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Directed by Ron Howard
Produced by George Lucas
Joe Johnston
Nigel Wooll
Written by Screenplay:
Bob Dolman
George Lucas
Starring Warwick Davis
Val Kilmer
Joanne Whalley
Jean Marsh
Patricia Hayes
Rachel Lawday
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Adrian Biddle
Editing by Daniel P. Hanley
Mike Hill
Richard Hiscott
Studio Lucasfilm
Imagine Entertainment
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) May 5, 1988 (1988-05-05)
Running time 126 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35 million
Gross revenue $57.27 million

Willow is a 1988 American fantasy film directed by Ron Howard and produced/co-written by George Lucas. Warwick Davis stars in the film, as well as Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh and Patricia Hayes. With a sword and sorcery setting, Davis stars as the eponymous lead character and hero Willow, a reluctant Nelwyn (halfling) farmer who plays a critical role in protecting a special baby from a tyrannical queen.

Lucas conceived the idea for Willow in 1972, approaching Howard to direct during the post-production phase of Cocoon in 1985. Lucas believed he and Howard shared a relationship similar to the one Lucas enjoyed with Steven Spielberg. Bob Dolman was brought in to write the screenplay, coming up with seven drafts before finishing in late 1986. Willow was then set up at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and principal photography began in April 1987, finishing the following October.

The majority of filming took place at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, England, as well as Wales and New Zealand. Industrial Light & Magic created the visual effects sequences, which led to a revolutionary breakthrough with digital morphing technology. Willow was released in May 1988 to box office disappointment and mixed reviews from critics, but received two Academy Award nominations and cult film recognition.



In the dungeon of a castle in Nockmaar, a baby girl is born with a mark on her arm. Sorsha (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer), one of the guards, reports this to her mother, the evil Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). Meanwhile, the midwife escapes with the baby, sending her down a river to a village inhabited by Nelwyns, Hobbit-size people.

Among the first Nelwyns to discover the baby is a farmer and aspiring sorceror named Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis). He reluctantly takes the baby in, but soon discovers something is up when the Nelwyns' annual festival is ravaged by Death Dogs from Nockmaar. Willow decides to take the baby to the Nelwyns' leader, the High Aldwin (Billy Barty), and seek his advice. The High Aldwin tells Willow he must travel to the Daikini (tall person) crossroads, give the baby to the first Daikini he sees, and return home.

The first Daikini that Willow meets, however, is Madmartigan (Val Kilmer), who is imprisoned in a cage. Although suspicious of Madmartigan, Willow frees him and gives the baby to him anyway. He quickly regrets that decision when two brownies (inch-high warriors) steal the baby. Willow gives chase, is captured, and meets Cherlindrea, queen of the fairies and brownies. Cherlindrea tells Willow that the baby is Elora Danan, a special child who must be kept alive so that she can fulfill a prophecy to destroy Bavmorda. She tells Willow to deliver her wand to the sorceress Fin Raziel (Patricia Hayes), who will then take them to Tir Asleen, where a good king and queen will look after Elora.

Enroute, Willow runs into Madmartigan at a tavern. Their unhappy reunion is cut short when Sorsha and General Kael (Pat Roach) lead an army of Bavmorda's troops to the tavern. Madmartigan helps Willow and Elora escape, leads them to Raziel's island, and they again part ways. Willow finds Raziel, who has been turned into an opossum by Bavmorda and needs Willow's help to become a human. Willow attempts to do so but fails, turning her into a crow instead. Just then, Sorsha and her army, along with Madmartigan as a prisoner, capture Willow, Elora and Raziel. Sorsha hides Elora in her tent and locks up the others. When Willow, Madmartigan and Raziel try to escape, Madmartigan encounters a powerful magic dust that causes him to fall in love with everything he sees. Madmartigan enters Sorsha's tent to rescue Elora, but—still under the spell—falls in love with Sorsha. Willow helps Madmartigan rescue Elora, and they escape.

Willow, Madmartigan and Elora get to Tir Asleen only to discover that everyone there has been turned to stone. Sorsha and Kael attack. Willow tries to turn Raziel into a human but this time changes her into a goat. During the battle Sorsha falls in love with Madmartigan and abandons Kael. Kael captures Elora and takes her to Nockmaar. Bavmorda is pleased to see Elora but becomes infuriated upon learning that Sorsha has betrayed her. She then prepares to begin a ritual that will exile the child's spirit to the netherworld—the only way she can guarantee that it will never be able to fulfill its prophecy to destroy her.

