Action-packed, funny and light-hearted, it’s not wonder that 1987′s The Princess Bride is still as much loved now s it has ever been. Being packed with sooo many classic quotes including that one has possibly helped just a touch too!

So! Let us dive head first into the pool of frankly inconceivable facts about this classic with our 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About The Princess Bride. Enjoy!

1. Neither Cary Elwes or Mandy Patinkin had any sword-fighting experience before filming. Both trained rigorously, and every frame of Inigo and Westley’s sword fight on The Cliffs of Insanity is actually the two actors.

2. The music came with a quirky catch.

Director Rob Reiner wanted Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits to write the music for the movie. He agreed, on one condition: That Reiner put the hat that he wore in ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ in the film. He did, and it appears in the grandson’s bedroom.

3. Not everything is fake!

Remember when Westley recognises Count Rugen as the six-fingered man and he then hits him with the butt of his sword? Well, after a few takes of not-so-convincing fake attempts they decide to go for it. Landing it a little too heavy, Elwes was literally knocked unconscious for real and later wakes up in hospital. This is the cut that was used for the final edit.

4. It really wasn’t an instant hit.

Turns out not! Grossing just under double it’s total budget in the US, The Princess Bride didn’t really come good until it’s later release on good old VHS when it finally reached millions of homes and jumpered into our lives big time.

5. It was written for the author’s two daughters.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, novel author revealed how he had said to his daughters that he would write them a story and ask what they would like it to be about. One said ‘a princess!’ and the other ‘a bride!’ and the rest is history.

6. Filming wasn’t always smooth.

In the fire swamp, Robin Wright’s dress caught on fire. This was intentional, but when writer William Goldman saw it, he shouted, “Her dress is on fire!” and ruined the take.

7. Nabbing the role of Buttercup sure wasn’t easy!

Director Rob Reiner auditioned over 500 women for the role, including Courtney Cox, Meg Ryan, Uma Thurman, and Whoopie Goldberg.

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8. Sometimes the cast really were heroes.

Remember the awesome moment when Westley jumps into the quicksand? Cool moment right? Well, originally this was meant to be feet first for safety as there was a trap door underneath which needed to be opened and just the right moment to avoid injury. Insisting that feet first wasn’t particularly heroic, Cary Elwes opted to jump head first (waaay more dangerous for obvious reasons), he nailed it fist time and this was the take that made it into the film. Legend!

9. It wasn’t always ‘Quiet on set!’.

Director Rob Reiner couldn’t be in the room when Billy Crystal filmed his scenes, because he would start to feel ill from laughing so hard.

ALSO – Crystal filmed the role of Miracle Max over three days for 10 hours a day, and never made the same joke twice.

10. It was a very long time in the making….

Author William Goldman was trying to get the film made in the 1970s, but sadly Andre the Giant wouldn’t read for the role of Fezzik, so a little-known at the time Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the role. When the film was eventually made a whopping 12 years later, Schwarzenegger was such a huge success they simply couldn’t afford him, but their first choice was cast instead.

So there you have them peeps! Find out anything cool? Perhaps you know even more cool Princess Bride facts? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Mop our brow and pour us a drink! It’s only another sunny retro movie weekend!

Like an over excited weekender heading to the nearest beach , we find ourselves faced with another few days of adventure, comedy and perhaps a bit or romance as we set up base in the sand for another retro movie extravaganza! With sandy sandwiches and our trusty bucket and spade, we’ll wind away the sunny afternoon with the gentle breeze and sound of the crashing waves. With more layers of sun cream on than there are layers on a gob stopper, we’ll soak up some Sun before dashing the the ice cream van to grab more treats than we know we probably should. Good times.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 28th May

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Murder on the Orient Express (1974) ITV 1:15pm-3:50pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
An American businessman travelling on the Orient Express from Istanbul to Paris tries to hire Hercule Poirot to discover the source of the death threats that have been made against him. The sleuth refuses, but wakes up the following morning to learn the man has been stabbed to death while the train was held up by heavy snow – and there is no shortage of suspects among the passengers. Agatha Christie mystery,

Short Circuit 2 (1988) Sony Channel 2:30pm-4:45pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Manic mechanoid Johnny Five meets an old friend in New York City and embarks on a fact-finding tour – but ends up entangled in a series of escapades culminating in a bank robbery. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb and Jack Weston, with the voice of Tim Blaney.

