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Willow (1988)

 -  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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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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Willow - Na Terra da Magia  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$57,269,863 (USA)
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Word from Ron Howard is that part of the two-headed dragon "Eborsisk" was modeled after Clint Howard, his brother. He stated that since Clint has had many cameo appearances in his films, and Ron couldn't find a part for him in this one, he modeled the dragon after him. See more »

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In the opening scene, immediately following Elora's birth, Sorsha is speaking with a woman who sounds suspiciously like Bavmorda, and states, "She bears the mark." However, Sorsha leaves the cell saying, "I must tell my mother," which would imply that Bavmorda was not present in the cell. Further, the only two remaining people in the cell when Sorsha leaves (aside from the infant) are Elora's mother and the midwife, neither of whose voices sounds remotely like the woman's voice heard earlier. This would suggest that in an earlier version of the script, Bavmorda was intended to be in the cell when the child was born, but the scene was changed later and the dialogue not re-recorded. See more »

Quotes

High Aldwin: [throws an apple into the air which turns into a bird] Go in the direction the bird is flying!
Burgelcutt: He's going back to village!
High Aldwin: Ignore the bird. Follow the river.
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A Morphing Delight
24 July 2004 | by (Gauteng, South Africa) – See all my reviews

I'm typing this being dictated to by my 11 year old son, in whose opinion this is the best movie he has ever seen. He's outgrown the Disney variety and various animations but he's still not ready for hardcore action movies so what is there for him to enjoy - well as a mom, I can tell you, very little. That's where the fantasy movies are so great. They have mystery, action, a little romance but the greatest value comes from the good moral story of good wins over evil, truth over deceit and small truimphs over powerful.

The most amazing fact is that at the time of first seeing this movie, it is 16 years old - Thank you George Lucas, thank you Ron Howard and thank you for a wonderful cast who have brought this eternal story to eternal life and I'm not joking either. I think we are on viewing #25 already and still going strong.

Movies are about people sharing a story but magic certainly helps get the message across...


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