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1987 romantic fantasy film, directed by Rob Reiner and based on the book by William Goldman.

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  • May 22, 2008
Pros: Epic tale, great adventures, no bad language

Cons: Well, it's silly and some folks don't have a sense of humor

The Bottom Line: I would recommend this to anyone with multiple children. They will love it and thank you for sharing this movie with them.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

I'm inspired, or uninspired by recent reviews I've read of this movie.

I love this movie and I find myself quoting it often. This movie came out the year my son was born. He's 21 a month from now.

This movie contains some stellar performances. Robin Wright (before she was Mrs. Penn) is the lovely Buttercup who is in fact the title character. Cary Elwes (later of Saw fame) gives his most human and touching performance as Wesley, the beautiful farmboy and later Dread Pirate. Mandy Patinkin (Dead Like Me and Alien Nation) is the poignant Inigo Montoya who seeks to avenge the death of his father. Throw in an evil prince (Chris Sarandon) and we have an adventure tale to delight.

The premise of the story is a tale read by a loving grandfather (Peter Falk) to a child sick in bed (Fred Savage- The Wonder Years). It's a swashbuckling tale of love and betrayal and adventure,and yes, some kissing.

The story is a narrative attributed to S. Morgenstern. Written by William Goldman it is an epic fairy tale rendered by Rob Reiner.

Buttercup is torn by the loss of her true love Wesley and regains him through adventures through the fire swamp and his own torture at the hands of the handsome evil Prince Humperdink.

The Princess Bride has almost every great thing the viewer can imagine for a heroic tale of true love, suspense, betrayal and redemption.

The supporting characters add greatness to this movie. Andre the Giant plays a gentle giant and Wallace Shawn as the wicked Sicilian Vizzini give flavor to this visual tapestry.

The well written script has some of the most quotable lines of our age.

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. "

"Goodnight Wesley , most likely kill you in the morning."

"never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line! "


" AS YOU WISH . . ."

The Princess Bride shall certainly stand as an icon.

Silly and sweet,it is a movie that will move you and make you roll your eyes and have you happily share it with the new generations that come. 21 years old and destined to become a classic.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for Groups
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 9 - 12

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review by . July 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Based on a novel by William Goldman, The Princess Bride is the best fairytale ever. It’s got love, sword fighting, magic, humor, and it is appropriate for any audience. You can enjoy this movie at any age, in any mood, with anyone. It is a go-to movie. I give it 10/10 stars!      I think director Rob Reiner did a great job visualizing this story. The scenery of the countryside is beautiful. There are some places where (humorously) the set and/or props are quite campy, but …
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Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
My family and I quote this all the time.
review by . December 23, 2008
True Love and High Adventure in the Land of Florin
Screenwriter and novelist William Goldman's book, The Princess Bride, was first published in 1972. For years Goldman, who wrote the screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, attempted to have a film adaptation made, but every time an unforeseeable obstacle prevented this from happening. Then in 1985, Rob Reiner, director of This Is Spinal Tap and Stand by Me, began work on the now classic film. Though the film wasn't a Box Office smash, this can be blamed on 20th Century Fox's …
review by . December 03, 2009
Pros: Oh everything     Cons: (but I don't believe they exist)     The Bottom Line: Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. You should see my DVD collection.  Action, adventure, love, and fantasy.  The Princess Bride is sandwiched between Willow and Mirrormask.  And …
review by . September 08, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Each time I watch this movie, it seems to get better. I watched it with my teen children years ago and now have the pleasure of watching it with my grandchildren. It has lost none of it's charm. This is one of those movies that both children and adults can appreciate. I highly recommend you add this one to your collection.
review by . February 15, 2004
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Well this movie has a number of flaws....They aren't in the storylines both of which, (the story and the reading of the story) are engaging and interesting.They aren't in the characters which are creative and fun.They aren't in the performances, there isn't a bad one in it from Andre the Giant, to Billy Crystal.It isn't in the action which is quite well done and in the great hollywood tradition of the 30'sIt isn't in the comedy which couldn't have been timed better if an atomic clock was used.It's …
review by . December 09, 1998
I am a 16 year old guy that has been watching this film since the crawling age! I wrote my subject "Longing is a term," Because I long to know why there aren't more films like this one? I love it as much as any other -Have you noticed every one has given 5 stars? Please do your self a favor and get this- if your dating- get this if your a parent- Ask for it for your B'day or christmas! It stomps Titanic into a titanic flop! It makes you wanna waltz up to De Caprio and say, "Hah, beat that you wart …
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Director Rob Reiner breathes vividly colored cinematic life into William Goldman's THE PRINCESS BRIDE, effectively evoking the wondrous, wide-eyed spirit of the witty 1973 novel. When a sick boy (Fred Savage) receives a visit from his doting grandfather (Peter Falk) who intends to read to him from his favorite book, he's not exactly pleased to be extracted from his world of video games. However, his mood quickly changes as he, along with the viewer, is transported to a place out of time--to Florin, a kingdom in the ultimate imaginary land, complete with dashing heroes, cowardly princes, rhyming giants, shrieking eels, rodents of unusual size, fancy swordfights, and yes...even some kissing.

The lovely Buttercup (Robin Wright) learns that "As you wish" really means "I love you" when she falls for her charming farmhand, Westley (Cary Elwes). While trying to seek his fortune, however, Westley disappears at sea, an apparent victim of the Dread Pirate Roberts, who takes no prisoners. A few years lat...
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Director: Rob Reiner
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: September 25, 1987
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Rob Reiner, William Goldman
Runtime: 1hr 38min
Studio: 20th Century Fox, MGM
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