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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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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A personal favorite, but mediocre. The whole greater than the sum of its parts. See more (697 total) »


  (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?

Billy Crystal used his "Saturday Night Live" (1975) makeup artist, Peter Montagna, to create Miracle Max. Billy brought him photos of his grandmother and Casey Stengel to help develop the look, and also brought in an uncle who had similar bone structure.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Westley is wrestling the R.O.U.S. in the fire swamp, the tube which shoots the blast of fire is clearly visible just before the R.O.U.S. is set ablaze.See more »
[first lines]
The Mother:Hi, honey.
The Grandson:Hi, Mom.
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29 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
A personal favorite, but mediocre. The whole greater than the sum of its parts., 23 October 2011
Author: cgf376 from United States

Despite the glaring flaws you will find in this movie. It remains one of my favorite ones to watch for a number of reasons.

1) It has EVERYTHING! Action, comedy, drama, suspense, revenge, fairy- tales, heroes, villains, pirates, giants, miracle men, even rodents of unusual size. There is a reason it is always among the list of Best Movies, Funniest Movies, and Best Love Stories of All Time.

2) The CAST. Hard to name a more fitting princess than the beautiful Robin Wright, Cary Elwes can sweep you off your feet as a farmboy or a masked man, Mandy Patinkin delivers the most memorable quote of his career, and the rest of the ensemble transport you into their magical world.

3) It has ROBIN WRIGHT in it! Did I say that already?

4) It brings out the KID in me and the nostalgia of those days. If only for two hours you can go to a distant land and be on an adventure and feel positive and young again.

5) It has plenty of MEMORABLE LINES and scenes.

SOME MISSES: - SPECIAL EFFECTS are pretty lame, even by 80's standards (the rodents could not have been more fake and some of the props are sub-standard) - STORY: Predictable and full of clichés - SCRIPT/DIALOGUE: While there are numerous memorable lines, they are repeated too frequently throughout the course of the movie. The script was simplistic. And to be objective, not too funny for most adults. - ACTING: There isn't much depth to any of the characters but the script didn't give the actors much to work with, for starters. Younger audiences may not notice it, but older ones may cringe in some scenes - CHEESE FACTOR: oh boy, it has plenty. It openly deals with "True Love" in a fantasy environment so it's pretty much set-up for sappy-ness.

FOR: - People who still have their inner child intact somewhere - Family movie night - Slumber Party with the girls - Reminiscing with others who have seen this movie as a kid

NOT FOR: - Kids who are too young (who might get scared by giant rats, some fighting, torture, talk of killing, and kissing scenes) - People who take themselves too seriously or are jaded cynics - Grown-ups who will be seeing this for the first time and have been misled by the high ratings

BOTTOM LINE: Cheesy Mac & Cheese with bacon bits. My favorite food ever since I was a kid. It was yummy then and still yummy now and I don't have to explain why I love it, I just do. If only for the fact that I've carried my love for this movie since childhood, my sentimental attachment to it would give it a 10/10.

But then my Mac & Cheese, no matter how yummy, is never gonna get 3 Michelin stars next to a dish with fancy truffles. As a MOVIE, stripped of my nostalgia, this one is mediocre at best. There are more imaginative fantasy movies, funnier comedies, more romantic love stories, and more exciting adventures.

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