The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes

The South Dakota Film Festival presents “ The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes” featuring a screening of the classic film on the big screen followed by a live interview with Westley / The Dread Pirate himself, Cary Elwes.

The evening is January 30th, 2016 at the historic Capitol Theatre in Aberdeen, SD at 6:00 pm. Doors open at 5:30

Reserved seats go on sale to the public on January 13th at 10:00 AM. Seats $25 and $40 and can be purchased online at, in person at the Capitol Theatre Offices 417 S. Main St. Aberdeen, SD or by phone at 605-226-5494 Monday through Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  The theater offices will be closed January 18th.  Credit and debit cards are accepted, processing fees apply. Ticket prices increase $10 at the door.

Limited $500 sponsorships available which include a meet and greet and photo with Mr. Elwes, 4 premium seats to the screening of The Princess Bride and the interview to follow, and two signed copies of As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. Logo representation in a variety of media and advertising opportunities.  For sponsorship opportunities call, Brent Brandt 605-290-4993.  Sponsorships will be closed on January 11th 2016.

A limited number of copies of Mr. Elwes book As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, will be available for purchase at the event. Mr. Elwes will sign books only purchased at the event. $26

Cary Elwes was then cast as a stable boy turned swashbuckler Westley in Rob Reiner‘s fantasy-comedy The Princess Bride, based on thenovel of the same name by William Goldman. It was a modest box office success, but received critical acclaim, earning a score of 96% on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. Since being released on home video and television it has become a cult classic. In an interview around the film’s DVD release in 2001, Elwes said, “The studio didn’t know how to market it … Was it an adventure? A fantasy? A comedy? A romance? A kid’s movie? In the end they sold it as a kid’s movie and it largely had to rely on word of mouth.” He also acknowledged the film’s cult following saying, “People tell me they still have their VHS copy that has been passed down from one generation to the next.”

He continued working steadily, varying between dramatic roles, as in the Academy Award-winning Glory (1989), and comedic roles, as in Hot Shots! (1991). In 1993, he starred as Robin Hood in Mel Brooks‘s comedy, Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Elwes also appeared in such films as Francis Coppola‘s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s DraculaThe CrushThe Jungle Book (1994), TwisterLiar Liar, and Kiss the Girls. In 1999, he portrayed famed theatre and film producer John Houseman for Tim Robbins in his ensemble film based on Orson Welles‘s musical, Cradle Will Rock. And months after that he traveled to Luxembourg to work with John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe in the Academy Award Nominated Shadow of the Vampire. In 2001, he co-starred in Peter Bogdanovich‘s ensemble film The Cat’s Meow portraying movie mogul Thomas Ince who died mysteriously while vacationing with William Randolph Hearst on his yacht.

In 2004, he starred in the horrorthriller Saw which, at a budget of a little over $1 million, grossed over $100 million worldwide. The same year he appeared in Ella Enchanted, this time as the villain, not the hero. He made an uncredited appearance as Sam Green, the man who introduced Andy Warhol to Edie Sedgwick, in the 2006 film Factory Girl. In 2007, he appeared in Garry Marshall‘s Georgia Rule opposite Jane Fonda.

In 2010, Elwes returned to the Saw franchise in Saw 3D (2010), the seventh and final film in the series, as Dr. Lawrence Gordon. In 2011, he was selected by Ivan Reitman to star alongside Natalie Portman in No Strings Attached. That same year, Elwes and Garry Marshall teamed up again in the romantic comedy New Year’s Eve.

In 2012, Elwes starred in the independent drama The Citizen. In 2013 Elwes joined Selena Gomez for the comedy ensemble, Behaving Badly directed by Tim Garrick. This year he has completed four movies: John Herzfeld‘s comedy Reach Me opposite Sylvester Stallone; the ensemble drama, Sugar Mountain directed by Richard Gray; and the dramas H8RZ, directed by Derrick Borte, The Greens Are Gone, opposite Catherine Keener directed by Peer Pedersen and Indiscretion, opposite Mira Sorvino directed by John Stewart Muller.

On 13 December 2012, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Elwes would be making his directorial debut in an independent film about the life of Kit Lambert, manager of the iconic rock group The Who, working with a script by Pat Gilbert, an editor of the British music magazine Mojo. The film is based on interviews and a recording with Lambert made by journalist Jon Lindsay, and is being produced by Orian Williams.

In October 2013 Elwes filmed the thriller Cawdor at The Barn Theatre in Augusta Michigan.

In 2014, it was announced that Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon had signed on to portray Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley respectively in a feature film entitled Elvis & Nixon, written by Elwes with Hanala Sagal and Joey Sagal, about the pair’s famous meeting at the White House in 1970.


In October 2014, Touchstone (Simon & Schuster) published Elwes’ memoir of the making of The Princess Bride, entitled As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, which Elwes co-wrote with Joe Layden. The book is filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with co-stars Robin WrightWallace ShawnBilly CrystalChristopher GuestFred Savage and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner. The book debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list.

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