“Follow the money.”
“Is it safe?”
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
These much-quoted lines are from such films as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All the President’s Men,” “Marathon Man” and “The Princess Bride.” But they were the creation of one man, William Goldman, an Oscar-winning screenwriter whose 1983 memoir, “Adventures in the Screen Trade,” is considered one of the best books about what it takes to make a living producing successful movie scripts.
Sadly, his flow of on-screen catchy dialogue has come to an end. Goldman, who once summed up the state of Hollywood creativity in just three words in his book – “Nobody knows anything” – is dead at age 87.
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He tried to write novels at first, and would do so eventually, but decided to try an original screenplay instead.