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From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.

Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.

With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden

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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride is a nostalgic walk down memory lane with Cary Elwes serving as the reader's tour guide.  Ultimately, it is a love letter from Mr. Elwes to the movie, the director, the cast, and the entire filming experience for The Princess Bride.  The experience is primarily from Mr. Elwes' point of view, beginning with casting and continuing up through the 25th anniversary of the film.  However, included are quotes and reflections from other actors and other people involved with the production.  There is a little repetition in all the love, but that is all right.  The most interesting and endearing anecdotes and insights are the ones involving Andre the Giant. 

While this is not a book that will change a reader's life, it is much like the movie--enchanting.  In a world filled with negative blog comments, cynical tweets, and a complete disregard for respectful dialogue, it is delightful and refreshing to have such a warm, positive take on people and on an experience.  Do you think this something that happens every day?  It is enough to make a person believe in true love all over again!

Review was of the audiobook version (First-rate recording by the way! Highly recommended!)

Interested in Andre the Giant?  There was recently a graphic novel published about him, Andre the Giant:  Life and Legend.

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Profanity/Language:  10 religious exclamations; 3 mild obscenities; 1 derogatory names; 1 scatological word.

Violence/Gore:  2 incidences of injuries incurred while filming noted; mention of the death of an actor's family member (due to age-related issues).

Sex/Nudity:  Reference to the movie's line regarding "perfect breasts"; passing mention of an illegitimate birth; brief mention of a joke about a nephew and a sheep (general in nature) made by an actor while filming.

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Anecdotes regarding Andre the Giant's drinking habits; Mr. Elwes and Andre the Giant barhop one night (general account of); adults drink socially.

Reviewed By Cindy
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