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Willow (1988)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  20 May 1988 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Hayes ...
Pat Roach ...
David Steinberg ...
Vohnkar Warrior
Robert Gillibrand ...
Vohnkar Warrior
Mark Northover ...


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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Adventure doesn't come any bigger than this. See more »


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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?


George Lucas specifically wrote this film for 'Warwick Davis' after meeting him on the set of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). See more »


After the cart chase when Madmartigan and Willow get off the cart with the two back wheels missing, the rubber stunt wheel used to allow the cart to roll is visible in the center of the axle as it moves away from the actors. See more »


Burgelcutt: [Vohnkar has volunteered to accompany Willow on his quest] No - not Vohnkar! He's the best warrior in the village, we need him here. Vohnkar - step back!
High Aldwin: All this expedition needs is a leader. And according to the bones, that leader is... you, Burgelkutt.
Burgelcutt: VOHNKAR!
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References Excalibur (1981) See more »

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A Stunning 80s Epic
26 June 2000 | by (New Orleans) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film in theaters back in '88 and long to see it again on the big screen. There is a motherload of crappy fantasy flicks out there and this one is better than most. I was kinda young when I saw it and didn't find it too violent but some parents may think it gruesome at times. I myself feel that gave it an edge. Along with swordplay there are nasty trolls,a 2-headed beast,mean-spirited characters and some intense scenes at the end. Of course there are lots of special effects. This was a technically well made film with awesome cinematography and interesting locations. Every now and again Fox airs the movie but it's 2 1/2 hr running can be really cut. Ya gotta see it!

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