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Willow (1988)

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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20 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Willow - Na Terra da Magia  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,300,169 (USA) (20 May 1988)

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$57,269,863 (USA)
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This film shares an alarming number of plot and character similarities with another George Lucas film: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Willow Ufgood has several traits in common with Luke Skywalker, being a simple farm boy pressed into adventure by forces beyond his control. The High Aldwin is not unlike Yoda, guiding Willow's path with a fair amount of rustic comedy, and even the Aldwin's speech about magic sounds strikingly similar to descriptions of the Force. Madmartigan obviously mirrors Han Solo as a roguish, wisecracking mercenary with a heart of gold. His stormy romance with Sorsha, who features Princess Leia's royal lineage, sarcastic wit, and rebellious streak, treads familiar territory and even bears a similar leitmotif. Sorsha's mother, Queen Bavmorda, represents Emperor Palpatine, though he was not in Episode 4, using her supernatural powers to strengthen her grip on the world, including her faithful servant General Kael, whose skull mask, dark clothing, and cape resembles Darth Vader's villainous visage. Fin Raziel, forced into hiding by the forces of darkness and representing Willow's largest evolution into the world of magic, occupies Obi-Wan Kenobi's position in the story, or perhaps Yoda, more so. Funny as it may seem, Elora Danan shares commonalities with the stolen Death Star plans; she is protected by the heroes as their last hope, feared by the villains as their one weakness. To a lesser extent, Airk Thaughbaer's rocky friendship with Madmartigan mirrors Han Solo's difficulties with Lando Calrissian, who was also not in Episode 4. Their home kingdom of Galladorn suffers a similar fate to Alderaan, destroyed by Bavmorda's indestructible army. Rool and Franjean share traits with R2-D2 and C-3PO thanks to their comedic dynamic and occasional assistance to the main characters in times of need. At one point, the principal characters even wind up in a tavern not unlike Mos Eisley, filled with unrest and ultimately invaded by Bavmorda's army leading to a dramatic escape. See more »

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Upon Willow's grand return to his village, his wife Kiaya can be seen in the crowd waiting to greet him. Later on in scene, she's surprised by her husband and runs to him. See more »

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Fin Raziel: Farmers! Cherlindrea sends me farmers!
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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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