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Pete's Dragon (1977)

G  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  3 November 1977 (USA)
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An orphan boy and his magical dragon come to town with his abusive adoptive parents in pursuit.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott (voice)
Walter Barnes ...
Al Checco ...
Fisherman #1


In New England in the early 20th century, Pete is a nine-year-old orphan escaping from his brutal adoptive parents, the Gogans, with his only friend, a cartoon dragon named Elliott. They successfully escape to Passamaquoddy, Maine, and live with Nora, a lighthouse keeper, and her father, Lampie. Elliott is sought for medicinal purposes by the corrupt Dr. Terminus. Written by Matthew Anscher <>

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3 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pete y Elliot el Dragon  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



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1.66 : 1
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Originally, "Every Little Piece" had a completely different minor key melody with the same lyrics as the song that ended up in the film. See more »


During the song "Every Little Piece", Doc Terminus sings "Crowns!", then Hoagy sings "Sous!" The subtitles say Hoagy's line as "shoes". This is obviously incorrect, singing they are singing about money and sous is an old French coin or a small amount of money. See more »


Dr. Terminus: [explaining the plan to capture Elliott to Hoagy] Got it?
Hoagy: Got it. What I don't got is, how are you gonna get that monster, that hideous beast, that nightmare sent by the devil to come here?
Dr. Terminus: Easy, we get someone he knows to bring him here.
Hoagy: Who'd be crazy enough to do that?
[Dr. Terminus stares at Hoagy]
Hoagy: [screams] NOOOOO! NOOOOOO!
Dr. Terminus: He knows you, he trusts you!
Hoagy: He scares me! He hates ME!
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It's Not Easy
Music and Lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Sung by Sean Marshall and Helen Reddy
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Great for any ages!
31 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was a little kid and my older siblings before me. I can remember every detail and every character and every song! Brazzel dazzle day, There's room for everyone, candle on the water, its not easy... all songs that I remember word for word! I love this movie! Great for any age! My sisters and I always quote this movie. We go back and forth singing "We've got a bill of sale right here!" and every other song. This movie isn't just a kids movie. My sisters are in their 20's and I am 18 and we all watch it still! Granted the acting wasn't the best but come on it was made in 1977! And even for a 70's movie it was awesome and completely unforgettable!

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