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Rumpelstiltskin (1995)

The wish of a young widow to see her police officer husband, killed on the line of duty, frees a demonic creature who wants to claim the soul of her baby.


Mark Jones


Mark Jones, Joe Ruby




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Johnston Ulrich ... Shelley Stewart
Tommy Blaze ... Max Bergman
Allyce Beasley ... Hildy
Max Grodénchik ... Rumpelstiltskin
Vera Lockwood Vera Lockwood ... Matilda
Jay Pickett ... Russell Stewart
Sherman Augustus ... John McCabe
Valerie Wildman ... Nedda
Jack McGee ... Detective Ben Smith
Mark Holton ... Huge Man
Donna Barnes ... Mother at Stream
Marsha Dietlein ... Young Mother
Ben Marley ... Deputy Joe
Elmarie Wendel ... Gypsy Woman
Rachel Duncan Rachel Duncan ... Little Girl at Stream


In the 1400s, Rumpelstiltskin is imprisoned inside a small jade figurine. In modern-day Los Angeles, the recently widowed wife of a police officer, with baby in tow, finds her way into a witch's shop and purchases a certain figurine, resulting in the cackling beast being freed and demanding possession of the baby. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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When the fairy tale ends, the nightmare begins. See more »


Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Shelley gets a shot of her foot pumping the pedals, first when she stops the car to throw off Rumpelstiltskin, then again when she speeds over him. See more »


The story occurred in 1472, not 1471. See more »


[first lines]
Rumpelstiltskin: Bastards! She gave her word.
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Alternate Versions

The 1998 UK video version was cut by 4 secs by the BBFC to remove a shot of a butterfly knife. See more »


Referenced in The Ring (2002) See more »


Don't Try To Stop It
Written by Bonhomme
Performed by Roman Holliday (as Roman Holiday)
Published by Zomba Enterprises, Inc. ASCAP
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Low-budget mess with ONE redeeming factor
8 June 2001 | by janguSee all my reviews

I give this movie 3 out of 10, but only for one reason (otherwise it would be 1 out of 10). Kim Johnston Ulrich is actually very likeable as the mother, showing a lot of courage and guts. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it is a well-drawn character, but it isn't your usual "scream queen" but more like Linda Hamilton in "Terminator". Otherwise this film is a mess, it's low-budget showing in almost every scene. Rumpelstiltskin himself is extremely annoying, mouthing bad one-liners almost every minute. The special-effects are not that much to write home about either and the less said about other characters the better (I must confess I even disliked the baby, wishing for a unhappy ending). It's also surprisingly boring despite a healthy pace throughout. My suggestion: don't watch but give ms Ulrich a better part in something else.

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Release Date:

24 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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