo down. That's when Inigo faints, and 
     as he does,

                                                          CUT TO:

     AN EMPTY ALEHOUSE IN THE THIEVES' QUARTER

     Inigo sits slumped in a chair, while Fezzik spoons him some 
     stew.

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)
               Fezzik and Inigo were reunited. And 
               as Fezzik nursed his inebriated friend 
               back to health, he told Inigo of 
               Vizzini's death and the existence of 
               Count Rugen, the six-fingered man.  
               Considering Inigo's lifelong search, 
               he handled the news surprisingly 
               well.

     And he faints again into his stew.

                                                          CUT TO:

     TWO LARGE TUBS,

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 82
     8-7-01                                                      


     one filled with steaming water, the other with water clearly 
     of an icy nature.  Without a word Fezzik stuffs Inigo's head 
     into the icy water, then, after a reasonable amount of time, 
     pulls him out, ducks him into the steaming stuff, and, a 
     short time after that, puts him back in the cold again, then 
     back in the hot --

                           GRANDFATHER (CONT'D)
                    (off-screen)
               Fezzik took great care in reviving 
               Inigo.

                           INIGO
                    (up and going)
               That's enough. That's enough! Where 
               is this Rugen so I may kill him?

                           FEZZIK
               He's with the Prince in the Castle. 
               But the castle gate is guarded by 
               thirty men.

                           INIGO
               How many could you handle?

                           FEZZIK
               I don't think more than ten.

                           INIGO
                    (doing the math on 
                    his fingers)
               That leaves twenty for me. At my 
               best, I could never defeat that many.
                    (he sinks sadly down)
               I need Vizzini to plan. I have no 
               gift for strategy.

                           FEZZIK
               But Vizzini's dead.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE TWO OF THEM.

     Silent and bereft. Then a wild look hits Inigo.

                           INIGO
               No -- not Vizzini -- I need the Man 
               in Black --

                           FEZZIK
               -- what? --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 83
     8-7-01                                                      


                           INIGO
               -- look, he bested you with strength, 
               your greatness. He bested me with 
               steel. He must have out-thought 
               Vizzini, and a man who can do that 
               can plan my castle's onslaught any 
               day. Let's go --

                           FEZZIK
               -- where?

                           INIGO
               To find the Man in Black, obviously.

                           FEZZIK
               But you don't know where he is.

                           INIGO
                    (he is possessed by 
                    demons now)
               Don't bother me with trifles; after 
               twenty years, at last, my father's 
               soul will be at peace.

                                                          CUT TO:

     CLOSE UP - INIGO

                           INIGO (CONT'D)
                    (big)
               There will be blood tonight!!

                                                          CUT TO:

     PRINCE HUMPERDINCK'S CHAMBERS

     -- strewn with maps, etc. Yellin enters, and kneels.

                           HUMPERDINCK
                    (sharpening his dagger)
               Rise and report.

                           YELLIN
               The Thieves' Forest is emptied. Thirty 
               men guard the castle gate.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Double it. My Princess must be safe.

                           YELLIN
               The gate has but one key, and I carry 
               that.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 84
     8-7-01                                                      


     He shows the key, dangling from a chain around his neck. 
     Just at that moment, Buttercup enters.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Ah! My dulcet darling. Tonight we 
               marry.  Tomorrow morning, your men 
               will escort us to Florin Channel 
               where every ship in my armada waits 
               to accompany us on our honeymoon.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Every ship but your four fastest, 
               you mean.

     The Prince looks at her blankly for a moment.

                           BUTTERCUP (CONT'D)
               Every ship but the four you sent.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Yes. Yes, of course. Naturally, not 
               those four.

                           YELLIN
                    (bows, exits)
               Your Majesties.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     staring at Humperdinck.

                           BUTTERCUP
               You never sent the ships. Don't bother 
               lying. It doesn't matter. Westley 
               will come for me anyway.

                           HUMPERDINCK
                    (sharply)
               You're a silly girl.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Yes, I am a silly girl, for not having 
               seen sooner that you were nothing 
               but a coward with a heart full of 
               fear.

                           HUMPERDINCK
                    (close to erupting; 
                    speaks very distinctly)
               I-would-not-say-such things-if-I- 
               were-you-

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 85
     8-7-01                                                      


                           BUTTERCUP
               Why not? You can't hurt me. Westley 
               and I are joined by the bonds of 
               love. And you cannot track that. Not 
               with a thousand bloodhounds. And you 
               cannot break it.  Not with a thousand 
               swords. And when I say you are a 
               coward, that is only because you are 
               the slimiest weakling ever to crawl 
               the earth.

                                                          CUT TO:

     HUMPERDINCK

     jumping at her, yanking her by the hair, starting to pull 
     her along, out of control, his words indistinct.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               IWOULDNOTSAYSUCHTHINGSIFIWEREYOU!

                                                          CUT TO:

     CORRIDOR OF THE CASTLE,

     as the Prince throws open the door to Buttercup's room, slams 
     it shut, locks it, breaks into a wild run and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY IN THE MACHINE,

     but it's not on. Count Rugen is adding more notes to his 
     book. He looks up as the Prince suddenly comes down the steps, 
     raging.

                           HUMPERDINCK (CONT'D)
                    (at Westley)
               You truly love each other, and so 
               you might have been truly happy. Not 
               one couple in a century has that 
               chance, no matter what the storybooks 
               say. And so I think no man in a 
               century will suffer as greatly as 
               you will.

     And with that he whirls, turns on The Machine, grabs the 
     lever and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 86
     8-7-01                                                      


     calling out --

                           RUGEN
               Not to fifty!!!

     But it's too late as we --

                                                          CUT TO:

     PRINCE HUMPERDINCK,

     shoving the lever all the way up and

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY'S FACE.

     And there has never been such pain. The pain grows and grows 
     and with it now, something else has started

     THE DEATH SCREAM. As The Death Scream starts to rise --

                                                          CUT TO:

     OUTSIDE THE PIT OF DESPAIR

     as the SOUND moves along, LOUDER AND LOUDER, and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     YELLIN AND HIS SIXTY BRUTES.

