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Willow (1988)

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A young farmer is chosen to undertake a perilous journey in order to protect a special baby from an evil queen.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

George Lucas (story by), Bob Dolman (screenplay by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Val Kilmer ... Madmartigan
Joanne Whalley ... Sorsha
Warwick Davis ... Willow Ufgood
Jean Marsh ... Queen Bavmorda
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Fin Raziel
Billy Barty ... High Aldwin
Pat Roach ... Gen. Kael
Gavan O'Herlihy ... Airk Thaughbaer
David Steinberg ... Meegosh
Phil Fondacaro ... Vohnkar
Tony Cox ... Vohnkar Warrior
Robert Gillibrand Robert Gillibrand ... Vohnkar Warrior
Mark Northover ... Burglekutt
Kevin Pollak ... Rool
Rick Overton ... Franjean

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A baby girl is discovered in a river by Ranon and Mims, the children of Willow Ufgood, a dwarf farmer and magician and the baby girl is taken into the care of Willow's family. But when a terrifying dog-like creature attacks Willow's village, whilst tracking down the baby. Willow consults the village council and the wizard The High Aldwin. The High Aldwin gives Willow a task and Willow leaves the village and embarks on the task to give the baby girl to a responsible person. But Willow soon learns the baby is Elora Danan, the baby girl destined to bring about the downfall of the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. Joined by his allies: swordsman Madmartigan, sorceress Fin Raziel and the Brownies Franjean and Rool, Willow takes it upon himself to protect Elora from Queen Bavmorda, who intends to kill Elora and prevent Elora from fulfilling her destiny. And Willow and his allies are pursued by Queen Bavmorda's daughter Sorsha and the evil commander of Queen Bavmorda's army General Kael, whom ... Written by Dan Williams

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Trivia

Queen Bavmorda is a similar role to Jean Marsh's roles in Return to Oz (1985) and Doctor Who: Battlefield: Part One (1989). See more »

Goofs

When Fin Raziel shows Bavmorda that she has Cherlindrea's wand, her clothes, hair and skin are completely wet. In the next shot, she is now totally dry. See more »

Quotes

Sorsha: What are you looking at?
Madmartigan: Your leg. I'd like to break it.
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Crazy Credits

Although he played the title role, Warwick Davis took just third billing. Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley took first and second billing respectively. See more »

Alternate Versions

The theatrical and VHS releases have the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer opening logo. But, on 2001 DVD release: the MGM logo are removed. However, the MGM logo has been restored on 2013 and 2019 Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Twins (1988) See more »

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Willow the Hobbit's forerunner !!!!
22 October 2019 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

Lucas Films and Ron Howard after the tremendous success of "The Never Ending Story" there was an inestimable niche to exploit, fantasy on a unknown land, Dwarfs and witchcraft in a dark ages, it's have been proved through the years to be a huge box-office, driven for all ages, guaranteed profit, the plot is amazing a couple of Dwarfs find a little girl in a river, they taking her to the village to decide what they can do, the High Aldwin discovered that the girl is a princess and demand a small group to protect her to a long journey to be safe from the mad Queen Bavmorda , arriving there Willow finds a prisoner in a cage, Martimartigan ( Kilmer) beseech to be free, however he wasn't enough trustworthy, he joints force with Willow and a tiny people against the evil Bavmorda's dark army, in my opinion Willow was the forerunner of the Hobbit!!!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1988 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,300,169, 22 May 1988

Gross USA:

$57,269,863

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,269,863
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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