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All Things Considered host Robert Siegel reads letters from listeners inspired by Mandy Patinkin's famous line from The Princess Bride.


Time now for your comments about our program. And today, comments inspired by this memorable movie line.


MANDY PATINKIN: (as Inigo Montoya) Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die.

SIEGEL: Spanish swashbuckler Inigo Montoya in the 1987 film, "The Princess Bride." As the movie celebrates its 25th anniversary, the actor who delivered that line, Mandy Patinkin, talked with my co-host Melissa Block about how often he's asked to repeat it.


PATINKIN: All the time.


All the time.

PATINKIN: Every day, somebody comes up to talk to me about the film or asks me could I just say that line.

SIEGEL: Well, clearly, from your comments, that line is well-known and well-loved. Patricia Beninato of Richmond, Virginia, wrote this: A few years ago, I was in a class and we were introducing ourselves. One guy stood up rather hesitantly, and then said: My name is Pete Montoya. The whole class of about 30 people, including the instructor, immediately responded, You killed my father, prepare to die. The resigned look on the guy's face indicated that this was not the first time he'd heard this.

And Margaret Clarkson, of East Setauket, New York, was one of many listeners who thanked us for the interview. She writes this: I had just put my child on a plane for the first time and came tearfully back to the car to hear Mandy Patinkin talking with you. And she continues: I was able to drive home with a chuckle instead of pulling over and sobbing.

Well, thanks to all of you for your comments. Write to us by visiting and clicking on Contact Us.


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