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Eragon

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stefen Fangmeier
Produced by John Davis
Adam Goodman
Gil Netter
Written by Peter Buchman
Christopher Paolini
(Novel)
Starring Ed Speleers
Jeremy Irons
Sienna Guillory
Robert Carlyle
Djimon Hounsou
Garrett Hedlund
Alun Armstrong
Joss Stone
Rachel Weisz
John Malkovich
Music by Patrick Doyle
Cinematography Hugh Johnson
Editing by Roger Barton
Masahiro Hirakubo
Chris Lebenzon
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) December 13, 2006 (2006-12-13)
December 14, 2006 (2006-12-14)
(United State)
(United Kingdom)
(Hungary)
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Hungary
Language English
Budget $100 million
Gross revenue $249,488,115

Eragon is a 2006 fantasy-adventure film based on the novel of the same name by author Christopher Paolini. The cast includes Edward Speleers in the title role, Jeremy Irons, Garrett Hedlund, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou, Alun Armstrong, Joss Stone, and the voice of Rachel Weisz as Saphira the dragon.

The film was directed by Stefen Fangmeier, a first-time director, who had previously worked as a visual effects director on Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. The screenplay was written by Peter Buchman, who is best known for Jurassic Park III. Principal photography took place at the Mafilm Fót Studios in Hungary, starting on August 1, 2005. Special visual effects and animation were by Weta Digital and Industrial Light & Magic.

Eragon was released worldwide between December 13 and December 15, 2006 by 20th Century Fox. It was the 10th worst reviewed film of 2006 on Rotten Tomatoes,[1] and the 31st highest grossing film of 2006 in the US.[2] A DVD and Blu-ray of the film was released March 20, 2007.

Contents

Plot

Eragon is a farm boy who is 17 years of age and lives in a small village named Carvahall in the fictional and magical country of Alagaësia that contains dragons and other fictional creatures. While hunting, he finds a dragon egg the size of a small cat from which hatches a blue dragon named Saphira. Eragon decides to keep Saphira a secret, but a pair of magical creatures, the Ra'zac, are sent by Galbatorix, the King of Alagaesia to find Eragon and the dragon. This causes Eragon to flee his home but when he returns he finds out his uncle Garrow has been killed by the Ra'zac and so sets out on a journey to avenge him. Accompanied by a wise storyteller named Brom, Eragon and Saphira take up the legacy of legendary Dragon Riders. He learns magic, swordfighting, and dragon-riding to fulfil the legend of the dragon riders and his destiny: to help the Varden overthrow the Empire and its tyrant king, Galbatorix. Behind it all is Durza, a Shade. He is a sorcerer possessed by demonic spirits. He is also Galbatorix's right hand man and is used to kill any threats to the King and his Empire.

Cast

Production

Pre-production

Plans to create a film based on Christopher Paolini's best-selling novel were first announced in February 2004. 20th Century Fox purchased the rights to Eragon. Screenwriter Peter Buchman, whose credits included Jurassic Park III, wrote the screenplay. Buchman, a fan of fantasy and science fiction literature and films, says he was "blown away" by the author's precociousness, his mastery of plot lines and characters, and his ability to create several completely imaginary worlds.[citation needed]

It was Buchman's script that drew the attention of Stefen Fangmeier. "I found it to be an exciting read," said the director. "With the book's fantastical aspects, people would look at me in terms of the visual effects requirements. However, my first reaction to the material was that it was a great story that had an emotional arc."[citation needed]

Casting

Edward Speleers was selected for the title role after a worldwide casting search. "Ed came in [to the casting session], and we just looked at each other and said, "That's Eragon, that's the guy from the book," said director Stefen Fangmeier: "I got a strong sense of Ed's sparkle, of his life. It's the kind of thing where you just know he's destined to become a movie star. Speleers won the role as he was trying to learn his lines for a school production of Hamlet. Others considered for the role included Alex Pettyfer but since production took place in the Czech Republic and Pettyfer is afraid of flying, he declined the role.[3]

