Princess Bride, The - (Special Edition) (1987)
Front Cover Actor
Cary Elwes Westley
Mandy Patinkin Inigo Montoya
Robin Wright Penn Buttercup/The Princess Bride (as Robin Wright)
Chris Sarandon Prince Humperdinck
Christopher Guest Count Tyrone Rugen
Wallace Shawn Vizzini
André the Giant Fezzik (as Andre the Giant)
Fred Savage The Grandson
Peter Falk The Grandfather
Peter Cook The Impressive Clergyman
Andre the Giant Fezzik
Movie Details
Genre Fantasy; Family; Adventure; Comedy; Romance; Action
Director Rob Reiner
Producer Rob Reiner; Andrew Scheinman; Norman Lear; Steve Nicolaides
Writer William Goldman
Studio 20th Century Fox; MGM (Video & DVD)
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 1 hr 38 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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

Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Index 1010
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/23/03
Purchase Price $10.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder A
Product Details
Edition (Special Edition)
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 027616865731
Chapters
Release Date 2003
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby