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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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When dragons were real. 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

"Vermithrax Pejorative" roughly translates as "The Worm of Thrace Which Makes Things Worse". See more »

Goofs

When the wizard teleports to the mountaintop for the final battle, thunder continually rumbles under a clear sky, even though the wizard hasn't yet magically summoned the electrical storm (which he will do in a few moments). See more »

Quotes

Valerian: Twice each year, at the Spring and Summer Equinox, the king selects a new victim. Virgins.
Ulrich: A lottery! Barbaric. And in return, this dragon... it leaves your villages and crops unburned. Your king has made a pact with a monster!
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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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Almost forgotten classic fantasy tale
3 February 1999 | by Erik G.See all my reviews

Forget about Draco, this dragon is downright SCARY, and has a seriously bad attitude. Even though the effects are somewhat dated, Dragonslayer is still a great movie for those who like dark fairy tales. The pacing is not fast, and the direction is brooding and gloomy, but Dragonslayer still manages to draw you into it. Ralph Richardson steals the show with as the Bizarre Ulrich, the master wizard, and Peter MacNichol does a good job as the bold, not quite master apprentice who does his best given the wild circumstances he is given. There is a lot of plot here, more than really necessary, and the movie could have used a quicker pace, but these are minor flaws to an otherwise great adventure movie with a VERY menacing dragon, wonderfully grim and foreboding scenery and an ambiguous ending that makes you think. Too bad this movie did poorly at the box office (pitted against Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman II, it stood little chance). But altogether a good example of what fantasy movies can be, if they have the courage.


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