The Princess Bride

Movies, Family and kids
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The Princess Bride
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

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday September 25 1987
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

Average User Rating

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This ridiculously quotable movie will never get old, a true fairytale of Princess Buttercup and Prince Humperdinck filled with weirdo cameos from the likes of Mandy Patinkin make this quirky and hilarious movie one for the ages.

Yes, please! I feel like this movie should be taught in schools to ensure the younger generation always has a deep respect for R.O.U.S.s


A classic fairy tale that gets even better with age, "The Princess Bride" is one of the best quotable movies you'll ever watch.  From teaching viewers about mawwiage (not a typo) to introducing them to pre-"House of Cards" Robin Wright and pre-"Wonder Years" Fred Savage, "The Princess Bride" is surprisingly witty - which makes this movie an above-average story.  The film takes your expectations and adds to them - but the silliness and pull at the heartstrings is still pleasantly surprising.  

And as a word to the wise, if you plan to attend Videology's Princess Bride-themed trivia, which is awesome, you should DEFINITELY watch this movie beforehand. :)