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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top rate entertainment!
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...
Published on 11 July 2004 by muttmummy

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3.0 out of 5 stars However during the delivery the disc 2 with the extra features had come off and scrtched itself while in the mail thus rendering
I bought this product and it was delivered on time. However during the delivery the disc 2 with the extra features had come off and scrtched itself while in the mail thus rendering it useless. Disc 1 still works fine and the movie is nice. Still, I wanted to see the special features.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top rate entertainment!, 11 July 2004
This review is from: The Princess Bride [DVD] (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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking, 3 Aug. 2002
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inconceivably Brilliant, 12 May 2012
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The Princess Bride is the best fairytale film so far produced. The 1987 film is based on the book The Princess Bride by William Goldman. It is an absolutely terrific film experience combining the action of a fairytale with the wittiest dialogue in film history. There is something for absolutely everyone in Princess Bride - adventure for the younger viewers, a swordfight scene the equal of any other, and banterous wordplay to have adults in hysterics.

The plot of Princess Bride is designed to be simple. It is a fairytale. True love between future princess Buttercup and stablelad Westley is interrupted when he leaves to seek funds for their marriage but disappears, presumably captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts. The early scenes are incredibly mushy with soft focus and soft lighting emphasising the cheese along with the limited dialogue and longing gazes. As a piece of satire it is spot on. As a contrast to everything that comes next it is retrospectively hilarious.

The action really kicks into gear when Buttercup is kidnapped. Her captors are a band of villains led by Vizzini the Sicilian. The kidnappers are sowing the seeds for war between the two rival kingdoms of Florin and Guilder. More importantly they generate terrific banter. The physical differences between the three is the stuff of fairytale but the dialogue is absolutely cutting. Being the smartest guy around Vizzini perpetually demeans his compadres though they give nearly as good as they get. The two other members of the villain crew are Fezzik played by the legendary Andre the Giant and Inigo Montoya played by Mandy Patinkin. This trio of characters are amongst the most memorable of film characters ever created.

The villains are trailed by Prince Humperdinck who wishes to marry Buttercup but also by a masked stranger played by Cary Elwes who seems to be able to overcome every obstacle the villains throw at him. While the masked stranger chases the group some of the great scenes of cinema take place in the main because of the incredible comic timing of the banter. Quoting the film would make for some slight spoilers but the response from Inigo Montoya to the use of "inconceivable" is just the beginning of the greatness.

The fight sequence between Inigo Montoya and the masked stranger is arguably one of the two best sequences in the film. It is great on two grounds - the absolutely incredible fencing interplay and the magnificent accompanying verbal interaction. The swordplay is of an exceptional level. It is vastly superior to almost every other sword fight scene in film. The speed and precision involved is breathtaking. The technical difficulty is exacerbated by the switching of hands. The fight sequence is a good descriptor of the film as a whole - light touch, rapid fire, and of unparallelled quality. The change of hands also offers one of the great moments of dialogue with Cary Elwes' delivery of his verbal repost being mesmorising.

The other scene in the chase that stands out even amongst the greatness of Princess Bride is the legendary battle of wits with Vizzini. The entire scene is just fantastic. The reference to a land war in Asia has become a part of contemporary culture but it is also followed by further greatness including the line about Sicilians as well as the sparring over the poisoned cup. Even those who haven't seen the film probably know something of this scene but in context it lives up to the hype.

Another scene that is etched into film lore is the one in which Inigo Montoya's journey comes to a completion. His repetition of the same line with marginally different emphasise reflected is rightly quoted often. The Dread Pirate Roberts scene featuring Andre the Giant is visually impressive and while not the wittiest of Princess Bride it is in its own right an excellent scene.

Such great dialogue is a combination of the brilliant writing and the exceptional acting. It is rare that a Hollywood film is funny. In this instance everyone involved got it right. Cary Elwes is particularly brilliant and his delivery throughout the film is right on the money. It is truly one of the very great comic performances, a dry and at times sardonic delivery that imbues the brilliant lines with such charisma.

All of the performance are great. There is not really a weak link. Elwes sparkles when around Mandy Patinkin and Wallace Shawn but everyone turns in a good show. Andre the Giant was never a great orator in English and he clearly found it a little harder to match the rapid delivery of punch lines that those more suited to speed were able to produce. Andre's defining characteristic throughout his great career though was his generation of pathos. It is hard to pin down but Andre always generated such enthusiasm because he came across so endearingly. His performance in Princess Bride has the same feel.

The other characters are less captivating but are still good foils for the main action. The relatively short appearance by Billy Crystal as Miracle Max is one of the best of his career. The over-the-top performance fits in perfectly and his sparring with wife Valerie played by Carol Kane is good fun. Evil Prince Humperdinck is to some extent the straight man of the show though his line about how busy he is works well. Humperdinck's right hand man Count Rugen played by Christopher Guest fills in some of the evilness though he isn't really funny unlike pretty much everyone else. The only absolutely straight character is Buttercup. In such a cast the character of Buttercup is almost an afterthought even though she is the main purpose of the quest. Buttercup is not what Princess Bride is remembered for even though she is the bride in question.

The visual effects are relatively low-fi and for the most part that absolutely adds to the fun. The scaling of the Cliffs of Insanity for instance works brilliantly and the rock fight with Andre the Giant adds value in its low budget. The Rodents Of Unsual Size do not quite work as well.

Costume is all great. The florid clothing of the royals contrasts with the very Zorro-esque attire of the masked stranger. The costumery fits in well with the overall theme.

Musically, Princess Bride works very well. The pastiche of the love story in the opening sequences is added to deliciously by the overlaying music. Mark Knopfler's score slots in well throughout and never attempts to overshadow the narrative or the dialogue. At times it fits in so well it is hard to notice that the music is still going but Knopfler's score clearly gets what this film is about.

