The Princess Bride

Film, Family and kids
The Princess Bride

Time Out says

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.

By: GA


Release details

98 mins

Cast and crew

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