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The Princess Bride (1987)

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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Westley
... Inigo Montoya
... Prince Humperdinck
... Count Rugen
... Vizzini
... Fezzik (as Andre the Giant)
... The Grandson
... The Princess Bride
... The Grandfather
... The Impressive Clergyman
... The Albino
... Valerie
... Miracle Max
... The Queen
Margery Mason ... The Ancient Booer
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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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9 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Braut des Prinzen  »

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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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Trivia

The comic book on the grandson's shelf is Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes issue 320. See more »

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When the princess falls down in the lightning sandpit, leaves are in the sand left after she has gone under. In the next shot when Westley is about to follow her, the leaves are gone. See more »

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Fezzik: I just figured why you give me so much trouble.
Westley: Why is that
[squashed against a rock]
Westley: do you think?
Fezzik: Well, I haven't fought one person for so long. I've been specialised in groups, battling gangs for local charities, that kind of thing.
Westley: Why should that make such a
[squashed painfully]
Westley: difference?
Fezzik: You use different moves when you're fighting half a dozen people, than when you only have to be worried about one
[falls unconscious]
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Crazy Credits

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A classic fantasy for all to enjoy.
12 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Princess Bride is a wonderful family film about a maiden named Buttercup and her "farmboy" Wesley. When Wesley goes away to seek his fortune, he is reported to be killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. Hearing this really gets Buttercup down, and it only gets worse when Prince Humperdink chooses her to be his bride.( Hence the title) To make a long story short and not give away the ending, Buttercup's kidnapped for suspicious reasons and rescued by someone familiar. She's in love and nothing can stop true love! A couple of deaths, a would be wedding, revenge fulfilled, and a couple reunited end this gala of a film. But this doesn't even sum it up, I promise! I love this film because it does not take itself too seriously and flows well across the screen. The main characters and their supporting cast are quirky and memorable. You will be repeating classic lines like, "My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!" over and over again. Through the adventures of Wesley and Buttercup you feel drawn to the characters and fall in love with their ability to amuse you. Do you want to be entertained with a light hearted fantasy/comedy? Then head on over to your local video store and pick up a copy. Ready to enjoy? "As you wish."


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