     And they bear it, and a few of the Brutes turn to each other 
     in fear, and as the scream builds --

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP IN HER ROOM.

     She hears the SOUND, doesn't know what it is, but her arms 
     involuntarily go around her body to try to control the 
     trembling, and the scream, still builds and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     ESTABLISHING SHOT ACROSS THE RIVER.

     There are many PEOPLE -- it is the day of the country's 500th 
     Anniversary -- but all the People stop as the sound hits 
     them. A few CHILDREN pale, bolt toward their PARENTS and --

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 87
     8-7-01                                                      


     INIGO AND Fezzik,

     trying to make their way through the jammed marketplace, 
     which suddenly quiets as the fading sound comes through.

                           INIGO
                    (instantly)
               Fezzik, Fezzik, listen, do you hear? -- 
               That is the sound of ultimate 
               suffering. My heart made that sound 
               when Rugen slaughtered my father. 
               The Man in Black makes it now.

                           FEZZIK
               The Man in Black?

                           INIGO
               His true love is marrying another 
               tonight, so who else has cause for 
               Ultimate Suffering?
                    (trying to push through)
               Excuse me --

     It's too crowded.

                           INIGO (CONT'D)
               -- pardon me, it's important --

     No one budges and the sound is fading faster.

                           INIGO (CONT'D)
               -- Fezzik, please --

     Fezzik, gigantic and roaring.

                           FEZZIK
               Everybody ... MOVE!!

     And the Crowd begins to fall away, and he and Inigo start to 
     track the FADING SOUND.

                           INIGO
               Thank you.

                                                          CUT TO:

     A GROVE OF TREES NEAR THE PIT OF DESPAIR

     The Albino appears wheeling a barrow.

     ALBINO

     INIGO'S SWORD pushes at his chest.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 88
     8-7-01                                                      


                           INIGO (CONT'D)
               Where is the Man in Black?

     The Albino shakes his head, says nothing.

                           INIGO (CONT'D)
               You get there from this grove, yes?
                    (silence)
               Fezzik, jog his memory.

     And Fezzik crunches the Albino on the top of the head as if 
     he had a hammer and was driving in a nail. The Albino drops 
     without a sound.

                           FEZZIK
                    (upset)
               I'm sorry, Inigo. I didn't mean to 
               jog him so hard. Inigo?

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO.

     He kneels, the sword held tight between his hands. Eyes 
     closed, he faces the grove of trees, starts to talk, his 
     voice low and strange.

                           INIGO
               Father, I have failed you for twenty 
               years. Now our misery can end.  
               Somewhere ... somewhere close by is 
               a man who can help us. I cannot find 
               him alone. I need you. I need you to 
               guide my sword. Please.

     And now he rises, eyes still closed.

                           INIGO (CONT'D)
               Guide my sword.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE GROVE OF TREES

     as Inigo, eyes shut tight, walks forward, the great sword 
     held in his hands.

     Fezzik, frightened, follows close behind.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE SECRET KNOT

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 89
     8-7-01                                                      


     that reveals the staircase.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO

     walking blind through the grove of trees. He moves to the 
     Secret Knot, hesitates, then moves past it.

     Then Inigo stops. For a long moment he stands frozen. Suddenly 
     he whirls, eyes still closed, and the sword strikes home 
     dead center into a knot and --

     Nothing. He has failed.

     In utter despair he collapses against the tree. Against a 
     knot in the tree. Against THE KNOT in the tree.  It slides 
     away, revealing the staircase.  Fezzik and Inigo look at 
     each other, then start down.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY,

     dead by The Machine. Fezzik leans over him, listening for a 
     heartbeat. Then he looks at Inigo, shakes his head.

                           FEZZIK
               He's dead.

     Inigo is in despair. For a moment, he just sags.

                           INIGO
                    (barely able to speak)
               It just is not fair.

                           THE KID
                    (off-screen)
               -- Grandpa, Grandpa -- wait --

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE KID'S ROOM

     He is terribly excited and looks stronger than we've yet 
     seen him.

                           THE KID (CONT'D)
               -- wait -- what did Fezzik mean, 
               "He's dead?" I mean he didn't mean 
               dead.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 90
     8-7-01                                                      


                           THE KID (CONT'D)
                    (The Grandfather says 
                    nothing, just sits 
                    there)
               Westley's only faking, right?

                           GRANDFATHER
               You want me to read this or not?

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE KID: CLOSE UP

                           THE KID
               Who gets Humperdinck?

                           GRANDFATHER
               I don't understand.

                           THE KID
               Who kills Prince Humperdinck?  At 
               the end, somebody's got to do it. Is 
               it Inigo? Who?

                           GRANDFATHER
               Nobody. Nobody kills him. He lives.

                           THE KID
               You mean he wins? Jesus, Grandpa! 
               What did you read me this thing for?

     And he desperately fights for control.

                           GRANDFATHER
               You know, you've been very sick and 
               you're taking this story very 
               seriously. I think we better stop 
               now.
                    (starts to get up)

                           THE KID
                    (shaking his head)
               No! I'm okay. I'm okay.
                    (gestures toward the 
                    chair)
               -- sit down. All right?

                           GRANDFATHER
               Okay.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 91
     8-7-01                                                      


                           GRANDFATHER (CONT'D)
                    (sitting and opening 
                    the book again)
               All right, now, let's see. Where 
               were we? Oh yes. In the Pit of 
               Despair.

                                                          CUT TO:

     Inigo, in despair.

     (We're back in the Pit, the same shot as before). For a 
     moment, he just sags.

                           INIGO
               Well, we Montoyas have never taken 
               defeat easily. Come along, Fezzik. 
               Bring the body.

                           FEZZIK
               The body?

                           INIGO
                    (not stopping)
               Have you any money?

                           FEZZIK
               I have a little.

                           INIGO
               I just hope it's enough to buy a 
               miracle, that's all.

     As Fezzik takes the corpse, follows Inigo up the stairs --

                                                          CUT TO:

     A HOVEL, DUSK

     Inigo, Fezzik, Westley approach the door. They knock. From 
     inside the hovel a little man's voice is heard. If Mel Brooks' 
     2000 Year Old Man was really old, he'd resemble this guy.

