As You Wish

As You Wish

Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride

Book - 2014 | First Touchstone hardcover edition
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From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.
Publisher: New York :, Touchstone,, 2014
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476764023
Branch Call Number: 791.43 ELW NVD
Characteristics: viii, 259 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Layden, Joe


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Jun 28, 2020

I do not traditionally read nonfiction, but this book is well-worth the read. It gives insight into the creation of a timeless classic, from before the start through the end. Full of anecdotes, quotes, and wit, each chapter is memorable in a unique way.

Jun 19, 2020

I loved the movie (who doesn't?) so enjoyed this book. I picked up a few "behind the scenes" stories that were interesting, but the fact that everyone connected with the movie is apparently hugely talented, professional, and a wonderful human being eventually made this a bit of a bore. I think it's the "Tom Hanks Syndrome" (I just made that up); actors feel they have to be unfailingly perfect to get our respect for their work. Not that "this actor was a real jerk" would have been appropriate for this particular movie book, but the book's unfailing politeness strains credulity. Also, like always, the author who came up with the original concept plus all those brilliant lines we love to quote is only lightly covered.

Aug 09, 2019

A fun and easy read for anyone who is a fan of the Princess Bride. Elwes's writing can be a bit winding with unnecessary tangents. Would definitely recommend, nonetheless.

May 09, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed the book! Lot's of great insider insights. An easy read, and well written for the kind of book it is. If you enjoy the film, Cary Elwes or just some of the background of projects and life among the Hollywood folks, you'll enjoy this book.

Mar 31, 2019

Honestly, one of the most charming books I’ve ever read. For years, I’ve enjoyed The Princess Bride... this book made me fall in love with it.

Mar 05, 2019

Wonderful, easy to read story of the making of the movie of The Princess Bride. Eager to watch the movie (after many years) with greater appreciation of the "heart" that everyone involved put into the production. Even the intense short course in sword fighting was fascinating.

Jan 05, 2019

Loved the movie, loved the book, need to watch the movie again now. Full of spoilers so it would be best suited to people who have already seen the movie. Lots of insider anecdotes and a good selection of photo's. The entire book was positive, with no dirt on anybody. A pleasure to read.

Sep 02, 2018

Just finished the book, and all I want to do is watch the movie again!!

Feb 24, 2018

I listened to the audio book and loved it. The book follows Cary Elwes as he becomes Westley and his entire experience filming The Princess Bride. There are snippets from other actors, the director and the producer. Most are read by those people. It was very entertaining.

HCL_staff_reviews Dec 21, 2017

If you loved the movie, then you will adore these tales from cast and crew on how "The Princess Bride" all came together to become an enduring family classic. Swordfights, giants, revenge, true's all here, so have fun storming the castle again. — Stella R., Maple Grove Library

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Jun 13, 2015

Great read! This book gave some fun and interesting behind the scenes information. It was nice to see how much fun they had making this movie. Now that I have sons of my own, I can't wait to share this movie with them so they can enjoy it too!


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Jun 13, 2015

Have fun storming the castle!


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