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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 29, 2019
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley & Warwick Davis|
|Performer:||Billy Barty, Gavan O'Herlihy, Rick Overton, Kevin Pollak, Pat Roach, Patricia Hayes & Jean Marsh|
|Directed by||Ron Howard|
|Edited by||Dan Hanley & Mike Hill|
|Screenwriting by||Bob Dolman|
|Composition by||James Horner|
|Story by||George Lucas|
|Produced by||Nigel Wooll|
|Director of Photography:||Adrian Biddle|
|Executive Production by||George Lucas|
At the heart of this overproduced jumble you can still hear the faint beat of the simple story Lucas conceived about 15 years ago while researching Star Wars. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- Willow is not without its charms -- the effects are more than special, the set-pieces suitably epic -- but it just doesn't fulfill the promise of certain other fantasy films. Full Review
...A perfectly agreeable tale of magic....It leaves a friendly glow and a sense of a magical world lovingly evoked...
Los Angeles Times
Willow exchanges the high-tech gleam of the Star Wars universe for the low-tech look of a Tolkienesque world, but otherwise it's business as usual. Full Review
If it evaporates from memory with the airiness of a bubble bath, at least it leaves a friendly glow and a sense of a magical world lovingly evoked. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Sometime during the second hour I pinpointed the trouble: The movie is so full of tricks and gimmicks that it doesn't care enough about being just plain funny. Full Review
Christian Science Monitor
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Willow feels like the kind of movie that might have worked considerably better on the printed page. Full Review
Based on a story by STAR WARS creator George Lucas, WILLOW is director Ron Howard's fantasy world of medieval adventure. WILLOW stars Val Kilmer as Madmartigan, a swashbuckling warrior, and Warwick Davis as the title character. In a mythical kingdom, the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh) plots to kill all infants so that the newborn princess, Elora, will never take over the throne. But a midwife sets the baby adrift in a river, and she is rescued by Willow, a farmer in Nelwyn, a peaceful village of trolls, fairies, and little folk. Willow and Madmartigan begin a quest to deliver the baby from evil while being chased by Queen Bavmorda's daughter, Sorsha (Joanne Whalley), sent to bring the baby back to Nockmaar. Director Howard benefited from his affiliation with George Lucas on the film--Lucas's company, Industrial Light and Magic, contributed the Oscar-nominated special effects. Lucas, the executive producer of WILLOW, went on to create a series of books based on the world of WILLOW, the SHADOW WAR series.
In this quest fantasy, a timid yet valiant Halfling is entrusted with delivering a royal infant from evil. His journey is often dangerous and sometimes comical as he meets up with some colorful characters along the way. Academy Award Nominations: Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Visual Effects.
Adventure | Big Battles | Fantasy | Medieval | Swashbuckler | Witches And Wizards | Good Vs. Evil | Heroes | Theatrical Release
- Filmed on location in England, Wales, and New Zealand.
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