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Dragonslayer (1981)

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

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Cast

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Roger Kemp ...
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Brother Jacopus
Ken Shorter ...
Henchman
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Yolande Palfrey ...
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Douglas Cooper ...
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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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When dragons were real. 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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Box Office

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)

Aspect Ratio:

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

When the first girl is chained up for the dragon. She wrenches her hand free from the shackles. Then you can clearly see the soft padding inside the shackles for a couple of shots. Later when the shackles are shown in the film. There they have been switched to plain metal. See more »

Quotes

Tyrian: A toast... to the deed of the day!
Urlander: What would you have of us?
Tyrian: Not a thing.
[turns to Galen]
Tyrian: It's this one. The King would meet our newfound benefactor, and offer his gratitude to the one man who has succeeded where so many have failed.
Galen: What sort of 'gratitude'? A knife in the belly? An arrow in the chest?
Tyrian: My young friend... I would have soon dispatched you as I did the rest, for the same reason. But his Majesty would have a cozy little chat, and commands otherwise.
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Connections

Referenced in The Sasquatch Gang (2006) See more »

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A gem of an 80's era Fantasy epic.
3 September 2004 | by (San Francisco, California, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie benefits from an interesting plot, a wonderful female character played by Caitlin Clarke, and good plot twists. I'm not a big fan of the male lead; his looks are a little average and uninteresting to me. The only other drawback are the ugly hats characters wear in this film. However, what makes this movie unique are its visuals, which through creativity and hard work, outshines many fantasy movies of the 90's and early 2000's.

This film proves that it doesn't need 21st century technology to make a beautiful and visually complex piece. As I watched the dragon, it was easy to tell that it was not real; it had flaws in its appearance and its movements were not perfect. But that did not detract at all from the film, because what made the dragon impressive was the artistic elements of its design; its many layers of thin, translucent membrane, its finely chiseled and formed teeth, and the almost charcoal-like, tough scales on its hide. In many modern fantasy movies, the creatures and dragons are uninspired, dull, and drab, despite the computer engineering behind them. In the 80's, directors had to be creative to produce their desired effect, and this creativity went a long way in producing visuals that both wowed audiences with their appearance and the thought of the work that went into making them.


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