                           LITTLE OLD GUY
                    (off-screen)
               Go away!

     Inigo pounds again.

                           MIRACLE MAX
                    (opening a small window 
                    in the door)
               What? What?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 92
     8-7-01                                                      


                           INIGO
               Are you the Miracle Max who worked 
               for the King all those years?

                           MIRACLE MAX
               The King's stinking son fired me. 
               And thank you so much for bringing 
               up such a painful subject. While 
               you're at it, why don't you give me 
               a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice 
               on it? We're closed!

     He shuts the window. They rap on the door.

                           MIRACLE MAX (CONT'D)
                    (opening the window)
               Beat it or I'll call the Brute Squad.

                           FEZZIK
               I'm on the Brute Squad.

                           MIRACLE MAX
                    (looking at the Giant)
               You are the Brute Squad.

                           INIGO
               We need a miracle. It's very 
               important.

                           MIRACLE MAX
               Look, I'm retired.  And besides, why 
               would you want someone the King's 
               stinking son fired? I might kill 
               whoever you wanted me to miracle.

                           INIGO
               He's already dead.

                           MIRACLE MAX
                    (for the first time, 
                    interested)
               He is, eh? I'll take a look. Bring 
               him in.

     He unlocks the door and lets them in.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO AND FEZZIK,

     hurrying inside.  Fezzik carries Westley who is just starting 
     to stiffen up a little.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 93
     8-7-01                                                      


     He lays Westley down across a bench by the fireplace, picks 
     Westley's arm up and lets it drop limp.

                           MIRACLE MAX (CONT'D)
               I've seen worse.

     He studies Westley a moment, checking here, checking there.

                           INIGO
               Sir. Sir.

                           MIRACLE MAX
               Hah?

                           INIGO
               We're really in a terrible rush.

                           MIRACLE MAX
                    (He takes nothing 
                    from nobody)
               Don't rush me, sonny. You rush a 
               miracle man, you get rotten miracles. 
               You got money?

                           INIGO
               Sixty-five.

                           MIRACLE MAX
               Sheesh! I never worked for so little, 
               except once, and that was a very 
               noble cause.

                           INIGO
               This is noble, sir.
                    (pointing to Westley)
               His wife is crippled. His children 
               are on the brink of starvation.

                           MIRACLE MAX
               Are you a rotten liar.

                           INIGO
               I need him to help avenge my father, 
               murdered these twenty years.

                           MIRACLE MAX
               Your first story was better.
                    (looking around)
               Where's that bellows?
                    (spots it)
               He probably owes you money, huh? 
               Well, I'll ask him.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 94
     8-7-01                                                      


     He goes to get a huge bellows.

                           INIGO
                    (stupefied)
               He's dead. He can't talk.

                           MIRACLE MAX
               Look who knows so much. Well, it 
               just so happens that your friend 
               here is only mostly dead. There's a 
               big difference between mostly dead 
               and all dead. Please open his mouth.

     Inigo does. Max inserts the bellows in Westley's mouth and 
     starts to pump.

                           MIRACLE MAX (CONT'D)
               Now, mostly dead is slightly alive. 
               Now, all dead...well, with all dead, 
               there's usually only one thing that 
               you can do.

                           INIGO
               What's that?

     He stops pumping.

                           MIRACLE MAX
               Go through his clothes and look for 
               loose change.

     He starts pumping again.

                           MIRACLE MAX (CONT'D)
                    (to Westley)
               Hey! Hello in there. Hey! What's so 
               important? What you got here that's 
               worth living for?

     And he presses lightly on Westley's chest.

                           WESTLEY
               ... tr ... oooo .... luv...

     Everybody stares at Westley lying there on the bench.

                           INIGO
               True love. You heard him.  You could 
               not ask for a more noble cause than 
               that.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 95
     8-7-01                                                      


                           MIRACLE MAX
               Sonny, true love is the greatest 
               thing in the world.  Except for a 
               nice MLT, a mutton, lettuce and tomato 
               sandwich, where the mutton is nice 
               and lean and the tomato is ripe. 
               They're so perky, I love that. But 
               that's not what he said. He distinctly 
               said "to blave." And, as we all know, 
               "to blave" means "to bluff." So you're 
               probably playing cards, and he cheated --

                           A WOMAN'S VOICE
               -- Liar -- LIAR-LI-A-A-AR --

     VALERIE, an ancient fury, storms out of a back room and toward

                           MIRACLE MAX
               -- get back, witch --

                           VALERIE
               I'm not a witch, I'm your wife. But 
               after what you just said, I'm not 
               even sure I want to be that anymore.

                           MIRACLE MAX
               You never had it so good.

                           VALERIE
               "True love." He said, "true love," 
               Max. My God --

                           MIRACLE MAX
                    (retreating)
               Don't say another word, Valerie.

                           VALERIE
                    (turning to Inigo and 
                    Fezzik)
               He's afraid. Ever since Prince 
               Humperdinck fired him, his confidence 
               is shattered.

                           MIRACLE MAX
               Why'd you say that name -- you 
               promised me that you would never say 
               that name --

                           VALERIE
                    (pursuing him now)
               What, Humperdinck? Humperdinck. 
               Humperdinck. Ooo-ooo, Humperdinck --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 96
     8-7-01                                                      


                           MIRACLE MAX
                    (holding his hands 
                    over his ears)
               I'm not listening.

                           VALERIE
               A life expiring and you don't have 
               the decency to say why you won't 
               help --

                           MIRACLE MAX
               Nobody's hearing nothing!

                           VALERIE
               Humperdinck. Humperdinck! Humperdinck!

                           INIGO
               -- But this is Buttercup's true love -- 
               If you heal him, he will stop 
               Humperdinck's wedding.

                           VALERIE
               Humperdinck. Humperdinck --

                           MIRACLE MAX
                    (to Valerie)
               Shut up --
                    (now to Inigo)
               Wait. Wait. I make him better, 
               Humperdinck suffers?

                           INIGO
               Humiliations galore!

                           MIRACLE MAX
               That is a noble cause. Give me the 
               sixty-five, I'm on the job.

