The Princess Bride

  • Film
  • Family films
A fairytale as told to a bedridden boy: the willowy Buttercup (Wright), destined as consort to the wicked Prince Humperdinck (Sarandon), is abducted and whisked through a series of life-threatening exploits and miscast comic cameos. The story, adapted from William Goldman's book, is partly a traditional fantasy, with a damsel in distress, dashing lover, evil villains, and lotsa monsters and swordfights, but also a knowing commentary on the conventions of all such tales. The tone falls disconcertingly between straight action adventure and anachronistic Jewish spoof; the leads are vacuous; the absurdities sometimes forced and obvious. Only Guest's sadistic Count Rugen and Patinkin's vengeful Spanish swordsman inject any real enthusiasm into the proceedings; but the film does exude a certain innocent, unassertive charm, and kids will probably love it.

Release details

Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Rob Reiner
Screenwriter: William Goldman
Cast: Mel Smith
Christopher Guest
Peter Cook
Peter Falk
Carol Kane
Robin Wright
Wallace Shawn
Andre the Giant
Chris Sarandon
Mandy Patinkin
Cary Elwes