The Princess Bride

  • PG
  • Rob Reiner (1987)
  • US
  • 94 min
The Princess Bride
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Rob Reiner has always been careful to avoid typecasting as a director, so following the warm nostalgia of Stand by Me he opted for this curious but ultimately charming fable. The film opens with Peter Falk reading the story to grandson Fred Savage (from TV's The Wonder Years), and this ironic distancing continues throughout the movie. Although the requisite monsters, giants and swordfights are present and correct for the children, Reiner also ensures there are plenty of quiet chuckles for adults. That's largely thanks to the efforts of an eclectic cast, which includes Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, This Is Spinal Tap's Christopher Guest, Mel Smith and Peter Cook. An unexpected delight for all the family.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure set in a medieval fairy-tale land, starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Chris Sarandon. A farm boy falls in love with his beautiful employer and, in order to marry her, sets off for foreign parts to seek his fortune.

Cast and crew

Cast

Westley
Cary Elwes
Inigo Montoya
Mandy Patinkin
Prince Humperdinck
Chris Sarandon
Count Rugen
Christopher Guest
Vizzini
Wallace Shawn
Fezzik
André the Giant
Grandson
Fred Savage
Buttercup, the Princess Bride
Robin Wright
Grandfather
Peter Falk
Impressive clergyman
Peter Cook
Miracle Max, the Wizard
Billy Crystal
Albino
Mel Smith
Valerie
Carol Kane

Crew

Director
Rob Reiner

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Lionsgate UK
Guidance: 
Violence, edited for language
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 8 Mar 2013
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Columbia Tri-Star Home Video
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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