Released 1981


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Matthew Robbins
Dragonslayer is a 1981 fantasy film about a young wizard's apprentice who becomes the last hope of a sixth-century kingdom called Urland that suffers under the constant threat of a malicious dragon that lives in a nearby cave. Peter MacNicol plays Galen Bradwarden, a young man who dreams of casting spells of his own as he works for an old wizard named Ulrich (Ralph Richardson). Ulrich is asked to come to the village and defeat the dragon with his mighty powers by a young representative of the village named Valerian (Caitlin Clarke). However, Valerian travels against the wishes of Urland's king, and after Ulrich agrees to defeat the dragon, he is killed by one of the king's soldiers. The young Galen must take over for his dead master and defeat the dragon. Galen has the help of his master's amulet that gives him mystical powers, as well as an enchanted spear strong enough to take down the powerful creature. Dragonslayer is a thrilling adventure film about a brave young man who stands up to one of the deadliest creatures in human history.moreless

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  • 80

    Film Threat

    In many ways, Dragonslayer is a realistic fairy tale. All of the classic pieces are here: heroes, bad guys, monsters, virgins in peril, mysticism and staggering odds.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The scenes involving the dragon are first-rate. The beast is one of the meanest, ugliest, most reprehensible creatures I've ever seen in a film, and when it breathes flames it look...

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    Director Robbins is a natural - he has managed to make a movie that is entertaining despite the handicap of having a main character who is at best a black hole. [30 June 1981]

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