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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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Matthew Robbins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter MacNicol ... Galen
Caitlin Clarke ... Valerian
Ralph Richardson ... Ulrich
John Hallam ... Tyrian
Peter Eyre ... Casiodorus Rex
Albert Salmi ... Greil
Sydney Bromley ... Hodge
Chloe Salaman ... Princess Elspeth
Emrys James Emrys James ... Valerian's Father
Roger Kemp Roger Kemp ... Horsrik
Ian McDiarmid ... Brother Jacopus
Ken Shorter Ken Shorter ... Henchman
Jason White ... Henchman
Yolande Palfrey Yolande Palfrey ... Victim
Douglas Cooper 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 King's own daughter. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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It was a magical time but darkness rule the land. A young apprentice sorcerer faces a terrifying quest - he must destroy the fire-breathing Vermithax. For he is the . . . [Australia] See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El verdugo de dragones See more »

Filming Locations:

North Wales, Wales, UK See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Vistasonic (some 35 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Many locals were employed as village extras. See more »

Goofs

In the dragon's lair, a wizard sees the dragon reflected in the water as it rises up behind him. Only things in front of or above a viewer would be reflected in a flat surface. He might hear water dripping from the dragon, but he wouldn't see the dragon's reflection. See more »

Quotes

Hodge: Ah, so it's a test you're looking for. We don't do tests!
Tyrian: No, of course not. They never do tests. Not many real deeds either. Oh, conversation with your grandmother's shade in a darkened room, the odd love potion or two, but comes a doubter, why, then it's the wrong day, the planets are not in line, the entrails are not favorable, "we don't do tests"!
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 12 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

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Fantastic.
28 November 1998 | by Peach-2See all my reviews

Dragonslayer is a great fantasy film. The special effects hold up fairly well even today. The dragon is just a model and it looks fantastic. I was only 9 years old when I saw this film and it has stuck with me ever since. There are great performances and the direction is tight. The set design is also done well. Dragonslayer has a great atmosphere and you won't forget the image of the dragon rising from the water behind our hero anytime soon.


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