Faerie Tale Theatre: Season 6, Episode 1

Rip Van Winkle (23 Mar. 1987)

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The story of a lazy man who falls asleep in the Catskill mountains for twenty years.


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Episode credited cast:
Brom Dutcher
Mayoral Candidate
Harpoon Crew Member
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Achorn ...
Derrick Van Bummel
Hunter Carson ...
Little Rip
Mountain Performer
Patrick DeSantis ...
Man #1
Peter Vanderdonk
Nicholas Vedder
Will Tussenbrook (as Christopher Penn)
Bill Prudich ...
Mountain performer
Hendrick Hudson / Narrator
Wilma Van Winkle


The story of a lazy man who falls asleep in the Catskill mountains for twenty years.

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Although not the final of Faerie Tale Theatre to air, Rip Van Winkle was the last to finish production. See more »

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A great adaption of the great American classic!
20 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ignore all the negative reviews! This is really a good adaption! Harry Dean Stanton is a perfect Rip Van Winkle, and Talia Shire makes a Wilma Van Winkle we all love to hate! All the other actors in this version are a very good choice for their roles (Ed Begley, Jr. as Brom Dutcher, Roy Dotrice as Peter Van Derdonk, Tim Conway as the Mayor, etc.). I hear from some reviews that this episode might be considered the "black sheep" of Faerie Tale Theatre, but I disagree. Despite the fake-looking, outlandish sets, it totally lives up to the tale from beginning to end! The acting's fairly good, the script's just alright, and the special effects may look like the kind used in a stage production, but it's still good! My favorite part is where Rip meets the ghostly sailors and drinks that wine that puts him to sleep for 20 years! Watch this version! I highly recommend it!

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