The Princess Bride script
Synopsis: A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. Based on the William Goldman novel "The Princess Bride" which earned its own loyal audience.

FADE IN ON:

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, kisses 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.

MOTHER:

Maybe he won't.

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2.

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:

Suddenly passionate.

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3.

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.

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William Goldman

William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He came to prominence in the 1950s as a novelist, before turning to writing for film. He has won two Academy Awards for his screenplays, first for the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and again for All the President's Men (1976), about journalists who broke the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon. Both films starred Robert Redford. more…

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