Willow, Madmartigan, Sorsha and Raziel, along with Airk (Gavan O'Herlihy), an old friend of Madmartigan, and Airk's army, lay siege to the castle. Laughing, Bavmorda turns all but Willow and Raziel into pigs. Willow finally manages to transform Raziel into a human, and Raziel changes everyone back. Willow then comes up with a plan to get into Bavmorda's castle.

In the ensuing battle, Kael kills Airk and Madmartigan kills Kael. Raziel, Willow and Sorsha go to rescue Elora, but Willow decides to stay behind when he catches a glimpse of what Bavmorda is doing. Raziel and Sorsha confront Bavmorda, but she prevails, knocking both of them unconscious. Willow then tries to rescue Elora, but Bavmorda prevents him from escaping. Using a variant of a magic illusion he did at the Nelwyn festival, Willow makes Elora disappear, much to Bavmorda's surprise. This causes her to accidentally spill a potion on herself—the same one that would have sent Elora to the netherworld—and she becomes the victim of her own ritual.

With Bavmorda's death, the spell at Tir Asleen is lifted, and Raziel gives Willow a magical book to help him become a great sorceror. Sorsha and Madmartigan are reunited and remain at Tir Asleen, while Willow returns home to show the others how great a sorceror he has become.


  • Warwick Davis as Willow Ufgood: A reluctant Nelwyn dwarf who plays a critical role in protecting infant Elora Danan from the evil queen Bavmorda.
  • Val Kilmer as Madmartigan: A boasting mercenary swordsman who helps Willow on his quest.
  • Kate and Ruth Greenfield as Elora Danan: An infant princess that prophecy says will bring about Queen Bavmorda's downfall.
  • Joanne Whalley as Sorsha: Warrior daughter of Bavmorda, who begins the film as an antagonist, but eventually shares a romantic relationship with Madmartigan.
  • Jean Marsh as Queen Bavmorda: Villainous ruler of Nockmaar and mother of Sorsha.
  • Patricia Hayes as Fin Raziel: Aging sorceress who is turned into a rodent due to a curse from Bavmorda. Willow, able to use the appropriate spell, restores Raziel into her original human form.
  • Billy Barty as High Aldwin: Nelwyn wizard who commissions Willow to go on his journey.
  • Pat Roach as General Kael: Villainous associate to Queen Bavmorda and high commander of her army. He is killed by Madmartigan in the Battle of Nockmaar.
  • Gavan O'Herlihy as Airk Thaughbaer: Military commander of the (destroyed) kingdom of Galladorn who shares a mixed friendship with Madmartigan. Airk is killed by General Kael.
  • Kevin Pollak and Rick Overton as Rool and Franjean: Brownie duo who also serve as comic reliefs in Willow's journey.
  • David J. Steinberg as Meegosh: Willow's closest friend. Meegosh accompanies Willow on his journey.
  • Mark Northover as Burglekutt: Leader of the Nelwyn village council. Burglekutt and Willow despise each other.
  • Phil Fondacaro as Vohnkar: Nelwyn warrior who also accompanies Willow on his journey.
  • Julie Peters as Kaiya Ufgood: Wife of Willow. Kaiya is a loving mother and enthusiastic in caring for Elora.
  • Tony Cox as a Nelwyn warrior.




George Lucas conceived the idea for Willow (originally titled Munchkins) in 1972. Lucas' desire for Willow was similar to Star Wars, and create "a number of well-known mythological situations for a young audience".[1][2] During the production of Return of the Jedi in 1982, Lucas approached Warwick Davis, who was portraying Wicket the Ewok, about playing Willow Ufgood. Five years passed before he was actually cast in the role. Lucas "thought it would be great to use a little person in a lead role. A lot of my movies are about a little guy against the system, and this was just a more literal interpretation of the that idea."[1]

