Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Dragonslayer (1981 Movie)

“Dragonslayer” is a fantasy-adventure film released in 1981 by Walt Disney Productions. Directed by Matthew Robbins and produced by Hal Barwood and Howard W. Koch, the movie is set in a medieval-inspired fantasy world and revolves around the quest to slay a fearsome dragon terrorizing a kingdom.

The film follows Galen Bradwarden, an apprentice sorcerer, who becomes the unlikely hero of the story. When the aging wizard Ulrich passes away, he tasks Galen with a dangerous mission to protect the kingdom of Urland from the destructive dragon Vermithrax Pejorative. To accomplish this, Galen must use his magical powers and a magical amulet called the “Glaive” to face the fearsome beast.

As Galen embarks on his journey, he encounters various challenges and forms a bond with a young woman named Valerian, who is masquerading as a boy to avoid being chosen as the next dragon sacrifice. Together, they face numerous trials and tribulations while preparing to confront Vermithrax Pejorative in a thrilling climax.

“Dragonslayer” was groundbreaking for its time, featuring impressive special effects and an intense dragon-slaying scene. It also had a darker and more mature tone compared to traditional Disney films, making it more appealing to adult audiences.

While “Dragonslayer” received critical acclaim for its visual effects and storytelling, it was not a commercial success upon its initial release. However, it has since gained a cult following and is considered a classic in the fantasy genre.

The film’s legacy extends beyond its box office performance, as it remains an important part of Disney’s filmography and showcases the studio’s ability to tackle more mature and complex themes. “Dragonslayer” stands as a unique entry in Disney’s catalogue and is appreciated for its contribution to the fantasy film genre.


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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $14.1 million
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  • Peter MacNicol: Galen Bradwarden
  • Caitlin Clarke: Valerian
  • Ralph Richardson: Ulrich of Cragganmore
  • John Hallam: Tyrian
  • Peter Eyre: King Casiodorus
  • Albert Salmi: Greil
  • Sydney Bromley: Hodge
  • Chloe Salaman: Princess Elspeth
  • Emrys James: Simon
  • Roger Kemp: Horsrick
  • Ian McDiarmid: Brother Jacopus


  • Director: Matthew Robbins
  • Producer: Hal Barwood and Howard W. Koch
  • Music: Alex North

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