Adapted by William Goldman from his novel The Princess Bride , it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by companions befriended along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck. The film essentially preserves the novel's narrative style by presenting the story as a book being read by a grandfather Peter Falk to his sick grandson Fred Savage. The film was first released in the United States on September 25, ,  and was well-received by critics at the time, but was only a modest box office success. Over time, particularly with the introduction of the Internet , the film has become a cult classic. The film is an enactment of a book read to a sick boy from Chicago —who is initially dismissive of the story—by his grandfather, with occasional interruptions of the scenes in this frame story.
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