     And as Valerie shrieks excitedly we

                                                          CUT TO:

     THIS LUMP.

     It is somewhat smaller than a tennis ball.

     PULL BACK TO REVEAL MAX AND VALERIE, exhausted, looking at 
     the lump with beautific pleasure, as Valerie, cooking utensil 
     in hand, covers the thing with what looks like chocolate. 
     Inigo and Fezzik stare at the thing too, but more dubiously.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 97
     8-7-01                                                      


                           INIGO
                    (a little appalled)
               That's a miracle pill?
                    (Max nods)

                           VALERIE
                    (finishing)
               The chocolate coating makes it go 
               down easier. But you have to wait 
               fifteen minutes for full potency.  
               And you shouldn't go swimming after, 
               for at least, what?

                           MIRACLE MAX
               An hour.

                           VALERIE
               Yeah, an hour.

                           MIRACLE MAX
               A good hour. Yeah.

     Inigo accepts the pill as Fezzik takes Westley, who is stiff 
     as a board now.

                           INIGO
                    (heading out the door, 
                    Fezzik close behind)
               Thank you for everything.

                           MIRACLE MAX
               Okay.

                           VALERIE
                    (waving after them)
               Bye-bye, boys.

                           MIRACLE MAX
               Have fun storming the castle.

                           VALERIE
                    (to Max)
               Think it'll work?

                           MIRACLE MAX
               It would take a miracle. Bye!

                           VALERIE
               Bye.

     And as they wave, trying to look happy we --

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 98
     8-7-01                                                      


     FEZZIK, INIGO, AND WESTLEY,

     on the top of the outer wall of the castle. They look down 
     to the front gate of the castle. The sixty Brutes are visible.

     Fezzik is thunderstruck by how many Brutes there are. Upset, 
     he turns to Inigo, who is concentrating unsuccessfully, trying 
     to prop Westley against the wall.

                           FEZZIK
               Inigo -- there's more than thirty --

                           INIGO
                    (absolutely unfazed)
               What's the difference?
                    (indicating the half-
                    dead Westley)
               We've got him. Help me here. We'll 
               have to force feed him.

                           FEZZIK
               Has it been fifteen minutes?

                           INIGO
               We can't wait -- the wedding's in 
               half an hour and we must strike in 
               the hustle and the bustle beforehand.

     During this, Fezzik, using all his strength, has managed to 
     get Westley into a right angled sitting postion, while Inigo 
     brings out the miracle pill.

                           INIGO (CONT'D)
               Tilt his head back. Open his mouth.

                           FEZZIK
                    (following orders)
               How long do we have to wait before 
               we know if the miracle works?

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO.

     Pill in hand, he drops it into Westley's mouth.

                           INIGO
               Your guess is as good as mine --

                           WESTLEY
               I'll beat you both apart. I'll take 
               you both together.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                              p. 99
     8-7-01                                                      


                           FEZZIK
               Guess not very long.

     Inigo and Fezzik react. Westley is the only one not amazed.

                           WESTLEY
               Why won't my arms move?

     He sits there, immobile, like a ventriloquist's dummy.

                           FEZZIK
               You've been mostly dead all day.

                           INIGO
               We had Miracle Max make a pill to 
               bring you back.

                           WESTLEY
               Who are you? -- Are we enemies? Why 
               am I on this wall? -- Where's 
               Buttercup? --

                           INIGO
               Let me explain --
                    (pauses very briefly)
               -- No, there is too much. Let me sum 
               up. Buttercup is marrying Humperdinck 
               in a little less than half an hour, 
               so all we have to do is get in, break 
               up the wedding, steal the Princess, 
               make our escape after I kill Count 
               Rugen.

                           WESTLEY
               That doesn't leave much time for 
               dilly dallying.

     He is watching his fingers, one of which twitches now.

                           FEZZIK
               You've just wiggled your finger. 
               That's wonderful.

                           WESTLEY
               I've always been a quick healer.
                    (to Inigo)
               What are our liabilities?

                           INIGO
               There is but one working castle gate.

     Fezzik helps Inigo raise Westley just high enough so he can 
     see for himself.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                             p. 100
     8-7-01                                                      


                           INIGO (CONT'D)
               And it is guarded by sixty men.

                           WESTLEY
               And our assets?

                           INIGO
               Your brains, Fezzik's strength, my 
               steel.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY,

     absolutely stunned.

                           WESTLEY
               That's it? Impossible. If I had a 
               month to plan, maybe I could come up 
               with something. But this...

     He shakes his head from side to side.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO AND FEZZIK

                           FEZZIK
                    (trying to be cheery)
               You just shook your head -- that 
               doesn't make you happy?

                           WESTLEY
               My brains, his steel, and your 
               strength against sixty men, and you 
               think a little head jiggle is supposed 
               to make me happy? I mean, if we only 
               had a wheelbarrow, that would be 
               something.

                           INIGO
               Where did we put that wheelbarrow 
               the Albino had?

                           FEZZIK
               Over the Albino, I think.

                           WESTLEY
               Well, why didn't you list that among 
               our assets in the first place? What 
               I wouldn't give for a holocaust cloak.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                             p. 101
     8-7-01                                                      


                           INIGO
               There we cannot help you.

                           FEZZIK
                    (pulling one out)
               Will this do?

                           INIGO
                    (to Fezzik-- surprised)
               Where did you get that?

                           FEZZIK
               At Miracle Max's. It fit so nice, he 
               said I could keep it.

                           WESTLEY
               All right, all right. Come on, help 
               me up.

     Inigo and Fezzik do.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               Now, I'll need a sword eventually.

                           INIGO
               Why? You can't even lift one.

                           WESTLEY
               True, but that's hardly common 
               knowledge, is it?
                    (And his bead tilts 
                    limply back. Fezzik 
                    sets it up right for 
                    him)
               Thank you. Now, there may be problems 
               once we're inside.

                           INIGO
               I'll say -- how do I find the Count? -- 
               Once I do, how do I find you again? -- 
               Once I find you again, how do we 
               escape? --

                           FEZZIK
                    (sharply)
               Don't pester him, he's had a hard 
               day.

                           INIGO
                    (nods)
               Right, right, sorry.

