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The Princess Bride
(1987)
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Composed, Co-Performed, and Produced by:
Mark Knopfler

Co-Performed by:
Guy Fletcher
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Warner Brothers Records
(January 1st, 1987)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
Awards
AWARDS
The song "Storybook Love" was nominated for an Academy Award. The score was nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you, like many in your generation, hold the film dear to your heart and fondly remember Mark Knopfler's romantic acoustic guitar music in its dreamy environment.

Avoid it... if you, like many others in your generation, hold the film with extreme disdain and remember Knopfler's shallow synthetic action music to be extremely obnoxious in its campy environment.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #594
WRITTEN 4/29/03, REVISED 3/26/09
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The Princess Bride: (Mark Knopfler) For an entire generation of teens and pre-teens, The Princess Bride was the ultimate slumber party flick. Seen countless times by anyone in that age bracket during the late 1980's, the Rob Reiner film lives on in the history of motion pictures as one of the wackiest and most potentially mind-numbing success stories in the romantic comedy genre. With a decent cast, the film wasn't ashamed of its own campy low-budget feel, catering to teen logic and leaving parents shaking their heads and searching for something more intelligent with which to distract themselves. Several lines from the film, with the endlessly repeating "You killed my father; prepare to die..." quote leading the pack, would be imitated by comedians for several years to follow. A haphazard methodology of shifting between the fairy tale and its contemporary storytelling environment was a distinct reason for the film's uniqueness. As the generation that appreciated it the most grew up, however, the film lost some of its pop culture appeal, and while it served its film well at the time, the same can be said of the score for The Princess Bride. Reiner (who defined the film as an "oddball") recognized immediately that the story was ridiculous and hearty enough to require a musical departure from the norm. Having enjoyed Mark Knopfler's scores for Dire Straits and Local Hero, Reiner claims that he was his only choice for the assignment for The Princess Bride. Known for his electronic and guitar-dominated works, Knopfler's music would be a perfect fit for the project, infusing a younger sounding, synthesized warmth to a similarly directed film. Little did Knopfler know at the time that The Princess Bride would end up being his best known composition for a film, the career defining piece that young girls everywhere would snatch up and sing along to (for two decades, surprisingly). The reception for The Princess Bride from the established film score community was one more of distant amusement than anything else, though that stands as testimony to the target audience of the film rather than the personality of the score. Knopfler's style, across all of his film scores, is such a distinctive extension of the instrumental backing of his pop songs that it's nearly impossible to compare it to any other film score, despite the fact that a handful have attempted to imitate it through the years.

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VIEWER RATINGS
331 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.44 Stars
***** 107 5 Stars
**** 73 4 Stars
*** 61 3 Stars
** 39 2 Stars
* 51 1 Stars
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Hmm...I have a feeling he doesn't "dig" the movie.
The_Hutt - November 8, 2004, at 9:23 p.m.
1 comment  (1745 views)
Corny whatever
Joe Maxwell - April 26, 2004, at 7:58 p.m.
1 comment  (1712 views)
local hero is still better.
me myself and i - May 7, 2003, at 3:33 p.m.
1 comment  (1755 views)
Slight disagreement   Expand >>
Southall - May 6, 2003, at 1:27 a.m.
2 comments  (2577 views)
Newest: May 6, 2003, at 9:55 a.m.by Fraley
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 39:26
• 1. Once Upon a Time... Storybook Love (4:00)
• 2. I Will Never Love Again (3:04)
• 3. Florin Dance (1:32)
• 4. Morning Ride (1:36)
• 5. The Friends' Song (3:02)
• 6. The Cliffs of Insanity (3:18)
• 7. The Sword Fight (2:43)
• 8. Guide my Sword (5:11)
• 9. The Fire Swamp and the Rodents of Unusual Size (4:47)
• 10. Revenge (3:51)
• 11. A Happy Ending (1:52)
• 12. Storybook Love - performed by Willy DeVille (4:24)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from the director and still photography of the score's performers.
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