The Princess Bride is a 1987 American film, based on the 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman, combining comedy, adventure, romance and fantasy. The film was directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Goldman. The story is presented in the movie as a book being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage), thus effectively preserving the novel’s narrative style. This film is Number 50 on Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies list, and Number 88 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years...100 Passions listing of the 100 greatest film love stories of all time.
The Princess Bride is a tale of the love between the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright Penn) and the besotted Westley (Cary Elwes), a love cruelly interrupted by Westley’s tragic apparent death at sea when seeking his fortune. Heartbroken, Buttercup has sworn never to love again, but accepts the marriage proposal of the rich and handsome Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), heir to the throne of Florin.
But death is no barrier to True Love, and in a story filled with exotically accented swordsmen, big-hearted giants, genius kidnappers, sadistic torturers, vile swamps, Rodents of Unusual Size, the Dread Pirate Roberts and a somewhat embittered miracle worker, the love between Westley and Buttercup twists and turns on a path filled with adventure. Will the True Love of Westley and Buttercup win the day? Will Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) find the six-fingered man who murdered his father? Will Humperdinck’s evil plans come to fruition? And, more importantly, will Grandpa be able to tell the story without any of the yucky kissing?
Tickets for the Friday, December 17 screening of The Princess Bride are available through the UPAC box office at 601 Broadway in Kingston, (845) 339-6088; at the Bardavon box office at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-2072; or through TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. UPAC is handicapped-accessible and offers secure and convenient parking. For more information, log onto www.bardavon.org or www.upac.org.
The Kevin & Brian Ginty CFP Friday Film Series at UPAC continues with Back to the Future on February 25, West Side Story on March 11 and Easy Rider on April 15. The return of films at UPAC was made possible in large part through a New York State grant obtained by assemblyman Kevin Cahill.