On July 15, 2005, in an official press release from 20th Century Fox, it was confirmed that Speleers had signed on to the project. Over the following months, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Chris Egan and Djimon Hounsou were all confirmed as joining the Eragon cast. Paolini, author of the original novel, had expressed his wishes to be featured in a cameo role in the film — specifically, as a warrior who is beheaded in the battle of Farthen Dûr. However, he was unable because of his European book tour.[4]

Jeremy Irons, who welcomed the opportunity to reintroduce himself to younger audiences, took on the role despite the fact that Dungeons and Dragons (a previous fantasy film he had acted in) had flopped, and he said that he thought that Eragon "had been better managed" than that film.[5]

Filming

Aerial photograph of the Ság Mountain, which served as the backdrop for Farthen Dûr

In August 2005, Fox began filming Eragon at various locations throughout Hungary and Slovakia, including:

Filming ended a month later in September, beginning the film's post-production state, with Industrial Light and Magic creating the film's CGI.

The decision was made later on in production to add feathers to the standard bat-like wings of the dragon Saphira.[6] The studio had been inspired by the Angel's wings in X-Men: The Last Stand.[7] Jean Bolte, lead viewpaint artist for ILM on the film, calls them "skethers" (half-feathers, half-scales) and was inspired by the scales of the pangolin.[8] It was eventually decided that Saphira's colors scheme should be subdued rather than vibrant in order to be more realistic.[7]

In other media

Soundtrack

Eragon (Music from the motion picture)
Soundtrack by Patrick Doyle
Released 2006-12-12
Label RCA Victor
Producer Patrick Doyle, Maggie Rodford
Singles from Eragon soundtrack
  1. "Keep Holding On"
    Released: 2006-11-17

The score for the film was composed by Patrick Doyle who also did the score of 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Avril Lavigne also recorded the theme song for the film, entitled "Keep Holding On," which was featured in the credits and on the soundtrack.[9] The track was released as a single in 2006 (and later as a track on her 2007 album The Best Damn Thing) and reached 17 on Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in America.[10]

Track listing

  1. "Eragon"
  2. "Roran Leaves"
  3. "Saphira's First Flight"
  4. "Ra'zac"
  5. "Burning Farm"
  6. "Fortune Teller"
  7. "If You Were Flying"
  8. "Brom's Story"
  9. "Durza"
  10. "Passing The Flame"
  11. "Battle For Varden"
  12. "Together"
  13. "Saphira Returns"
  14. "Legend Of Eragon"
  15. "Keep Holding On" by Avril Lavigne
  16. "Once In Every Lifetime" by Jem

Video game

The video game based on the motion picture was developed by Stormfront Studios and Amaze Entertainment and was released in November 2006.

Reception

Critical

The film received predominantly negative reviews, garnering a 16% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes:[11] the 10th worst of 2006.[1] The Seattle Times described the film as "technically accomplished, but fairly lifeless and at times a bit silly".[12] The Hollywood Reporter said the world of Eragon was "without much texture or depth."[13] The story was labeled "derivative" by The Washington Post,[14] and "generic" by the Las Vegas Weekly.[15] Newsday stressed this point further, asserting that only "nine-year-olds with no knowledge whatsoever of any of the six Star Wars movies would find the film original." [16] The acting was called "lame" by the Washington Post,[14] plus "stilted" and "lifeless" by the Orlando Weekly.[17] The dialogue was also criticized: MSNBC labelled it "silly";[18] the Las Vegas Weekly called it "wooden."[15]

Positive reviews described the film as "fun"[19] and "the stuff boys' fantasies are made of."[20] The CGI work was called "imaginative" and Saphira was called a "magnificent creation."[21] Christopher Paolini stated he enjoyed the film, particularly praising the performances of Jeremy Irons and Edward Speleers.[22] He did, however, later say that "it could have been better."[citation needed]

