November 13, 2007
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Runtime: 98 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in French, French
Once upon a time, a crusty old grandfather told his bedridden grandson a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale... In the mythical kingdom of Florin, farm boy Westley rides off one day to make his fortune, leaving his true love Buttercup waiting patiently behind. Unfortunately, his ship is beset by pirates, and Buttercup grieves for many years, believing Westley dead. She reluctantly agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck, knowing that she will never love him. Humperdinck has his own plans for the marriage: he intends to have Buttercup kidnapped and murdered in order to set off a border war that will strengthen his power. But she is rescued by a mysterious pirate, who turns out to be Westley in disguise. Their reunion does not last long, however, and the pair must face numerous obstacles before they can live happily ever after.
Two separated lovers, an ambitious prince, a conniving henchman, a vengeance-seeking Spaniard, a misunderstood giant, the mysterious Dread Pirate Roberts and rats of unusual size mark this fairy tale story. An excellent film adaptation of the novel by William Goldman told with charm and wit. Academy Award Nominations: Best Song ("Storybook Love").
Peter Montagna did the makeup for Billy Crystal and Carol Kane.
Estimated budget $16 million.
Shot in DeLuxe color at Lee International Studios in Shepperton, England and in Ireland. Filming began August 18, 1986 and was completed December 1986.
Screened at the 1987 Toronto Festival of Festivals and London Film Festival. Released in USA September 25, 1987. Released on video March 30, 1988.
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.
Reviewed in New York Times September 16, 1987, and in Monthly Film Bulletin March 1988.
Copyright 1987 The Princess Bride Limited.