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                             p. 102
     8-7-01                                                      


     A SHOT OF THE THREE OF THEM IN PROFILE.

     They move along the wall in silence for a time. Then these 
     words come to us on the wind --

                           FEZZIK
               Inigo.

                           INIGO
               What?

                           FEZZIK
               I hope we win...

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     in her bridal gown, and she's incredible. It's not just her 
     beauty; there's a tranquility about her now.

     PULL BACK TO REVEAL

     The Prince, fastening a pearl necklace around her.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               You don't seem excited, my little 
               muffin.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Should I be?

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Brides often are, I'm told.

                           BUTTERCUP
                    (gently, confidently)
               I do not marry tonight.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     and she couldn't seem more serene.

                           BUTTERCUP (CONT'D)
               My Westley will save me.

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                             p. 103
     8-7-01                                                      


 4   HER WESTLEY                                                    4   

     looking down on the gate with Inigo and Fezzik.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE MAIN GATE OF THE CASTLE

     -- and Yellin, standing there, flanked by his sixty Brutes.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY AND INIGO AND FEZZIK,

     looking out at the enemy. This is it. Inigo and Fezzik shake 
     hands.

     Westley can't even do that, but after a bit of rocking back 
     and forth, he manages to get enough momentum to catapult his 
     arm over and onto his friend's.

                                                          CUT TO:

     AN ABSOLUTELY GEM-LIKE LITTLE CHAPEL

     Pull back to reveal the most intelligent looking, the most 
     impressive appearing CLERGYMAN iamginable.

     Buttercup and Humperdinck kneel before the Clergyman. Behind 
     them sit the mumbling old KING AND QUEEN. Standing in the 
     back is Count Rugen.

     FOUR GUARDS are in position flanking the chapel door.

                           IMPRESSIVE CLERGYMAN
                    (clears his throat, 
                    begins to speak)
               Mawidge...mawidge is what bwings us 
               togewer today...

     He has an impediment that would stop a clock.

                           IMPRESSIVE CLERGYMAN (CONT'D)
               Mawidge, the bwessed awwangement, 
               that dweam wiffim a dweam...

     And now, from outside the castle, there begins to come a 
     commotion. And then --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                             p. 104
     8-7-01                                                      


                           YELLIN
                    (off-screen)
               Stand your ground, men. Stand your 
               ground.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE BRUTES AND YELLIN,

     by the gate, for it is indeed they who are making the 
     commotion, frightened, pointing.

                           YELLIN (CONT'D)
               Stand your ground.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THEIR P.O.V.:

     And it is a bit unnerving -- a GIANT seems to be floating 
     toward them out of the darkness, a Giant in a strange cloak, 
     and with a voice that would crumble walls.

                           FEZZIK
               I AM THE DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS. THERE 
               WILL BE NO SURVIVORS.

                                                          CUT TO:

     Fezzik

     and he seems to be floating because he's standing in the 
     wheelbarrow, as Inigo, hidden behind him, busts a gut by 
     pushing it and supporting Westley.

                           INIGO
               Now?

                           WESTLEY
               Not yet.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE GIANT FLOATING CLOSER

                           FEZZIK
               MY MEN ARE HERE, AND I AM HERE, BUT 
               SOON YOU WILL NOT BE HERE --

                                                          CUT TO:

     YELLIN,

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                             p. 105
     8-7-01                                                      


     keeping the Brutes in position, or trying to, shouting orders, 
     instructions and as yet the Brutes hold. Now --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO AND WESTLEY.

     Inigo struggles bravely under their combined weight --

                           INIGO
               Now?

                           WESTLEY
               Light him.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE BRUTES,

     as the Giant bursts suddenly, happily into flames.

                           FEZZIK
                    (roaring)
               THE DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS TAKES NO 
               SURVIVORS. ALL YOUR WORST NIGHTMARES 
               ARE ABOUT TO COME TRUE.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE CHAPEL, where The Impressive Clergyman plows on.

                           IMPRESSIVE CLERGYMAN
               ... Ven wuv, twoo wuv, wiw fowwow 
               you fowever..

                                                          CUT TO:

     PRINCE HUMPERDINCK, 

     Turning quickly, giving a sharp nod to Count Rugen, who 
     immediately takes off out of the chapel with the Four Guards 
     as we

                                                          CUT TO:

     Fezzik, flaming and scary as hell.

                           FEZZIK
               THE DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS IS HERE FOR 
               YOUR SOULS!

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                             p. 106
     8-7-01                                                      


     YELLIN,

     as suddenly the Brutes just scream and take off in wild panic --

                           YELLIN
               Stay where you are. I said stay where 
               you are!

                                                          CUT TO:

     INSIDE THE CHAPEL

                           IMPRESSIVE CLERGYMAN
               ... so tweasuwe your vruv..

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Skip to the end.

                           IMPRESSIVE CLERGYMAN
               Have you the wing?

     As Humperdinck whips out the ring, the screams are very loud 
     outside.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Here comes my Westley now.

                                                          CUT TO:

     Fezzik, as he pulls off the holocaust cloak.

                           WESTLEY
               Fezzik, the portcullis.

     And Fezzik rushes forward, grabbing the portcullis, which is 
     indeed closing quickly.

     Fezzik grabs the gate: and swings the tonnage back upward. 
     Yellin just watches in fear.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE CHAPEL,

     as Humperdinck shoves the ring on Buttercup's finger

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Your Westley is dead.

     Buttercup only smiles, shakes her head.

                           HUMPERDINCK (CONT'D)
               I killed him myself.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                             p. 107
     8-7-01                                                      


                           BUTTERCUP
                    (never more serene)
               Then why is there fear behind your 
               eyes?

                                                          CUT TO:

     PRINCE HUMPERDINCK.

     And she's right. It's there.

                                                          CUT TO:

     YELLIN,

     pressed against the main gate. Westley, Inigo, and Fezzik 
     close in.

                           WESTLEY
               Give us the gate key.

                           YELLIN
                    (every ounce of honesty 
                    he's got)
               I have no gate key.

                           INIGO
               Fezzik, tear his arms off.

     Fezzik

     steps toward him.

