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The Princess Bride -- A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).
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Director:
Writers:
William Goldman (book)
William Goldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 October 1987 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Scaling the Cliffs of Insanity, Battling Rodents of Unusual Size, Facing torture in the Pit of Despair. - True love has never been a snap. See more »
Plot:
A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather). Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
True Love Conquers All See more (672 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Elwes ... Westley / The Man in Black

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)
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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
 
Stunts
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)
 
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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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Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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?

Trivia:
The two rival kingdoms in the movie are Florin and Guilder. These are the names of two former Dutch currencies, the Florijn and Gulden.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Vizzini leaves his boat docked at the base of the rope before climbing, yet when the Man in Black arrives moments later, the boat is no longer there.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
The Mother:Hi, honey.
The Grandson:Hi, Mom.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Duke Nukem Forever (2011) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Storybook LoveSee more »

FAQ

Who killed Inigo Montoya's father?
What changes are made from the book?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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66 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
True Love Conquers All, 19 April 2004
Author: aerator from Red Bud, IL

Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, and Robin Wright Penn star in this classic fairy tale entitled The Princess Bride. It is based on a novel by William Goldman, who also wrote the screenplay. Director Rob Reiner brings life to this story and effectively evokes the enchanting spirit of the witty 1973 novel.

The movie opens with a sick boy (Fred Savage) who receives a visit from his grandfather (Peter Falk) who intends to read to him from his favorite book. The boy is not exactly pleased to be distracted from his world of video games. However, his mood quickly changes as he and the viewer are transported to a place out of time. We are taken to Florin, a kingdom in an imaginary land, complete with dashing heroes, cowardly princes, rhyming giants, rodents of unusual size, fancy swordfights, and yes . . . even some kissing.

This fairy tale begins on a farm in the countryside. There lives a beautiful, young woman named Buttercup (Robin Wright Penn) who learns that "as you wish" really means "I love you" when she falls for her farmhand Westley (Cary Elwes). While trying to seek his fortune, Westley disappears at sea and becomes an apparent victim of the Dread Pirate Roberts. A few years later, Buttercup, who is now engaged to Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), is kidnapped by a trio of misfits, which includes brains--Vizzini (Wallace Shawn); brawn--Fezzik (André the Giant); and sword--Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin). As they sail away toward the Cliffs of Insanity, they notice the pursuit of a man in black. Now begins the adventure . . . .

The central idea of The Princess Bride is that true love can conquer all. Throughout the movie, there are many hardships and trials that true love must endure. The movie keeps the viewer guessing until the very end whether or not there will be the classic fairy tale ending.

This movie is appealing to me because of the classic fairy tale style combined with the witty humor, well choreographed action sequences, and intense instances of suspense. The characters are well developed and all the actors give an amazing performance which adds to the overall appeal of the movie. The Princess Bride is easily one of my all time favorite movies.

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