The Princess Bride

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Based on William Goldman's novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather Peter Falk to his ill grandson Fred Savage. Falk's character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates. Indeed, The Princess Bride offers a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale depicting stable boy-turned-pirate Westley's journey to rescue Buttercup Robin Wright, ...
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Based on William Goldman's novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather Peter Falk to his ill grandson Fred Savage. Falk's character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates. Indeed, The Princess Bride offers a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale depicting stable boy-turned-pirate Westley's journey to rescue Buttercup Robin Wright, his true love, away from the evil prince Chris Sarandon, whom she had agreed to marry five years after learning of what she had believed to be news of Westley's death. With help from Prince Humperdinck's disgruntled former employee Miracle Max Billy Crystal, swordsman Inigo Montoya Mandy Patinkin, and a very large man named Fezzik Andre the Giant, the star-crossed lovers are reunited. ~ Tracie Cooper
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Special Features

Audio commentaries by director Rob Reiner and screenwriter William Goldman; Featurettes - As You Wish: The Story of The Princess Bride- Miraculous makeup - The Dread Pirate Roberts: Greatest Pirate of the Seven Seas- Love Is Like a Storybook - The Princess Bride: The Untold Tales - The Art of Fencing- Fairy Tales and Folklore; Video Diary from Cary Elwes
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
With its tongue firmly in cheek, Rob Reiner's delightful revisionist fairy tale The Princess Bride simultaneously challenges and reaffirms the conventions of happily-ever-after stories. Once upon a time, as this particular yarn goes, there was a beautiful princess named Buttercup Robin Wright who was being held against her will by the evil Prince Humperdinck Chris Sarandon and his dastardly henchmen. Luckily, her childhood sweetheart, now the Dread Pirate Roberts Cary Elwes, and his newfound friend, the dashing swordsman Inigo Montoya Mandy Patinkin, come to the fair maiden's rescue. In chronicling their adventures, director Reiner and screenwriter William Goldman tinker playfully with time-honored plot devices and counterbalance swashbuckling action with plenty of laughs. Broad character turns by Billy Crystal, Peter Falk, Carol Kane, and André the Giant give the film a loosey-goosey feel, and all the actors play it to the hilt throughout. Although the twinkles in their eyes could have made this a cloying affair, Reiner finds a nice balance, never making it feel as if they're trying too hard to have fun.
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Both a tribute to and revision of fairy tales past, The Princess Bride manages to combine subtle, acerbic humor with a classic understanding of what makes the elements of fantasy so appealing to children. Director Rob Reiner took a chance on William Goldman's novel of the same name; though the central plot is unarguably Westley (Cary Elwes) and Buttercup's (Robin Wright) journey to happily-ever-after, a variety of subplots and personal quests make for the daunting prospect of producing a film that very well might have too much going on. A surprisingly gentle performance from late wrestling icon Andre the Giant, along with an excellent supporting team including Billy Crystal, Wallace Shawn, and Mandy Patinkin, however, not only make the intermingling of plots seem perfectly natural, but express a sense of camraderie so realistic that one hardly notices the subject at hand is as likely to be the pitfalls of life in the revenge business as it is the tedious process of bringing one back from the dead. Patinkin in particular is compelling as Inigo, a Spanish swordsman on an obsessive quest to avenge his father's murder, while Wright plays the title role of with all of the angst, priss, and unbending faith in true love expected from a princess. Elwes' Westley, however, is far cry from the traditional knight in shining armor--clothed in all back and well-versed in the pirating industry, Wesley is a verifiable fairy-tale bad-boy--and like the film itself, somehow, it just works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/4/2011
  • UPC: 883904233916
  • Original Release: 1987
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: A
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Elwes Westley
Robin Wright Buttercup, the Princess Bride
Mandy Patinkin Inigo Montoya
Chris Sarandon Prince Humperdinck
Christopher Guest Count Rugen
Wallace Shawn Vizzini
Peter Falk The Grandfather
Fred Savage The Grandson
Andre the Giant Fezzik
Peter Cook The Impressive Clergyman
Carol Kane Valerie, the Wizard's Wife
Billy Crystal Miracle Max, the Wizard
Mel Smith The Albino
Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins
Willoughby Gray The King
Malcolm Storry Yellin
Margery Mason The Ancient Booer
Betsy Brantley The Mother
Anne Dyson The Queen
Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director, Producer
Nick Allder Special Effects
Ken Baker Asst. Director
David Barron Production Designer
Peter Bennett Asst. Director
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Lois Burwell Makeup
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
David John & the Mood Sound/Sound Designer
Norman Garwood Production Designer
William Goldman Screenwriter
Maggie Gray Set Decoration/Design
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Richard Holland Art Director
Jane Jenkins Casting
Mark Knopfler Score Composer
Robert Leighton Editor
Steve Nicolaides Associate Producer
Norman Lear Executive Producer, Producer
Keith Pain Art Director
Andrew Scheinman Producer
Jeffrey Stott Associate Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Classic!

