The Princess Bride 1988

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A young boy in bed with flu is not impressed when his grandfather arrives to read the story of 'The Princess Bride'. It tells of the adventures of Westley and his true love Buttercup in the fairytale kingdom of Florin.

Starring:
Peter Falk,Peter Cook
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Children & Family, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Director Rob Reiner
Starring Peter Falk, Peter Cook
Supporting actors Billy Crystal, Mel Smith, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By muttmummy on 11 July 2004
Format: DVD
I loved this movie when it came out and I love it now - it's lost none of it's charm and I find it just as funny now as back then.
Part of the success is a superb cast. Carey Elwes is underrated - he is a great comedic actor and also a very versatile character actor. He is sharp and on the ball in this movie - his delivery spot on.
BUT - even so, Mandy Patinkin steals the shows with his wonderful performance.
This movie has such a huge personality and you can tell everyone had great fun making it. They don't make them like this any more, sadly.
Do yourself a favour - buy a copy of this absolute honey of a movie. It has everything to offer and won't fail to charm and cheer.
Just perfect.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Wright on 3 Aug. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
If you are about to propose marriage to someone, ask them what they think of the Princess Bride. If they say they dont like after having watched it, then they rate among the people who didn't like Star Wars (the originals that is)
This film is not to be revered for its fairy tale setting, more for its razor sharp with which cuts through the tale like a grinning cat's claws through the tail of a tattered mouse.
Cary Elwes gives a stunning performance, and there are appearences from people like the late Andre the Giant and Billy Crystal. But this is not adding celebrities to boost ratings. on the contrary, this film was made before these people were famous.
However, I cannot stand in the way of you and a fine piece of film-making. Buy it! you will not be dissappointed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
When I was a teenager I seemed to be the only person who had ever even heard of this film but it seems to have developed a cult following - and no wonder. It is exciting, romantic, funny and swashbuckling and appeals to the child in everyone. Credit must go to a superb cast, particularly an under-rated Cary Elwes as Westley who is funny, charming, tender and manly at the same time. And who else could look SO very good in those tight black trousers and leather boots! Caused my young heart to flutter no end! Shawn Wallace is hysterically funny as Vizzini, Robin Wright manages to be beautiful without being a barbie doll and Andre the Giant is perfectly cast. I also adored Peter Falk as the grandfather and Fred Savage who is just fantastic and incredibly cute as the grandson in a way that Haley Joel Osment could never hope to match. There are some memorable moments and quotes (look on many an IT geek's email signature and you may see one!) for example: 'my name is Inigo Montonya, you killed my father, prepare to die..', 'sleep well my friend, and dream of large women..' and 'Inconceivable!'. The awesome swordfight between Westley and Inigo ('I have something to confess - I am not left-handed either!'), the battle of wits between Westley and Vizzini, the tongue in cheek humour and camp badness of Prince Humperdinck, the cameo appearances of Billy Crystal and Mel Brooks, Mark Knopfler's (of Dire Straits) lovely score all combine to create a charming, memorable film that makes you feel good. Ahhh - just buy this film, you won't regret it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
For the child in all of us this is a story of princes who inconceivable luck Buttercup (Robin Wright), is abducted by a giant and perused by a pirate.
"Prepare to die"
This is one of those movies that the story is being told and periodically you are drawn back to the reader and listener to see what they think of the story. The reader is a grandfather played by Peter Falk and the grandson that is listening to the bedtime story is Fred Savage.
Watch the expressions on Prince Humperdinck's (Chris Sarandon) face as he gets foiled again and again. Exceptional good story and actors. There is lots of love story with unexpected trials.
See Peter Falk again with Cyndi Lauper in "Vibes" (1988).
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown on 17 July 2007
Format: DVD
Ok. I've watched this first when I was about nine and randomly chose it off a shop display as something that I fancied watching. It had swords on the front cover I figured. I liked swords! I watched it and loved it. Swords, pirates etcetc. The lot, well everything a nine year old could possibly want, and my sisters digged it too, so it must have had some formulaic kissing and romance stuff and nonsense. I must've blinked or something cos' all I saw was a cool action film with the best sword fighting I've ever seen.
Then when I was twenty one and a too cool for school student I watched it again. My God. Its a gem. Peter Cook! Cary Elwes! Rob Reiner! Mark Knopfler! Mel Smith! Andre the Giant! Christopher Guest! Billy Crystal! Peter Falk! This list of participants should make you rush out and buy this film. Go run. Then we can sit and talk about how cool and reconstructivist it is (or not whatever). Go get it and watch it with your eighty year old Mary Whitehouse esque granny, your Manhunt 2 obsessed nephew and especially your cynical too cool for school student nephew. This film combines so many themes, genres and nods and is still emotionally effective and accessible to the widest range of viewers this side of the Simpsons . Amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RoJ on 21 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
This is one of my favourite films of all time. It has everything - action, love, adventure and lots of comedy.

No, it hasn't got the huge budget to make every set look amazing, and it WAS made in the 80s but it doesn't matter - use a bit of imagination!

It certainly is cult viewing for the generation who grew up with this film. At Uni I absent-mindedly quoted something from the film and 3 people I was with all said 'wow, you know the Princess Bride' and spent the rest of the day laughing and quoting more. This cued all my other friends to watch it too, resulting in much fun had by all!

A timeless classic. This film should be compulsory viewing!
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