Lucas explained that he had to wait until the mid-1980s to make Willow because visual effects technology was finally advanced enough to execute his vision.[2] Meanwhile, actor-turned-director Ron Howard was looking to do a fantasy film. Howard was at Industrial Light & Magic during the post-production phase of Cocoon, when he was first approached by Lucas to direct Willow. Howard had previously starred in Lucas' American Graffiti,[3] and Lucas felt that he and Howard shared a simpatico relationship similar to the one Lucas enjoyed with Steven Spielberg. Howard nominated Bob Dolman to write the screenplay based on Lucas' story. Dolman worked with Howard on an unsold television pilot called Little Shots, and Lucas admired Dolman's work on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati.[4]

Dolman joined Howard and Lucas at Skywalker Ranch for a series of lengthy story conferences, and wrote seven drafts of his script between the spring and fall of 1986.[4] Pre-production began in late-1986. Various major film studios turned down the chance to distribute and co-finance Willow with Lucasfilm because they believed the fantasy genre was unsuccessful. This was largely due to films such as Krull, Legend, Dragonslayer and Labyrinth.[5] Lucas took Willow to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), which was headed by Alan Ladd, Jr. Ladd and Lucas shared a relationship as far back as the mid-1970s, when Ladd, running 20th Century Fox, greenlighted Lucas' idea for Star Wars.[6] However, in 1986, MGM was facing financial troubles and its major investment of a fantasy film was perceived as a risk. Ladd advanced half the $36 million budget for Willow in return for theatrical and television rights, leaving Lucasfilm with home video and pay television rights to offer in exchange for the other half.[6]


Principal photography began on April 27, 1987 and ended that following October. Interior footage took place at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, England, while location shooting took place in Wales and New Zealand.[6] Lucas initially visualized shooting Willow similar to Return of the Jedi, with studio scenes at Elstree and locations in Northern California, but the idea eventually faded. However, some exteriors were done around Skywalker Ranch and on location at Burney Falls, near Mount Shasta.[7] The Chinese government refused Lucas the chance for a brief location shoot. He then sent a group of photographers to South China to photograph specific scenery, which was then used for background blue screen footage. Tongariro National Park in New Zealand was chosen to house Bavmorda's castle.[7]

Visual effects

Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) created the visual effects sequences. The script called for Willow to restore Fin Raziel (Patricia Hayes) from a goat to her original human form. Willow recites what he thinks is the appropriate spell, but turns the goat into an ostrich, and then a tortoise, and finally a tiger, before returning Raziel to her human body. ILM supervisor Dennis Muren considered using stop motion animation for the scene.[8] He also explained that another traditional and practical way in the late-1980s to execute this sequence would have been through the use of an optical dissolve with cutaways at various stages.[6]

Willow attempts to restore Fin Raziel into human form

Muren found both stop motion and optical effects to be too technically challenging and decided that the transformation scene would be a perfect opportunity for ILM to create advances with digital morphing technology. Muren proposed filming each animal, and the actress doubling for Patricia Hayes, and then feeding the images into a computer program developed by Doug Smythe (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Iron Man).[6] The program would then create a smooth transition from one stage to another before outputting the result back onto film. Smythe began development of the necessary software in September 1987. By March 1988, the impressive result Muren and fellow designer David Allen (Young Sherlock Holmes, Ghostbusters II) achieved what would represent a breakthrough for computer-generated imagery (CGI).[6]


Soundtrack by James Horner
Released 1988
Genre Film music
Length 69:23
Label Virgin
Producer James Horner, Shawn Murphy
Professional reviews

The film score was written by James Horner and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.[9]

Track listing[9]
  1. "Elora Danan" – 9:45
  2. "Escape from the Tavern" – 5:04
  3. "Willow's Journey Begins" – 5:26
  4. "Canyon of Mazes" – 7:52
  5. "Tir Asleen" – 10:47
  6. "Willow's Theme" – 3:54
  7. "Bavmorda's Spell is Cast" – 18:11
  8. "Willow the Sorcerer" – 11:55


Box office

Willow was shown and promoted at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.[10][11] The film was released on May 20, 1988 in 1,209 theaters, earning $8.3 million in its opening weekend. Willow eventually grossed $57.27 million in the United States, which Lucas considered a box office disappointment.[12] He had hoped Willow would earn as much money as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,[11] but the film faced early competition with Crocodile Dundee II, Big and Rambo III.[13]

