‘The Princess Bride’ Premieres in Theaters on This Day in 1987

by Joe Rutland

Talk about a beloved movie, Outsiders. “The Princess Bride,” starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, and Andre the Giant, debuts today in 1987.

A young boy who’s sick at home gets his grandfather, played by Peter Falk, to read him a story. It’s filled with the adventures of a farmboy (Elwes) named Westley who is looking to reunite with his girlfriend Buttercup, played by Robin Wright.

Now the farmboy turns into a pirate named Dread Pirate Roberts and runs into obstacles, enemies, and allies while trying to get to her.

“The Princess Bride” was directed by Rob Reiner and, oh boy, what an amazing movie to have in his library.

RetroNewsNow didn’t forget the anniversary and shared the movie’s poster on its Twitter feed.

‘The Princess Bride’ Has Billy Crystal, Andre the Giant, Carol Kane in Cast

Patinkin plays Inigo Montoya, a Spanish fencing master who seeks revenge against a six-fingered man who murdered his father. He’s one of three people who kidnaps Buttercup. The other two are Fezzik, played by Andre the Giant, and Vizzini, played by Wallace Shawn.

Outsiders may remember that Andre the Giant was already an internationally famous star but in the world of professional wrestling. Fezzik used his size and girth to help save Buttercup.

Wesley, though, found himself tortured by Prince Humperdinck, played by Chris Sarandon. Yet Westley was taken to a healer named Miracle Max and his wife, Valerie. The roles were beautifully played, with plenty of laughs, by Billy Crystal and Carol Kane, respectively.

Movie Directed by Rob Reiner Ends With Fezzik Getting Horses For Castle Escape

With Westley supposedly out of the way, Prince Humperdinck is all set on marrying Buttercup. But that doesn’t work out too well. See, Buttercup went through with the wedding but Wesley got there just before she committed suicide.

He assures Buttercup that those wedding vows aren’t valid and they escape from the castle.

“The Princess Bride” ends with Fezzik getting four horses. Fezzik, Westley, Buttercup, and Inigo escape capture. Once reunited, Westley and Buttercup kiss and that’s how the story ends. The movie would finish with the boy, played by Fred Savage, asking his grandfather to read him the story again tomorrow.

The grandfather looks back before leaving the boy’s room and says, “As you wish.” Those are the same words Westley would utter when asked to do something by Buttercup.

Rock guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits composed the movie’s music.

Speaking of Rob Reiner, he adapted “The Princess Bride” from the 1973 novel written by Willam Goldman. Reiner got a copy of the book as a gift from his father, actor-writer-director Carl Reiner. After making “This Is Spinal Tap,” Rob Reiner knew he wanted to do a film based on the book.