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The Princess Bride (5/12) Movie CLIP – The Battle of Wits (1987) HD


What you do not smell is called iocane powder. It is odorless, tasteless, dissolves instantly in liquid, and is among the more deadly poisons known to man. All right. Where is the poison? The battle of wits has begun. It ends when you decide and we both drink, and find out who is right and who is dead? But it’s so simple. All I have to do is divine from what I know of you. Are you the sort of man who would put the poison into his own goblet or his enemy’s? Now a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet Because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I’m not a great fool so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you But you must have known I was not a great fool You would have counted on it so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me You’ve made your decision then. Not remotely because iocane comes from Australia as everyone knows and Australia is entirely people with criminals and Criminals are used to having people not trust them as you are not trusted by me so I could clearly not choose the wine in front of you. Truly you have a dizzying intellect Wait till I get going Where was I? Australia, yes, Australia And you must have suspected I would have known the powder’s origin so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me You’re just stalling now. You’d like to think that! Wouldn’t you? You’ve beaten my giant which means you’re exceptionally strong so you could have put the poison in your own goblet trusting on your strength to save you so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you But you’ve also bested my Spaniard, which means you must have studied and in studying you must have learned that man is mortal so you would have put the poison as far from yourself as possible, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me You’re trying to trick me into giving away something. It won’t work. It has worked! You’ve given everything away! I know where the poison is! Then make your choice. I will and I choose- what in the world can that be? What? Where I don’t see anything. I could have sworn I saw something. I thought- no matter What’s so funny? I’ll tell you in a minute First let’s drink, me from my glass and you from yours You guessed wrong. You only think I guessed wrong. That’s what’s so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is 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! Who are you? I’m no one to be trifled with. That is all you ever need know To think all that time it was your cup that was poisoned. They were both poisoned. I spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder.

100 thoughts on “The Princess Bride (5/12) Movie CLIP – The Battle of Wits (1987) HD

  1. "The battle of wits has begun….And find out who is right, and who is dead".
    The battle indeed has begun, since he already instilled the thought that there is only one wrong cup.

  2. One of the best movies but it’s weird all the men are extremely well written and buttercup is basically just a blob vehicle used to carry the story along

  3. When you realise the guy in the meme fell victim to one of the classic blunders: That fool! He fell victims to one of the classic blunders!

  4. If he was truly smart, he would of dumped the wine in his cup when he turned his head and refilled it with fresh none poisonous wine. 2:13

  5. I've seen this movie hundreds of times, watched it since I was 4, and I still didn't know what this guy's name was until I read the description

  6. He wasn't as smart as he thought he was. He failed to realize that clever man would never stake his life on a game he had any chance of losing.

  7. He’s right though. Australia IS populated entirely by criminals. No deodorant wearing, drunk, rude hipster filthy smelling criminals. Or maybe that’s just Melbourne…..

  8. the man without the mask is john sturgis on young sheldon and on the big bang theory raj says his favourite movie is princess bride

  9. This is one of the greatest scens in cinema history. Being a weeb myself, you may think I shun western films, but I love them just as much.

  10. Just a question here……
    They are running about without carrying anything, being chased. Where did the Wine, Bread, Cheese and Apples come from?

  11. Some people believe that neither of the cups were poisoned. Westley has already tricked him when he inhaled the poison.

  12. Friday I tell a guy at the gym, "I need you to say, 'my name is… you killed..' And that between his 6'4" buddy, and him he was missing a little clever guy… 2 days later this is on my feed…
    But Google isn't listening 😂

  13. in the book, westley was actually agitated because vizzini's ramble almost got him to reveal something (and he almost figured out the trick)

  14. [SPOILER] So he spent the last few years building up "an immunity" to a deadly poison, all to toy with the guy and have him drink said poison? Was that really necessary? Battle of wits my butt! Both of'em are, just, ack…

  15. "You're stalling" "You're trying to trick me into giving something away"
    Just damn. He was actually suggesting smarter things to do than what the doofus actually did.

  16. I always liked how Vizzini waits to drink only after Wesley drinks. If Wesley had hesitated, I bet Vizzini would have come up with some excuse not to drink the wine. He never considered that both goblets would be poisoned, because it was inconceivable.

  17. He almost got it right when he says that "You're exceptionally strong so you could have put the poison in your own goblet trusting on your strength to save you." I mean he wasn't entirely right with the whole immunity thing but it really shows that the guy's kind of an idiot for having the entire situation controlled by an enemy and not considering once that the enemy might have put him in an unwinnable situation.

  18. Met Wallace Shawn a couple of years ago. Really nice man in person too. I thought I was going to be clever and have him sign his autograph as “Inconceivably yours…” He does not like that catchphrase at all. But he did sign his autograph. Thank you Mr Shawn, for all your work.

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