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DragonHeart (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  31 May 1996 (USA)
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The last dragon and a disillusioned dragonslaying knight must cooperate to stop an evil king who was given partial immortality.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Oakes ...
Wolf Christian ...
Terry O'Neill ...
Eva Vejmelková ...
Felton's Minx (as Eva Vejmelkova)
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Swamp Village Chief (as Milan Bahul)
Peter Hric ...
Sandra Kovacicova ...
Kyle Cohen ...
Thom Baker ...


The young, sickly King Einon was wounded in a battle. In order for him to survive, he is healed by Draco, a dragon. Some years later, Bowen, a dragon slayer, encounters Draco. The two team up to form a traveling duo that perform an act, but the act is only known by themselves. Bowen supposedly "slays" Draco and then collects a reward from the town or village that he protects by killing the dragon who had been "terrorizing" them. From there, Bowen and Draco must save the entire kingdom from the rule of the now evil King Einon, who is part of Draco and Draco a part of him. Written by Anonymous

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You will believe.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action/violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dragonheart  »

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Box Office


$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,238,000 (USA) (26 July 1996)


ITL 3,022,834,000 (Italy) (28 February 1997)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Story writer Patrick Read Johnson first proposed the idea for Dragonheart to Raffaella De Laurentiis. Johnson described it as "The Skin Game (1931) with a dragon in it... or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Dragon", and that he wanted "the idea of a dragon and a knight conning villages for money" because he thought that the concept was "not only funny, but kind of sweet". Johnson went on to pitch the idea to screenplay writer Charles Edward Pogue, and he agreed to work on the film. See more »


The flights on Brother Gilbert's arrow change during his first archery scene. See more »


Bowen: There's nothing noble about crushing desperate men.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Livin' on a Prayer (2012) See more »

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User Reviews

An entirely enjoyable movie by any standards!

Dragonheart is, in my humble opinion, one of the best-ever dragon movies I have seen. And believe me, I have seen a lot of them. Most are poorly made with lagging stories and characters you cannot get into. I found that was not the case for Dragonheart. Draco, the dragon, was in my opinion a gorgeous creature and it didn't make it worse that he sounded like Sean Connery. :) Dennis Quaid is always enjoyable, a gorgeous man with an infectious smile. Dina Meyer is lovely as Kara. So what if some of the plot is not 'believable'. It's a fairytale. Anything goes in fairy tales. Heck, that's what fairy tales are all about. Fantasy, imagination. So, when and if you watch/re-watch this movie, do so with an open heart and suspend your disbelief and analytical minds. This is fantasy in the truest sense.

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