The Princess Bride

"Extraordinary"

The Princess Bride Review


Who among us has never uttered the line, "My name is Inigo Montoya..."? Standing as one of the most eminently quotable films ever made -- this side of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, anyway.

Ostensibly a children's fairy tale about a farmer's daughter (Robin Wright), her poor lover Westley (Cary Elwes), the prince (Chris Sarandon) who catches her eye, and the battle that develops among them all. Filled with memorable supporting characters -- Wallace Shawn's Vizzini ("Inconceivable!!!"), Mandy Patinkin's Inigo, Andre the Giant's Fezzik, and Christopher Guest's six-fingered man, The Princess Bride is as much fun as you can have in a film. Even the fringe characters (Peter Cook's priest, Carol Kane's nagging wife, Mel Smith's albino torturer) are hilarious and unforgettable. And director Rob Reiner has imbued this film with so much pure joy that you can't help but want to watch it over and over.

And sure enough, it's a film that improves with repeated viewings. Based on a novel William Goldman wrote for his kids, it's one of those movies you can watch with your children and not want to gouge out your eyes 20 minutes into it. Imbued with a sophisticated plot about love, revenge, dedication, commitment, and more love, it's a classic fable given a post-modern spin. I don't know how else to describe it except to urge you to see it if you never have, and to see it again if you already have. (And of course, you have.)

The new Special Edition DVD at long last gives the film the extras it deserves. The centerpiece is Rob Reiner's commentary track, wherein he gushes about the making of the film -- though it's hardly enlightening, and if you're in a rush, you can find most of the bits among the numerous making-of documentaries included on the disc. William Goldman also has his own commentary track, which is a bit of a snoozer -- partially because Goldman doesn't have much to say, but mostly because he's a bit irascible even when he does speak.

No matter, any movie that can convince you that Andre the Giant should have been an actor instead of a wrestler is an "A" in my book.



The Princess Bride

Facts and Figures

Run time: 98 mins

In Theaters: Friday 9th October 1987

Box Office Worldwide: $30.9M

Budget: $16M

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Production compaines: 20th Century Fox, Act III Communications, Buttercup Films, Nelson Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Fresh: 60 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 8.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Westley, as Buttercup, as Inigo Montoya, André the Giant as Fezzik, as Prince Humperdinck, as Count Tyrone Rugen, as Vizzini, as Grandfather, as Miracle Max, as Grandson, as Valerie, as The Albino, as The Impressive Clergyman

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Swallows and Amazons Movie Review

Swallows and Amazons Movie Review

After a number of films, TV series and stage adaptations, Arthur Ransome's beloved 1930 novel...

David Brent: Life on the Road Movie Review

David Brent: Life on the Road Movie Review

The original BBC sitcom The Office ran for 14 episodes from 2001 to 2003, and...

The Childhood of a Leader Movie Review

The Childhood of a Leader Movie Review

Bold and intelligent, this dark drama is a challenging portrait of the making of an...

Pete's Dragon Movie Review

Pete's Dragon Movie Review

This hugely enjoyable adventure is a loose remake of the 1977 Disney hit that blended...

The Shallows Movie Review

The Shallows Movie Review

With a simple premise and plenty of visual style, Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) takes...

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review

Watching this gross-out comedy, it's clear that the gifted cast and crew had a great...

Nerve Movie Review

Nerve Movie Review

With a premise that feels almost eerily current, this stylish thriller revolves around a phone...

Advertisement
The Carer Movie Review

The Carer Movie Review

Brian Cox gets the role of a lifetime in this warm comedy about living life...

Born to Be Blue Movie Review

Born to Be Blue Movie Review

Writer-director Robert Budreau takes a stylised approach to this biopic of the legendary jazz artist...

Jason Bourne Movie Review

Jason Bourne Movie Review

It's been nine years since Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass collaborated on The Bourne Ultimatum,...

The Commune [Kollektivet] Movie Review

The Commune [Kollektivet] Movie Review

Veteran Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt) returns to a smaller homegrown story after...

The BFG Movie Review

The BFG Movie Review

For his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Steven Spielberg reunited with screenwriter Melissa Mathison,...

Finding Dory Movie Review

Finding Dory Movie Review

It's been 13 years since the release of the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nemo, and filmmaker...

Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

This is where the Star Trek franchise officially shifts from thoughtful drama into thunderous action....

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.