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Dragonslayer (1981)

A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Galen
... Valerian
... Ulrich
... Tyrian
... Casiodorus Rex
... Greil
... Hodge
... Princess Elspeth
Emrys James ... Valerian's Father
Roger Kemp ... Horsrik
... Brother Jacopus
Ken Shorter ... Henchman
... Henchman
Yolande Palfrey ... Victim
Douglas Cooper ... Urlander
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Storyline

A King has made a pact with a dragon where he sacrfices virgins to it, and the dragon leaves his kingdom alone. An old wizard, and his keen young apprentice volunteer to kill the dragon and attempt to save the next virgin in line - the Kings own daughter. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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IN THE DARK AGES DRAGONS WERE REAL. [USA theatrical] See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El verdugo de dragones  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,407,939, 28 June 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,110,013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,914,786
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(some 35 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Peter MacNicol. See more »

Goofs

"Twice each year, at the Spring and Summer Equinox, the king selects a new victim." The seasons are: Spring-Equinox (Day and Night of equal length); Summer-Solstice (longest day, shortest night); Autumn-Equinox; Winter-Solstice (Shortest day, longest night). There is no Summer equinox. See more »

Quotes

Valerian: Is...
Hodge: Yes, this is Kragenmoor and yes, this is the house of Ulrich, and no, he won't see you.
Valerian: But...
Hodge: I know, you've come a long way, your business is urgent. It doesn't matter! He sees no one.
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Connections

Referenced in Summer Rental (1985) See more »

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Best cinematic dragon ever!
25 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

I'm not sure there's more than one compelling reason to see this film, but what a reason! As an SF/fantasy buff, I've seen my share of dragons on film, but there has never been one like Vermithrax Perjorative. The old beast simply looks, moves, sounds, acts, almost smells as one would imagine a dragon would. The filmmakers paid painstaking attention to detail in creating VP. Other film dragons look like animated clay figures, or lizards with wings glued on, or CGI effects (impressive, but still obviously computer-generated). This one looks like the cinematographer actually caught a dragon on film. The rest of the film is entertaining enough - not exactly Wellesian drama, but captivating nonetheless. Sir Ralph is marvelous, even in his twilight. And the fact that the dragon doesn't show until the end serves to heighten the suspense, ala Jaws or Alien. But, oh that dragon!! Well worth the price of admission. Can't wait to see it on DVD.


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