The Sunrise Theater is bringing back its outdoor screenings of the 1987 family classic, The Princess Bride on September 29, 30, and October 1. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m., and the film starts at 7:15 p.m. Clean Juice is sponsoring the event.
This classic film has become a new outdoor tradition at the Sunrise to close out the days of summer and to usher in the fall. This screening, sponsored by Clean Juice, will be the third consecutive year that the movie has been screened.
The film begins with a grandfather visiting his sick grandson and reading him a fairy tale about true love. In the tale, Princess Buttercup – still mourning the death of her beloved farm boy Westley – is set to marry Prince Humperdinck.
But after being captured by a gang of thieves, she finds herself being rescued by the mysterious Dread Pirate Roberts. The grandson’s interest is piqued by the fairy tale’s swashbuckling sword fights, deadly games of wit, and rodents of unusual size.
Did you Know?
*In an old iteration of the film that was never made, a pre-fame Arnold Schwarzenegger was supposed to play the role of Fezzik.
*Mandy Patinkin loved this role, but it also held a deeper connection for him. He had lost his father to pancreatic cancer and the idea of chasing down this specter who killed his father really resonated with him.
*Andre the Giant had such strong vocal affectations that director Rob Reiner had to record all of Andre’s lines onto tape for him to mimic so he could be understood clearly on the film.
*Billy Crystal as Miracle Max spent hours a day improvising lines for the character. According to Cary Elwes most of the funniest takes were actually left on the cutting room floor because they were too inappropriate for family audiences.
*Most of the movie was filmed on location in England in a fortified country house named Haddon Hall that dates to before 1987. It was built by William the Conqueror for an illegitimate son. The tapestries in Haddon Hall interiors are original, dating to the late Medieval and Renaissance periods.
*”The Princess Bride” is Rob Reiner’s favorite book ever, and he had to convince William Goldman to let him make it. Goldman was reluctant because it was the favorite thing he’d ever written. Goldman also wrote the screenplay adaptation.
*The scene where Christopher Guest knocks out Cary Elwes character was actually not faked. Guest was reluctant to strike Elwes, but the scenes where he held back didn’t look real. Eventually Elwes told him to just go for it and Guest accidentally hit him too hard actually knocking him unconscious. This is the scene used in the film.
The movies start at sunset (approximately 7:15 p.m.) on the theater’s park. The area is enclosed with tents and a white wall around the perimeter to create a cozy setting. Guests may bring portable chairs or blankets, but no outside food, coolers, or pets are permitted. Two concession stands are available – one in the park and the second inside the main theater. Box office and concessions open at 6:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the film will be moved inside the theater.
Tickets are $10 per person, general admission. Groups of 10 or more should contact the Sunrise for special reserved party seating. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.SunriseTheater.com or at the box office 30 minutes before the show.