Faerie Tale Theatre (1982–1987)
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Rip Van Winkle 

The story of a lazy man who falls asleep in the Catskill mountains for twenty years.

Writers:

Mark Curtiss (teleplay), Rod Ash (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Shelley Duvall ... Herself - Host
Harry Dean Stanton ... Rip Van Winkle
Ed Begley Jr. ... Brom Dutcher
Mark Blankfield ... Derrick Van Bummel
Hunter Carson ... Little Rip
Tim Conway ... Mayoral Candidate
Roy Dotrice ... Peter Vanderdonk
Albert Hague ... Nicholas Vedder
Chris Penn ... Will Tussenbrook (as Christopher Penn)
John P. Ryan ... Hendrick Hudson / Narrator
Glenn Withrow ... Harpoon Crew Member
Talia Shire ... Wilma Van Winkle
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The story of a lazy man who falls asleep in the Catskill mountains for twenty years.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1987 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Although not the final of Faerie Tale Theatre to air, Rip Van Winkle was the last to finish production. See more »

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PopCultureThoughts.Com
11 January 2019 | by popculturethoughtsSee all my reviews

Despite direction by Francis Ford Coppola, this adaptation of the Washington Irving tale never seems to come alive. The sets are imaginative and well-used, if a little on the economic side, and they manage to brand the episode with a certain visual flair, but overall the story itself is minor and there's very little happening from beginning to end. Harry Dean Stanton plays the title role, and while he's a terrific character actor he's definitely not leading man material, which is reinforced here as he seems unwilling to abandon himself to the silliness of the material. Faerie Tale Theatre is always at its best when adapting richer, layered fairy tales like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Snow White," and this episode serves as an unfortunate reminder of the show's occasional troubles with shorter narratives.


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