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"Movies On The Bay" Start This Friday With "The Princess Bride"

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Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 5:39 pm

President and CEO Mary Sikes announced June 17 that the Coronado Island Film Festival will present a free screening of “The Princess Bride” on Friday, July 10 at 8 p.m., kicking off the summer outdoor film series, “Movies on the Bay.” The entire family is invited to bring beach chairs, blankets and a picnic supper to the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse, 1985 Strand Way (just south of the Community Center pool). The 1987 film, rated PG, has become a beloved family classic. The series is presented as part of the City of Coronado’s and the Cultural Arts Commission’s “CC-125,” an ambitious, year-long celebration of Coronado’s 125th birthday. All movies will be free and open to the public, and will take place at various bayside locations around the island.

Carey Elwes was an unknown 23-year-old British actor when director Rob Reiner cast him in the role of Westley, the romantic lead opposite Buttercup, played by newcomer Robin Wright, a 21-year-old recruit from the TV soap opera “Santa Barbara.” Reiner recalls: “I saw hundreds of girls but they had to be as described in the script: the most beautiful girl in all the land. And she had to have an English accent. Robin, even though she’s American, has an English stepfather, so she came by that very naturally. And she was stunningly beautiful and the right age.”

Written by legendary screenwriter William Goldman from his book of the same name, Reiner gathered a stellar cast to bring the adventure/fairy tale to life on the big screen. The film opens with a grandfather (the late great Peter Falk) reading a bedtime story to his sick grandson, played by Fred Savage. He promises the boy a story about fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love and miracles. The story was all that and more. In pursuit of his ladylove, Westley would wrestle Andre the Giant, scale the Cliffs of Insanity, tackle Rodents of Unusual Size, get fried in the Fire Swamp, survive the Greatest Swordfight in Modern Times, and end up “mostly dead” in the Pit of Despair. And he would not just kiss the girl in the end, but he would make it the Kiss that Left All Others Behind. Mandy Patinkin plays swordsman Inigo Montoya, who gleefully delivers one of the film’s most memorable lines, “Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!” Miracle Max, played by a hilariously madeup Billy Crystal, draws perhaps the film’s most laughs.

The film will be introduced by CIFF’s Executive Directors Doug St. Denis and Andy Friedenberg. “We screened this film at Cinema Society of San Diego years ago when it first came out. What a treat to show it again on a beautiful summer night by the bay in Coronado,” says Friedenberg.

For more information about this film or other films in the series, contact Kelly Purvis, Coronado Contract Arts Administrator at (619) 522-2633 or visit coronadoarts.com or coronadoislandfilmfest.com.

Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization whose mission is to celebrate the magical art of visual storytelling: The Movies. The Festival’s inaugural launch is set for January 15-18, 2016 in Coronado.

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