Dragonslayer (1981)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1981.  Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Productions. Screenplay by , Matthew Robbins.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1981.  

If it were only for production value, this would be a highly recommended adventure film, but its shabby writing and poor acting really get in the way of its scoring points.  is terrible as a young wizard’s apprentice whose master (the great Ralph Richardson) dies and leaves him with the burden of having to rid a neighbouring land of its evil dragon. Its populace uses maidens as sacrifices to keep the beast from destroying it entirely and it is MacNicol’s task, with the help of a feisty young woman disguised as a boy, to destroy it. The visual effects are splendid and hold up after a quarter of a century, and Alex North’s score is exquisite, but the story is incredibly boring and the direction lacks any whiff of imagination.

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