TODAY | October 03, 2012
>>> 25 years ago " princess bride " hit theaters and fell flat and then it quickly became a cult classic . now a commemorative dvd is being released. lester holt caught up with the movie director and its stars.
>> want to see my face shining in it by the morning.
>> us a wish.
>> you probably don't have to go far to meet somebody who can recite this movie line for line.
>> rodents of unusual size , i don't think they exist.
>> you fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous is never get involved in a land war in asia.
>> you killed my father, prepare to die.
>> directed by rob reiner and based on william goldman 's 1973 novel " princess bride " is a terry tale with a twist.
>> is this a kissing book?
>> wait, just wait.
>> when you made this film, were you thinking hit? were you thinking longevity?
>> classic. classic. we were thinking of classic, lester.
>> no, you weren't.
>> you're not thinking of anything. thinking of making a movie that will hopefully entertain a lot of people.
>> entertain it did. released in 1987 the low budget romantic comedy didn't fare so well at the box office , but it's become a cult classic 25 years later.
>> people named their children wesley and buttercup as the middle name , and it became this iconic film each year that passed.
>> robin wright , a virtual unknown back in 1987 , was cast as princess buttercup. terry elwis played wesley, the mustache his idea.
>> i felt completely blessed to be part of this tsunami of talent, and i was always scratching my head saying how did i find my way on to this movie? it was just pure luck.
>> robin, i have to wonder, did any chemistry develop between you on the set?
>> no, nothing.
>> to this day.
>> i was so in love with him, oh, my god.
>> one of the pieces of trivia said you wanted more takes with the final kissing scene so you could be with kerry.
>> yes, that is true.
>> i think that was me actually. that was me.
>> " princess bride " had an ensemble cast .
>> you killed my father. prepare to die!
>> mandy patinkin actually learned how to fence with the famous sword fight with kerry owens.
>> you are wonderful.
>> thank you.
>> he and i trained pretty hard for a pew weeks.
>> and the late andre the giant , who was the perfect person to play the role, at least physically.
>> it's not like you throw a stick and 50 giants show up, but i thought i don't understand a word he's saying. i actually recorded his part, and i sent it to him and he learned it by rote how i did it. but he was a gentle giant .
>> he would keep my head warm. it was so cold. his hand was so big it covered my whole head.
>> meanwhile, billy crystal who brought the house down during filming because of his quick wit ad libbed some of the film's most quotable scenes.
>> have fun at the castle.
>> 25 years later still regular film screenings, even a facebook page dedicated to "the princess bride " proving this little movie that could has withstood the test of time.
>> maybe can you come over and read it again to me tomorrow.
>> as you wish.
>> for "today," lester holt , nbc news, los angeles .
>> love, love, love.
>> such a tender moment.
>> love this movie.
>> as you wish.