Mannequin (1987) 5STAR 3:10pm-5:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A struggling artist gets a job as a window dresser for a department store, only to discover one of his dummies is a reincarnated Egyptian princess who comes to life at night. As he falls for the living doll, she inspires him to transform the shop’s display and make it the most spectacular in town. Fantasy comedy, starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall.

Fun Fact: Director Michael Gottlieb got the idea for this film when he was walking by a store window and was startled to “see” a mannequin move by itself. He realized it was just an optical illusion caused by a combination of lights and shadows, but began to wonder what would happen if a mannequin actually DID come to life.

Uncle Buck (1989) ITV2 3:20pm-4:20pm (1 hour) 2 parts
An unreliable but good-natured slob is called upon to look after his trouble-making nephew and nieces while their parents are away – and what starts as a disaster soon changes for the better as the unlikely babysitter gets to grips with the finer points of being a responsible adult. Family comedy, starring John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Kelly, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Madigan and Laurie Metcalf.

Sister Act (1992) Film4 4:50pm-6:50pm (2 hours)
Nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier agrees to testify against her gangster boyfriend after witnessing a murder. Placed in protective custody by the authorities, she is less than pleased to discover she is expected to pose as chaste nun Sister Mary Clarence in a convent. Comedy, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Keitel, Maggie Smith, Bill Nunn and Kathy Najimy.

The Animal (2001) Comedy Central 6:05pm-7:40pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
A man dreams of becoming a police officer, but thinks his chance is lost after a car accident leaves him critically injured. That is, until a deranged scientist offers to rebuild him with the body parts and organs of various animals, making his physique better than ever before. All seems well, until some beastly traits begin to emerge. Comedy, with Rob Schneider, Edward Asner and Colleen Haskell.

Hulk (2003) ITV 7:15pm-8:25pm (1 hour 10 minutes)
Scientist Dr Bruce Banner turns into the rampaging green Hulk after exposure to a huge dose of gamma radiation, prompting the military to embark on a no-holds-barred mission to destroy the monster. Meanwhile, Banner’s unstable father resurfaces, holding the secret to his transformation. Comic-strip adventure from director Ang Lee, starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott and Nick Nolte.

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The Prestige (2006) BBC2 11:00pm-1:00am (2 hours)
Victorian stage illusionists Robert Angier and Alfred Borden engage in a bitter personal and professional rivalry. The pair resort to increasingly brutal measures to sabotage each other’s acts, while Angier becomes obsessed with the secret behind Borden’s greatest illusion. Christopher Nolan’s mystery thriller, starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo and Scarlett Johansson, with David Bowie as real-life scientific pioneer Nikola Tesla.

End of Days (1999) Channel 4 11:10pm-1:30am (2 hours 20 minutes)
A world-weary former police officer encounters the Devil himself on New Year’s Eve 1999, and is spurred into action to stop the Prince of Darkness exploiting an innocent woman to bring about Armageddon. Supernatural thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Rod Steiger, Kevin Pollak, CCH Pounder and Miriam Margolyes.

SUNDAY 29th May

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Beethoven (1992) ITV2 1:50pm-2:50pm (1 hour) 2 parts
An all-American family adopts a huge St Bernard, but the father is dismayed when it turns into a one-dog disaster zone. He insists the mutt must go to a new home, but when it is kidnapped by a crooked vet, dad has a change of heart and races to the rescue. Comedy, starring Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Oliver Platt and David Duchovny.

Doc Hollywood (1991) ITV3 4:30pm-5:40pm (1 hour 10 minutes)
An arrogant doctor on his way to California causes an accident in a rural South Carolina town and is sentenced to community service at the local hospital. Initially desperate to leave, he gradually comes to appreciate a slower pace of life. Comedy, starring Michael J Fox, Julie Warner, Woody Harrelson, Bridget Fonda and George Hamilton.

