Offering heroes, giants, villains, wizards and true love, this is not just your basic, average, everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, ho-hum fairy tale. It is a cult classic that can be enjoyed not only by those who have seen it time after time, but also by a whole new, younger audience who have yet to discover – amongst many other things – scaling the Cliffs of Insanity, battling rodents of unusual size and facing torture in the Pit of Despair. Not forgetting the joys of six-fingered swordplay…
The film opens as a grandfather (Peter Falk) begins to read to his ill grandson (Fred Savage). He assures the little boy that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story. This tongue-in-cheek fairytale depicts the journey stableboy-turned-pirate Westley (Cary Elwes) undertakes to rescue Buttercup (Robin Wright), his true love, from the evil prince (Chris Sarandon). With help from Prince Humperdinck’s disgruntled former employee Miracle Max (Billy Crystal), swordsman Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), and a very large man named Fezzik (Andre the Giant), the star-crossed lovers are (eventually) reunited.