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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Its talons tear. Its breath burns. It is terror. And only sorcery can destroy it. [UK theatrical] 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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


[Casiodorus Rex's men have captured Galen, who had been looking for the amulet in the castle]
Casiodorus Rex: Stop! Don't... harm him. You, please. You know, I've always had the greatest admiration for the black arts, you chaps with your... mysterious spells. I didn't think it would be necessary. Vermithrax is an old dragon, and... that, I thought, was the beauty of my plan. Time, we waited out, and live to see the end of it. I WILL see the end of it.
[pulls the amulet from around his neck]
Tyrian: Sir, I beg you ...
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6 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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