The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

Rob Reiner (1987)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A cynical youngster becomes entranced by his grandfather's magical tales, which revolve around a stable-boy's heroic quest to rescue his lost love from the clutches of an evil prince, with the aid of a vengeance-seeking Spanish swashbuckler and his hulking sidekick. Rob Reiner's comic fantasy adventure, with Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk and Fred Savage.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Rob Reiner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Lionsgate UKGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Mar 2013
Comedy Drama