Fun Fact: At one point Hank Gordon says, “I don’t trust a man who doesn’t eat meat.” In real life, Woody Harrelson is a vegan.

Despicable Me (2010) ITV2 5:20pm-6:20pm (1 hour) 2 parts
A criminal mastermind hopes to seal his reputation as the greatest villain of them all by stealing the moon. First he needs to get his hands on a shrinking ray owned by a rival evil genius, and adopts three orphan girls to help him – but finds that fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. Animated comedy, with the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews.

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Big (1988) Film4 4:50pm-6:55pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A boy ridiculed for his size makes a wish on a fairground machine to become bigger – only to wake up as a 30-year-old man. Driven from his home by his terrified mother, the bewildered youngster trapped in a grown-up body makes his way to New York, where he rises high in the ranks of a toy manufacturing company and applies his youthful enthusiasm to the complexities of adult life. Comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia.

Field of Dreams (1989) Film4 6:55pm-9:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A farmer hears a mysterious voice inspiring him to mark out a baseball diamond in a cornfield – which, to his surprise, is visited by the ghost of the star player of the 1919 Chicago White Sox team, whose career was cut short by scandal. It later dawns on him the pitch has a greater purpose – to give people who have sacrificed important parts of their lives a second chance. Fantasy, starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster and James Earl Jones.

Police Academy (1984) ITV4 9:00pm-10:00pm (1 hour) 2 parts
An American police college lowers its entrance requirements in the hope of attracting new recruits, and in response, assorted dubious candidates turn up for enrolment. A short-tempered instructor is determined to weed out the bad apples, but a riot provides the clueless cops with a chance to prove their worth. Comedy, starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Bubba Smith and GW Bailey.

Good Will Hunting (1997) ITV3 10:05pm-11:10pm (1 hour 5 minutes) 2 parts
A troubled maths genius refuses to use his gift, preferring to work as a janitor and lead a normal life with his friends. Eventually, a university professor persuades him to see a psychologist, who befriends him and proves the only person able to help him come to terms with his talent and past traumas. Drama, written by and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who won Oscars for their screenplay. With Robin Williams, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard.

Whatever you’re up to this long retro weekend, make sure you have an outside towel and an inside towel and don’t forget to bring enough socks. Matching optional.
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The Trolls are back! Possibly one of THE biggest crazes we’ve ever experienced (that wasn’t on the internet at least), Trolls were simply HUGE!

Loved all over the world, everyone had to have a Troll of some form or another. Whether it’s a doll itself, pencil tops, rubbers, keychains or stickers, anyone who was any back from the 70s to the 90s in various stages and comebacks had to have some Troll action in their lives and who came blame them!

Originally created in 1959 by Danish fisherman and woodcutter Thomas Dam for his young daughter, Troll Dolls have been a household name for as long as we can remember and we certainly had our fair share of dolls and accessories over the years. Becoming somewhat of a cult icon, many people have remained hard and fast fans with huge collections being showcased all over the cyberwebs.

Seeing as digging up our age-old treasures and bringing them back into our lives is part of our job description, we couldn’t resist the chance of getting our eager hands on an amazing new range of Trolls clothing and accessories including Trolls TShirts, Pencil Cases, Pens, Notepads and more.

Loving nothing more than rocking something from our childhoods and having being bitten by the Troll bug like many others at some point in your lives, our latest range of Troll Merchandise is such a welcome sight and we’re so excited to share them with you lot!

Take a peep at our latest range of tshirts including this fab design with real Troll hair on! (or as close as we can find :) )

Now no office or school desk is really complete without your very own stamp of personalisation which thankfully will be as cool as you could hope for with our funky Troll accessories. Take a peep!

So were you a huge fan of Trolls growing up? Perhaps you still are? Let us know your Troll memories in the comments below.
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Now, when a lot of people think of the 70s they might conjure up visions of huge flares, space hoppers, dodgy haircuts and hot summer festivals. This is pretty spot on really but for us there is one perhaps defining thing that jumps straight into our heads….Blondie!

