A couple of weeks ago, I watched “The Princess Bride” for something like the 20th time since its release in 1987. It remains one of my all-time favorite films. Starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, and Robin Wright, and produced and directed by Rob Reiner, this fairy tale is filled with adventure, swordplay, castles, princes, pirates, and a love story to rival all others.
Here is the synopsis of the film which is posted on Fandango:
“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 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, Rovi”
I was surprised to discover that one of my dear friends had never seen the film, so we watched it together and were immensely entertained by all the clever twists and turns in the plot. It was also wonderful to hear my friend say that he really enjoyed the film and was glad he watched it.
As the film emphasizes, the noblest cause of all is true love.