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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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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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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shot on location in Wales but the final scene was shot in Skye, Scotland. See more »

Goofs

In the dragon's lair, a wizard sees in the water in front of him the reflection of a dragon as it rises up behind him. Reflections would only reveal things in front of or the above a person looking at a flat surface such as water. He might hear the water dripping from the dragon, but seeing the dragon's reflection in the water is impossible. See more »

Quotes

[Galen has interrupted the sacrifice of Princess Elspeth to the dragon, scaring everyone away except for Tyrian]
Tyrian: I knew I'd find you here. Well, I'm not as sentimental as his majesty. The kingdom, everyone of us, needs this sacrifice. If you intend to interfere, you'll have to kill me.
Galen: I've plenty of reasons to kill you that have nothing to do with this sacrifice.
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References The Hobbit (1977) See more »

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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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