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The Princess Bride -- Based on William Goldman's novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred Savage). Falk's character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates.
The Princess Bride -- Shared: Dread Pirate and Buttercup Editions
The Princess Bride -- Clip: Hello, My Name Is Inigo Montoya
The Princess Bride -- Featurette: On Andre The Giant
The Princess Bride -- Clip: Battle of Wits


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Release Date:
9 October 1987 (USA) See more »
The story of a man and a woman who lived happily ever after. Even though the courtship almost killed them. See more »
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Elwes ... Westley

Mandy Patinkin ... Inigo Montoya

Chris Sarandon ... Prince Humperdinck

Christopher Guest ... Count Tyrone Rugen

Wallace Shawn ... Vizzini

André the Giant ... Fezzik (as Andre the Giant)

Fred Savage ... The Grandson

Robin Wright ... The Princess Bride

Peter Falk ... The Grandfather / Narrator
Peter Cook ... The Impressive Clergyman

Mel Smith ... The Albino

Carol Kane ... Valerie

Billy Crystal ... Miracle Max
Anne Dyson ... The Queen
Margery Mason ... The Ancient Booer
Malcolm Storry ... Yellin

Willoughby Gray ... The King
Betsy Brantley ... The Mother
Paul Badger ... The Assistant Brute
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Errol Bennett ... The Balladeer's Percussionist (uncredited)

Willy DeVille ... The Balladeer (voice) (uncredited)
Mickey Feat ... The Balladeer's Bassist (uncredited)
Guy Fletcher ... The Balladeer's Keyboardist (uncredited)
Mark Knopfler ... The Balladeer's Guitarist (uncredited)
Jamie Lane ... The Balladeer's Drummer (uncredited)
Sallie McLaughlin ... (uncredited)
Derek Pykett ... Villager (uncredited)

Directed by
Rob Reiner 
Writing credits
William Goldman (book)

William Goldman (screenplay)

