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Pete's Dragon (1977)

An orphan boy and his magical dragon come to town with his abusive adoptive parents in pursuit.

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Cast

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Miss Taylor
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Paul
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Elliott (voice)
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Al Checco ...
Fisherman #1
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Storyline

In New England in the early 20th century, Pete is a nine-year-old orphan escaping from his brutal adoptive parents, the Gogans, with his only friend, a cartoon dragon named Elliott. They successfully escape to Passamaquoddy, Maine, and live with Nora, a lighthouse keeper, and her father, Lampie. Elliott is sought for medicinal purposes by the corrupt Dr. Terminus. Written by Matthew Anscher <ansch002@acpub.duke.edu>

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Brightest, liveliest musical: It's real! It's fantasy! It's fun! See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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3 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pete y Elliot el Dragon  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$40,100,000
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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was a severe financial disappointment for Disney, who were hoping to repeat the success of Mary Poppins (1964). See more »

Goofs

In the Razzle Dazzle Day number, when Nora, Pete, and Lampy are ascending the lighthouse, Nora and Pete have paint all over their arms and hands. When they reach the top and begin to wipe the glass, they are clean. See more »

Quotes

Nora: Where did you get that bruise?
Pete: Mr. Gogan. I was milking the cow and I missed the bucket.
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Connections

Referenced in Pushing Daisies: The Legend of Merle McQuoddy (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Candle on the Water
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Sung by Helen Reddy
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14 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best musicals of all time, right up there with The Sound of Music. Yes, I have a lot of nostalgia as I had this on Betamax growing up and wore it out... but now I'm watching it with my own kids and they love it just like I did. This movie holds up and translates well to all generations.

The songs are fantastic, but my least favorite is the one it may be most known for (Candle on the water). Lampie... Doc Terminus... they're all just really, really good performances of well written songs.

It has everything a musical needs. Great acting, great singing, great choreography, great story, and a lot of heart. The live action/animation is really good for the time, so there's no reason to get hung up on that. Plus Elliot is awesome.

I honestly can't understand how this is under 9 stars.


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