Critical analysis

Willow was released with mixed reviews from critics.[11] Based on 23 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, 43% of the critics enjoyed Willow with an average score of 5.4/10.[14]

Roger Ebert admitted he thought Willow was entertaining, but nonetheless gave a largely negative review. Ebert wrote that the film is too dark for children and that he was largely disappointed with the story structure.[15] Richard Corliss of Time magazine believed the sword and sorcery themes presented in Willow were overtly cliché.[16] Janet Maslin from The New York Times praised Lucas' storytelling, but was critical of Ron Howard's direction. "Howard appears to have had his hands full in simply harnessing the special effects," Maslin said.[17]

Desson Thomson, writing in The Washington Post, explained "Rob Reiner's similar fairytale adventure The Princess Bride (which Willow cinematographer Adrian Biddle also shot) managed to evoke volumes more without razzle-dazzle. It's a sad thing to be faulting Lucas, maker of the Star Wars trilogy and Raiders of the Lost Ark, for forgetting the tricks of entertainment."[18] Mike Clark in USA Today wrote that "the rainstorm wrap-up, in which Good edges Evil is like Led Zeppelin Meets The Wild Bunch. Willow is probably too much for young children and possibly too much of the same for cynics. But any 6–13-year-old who sees this may be bitten by the "movie bug" for life."[6]


Sound designers Ben Burtt and Richard Hymns of Skywalker Sound were nominated the Academy Award for Sound Editing, but lost to Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The visual effects supervisors also lost the Academy Award for Visual Effects to Roger Rabbit, which was similarly done by Industrial Light & Magic.[19] Costume designer Barbara Lane won the Saturn Award for Best Costume Design. Warwick Davis (Performance by a Younger Actor) and Jean Marsh (Supporting Actress) also received nominations. Willow also lost the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film[20] and Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation to Roger Rabbit.[21] George Lucas and Bob Dolman (Worst Screenplay) and Billy Barty (Worst Supporting Actor) were given Golden Raspberry Award nominations.[22]


The film was released on DVD as a "special edition" in November 2001 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. The release included audio commentary by Warwick Davis and two "making of" featurettes. In the commentary, Davis confirms that there were a number of "lost scenes" previously rumored to have been deleted from the film including a battle in the valley, Willow battling a shark monster in a lake, and an extended sorceress duel at the climax.[23] (Though removed from the theatrical version, the battle with the lake monster was retained for both Marvel Comics' adaptation and Wayland Drew's novelization of the film.) George Lucas has received criticism from many fans of Willow, for not releasing more features on the dvd, including the "lost scenes" as well as a retro documentary on the overall making of the film.


Lucas outlined the Chronicles of the Shadow War trilogy to follow the film and hired comic book writer/novelist Chris Claremont to adapt them into a series of books. They take place about fifteen years after the original film and feature the now teenage Elora Danan as the central character.

  1. Shadow Moon (1995) ISBN 0553572857
  2. Shadow Dawn (1996) ISBN 055357289X
  3. Shadow Star (2000) ISBN 0553572881

Film/TV sequel

Due to the cult film recognition Willow received since its release in 1988, Lucas and Warwick Davis commented in April 2005 that a television series acting as a sequel was under consideration.[24] In June 2008, Davis reiterated his hopes to return for a theatrically released second installment of Willow.[25] Davis also mentioned on his Twitter account on November 2, 2009, that he would be interested in doing a sequel.


