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Based on William Goldman's novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred ...Show synopsisBased on William Goldman's novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred Savage). Falk's character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates. Indeed, The Princess Bride offers a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale depicting stable boy-turned-pirate Westley's journey to rescue Buttercup (Robin Wright), his true love, away from the evil prince (Chris Sarandon), whom she had agreed to marry five years after learning of what she had believed to be news of Westley's death. With help from Prince Humperdinck's disgruntled former employee Miracle Max (Billy Crystal), swordsman Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), and a very large man named Fezzik (Andre the Giant), the star-crossed lovers are reunited. Tracie Cooper, RoviHide synopsis
This is not a phenomenal motion ptcture. Too often the dialog is just a repeat (for comic reasons? Fails) Stretches to much for us to believe Andre could climb a rope with three people hanging on up a 1000 foot cliff. That logic exchange about which poisoned cup to avoid is retarded. We are expected to believe some nut in a fairy tale has developed electricity and he uses it to torture people?
There are some good points though. The Grandfather/grandson reading together is heartwarming. The sword fights are well staged. The Kisses are okay. The stunt people deserve Kudos. The Irish countryside is as ever a wonderful backdrop.
The DVD anniversary edition has some behind the scenes interviews, a lame connection through the outcome of a game to its website (self-promotion in a kids movie?) but no dubbed commentary (I think they all just want to let this dog go as far as it can without rocking the boat.
"Let me explain. No, is too much. Let me sum up." If you like clever, memorable dialogue, this is a movie you will appreciate. I'm dying to say to certain politicians, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." But be careful--"People in masks cannot be trusted."