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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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Inigo Montoya
Prince Humperdinck
Count Rugen
Fezzik (as Andre the Giant)
The Grandson
The Princess Bride
The Grandfather
The Impressive Clergyman
The Albino
Miracle Max
The Queen
Margery Mason ...
The Ancient Booer
The King
Betsy Brantley ...
The Mother
The Assistant Brute
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny Blackner ...
Rodent Of Unusual Size (uncredited)
Sallie McLaughlin ...
Derek Pykett ...
Villager (uncredited)

Directed by

Rob Reiner

Written by

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

Music by

Mark Knopfler

Cinematography by

Adrian Biddle

Film Editing by

Robert Leighton

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

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 / 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)
Renato Casaro ... poster designer (uncredited)
Brian Muir ... sculptor (uncredited)
Keith Short ... sculptor (uncredited)
Robert Voysey ... plasterer (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)
Steve Lee ... sound librarian (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
Doug Ferris ... matte artist (uncredited)


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

Location Management

Paul Gregory ... location projectionist
Bob Jordan ... assistant location manager
Peter Morley ... location projectionist
Philip Morley ... location projectionist
Paul Shersby ... location manager

Music Department

Marc Di Sisto ... music recording engineer (as Marc De Sisto)
Michael Dittrick ... music editor
Guy Fletcher ... music performer
Mark Knopfler ... music performer
Errol Bennett ... musician: percussions (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
Alex Harwood ... pattern maker
Vivien Jordan ... production secretary: UK
Trevor Kaye ... floor runner
Beverley Keogh ... crowd coordinator
Emily Maupin ... personal assistant: Mr. Reiner
Susan Nicholson ... assistant accountant
Lori Patterson ... production secretary: USA
Li Chin Tye ... first aid
Thomas B. McGrath ... president: Act III Communications (uncredited)
Melissa Smith ... sales & marketing (uncredited)
Bill Tomlinson ... advisor: swordfighting choreography (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 is kidnapped by a band of bandits: Vizzini who works on his wits, and his two associates, a giant named Fezzik who works on his brawn, and a Spaniard named Inigo Montoya, who has trained himself his entire life to be an expert swordsman. They in turn are chased by the Dread Pirate Roberts himself. But chasing them all is the Prince, and his men led by Count Tyrone Rugen. What happens to these collectives is dependent partly on Buttercup, who does not want to marry the Prince, and may see other options as lesser evils, and partly on the other motives of individuals within the groups. But a larger question is what the grandson will think of the story as it proceeds and at its end, especially as he sees justice as high a priority as action. Written by Huggo

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Taglines The story of a man and a woman who lived happily ever after. Even though the courtship almost killed them. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Bridges' Bride (Philippines, English title)
  • Princess Bride Story (Japan, English title)
  • Princess Bride (France)
  • Die Braut des Prinzen (Germany)
  • La princesa prometida (Spain)
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  • 98 min
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Budget $16,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $206,243, 27 Sep 1987

Did You Know?

Trivia When asked what his favorite thing about making this film was, André the Giant replied, without skipping a beat, "Nobody looks at me." He felt treated as an equal, without people staring at him because of his grand height. See more »
Goofs Vizzini mentions Australia's convict colonies during the movie. This may seem anachronistic since the movie has a medieval setting, but this story is fantasy not history. In fact, its being told as a fairy tale from a grandfather to his grandson. In the novel, this was just one of many (intentionally contradictory) clues about when the story takes place. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Princess Bride/China Girl/The Big Town/The Pick-Up Artist/I've Heard the Mermaids Sing (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Storybook Love See more »
Crazy Credits In the end credits, before the special thanks, there's a message "Read the Del Rey book" which is an invitation for the viewer to read the book this film is based on. And Del Rey being a list of science fiction and fantasy imprint published by Penguin Random House that this book is part of. See more »
Quotes [repeated line]
Inigo Montoya: Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
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