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  2. ^ a b Aljean Harmetz (1987-05-21). "'Star Wars' Is 10, And Lucas Reflects". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Ron Howard (2005). "Forward". The Cinema of George Lucas. New York City: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.. ISBN 0-8109-4968-7. 
  4. ^ a b Hearn, p.154-155
  5. ^ Aljean Harmetz (1988-06-09). "A Pained Lucas Ponders Attacks on 'Willow'". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Hearn, p.156-157
  7. ^ a b John Baxter (October 1999). Mythmaker: The Life and Work of George Lucas. New York City: Avon. pp. 365–366. ISBN 0-380-97833-4. 
  8. ^ Baxter, p.367
  9. ^ a b Hobart, Tavia. "Willow [Original Score"]. Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gnfyxqe5ldse~T1. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  10. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Willow". festival-cannes.com. http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/archives/ficheFilm/id/296/year/1988.html. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  11. ^ a b c Baxter, p.372
  12. ^ "Willow". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=willow.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  13. ^ Staff (1988-06-09). "'Crocodile Dundee II' Top Film at Box Office". The New York Times. 
  14. ^ "Willow". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/willow/. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  15. ^ Roger Ebert (1988-05-20). "Willow". Chicago Sun-Times. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19880520/REVIEWS/805200302/1023. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  16. ^ Richard Corliss (1988-05-23). "The Empire Strikes Out WILLOW". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,967464,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  17. ^ Janet Maslin (1988-05-20). "'Willow,' a George Lucas Production". The New York Times. 
  18. ^ Desson Thomson (1988-05-20). "Willow". The Washington Post. 
  19. ^ "Willow". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/DisplayMain.jsp?curTime=1230081785517. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  20. ^ "Past Saturn Awards". Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. http://www.saturnawards.org/past.html. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  21. ^ "1989 Hugo Awards". Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Hugo_Awards/1989. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  22. ^ "Ninth Annual RAZZIE Awards (for 1988)". Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. http://www.razzies.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=338&PN=2. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  23. ^ "Willow (Special Edition) (1988)". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Willow-Special-Val-Kilmer/dp/B00003CXDD. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  24. ^ Eric "Quint" Vespe (2005-04-24). "CELEBRATION is had by many a STAR WARS geek! Lucas talks! Footage shown! Details here!". Ain't It Cool News. http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=20012. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  25. ^ Shawn Adler (2008-06-13). "Warwick Davis Enthusiastic About Possibility For ‘Willow 2′". MTV News. http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/06/13/warwick-davis-enthusiastic-about-possibility-for-willow-2/. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 

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Willow is a 1988 fantasy film.

Directed by Ron Howard. Written by George Lucas and Bob Dolman.



  • Her name is not 'Sticks'. She's Elora Danan, the future Empress of Tir Asleen...and the last thing she's gonna want is a hairy chest!
  • Absolutely, under no condition whatsoever, is anyone in this family to fall in love with that baby!


  • Goodbye, Sticks. If you really are a princess, take care of him.
  • Well my mother raised me on blackroot. It's good for you. It puts hair on your chest, doesn't it, Sticks?
  • Let me out of here, Airk. Give me a sword, I'll win this war for you.
  • Burglekutt, let me out of here. I'll take care of the baby, I swear. Just let me out of here... Please. Vohnkar, let me borrow that spear just for a minute. Well... Well at least give me some water. Burglekutt, don't leave me alone here with these two! UHH! Well that was really stupid, Peck.
  • Get your hair out of my face or I'll chop it off.
  • Ooh, I'm really scared. No! Don't! There's a- a peck here with an acorn pointed at me!
  • "I love you, Sorsha?!" I don't love her, she kicked me in the face!


  • Don't play with that wand! It holds vast powers. Only a real sorcerer can use it, not a stupid peck like you.


  • Elora Danan must survive. She must fulfill her destiny and bring about the downfall of Queen Bavmorda. Her powers are growing like an evil plague. Unless she is stopped, Bavmorda will control the lives of your village, your children, everyone. All creatures of good heart need your help, Willow. The choice is yours.

High Aldwin

  • Magic is the bloodstream of the universe. Forget all you know, or think you know. All that you require is your intuition.
  • I will consult the bones!! [Disperses the bones on the ground, pausing for a moment, then whispering to Willow discreetly] ... The bones tell me... nothing.

Queen Bavmorda

  • I didn't ask you to bring me a dead nursemaid. Sorsha, you're useless.
  • General Kael, at last.
  • You will do as I say, child.
  • Why is it with my powers and the strength of my great army you cannot so much as find one - little - child?
  • You're not warriors. You're pigs PIGS! YOU'RE ALL PIGS! PIGS!
  • Traitor child. I must despise you now.
  • Is that the extent of your power, little one?
  • Now you will watch me call upon the power of the universe to send that child into the Netherworld! NOW PLACE IT ON THE ALTAR!
  • You're a fool. I shall destroy you and the child with you.


