The Princess Bride

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The Princess Bride
Genre: Adventure, Romantic Comedy
Photography: Ardian Biddle
Running Time: 98 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 25, 1987
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Written by: William Goldman
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Cary Elwes

Mandy Patinkin

Chris Sarandon

Christopher Guest

Wallace Shawn

André the Giant

Robin Wright

Peter Falk

Fred Savage

Billy Crystal

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, and Christopher Guest. Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name, it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by befriended companions along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck. The film effectively preserves the novel's narrative style by presenting the story as a book being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage).

Why It Rocks

  1. The movie takes the typical fairy tale formula and adds a new twist, with it being carefully constructed to fill so many film genres. It also mocks the cliches found in these stories.
  2. Excellent acting.
  3. The action scenes, while low budget, are still well done and exciting.
  4. The characters are likable and memorable.
  5. It preserves the narrative style of the book, with the story being told by a Grandfather reading the story to his Grandson.
  6. The romance subplot is strong, and it manages to not be too sappy.
  7. Funny dialogue and many quotable lines.
  8. The fight scene between Inigo and Count Rugen is a great and dramatic scene.
  9. Decent soundtrack.
  10. “Inconceivable!”