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Willow

  • Drama
  • 1988
  • Ron Howard
  • 120 mins
  • PG

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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MadmartiganVal Kilmer
SorshaJoanne Whalley
Willow UfgoodWarwick Davis
Queen BavmordaJean Marsh
Fin RazielPatricia Hayes
High AldwinBilly Barty
General KaelPat Roach
AirkGavan O'Herlihy
MeegoshDavid Steinberg
BurglekuttMark Northover
RoolKevin Pollak
FranjeanRick Overton

Crew

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DirectorRon Howard

Details

Language
English
Guidance
Edited for language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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