WillowDirector: 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). 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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- 20th Century Fox
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- [Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Cast & Crew
|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|
|Mark Northover||Burglekutt, Prefect|
|Mark vande Brake||Ranon|
|Tony Cox||Vohnkar Warrior|
|Robert Gillibrand||Vohnkar Warrior|
|Kate Greenfield||Elora Danan|
|Sadie Corré||Nelwyn Villager|
|David Allen||Special Effects|
|Ben Burtt||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Allan Cameron||Production Designer|
|James Horner||Score Composer|
|Tim Hutchinson||Production Designer|
|Industrial Light & Magic||Special Effects|
|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|
|John Richardson||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Kim Sinclair||Art Director|
|Malcolm Stone||Production Designer|
|Phil Tippett||Special Effects|
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]
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
Español Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
Français Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
English Subtitles For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing: On
Español Subtitles: On
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When I think of Willow I always think of that creepy woman and of course where it had to do to protect a baby girl. Forgot that Kilmer was in this. Warwick Davis was awesome and glad that the movie shows that you don't have to be like super tall to have a purpose (hope that makes sense, just think of the lotr series). Now that i think about it, this could of been something like the hobbit. Check this out, i finally rewatched after a while and it is a sweet and good film.
A powerful sorceress wants a baby girl dead, afraid that she'll cause her downfall in a prophecy. So Willow travels to return the child and has to stop the sorceress and finds a friend in warrior Madmartigan. Love, love this movie, classic fantasy that anyone will enjoy. Everyone did a great job especially the evil sorceress, played by Jean Marsh in a creepy performance. This is how fantasy movies should be.
In some ways Willow is not nearly as good as the Lord of the Rings trilogy is shaping up to be, but despite its age this movie does give you a certain magical feeling. The characters and story are so good, there is some quality humor and the action is cool.
I have been captivated by this movie ever since I saw it in the theater when I was a little kid and it still captivates me to this very day every time I see it. In my personal opinion this is one of Ron Howard's best films. A timeless tale of magic, wizards, spells, swordfights, and adventure. Val Kilmer is wonderful as the charismatic and boastful Mad Mardigan. And hats off to Warwick Davis for bringing such wonderful sincerity and innocence to the role of Willow at the tender age of just 17. However I believe the two greatest actors in this film are the twin girls, Ruth and Kate Greenfield that played Elora, they steal every scene they are in. This is a great film that everyone in the family can enjoy and no doubt will enjoy for many years to come. Definitely at the top of my list.
this film falls into all the right places, unlike Lord of the Rings, which has an auquard feeling to it. the best feature of Willow is its music, so go check it out!
This is a very fun and enjoyable movie to watch. Granted, the special effects seem a little dated now, but for the time it was pretty cutting edge. Its not serious and it won't make you come to any great revelations about life, but its very entertaining and a good way to spend a few hours escaping from the real world.
What more can you say than that this film is a beauty! Non stop action, suspense, majic, great special effects and millions of tiny people that will make you cry till it hurts. This is a truelly great film sitting ontop of my many dvd's that include films like pulp fiction and forrest gump. Willow is a must see!
I can watch this over and over again! me and my friends laugh about this movie all the time.
This was a classic in our home. It is a fantasy about resiliency, team-work, and heroism -- heroism in sometimes the least expected places. It's about triumphing over evil, even against great odds. And it is entertaining.
Another one of my favorites. This movie is entertaining next to The Lord of the Rings. The movie is about a beginner sorceror who finds a baby girl then sets off to some castle meeting a warrior person and other unlikely allies. The final battle is neat and the special effects look like good and the whole story is interesting. They should make a sequel or something instead of concluded ending. Great film
This is a very good movie! ITS FULL OF ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE AND EACH SCENE MAKES IT ALL THE MORE EXCITING!
