FLASHBACK: "Princess Bride," a Modern Twist on Fairy Tales Back on Big Screen

Updated 2 years ago by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
FLASHBACK: "Princess Bride," a Modern Twist on Fairy Tales Back on Big Screen

Fairy tales often have 'happily ever after' endings. However, the classic "Princess Bride" inspired a Time Magazine critic to write that "the happily ever after lasts 98  minutes. Feel free to be thrilled or giggle."

Originally released in 1987, Marquee Cinemas brings back "The Princess Bride" for four big screen shows as part of their Flashback Cinema series. The first two screenings are Sunday, Nov   6 @ 2 & 7 p.m. and an encore on Wednesday,   November 9 @ 2 & 7 p.m.

Having been deemed an "enchanting film," "a rare gem,"  "the spirited cast has a field day,: and "you can't do much better." 

Described as a mix of Errol Flynn swashbuckler and Monty Python send up, the Rob Reiner comedy has cameos from Billy Crystal and Carol Kane.

Carrie Rickey writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, "Mandy Patinkin, the most dazzling movie swordsman since Errol Flynn, steals the movie with his athletic grace and delivery of lines like: "My name is Inigo Montoya! Prepare to die."

The Princess Bride details the exploits of several larger-then-life characters within mystical, magical fantasy landscape - including a swordfighter bent on revenge (Mandy Patinkin's Inigo Montoya), a dashing farmboy turned pirate (Cary Elwes' Westley), and the beautiful title character (Robin Wright).

The New York Times wrote:

"Though not as visually impressive as comparable Terry Gilliam fare such as Jabberwocky, the verbal wit is fast and abundant (abetted with cameos by Billy Crystal, Peter Cook and Mel Smith), and you'd better believe the midnight movie crowd will remember almost all of it."

A viewer called it a "family favorite" with "new ideas every time we watch."


CASABLANCA, Nov. 13 & 16

This classic love story set during World War II has 6 lines on the AFI list of “Top 100 Movie Quotes,” more than any other film.  Ingrid Bergman gives the most famous song cue in movies (“Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’”), and Claude Rains describes his unique brand of law enforcement (“Round up the usual suspects”).  Humphrey Bogart is the film’s reluctant hero, a cynical café owner who is more of a romantic than he lets on. 


Nine-year old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants only one thing for Christmas: a "Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle.” We double dog dare you not to love this heart-warming comedy based on the childhood memories of author Jean Shepherd, who also narrates the film. Melinda Dillon co-stars  as Ralphie’s mom and Darren McGavin plays his dad (“the Old Man”), whose taste in lamps is somewhat unusual.

POLAR EXPRESS, Nov. 27 & 30

On Christmas Eve a boy boards a mysterious train filled with children, bound for the North Pole. Based on the popular children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, and with a score by Alan Silvestri that features original songs plus classic holiday recordings from the 1940’s. The “performance capture” animation used by director Robert Zemeckis made it possible for Tom Hanks to play six roles, including Santa.

UPCOMING: "White Christmas," "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," and "It's a Wonderful Life."

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