                           YELLIN
               Oh, you mean this gate key.

     And he whips it out, hands it to Fezzik.

                                                          CUT TO:

     HUMPERDINCK AND BUTTERCUP AND THE IMPRESSIVE CLERGYMAN.

                           IMPRESSIVE CLERGYMAN
               And do you, Pwincess Buwwercwup...

                           HUMPERDINCK
               Man and wife -- say man and wife...

                           IMPRESSIVE CLERGYMAN
               Man and wife.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                             p. 108
     8-7-01                                                      


                           HUMPERDINCK
                    (whirling to the King 
                    and Queen)
               Escort the bride to the Honeymoon 
               Suite -- I'll be there shortly.

     And as he dashes off --

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     standing there. Dazed.

                           BUTTERCUP
               He didn't come.

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN AND HIS FOUR WARRIORS,

     racing through the castle, and as they reach a complex 
     intersection of several corridors, Rugen stops, incredulous, 
     as we

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY, INIGO, AND FEZZIK,

     moving toward them. Actually Fezzik is dragging Westley, who 
     is, in turn, dragging Yellin's sword like a stiff dog leash -- 
     Westley simply hasn't the strength to raise it.

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN,

     as the confrontation is about to start.

                           RUGEN
               Kill the dark one and the giant, but 
               leave the third for questioning.

     And as his Warriors attack --

     Inigo goes wild, and maybe the Warriors are good, maybe 
     they're even better than that -- but they never get a chance 
     to show it because this is something now, this is Inigo gone 
     mad and the six-fingered sword has never flashed faster and 
     the FOURTH WARRIOR is dead before the FIRST ONE has even hit 
     the floor. There is a pause. Then --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                             p. 109
     8-7-01                                                      


                           INIGO
                    (to Rugen, evenly and 
                    soft)
               Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You 
               killed my father. Prepare to die.

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN.

     For a moment he just stands there, sword in hand. Then he 
     does a most unexpected thing. He turns and runs the hell 
     away.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     momentarily surprised, then taking off after him, leaving 
     Westley and Fezzik to exchange curious looks and Rugen, 
     running through a half-open heavy wooden door, shutting it 
     and locking it just as Inigo throws himself against it. He 
     tries again. No kind of chance.

                           INIGO (CONT'D)
                    (calling out)
               Fezzik, I need you --

                                                          CUT TO:

     Fezzik WITH WESTLEY,

     who is still unable to walk under his own power. He calls 
     back --

                           FEZZIK
                    (indicating Westley)
               I can't leave him alone.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     desperately pounding at the heavy door.

                           INIGO
               He's getting away from me, Fezzik. 
               Please. Fezzik!

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                             p. 110
     8-7-01                                                      


     FEZZIK AND WESTLEY

                           FEZZIK
                    (to Westley)
               I'll be right back.

     And he props Westley up against a large suit of armour and 
     takes off toward the intersection where Inigo's voice came 
     from --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     still hammering the door. Fezzik approaches, gestures for 
     him to stop, and with one mighty swipe of his mighty hands 
     the door crumbles --

                           INIGO
               Thank you --

     And Inigo flies through as Fezzik heads back to Westley.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP WALKING WITH THE KING AND QUEEN.

     The Queen, more sprightly, is several paces ahead.

                           KING
                    (can hardly be 
                    understood)
               Strange wedding.

                           QUEEN
               Yes. A very strange wedding. Come 
               along.

     Buttercup gently stops the King and places a kiss on his 
     forehead. He's very surprised and pleased.

                           KING
               What was that for?

                           BUTTERCUP
               Because you've always been so kind 
               to me. And I won't be seeing you 
               again since I'm killing myself once 
               we reach the Honeymoon Suite.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Princess_Bride                             p. 111
     8-7-01                                                      


                           KING
                    (smiling away -- his 
                    hearing isn't what 
                    it once was)
               Won't that be nice?
                    (calling out to the 
                    Queen)
               She kissed me...

     And on those words --

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN.

     And he's running, dashing through corridors and as he glances 
     back --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     behind him, coming like a streak and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE INTERSECTION,

     with the large suit of armour, and Fezzik gaping, staring at 
     all those choices, trying to piece together the puzzle of 
     the missing Westley.

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN,

     flashing out of one room, down a staircase, picking up his 
     pace. He pulls out a deadly looking dagger, with a sharp 
     point and a triangular shaped blade, and sprints on and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     closing the gap, closer, closer and he's down the stairs and 
     heading into a dining hall and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN,

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     throwing the dagger --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     trying like hell to get out of the way, but no, and it sticks 
     deep into his stomach, and he hurtles back helplessly against 
     the wall of the room, his eyes glazed, blood coming from his 
     wound.

     The room is going white on him.

                           INIGO
               ... Sorry, Father ... I tried ... I 
               tried...

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN,

     looking across the room at Inigo. He stares at Inigo's face, 
     and then touches his own cheeks, as memory comes.

                           RUGEN
               You must be that little Spanish brat 
               I taught a lesson to all those years 
               ago. It's simply incredible. Have 
               you been chasing me your whole life 
               only to fail now? I think that's the 
               worst thing I ever heard. How 
               marvelous.

     Inigo sinks.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP,

     shutting the door of the Honeymoon Suite, crossing quietly 
     to the far wall where she sits at a table, opens a jeweled 
     box, and takes out a very deadly looking dagger. She seems 
     very much at peace as she touches the knife to her bosom.

                           WESTLEY
               There's a shortage of perfect breasts 
               in this world. It would be a pity to 
               damage yours.

     And Buttercup whirls as we --

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     WESTLEY,

     lying on the bed. Yellin's sword is beside him. His voice 
     sounds just fine, but he does not move.

     Buttercup leaps to the bed, covering him with kisses. Westley 
     is helpless.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Oh, Westley, darling.
                    (more kisses)
               Westley, why won't you hold me?

                           WESTLEY
                    (gently)
               Gently.

                           BUTTERCUP
               At a time like this that's all you 
               can think to say? "Gently?"

                           WESTLEY
                    (not so gently)
               Gently!!

     And she lets go, thumping his head against the headboard and

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN,

     looking very much surprised.

