Shelley Duvall and Herve Villechaize are superb
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 10/28/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"RUMPELSTILTSKIN is an average entry in the FAERIE TALE THEATRE series. Shelley Duvall, host and creator of the series, takes center stage as the winsome Miller's Daughter.
The Miller (Paul Dooley) is constantly telling tall tales, but his latest lie just might result in the death of his daughter (Shelley Duvall). When the Miller tells the King (Ned Beatty) that his daughter can spin straw into gold, the King orders she be brought to the palace to work her miracle.
Imprisoned in the palace, the Miller's Daughter is visited upon by a strange little man (Herve Villechaize) who helps her out of her dilemma. But will the price be more than the Miller's Daughter can pay?...
This is only the second episode in the series, and features fine acting from Duvall and Villechaize. A real charmer."
Faerie Tale Theater rocks but I hate this story....
Ryan Kelley | Cleveland, Ohio | 01/30/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a fan of the Faerie Tale Theater series since I was a little kid, and I just recently was given the DVD box set of all the movies for Christmas.
I love these movies! Shelly Duvall is a genious for bringing her magical creations to the screen. They are so fun to watch and bring so many memories from my childhood back to me!
However, this specific story upsets me every time I see it! I have never understood how anyone could actually enjoy this tale. Shelley Duvall plays the millers daughter, who is handed over to the greedy, annoying, money hungry King played by Ned Beatty, after the King is told she can spin straw into gold. Well, Shelley Duvall CAN'T spin straw into gold and she is honest with the king, but he warns her that he will kill her if she doesn't spin it into gold (What a NICE guy, huh??).
Anyways, to make a long story short-she hires a little elvish creature-who she makes a fairly valid deal with-to save her life-and ends up cheating him in the long run. The two things that upset me about this story are the fact that the King is sooooooooooooooooooooooo incredibly evil and greedy, yet he gets everything in the end and is made out to be some sort of hero, and also the fact that poor Rumplestiltskin made a deal with a girl who decides to go back on it at the last minute.
It wasn't his fault-he wanted a baby and she promised him one-so, what gives her the right to be some martyr in the end? I hate this story! My favorite Faerie Tale Theater creations are Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, Thumbelina and Pinnochio.
RUMPIE WAS ROBBED!!!!!"
Herve Villechaize plays "Rumpelstiltskin".
James McDonald | Southern California | 09/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As part of the Faerie Tale Theatre television series, this story is "Rumpelstiltskin". The lead role is played by Herve Villechaize(The Man With The Golden Gun, Fantasy Island [1977-tv], Return To Fantasy Island [1978-tv], Fantasy island tv series [1978-1984]). If you liked Herve in several of the films he was in and Fantasy Island, you will find him a delight as "Rumpelstiltskin", the little man that helps the fair maid spin straw into gold. Made for children to see, but adults will find it entertaining too. Recorded on video. Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. Note: Also features the world's smallest horse, who plays a unicorn. Runs 48 minutes."