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Rumpelstiltskin (1987)

A musical version of the classic story about a miller's daughter who recieves help from a mischievous dwarf, then ends up over her head. Now, she and a mute servant girl may be the only ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Prince Henry
Queen Grizelda
Robert Symonds ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Bee ...
Ya'ackov Ben-Sira ...
Guard (as Yaacov Ben-Sira)
Susan Berlin ...
Clerk's Wife
Igor Borisov ...
Julian Chagrin ...
Yehuda Efroni ...
Count Flax
Johnathan Gurfinkel ...
Clerk's Child
Jerry Hyman ...
Clerk's Child


A musical version of the classic story about a miller's daughter who recieves help from a mischievous dwarf, then ends up over her head. Now, she and a mute servant girl may be the only hope for her baby son, John. Written by Max Vaughn

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For her dreams to come true, it's going to take a 14-karat-gold miracle! See more »


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April 1987 (USA)  »

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Cannon Movie Tales: Rumpelstiltskin  »

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$355,253 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The first entry in the "Cannon Movie Tales" series. See more »


Rumpelstiltskin: I am an elf, and I live in this wood. I play nasty tricks, some evil, some good.
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Spoofed in Leprechaun (1993) See more »


Performed by Amy Irving
Music and Lyrics by Max Robert
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It doesn't get much better than this!
6 June 2003 | by (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

After years and years of searching, I am so proud to say, I do finally own a copy of this wonderful fairy tale. As a child of the 1980s, this was my absolute favorite and I rented it time and time again from my town library, in fact I rented it so many times that the tape wore out... um... Honestly, I have no idea who did that!

I can't help but love this movie! I saw it for the first time when I was six years old and have been an Amy Irving fan ever since. As it turns out, her entire family was involved in this production. Her mom, Priscilla Pointer plays the queen (which she must have had a blast doing) her brother David Irving is the director (a very nice guy, I'm so lucky to have spoken with him personally) and her stepfather Robert Symonds plays the miller to perfection.

Long before I knew the Irving connection I loved this movie. I grew up watching all the Faerie Tale Theatres and the Cannon Movie Tales but this was my all-time favorite. I grew up singing "Queen of the Castle" and "Miller's Daughter" and nothing, no matter how great a cinematic achievement will ever compete with this in my mind.

I suppose those movies that were special to us when we were children will always be perfect in our minds despite their flaws. But, I don't care. Rumpelstiltskin has no flaws. It's a lovely story. Wonderfully acted, beautifully sung, and lovingly directed. I spent years and years searching for this film, enquiring at every movie store and every rental place I ever came across. I cannot begin to say how much this movie meant to me.

Now I am actually a film student myself. Although this is a children's film and I'm in my twenties, this is one movie that I'll watch my entire life. Thank you, Amy, David, Priscilla, and Robert for inspiring me so much! I grew up watching this movie, and as a film student I know that no matter how many times I see "Casablanca" or "Lawrence of Arabia" or even "Mulholland Dr" it's the movies that I watched when I was a child that will always hold a permanent place in my heart. So what if I did have a thing for John Moulder-Brown? So what if I saw every Amy Irving movie as a direct result of this? Say all you want about Citizen Kane, it's the movies like these that you watch devotedly when you're six years old that can get you hooked for life. How can you thank someone for giving you the love of movies and inspiring you in your future career? It is a children's film, but one that I will watch until I'm ninety.

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