This FAERIE TALE is one to treasure...
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 10/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA is one of the all-time great FAERIE TALE THEATRE episodes. Featuring a talented cast and brilliant costumes and sets, it's totally adorable.
Prince Richard (Tom Conti) leads a boring and eventless life under the thumb of his controlling mother Queen Veronica (Beatrice Straight). Until, one stormy night, in whirls the vivacious Princess Alecia (Liza Minnelli). But is she really a princess? Queen Veronica is skeptical, so employs a method to test her royalty: she places a tiny pea under 20 mattresses and quilts. If Alecia can feel the pea it will prove beyond any doubt her royal blood.
Will Alecia pass the test? And if she does, will she choose to marry Richard? You'll find out in THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA. Co-starring Jane Alden and Nancy Allen."
Liza Minelli and Tom Conti are romantic actors.
Caroline Persinger | LAKE BLUFF, IL | 04/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've watched this movie on DVD twice now, and it really tuched my heart right away. (Tom Conti) plays Prince Richerd who longs to have company from a wife... until Princess Alicia played by (Liza Minelli), comes into his palace.
Alicia finally passes the Queen's test and marries Richerd at the end of the movie. I think Liza Minelli and Tom Conti are romantic actors."
Fond memories and excellent acting by all !!!
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 01/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Princess And The Pea is a charming installment in this "Faerie Tale Theatre" series of DVDs for children. The plot moves along at a pace that will keep a child interested; and I thought the acting was very well done, particularly on the part of Tom Conti who plays Prince Richard. The cinematography works well and the quality of the print is rather good.
When the action starts, Queen Veronica (Beatrice Straight) and her silly, ineffectual husband King Fredrico (Pat McCormick) are being their pompous selves, almost oblivious to the needs of their son Prince Richard. With a little bit of help from the court jester (or, "the fool," played by Tim Kazurinsky), Richard decides he wants to marry a Princess so his life will be truly complete. Unfortunately for Prince Richard, his mother Queen Veronica takes complete charge of the search for a suitable Princess and this drives poor Richard to distraction.
They interview many potential princesses; but none come up except for Princess Elizabeth (Nancy Allen) who, as we quickly find out, wants to merely use Prince Richard as a way to become a Queen herself someday. Richard doesn't like this; and he begins to consider a rather vagabond type of Princess named Alecia (Liza Minnelli) who has been staying at the castle after twisting her ankle.
Of course, things can run in different directions from here. Queen Veronica and King Fredrico don't even know Princess Alecia has been staying the past few days in the castle while her ankle was recuperating--how will they react when they find out Alecia has been staying with them? Prince Richard and the court "fool" had been keeping it a secret. Will Alecia pass "the test" that Queen Veronica wants her to pass to prove to them all that she is indeed a suitable princess for her son Richard? Can Princess Alecia feel a single tiny pea underneath twenty mattresses and quilts to prove her royal heritage? Watch and find out!
The DVD doesn't come with extras unless you count "scene selection" as an extra. I don't; but that's no problem because this is geared toward children and I don't know that the typical four year old would reap all the benefits from a running commentary anyway.
I highly recommend this film for children and it's nice to be able to watch this with your children. It's great entertainment and I am only too sorry that this individual DVD is currently out of print. However, if you or your children enjoy this, you should consider getting Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre: The Complete Collection and perhaps also Faerie Tale Theatre: Tales from the Brothers Grimm.