The Princess Bride
Rating
Details
Director:Rob Reiner
Writer:William Goldman
Producer:Norman Lear, Steve Nicolaides, Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman
Theatrical:1987
Rated:PG
Studio:MGM
Genre:Kids & Family
Duration:98
Summary
Screenwriter William Goldman's novel "The Princess Bride" earned its own loyal audience on the strength of its narrative voice and its gently satirical, hyperbolic spin on swashbuckled adventure that seemed almost purely literary. For all its derring-do and vivid over-the-top characters, the book's joy was dictated as much by the deadpan tone of its narrator and a winking acknowledgement of the clichés being sent up. Miraculously, director Rob Reiner and Goldman himself managed to visualize this romantic fable while keeping that external voice largely intact: using a storytelling framework, avuncular Grandpa (Peter Falk) gradually seduces his skeptical grandson (Fred Savage) into the absurd, irresistible melodrama of the title story. And what a story: a lowly stable boy, Westley (Cary Elwes), pledges his love to the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright), only to be abducted and reportedly killed by pirates while Buttercup is betrothed to the evil Prince Humperdinck. Even as Buttercup herself is kidnapped by a giant, a scheming criminal mastermind, and a master Spanish swordsman, a mysterious masked pirate (could it be Westley?) follows in pursuit. As they sail toward the Cliffs of Insanity... The wild and woolly arcs of the story, the sudden twists of fate, and, above all, the cartoon-scaled characters all work because of Goldman's very funny script, Reiner's confident direction, and a terrific cast. Elwes and Wright, both sporting their best English accents, juggle romantic fervor and physical slapstick effortlessly, while supporting roles boast Mandy Patinkin (the swordsman Inigo Montoya), Wallace Shawn (the incredulous schemer Vizzini), and Christopher Guest (evil Count Rugen) with brief but funny cameos from Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Peter Cook. "--Sam Sutherland"


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Cast
Andre the Giant
Betsy Brantley The Mother
Anne Dyson The Queen
Cary Elwes Westley
Peter Falk The Grandfather
Mandy Patinkin Inigo Montoya
Chris Sarandon Prince Humperdinck
Christopher Guest Count Tyrone Rugen
Wallace Shawn Vizzini
André the Giant Fezzik
Fred Savage The Grandson
Robin Wright Buttercup
Peter Cook The Impressive Clergyman
Mel Smith The Albino
Carol Kane Valerie
Billy Crystal Miracle Max
Margery Mason The Ancient Booer
Malcolm Storry Yellin
Willoughby Gray The King
Paul Badger The Assistant Brute
Sallie McLaughlin (uncredited)
Derek Pykett Villager (uncredited)
Mark Knopfler Composer
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Robert Leighton Editor
Nick Allder special effects supervisor
Robert Harman cliff climbing effects: second unit: Ireland (as Bob Harmon)
John Hatt special effects technician
Ron Hone special effects technician
Phil Knowles special effects technician
Terry Schubert special effects technician
Rodger Shaw animatronic supervisor
Neil Swan special effects technician
DVD Details
Languages:English, Spanish, French
Sound:AC-3
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Picture Format:Widescreen
Discs:2
Region:1
Release:Mar 2009