The idea that anyone visiting The Dissolve has reached this point without seeing The Princess Bride is, in a word, inconceivable. Rob Reiner’s William Goldman-written 1987 fantasy-romance is one of the most beloved films of the last few generations, thanks in large part to kids (and adults) watching it over and over and over again on VHS and cable in the years following its modest theatrical release. Due to that legacy, Princess Bride fans are duty-bound to watch the film whenever it airs on TV, which unfortunately isn’t as often as it used to be. BBC America will remedy that this week with a few airings of the whimsical, self-aware fairy tale, starring Cary Elwes (who recently published a memoir about filming Princess Bride) as the dashing Westley and Robin Wright as his lady love, Princess Buttercup. Rounded out by a supporting cast of all your favorites—Wallace Shawn, Christopher Guest, Andre The Giant, Peter Falk, a young Fred Savage, and oh yeah, Mandy Freakin’ Patinkin—watching The Princess Bride is like hanging out with old, memorable-quote-spewing friends. (And if you somehow haven’t managed to see this absolutely delightful film before, now is a very good time to remedy that. We promise, we won’t judge you.) The Princess Bride airs back-to-back tonight on BBC America, at 8 p.m. Eastern then again at 10 p.m. Have fun stormin’ da castle!
May 07, 2015 Cable Pick Of The Day