Box office

Eragon grossed approximately $75 million in the US and $173.9 million elsewhere, totalling $249 million worldwide.[23] Films need to gross roughly twice their production and distribution costs to break even:[24] Eragon, which had a production budget of $100 million and distribution costs of an estimated $30 million,[25] did not reach this threshold. Director Stefan Fangmeier believes that Fox were "modestly happy with the worldwide box office."[26] Eragon is the 13th highest grossing fantasy-live action film within the United States; 21st when adjusted for inflation.[27] It is the highest grossing film with a dragon at its focal point.[28][29] Adjusted for inflation it falls to eighth place behind such films as Willow, Dragonheart, The Dark Crystal and Conan the Barbarian.[30]

Eragon was in release for 17 weeks in the US, opening on December 15, 2006 and closing on April 8, 2007.[31] It opened in 3020 theaters, earning $8.7 million on opening day and $23.2 million across opening weekend, ranked 2nd behind The Pursuit of Happyness.[32] Eragon's second weekend US box office dropped by almost 70%, possibly due to the opening of Night at the Museum, another family film from 20th Century Fox,[33] the 41st biggest second weekend drop since this statistic was kept.[34] Eragon's $75 million total US gross was the 31st highest for 2006.[35]

The film earned $150 million in its opening weekend across 76 overseas markets, making it the #1 film worldwide.[36] This was attributed to the sheer scope of Eragon's global launch as the film ranked number 1 in less than half of the overseas territories it was released in.[37] The foreign box office competition for the film's opening week was "soft;"[38] had Eragon been released one year earlier, it would have been placed fourth.[39] Eragon's UK opening was "a disappointment,"[37] in Australia it was "solid if unimpressive,"[37] but its most impressive market was France,[40] where the film earned more than $21 million.[41] The film's $249 million total worldwide gross was the 16th highest for 2006.[42] Eragon grossed $86,995,160 on DVD from 3/20/2007-5/13/2007.[43]

Awards

  • Nominated: Best Fantasy Film
  • Nominated: Best Performance by a Younger Actor - Edward Speleers
  • CDG Award (Costume Designers Guild) (2007)
  • Nominated: Excellence in Costume Design for Film (Fantasy) - Kym Barrett

DVD

Eragon was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the US on March 20, 2007. It debuted at number 1 on the national DVD sales charts and at number 3 on the DVD rental charts.[44] It grossed more than US$35.2 million in rentals.[45] It was released on DVD in Europe on April 16, 2007 and in Australia on April 18, 2007.

On April 30, 2007, Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy, of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame, released a humorous and mocking commentary track for Eragon as part of their RiffTrax service.

References

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Quotes

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Eragon is a fantasy film, directed by Stefen Fangmeier, based on the book Eragon released on December 15, 2006.

You are far stronger than you realise . . . far wiser than you think . . . what was once your life . . . is now your legend. taglines

Contents

Murtagh

  • (About Saphira) Some friends can't be replaced. But luckily, some don't have to be.
  • (About Morzan) A son doesn't choose his father. I hated that man till the day he died.

Eragon

  • I didn't ask for any of this!
  • (To Brom) I've got skills!
  • I'm the Rider, and I say we go!
  • We fight as one!
  • Brisingr!
  • I'm not without fear.
  • (Flying on Saphira) Let's see what you've got!
  • (on Saphira, looking over a cliff) It's not so bad up here. (Saphira takes off) Wylyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
  • (watching Saphira hatch) Look at you. What are you?
  • Are we together, Saphira? (Saphira nods)
  • Fire!
  • I know your story is true.
  • I expected more.
  • Into the sky, to win, or die!

Brom

  • (To the soldiers) Take care of the little bones, hate to see you choke.
  • (To Eragon) Let's see these skills of yours.
  • Magic comes from dragons; it flows through the Riders who command them.
  • Our beautiful lands have been ravaged by a ruthless king, and our people live under the shadow of tyranny. [...] But it wasn't always like this, was it? There was a time when the world lived in peace, protected by warriors astride mighty dragons. They are nothing but stories now - all we have is hope that a dragon will be born again, and one will rise to lead us to freedom.
  • There was a time when our land flourished without fear and cruelty. A time of dragons and dragon riders. Dragons gave their riders magical powers. No one could defeat them! Until one of their own, a Rider named Galbatorix opposed them, and cut down any Rider who opposed him-
  • One false move, one reckless decision, and everything is lost.
  • The time of dragons and Dragon Riders will come again.
  • (Upon seeing Eragon's gedwey ignasia) You!
  • The king won't rest until your dragon is killed.
  • My story was about you, Eragon. [...] The Varden need a Rider if they are to defeat Durza and the King.
  • I always say, better to ask forgiveness than permission.
  • That's the spirit... one part brave, three parts fool.

