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


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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