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Dragonslayer (1981)

A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom.

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Storyline

A King has made a pact with a dragon where he sacrfices virgins to it, and the dragon leaves his kingdom alone. An old wizard, and his keen young apprentice volunteer to kill the dragon and attempt to save the next virgin in line - the Kings own daughter. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Its talons tear. Its breath burns. It is terror. And only sorcery can destroy it. [UK theatrical] See more »


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Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El verdugo de dragones  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,407,939 (USA) (28 June 1981)

Gross:

$14,110,013 (USA)
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(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ian McDiarmid would later go on to achieve fame as Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine in the "Star Wars" films. Peter McNicol provided the voice of a character called Tseebo in Star Wars: Rebels (2014). See more »

Goofs

Obvious matte work during some of the flying sequences and when the dragon is moving on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Horsrik: All hail Casiodorus Rex, dragonslayer!
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Connections

Featured in Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

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6 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dragonslayer came out when "Dungeons & Dragons" was getting to be a big thing where I live, so there was a lot of interest. It was even adapted into a book by Wayland Drew (in a rare instance when a movie preceded a book).

Two things I like mainly. First, of course: Vermithrax. I rather hope that Dragonslayer is never remade, for there's no way the digital animation done these days could do this magnificent creature justice. New isn't always better.

It's also nice to see a film which doesn't stereotype Pagans and magicians as evil. In fact, the film treads the whole good-evil line rather lightly; Ulrich displays a certain respect for Vermithrax, even while planning the dragon's demise.

I find it easy to be swept up in the lovely mystery of Dragonslayer: a mystical film from 1981 (a more mystical age).


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