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A mercenary with a three-bladed sword rediscovers his royal heritage's dangerous future when he is recruited to help a princess foil the designs of a brutal tyrant and a powerful sorcerer in conquering a land.
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Louis Gossett Jr.,
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
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Filmed as a co-production between Walt Disney Pictures and Paramount, this film was more mature and realistic than most Disney films of the time. 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 »
[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]
... What happened to you?
Nothing. Just some of your father's... evenhandedness.
It... it's better for everyone this way. A king must protect his people.
Naturally. Just as he protects his daughter.
What do you mean by that? Are you referring to the lottery?
You don't have to pretend, not to me, not down here. ...
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Dragonslayer came out when "Dungeons & Dragons" was getting to be a big thing where I live, so there was a lot of interest. It was even adapted into a book by Wayland Drew (in a rare instance when a movie preceded a book).
Two things I like mainly. First, of course: Vermithrax. I rather hope that Dragonslayer is never remade, for there's no way the digital animation done these days could do this magnificent creature justice. New isn't always better.
It's also nice to see a film which doesn't stereotype Pagans and magicians as evil. In fact, the film treads the whole good-evil line rather lightly; Ulrich displays a certain respect for Vermithrax, even while planning the dragon's demise.
I find it easy to be swept up in the lovely mystery of Dragonslayer: a mystical film from 1981 (a more mystical age).
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