Willow:: Don't call me a peck!
Madmartigan:: Oh, I'm sorry! Peck! Peck! Peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck!

Willow:: You stupid hag! With my magic, I'll send her into the... into a...
Bavmorda:: [Bavmorda laughs] You're no sorcerer!
Willow:: Into a realm where evil cannot touch her!
Bavmorda:: Impossible! There's no such place!

Willow:: We need your help!
Madmartigan:: [sarcastically] My help? Why would you need my help? You're a sorcerer.
Willow:: You're a great warrior! And a swordsman!... And you're ten times bigger than I am, stupid!

Willow:: Madmartigan, you never, ever drive that fast with an infant!
Madmartigan:: I just saved that infant's life!

Willow:: What's that?
Madmartigan:: Smells like a battle.
Willow:: I suppose you're a warrior.
Madmartigan:: I am the greatest swordsman that ever lived. ...Say, um, can I have some of that water?

Willow:: Ouch! What'd you bite me for?
Fin Raziel:: Three drops of your blood must be put in the potion.
Willow:: Well, you could've warned me!

Madmartigan:: Did I really... Did I really say those things, last night, in your tent?
Sorsha:: You said you loved me.
Madmartigan:: I don't remember that.
Sorsha:: You lied to me.
Madmartigan:: No, I... I just wasn't myself last night.
Sorsha:: I suppose my power enchanted you and you were helpless against it.
Madmartigan:: Sort of.
Sorsha:: Then what?
Madmartigan:: It... went away.
Sorsha:: Went away? 'I dwell in darkness without you' and it went away?

Madmartigan:: What the hell happened up there?
Willow:: You started spouting poetry. 'I love you Sorsha! I worship you Sorsha!' You almost got us killed!
Madmartigan:: 'I love you Sorsha?' I don't love her, she kicked me in the face! I hate her... Don't I?

Madmartigan:: What are you going to look like if this works?
Fin Raziel:: Don't interrupt.
Madmartigan:: Sorry.
Fin Raziel:: I'm a young beautiful woman.
Madmartigan:: Concentrate, Willow!

Madmartigan:: [about Elora] She is kinda cute... When she's quiet.
Willow:: She's really a princess.
Madmartigan:: Really? And you're a great sorcerer... And I'm the king of Cashmir. Go to sleep, Willow.

[Meeting Fin Raziel, who has been turned into a muskrat]
Rool:: That's Raziel?
Franjean:: I don't know, I expected something more grand, less...
Rool:: Fuzzy.
Franjean:: Fuzzy.

Rool:: We'll never catch up with those horses!
Franjean:: Then we will have to track them.
Rool:: That would take forever. Besides, even if we find them, they'll catch us, stick us in cages, torture us and finally devour us!
Franjean:: Are you suggesting we go home?
Rool:: Nah. This is more fun!
Franjean:: All right, fine then. Come on!

High Aldwin:: [throws an apple into the air which turns into a bird] Go in the direction the bird is flying!
Burgelcutt:: [relieved] He's going back to village!
High Aldwin:: ...Ignore the bird! Follow the river.

Sorsha:: What are you looking at?
Madmartigan:: Your leg. ...I'd like to break it.

Llug:: Wanna breed?
Madmartigan:: [disguised as a woman] Tempting... but no.

Burgelcutt:: [Vohnkar has volunteered to accompany Willow on his quest] No - not Vohnkar! He's the best warrior in the village, we need him here. Vohnkar - step back!
High Aldwin: All this expedition needs is a leader. And according to the bones, that leader is... you, Burgelkutt.
Burgelcutt:: VOHNKAR!


  • Adventure doesn't come any bigger than this.
  • Forget all you know, or think you know.
  • A world where heroes come in all sizes and adventure is the greatest magic of all
  • Beyond Good... Beyond Evil... Beyond your wildest imagination...


  • Val Kilmer — Madmartigan
  • Joanne Whalley — Sorsha
  • Warwick Davis — Willow Ufgood
  • Jean Marsh — Queen Bavmorda
  • Patricia Hayes — Fin Raziel
  • Billy Barty — High Aldwin
  • Mark Northover — Burglekutt
  • Kevin Pollak — Rool
  • Rick Overton — Franjean

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