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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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20 May 1988 (USA)  »

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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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Ron Howard was looking to do a fantasy film. He was at Industrial Light & Magic during the post-production phase of Cocoon (1985), when he was first approached by 'George Lucas' (I) (qv to direct. He had previously starred in Lucas' American Graffiti (1973), and Lucas felt that he and Howard shared a symbiotic relationship similar to the one he enjoyed with Steven Spielberg. See more »

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The animal that Madmardigan calls a "muskrat," looks nothing like a muskrat. See more »

Quotes

[Upon meeting Fin Raziel, who had been transformed into a muskrat]
Rool: That's Raziel?
Franjean: I don't know, I expected something more grand, less...
Rool: Fuzzy.
Franjean: Fuzzy.
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Referenced in 3-2-1: Episode #10.3 (1987) See more »

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Delightful addition to any fantasy collection!!
9 September 2003 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

I literally waited three years to see this movie. I couldn't afford the theater at the time, and I do not have cable (I refuse to pay to watch TV), so I had to wait for it to come out on video.

It was well worth the wait. I own it on DVD now, and I must say the DVD version is outstanding! (but I'm still spun out on how much clarity and quality of sound you get with DVD) This movie captured my heart and never fails to make me laugh, and make me smile. I loved the movie.

The direction and acting were wonderful, the scenery was dead on and the costuming and props were top row. I also loved the subsequent books by George Lucas and Claremont. Forgive me, but I can't remember Claremont's first name.

Shadow Moon

Shadow Dawn and

Shadow Star.

Excellent trilogy based on the introductory "Willow." Kind of like Lucas's Lord of the Rings starting his the Hobbit, which is Willow. Excellent movie, excellent books which I would pay to see on screen.

It's one of the Fiend's many favorites and gets a sure-footed 9.8/10 from...

the Fiend:.


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