My Favorite, William Goldman Passes Away At 87

I Have Been An Admirer Of William Goldman For Many Years

He was a writer and screenwriter winning Oscars for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All The President’s Men”.  But he also wrote screenplays for “Misery”, “A Bridge Too Far”, “The Stepford Wives”, “Chaplin” and others. I loved his books, “The Marathon Man” and “Princess Bride”, yes that Princess Bride.

He Is Responsible For Some Lines Most Movie Goers Will Recognize

To wit: Follow the Money, If You Wish, The Fall Will Probably Kill You Anyway, Who Are Those Guys, and my favorite, Hello My Name Is Inigo Montoya. You Killed My Father, Prepare to Die, Is It Safe?.

Also, he wrote a critical book stating everything wrong with Hollywood, called “Adventures in the Screen Trade”. His summary, “Nobody knows anything”.

A Few Other Movies I Enjoyed In Which He Was Involved In Some Way

  • “Masquerade”,
  • “Hot Rock”,
  • “Great Waldo Pepper”,
  • “Heat”,
  • “Twins”,
  • “A Few Good Men”,
  • “Maverick”,
  • “Good Will Hunting”,
  • “Malice”,
  • “Absolute Power”,
  • “The General’s Daughter” and many, many more.

Just reading about him in the paper has made me want to read “Marathon Man” again and watch Butch and Sundance again. See you in our next stop, William. Yes, some things do hold up.

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