He stole our hearts, and also the movie. Played by Mandy Patinkin, the swordsman Inigo Montoya is one of the most beloved characters in 1987's "The Princess Bride." Here's a little quiz for his merry band of fans, young and old.
Question of 10
You may know "The Princess Bride" was based on a novel of the same name by William Goldman. What happens to Inigo at the end of that book?
His wounds reopen.
To make matters worse, our heroes find themselves pursued by Prince Humperdinck's men — and it's unclear if they ever escape. Not exactly a Hollywood ending.
He's blinded by sorcery.
He becomes the King of Spain.
How old was Inigo (in the movie version) when he first dueled the villainous six-fingered man?
"When I was strong enough, I dedicated my life to the study of fencing," he explains. "So the next time we meet, I will not fail."
Fill in the Blank: Inigo's raison d'être is to avenge his father, a sword-maker by the name of ______________.
Early in the film, he invokes his father's name — and spirit — while persuading the mysterious Man in Black to trust him.
What moment sets up Inigo's famous line, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means"?
the Man in Black's cliffside heroics
The masked figure doesn't fall when Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) cuts the rope he's been holding. Vizzini yells, "Inconceivable!" and well, you know the rest.
the shrieking eel attack
Miracle Max's rant about sandwiches
Yes sir, the Spaniard gets some great dialogue in this movie. Which Inigo quote is actor Mandy Patinkin's favorite?
"I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it's over, I don't know what to do with the rest of my life."
"For me, it's the most potent line in the whole film," said Patinkin in 2013. As he put it, the purpose of life is 'to embrace our fellow human being(s)' and not be vengeful."
"There will be blood tonight!"
"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
What secret weapon does Count Rugen, the dastardly six-fingered man, surprise Inigo with in their final showdown?
a poisoned arrow
The count hurls this at Inigo, burying the blade in his stomach. Luckily, the injury isn't fatal.
True or False: Mandy Patinkin had no prior sword fighting experience before he was cast in "The Princess Bride."
Earlier in life, Patinkin had studied fencing at Juilliard. For "The Princess Bride," he received training from legendary choreographers Peter Diamond and Bob Anderson.
In the end, Inigo bests Count Russo and avenges his father. Why did that scene "hit a chord" with Patinkin on a personal level?
because he loved the background music
because that was his favorite scene in the novel
because he'd lost his father to cancer in real life
"In my mind I feel that when I killed that six fingered man, I killed the cancer that killed my father, and for a moment he was alive … and my fairy tale came true," the actor told Entertainment Weekly.
Why did director Rob Reiner make Mandy Patinkin and Cary Elwes ("Westley") redo their big swordfight in "The Princess Bride"?
The prop swords kept snapping in half.
Reiner decided the scene should be longer.
Both actors were so well-rehearsed and so disciplined that the fight ended too quickly for Reiner's liking at first. Extra moves were then added to the mix.
The lighting wasn't quite right during their first run-through.
Patinkin accidentally injured himself on the set to avoid laughing at which "Princess Bride" actor?
Wallace Shawn ("Vizzini")
Billy Crystal ("Miracle Max")
Desperate to keep a straight face around Crystal, Patinkin reportedly clenched so hard that he bruised a rib.
Mel Smith ("The Albino")