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September 7, 2015
She can spin straw into gold.

A poor but beautiful girl lives with her father in the forest. They meet the prince and they become smitten, but the king demands an amazing task be completed to earn his son's hand in marriage. He demands she weaves straw into gold after the girl's father alludes she is capable. The girl is locked in a room and given one night to complete the task. She sits in the room with no idea how to conquer this task until a magic man of sorts appears and promises to complete the task for a small fee, and unimaginative fee. Will the girl succumb to the price of the strange man or be beheaded by the king?

"The last man who said 'but' had his head chopped off."

David Irving, director of CHUD II, Night if the Cyclone, Good-bye Cruel World, The Emperor's New Clothes, and Sleeping Beauty, delivers Rumpelstiltskin. The storyline for this picture is interesting and fun to watch unfold. The musical numbers are mediocre but the acting is fun and entertaining as were the settings and costumes.

"The devil told you that!"

I came across this on Netflix and thought it had potential as an interesting period pierce of a classic tale. It was pretty good and worth a viewing. It was far from a classic movie, but it tells the story well in an entertaining way. I recommend watching this once.

"If I am this nice, there will be a price."

Grade: C+
July 3, 2015
I love to see the miller tell people that his Daughter can SPIN STRAW into gold , BILLY BARTY is cute as = RUMPELSTILTSKIN ?
½ March 13, 2015
The title character of this now famous fairy tale is a seemingly helpful dwarf who shows his true colors for the worse when a favor he does for another is not repaid. Played with relish by the late Billy Barty, Rumpelstiltskin talks and rhymes his way through this kitschy, low-rent musical. Disappearing and reappearing at will with a cackling laugh and an obviously wicked sneer, the infamous elf comes to the aid of an unfortunate miller's daughter imprisoned by a greedy king who tasks the lass into spinning straw into gold. Impossible, one would obviously say, but it turns out that the elfin creature can indeed pull off the trick -- provided he is rewarded for his services. But when the girl becomes a princess and is advised to give up her first child to the greedy midget, she is tasked to guess his name in three days time to spare her offspring from slave labor. The outcome is not hard to guess, but such is the nature of a fairy tale. A good story, no doubt, but one that's best suited for a shorter medium than an 83-minute film, much less one with cheap production values and a fair smattering of cheesy moments as opposed to sincerity. Aside from Barty, who is dead on in the lead role, the rest of the cast is very strange; Amy Irving doesn't feel right as the miller's daughter, and Clive Revill chews so much scenery as the king (especially during his insufferably awful "Greedy" song) that it's hard to take him seriously, even for a fairy tale character. John Moulder-Brown is a rather bland love interest as well. The performance I liked the best was that of a mute little servant girl who aids Irving later in the movie, but this movie isn't about Shakespeare quality acting. The songs are a mixed bag as well. Some are pleasant enough, with Barty's brief but devilish ditty being particularly fun, but the lyrics are often corny and lack substance. To its credit, this movie does remain faithful to the tale, but it's a B-movie picture at best. It's moderately enjoyable, nothing else.
June 26, 2012
rumpelstiltskin in this movie, used to scare the crap out of me when i was younger
April 5, 2012
who dosnet want 2 see this
May 9, 2011
Rumpelstiltskin definitely had some interesting chracters but failed to impress me on a couple of different levels.
March 10, 2010
rumpelstiltskin in this movie, used to scare the crap out of me when i was younger
June 24, 2009
Please,I want see this movis movie. Thanks. Do you have this movie in spanish or subtituled?
June 3, 2009
guessing a dwarf's name is hard but the queen managed to and it's Rumpelstiltskin.
½ April 27, 2008
Creative and entertaining retelling of the classic fairy tale. Irving and Barty have excellent chemistry in a unique screen relationship, and the soundtrack is lovely. Probably my favourite Cannon Movie Tale.
Super Reviewer
March 30, 2008
Definitely remember this movie! A movie from my childhood.
October 28, 2007
It was a very enchanting and nice movie. I always loved the story!
½ September 10, 2007
One of the least entertaining and fun of the Cannon series, but it's still good nonetheless. Amy Irving and Billy Barty MAKE this movie. Irving shows off a shockingly fantastic singing voice and Barty is up to no good as the evil little elf.

The songs are good, but this one feel slike it's missing some of the delightful charm that made the others seem so special. It was the the first of the series, so maybe they were still testing out some things.

Still, a nice effort and great for families and kids.
½ September 5, 2007
HEHE i i i i ca caan ca caan spea speak.
August 27, 2007
i love this movie
use to watch it all the time
July 27, 2007
it's a classic story that everyone needs to know
July 27, 2007
Songs from this movie will randomly come into my head sometimes... I haven't seen it in forever and I really would like to remedy that <3 ::sings:: straaaw into gold!
July 19, 2007
I remember loving this as a kid! I think I'll get this from my libray at the next visit to refresh myself...
July 5, 2007
well wanna watch it!!!!
½ June 28, 2007
This used to freak me out when i was young. I love it. Old Favorite
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