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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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When 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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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,000,000 (USA)
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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed as a co-production between Walt Disney Pictures and Paramount. Dragonslayer (1981) was more mature and realistic than most Disney films of the time. See more »

Goofs

Obvious matte work during some of the flying sequences and when the dragon is moving on the ground. See more »

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Princess Elspeth: [Princess Elspeth visits Galen in her father's dungeon] ... Please don't think ill of us. Father is a wise and evenhanded man. He's...
[She notices a wound across Galen's temple]
Princess Elspeth: ... What happened to you?
Galen: [sullen] Nothing. Just some of your father's... evenhandedness.
Princess Elspeth: It... it's better for everyone this way. A king must protect his people.
Galen: Naturally. Just as he protects his daughter.
Princess Elspeth: What do you mean by that? Are you referring to the lottery?
Galen: You don't have to pretend, not to me, not down here. ...
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Excellent
17 April 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

An intelligent Fantasy movie. The 80's produced many good fantasy movies but this one stands above the rest. The special effects (by ILM, same folks who did Star Wars) are superb. This is the best Dragon you have ever seen on screen. The cast is a mixed lot. Some are obviously trained stage actors while some are very fresh (i.e. new to acting). Fairly good performances from all nonetheless. The plot is top notch. This is not simple minded hack and slash. So if you want some mindless action flick, go elsewhere (preferably over a cliff). The plot moves slowly and you have to pay close attention to details or else you won't get it. In fact the the first time you watch it you may think you see some errors. They are not. Keep watching and all will fall in place. This is a movie which rewards the patient. And it rewards them exceedingly well. Enjoy!


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