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The Princess Bride (1987)

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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.

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Rob Reiner

Writers:

William Goldman (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary Elwes ... Westley
Mandy Patinkin ... Inigo Montoya
Chris Sarandon ... Prince Humperdinck
Christopher Guest ... Count 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
Peter Cook ... The Impressive Clergyman
Mel Smith ... The Albino
Carol Kane ... Valerie
Billy Crystal ... Miracle Max
Anne Dyson ... The Queen
Margery Mason Margery Mason ... The Ancient Booer
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Storyline

An elderly man reads the book "The Princess Bride" to his sick and thus currently bedridden adolescent grandson, the reading of the book which has been passed down within the family for generations. The grandson is sure he won't like the story, with a romance at its core, he preferring something with lots of action and "no kissing". But the grandson is powerless to stop his grandfather, whose feelings he doesn't want to hurt. The story centers on Buttercup, a former farm girl who has been chosen as the princess bride to Prince Humperdinck of Florian. Buttercup does not love him, she who still laments the death of her one true love, Westley, five years ago. Westley was a hired hand on the farm, his stock answer of "as you wish" to any request she made of him which she came to understand was his way of saying that he loved her. But Westley went away to sea, only to be killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. On a horse ride to clear her mind of her upcoming predicament of marriage, Buttercup... Written by Huggo

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Heroes, giants, villains, wizards, true love See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Princess Bride See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$206,243, 27 September 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,857,814
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Buttercup says that her lover's eyes are like the "sea after a storm", which is a reference to a painting of the same name by Irish painter Francis Darby in 1824. This could be a hint that the film is set after 1824. See more »

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When Westley is fighting the ROUS, he punches one in the head and then you see the ROUS's hands pull the headpiece back on and straighten. See more »

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[first lines]
The Mother: Hi, honey.
The Grandson: Hi, Mom.
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Buttercup is referred to on-screen by name, but is only credited as "The Princess Bride." See more »

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A joyous tale
17 October 1998 | by vortex-4See all my reviews

The simplest pleasures in life are the best, and this film is one of them. Combining a rather basic storyline of love and adventure this movie transcends the usual weekend fair with wit and unmitigated charm. Every character is a delight and you just want to see more of them. "The Princess Bride" is based on the unsurpassed novel by William Goldman, who also penned the screenplay. While this is a movie review, I cannot recommend the book on which it is based more highly. It is quite simply the most humorous, enthralling fable ever written and will fill in many details that were impossible to include on the screen. The only other movie of this type that I can think of that is this much fun was Danny Kaye's "The Court Jester," another costumed comedy/adventure/romance that I also highly recommend.


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