The Princess Bride


(out of 5)

This magical film is a rare charmer, one that actually lives inside of a storybook.   A young boy () is home from school with a bad cold, not the least bit pleased when his grandfather () shows up and announces that he’s going to read him a story.  Books are a thing of the past according to the youngster, but once his aging patriarch starts to read aloud, Savage finds himself unable to stop until the end of the wondrous tale, one about a beautiful maiden () and the servant boy () with whom she falls in love. The lovers are separated, each sent their own way on a long journey full of adventure and romance, evil kings and creatures of fantasy, until being reunited and walking into the proverbial sunset. The supporting cast all turn in terrific performances, especially  as the whiney Prince Humperdink and as the hilarious Vizzini, while the special effects department do a whiz of a job with the excellent makeup effects. A treat for the young and young at heart alike, this one is told with enough wry humour to please adults that won’t alienate the kids either; if you’re lucky enough to have enjoyed it as both, you’ll be amazed at how well it has aged.

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USA, 1987

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his book

Cinematography by

Produced by Rob Reiner,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1987

Toronto International Film Festival 1987

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