The Princess Bride (1987)

ROB REINER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 1987.  , , .  Screenplay by , based on his book.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Rob Reiner, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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 (Peter Falk) 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 Chris Sarandon 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.

The Criterion Collection:  #948

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Original Song (“Storybook Love”)

Toronto International Film Festival:  1987

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