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Princess Bride, The, Vizzini (Wallace Shawn)

Site Rating: 72%
(ratings: 5)
Writeup Rating: 60%
(ratings: 3)
Film: Princess Bride, The (1987)
Deceased Character: Vizzini (Wallace Shawn)
Archetype: Baddy (Minor)
Killed by: Westley (Cary Elwes)
Killed with: Iocaine powder


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Written by Old Bluffer 2nd Jun 2005

Vizzini has Westley's True Love at knife point, but if he kills her then he will die shortly afterwards, as he admits he is physically no match for his foe.
Westley therefore proposes a Battle of Wits - he will place odourless and deadly Iocaine powder into one of a pair of wine goblets, and the game ends when Vizzini chooses which one each shall drink. This appeals to the diminuitive Italian's ego and he readily accepts.



"Never go up aginst a Sicilian when death is on the line!"


The above warning notwithstanding, Vizzini is too clever for his own good when he distracts Westley and switches goblets before confidently drinking. Westley has spent the last few years as the Dread Pirate Roberts, and has built up an immunity to Iocaine powder, so naturally dosed both drinks.



"Inconceivable!"



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Last Updated: 2nd Jun 2008
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This review has 20 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Ben' (reply to this comment)
What's inconceivable is that this entry has no comments!
Comment 2 by 'Ocafi' (reply to this comment)
Both comments were poisoned. I've been making small comments for years now to build up an immunity.
Comment 3 by 'RoyBatty' (reply to this comment)
LOL! Nice one Ocafi!

This is one of the better death scenes I can remember.

Vissini is quite probably also one of the more annoying characters I can remember too! Great script, and great casting here! Wallace Shaun is PERFECT for the role. Some of the very best dialog of the film is in this scene, and considering it follows one of the best sword fights EVER, it is the absolute extreme opposite in duelling!

"You truly have a dizzying intellect"

"Wait till I get going!!!.... Now, where was I??"

smiling smiley
Comment 4 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
Baddy (Minor)
"Dilemma"?
"Food and Drink"?

What is truly inconceivable is that the small details that;

*Both goblets had been poisoned
*Roberts' girlfriend was on the line

have been left out! Not to mention that the store of humorous dialogue that decorated this scene has been left out.
Comment 5 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
I think this death was one of the ones I rushed so that Mouse and I could reach our target figure of 100 before launching the site :blush:.

I have been slowly going back and updating deaths though, such as Cunningham from Rob Roy last week.

The Princess Bride causes me additional vex as my copy is region 1, and the fascist DVD drive in my PC refuses to play it, so I can't get any grabs sad smiley.
Comment 6 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
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The Princess Bride causes me additional vex as my copy is region 1, and the fascist DVD drive in my PC refuses to play it, so I can't get any grabs
Well that sizzucks (Suzuki's?), have you tried scouring the Internet? On the other topic, what of my category suggestions (Maybe not "Dilemma" after rereading the category) and archetype?
Comment 7 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
Many thanks to RoyBatty for pointing me to www.dvd43.com to fix the region coding on my drive. Grabs have now been added, as well as Mr Briggs' category and archetype changes.
Comment 8 by 'Pyro' (reply to this comment)
Vizzini's Sicilian, not Italian tongue sticking out smiley

"Never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only *slightly* less well-known is this: Never go in against a Sicilian, when DEATH is on the line!" (laughs maniacally)

Indeed one of the better deaths, the timing was so perfect, laughing hysterically one moment, then he just stops and falls over the next right in mid-laugh.
Comment 9 by 'Monk' (reply to this comment)
In response to old bluffer, on some computers you can change the region from 1 to 2, and 2 to 1.
Comment 10 by 'Kaysha' (reply to this comment)
WHAT IS INCONCEIVABLE is how ANNOYING Wallace Shawn was in this movie! I read the book, and Morgenstern clearly does not present VIZZINI this OBNOXIOUS...
:raspberry:
Comment 11 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
I thought he was pretty amusing, myself.
Comment 12 by 'luc-ifer' (reply to this comment)
No more comments and I mean it...
Comment 13 by 'Suz' (reply to this comment)
Anybody want a peanut?
Comment 14 by 'Kim' (reply to this comment)
Fezzik, are there comments ahead?
Comment 15 by 'kirajenlove' (reply to this comment)
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
Comment 16 by 'kirajenlove' (reply to this comment)
<<"Never get involved in a land war in Asia,>>

You know, this movie came out in 1987, and yet this phrase is still 100% valid today! How prophetic!
Comment 17 by 'kirajenlove' (reply to this comment)
If there were, we'd all be dead!
Comment 18 by 'Flashpenny' (reply to this comment)
Anonymous User Wrote:
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> Vizzini's Sicilian, not Italian tongue sticking out smiley
>
> "Never get involved in a land war in Asia, but
> only *slightly* less well-known is this: Never go
> in against a Sicilian, when DEATH is on the line!"
> (laughs maniacally)
>
> Indeed one of the better deaths, the timing was so
> perfect, laughing hysterically one moment, then he
> just stops and falls over the next right in
> mid-laugh.

Sicily is actually a part of Italy so he's both.
Comment 19 by 'phil m' (reply to this comment)
just FYI, the book was not written by "S. Morgenstern." The book is by William Goldman. Goldman made the whole Morgenstern thing up.
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