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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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Writers:
William Goldman (book)
William Goldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 October 1987 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The story of a man and a woman who lived happily ever after. Even though the courtship almost killed them. See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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A great adventure film in somewhat the same style as other great fantasy adventures like The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride takes us on a wonderful trip along with fascinating and enormously amusing c See more (684 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
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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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:
It is implied that the character of Count Rugen was an adult when Inigo Montoya was a child. Christopher Guest, who plays Rugen, is actually only four years older than Mandy Patinkin, who plays Inigo.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Fezzik leans Westley on the castle wall, the wall moves.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
The Mother:Hi, honey.
The Grandson:Hi, Mom.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Storybook LoveSee more »

FAQ

Who killed Inigo Montoya's father?
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120 out of 151 people found the following review useful.
A great adventure film in somewhat the same style as other great fantasy adventures like The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride takes us on a wonderful trip along with fascinating and enormously amusing c, 6 August 2002
Author: Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) from Luoyang, China

I'm not exactly sure what exactly it is that makes The Princess Bride such a spectacular film. Or, at the very least, I just can't pinpoint a single characteristic about it that really rises above all others as the main reason that no one should miss it. Indeed, it has a title that should prove to be remarkably uninteresting to the typical action adventure fan (okay, MALE action adventure fan), but even the most die-hard Die Hard fan would love this film. It is extremely important not to judge this film just because it has such a flowery and dangerously (at the risk of sounding shallow) girly name, because it is full of wonderful adventure and even some good killing and violence. Does this belong in this kind of romantic comedy? Absolutely! The cover box of the film looks like that of a cheesy romance novel, but the film is truly great from start to finish. And, indeed, the film is very aware of the superficial impression that it leaves, and it even presents it directly through Fred Savage's initial response to his grandfather reading him the story. But as the film goes on, we begin to have the same reaction that Fred has. We can't get enough.

Cary Elwes delivers by far the most outstanding performance of his career as Westley, the love-struck servant to Buttercup, a beautiful blonde woman living in a misty romantic fantasy world. Sadly, Elwes' later career has been punctuated by roles that do not serve him well, especially after such a stunning performance in this role. Liar Liar and Twister come immediately to mind. Robin Wright also gives one of the best performances of her career in her film debut here as Princess Buttercup, but the real quality of the performances that makes the movie so great is the fact that they were able to pack the film full of comic relief (it was nearly nonstop from start to finish) without taking anything away from the tension or the overall respectability of the film. It is interesting to consider the polar opposite effect of the comic relief on the vast majority of the James Bond films. Wallace Shawn is absolutely hilarious as Vizzini, the bonehead villain who is completely convinced that he has the whole world figured out, Andre the Giant delivers a lumbering but highly impressive performance as Vizzini's enormous, idiot sidekick, and by far my favorite of all, Mandy Patinkin creates one of the most entertaining and likeable characters created in a film in the entire decade of the 1980s (`My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!').

This is great stuff. Told as a story read from a book, just like The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride provides a magical mix of romance and fantasy and action and comedy to provide an enormously entertaining film for moviegoers of all ages. The Princess Bride is an absolutely wonderful film that is truly not to be missed.

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