A romantic comedy fantasy movie with colorful cameos galore?
Such a concept can seem, at first blush, to be overly niche, and too specifically tailored to a particular audience. But as all great works so often do, "The Princess Bride" toppled such expectations, going on to become one of the most endearing, most revisited, and ultimately quotable of films hailing from any genre.
If you've anybody-want-a-peanut'd a co-worker or friend recently, or shouted "inconceivable!" at a lunch place suggestion, or opined that "death cannot stop true love; all it can do is delay it for awhile," you and the 1987 film are clearly an eternal twosome, forever united and bound to each other.
Is this the cute case? Then ride your steed for one of 51 Southern California theaters screening "The Princess Bride" on Sunday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 2 and 7 p.m. each day.
What to do, where to go and what to see
The special event — it's the 30th anniversary of the classic — is part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series, which is helmed by Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events.
Rob Reiner, the director of the gem, and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, will appear in an on-screen introduction ahead of the opening credits.
Alighting upon your favorite moment, person, line, or aspect of the story, as easily as Buttercup lands in Fezzik's arms? That's a challenge as difficult as locating the Six-Fingered Man.
There is, after all, a sword fight, shrieking eels, the R.O.U.S.es, the Fire Swamp, Peter Falk, Wallace Shawn, Carol Kane, "mawwiage," and plenty of "as you wish"-ery to keep fans awash in lovey thoughts.
And, really, it's an effervescent flick with tons more to cheer, making it hard to believe that it was a tidy one hour and 38 minutes. There's a lot of moxie packed in that movie, and to experience it again, in an actual, honest-to-Humperdinck cinema?
True love may result.