What's the Difference between The Princess Bride the Book and The Princess Bride the Movie?


The Princess Bride

Released: 1973
Author: William Goldman

The Princess Bride

Released: 1987
Director: Rob Reiner
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In the Book In the Movie
Portrayed by: Carey Elwes
Portrayed by: Robin Wright
Inigo Montoya
Inigo Montoya
Portrayed by: Mandy Patinkin
Portrayed by: Andre the Giant
Count Rugen
Count Rugen
Portrayed by: Christopher Guest
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In the Book In the Movie
   Inigo Montoya's father refuses to sell because the Six Fingered Man insults the quality of the sword. He refuses to sell because he offers to low a sum of money.
   Miracle Max makes Fezzik and Inigo go on a series of quests to obtain the ingredients for the resurrection pill. He makes it without them leaving his place.
   Goldman asks his father if the story has any sports in it. He replies, "Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles. When asked about sports. The grandfather replies, "Are you kidding? Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles."
   Over the course of a month, the father reads the story to his son twice. The grandfather reads the entire story in one day.
   Goldman is a big part of the framing story. He talks about how the book changed his life and made him into an avid reader. He gets the book for his son, but the son hates it. Goldman had only been told the story and when he read it, he found his father had left out the boring parts. So he creates an abridged version of the book. The frame story is limited to the grandfather reading the book to his sick grandson.
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