Willow

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

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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: 3/12/2013
  • UPC: 024543668275
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / 2 PACK
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 8,194

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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Willow
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   Set Up
      Audio
         English Dolby Digital 5.1
         English Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
         Español Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
         Français Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
      Subtitles
         English Subtitles For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing: On
         Español Subtitles: On
         Subtitles: Off
   Scenes
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    Classic

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great family entertainment!

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great fun for family watching with young (older than age 7) children & young teens.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love This Movie

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    good escape

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    the best!

    I can watch this over and over again! me and my friends laugh about this movie all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Comes up short

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THIS MOVIE

    This is a very good movie! ITS FULL OF ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE AND EACH SCENE MAKES IT ALL THE MORE EXCITING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a bad film at all. Enjoyable for anyone.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Magical Adventure!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Willow

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FANTASTIC!!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie classic- worth seeing!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a fantasy classic

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolute quality!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    willow top review

    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!

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