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DragonHeart (1996)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 31 May 1996 (USA)
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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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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 ... 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 dragonslayer, encounters Draco. The two team up to form a travelling 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.

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You will believe.


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

DragonHeart See more »

Filming Locations:

Bratislava, Slovakia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,027,150, 2 June 1996

Gross USA:

$51,367,375

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,267,375
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the novelization, it's revealed that Bowen is visited by not only the spirit of King Arthur, but also the Knights of the Round Table in Avalon, and, as he sits atop King Arthur's monolith, Draco wraps his wings around Bowen. The scene of the "hug" between Draco and Bowen was part of this movie's original storyboards and screenplay. See more »

Goofs

During the scenes early in the film when Kara is being held prisoner, you can clearly see Dina Meyer is wearing a very bad wig, indicating these scenes were most likely added during re-shoots. See more »

Quotes

King Arthur: A knight is sworn to valor.
Bowen: A knight is sworn to valor.
King Arthur: His heart knows only virtue.
Bowen: His heart knows only virtue.
King Arthur: His blade defends the helpless.
Bowen: His blade defends the helpless.
King Arthur: His might upholds the weak.
Bowen: His might upholds the weak.
King Arthur: His word speaks only truth.
Bowen: His word speaks only truth.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The UK releases have a sound effect substitution to get a "PG" rating. A neckbreak sound towards the finale of the film has been substituted with a punch sound effect. See more »

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Prerequisite: Imagination
11 January 2016 | by shamanwulfSee all my reviews

I've finally reached my fifties, but I still love this film as much as the first day I saw it in the cinema. It's a relevant thought, you see, because as I browsed the reviews I came face to face with an old acquaintance -- the realisation that childlike wonder and imagination are actually rare enough to be in short supply, enough to justifiably call those resources scarce.

I raised an eyebrow, vexed, as people complained about realism; I've heard complaints of the improbability of a dragon's ambulatory system without ever the self awareness to realise that with a few tweaks to physics to account for a different world -- one where magic exists as an institution and resource, no less -- along with some fixes to common misconceptions of dragons and animal biology that one could make anything probable. Clever people call this 'escapism,' a retreat into a fantasy, fictitious world unlike our own. Escapism goes so much further than daydreams of attractive sexual partners and fast cars.

Here I see in the 'goofs' section that the dragon's wings don't generate downdraft. Who says they need to? A man in Britain created a box that could generate quantum thrust by manipulating lasers. Who's to say that a dragon's lift doesn't work the same way? Cries off realism come only from dull, mundane, typical minds. Not anyone who's especially brilliant would even mistake fantasy for reality in the first place. Truly, if one is unable to discern that dragon's exist in the realm of the improbable, so far separated from our own, then they've bigger problems than 'unrealistic' dragons.

The pseudo-intellectual of below average intelligence complains of unrealism, thinking himself clever. The truly clever person possessed of a sharp mind and considerable wit finds the challenge of explaining other realities with their own physical laws fun!

So, to wit, this is a lovely film, heartwarming, ingenious, and with a fantabulous showing from Mr. Connery. You may like it, but you should probably only watch it if you're clever enough to understand the distinctions and boundaries between reality and fantasy. Though individuals quite clever enough for that are evidently few and far between.

Don't apply if you subscribe oxymoronically to 'I don't want fantasy in my fantasy, only reality with the rules of that even normalised and simplified into mundanity enough that I'm able to actually understand it;' Or if you're inclined to prefer bat-like dragon's over their six- limbed cousins because they're more realistic (without being erudite enough to realise why that statement makes no sense, because playing by those rules the ambulatory pressure problems created by such a large, flying creature would make bat-like dragons every bit as unrealistic). If either of the prior is true, you're not good enough for this film. It deserves a better audience.

If, however, that gave you a chuckle rather than fired your ire, you may just be good enough for it. In which case you really should watch it!


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