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DragonHeart (1996)

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The last dragon and a disillusioned dragonslaying knight must cooperate to stop an evil king who was given partial immortality.

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Rob Cohen

Writers:

Patrick Read Johnson (story), Charles Edward Pogue (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Bowen
David Thewlis ... King Einon
Pete Postlethwaite ... Gilbert of Glockenspur
Dina Meyer ... Kara
Jason Isaacs ... Lord Felton
Brian Thompson ... Brok
Lee Oakes Lee Oakes ... Young Einon
Wolf Christian Wolf Christian ... Hewe
Terry O'Neill Terry O'Neill ... Redbeard
Eva Vejmelková ... Felton's Minx (as Eva Vejmelkova)
Milan Bahúl Milan Bahúl ... Swamp Village Chief (as Milan Bahul)
Peter Hric Peter Hric ... King Freyne
Sandra Kovacicova Sandra Kovacicova ... Young Kara
Kyle Cohen Kyle Cohen ... Boy in Field
Thom Baker Thom Baker ... Aislinn's Chess Partner
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Storyline

The young, sickly King Einon was wounded in a battle. In order for him to survive, he is healed by Draco, a dragon. Some years later, Bowen, a dragon slayer, encounters Draco. The two team up to form a traveling duo that perform an act, but the act is only known by themselves. Bowen supposedly "slays" Draco and then collects a reward from the town or village that he protects by killing the dragon who had been "terrorizing" them. From there, Bowen and Draco must save the entire kingdom from the rule of the now evil King Einon, who is part of Draco and Draco a part of him. Written by Anonymous

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You will believe.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action/violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón de dragón See more »

Filming Locations:

Bratislava, Slovakia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,238,000, 26 July 1996

Gross USA:

$51,367,375

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,267,375
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Company Credits

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Universal Pictures See more »
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DTS-Stereo | DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Director Rob Cohen stated that he was looking for an actress who was "strong and someone who could, in the end, handle herself with double Viking axes and look believable", for the role of Kara. Dina Meyer, who was the second actress Cohen interviewed for the role, got the role of Kara. See more »

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The graphic at the beginning gives the year as 984. The tear drop shields did not come to England until 1066 with the Normans. See more »

Quotes

Lord Felton: [Bowen has just slain a dragon] Well done, knight! Congratulations. Our gratitude, mine and King Einon's.
Bowen: You can keep your gratitude; I'll take the gold. Yours or the king's.
Lord Felton: Gold, knight?
Bowen: We made a bargain, remember? One dragon put down, one bag of gold.
Gilbert of Glockenspur: Your honor has a price, Sir Knight?
Bowen: It has *expenses*. Honor won't feed my belly nor shoe my horse.
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References First Knight (1995) See more »

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A Film of Fantasy!
1 November 2003 | by angelsinjeansSee all my reviews

There are many fantasy films around today that show how far some people's imagination can be stretched. Loads of these films have the good idea, but the bad production making it a very poor film. This is NOT the case in Dragonheart.

For a film to be a success, you need to show as much goodness you have as well as badness. You need to have the equal balance of a nasty character that contains the exact amount of evil to comply with this.

In the case of Dragonheart, we have the evil King Einon, demonstrated by David Thewlis. A fine performance to show how much evil can be inflicted by the control of one heartless man.

Yet, in every film we have a hero, or in this case, 2. Dennis Quaid plays Bowen, a strong and faithful knight who lives in the service to protect others. Our other hero is the unlikely character of a dragon (Sean Connery and his lovely voice) named Draco. Between these 2 hero's, an alliance is made and they work together in hope of making peoples lives better.

The direction, the acting, the costume and the characters all fit together to make this film be, what I believe, an amazing success. I know not many may agree to this, but I think, when you look deep into this film, you can see the true magic that is brought alive by the relationship between these two characters.

In my view, an amazing film, an amazing cast and an amazing result.


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