While not the first one made, Rumpelstiltskin was the first of the Cannon Films’ Movie Tales series to make it to the U.S.
It’s notable because it’s the only movie in which Billy Barty had the lead. It also has Amy Irving as the miller’s daughter, with her brother David directing and writing the movie and their mother, Priscilla Pointer, playing the Queen. Robert Symonds, their stepfather, plays the miller.
Richar Harrington’s Washington Post review said, “Rumpelstiltskin is as bad a children’s movie as has been made in the last 20 years, but in the canon of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus’ Cannon films, it’s about average — badly written, badly directed, badly acted and badly made.”
The miller’s daughter can spin gold out of straw, so the king (Clive Reville) locks her in his castle and demands that she use that spinning wheel and bae of hay he got her to start making some gold for him.
Her tears bring Rumpelstiltskin, who promises to use his magic to transform the straw into gold if she gives him her first-born child.
If only Cannon had made these movies with the same actors that they used for their regular films, so Chuck Norris could be the woodsman shooting the Big Bad Wolf with a rocket launcher or Charles Bronson shoving a bowl of porridge in Goldilocks’ face and screaming, “You know what this is for?”
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