The Princess Bride (Movie)

13 Dec


Reiner, Rob. (Producer). Scheinman, Andrew. (Producer). Lear, Norman. (Producer). Reiner, Rob. (Director). (1987). The Princess Bride [DVD]. Act III Communications: 20th Century Fox. 98 min.

Plot Summary:

A boy is sick in bed and his grandfather has come to read him a story. The boy says he doesn’t want anything sappy. The grandfather assures him it will have lots of adventure and action. The story he reads is about a young woman named Buttercup who lives on a farm. She has a farmhand named Westly who always takes her orders with the answer of “as you wish.” They realize they love each other so Westly leaves to seek his fortune so that they may marry. However, Westly’s ship is attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts, who’s reputation is to not leave anyone alive. Five years later, when asked by Prince Humperdinck to marry her, Buttercup believing Westly dead, agrees. However, before the wedding, Buttercup is kidnapped by three outlaws, the Sicilian Vizzini, the giant wrestler Fezzik, and the Spanish fencing teacher Inigo Montoya, who seeks revenge on the six-fingered man who killed his father. Prince Humperdinck is in pursuit of Buttercup and the three outlaws, but so is a mysterious masked man in black.

Critical Evaluation:

This is a wonderful fast paced fantasy film. The film gets its name from a scene in Disney’s Fantasia, which they put in the film for a reference. The story is intriguing, the music complements it well, the actors play their roles fantastically, the set is amazing, and the graphics used are outstanding. It follows the strict rules of your classic Disney movie with its happy ending and need for a love story to be mixed in somewhere. Nonetheless, it is a wonderful film that teaches you in believing in yourself. Dave Stutler is a normal geeky guy who all of a sudden finds himself in the middle of an outdated battle between two sorcerers and apparently he is supposed to be the almighty Primer Merlinean that can defeat the bad guy. Except, he has no confidence in himself, so he struggles with trying to learn magic until he realizes that he is strong and he must help save mankind from this evil sorcerer and gains some confidence in himself that ultimately saves the day. A fantastic movie that is highly recommended.

Reader’s Annotation:

Action, adventure, and a whole lot of hilarious characters. The Intended princess Buttercup has just been kidnapped by three outlaws.


Robert “Rob” Reiner  was born on March 6, 1947 and is an American actor, director, producer,writer, and political activist. As an actor, he first came to national prominence as Archie and Edith Bunker’s son-in-law, Michael “Meathead” Stivic, on All in the Family. That role earned him two Emmy Awards during the 1970s.

As a director, he was recognized by the Directors Guild of America with nominations for Stand by Me, When Harry Met Sally…, and A Few Good Men. He is known for directing the famous Misery. He studied at the UCLA Film School.



Curriculum Ties:


Booktalking Ideas:

Buttercup has just been kidnapped.

Who is the man in the black mask?

Interest Level:


Challenge Issues:


Why I included this movie:

I grew up with the Princess Bride and would like to share its greatness with other young adults.

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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in LIBR 265-10 Database Project/Blog


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