Dragonslayer (1981)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  26 June 1981 (USA)
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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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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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In the Dark Ages, Magic was a weapon. Love was a mystery. Adventure was everywhere... And Dragons were real. See more »


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Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El verdugo de dragones  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$6,000,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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The first (and probably only) film released under the Disney name to have full frontal male nudity. When Peter MacNicol jumps into the water his legs swing wide, giving the audience a quick shot of his genitals. See more »


The final battle with the dragon takes place during an eclipse and a magically-summoned thunderstorm. However, when the dragon rises above the cloud cover for its final attack, it's in full sunlight. See more »


Valerian: Are you afraid of dragons?
Ulrich: [confidently and calmly] No. In fact, if it weren't for sorcerers, there wouldn't be any dragons. Once, the skies were dotted with them. Magnificent horned backs, leathern wings... soaring... and their hot-breathed wind. Oh, I know this creature of yours... Vermithrax Pejorative. Look at these scales, these ridges. When a dragon gets this old, it knows nothing but pain, constant pain. It grows decrepit... crippled... pitiful. Spiteful!
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27 December 2004 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this when it came out, in the theater, in 1981. It was a sort of surprise hit that summer. This is a movie with plot. It's about a young man and woman meeting challenges, death, redemption, the death of magic and the birth of Christianity, and the hypocrisy of gov't. And it's all disguised as a PG movie about a dragon which is terrorizing a hamlet of decent people in the Dark Ages.

HIGHLY recommended. PG, but does have one foot gnawing which today would probably give it an R or X rating given the gutlessness of parents everywhere :). This is an early movie by Industrial Light and Magic, or ILM as it's known nowadays, and I believe was funded by Disney. Despite that it's got a gritty edge. Check it out, for youths and adults

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