Mandy Patinkin Tearfully Explains 'The Princess Bride' Link To His Own Father

The Princess Bride is a cult classic which follows the fairytale story of a young woman (played by Robin Wright) whose lover is killed and she is forced into marriage with a dreadful prince (Chris Sarandon).

While she is betrothed, however, her lover (Cary Elwes) turns out to be alive and, after becoming a pirate for a time, goes on a quest to find her, finding some others on their own journeys along the way.

One of these is Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) who wants to defeat the six-fingered man who killed his father, who is in fact Count Rugen (Christopher Guest) who works for the prince.

Montoya is known for his consistent catchphrase and vows that when he finally comes up against his father's killer, he will say the immortal words: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die."

It turns out, this moment in the film has a very intense meaning for Patinkin, as well as for many who watched at home.

In a recent video, Patinkin was shown a TikTok story from @alaska_webb, real name Amanda, where she described how the film took on new meaning for her after hearing a rumor about Patinkin's process of grieving.

She said she and her father, who died in March 2021 from cancer, watched the movie regularly and she felt particularly struck when Inigo Montoya killed the Count, and said he wanted his father back.

Crying, Amanda explained how she heard Patinkin's father had died, and served as inspiration for this iconic cinematic moment, which made it more meaningful for her after her own father's passing.

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Watching the film with his wife, Kathryn Grody, Patinkin wiped away tears as he gave her a heartfelt reply, including an explanation as to how his father influenced his performance in the movie.

He said: "First of all, your dad has taken care of you. Secondly, it is true, 100 per cent true.

"I went outside of this castle and walked around the [maze] And I kept talking to my dad and I said, 'Dad, I'm going to get this guy.' From the minute I read the script, I knew, I said to Kath, 'I'm going to do this part.'

"Because in my mind, if I get this six-fingered guy, that means I killed the cancer that killed my dad and I'll get to visit my dad."

As he talked about the particular moment when Montoya killed the Count, Patinkin became more tearful as he explained how after playing the scene, he went back outside and talked to his dad more, having vanquished his foe.

He added: "And so you can talk to your dad anytime you want, anywhere you want."

Grody then shared the name of The Dinner Party, a resource for bereaved young people, before Patinkin asked the TikToker to share her father's name so the actor could pray for him.

Following his response, Patinkin shared further advice for Amanda, saying on Twitter: "To Alaska (aka Amanda - we figured it out!) Thread - Thank you for sharing this with us. My dad died of cancer when I was 18. Kathryn's parents died within a year of each other when she was 25, her dad of a heart attack while her mom was sick with cancer...

"One of my favorite quotes is from the book written by Oscar Hammerstein from the Musical Carousel it's "As long as there's one person on earth who remembers you, it isn't over." That's part of why I like saying peoples names in my prayers and why I'll add your dad's name.

"Thank you for sharing this with us Amanda. Big big love to you and your family and your dad."

Patinkin and his wife also released a second video, joking about how they could not remember whether the actor called the Count a "son of a b****" in the movie, as Amanda had suggested.

As they laughed about how Grody has not watched Patinkin's work, fans made sure to remind him that, as he thrust the sword into the Count, Montoya's words to him were: "I want my father back, you son of a b****."

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A production still from "The Princess Bride", featuring Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya. In a recent video he has shared how his father was an influence on his career. MGM