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


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Episode cast overview:
Herself - Host
Brom Dutcher
Derrick Van Bummel
Little Rip
Mayoral Candidate
Peter Vanderdonk
Nicholas Vedder
Will Tussenbrook (as Christopher Penn)
Hendrick Hudson / Narrator
Harpoon Crew Member
Wilma Van Winkle


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

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23 March 1987 (USA)  »

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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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A fairly good adaption of the great American classic
20 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ignore all the negative reviews. This adaption of "Rip Van Winkle" may just as well be considered the "black sheep" of Faerie Tale Theatre, but I digress. Having watched this at a younger age, I thought it was fun, but looking back now, I understand how much more low-budget it was compared to the rest of the series. True, the visual effects are relatively cheaper in this production, but pretty much everything else makes up for it. Harry Dean Stanton is a perfect Rip Van Winkle, and Talia Shire makes a Wilma Van Winkle we all love to hate. All the other actors in this version are a very good choice for their roles (Ed Begley, Jr. as Brom Dutcher, Roy Dotrice as Peter Van Derdonk, Tim Conway as the Mayor, etc.). Of course, the sets are where this version really shines, particularly the forest and the hollow where Rip meets the ghostly sailors and falls asleep for 20 years. As zigzagging between cheap and more elaborate as they may be, they're definitely eye-catching. In conclusion, this is definitely an adaption of "Rip Van Winkle" you might want to check out.

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