Even just saying the name has some of the most iconic beats ringing in our ears which seem to then always be stuck there for a little while………….ahh sorry! Hitting the scene back in the mid 70s, Blondie (formed by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein) rose to become a household name with hit singles and albums all over the world with their American new wave and punky sounds.

Oooooozing cool, Blondie become one of the most successful groups having released three platinum albums; Parallel Lines, Eat to the Beat, and Autoamerican which are still regarded as their best work.

What better way to celebrate such a 70s/80s icon that with your very own collection of Blondie TShirts!? Sure to turn all the right heads in a crowd, take a peep at our latest collection including album inspired designs…

Available in size small to XXL, pick up one of these little rock gems from only £17.99 at TruffleShuffle.com.

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Slap my thigh and shiver me timbers! It’s another retro movie filled weekend!

Like a very keen and mildly experienced racer, we find ourselves faced with a a packed grid in which to take on. We’ll rev up the car and our adrenaline as we speed our way round the twist and turns of the track hunting down our next victim to overtake. Ticking off places like movies in our weekend, we’ll use cunning and tactics to manoeuvre our way through the weekend as we gain a sense of victory with every pass. Taking poll position, we’ll stand proud on the podium gazing back at the weekend that was.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 21st May

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The Dark Crystal
(1982) Film4 11:00am-1:00pm (2 hours)
A survivor of a near-extinct race is given a dangerous quest as his world approaches an astronomical event that will decide its future. He must find a way to restore a broken piece to a magical crystal, which has become a source of dark power for the cruel creatures who wiped out his people. Jim Henson’s puppet fantasy, with the voices of Stephen Garlick and Billie Whitelaw.

The Likely Lads (1976) GOLD 12:35pm-2:25pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Bob and Thelma embark on a chaotic caravan holiday – with best pal Terry and a glamorous Scandinavian au pair in tow, ensuring that nothing will go according to plan. Comedy based on the TV series, starring James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth and Mary Tamm.

Hulk (2003) ITV 2:20pm-4:55pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
Scientist Dr Bruce Banner turns into the rampaging green Hulk after exposure to a huge dose of gamma radiation, prompting the military to embark on a no-holds-barred mission to destroy the monster. Meanwhile, Banner’s unstable father resurfaces, holding the secret to his transformation. Comic-strip adventure from director Ang Lee, starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott and Nick Nolte.

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Back to the Future (1985) ITV2 5:05pm-6:05pm (1 hour) 2 part
Teenager Marty McFly travels back to the 1950s in a time machine built by his eccentric inventor friend. The return journey proves tricky enough, but he also accidentally alters the sequence of events that led to his parents falling in love – and has to persuade his future dad to win his mother’s heart, or he will never be born. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover.

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Tootsie (1982) Film4 6:40pm-9:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A New York actor’s difficult reputation has rendered him unemployable. When a TV soap advertises a new female role, he disguises himself as a woman for the audition – and wins the part. But the character proves so popular, he is forced to keep up the pretence indefinitely. Comedy, starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange and Bill Murray. Directed by Sydney Pollack, who makes a cameo appearance as Hoffman’s agent.

Casino Royale (1967) 7:00pm-8:10pm (1 hour 10 minutes) 2 part
Ageing spy James Bond comes out of retirement to tackle a mysterious mastermind who wants to take over the world. Meanwhile, another agent disguises himself as Bond to face the evil genius over the baccarat table. Spoof spy adventure, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Orson Welles, Deborah Kerr and Ursula Andress.

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Uncle Buck (1989) ITV2 7:20pm-8:20pm (1 hour) 2 part
An unreliable but good-natured slob is called upon to look after his trouble-making nephew and nieces while their parents are away – and what starts as a disaster soon changes for the better as the unlikely babysitter gets to grips with the finer points of being a responsible adult. Family comedy, starring John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Kelly, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Madigan and Laurie Metcalf.

