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Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real (2004)

The Last Dragon (original title)
An imaginative blend of adventure and nature special that purports to investigate the discovery of a dragon's corpse in modern-day Romania. A British scientific team attempts to understand the creature's unique capabilities.


Justin Hardy


Charlie Foley (creator), Charlie Foley (story) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Paul Hilton ... Dr. Tanner
Katrine Bach Katrine Bach ... Biologist
Aidan Woodward Aidan Woodward ... Data Analyst
Tom Chadbon ... Museum Curator
Niccolò Cioni Niccolò Cioni ... Lead Knight One (as Niccolo Cioni)
Hamish MacLeod ... Lead Knight Two
Bradley Lavelle ... Narrator (voice) (as Brad Lavelle)
Patrick Stewart ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Holm ... Narrator (voice)


An alternate scientific history, in which dragons were real and lived on Earth, is imagined in this fantasy docudrama. Dr. Tanner, a modern, but renegade scientist, hopes to prove the existence of the creatures by discovering paleontologic evidence. Written by Bartacus

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What if dragons actually existed?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild violence | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The scene where the fossilised skull of the Tyrannosaurus rex who fought the Prehistoric Dragon is examined was filmed in the Oxford Museum of Natural History rather than the Natural History Museum in London. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US broadcast of this program was cut and edited for time and content, and was narrated by Patrick Stewart. The copy for sale in the US is the original UK version, narrated alternately by Paul Hilton and Ian Holm. See more »


Referenced in The Creation Today Show: Are Dragons Real? (2012) See more »

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If only the script were as imaginative as the concept....
21 August 2014 | by MorganX-1See all my reviews

I stumbled across this on youtube, and being a bit of a dragon freak, I gave it a watch. Firstly, the dragons are fantastic and the Walking With Dinosaurs style documentary sections are beautifully done. It's just a shame that when it comes to the humans that the worst actor was given the most screen time! I have seen a thousand B-movie actors who could do a better job than Paul Hilton. In fact, just about every other actor in this film could have done a better job! He was like a private investigator out of the least classy B rated crime flick ever. For me, he honestly let the whole film down. I guess his script had a lot to answer for too. Surely someone must have said during the recording of Dr Tanner's dialogue and voice-overs "there is no way any self-respecting biologist would speak/act in this way". Every time he came on screen I cringed. That said, Ian Holm's Attenbourgh-esque narration of the dragon's evolutionary journey was fantastic and the special effects and dragon designs were marvellous. And yes, the theories put forward wouldn't stand up to any real scrutiny... but if you are watching a fictitious documentary about the evolution of dragons throughout the ages, I think you can afford a little suspension of disbelief...

This would have received a 9 from me if it weren't for Dr Tanner's character.

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Release Date:

20 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragon's World: A Fantasy Made Real See more »

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