The Princess Bride - a battle of wits scene

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The classic scene with a battle of wits between Vizzini the Sicilian and the man in black! SPOILER ALERT! Β© All Rights Reserved to original owners. No copyright infringement intended.

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Brandon Galvan : "Inhale this, but do not touch." "I smell nothing." "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. In fact, just inhaling a small amount of the powder is enough to kill a grown man within seconds." That would've been enough to end it. I mean, seriously. Who enters into a battle of wits *_to the death_* and then inhales an unknown substance handed to them by someone they just met that day?

Wilburgur : at least mr. incredibles boss died with a laugh

Wynonna Carver : I love how he dies mid laugh

George Lionon : "In that case I challenge you to a battle of wits". "For the princess... to the death?" Westly nods. Viccini: "I accept!" putting away his dagger. Then Westley used that moment to stab him with his sword he still held in hand. "That was not particularly smart. Already you lost the battle of wits to death."

Katherine S : I maintain that the reason they showed so little of Buttercup's face is that she couldn't stop smiling at how ridiculous this conversation was. :)

Isaiah Stoy : This is undoubtedly one of the greatest scenes in cinema history.

Jam Lym : The moral of this scene is that true intelligence is not crazy complicated stuff. The answer is usually pretty simple.

Geremy Dunn : NEVER go up against a CICILIAN when DEATH is on the line!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH--'falls over'

Tom Jackal : Truly you have a dizzying intellect

NTG : There’s one leap of logic he missed: Wesley was carrying the iocaine powder on him. Why would he carry it with him unless he intends to use it quite regularly? But if he uses it quite regularly he would build a reputation for using the poison among his crew, and then eventually among the rest of the area. With that reputation comes the risk that someone might use your own poison against you, and to die by your own poison would be dreadful, so before even considering carrying that poison on him he built up an immunity to iocaine powder, so clearly he cannot choose either cup.

1Bloka : Well, I mean he was right the entire time. He couldn't choose either one.

samantha18 : How long did Vizzini have to set up a table cloth? And how was he carrying wine and goblets? And the cheese?

Owen Jones : Anyone else realise that this bob parr's boss in the incredibles? I recognised the voice!

Irene Jacobs : This is what it feels like talking to incels on Reddit

Benny Boi : 03:14 He almost had it.

MantisCrawl : 4:40 Omae wa mou shindeiru

LORD Eyehead : The real battle of wits was whether he would accept

Jon : I love this scene the most out of the whole movie especially the look on vizzini's face when he switches goblets lol! Never gets old.

David Timmer : You're trying to trick me into giving away something. It won't work.

cxsmicz sins : science slumber parties

Haseo Xth : Vizzini: "Let me put it this way. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?" Westley: "Yes." Vizzini: "Morons." _Ah, yes. Clearly, you've demonstrated your vastly superior intelligence._

Jerry Gu : "Mrs. Underwood, I presume."

Jason Leedham : Judging by the costume, ships swords etc surely this was set at least a couple of hundred years before the Europeans discovered Australia? Oh its a film, I know

DarthSidious63 : Wallace Shawn is one of the best character actors ever.

Greg P. Yates Jr. : As soon as the battle of wits begins, pay close attention to Buttercups hair in between camera cuts. I've now ruined this scene for you forever, you're welcome!

Gotobar 1313 : i just came for *_"...Morons"_*

Justin Bailey : "never get involved in a land war in Asia." LOL so true.

Lord Edward : 10 cicilians disliked the video

Jam Lym : Wallace Shawn's signature role.

CEC Bloomington : Inconceivable!

Michael : It is entirely logical that the deadliest poison known to man should come from Australia

S. G. : I just adore the sound synching in this film

Jules : RIP William Goldman. One of the best scenes in film history

RJTheHero : This is a wonderful movie. A classic. And to think this is categorized as a Chick Flick.

Team Dai Gurren Member : I'm sorry but I don't get how this I a battel of wits if you asked me westly cheated he was immune the whole time.

Vladimir Putin : When you look away from your drink in a party...

Chad K : This is how you play Texas Holdem xD

cromusic ibra : "You have a dizzying intellect." "Where was I?" Supposedly he has an amazing brain yet can't remember what he was talking about a few seconds ago.

The Dark One784 : Cary Elwes will always be Robin Of Loxley to me

Aaron Roffman : The challenge is "Where is the poison?" not "Which cup is poisoned?" Vizzini had it all figured out, but was too stupid to realize it was the answer. He couldn't choose either cup based on his deductions. He should have chosen to drink from the bottle, which the Man In Black never touched.

TheCrimsonIdol987 : The fun part about this scene is that Vizzini has actually almost figured out which glass was poisoned after his first argument. His downfall though, is not following the logic to its natural conclusion, as Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato would have done, and what would be proper deductive reasoning. So when Vizzini called them morons, he clearly didn't learn their most important lesson. Logic would dictate in this scene that the two glasses are poisoned, and to drink from the bottle. Since he correctly divined true things about the Man in Black, following those premises to the natural conclusion, but didn't apply that line of reasoning to those two situations. If you can't choose A or B, it naturally follows that both A and B are true, or they are false. Since we know the latter case isn't true, as we know the Man in Black clearly used the poison, the correct deduction is that the former is true. Both glasses were poisoned, and Vizzini should have used the brilliance of Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato to divine that conclusion. But since Vizzini didn't follow that train of logic to its natural conclusion, he acted on impulse, rather than what HAS to be the case. That's the beauty of deductive reasoning, if the premises of your argument are true, then the conclusion that follows from them HAS to be true. Vizzini, due to his own hubris, died, where logic would have let him live.

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James Raynor : He... Oh my god. An Earthling from the medieval period just completely destabilized Ferengi economy!!!

Dutch Van Der Linde : Imagine how this was for the princess. She was blindfolded and could do nothing but hear all the stuff going on in front of her, imagine how wierd that would be?

olddogg eleventy2 : Billy Crystal and Carole Kane..."Have fun storming the castle!"

NoriMori : Once again I'm reminded of the principle that you should never accept a deal someone else proposed if the only way for you to gain is for them to lose (and vice versa). They wouldn't have proposed the deal if they didn't know something you don't that will guarantee they win.

Nayops 18 : 4:38 That's probably how I'll die...from laughter!

0706823245 : this scene is almost perfect. the only thing wrong with it is that Vizzini had no chance to win AND live.

Matthew Seidl : what in the world can that be!?πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