Willow

Willow

Willow

Ron Howard directs the fantasy story by George Lucas. Warwick Davis is Willow, a simple farmer and aspiring sorcerer, tasked with protecting a baby from the tyrannical Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). Co-stars Val Kilmer and wife-to-be Joanne Whalley, who met each other on set. Ahead of its time for a fantasy epic, location shooting took place in New Zealand.

Fearful of a prophecy stating that a girl child will be born to bring about her downfall, the evil Queen Bavmorda imprisons all pregnant women in the land of Nockmaar. A child, Elora Danan, is born in the Nockmaar dungeons and identified as the prophesied child by a birthmark on her arm. However, before the black sorceress arrives to claim the child, Elora's mother convinces her reluctant midwife to escape with the baby.

1988Rating: PG, Violence126 minsUSA, New Zealand
AdventureFantasy
Director:
Ron Howard ('Cocoon', 'Backdraft', 'Apollo 13', 'Ransom', 'A Beautiful Mind')
Writer:
Bob DolmanGeorge Lucas
Cast:
Val KilmerJoanne WhalleyWarwick DavisJean MarshTony CoxKevin Pollak
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Variety

Variety

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A medieval mishmash from George Lucas, a sort of 10th-century Star Wars tossed together with a plethora of elements taken from numerous classic fables.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Though ''Willow'' bears many signs of the Lucas imagination, it has been directed by Ron Howard, whose approach is more matter-of-fact.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

At the story level, Willow is turgid and relentlessly predictable.

Variety

Variety

press

A medieval mishmash from George Lucas, a sort of 10th-century Star Wars tossed together with a plethora of elements taken from numerous classic fables.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Though ''Willow'' bears many signs of the Lucas imagination, it has been directed by Ron Howard, whose approach is more matter-of-fact.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

At the story level, Willow is turgid and relentlessly predictable.

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