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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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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   The Count and Countess Rugen come to Buttercup's farm. They want to ask about their Cows. The Count sees that Buttercup is very beautiful. The Countess asks Westley to show her how he feeds the Cows. Later, Buttercup focuses on how the Countess looked at Westley, and she becomes jealous. She goes to Westley's hovel the next morning and professes her love for him. He slammed the door in her face. He goes to her room the next day and tells her that he must leave to make his fortune because he does love her. The Count and Countess never go to the farm. Buttercup just realizes that when Westely said As you wish, he really meant I love you. And she falls in love with him. He then decides he must leave to make his fortune.
   Just before Westly leaves to seek his fortune he and Buttercup shake hands, she says, "Without one kiss?" They kiss. Goldman then describes how there have been five great kisses but this kiss left them all behind. Westly and Buttercup kiss passionately before he leaves. They do not shake. At the end of the story when Westley has rescued Buttercup from Humperdink, they kiss again, and the Grandfather uses the five kisses line. That is how he ends the story.
   Prince Humperdinck was close to 250 pounds and was shaped like a barrel. He was an average man.
   Prince Humperdinck plans to marry Princess Noreena of Gilder. He invites her to visit, and a gust of wind blows her hat off revealing her bald head. He kicks her out and puts the two nations on the verge of war. This doesn't happen.
   Prince Humperdinck loves hunting above all else. He creates the Zoo of Death on the castle's grounds. It is a five level underground zoo where he keeps all kinds of dangerous animals so he can select one and kill it every day. Buttercup mentions that Humperdinck is a great hunter. There is no mention of the Zoo of Death.
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