    This is simply one of the greatest movies of all time, as far as I'm concerned. Of course, I have a decent sized list of movies I consider to be among the best of all time, but this is certainly one of those. I have been watching this movie since I was a kid. I own the original DVD release of this, but it has just about zilch for features, and the DVD was starting to get pretty worn anyway, so I decided i would go ahead and pick up the blue ray, seeing as how it's one of my all time favorites. This version contains a bunch of features on it, and it even comes with the DVD copy, so it's all good. Seriously, this movie is great! An oldie, but a goldie. If you have never seen this movie folks, you need to get on it! Friggin great, classic movie!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    fun for all

    A great movie for everyone kids and parents. Many great lines you will be quoting for years

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    one of the best fairy tale movies ever made

    I've seen The Princess Bride a good half dozen times, but I had to have my own copy of it so I could watch it whenever I felt like it. Even if, like my brother-in-law, you prefer gritty, realistic films, you have to see this one at least once in your life. It's one of the few movies you can watch with kids and genuinely enjoy as an adult.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    MY NUMBER 1 FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME!!!

    How does one describe one of if not THE BEST movie ever made?! It has everything...and if you haven't seen it yet, you are missing out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic.

    Five stars all the way. classic movie. Great for friends or family and its got everything in it. Entertaining for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Enchanting Wonderment of Pure Excellence

    I love this film, it has everything that you could ever dream of in a love story. The entire ensemble cast excells beautifully in their characters very deeply, especially Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, and Mandy Patinkin, who is absolutely brilliant as Inigo Montoya. The music, costumes, scenery, and hysterical humor make this a classic to remember always. I cannot recommend it more, it's lovely in a gorgeous romantic sense. The sword fights are very exciting, and they maybe the best, and most original battle scenes in film history. Director Rob Reiner creates this magical world with very detailed originality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inconceivably brilliant

    As a long time fan of the book I was very worried that the movie would not live up to William Goldman's writing. Happily, Rob Reiner proved my fears unfounded. This is one of those movies that if you catch a fragment of it while channel surfing you have to watch 'just until the sword fight at the top of the cliffs', or 'just until Wesley and Vezzini try to poison each other' ... and you end up watching the rest of the movie .... It's a movie that leaves you muttering 'inconceivable' and 'I don't think that means what you think it means'. After this movie whenever I see Wallace Shawn in anything I wait to hear him say 'inconceivable'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Rare When a Movie is Better Than the Book It's Based On!

    The Princess Bride is a wonderful movie and I also liked it better than the book! It is a delightful charming movie with action, adventure, comedy, romance and much more! The whole cast is superb, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Andre The Giant, etc! I highly recommend this awesome DVD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    you can't NOT like this movie!

    This movie has something for everyone, of any age or sex, to enjoy. Sweet, funny, and exciting all at once - you won't find another one like it. MUST SEE THIS MOVIE!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I like it! I like it!

    This is one of the few movies I liked better than the book it was based on. It's a good story & everyone on both sides of the screen has fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Princess Bride

    Another favorite. This movie is hilarious and enterting at the same time. The characters are pretty cool and the costumes are dazzling. Good movie for laughs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something for Everyone

    I *love* this movie. There are few things I can say are my absolute favorites, but this definitely takes the cake for "favorite movie." It's got the romance, the swordplay, the one-liners, the humor, the plot, and a young Cary Elwes-- what else do you want? I've never met anyone who *didn't* like this movie. It's an awesome party movie; if you get it you won't regret it for a minute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    I am an 18 year old male, and this is by far my favorite movie. It has every aspect of a great movie. I would reccomend it to anybody. Also...great movie to watch on a date.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Movie

    The only thing that is remotely bad about this movie is that it ends. It contains humor, drama, action, and love, and they are combined to produce one of the most wonderful movies of all time. If you want to go back to the days of swordfighting, royalty, and true love, then this movie is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome movie!

    When i first saw this movie i lit up my eyes and started crying because she thought she was never going to see him again. but then it is funny to because i like it when Inigo say 'My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father prepare to die! that was so funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm 46 my daughter's 21 we both LOVE this movie.

    This is our favorite Sunday afternoon movie. We've watched it so many times we recite the words by heart as it plays-it's great. All of the charachters, Carl Ewels, Robin Wright, Andre' the Giant, Carol Kane, to many to name all of them are wonderful. I have a different favorite every time I watch it. I don't know why this movie wasn't bigger when it was first released! The spoofing of the swashbuckling pirate, the princess and prince, the 'true love' were marvalous. Beginning the story with Fred Savage and Peter Falk as a story and going back and forth to them was brilliant! This movie offers something for everyone. I even went out and bought the book to read after watching the movie. My daughter is getting the DVD for Christmas, we've already had 2 copies of the VHS tapes-one was stolen the other will be my copy. EXCELLENT CHOICE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i am a GUY and i love this movie

    Though it pains me a little to admit it, The Princess Bride is one of my favorites. The comedy is great, the sword fighting is very cool, and even the romance is pretty good. This movie is a classic and regardless of who you are you need to see it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Generation

    Everyone my age has heard of the movie and loves it. Read the book and feel so much more. This is one of the greatest tales ever told.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''As you wish''

    READ THE BOOK AND LOVED IT, SAW THE MOVIE AND FELL IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN. MY WISH, TO BE LOVE THE WAY WESLEY LOVED BUTTERCUP.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not your average fairy tale

    I LOVE THIS MOVIE it has just the right blend of romance,action, humor, and wit. Rob Reiner does a great job directing, and Cary Elwes is just gorgeous!

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