Jun 30 2011 3:30pm

As You Wish: Westley and Buttercup in The Princess Bride

Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind.Romantic movies, when done right, can stay with you for a lifetime. The images are seared into you mind, heart, and soul. Just like the written word, an on-screen romantic scene has the power to take our breath away.

There are the staple scenes most refer to from movies such as When Harry met Sally, Jerry Maguire, Casablanca, Titanic, and many, many more.

The Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies. There are so many memorable scenes. It’s a love story, a slap-stick comedy, and even a little action. And a little Fred Savage and Columbo. I’m surfing the interwebz for a particular scene and I keep clicking on all the others that made such an impression upon me.

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!”

I do apologize if that phrase is stuck in your head now.

Inigo: “You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you.”

Man in Black: “You seem a decent fellow. I hate to die.”

Funny, but not what I was looking for.

Westley: “Why won’t my arms move?”

Fezzik: “You’ve been mostly-dead all day.”

Snort! Oh, Andre the Giant, how I’ve missed you.

Yes, all great scenes from a great movie but not the romantic one I’m seeking. Where is that scene?! (Click, click, and click)

Grandpa: [voiceover] Nothing gave Buttercup as much pleasure as ordering Westley around.

Buttercup: Farm boy, polish my horse’s saddle. I want to see my face shining in it by morning.

Westley: As you wish.

Grandpa: [voiceover] “As you wish” was all he ever said to her.

Buttercup: Farm boy, fill these with water - please.

Westley: As you wish.

Grandpa: [voiceover] That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying “As you wish”, what he meant was, “I love you.” And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.

Buttercup: Farm boy... fetch me that pitcher.
[It’s right over her head, so he has to stand next to her]

Westley: As you wish.

YESSSS! This is it. This is one of the sweetest scenes ever. Where the words say one thing, but mean another. There’s some technical term for that device but my head is clouded with all things Westley at the moment, I can’t recall it.

As you wish. As you wish. As you wish. Oh, Westley… I wish you could stay forever locked in time, with that perfect blond hair, its wisps perfectly framing your face, covering one eye. Blue eyes boring into mine, I mean Buttercup’s. Saying I love you over and over again with those sexy eyes! HA CHA CHA! SWOON!

The scene has little to do with the dialogue, it’s all about the body language. The way Westley stares at Buttercup and whispers those three simple words, “As you wish.” How Buttercup glows every time he answers, her orders sounding more like pleas to stay near, not to go.

The almost kiss, when he gives her the pitcher, tell me that wasn’t so gosh-darn subtly sexy you nearly passed out. And then when they finally kiss in the field before he leaves on a quest to earn enough money to ask for her hand…Oh, my Ken and Barbie became Westley and Buttercup for months! Dang, I didn’t mean to type that out loud.

So you get it. Why this is so flippin’ romantic? If you haven’t seen this movie, please don’t tell anyone. Immediately go and watch it. Then we can chat about it, as you wish...


Philly native Charli Mac is an aspiring author, mother, wife, friend, and part-time clown. Come find lost love along the Jersey Shore at Twitter her @CharliMacs

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Peggy Lawson
1. girliegrrrrl
Ah...swoon! I adore this movie, forever & ever! Westley is my dream guy...well, he's every girl's dream guy!
2. AKelsey
Wow, you must be a mind reader I JUST watched this again for probably the thousanth time. One of my all time top three movies.

Princess Bride, Labrynth, and Willow.

Super Awesomness.
3. Alyssa Cole
Ah, thank you for posting this! I'll have to re-watch the Princess Bride (for about the millionth time) this weekend. Everything about this movie is awesome, but especially the love story. Oh, and the R.O.U.S. that is clearly a guy in a giant rat costume.
Laurie Gold
4. LaurieGold
My husband, daughter, and I all LOVE this movie. It's romantic, it's swashbuckling, it's funny, and Robin Wright and Cary Elwes are so beautiful to look at. There are probably more great quotes from it than any other movie I can think of, including "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
Roxanne Ravenel
5. RaleighRoxStar
This is one of my favorite movies. I smile whenever I think of it. The characters are funny and memorable. A true classic. Princess Bride embodies the experience I want to give readers.
6. sandlog
This and Bull Durham are probably the only movies I have to stop and watch whenever its on TV. Never mind that I have both these films on DVD. My inner geek girl comes out to play when Inigo offers his earworm of a line. I still have trouble watching Criminal Minds reruns with Mandy Patikin. Have fun storming the castle.
7. PamB
This movie is so perfect wether you have boys or girls. I used to take it into school whenever we had rainy days and couldn't take the kids out for lunch time. Some other lunch moms couldn't figure out how come kids would ask to come to my classroom on those days and we would all sit and watch the movie enthralled eating popcorn.
8. Darlene Marshall
I read the book when it was first published and I recall buttonholing my friends at college and saying, "I don't care what you have to read for your finals, read this book."

The book is still a comfort read for me, and the movie is one of the few book-to-movie adaptations that I've felt did the book justice.
9. Slyn
Loved this movie...and Cary Elwes was delicious.
11. Ahh moments
To show how much of a junkie my family was, when my sister got married 19 years ago, my brother quoted the marriage scene at the reception. It still brings a smile to my face more than 2 decades later!!
12. YSand
@ AKelsey - Your top 3 movies are definitely on my list of all time favorites. I think I fell in love of each one of those at the same time. (Westley, Jareth, Madmartigan...who could turn away from that?!)

The Princess Bride is definitely a classic, the best part is when you quote a line from the movie and people you don't even know will quote a line back. It has to be one of the most quoted movies around.
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