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The Princess Bride

Directed by Rob Reiner. US. 1987. Ages 8+. 1 hour 38 minutes. Fox. DCP.
Sat., April 21, 2018
Member Passes Accepted
April 21, 2018
1:30 pm
April 21, 2018
11:15 am

“Both a send-up and a salute to the storybook adventure, The Princess Bride mixes in all the essential ingredients—a beautiful heroine (Robin Wright), a simple farmhand who is much more than he seems (Cary Elwes), a friendly giant (Andre the Giant, who else?), a Spaniard out for revenge (Mandy Patinkin), an evil prince (Chris Sarandon), rodents of unusual size, a decrepit miracle worker (Billy Crystal) and much else besides—and gives them a deliciously witty twist. Immensely quotable, deeply silly yet also sincere, this is charming, hysterical, action-packed stuff for audiences of any age.” (TIFF)

The 11:15 am screening will be Sensory Friendly. Our Sensory Friendly Screenings offer a more inclusive atmosphere because we believe that everyone should enjoy their time at the movies. During Sensory Friendly Screenings the theatre lights will remain on, the volume will be turned down, and our “no talking during the film” rule will not be enforced. To accommodate any dietary needs and restrictions, individuals may bring their own snacks to enjoy during the film. The Colonial welcomes movie lovers of all ages and abilities. We hope you and your family will join us and enjoy the show!

The Inconceivable Science of The Princess Bride

Join us immediately after the 1:30PM screening for a lively and engaging talk and Q&A with Dr. Ellen Dawley. She’ll talk about the state of being mostly dead, the problem with rodents of unusual size and much more!

About the Speaker

Dr. Ellen Dawley has been a zoologist since childhood, and became interested in the intersection of evolution, behavior and neuroanatomy in graduate school. After completing a PhD at the University of Connecticut examining the senses and behaviors involved in how amphibian species recognize neighbors, gender and their own species, she moved on to the sensory structures involved in these behaviors during her postdoctoral studies at Cornell University. This lead to her current interest in neural stem cells in the olfactory system and in spinal cord regeneration in amphibians. Amphibians are master regenerators, far surpassing mammals, and so they are a model organism for investigating the extent and limits of neural regeneration in vertebrates.


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