                           RUGEN
               Good heavens. Are you still trying 
               to win?

     PULL BACK TO REVEAL

     Inigo, struggling feebly, pulling the dagger from his stomach. 
     Holding the wound with his left hand.

     Rugen is pushing off from the table, sword in hand, moving 
     in to kill Inigo.

                           RUGEN (CONT'D)
               You've got an overdeveloped sense of 
               vengeance. It's going to get you 
               into trouble some day.

     Inigo watches the Count approach, and the Count flicks his 
     sword at Inigo's heart, and there's not much Inigo can do, 
     just kind of vaguely parry the thrust with the six-fingered

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     sword and Count Rugen's blade sinks deeply into Inigo's left 
     shoulder.

     Inigo doesn't seem to feel it, his other agonies are so much 
     worse.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE COUNT,

     stepping back, going for the heart again.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO.

     And as this blow comes he's trying to use the wall for support 
     in forcing himself to his feet, and it's not a roaring success 
     of an attempt, but he does at least make some progress, and 
     again he manages to parry the thrust, as this time Rugen's 
     sword runs through his right arm.  Again, Inigo doesn't seem 
     to mind, doesn't even feel it.

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN,

     Stepping back for just a moment, watching as Inigo continues 
     to inch his way to his feet and then, just before the Count 
     is about to strike again, Inigo manages a little flick of 
     his own and Rugen hadn't expected it, and he jumps back, 
     makes a little involuntary cry of surprise and

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     slowly pushing away from the wall.

                           INIGO
                    (all but inaudible)
               Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya, you 
               killed my father; prepare to die.

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN,

     suddenly going into a fierce attack, striking with great 
     power and precision for he is a master swordsman, and he 
     forces Inigo easily back, drives him easily into the wall.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     But he does not penetrate Inigo's defense. None of the Count's 
     blows get home. As the Count steps back a moment --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     pushing slowly off from the wall again.

                           INIGO (CONT'D)
                    (a little louder)
               Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya, you 
               killed my father, prepare to die.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE COUNT.

     And again he attacks, slashing with wondrous skill. But none 
     of his blows get through and, slowly, Inigo, again moves 
     forward.

                           INIGO (CONT'D)
                    (a little louder still)
               Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You 
               killed my father. Prepare to die.

                           RUGEN
               Stop saying that!

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN,

     retreating more quickly around the table.

     Inigo drives for the Count's left shoulder now, thrusts home 
     where the Count had gotten him. Then another move and his 
     blade enters the Count's right shoulder, the same spot Inigo 
     was wounded.

                           INIGO
                    (all he's got)
               HELLO! MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA. YOU 
               KILLED MY FATHER. PREPARE TO DIE.

                           RUGEN
               No --

                           INIGO
               -- offer me money --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     And now the six-fingered sword strikes and there is a slash 
     bleeding along one of Rugen's cheeks.

                           RUGEN
               -- yes --

                           INIGO
               -- power too -- promise me that --

     The great sword flashes again, and now there is a parallel 
     slash bleeding on Rugen's other cheek.

                           RUGEN
               -- all that I have and more please --

                           INIGO
               -- offer me everything I ask for --

                           RUGEN
               -- anything you want --

                           INIGO
                    (roaring)
               I WANT MY FATHER BACK, YOU SON-OF-A-
               BITCH!

     And on that --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     and almost too fast for the eye to follow, the sword strikes 
     one final time and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     COUNT RUGEN,

     crying out in fear and panic as the sword hits home dead 
     center and --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO AND RUGEN,

     the sword clear through the Count. They are almost frozen 
     like that for a moment. Then Inigo withdraws his sword and 
     as the Count pitches down --

                                                          CUT TO:

     RUGEN,

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     lying dead. His skin is ashen and the blood still pours from 
     the parallel cuts on his cheeks and his eyes are bulging 
     wide, full of fear.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     staring at Rugen. And now Inigo does something we have never 
     seen him do before: he smiles. HOLD FOR JUST A MOMENT on 
     Inigo smiling, then --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INSIDE THE HONEYMOON SUITE

     WESTLEY lies as before, not a muscle has moved, his head is 
     still on the headboard, Yellin's sword at his side. Buttercup 
     is alongside the bed; her eyes never leave his face.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Oh, Westley, will you ever forgive 
               me?

                           WESTLEY
               What hideous sin have you committed 
               lately?

                           BUTTERCUP
               I got married. I didn't want to. It 
               all happened so fast.

                           WESTLEY
               It never happened.

                           BUTTERCUP
               What?

                           WESTLEY
               It never happened.

                           BUTTERCUP
               But it did. I was there. This old 
               man said, "Man and wife."

                           WESTLEY
               Did you say, "I do"?

                           BUTTERCUP
               Well, no, we sort of skipped that 
               part.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           WESTLEY
               Then you're not married -- if you 
               didn't say it, you didn't do it --
                    (a pause)
               -- wouldn't you agree, Your Highness?

                                                          CUT TO:

     HUMPERDINCK,

     entering the room, staring at them. He pulls out his sword.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               A technicality that will shortly be 
               remedied. But first things first. To 
               the death.

                           WESTLEY
               No.
                    (a little pause)
               To the pain.

                           HUMPERDINCK
                    (about to charge, 
                    stops short)
               I don't think I'm quite familiar 
               with that phrase.

                           WESTLEY
               I'll explain. And I'll use small 
               words so that you'll be sure to 
               understand, you wart-hog-faced 
               buffoon.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               That may be the first time in my 
               life a man has dared insult me.

                                                          CUT TO:

 5   WESTLEY,                                                       5   

     lying there comfortably, his words quiet at first.

                           WESTLEY
               It won't be the last. To the pain 
               means the first thing you lose will 
               be your feet, below the ankles, then 
               your hands at the wrists, next your 
               nose.

                                                          CUT TO:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     HUMPERDINCK

     gripping his sword, watching.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               -- and then my tongue, I suppose.  I 
               killed you too quickly the last time, 
               a mistake I don't mean to duplicate 
               tonight.

