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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.

Director:

Rob Reiner

Writers:

William Goldman (screenplay by), William Goldman (based upon his book)
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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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The story of a man and a woman who lived happily ever after. Even though the courtship almost killed them. See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Before filming, Wallace Shawn (Vizzini) had come to understand that he was second choice for the part after Danny DeVito (although there is some confusion about whether DeVito was ever seriously pursued). He became convinced that he was wrong for the role and in danger of being fired at any moment. He was extremely nervous throughout filming and co-star Cary Elwes (Westley) noted that he was visibly sweating during the 'battle of wits' scene. He said to Rob Reiner that he didn't feel he'd get the part because he isn't Sicilian; Rob assured him that his voice was exactly the same as Vizzini's in the book. See more »

Goofs

In the battle of wits scene, the knife that is near the three apples moves in different shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Mother: Hi, honey.
The Grandson: Hi, Mom.
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Crazy Credits

Buttercup is referred to on-screen by name, but is only credited as "The Princess Bride." See more »

Alternate Versions

Current AMC broadcasts in the US use the sped-up 25 fps PAL video from a 24 fps film source. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Merlin: The Labyrinth of Gedref (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Featured in the Commodore port of "Hardball"
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth (credit only)
Arranged by Ed Bogas (uncredited)
Published by Broadway Music Corporation - Francis, Day & Hunter, Ltd.
[Heard on the TV at the start of the opening scene]
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Fantastic and funny fairy tale
3 July 2003 | by jenpcraftSee all my reviews

I love this movie! It's sweet, but with satirical humor. The dialogue is great and the adventure scenes are fun. Rob Reiner shows an excellent touch once again with comedy and a childlike point of view. It manages to be whimsical romantic while laughing at the conventions of the fairy tale genre. I would recommend it to just about anyone. I've seen it several times, and I'm always happy to see it again whenever I have a friend who hasn't seen it yet. I haven't watched it with any kids, but I think it has lots for them too. There are wonderful quotes throughout. I think Mandy Patinkin absolutely steals the scenes he is in as the Spaniard Inigo Montoya, bent on avenging his father's death. I gave it 8 out of 10 mainly because it feels very light, but I may go back and change to 9 thinking of how happy this movie makes me and it's rewatchability.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$206,243, 27 September 1987

Gross USA:

$30,857,814

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,881,086
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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