The Princess Bride celebrates 25 Years at New York Film Festival

The 1987 screwball fairy tale The Princess Bride is a classic for a certain generation, and celebrated its 25th anniversary with a red carpet reunion at the New York Film Festival Tuesday.

Director Rob Reiner attended the special screening with many of the film's stars. He said it felt more like 25 minutes than 25 years:

"Film has a way of stopping time, you know?” he explained. “I feel like when I see it, whenever it comes on television, it's like home movies."

In the movie, Peter Falk reads his grandson (a young Fred Savage) a story about princes, sword fights, pirates, rats and, ultimately, true love.

Billy Crystal, who stared as elderly miracle man named Miracle Max, called the film "a beautifully done, enduring love story."

He continued: "Over time this movie which was not a big hit when it came out has become you know to many people their own little Wizard of Oz.

“It's their own It's a Wonderful Life,' which also weren't big hits when they came out.”

In The Princess Bride the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright) is about to marry Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), whom she doesn't love. Her heart still belongs to Westley (Cary Elwes), whom she thinks is dead.

Sarandon says fans still come up to him reciting their favourite lines from one of the most quotable films of all time.

"'Marriage," said Sarandon with Peter Cook's now-iconic speech impediment. "I have a lot of people by the way that walk up to me and say 'do you know that I got married with those words?'"