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Leprechaun (1993)

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An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold.


Mark Jones


Mark Jones
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warwick Davis ... Leprechaun
Jennifer Aniston ... Tory
Ken Olandt ... Nathan
Mark Holton ... Ozzie
Robert Hy Gorman ... Alex (as Robert Gorman)
Shay Duffin ... O'Grady
John Sanderford ... J.D.
John Voldstad ... Shop Owner
Pamela Mant Pamela Mant ... Mrs. O'Grady
William Newman ... Sheriff Cronin
David Permenter ... Deputy Tripet
Raymond C. Turner Raymond C. Turner ... Dispatcher (as Raymond Turner)
Heather Kennedy Heather Kennedy ... Waitress
Tim Garrick Tim Garrick ... Customer (as Timothy Garrick)
Alexandra Sachs ... Little Girls Voice (voice)


When Dan O'Grady returns to the U.S. after stealing some Irish leprechaun's pot of gold, he thinks he can settle down and enjoy his newfound wealth. He thought wrong. The leprechaun followed him and O'Grady barely gets away with his life, having locked the little monster in his basement. Ten years later, J.D. and his spoiled daughter Tory move in. By accident, the leprechaun is released and almost immediately the annoying creature starts to look for his gold, not displaying any respect for human life. Written by Peter Zweers <peterz@pi.net>

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Leprechaun (1993) is an adaptation of the 80's comic of the same name, a comic starring the character Dan O'Grady who steals the pot of gold from the goblins in Ireland. See more »


The explosion in the well is totally out of proportion for the amount of gasoline used, and much bigger than it should be. See more »


[first lines]
Leprechaun: [the Leprechaun talks to himself while sitting over his pot of gold] Ah! Try as they will, and try as they might, who steals me gold won't live through the night.
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Written by Andrew Keresztes
Produced by Kevin Kiner and Andrew Keresztes
Publisher: KAY & EM MUSIC/BMI
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I want me gold!
6 February 2013 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Say what you will about the absurd low budget "Leprechaun": the concept has been durable enough to create a series that has kept actor Warwick Davis gainfully employed. It's extremely ridiculous stuff, and is certain to have people rolling their eyes at all times. That said, writer / director Mark Jones *knows* his film is daft, and refrains from ever taking it all that seriously. That can only be a good thing. Davis is a total hoot in the title role, a demented, ugly little Irish beast who is swindled out of his gold and locked inside a crate for 10 years. After that time, he's unleashed and causes all sorts of trouble for a limited number of people. There's Tory (a dues paying Jennifer Aniston, pre-"Friends"), a spoiled and stuck up California gal who moves with her father to North Dakota, and a trio of locals - Nathan (Ken Olandt), his younger brother Alex (Robert Hy Gorman), and their simple minded friend Ozzie (Mark Holton) who has the incredible misfortune to accidentally swallow one of the Leprechauns' prized gold pieces. The diminutive little creep kills a few people along the way, but the body count remains low; this isn't that much of a horror film, but does work if one accepts it as a very dark comedy. There is a certain appeal in watching the enthusiastic Davis appear to have a lot of fun, as he fires off some zingers and takes delight in terrorizing the unwary. Aniston is good in her role, and gives us plenty of eye candy shots of her gorgeous gams. Olandt, Gorman, and Holton are all likable enough. The special effects are agreeably cheesy, and Gabe Bartalos's makeup for the Leprechaun is impressive. All in all, this is definitely good for some laughs and silly touches (death by pogo stick!); the movie has the feel of a cartoon at times. Some genre fans might dig it. Five out of 10.

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Release Date:

8 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Saugus, California, USA


Box Office


$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,493,020, 10 January 1993

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Trimark Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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