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Dragonslayer (1981)

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A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom.

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Storyline

A King has made a pact with a dragon where he sacrfices virgins to it, and the dragon leaves his kingdom alone. An old wizard, and his keen young apprentice volunteer to kill the dragon and attempt to save the next virgin in line - the Kings own daughter. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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dragon | king | kingdom | apprentice | wizard | See more »

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Its talons tear. Its breath burns. It is terror. And only sorcery can destroy it. [UK theatrical] See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El verdugo de dragones  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,000,000 (USA)
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(some 35 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First film to use go-motion, a variant of stop-motion animation in which parts of the model (in this case, the dragon) were mechanized and the movement programmed by computer. During shooting, the computer moves the model while the camera is shooting, resulting in motion blur, which makes the animation more convincing. See more »

Goofs

In the Paramount Widescreen Collection edition during the lottery scene the man drawing the tiles reads the name "Princess Elspeth Ophelus; Filia Regis". Filia Regis is Latin for "Daughter of the King". The subtitles read differently, instead of Filia Regis it reads "Clearly outrageous". See more »

Quotes

Valerian: You'll be dead Galen Bradwarden, Sorcerer's Apprentice. You'll be dead, the dragon will still be alive and I'll still be a virgin! You'll be dead, and I don't care!
Galen: Of course, the lottery. Sons are spared, but daughters are not.
Valerian: Yes, the lottery.
Galen: You're right. I am in love - but not with the princess.
[he kisses Valerian]
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A quirky, enjoyable journey into a magical Dark Age
1 July 2004 | by (Falls Church, VA) – See all my reviews

Sir Ralph Richardson is the fulcrum of this delightful tale of a Medieval time that never was. Peter MacNicol's spontaneous boyishness makes the Sorcerer's Apprentice come alive in another garb. Of course, Alex North's remarkable, controversial score defines and deepens this fairy tale into a noire journey through the dark heart of human superstition driven by simultaneous fear of the unknown and lust for power. The magic here is as much the discovery of love and sensuality as it is a journey into the dragon's layer. Dark hearts are where you find them.


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