Ron Howard (1988)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Despite the input of Star Wars guru George Lucas, this is a rare misfire from Ron Howard, the hit director of Parenthood, Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind. It's more Wallow than Willow as the former Happy Days star takes too long mating the Saturday-morning-pictures wonderment of Raiders with the Tolkienesque elfin-twaddle of Lord of the Rings. It's forced, formulaic and sadly lacking in that sense of magic that's at the root of all successful fantasy. Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley star in a tale about a baby whose safekeeping will overthrow an evil empire, but they never look comfortable in their roles.


A farmer with dreams of becoming a wizard finds an abandoned baby, who is destined to bring about the downfall of an evil queen. The wicked tyrant's minions have been sent to kill the child before she can fulfil the prophecy, and it falls to the would-be sorcerer to protect her, with the aid of a rogue warrior. Fantasy adventure, starring Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer.

Cast & Crew

Willow Ufgood Warwick Davis
Madmartigan Val Kilmer
Sorsha Joanne Whalley
Queen Bavmorda Jean Marsh
Fin Raziel Patricia Hayes
High Aldwin Billy Barty
Gen Kael Pat Roach
Airk Gavan O'Herlihy
Meegosh David Steinberg
Director Ron Howard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray