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The Princess Bride screenplay

The complete screenplay of The Princess Bride with script notes.

The Script

The Princess Bride Screenplay (PDF).

Script notes

The story is a knowing and inventive reimagining of classic children's tales. The script is very funny, very clever, filled with imagination and action. Our hero is Westley, a young man in love, with a challenging backstory and a perilous quest. Where the film is elevated far above its many imitators, though, is in the characters. Where some attempts to reinvent fairy tales have ended up cynically exploiting the archetypes and failing to deliver any real development (Shrek, for example) in The Princess Bride we are buried in an avalanche of charming, quirky, imaginative characters.

It doesn't hurt that the finished film (Dir. Rob Reiner 1987) is a superb tour de force for the cast and crew with career-best work from Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, but the script definitely gave everyone plenty to grab onto.

Goldman is one of the most famous screenwriters in the business, and for good reason, not only is he the creator of some extraordinary scripts, he's also a bestselling author of books on the screenwriting trade. He's written in every genre and for every possible audience and his writing style allows the characters to shine from the page.


"I just decided to make a movie. I had no training, no film school, but I had been to a lot of movies."

Michael Moore