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Willow [1988] (1 disc)

Director:Ron Howard
Writer:Bob Dolman
Composer:James Horner
Length:126 minutes
(2 hours 6 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Fantasy
Sorting Tub:Juliet
IMDB Rating:7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:43%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A young child may be the key to overthrow the tyranical witch currently ruling.

Reaction: Great effects for the day though the storyline may be a bit cliché.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Ron Howard => Director
Bob Dolman => Writer
James Horner => Composer
George Lucas => Story
Billy Barty => High Aldwin
Cheryl Howard => Mountain villager (uncredited)
David Steinberg => Meegosh
Dawn Downing => Mims Ufgood
Gavan O'Herlihy => Airk Thaughbaer
Jack Purvis => Nelwyn band member (uncredited)
Jean Marsh => Queen Bavmorda
Joanne Whalley => Sorsha
Julie Peters => Kaiya Ufgood
Kate Greenfield => Elora Danan
Kenny Baker => Nelwyn band member (uncredited)
Kevin Pollak => Rool
Malcolm Dixon => Nelwyn band member (uncredited)
Maria Holvoe => Cherlindrea (as Maria Holvöe)
Mark Northover => Burglekutt
Mark Vande Brake => Ranon Ufgood
Pat Roach => Gen. Kael
Patricia Hayes => Fin Raziel
Peter Burroughs => Nelwyn villager (uncredited)
Phil Fondacaro => Vohnkar
Rick Overton => Franjean
Rusty Goffe => Nelwyn villager (uncredited)
Ruth Greenfield => Elora Danan
Tony Cox => Vohnkar warrior
Val Kilmer => Madmartigan
Warwick Davis => Willow Ufgood

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • This was the first feature film to use the "morphing" process developed by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).
  • In preparation for the movie, Warwick Davis had to learn a modified accent, how to take care of a baby, how to ride a horse, how to sword fight, and how to perform magic.
  • Word from Ron Howard is that part of the two-headed dragon "Eborsisk" was modeled after Clint Howard, his brother. He stated that since Clint has had many cameo appearances in his films, and Ron couldn't find a part for Clint in Willow, he modeled the dragon after him.
  • Blackroot is actually vanilla.
  • Warwick Davis wore a wig for the movie - the long hair is not his own.
  • Joanne Whalley accidentally stuck her sword in a stuntman's foot while sticking the sword into the ground at the tavern.
  • The six-month-old twins playing Elora Danan were too young to have a full head of hair. They wear a wig, which was applied using syrup, as normal wig adhesive would be too harsh for the babies' skin.
  • The devil dogs were actually Rottweilers in rubber masks and suits.
  • In between takes, Val Kilmer was getting out of the giant cage he was being filmed in, when the chain snapped and the cage came down on his foot. A limp can be seen during the scene where Madmortigan leaves Willow upon arrival in front of the island with Fin Raziel.