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A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.



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A baby girl is discovered in a river by Ranon and Mims, the children of Willow Ufgood, a dwarf farmer and magician and the baby girl is taken into the care of Willow's family. But when a terrifying dog-like creature attacks Willow's village, whilst tracking down the baby. Willow consults the village council and the wizard The High Aldwin. The High Aldwin gives Willow a task and Willow leaves the village and embarks on the task to give the baby girl to a responsible person. But Willow soon learns the baby is Elora Danan, the baby girl destined to bring about the downfall of the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. Joined by his allies: swordsman Madmartigan, sorceress Fin Raziel and the Brownies Franjean and Rool, Willow takes it upon himself to protect Elora from Queen Bavmorda, who intends to kill Elora and prevent Elora from fulfilling her destiny. And Willow and his allies are pursued by Queen Bavmorda's daughter Sorsha and the evil commander of Queen Bavmorda's army General Kael, whom ... Written by Dan Williams

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Release Date:

20 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Willow - Na Terra da Magia  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$57,269,863 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


There is a continuity error that involves the Magic Acorns Willow was given by the High Aldwin. During an interview with The Empire Podcast, Warwick Davis explained that in a scene near the end of the film, he throws a second acorn and is inexplicably out after having only used two of the three Magic Acorns he had been given earlier in the film. Included in the Blu-ray release is the cut scene, in which Willow uses an acorn (his second) in a boat during a storm and accidentally turns the boat to stone. Davis says that his hair is wet in the next scene that did make it into the original version of the film, but the acorn is never referenced. See more »


While sliding down the snow hill on the sled, a very modern glove can be spotted on Madmartigan's left hand. See more »


Willow: You stupid hag! With my magic, I'll send her into the... into a...
Bavmorda: [Bavmorda laughs] You're no sorcerer!
Willow: Into a realm where evil cannot touch her!
Bavmorda: Impossible! There's no such place!
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Referenced in Seiken densetsu 3 (1995) See more »

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This movie has everything! Well... Lots of things!
5 August 1999 | by (Michael Bregman) – See all my reviews

A wonderful fantasy full with lots of wonderful creatures and characters. The plot is great and the cast is brilliant. I wish this movie was more known, it's almost a hidden gem.

The movie is just one exciting ride after the other.

It's one of the best fantasy movies ever made, and if you're a fantasy fan you just got to see this one. I wish there were more movies of that kind, hopefully the upcoming Lord Of The Rings will deliver similar excitement.

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