Princess Bride-20th Anniversary Edition

Directed By: Rob Reiner Starring: Cary Elwes Robin Wright

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by dawnspirit on 3/27/2012

Funny and entertaining. One of my favorites and fun to watch over and over

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EIther You Hate It or You Love It

by Deep on 6/7/2012

Its aways good to discover something like this on your own one Saturday afternoon on TBS or USA, but in case you've reached adolescence without being exposed to this oeuvre few things can compare to curling up to this movie with a bunch of others and then creating your own inside jokes based off of it. And if you're of the age to drink, this movie pairs nicely with Princess Bride Wine.

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Product Overview

Once upon a time there was a beautiful maiden named Buttercup who fell in love with her handsome but poor stableboy, Westley. Unfortunately, when Westley set out to seek his fortune at sea, he was captured by an infamous pirate and feared dead. Heartbroken, Buttercup swore to never love again. However, after five years she accepts the marriage proposal of horrible Prince Humperdinck whom she doesn't love, and is forced to live unhappily ever after...just kidding, even death can't stop true love, nor the heroes that come to Buttercup's rescue!

From director Rob Reiner and two-time Oscar-winning writer William Goldman (Best Original Screenplay, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969; Best Adapted Screenplay, All the President's Men, 1976) comes this fairy tale film. Starring Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest and Mandy Patinkin, this is the story of dashing heroes, rhyming giants, a beautiful princess and a kindly grandfather who brings to life a magical story for his sick grandson. There's even kissing!


Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 204970470
UPC 027616092199
UPC 14 00027616092199
Format DVD
Release Date 4/15/2008
Rating Rating
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Family (General)
Love Story
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Rob Reiner breathes vividly colored cinematic life into William Goldman's THE PRINCESS BRIDE, effectively evoking the wondrous, wide-eyed spirit of the witty 1973 novel. When a sick boy (Fred Savage) receives a visit from his doting grandfather (Peter Falk) who intends to read to him from his favorite book, he's not exactly pleased to be extracted from his world of video games. However, his mood quickly changes as he, along with the viewer, is transported to a place out of time--to Florin, a kingdom in the ultimate imaginary land, complete with dashing heroes, cowardly princes, rhyming giants, shrieking eels, rodents of unusual size, fancy swordfights, and yes...even some kissing.^The lovely Buttercup (Robin Wright) learns that "As you wish" really means "I love you" when she falls for her charming farmhand, Westley (Cary Elwes). While trying to seek his fortune, however, Westley disappears at sea, an apparent victim of the Dread Pirate Roberts, who takes no prisoners. A few years later, Buttercup, engaged to the oily Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), is kidnapped by an oddball trio of rogues--brains, Vizzini (Wallace Shawn); brawn, Fezzik (André the Giant); and sword, Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin in a standout performance). As they sail away toward the Cliffs of Insanity, they notice the pursuit of a man in black...and the adventure begins. A clever fairy tale for all ages, THE PRINCESS BRIDE is arguably one of the funniest and most entertaining films of all time.
Plot Summary
Summary Once upon a time, a feisty old grandfather told his bedridden grandson a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale... In the mythical kingdom of Florin, farm boy Westley rides off one day to make his fortune, leaving his true love, Buttercup, waiting patiently behind. Unfortunately, his ship is beset by pirates, and Buttercup grieves for many years, believing Westley dead. She reluctantly agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck, knowing that she will never love him. Humperdinck has his own plans for the marriage, however--he intends to have Buttercup kidnapped and murdered in order to set off a border war that will strengthen his power. But she is eventually rescued by a mysterious pirate, who turns out to be Westley in disguise. Their reunion does not last long, though, and the pair must face numerous obstacles before they can live happily ever after.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Farm boy, fill these with water...please."--Buttercup (Robin Wright)|"As you wish."--Westley (Cary Elwes)
Quote "Is this a kissing book?"--Grandson (Fred Savage) to his grandfather (Peter Falk)
Quote "I won't be seeing you again, since I'm killing myself once we reach the honeymoon suite."--Buttercup to the king (Willoughby Gray)|"Won't that be nice..."--The king, obviously senile
Quote "No more rhymes now...I mean it!"--Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) |"Anybody want a peanut?"--Fezzik (André the Giant)
Quote "Inconceivable!"--Vizzini
Quote "I admit are better than I am."--Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), regarding Westley's swordfighting technique|"Then why are you smiling?"--Westley|"Because I know something you don't know."--Inigo|"And what is that?"--Westley|" not left-handed!"--Inigo, as he shifts his sword to his right hand|"You are amazing!"--Westley|"I ought to be...after 20 years."--Inigo|"Oh, there's something I ought to tell you."--Westley|"Tell me."--Inigo|"I'm not left-handed either."--Westley
Quote "There's a shortage of perfect breasts in the world. It'd be a pity to damage yours."--Westley to Buttercup
Quote "Have fun storming the castle!"--Miracle Max (Billy Crystal)| |"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."--Inigo to Count Rugen (Christopher Guest)
Quote "Grandpa, maybe you could come over and read it again tomorrow?"--Grandson|"As you wish."--Grandfather
New York Times "...Sweetness and sincerity....A delightful cast and a cheery, earnest style that turns out to be ever more disarming..."| 09/25/1987 p.C10
Variety "...At heart, PRINCESS BRIDE celebrates the power of true love to triumph over adversity..." 09/16/1987
Entertainment Weekly "...THE PRINCESS BRIDE is a fun, sad, scary, witty fairy tale featuring the greatest performance ever given by a professional wrestler, the late Andre the Giant..." 09/14/2001 p.71
Sight and Sound "Reiner's beautifully crafted fairytale pastiche still represents one of the high points of US comedy in the 1980s..." 02/01/2001 p.64
Total Film "...Rob Reiner's uncategorisable blend of action, romance, spoof, swashbuckler and fairytale is purely and simply a corking movie..." 05/01/2000 p.118,5 stars out of 5 -- "It was influential...the current crop of fractured fairy tales clearly owe a great debt to its groundbreaking balancing act of melodramatic pastiche, light-hearted send-up and the simple delights of a good yarn well told." 11/01/2008 p.146-147
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "More swashbuckling than Errol Flynn, more romantic than Casablanca, funnier than virtually everything, THE PRINCESS BRIDE is -- like MARY POPPINS -- practically perfect in every way." 12/01/2008 p.211
Rob Reiner
Cary Elwes
Robin Wright
Cast & Crew
Adrian Biddle - Cinematographer
Andrew Scheinman - Producer
Billy Crystal - Actor
Cary Elwes - Actor
Mark Knopfler - Original Music By
Norman Lear - Executive Producer
Peter Falk - Actor
Rob Reiner - Director
Robert Leighton - Editor
Robin Wright Penn - Actor
William Goldman - Writer
Willy De Ville - Original Music By
Technical Info
Catalog ID 114019
UPC 00027616092199
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Nominee (1988) Grammy, Mark Knopfler, Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television,Oscar, Willy De Ville, Best Music, Original Song
Grammy (1988) Mark Knopfler, Nominee, Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television
Oscar (1988) Willy De Ville ("Storybook Love"), Nominee, Best Music, Original Song
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die"...When William Goldman wrote those words, he did not intend for them to become a fragment of '80s pop culture. When Mandy Patinkin spoke those words, he didn't expect his every inflection to be endlessly mimicked. And when Rob Reiner directed those words, he had no idea that kids and young adults everywhere would be repeating them. Nevertheless, there's no doubting that nearly every movie-going American is familiar with those three short sentences. Reiner has stated that, along with "I'll have what she's having" and "You can't handle the truth," this represents one of the three most often quoted excerpts of dialogue from his movies...For director Rob Reiner, The Princess Bride represented the fourth of seven consecutive commercial and critical successes...The tone owes more to Spinal Tap than to any of Reiner's other outings -- it is witty and irreverent without ever going so far over-the-top that it turns the proceedings into camp. Reiner manages the difficult yet ultimately rewarding task of creating a movie that simultaneously parodies a genre while also celebrating and participating in it...Since its release more than 15 years ago, The Princess Bride has often been copied, but never equaled. Perhaps the most successful movie to capture its essential spirit was the animated Shrek. The word "brilliant" is often overused in the movie business, but this is one of those occasions when it is warranted. The Princess Bride is an unparalleled achievement -- a modern classic that will be enjoyed for generations to come. It has been called the "Generation X's version of The Wizard of Oz," and, more than any other description, that comes the closest to identifying this movie's impact.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The Princess Bride" begins as a story that a grandfather is reading out of a book. But already the movie has a spin on it, because the grandfather is played by Peter Falk, and in the distinctive quality of his voice we detect a certain edge. His voice seems to contain a measure of cynicism about fairy stories, a certain awareness that there are a lot more things on heaven and Earth than have been dreamed of by the Brothers Grimm...The story he tells is about Buttercup, a beautiful princess (Robin Wright) who scornfully orders around a farm boy (Cary Elwes) until the day when she realizes, thunderstruck, that she loves him. She wants to live happily ever after with him, but then evil forces intervene, and she is kidnapped and taken far away across the lost lands, while he is killed..."Is this story going to have a lot of kissing in it?" Falk's grandson asks. Well, it's definitely going to have a lot of Screaming Eels...Part of the secret is that Reiner never stays with the same laugh very long. There are a lot of people for his characters to meet as they make their long journey, and most of them are completely off the wall...There is, for example, a band of three brigands led by Wallace Shawn as a scheming little conniver and including Andre the Giant as Fezzik the Giant, a crusher who may not necessarily have a heart of gold. It is Shawn who tosses the princess to the Screaming Eels, with great relish..."The Princess Bride" was adapted by William Goldman from his own novel, which he says was inspired by a book he read as a child, but which seems to have been cheerfully transformed by his wicked adult imagination. It is filled with good-hearted fun, with performances by actors who seem to be smacking their lips and by a certain true innocence that survives all of Reiner's satire. And, also, it does have kissing in it.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Elwes,Cary
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor Cary Elwes is marvelously funny as the hero.
Joel Siegel, ABC-TV Thrilling, exciting, very funny and absolute magic!
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...wonderful scenes and character vignettes...
Rita Kempley, Washington Post ...a lively, fun-loving, but nevertheless epic look at the nature of true love.
TV Guide A hilarious mixture of Errol Flynn swashbuckler and Monty Python send-up...
Emanuel Levy, One of Reiner's most entertaining films, effective as a swashbuckling epic, romantic fable, and satire of these genres.
Rita Kempley, The Washington Post ...a lively, fun-loving, but nevertheless epic look at the nature of true love.

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