Produced by
Norman Lear .... executive producer
Steve Nicolaides .... associate producer
Rob Reiner .... producer
Andrew Scheinman .... producer
Jeffrey Stott .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mark Knopfler 
Cinematography by
Adrian Biddle 
Film Editing by
Robert Leighton 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
Norman Garwood 
Art Direction by
Richard Holland 
Keith Pain (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Maggie Gray 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
Makeup Department
Lois Burwell .... makeup supervisor
Andy Clement .... special makeup effects assistant
Eithne Fennel .... supervising hair stylist (as Eithne Fennell)
Nick Forder .... makeup artist
Jan Jamison .... hair stylist
Peter Montagna .... makeup designer: Mr. Crystal
Peter Montagna .... makeup designer: Ms. Kane
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist
Peter Robb-King .... makeup artist
Production Management
David Barron .... production manager: UK
Loretta Ordewer .... unit manager: Derbyshire
Mark E. Pollack .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Baker .... assistant director
Peter Bennett .... assistant director
Paul Taylor .... third assistant director
Art Department
Bruce Bigg .... property master
Sharon Cartwright .... draftsperson
Derek Creedon .... dressing propman
Mick Flanders .... dressing propman (as Michael Flanders)
Brian P. Harris .... dressing propman (as Brian Harris)
Les London .... stand-by propman
Jill Quertier .... production buyer
John Ralph .... draftsperson
Lucy Richardson .... draftsperson
Alfie Smith .... stand-by propman
Bill Stallion .... storyboard artist
Micky Swift .... stand-by propman (as Mickey Swift)
Peter Verard .... construction manager
Peter Wallis .... dressing propman
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Brian Muir .... sculptor (uncredited)
Keith Short .... sculptor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tom Bellfort .... sound editor
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
Sandy Berman .... special sound effects
David E. Campbell .... re-recording engineer
Jacqueline Cristianini .... sound editor (as Jacqueline Christianini)
Cameron Frankley .... sound editor
Chris Hogan .... sound assistant
Michael Hoskinson .... sound assistant (as Michael R. Hoskinson)
Joe Hutshing .... sound assistant
David John .... sound mixer
Randy Kelley .... sound editor
Larry Kemp .... sound editor
Matthew Launay .... boom operator
Joseph A. Mayer .... adr supervisor (as Joe Mayer)
Vince Melandri .... sound editor
John T. Reitz .... re-recording engineer
Dan M. Rich .... sound editor (as Dan Rich)
Ronald Roose .... sound editor (as Ron Roose)
Gregg Rudloff .... re-recording engineer
Hugo Weng .... sound editor
William Dotson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Craig Harris .... special sound effects (uncredited)
Barbara McBane .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bob Newlan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
David Young .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
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 (as Ronald Hone)
Phil Knowles .... special effects technician (as Philip Knowles)
Terry Schubert .... special effects technician
Rodger Shaw .... animatronic supervisor
Neil Swan .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Bob Cuff .... matte artist (as Bob Cuffe)
John Grant .... matte supervisor
Kent Houston .... matte supervisor
Edward Jaffe .... grip: model photography unit
Ken Marschall .... additional matte painter
John Morgan .... camera operator: model photography unit
Nigel Stone .... loader: model photography unit
Jonathan Taylor .... focus: model photography unit (as Jonathon Taylor)
Paul Wilson .... model photographer: model photography unit
Andy Bradford .... stunts
George Lane Cooper .... stunts (as George Cooper)
Sue Crosland .... stunts (as Sue Crossland)
Peter Diamond .... stunt coordinator
Reg Harding .... stunts
Terry Richards .... stunts
Jason White .... stunts
Kevin Hudson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Andrew .... director of photography: Ireland second unit
Philip Aylewood .... assistant camera: Ireland second unit
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Gary Cross .... electrician
Kevin Day .... gaffer
John Deaton .... assistant camera: Ireland second unit
Alfie Emmins .... electrician
John Flemming .... key grip
Brian Harris .... camera operator: Ireland second unit
Martin Hume .... focus puller
Andy McDade .... electrician
Terry Nightingall .... camera loader
Shaun O'Dell .... camera operator
John Outred .... assistant camera: Ireland second unit
Nick Phillips .... assistant camera: Ireland second unit
Larry Randall .... best boy electric
Dave Ridout .... electrician (as David Ridout)
Toby Tyler .... electrician
Al Wilson .... generator operator
Severin Woxholt .... assistant camera: Ireland second unit
Lee McLaughlin .... still photographer (uncredited)
Chris Warren .... video operator: second unit (uncredited)
Animation Department
Nigel Trevessey .... mechanical designer (as Nigel D. Trevessey)
Casting Department
Michael Hirshenson .... casting assistant: USA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judy Bagley-Shaw .... wardrobe assistant
John Birkinshaw .... wardrobe assistant (as John Birkenshaw)
Jane Hamilton .... assistant costume designer
Richard Pointing .... wardrobe supervisor
Joyce Stoneman .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Phil Downey .... color timer
Paul Hodgson .... assistant editor
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Andrew MacRitchie .... assistant editor
Steven Nevius .... assistant editor (as Steve Nevius)
Adam Weiss .... associate editor
Music Department
Marc Di Sisto .... music recording engineer (as Marc De Sisto)
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Guy Fletcher .... musician: keyboards
Mark Knopfler .... musician: guitar
Errol Bennett .... musician: percussions (uncredited)
Willy DeVille .... singer (uncredited)
Mickey Feat .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Jamie Lane .... musician: drums & percussions (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Bevan .... unit driver (as Mike Bevan)
Roy Clarke .... unit driver
Gordon Curran .... unit driver
Terry Pritchard .... unit driver
Terry Tapping .... unit driver
Other crew
Bob Anderson .... sword master
Gillian Bates .... production coordinator
John Beharrell .... production accountant
Bi Benton .... assistant to producers
Danny Blackner .... R.O.U.S. performer
Jennifer Collen-Smith .... unit publicist
Leslie Cornyn .... post-production accountant
Kevin De La Noy .... production runner
Ceri Evans .... script supervisor
Penelope Forrester .... assistant accountant
Barry Fowler .... mold making supervisor
Anthony Georghiou .... R.O.U.S. performer
Paul Gregory .... location projectionist
Alex Harwood .... pattern maker
Bob Jordan .... assistant location manager
Vivien Jordan .... production secretary: UK
Trevor Kaye .... production runner
Beverley Keogh .... crowd coordinator
Emily Maupin .... personal assistant: Mr. Reiner
Peter Morley .... location projectionist
Philip Morley .... location projectionist
Susan Nicholson .... assistant accountant
Lori Patterson .... production secretary: USA
Paul Shersby .... location manager
Li Chin Tye .... first aid
Bill Tomlinson .... advisor: swordfighting choreography (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Bridges' Bride" - Philippines (English title)
"Princess Bride Story" - Japan (English title)
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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-10 | France:U | Iceland:L | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) (2010) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) (2007) | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1988) | Norway:10 | Peru:PT | Philippines:G | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #28736) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Florin and Guilder are made up kingdoms but they reference a single historical coin called both florin and guilder. This is a subtle joke implying that the two kingdoms are interchangeable. Also it implies that the film is set after the year 1252 when the coin was introduced.See more »
Continuity: In the sword fight between Man in Black and Inigo, when MIB throws his sword down and then proceeds into his flip from the "horizontal bar" onto the ground level, he lands a good five feet from the thrown sword. In the next cut, he reaches a foot away to grab the sword's handle.See more »
[first lines]
The Mother:Hi, honey.
The Grandson:Hi, Mom.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Crash Nitro Kart (2003) (VG)See more »
Guide My SwordSee more »


Who killed Inigo Montoya's father?
What changes are made from the book?
Why did Vizzini kidnap Buttercup?
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221 out of 265 people found the following review useful.
I love it., 10 January 2001
Author: Little Raven from TO, Canada

There's enough reviews here to show how enjoyable and entertaining this movie is, but I had to put my own word in...

I simply love this movie. I watched it with my parents when I was very young, and have been watching it constantly ever since. It's a movie that I just can't seem to grow tired of. For one, I absolutely love the medieval fantasy genre, both in books and movies. From a small child I've loved knights, castles, dragons. the whole sort. This movie, quite simply, puts the viewer into an imaginative world where everything seems real. Second, the characters are so enjoyable to watch, you really begin to feel for them - all of them. Even humperdink, whose name does him justice, gets pity at the end. Lastly, the grandfather's list of the qualities of the book at the very beginning are all true... this story has everything. That is why it is such a classic, when everything comes down to it. From the moving love story between Wesly and Buttercup, to the dynamic and brilliantly scripted duel between the Man in Black and Indigo, to even the hilarious bickering from Vezinni to his lovable giant, Fezzik... This movie finds a place to include EVERYTHING one can imagine. The story moves along at a great pace, and you feel as though the whole land has been covered when the book is closed. Furthermore, the whole conception of using the "telling a story" approach doesn't taken away from the realism of the story, but raises it even more by showing how mesmerized the boy is, listening to the tale - just as we are, in front of the screen.

Maybe it was how I was captivated to the screen, watching it as a child... Maybe it was how I'd pop the movie in and turn a boring Sunday afternoon an exciting adventure as I grew up... Or maybe it's how I can sit down with friends and all enjoy the movie together, laughing at its funny parts, and cheering at it's exciting moments. The movie has a place in my heart, and that will never go away. A "10" on the scale, and even these words, can't begin to tell how much I love this movie.

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