The added touch of the narrator is highly charming. Having Colombo read the story to the kid out of The Wonder Years adds nostalgia to build even more charm onto film absolutely loaded with it.

The Extras on the Special Edition DVD are good. Given that Princess Bride was released in 1987, the original making of is pretty good. The talking head and on-set action are both solid. The Extras are a perfectly reasonable set.

Princess Bride though is inconceivably good. It is a fairytale that has easily stood the test of 15 years so far. The banter between the characters is as strong as any other film and the one-liners that leap out of the screen are so quotable that some have become part of colloquial speech. The acting performance in particular by Cary Elwes is absolutely tremendous. As a film for all the family, Princess Bride is truly incredible and it is something that everyone needs to see, repeatedly.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie!, 10 April 2006
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Kurt A. Johnson (North-Central Illinois, USA) - See all my reviews
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Westley (played by Cary Elwes) and Buttercup (Robin Wright Penn) have that rare and wonderful gift, true love. But, when Westley is captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts, who leaves no prisoner alive, Buttercup must go on with her life as best she can. However, her life becomes quite complex when, in short order, she gets engaged to a prince, gets kidnapped by a group of outlaws, and is pursued by a mysterious man in black. What will become of Buttercup, and can true love really conquer all? [Color, released in 1987, with a running time of 1:38.]
This is a great movie! Though it didn't do very well at the box-office, this is a great movie that has done very well in home viewing, and it's easy to see why. This is a family-friendly movie, moving back and forth from humor to action and back again in a great manner. Now, there is some violence in this movie, including the burning and stabbing of a giant rodent, and the stabbing of a villain, so you might want to be ready if you have younger or more sensitive viewers in your home.
But, that said, this is a great movie that my family and I enjoy immensely. (By the way, there is no nudity in this movie.) If you are looking for a movie with humor, action, adventure and romance, then this is the movie for you! My family and I give it our highest recommendations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Love and High Adventure, 17 Aug. 2005
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Princess Bride [DVD] (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant., 17 July 2007
This review is from: The Princess Bride. [DVD] (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant, 21 Jun. 2006
This review is from: The Princess Bride [DVD] (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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films - EVER!!, 1 Sept. 2005
This review is from: The Princess Bride [DVD] (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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124 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think this happens every day?, 14 Aug. 2006
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Princess Bride. [DVD] (DVD)
Every now and then, someone makes one of those rare movies that crosses the lines of romance, action, fantasy, fairy tale, and a story for all ages. And isn't annoying either. With snappy dialogue and lovable characters, "The Princess Bride" is a classic tale of high adventure, danger, true love, screaming eels, and Sicilians who talk too much. And yes, there's kissing.

A bored little boy (Fred Savage) is sick in bed, is told a story by his quirky grandfather (Peter Falk). In it, young lovers Buttercup (Robin Wright) and Westley (Carey Elwes) are separated when Westley is apparently killed. A few years later, the heartbroken Buttercup is unwillingly affianced to the slimy Prince Humperdinck. As if that weren't enough, she's kidnapped by a trio of mercenaries.

But things go wrong for the mercenaries -- a mysterious masked man is following them, and he defeats each of the mercenaries with his swordplay, strength and wits. He also knows quite a bit about Westley's fate -- and Buttercup soon finds that he IS Westley after all. But Buttercup is only a cog in Humperdinck's evil plot, and now it's up to Westley, gentle giant Fezzik (Andre) and vengeance-seeking Spaniard Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) to save her.

If "Princess Bride" had been done in a halfway serious manner, it wouldn't have been even remotely interesting. It would have been just another kids' film. But with William Goldman's tongue-in-cheek script and entertaining characters (Miracle Max, anyone?), it becomes something a lot sweeter and funnier.

Rob Reiner has a deft, wry touch that matches Goldman's story, and he does a superb job of keeping the grim moments lighter than they would have been otherwise ("We'll never make it through!" "Nonsense, you're only saying that because no one ever has"). With scenes like the torture machine, Miracle Max and Westley's three duels, Reiner keeps it deadpan rather than openly comic. But there are also scenes of touching romance and reconciliation, and some very good swordfights for Inigo.

And the dialogue (penned by Goldman) is full of quotables -- lines like "Inconceivable!" "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," "I'm not left-handed!" and "As you wish" are more or less immortalized. At the worst of times it's solid; at the middling times, it's memorably quirky; at the best of times, it's hilarious.

Yes, the title is about Buttercup. But she's a pretty pallid character compared to Westley, Fezzik and Patinkan. Elwes always seems to be winking at both the characters and audience, while Andre is lovable as the sportsmanlike, superstrong giant, and Patinkan as the discouraged Spaniard searching for a six-fingered man. His clash with the casually evil Rugen is a wonderful action-packed climax.

And Billy Crystal makes a brief but insanely good appearance as the Miracle Man, an embittered medieval healer with a very peeved wife (Carol Kane, who steals the scene with her shrieks of "Liar!").

Crammed with adventure, true love, swordfights, pirates, casual villains, and a clergyman with a speech impediment, "The Princess Bride" is an adorable comic classic. A must-see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE AND BEAUTIFUL, 7 Mar. 2008
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Greatest fairy tale story told. This is just pure gold. Starting with Peter Falk telling a story of true love and giants and sword fights. The scripting is amazing and the fight scenes brilliant. One of the best scenes is when Wesley and the Sicilan are debating on who should drink which cup as one contains poison and the other does not and the debate goes on forever but never getting boring. The not quite dead but very almost nearly scene is fantastic. If you want something on a slightly similar reins to a sort of real life Shrek then this is it for kids and adults alike.

Deserves to be watched time and time again.
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