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    SUBJECTS — Literature/U.S. and Literary devices: sarcasm; Drama;
    Age: 6+; MPAA Rating -- PG ; 1987; 100 minutes; Color; Available from Amazon.com.

    Description:     This warmhearted movie works as a fairy tale for very young viewers and as a satire of fairy tales (and many other things) for older viewers. The movie's frame story starts with a young boy confined to his bed with a cold who must endure the visits of his elderly elderly grandfather who wants to entertain the boy with a story. The grandson's reaction to his visitor is less than enthusiastic. However, as the film progresses, the boy comes to appreciate the wit and wisdom of the older man and finds that he actually enjoys sharing time with his grandfather.

    The story that the grandfather reads comes alive on the screen and is the fairy tale of the movie. Long, long ago Buttercup, the peasant girl, and Westley the stablehand, live in a fairy tale land that is far, far away. After they declare their undying love, they are soon separated and Westley is reported killed. Embittered, Buttercup can love no one, but she is so beautiful that the crown prince Humperdinck has chosen her to be his bride, or so it seems. Actually, he has arranged to have her kidnapped by an unlikely group of rogues. He intends to blame her disappearance on a neighboring country and use the incident to start a war.

    The story careens from there through a thoroughly charming set of adventures and mishaps, including one of the best sword fights on film, a dark swamp with giant rodents, an underground torture chamber, a mysterious six-fingered man, bad guys who turn out to be not so bad, villains who remain villains, and an even more mysterious pirate who saves Buttercup from an untimely end and brings her the love that she thought had died when Westley was reported dead.

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    Helpful Background:

"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."




    Discussion Questions:

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The questions reach only Bloom's Taxonomy levels for "Knowledge" and "Comprehension". They reach Level One in Art Costa's three levels of intellectual functioning.

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    Moral-Ethical Emphasis Discussion Questions (Character Counts)

    Discussion Questions Relating to Ethical Issues will facilitate the use of this film to teach ethical principles and critical viewing. Additional questions are set out below.


    (Be honest; Don't deceive, cheat or steal; Be reliable -- do what you say you'll do; Have the courage to do the right thing; Build a good reputation; Be loyal -- stand by your family, friends and country)

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    (Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule; Be tolerant of differences; Use good manners, not bad language; Be considerate of the feelings of others; Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone; Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements)

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    (Do what you are supposed to do; Persevere: keep on trying!; Always do your best; Use self-control; Be self-disciplined; Think before you act -- consider the consequences; Be accountable for your choices)

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    (Play by the rules; Take turns and share; Be open-minded; listen to others; Don't take advantage of others; Don't blame others carelessly)

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    (Be kind; Be compassionate and show you care; Express gratitude; Forgive others; Help people in need)

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    (Do your share to make your school and community better; Cooperate; Stay informed; vote; Be a good neighbor; Obey laws and rules; Respect authority; Protect the environment)

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MOVIES ON RELATED TOPICS: All films listed in the Subject Matter Index under U.S./Civil War.

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