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

October 29, 2019


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.

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

  2. [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…

  3. "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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Buttercup: middle child
    Guy with stuffy-lookin shirt: youngest sibling
    Guy in black: oldest sibling
    This whole clip: just one of those idiotic arguments over nothing that the oldest ultimately wins just because

  8. Vizzini is more clever than I originally gave him credit for. He was intentionally throwing out bs in an attempt to get a reaction from Wesley when he drew one of his “conclusions” that may indicate whether he was right or wrong. When that failed, he pulled his switcheroo and waited for Wesley to drink from his cup. When Wesley didn’t show any hesitation, Vizzini believed him to think his own cup was safe and that his switch worked.

  9. Actually, he could have won that game. When Zorro turned his back as a distraction, the bold guy could have emptied his glass instead of switching them and then pretend to drink an empty glass. It's not like Zorro would look inside the glass cause he was eager to see him dead snd arrogant enough not to forsee this particular angle. Check to you, Mr Zorra

  10. Someone should remake this scene but with Vizzini with an Altmer and Westley with an Argonian

    Makes sense that Westley would be immune to poisons.

  11. I just love the fact that Wesley sits there the whole time knowing that either drink he picks, it doesn’t matter because he poisoned them both. 😂👍

  12. He was so close to figuring it out. He had deduced that he could not trust his own glass, and that he could not trust the glass of his adversary. The only thing he overlooked was the fact that both thoughts were not mutually exclusive.

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