STARRING: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Peter Falk

1987, 98 Minutes, Directed by: Rob Reiner

Description: Avuncular Grandpa (Peter Falk) gradually seduces his skeptical grandson (Fred Savage) into the absurd, irresistible melodrama of the title story. And what a story: a lowly stable boy, Westley (Cary Elwes), pledges his love to the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright), only to be abducted and reportedly killed by pirates while Buttercup is betrothed to the evil Prince Humperdinck. Even as Buttercup herself is kidnapped by a giant, a scheming criminal mastermind, and a master Spanish swordsman, a mysterious masked pirate (could it be Westley?) follows in pursuit. As they sail toward the Cliffs of Insanity...

Post-modernist fairy tale. There is no other way to describe this genuinely funny (and fun) comedy directed by Rob (When Harry Met Sally, Few Good Men) Reiner.

It is funny, hip, clever and sophisticated. This film is suitable for both kids and their parents, and will no doubt be enjoyed by both. (Although in all honesty, some of the irony in the script by William Goldman will be more keenly appreciated by adults.)

Strongly recommended to chase those blues away. Rent it the next time there's nothing on television but American Gladiators. And afterwards somebody who has watched the movie with you will no doubt imitate the Patinkin character's dialogue that goes: "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Now, prepare to die!" As far as I remember this is a prerequisite . . .



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