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DragonHeart (1996)

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

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

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$57,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$51,317,350 (USA) (23 August 1996)
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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 »

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The amount of saliva in Draco's mouth when Bowen is in it. See more »

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Gilbert of Glockenspur: [as Draco carries Gilbert, Bowen and Kara away from the cannibal village] AAARGH! WE'RE GOING TO DIE! WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIIIE!
Bowen: No, Brother Gilbert, we're not going to die! We're just... FLYING!
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A Film of Fantasy!
1 November 2003 | by (Ye Olde UK) – See all my reviews

There are many fantasy films around today that show how far some people's imagination can be stretched. Loads of these films have the good idea, but the bad production making it a very poor film. This is NOT the case in Dragonheart.

For a film to be a success, you need to show as much goodness you have as well as badness. You need to have the equal balance of a nasty character that contains the exact amount of evil to comply with this.

In the case of Dragonheart, we have the evil King Einon, demonstrated by David Thewlis. A fine performance to show how much evil can be inflicted by the control of one heartless man.

Yet, in every film we have a hero, or in this case, 2. Dennis Quaid plays Bowen, a strong and faithful knight who lives in the service to protect others. Our other hero is the unlikely character of a dragon (Sean Connery and his lovely voice) named Draco. Between these 2 hero's, an alliance is made and they work together in hope of making peoples lives better.

The direction, the acting, the costume and the characters all fit together to make this film be, what I believe, an amazing success. I know not many may agree to this, but I think, when you look deep into this film, you can see the true magic that is brought alive by the relationship between these two characters.

In my view, an amazing film, an amazing cast and an amazing result.


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