by dane youssef This one wasn't much when it first came out. The budget was extravagant and the box-office returns just barely covered the big fat price tag. And as measly as a movie as this was for it's day on it's own merits, it's dwarfed even further by the immortal "Lord Of The Rings" saga. "Willow" is the film the impish Warwick Davis is renown for his participation in most, not counting the never-ending "Leprechaun" Horror-movie movies. This was his first lead role and he brings a likable and earnest charisma to the role instead of just trying to be little and cute like so many child performers and other midget actors. Thankfully, he proves himself as to be more than just a cheap gimmick like so many other "bit-players." He allows himself to really give a true performance and the film itself doesn't go for the cheapest of shots with any of the height of it's little people. As a filmmaker, George Lucas is and has always been a homage-payer. He's one of those filmmakers who always tries to re-make those old films he loved during his own adolescence. With space operas: "Star Wars," With Matinée Adventure flicks: "Indiana Jones," With futuristic sci-fi adventures, "THX 1138." And now with "Willow," he attempts to do the same for the sword-and-sorcery genre. The whole universe is derived from the whole medieval sword-and-sorcery genre. And it's a full bar and buffet smörgåsbord here: We've got "Lord Of The Rings," "The Story of Moses," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Sleeping Beauty" and "Gulliver's Travels" just to name a few. Val Kilmer is pound-for-pound one of the great heavyweight champion actors from here The 20th century and the 21st saw few better thespians. He truly delivered an Oscar for his re-birth as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's "The Doors." Here, anyone could have done the same job he does. It's his most unremarkable performance to date. They didn't need the great Kilmer for this one. Any stock actor with a Screen Actors Guild card or with one year of high school drama class experience could have done as good a job. Jean Marsh does a good job as Queen Bavmorda, but just about any random British actress on the planet could have done the same and gotten the same results. Sadly, this one just stands toe-to-toe with the He-Man "Master Of The Universe" movie from 1987. Even though Ron Howard Opie Cunningham was at the helm for this one, just about any hack with access to a tripod (that tilts low) could have done the same and gotten the same results. The real problem with "Willow" is that it's totally unremarkable. It's about a likable little guy with a big heart for his family. He has a magical gift and uses it to make a name for himself. He meets a great warrior with a shady record who may find love along the way. They do battle with a wicked queen who happens to be a powerful witch with a great army, a two-headed dragon, a menacing lieutenant General who wears a mask scarier than his own face, yada yada yada yada. Do you even care? There are two little like the 3-inch tall people in "Gulliver's Travels" called Brownies named Rool and Franjean with helium voices and ethnic caricatured French accents that would have been considered embarrassing in the '30's. They irritate and confuse, but never amuse. Unlike R2D2 and C3PO or Marcus Brody, they never provoke as much as a smile. Lucas planned for this to be something of a series saga of films. But since this one barely made any return whatsoever, Lucas wound up scrapping the film "trilogy" and continuing the story in books. Hey, anyone out there ever actually so much as read a copy of the continuing "Willow" story? With "Star Wars," "THX 1138" and "American Graffiti," Lucas swung for t
If you're looking for a fun fantasy romp, Willow is the film for you! A classic quest fantasy story, it has unlikely heroes, stubborn magic, a damsel in distress and a warrior maid, battle scenes, comic relief, a truly evil villain, and a pinch of romance. What more could you possibly want? Except, perhaps, some cheesy special effects, Warwick Davis in a lead role, Val Kilmer as a charming rogue with superb comic timing, and a cast with fantastic chemistry. Willow might be a little intense at moments for the youngest watchers, but it's a film your whole family will enjoy watching!
The first time I saw this movie, I rented it from blockbuster, but only after years of my friend telling me how good it was; so I watched it and I was so mad that I did not see it sooner, so now I own it of course, and I love love love it!!!
This is one of our families all time favorites. We enjoy this movie as it can be watched by all. Fun plot with lots of adventure with some romance added. My daughters loved the Brownies as they are so irreverent and disgusting at times. My favorite sceen is where Madmartigan (Val Kilmer) tells Sorsha (Joanne Whalley) his love 'just went away'. I would recommend this movie to everyone!
What can I say? This is one of the best cult classic fantasy movies EVER! I'm not what you'd call a Val Kilmer fan, but I truly can't see anyone else playing this role. And Warwick Davis? Yeah, this movie is FANTASTIC.
George Lucas wrote and produced this film directed by Ron Howard about a fantasy world where a prophecy child is born to threaten the rule of Evil Queen Bavmorda (Jean Price). To hide the baby Elora Dannon, her nanny escapes the castle and sets her on a reed basket much in the same way Moses was, but instead of Elora Dannon ending up with a rich family, she ends up in a family of Nelwyns, who are a tribe of people that are half the size of a man. The family she meets is the family of Willow Elfgood (Warrick Davis). Willow is an aspiring magician who hopes someday to be picked as an apprentice to the town’s wizard (Billy Barty) to learn true magic. The Queen Bavmorda sends out her champion Kael to find the baby and also sends her war hounds to track the baby’s scent. One of them makes it to Willow’s village. The town folk consider this a bad sign and send Willow along with some of his friends to return the baby to Tir Asleen, where the baby will be raised by its own kind the Dai-Kini. What starts out as a fun adventure turns into a fight for the world between the forces of good and evil and Willow is caught up right in the middle of it. I’m sure a lot of people will make comparisons to Lucas’s other fantasy films, something Wars, but this is more of a family film at it’s heart. One could also compare it to Lord of the Rings in some ways, but it is too short for that.