SUNDAY 22nd May

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A Little Princess
(1995) ITV2 1:00pm-2:05pm (1 hour 5 minutes)
A wealthy English girl is sent to an austere New York boarding school, where she charms the other youngsters with her stories of life in India – until her father goes missing in action, leaving her destitute and in the hands of the wicked headmistress. Drama based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel, with Eleanor Bron, Liesel Matthews and Liam Cunningham.

Mars Attacks! (1996) Comedy Central 2:00pm-4:00pm (2 hours)
The inhabitants of Earth leap into action to repel an impending invasion by a seemingly invincible Martian army, which possesses superior weaponry, a thirst for destruction and a wicked sense of humour. Tim Burton’s sci-fi comedy, starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Danny DeVito and Tom Jones.

Evolution (2001) Channel 4 2:30pm-4:30pm (2 hours)
Two science teachers investigate a mysterious meteor and discover it is oozing a strange fluid containing millions of minuscule but rapidly evolving organisms – which start to turn into terrifying alien monsters with a taste for human flesh. Sci-fi comedy, starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott, Dan Aykroyd and Ted Levine.

Ghost (1990) More4 9:00pm-11:35pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
The spirit of a murdered executive tries to find a way to help his girlfriend bring his killer to justice and enlists the aid of a fraudulent medium – who is amazed and baffled when her psychic powers turn out to be all too real. Romantic fantasy, starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and an Oscar-winning Whoopi Goldberg.

Starsky & Hutch (2004) Comedy Central 9:00pm-11:00pm (2 hours)
Two mismatched detectives are forced to work together for the first time to track down a crime kingpin who has introduced a new, undetectable narcotic to the streets – but they struggle to get along. Comedy spoofing the 1970s cop show, starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Vince Vaughn and Juliette Lewis.

Raw Deal (1986) ITV4 10:00pm-11:00pm (1 hour) 2 part
An FBI agent is discharged for insubordination after assaulting a suspect, and ends up reduced to being the sheriff of a backwater Southern town. He is later offered his old job back – on the condition he will infiltrate a gang of Chicago mobsters and bring their leader to justice for killing the son of the Bureau’s chief. Action thriller, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Wanamaker, Kathryn Harrold, Ed Lauter and Darren McGavin.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, always keep your legs and arms inside the kart and remember to take the original out of the copier.

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You heard it right folks! The king of all the petrol heads The Gas Monkey crew have just tire screeched their way in style to the TruffleShuffle party with three awesome designs!

Hitting our screens back in June 2012 with their Hot Rod and lite beer fuelled show Fast N’ Loud, Richard Rawlings and all round car guru Aaron Kaufman (AKA the dude with the best beard ever) have been bringing us some of the very coolest custom American cars ever since.
Turning rusty (sorry….patina) old classic cars into some of the meanest looking, sounding and driving cars we’ve ever seen, the Gas Monkey team are where it’s at if you’re looking for ultimate cool.

As such huuuuge fans of the show and after hearing your please, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to get our eager hands on some of our very own Gas Monkey Garage TShirts and….well….we have! With three new designs to pick from (two for the guys and one for the gals), pick up the perfect design to suit your style from just £19.99. Take a peep!

Men’s Black Fast N’ Loud Gas Monkey Garage Logo T-Shirt

Bring some serious grease power to your wardrobe with this super-soft, classic Gas Monkey logo tee, paying tribute to the show in style…

Men’s White Fast N’ Loud Gas Monkey Garage Spark Plugs T-Shirt

This statement, crisp white tee, featuring their motto ‘Blood, Sweat, Beers’ is perfect for showing your love for the cult show in true Gas Monkey style – with serious attitude.

Women’s Black Fast N’ Loud Gas Monkey Garage Wrench Shield T-Shirt

Show your love for the super-cool all-American TV show with our wicked women’s Gas Monkey Garage Wrench Shield tee.

But wait there’s more!

Show some Gas Monkey-worthy attitude in this awesome Fast N’ Loud snapback cap!

So there you have it folks! For all these on one place, put petal to the metal and blast your way over to our full range of Fast N’ Loud Clothing. See you there!
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