Through tomorrow, The Savvy Screener is showcasing the stories that were most popular with our readers in 2020. Today, our second most popular story: September’s cast reunion of The Princess Bride, the classic 1987 fantasy-adventure-comedy film.
The cast reading was done to raise money for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, and you can still see it in exchange for a donation in any amount.
Scheduled participants included Cary Elwes (“Westley”), Robin Wright (title role), Carol Kane (“Valerie”), Chris Sarandon (“Prince Humperdinck”), Mandy Pantinkin (“Inigo Montoya”), Wallace Shawn (“Vizzini”), Christopher Guest (“Count Rugen”), Billy Crystal (“Miracle Max”), and the film’s director, Rob Reiner. The cast reading was followed by a Q&A moderated by Patton Oswalt.
Rabid fans of The Princess Bride undoubtedly already own the movie. If you’re not in that category and want to stream the original, Disney+ subscribers can access it at any time. You can also rent it for $3.99 from Amazon, Google Play, Redbox, or AMC Theatres On Demand.
The now-defunct Quibi, meanwhile, had offered a 10-part “home movie” of The Princess Bride that was completed during lockdown. The short-form episodes featured such stars as Chris Pine and Common as Westley, Tiffany Haddish as Princess Buttercup, Rob Reiner as The Grandfather (originally played by the late Peter Falk) and Josh Gad as The Grandson (originally played by Fred Savage.)
Here’s a full episode, as uploaded by Quibi to YouTube. It’s 14 minutes long, above the streamer’s self-imposed limit of 10 minutes, but since the series was made to benefit World Central Kitchen, we excused them. In this episode, by the way, Westley was played by Jack Black, David Spade and Jon Hamm, while Patton Oswald and King Bach play Vizzini, and Finn Wolfhard is Inigo Montoya.
(The preceding is an updated version of a previously published article.)
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