The Princess Bride 1987

princessbride1William Goldman’s adaptation of his own children’s book is a gleeful pastiche of adventure stories, packed with memorable lines and performances.  Carey Elwes is a refreshingly brash hero as Wesley, who attempts to rescue The Princess Bride (Robin Wright) from various parties. Mandy Patinkin’s vengeful Inigo Montoya is a perfect foil, and cameos from Billy Crystal, Peter Cook, Mel Smith,  Christopher Guest and Chris Sarandon all help with the anything-goes tone. And while the storytelling bookends with Peter Falk take some living up to, Goldman’s adaptation of his own book and Rob Reiner’s direction make this a classic adventure for children with a literary bent. Watch out for the ROUS (Rodents of Unusual Size)!

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