The Princess Bride parents guide

The Princess Bride

A cult classic with swashbuckling heroes, beautiful damsels and a horde of swords

Overall B

Young Buttercup (Robin Wright) should believe all her fairytale dreams have come true when she is chosen to be the bride of Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). Instead, the despondent girl prepares for the royal nuptials while still grieving the loss of her true love Wesley (Cary Elwes). Then, before the big event can take place, the future princess is mysteriously kidnapped.

Violence C+
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B
Substance Use C

Why is The Princess Bride rated PG? The MPAA rated The Princess Bride PG

Run Time: 98 minutes

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The Princess Bride
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Princess Bride rated PG? The Princess Bride is rated PG by the MPAA

Played out in swashbuckling, melodramatic style, The Princess Bride‘s biggest concern for family viewers will be it’s violent depictions. While usually intended to invoke humor (like some elaborate sword fights, hand to hand combat and a battle of wits that ends in a death by poisoning), some of the portrayals come off as quite serious (such as characters and an animal impaled by swords and daggers—with blood shown, and a merciless Gestapo who tortures his victim with an unexplained suction-cup machine). Other miscellaneous issues include a kidnapping attempt, death threats, falls down cliffs, attacks by viscous animals, scorches by fire, near suffocation in sandpits, contemplations of suicide and a desire for vengeance. Sexual content is limited to a couple of innuendos and some passionate kisses. There is also a character overcome with drunkenness, a moderate profanity and some terms of deity used as expletives.

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The Princess Bride
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba PG Frightening Scenes.
Ontario PG
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

News About "The Princess Bride"

Cast and Crew

The Princess Bride is directed by Rob Reiner and stars Cary ELwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Princess Bride movie is October 2, 2012. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: The Princess Bride: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)

Release Date: 2 October 2012

In honor of its twenty-fifth anniversary, The Princess Bride is being released (again) to home video. The Blu-ray package includes:

- Audio commentaries with Director Rob Reiner & Screenwriter William Goldman

- Original theatrical trailer

- Easter eggs

- As You Wish: The Story of The Princess Bride

- The Princess Bride: The Untold Tales

- The Art of Fencing

- Fairy Tales and Folklore

- Miraculous Makeup

- Cary Elwes’ video diary

- The Dread Pirate Roberts: Greatest Pirate of the Seven Seas

- Love is Like a Storybook

- Exclusive HD Content: All-new, two-part True Love: The Princess Bride Phenomenon retrospective documentary

Blu-ray Notes: The Princess Bride

Release Date: 17 March 2009

The Princess Bride walks down the Blu-ray isle for the first time. Arrayed in widescreen, the disc offers audio tracks in 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (English), Mono (Spanish) and Dolby Surround (French), with subtitles in English, French and Spanish. Attendants at the royal wedding include:

-Audio Commentary by Rob Reiner

-Audio Commentary by William Goldman

-As You Wish: The Story of The Princess Bride

-Cary Elwes Video Diary

-Miraculous Makeup

-The Dread Pirate Roberts: Greatest Pirate of the Seven Seas

-Love is Like a Storybook

-The Princess Bride The Untold Tales featurette

- The Art of Fencing featurette

-Fairytales and Folklore featurette

-Original theatrical trailer

-Easter Eggs

DVD Notes: The Princess Bride 20th Anniversary Edition

DVD Release Date: 13 November 2007

If you missed out on last year’ DVD release of this title, have no fears. The Princess Bride is again available, this time in a 20th Anniversary Edition. Besides the amazing, redesigned read-either-up-or-down-side logo, this version offers brand new bonus materials such as True Love and High Adventure (the official Princess Bride Video Game) and three featurettes (Princess Bride: The Untold Tales, The Art of Fencing and Fairytales and Folklore). The audio track is recorded in Dolby Surround 5.1 (English), with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

DVD Notes: The Princess Bride

DVD Release Date: 13 June 2006

If you are among the cult following of The Princess Bride, then this 2-disc Collector’s Edition will be just “as you wish.” Marketed to appeal to both genders of fans, the DVD is presented in either a swashbuckling Dread Pirate Edition (blue box) or a romantic Buttercup Edition (pink box). Once past the outer packaging, the content is the same. Extras include the documentaries Dread Pirate Roberts: Greatest Legend of the Seven Seas (a Historical Analysis of possible inspirations for the story’s character) As You Wish: The Story of The Princess Bride, and Love is like a Storybook Story (where cast and crew share their thoughts on the production. Mandy Patinkin’s comments are especially poignant as he shares how he used the memory of his father to help with his character motivation.) Some of the other features are; Miraculous Make-up, Cary Elwes’ Home Movies, the original 1987 featurette, a vintage making-of documentary, and the original theatrical trailer. For fun, test your memory with The Quotable Battle of Wits Trivia Game, or enjoy the collectable booklet titled Fezzik’s Guide to Florin. If you are in a more serious mood, tune into the audio commentaries by director Rob Reiner and author William Goldman. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French and Spanish, with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

Related home video titles:

The Court Jester, starring the incomparable Danny Kaye, is another medieval movie mixing swashbuckling swordplay and silly shenanigans. Dread seamen also interfere with romance in the adventure yarn Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

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