Arya

  • Be strong, Eragon. [...] They will follow you wherever you want them to follow.
  • You're the only one who can save us.
  • I am Arya, princess of Ellesmera.
  • Only yesterday, you were a farmboy...today, you are a hero.
  • Poor Durza. How will he tell the King - he failed?

Saphira

  • We choose a leader for his heart.
  • Without fear, there cannot be courage. But when we are together, it is our enemies who should be afraid!
  • (about Brom) Eragon, let him die with pride...as a Dragon Rider.
  • (after the final battle) We did it...together.
  • Careful old man, only my voice is gentle.
  • I am Saphira. And you...are my rider.
  • You're ridiculous! Hold on!
  • You stupid boy!
  • You're giving me no choice!

Galbatorix

  • As long as I am king, disloyalty will be punishable by death.
  • When they learn that the legend is real, they will challenge me.
  • I can't let them have hope.
  • Gather my army; leave no one alive.
  • DO NOT. PROLONG. MY. SUFFERING.
  • Beyond these borders are remnants of the Resistance; Dwarves, Elves, the Varden.
  • DO NOT. LET THEM. REACH THE VARDEN.

Durza

  • There's no one left for you to fear, my king.
  • I will find the boy, and kill him before he becomes a man.
  • As you feared, the dragon has hatched...but to a mere farm boy.
  • I expected something a little more...well, more.
  • Congratulations, you've just been promoted!
  • A young magician! How quaint!
  • RAZAAC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Others

Garrow: Your day will come too, Eragon, and you will decide for yourself the kind of life you wish to lead.

King Hrothgar: Tell all our people that the battle we have prepared for has come to us.

Angela: Great battles rage around you.

Dialogue

Eragon: If you help me, won't the king kill you too?
Brom: The king'll kill us all if you don't survive.

Eragon: I barely recognize myself.
Arya: You've come a long way, Eragon.
Eragon: They still doubt me.
Arya: They will doubt you until you prove otherwise.
Eragon: And then?
Arya: Then they'll follow you wherever you want them to follow... believe anything you want them to believe. That's how legends go.

Arya: Did you know that people already tell stories about you?
Eragon: Well, you know how legends go.

Arya: The search for a Rider has been a long one.
Eragon: But why me? I'm just a farmboy.
Arya: Because that is who Saphira chose.

(Repeated lines)
Eragon: Be careful.
Saphira: You be careful.

Eragon: I didn't ask for any of this!
Brom:You were chosen, nevertheless. A dragon will only hatch if it feels the presence of its Rider, even if it has to wait forever. Now it's found you. It will serve you and only you...

Arya: Yesterday you were a farmboy. Today you are a hero. Tomorrow may see us together again.
Eragon: Then I'll be waiting for tomorrow.
Saphira: Tomorrow may come sooner than you think.

Murtagh: You'll learn to trust me, Dragon Rider.
(Saphira roars)
Eragon: I'm not the only one you need to convince.

Eragon: We need to get closer to his heart.
Saphira: This time, rip it out of his chest!

Taglines

  • One boy.. One dragon... A world of adventure.
  • The next great fantasy.
  • When darkness falls ... A hero ... Will ride.
  • Set the world on fire.
  • This Christmas, the next generation will be born.
  • As darkness falls, the last dragon will choose its rider.
  • This year, the next Dragon Rider will rise.
  • Riders Wanted
  • You are stronger... Than you realize... Wiser... Than you know... What was once your life... Is now your legend

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