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The Princess Bride (1987) (PG)

The Princess Bride (1987)

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Thursday 27 Aug 202013:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 38m


Director Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride is a gently amusing, affectionate pastiche of a medieval fairy tale adventure, offering a similar blend of warm, literate humour as his Stand By Me (1985) and When Harry Met Sally (1989).

Adapted from his own novel, William Goldman's script plays with the conventions of such 1980s fantasies as Ladyhawke and Legend (both 1985), and with the budget never allowing for spectacle, sensibly concentrates on creating a gallery of memorable characters.

Robin Wright makes a delightful Princess Buttercup, Cary Elwes is splendid as Westley and "Dread Pirate Roberts", while Mandy Patinkin makes fine Spanish avenger. With winning support from Mel Smith, Peter Cook, Billy Crystal and Carol Kane there is sometimes a Terry Gilliam/Monty Python feel to the proceedings, and the whole film is beautifully shot, with a memorably romantic main theme by Mark Knopfler.

Occasionally interrupted by Peter Falk as a grandfather reading the story to his grandson, The Princess Bride is an elegant post-modern family fable about storytelling itself. A modest, small-scale work that manages to be both cynically modern and genuinely romantic all at once. As charming as you wish.

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