Willow

Willow

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Director: Ron Howard

Cast: Ron Howard, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis

     
 

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Though Willow was one of director Ron Howard's few box-office disappointments, it definitely deserves a second look. At once an epic celebration and a gentle spoof of the sword-and-sorcery genre, the film concerns the efforts by little person Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) to protect a sacred infant from the machinations of a wicked queen (Jean Marsh). OneSee more details below

Overview

Though Willow was one of director Ron Howard's few box-office disappointments, it definitely deserves a second look. At once an epic celebration and a gentle spoof of the sword-and-sorcery genre, the film concerns the efforts by little person Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) to protect a sacred infant from the machinations of a wicked queen (Jean Marsh). One source book has assessed the picture as a combination of The Ten Commandments and Snow White. This is true enough, except that neither one of those properties offered such offbeat casting choices as Billy Barty and Jean Marsh. Executive producer George Lucas has (through the conduit of screenwriter Bob Dolman) added elements of his own Star Wars saga to the stew. The results are generally satisfactory, though the film is sometimes weighed down by too much plot, and the action sequences may not be suitable for very young children. Incidentally, this is the film where co-star Val Kilmer met his future wife Joanne Whalley.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Forget about Hobbits and rings -- for rousing action, fantasy, and romance, you need look no further than Willow, an entrancing adventure that has all the attributes of first-rate swords-and-sorcery fare. Once upon a time, we’re told, there was an evil sorceress and queen (Jean Marsh), who ordered the deaths of all the kingdom’s infants to eliminate the royal-born successor to the throne. It falls to a diminutive sorcerer’s apprentice named Willow (Warwick Davis) to protect the baby girl who could someday be a princess. In defense of his tiny charge he enlists the aid of a roguish adventurer (Val Kilmer), and the oddball twosome ward off attacks led by the evil queen’s feisty daughter (Joanne Whalley). Directed by Ron Howard (Apollo 13) and adapted from a story by George Lucas, Willow lacks for nothing in terms of production: Its sets, costumes, and special effects are all top-drawer, and its well-cast principal players enact their roles with panache. Most important, though, the film never betrays the condescension or cynicism that mars all too many fantasy movies -- and it’s this unsullied fairy-tale quality that makes Willow ideal family entertainment. The newly remastered version now available on DVD includes a commentary by Howard, an all-new documentary on the film’s making, a photo gallery, theatrical trailers, and TV spots.
All Movie Guide
Complete with biblical rubric, medieval sorcery, and mystical creatures, director Ron Howard's Willow is the stuff of good fantasy adventure. In a nicely mannered performance, Val Kilmer plays well off of Warwick Davis as Willow, the sorcerer-to-be. The film is a well-conceived and well-executed quest fairy tale borrowing heavily from Gulliver's Travels, not to mention the story of Moses. Although seemingly a children's film, it is not without its share of violence, gore, and ghastly monsters, all provided by executive producer George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic special-effects department. With this film, Howard proved his adroitness at fantastic adventure; furthermore, the film's cult following cultivated a generation of Magic, The Gathering players worldwide.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2013
UPC:
0024543668275
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1A
Time:
2:06:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Val Kilmer Madmartigan
Joanne Whalley Sorsha
Warwick Davis Willow Ufgood
Patricia Hayes Fin Raziel
Jean Marsh Queen Bavmorda
Billy Barty High Aldwin
Pat Roach Gen. Kael
Gavan O'Herlihy Airk Thaughbaer
David J. Steinberg Meegosh
Phil Fondacaro Vohnkar
Mark Northover Burglekutt, Prefect
Kevin Pollak Rool
Rick Overton Franjean
Maria Holvoe Cherlindrea
Zulema Dene Ethna
Mark vande Brake Ranon
Tony Cox Vohnkar Warrior
Robert Gillibrand Vohnkar Warrior
Julie Peters Kaiya
Dawn Downing Mims
Michael Cotterill Druid
Joanna Dickens Barmaid
Jennifer Guy Wency
Ron Tarr Llug
Sallyanne Law Mother
Kate Greenfield Elora Danan
Sadie Corré Nelwyn Villager

Technical Credits
Ron Howard Director
David Allen Special Effects
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Alan Boyle Makeup
Ben Burtt Sound/Sound Designer
Allan Cameron Production Designer
Gerry Crampton Stunts
Bob Dolman Screenwriter
Nick Dudman Makeup
Eleanor Fazan Choreography
Daniel Hanley Editor
Michael Hill Editor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
James Horner Score Composer
Tim Hutchinson Production Designer
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Jane Jenkins Casting
Joe Johnston Asst. Director
Barbara Lane Costumes/Costume Designer
George Lucas Executive Producer,Original Story
Michael J. McAlister Special Effects
Dennis Muren Special Effects
Tony Reading Production Designer
Lee Rich Producer
John Richardson Special Effects Supervisor
Kim Sinclair Art Director
Malcolm Stone Production Designer
Phil Tippett Special Effects
Nigel Wooll Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Willow
1. Chapter 1 [2:38]
2. Chapter 2 [3:05]
3. Chapter 3 [1:13]
4. Chapter 4 [3:00]
5. Chapter 5 [4:00]
6. Chapter 6 [:04]
7. Chapter 7 [2:20]
8. Chapter 8 [4:45]
9. Chapter 9 [2:35]
10. Chapter 10 [2:24]
11. Chapter 11 [1:52]
12. Chapter 12 [2:45]
13. Chapter 13 [3:41]
14. Chapter 14 [:46]
15. Chapter 15 [2:11]
16. Chapter 16 [2:08]
17. Chapter 17 [2:32]
18. Chapter 18 [:19]
19. Chapter 19 [1:34]
20. Chapter 20 [2:36]
21. Chapter 21 [2:41]
22. Chapter 22 [5:17]
23. Chapter 23 [2:26]
24. Chapter 24 [4:11]
25. Chapter 25 [2:18]
26. Chapter 26 [3:49]
27. Chapter 27 [2:32]
28. Chapter 28 [:10]
29. Chapter 29 [3:28]
30. Chapter 30 [3:33]
31. Chapter 31 [:04]
32. Chapter 32 [6:50]
33. Chapter 33 [:30]
34. Chapter 34 [2:12]
35. Chapter 35 [2:32]
36. Chapter 36 [1:42]
37. Chapter 37 [3:02]
38. Chapter 38 [2:39]
39. Chapter 39 [1:18]
40. Chapter 40 [1:29]
41. Chapter 41 [2:20]
42. Chapter 42 [2:04]
43. Chapter 43 [1:07]
44. Chapter 44 [2:31]
45. Chapter 45 [4:21]
46. Chapter 46 [:03]
47. Chapter 47 [2:44]
48. Chapter 48 [3:44]
49. Chapter 49 [2:02]
50. Chapter 50 [:08]
51. Chapter 51 [5:10]

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