Cinema: Errol Flynn Meets Gunga Din THE PRINCESS BRIDE

Directed by Rob Reiner; Screenplay by William Goldman

Once upon a time . . . that fairy-tale phrase glistened with wonder luster. Children's imaginations were sparked by fantasy literature that placed all adventure -- fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles -- in the past tense. "Thrilling days of yesteryear!" "A long time ago in a galaxy . . . " Locating these tales in the world's own childhood taught children their roles in the continuing drama of the human family. It also carried a cautionary moral: things were better then, more exciting and romantic, than they could ever be now. Youth is a prince...

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