                           WESTLEY
               I wasn't finished -- the next thing 
               you lose will be your left eye, 
               followed by your right --

                           HUMPERDINCK
                    (takes step forward)
               -- and then my ears, I understand. 
               Let's get on with it --

                                                          CUT TO:

     CLOSE UP: WESTLEY HUGE

                           WESTLEY
               Wrong! Your ears you keep, and I'll 
               tell you why --

                                                          CUT TO:

     HUMPERDINCK.

     And now he stops, and the look that was in his eyes at the 
     wedding, that look of fear, is starting to return.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               -- so that every shriek of every 
               child at seeing your hideousness 
               will be yours to cherish -- every 
               babe that weeps at your approach, 
               every woman who cries out, "Dear 
               God, what is that thing?" will echo 
               in your perfect ears. That is what 
               "to the pain" means.  It means I 
               leave you in anguish, wallowing in 
               freakish misery forever.

                                                          CUT TO:

     HUMPERDINCK,

     doing his best to hide the fear that keeps building inside 
     him.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           HUMPERDINCK
               I think you're bluffing --

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY,

     lying there, staring at him.

                           WESTLEY
               It's possible, pig -- I might be 
               bluffing -- it's conceivable, you 
               miserable vomitous mass, that I'm 
               only lying here because I lack the 
               strength to stand -- then again, 
               perhaps I have the strength after 
               all.

     And now, slowly, Westley begins to move. His body turns, his 
     feet go to the floor, he starts to stand --

                                                          CUT TO:

     HUMPERDINCK,

     staring, eyes wide.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY.

     And now he is standing, sword in fighting position.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               -- DROP YOUR SWORD!

                                                          CUT TO:

     PRINCE HUMPERDINCK,

     and he's so panicked he doesn't know whether to pee or wind 
     his watch. He throws his sword to the floor.

                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
                    (to Humperdinck)
               Have a seat.

                                                          CUT TO:

     WESTLEY,

     speaking to Buttercup as Humperdinck sits.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           WESTLEY (CONT'D)
               Tie him up. Make it as tight as you 
               like.

     And as she sets to work --

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO,

     entering, looking around.

                           INIGO
               Where's Fezzik?

                           WESTLEY
               I thought he was with you.

                           INIGO
               No.

                           WESTLEY
               In that case --
                    (and his balance 
                    betrays him)

                           INIGO
                    (to Buttercup)
               Help him.

                           BUTTERCUP
               Why does Westley need helping?

                           INIGO
               Because he has no strength --

                                                          CUT TO:

     HUMPERDINCK,

     and now be starts wrestling mightily with his bonds.

                           HUMPERDINCK
               I knew it! I knew you were bluffing! 
               I knew he was bluffing.

                           INIGO
                    (staring at the Prince)
               Shall I dispatch him for you?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           WESTLEY
                    (considers this, then)
               Thank you, but no -- whatever happens 
               to us, I want him to live a long 
               life alone with his cowardice.

                           FEZZIK
                    (off-screen)
               Inigo! Inigo, where are you?

     They look at each other, then move to the balcony, and

                                                          CUT TO:

     Fezzik,

     leading FOUR GREAT WHITE HORSES. He glances up, sees them on 
     the balcony.

                           FEZZIK (CONT'D)
               Ah, there you are. Inigo, I saw the 
               Prince's stables, and there they 
               were, four white horses.  And I 
               thought, there are four of us, if we 
               ever find the lad -- hello, lad -- 
               so I took them with me, in case we 
               ever bumped into each other.
                    (considers things a 
                    moment)
               I guess we just did.

                                                          CUT TO:

     INIGO AND WESTLEY AND BUTTERCUP,

     looking down at Fezzik.

                           INIGO
               Fezzik, you did something right.

                           FEZZIK
               Don't worry -- I won't let it go to 
               my head.

     And as he holds out his great arms,

                                                          CUT TO:

     SOMETHING UNEXPECTED AND VERY LOVELY:

     Buttercup floating through the air. What's happening, of 
     course, is that she's jumping from the balcony so Fezzik can

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     catch her. But her fall is in slow motion so you might think 
     she was flying.

     Westley and Inigo, watching as Fezzik catches Buttercup.

                           INIGO
               You know, it's very strange -- I 
               have been in the revenge business so 
               long, now that it's over, I don't 
               know what to do with the rest of my 
               life.

                           WESTLEY
                    (as Inigo gets him 
                    ready for his jump)
               Have you ever considered piracy? 
               You'd make a wonderful Dread Pirate 
               Roberts.

     Now from that --

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE FOUR GLORIOUS WHITE HORSES WITH THEIR FOUR RIDERS,

     triumphantly racing through the night --

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP AND WESTLEY,

     and at last their trials are done. They stop.

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (off-screen)
               They rode to freedom. And as dawn 
               arose, Westley and Buttercup knew 
               they were safe. A wave of love swept 
               over them. And as they reached for 
               each other...

     As Buttercup and Westley begin their ultimate kiss --

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE KID'S BEDROOM

     The Grandfather stops reading.

                           THE KID
               What? What?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GRANDFATHER
               No, it's kissing again. You don't 
               want to hear it.

                           THE KID
               I don't mind so much.
                    (he gestures for his 
                    Grandfather to read)

                           GRANDFATHER
               Okay.

                                                          CUT TO:

     BUTTERCUP AND WESTLEY

                           GRANDFATHER (CONT'D)
                    (off-screen)
               Since the invention of the kiss, 
               there have been five kisses that 
               were rated the most passionate, the 
               most pure. This one left them all 
               behind. The end.

                                                          CUT TO:

     THE KID'S ROOM

     The Grandfather snaps the book closed.

                           GRANDFATHER (CONT'D)
               Now I think you ought to go to sleep.

                           THE KID
               Okay.

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (standing, readying 
                    to leave)
               Okay. Okay. Okay. All right. So long.

                           THE KID
               Grandpa?
                    (The Old Man stops, 
                    turns)
               Maybe you could come over and read 
               it again to me tomorrow.

                           GRANDFATHER
                    (there is a pause; 
                    then --)
               As you wish...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     And his smile is enough. As The Grandfather steps out the 
     door,

                                                  FINAL FADE OUT:

                               THE END