The Princess Bride


The Princess Bride

Critics Consensus

A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh.



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Robin Wright and Cary Elwes star in this fairytale adventure about a beautiful princess and the gallant hero who rescues her from an evil villain. Directed by Rob Reiner, it's an enchanting classic the whole family will love!

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Cary Elwes
as Westley
Robin Wright
as Buttercup
Mandy Patinkin
as Inigo Montoya
Chris Sarandon
as Prince Humperdinck
Christopher Guest
as Count Rugen
Peter Falk
as Grandpa
Peter Cook
as The Impressive Clergyman
Fred Savage
as The Grandson
Billy Crystal
as Miracle Max
Mel Smith
as The Albino
Carol Kane
as Valerie
Anne Dyson
as The Queen
Margery Mason
as The Ancient Booer
Betsy Brantley
as The Mother
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Critic Reviews for The Princess Bride

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Audience Reviews for The Princess Bride

  • Apr 11, 2019
    A movie I grew up with, watching it years later it really is just a fantastic well-rounded adventure film. The funny thing is noticing as an adult there are some elements that could be questionable, namely that the directing and music can be a bit basic and pedestrian, and there is an overall feeling of camp to a lot of it. I also never noticed before that the actual plot of the villain is a bit convoluted. But the thing is, none of that matters. In fact, it's almost part of the charm. The comedy works, the adventure works, the sense of fun just works. The camp is part of the charm, and all you need to know about the story is beat the bad guy and true love conquers all. It's a great introduction to adventure stories for kids with just a bit of edginess, and watching it years later it's just a damn entertaining movie.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2017
    Rob Reiner creates a cult-hit with slapstick-ish humor and an enchanting charm. The Princess Bride has solid action, Reiner's signature style of narrative along with a number of witty gags that may be senseless at times but overall grows with the story, making for a memorable rom-com unlike any other before or after. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2016
    Yes, I'm a little late to the party on this one, but I just watched The Princess Bride for the first time. Fun movie! I can see why it's a cult classic. Go watch it!
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2014
    You can clearly see this is a Rob Reiner film in every sense. The whole production has that silly visual humour that most would associate with Mel Brooks...although not as strong. When the film came out it had moderate success and has since gone on to be become a bit of a cult, yet I'm not entirely sure why in all honesty. Based on a novel of the same name the story is the quintessential fairytale fable. A young dashing hero who was thought to be dead must save his true love from an evil Prince in his castle. There are sidekicks, magicians, evil henchmen, knights, places of peril and the odd oversized creatures. The unique element in this rudimentary idea is the comedy factor, a combination of spoof and slapstick both verbally and visually. In short you could say this was an early live action version of the Shrek franchise but not as 'out there' with the fantasy. Every typical fairytale scenario has been slightly twisted and lampooned just enough to make it funny but not as an outright spoof. There is still a solid plot here despite the fact its predictable as hell. The other unique angle is the fact the whole film is being narrated by Columbo to Kevin Arnold in the real world, a story within a story, so you're never completely sure if things will pan out as you'd expect...(but they do). Now while I can't deny the film is a nice gentle old fashioned type of yarn it is extremely basic and largely unimpressive visually. I realise its more of a character piece than effects extravaganza but there really isn't much to soak up fantasy wise. It doesn't help me especially because some locations they filmed at the start, and the castle, are not far from my folks so it didn't give me any sense of wonder. There are some nice locations most definitely but it all looks too real if you get me, not much like a fantasy realm. The film works mainly because of the characters, well some of them. Elwes is the perfect well spoken Flynn-esque hero without a doubt, he has good comedic timing and spoofs the classical silver screen hero very well. He virtually plays this character again in that Mel Brooks Robin Hood film. Wright is the perfect blonde fairytale Princess, utterly stunning! Sarandon does the slimy evil Prince to a tee and for me the best of all was Wallace Shawn as the low down crafty 'Vizzini'. Such a shame that Shawn's character dies so early on as he's the best thing going on in the film laughs wise. There are various other famous names in here too but for me they felt forced. Peter Cook's silly clergyman lisp just fell flat on its face, Mel Smith's Albino dungeon keeper felt out of place and not particularly funny whilst Billy Crystal was clearly Billy Crystal in makeup and not in the slightest bit amusing. Had this come out now I don't think it would do too well, or any better than it did back in 87. The whole idea has been done and drained by a certain green orge plus other animated flicks. Back in the day the idea of a spoof fantasy was a bit more original but even then it didn't fare that well and I'm not really surprised. I can see how this might not have appeared very enticing to cinema goers at the time. There is little to no violence so its perfect for the younger viewer whilst adults can enjoy the soft satire. Even though this is the epitome of a true fairytale I can't really say its a rich magical experience because there isn't much of that going on. Its a pleasant cozy ride that will relax you and not put any pressure on the brain. A pure organic tale but also rather underwhelming. 'Inconceivable!!'
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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