Willow

1988, Fantasy, 2h 5m

56 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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State-of-the-art special effects and an appealing performance from Warwick Davis can't quite save Willow from its slow pace and generic story. Read critic reviews

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Enter the world of "Willow." Journey to the far corners of your imagination, to a land of myth and magic, where dream and reality live side by side ... to a place that never existed, a time that never was. It is a world where a young man named Willow lives out an adventure that explodes beyond the boundaries of his own hopes and fears.

Cast & Crew

Val Kilmer
Madmartigan
Warwick Davis
Willow Ufgood
Jean Marsh
Queen Bavmorda
Billy Barty
High Aldwin
Gavan O'Herlihy
Airk Thaughbaer
Joe Johnston
Associate Producer
George Lucas
Executive Producer
James Horner
Original Music
Adrian Biddle
Cinematographer
Dan Hanley
Film Editor
Mike Hill
Film Editor
Allan Cameron
Production Designer
Jim Pohl
Art Direction
Kim Sinclair
Art Direction
Barbara Lane
Costume Designer
Nick Dudman
Makeup Designer
Richard A. Barker
Assistant Director
Paul Purdy
Set Dresser
Jim Henrikson
Music Editor
John Richardson
Special Effects Supervisor
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Audience Reviews for Willow

  • May 31, 2013
    Beautiful Little Masterpiece !
    Shawn M Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2012
    From George Lucas and Ron Howard comes the beloved fantasy classic, Willow. The tale follows an aspiring sorcerer named Willow Ufgood who embarks on a quest to save a child of prophecy from the evil Queen Bavmorda. Warwick Davis, Val Kilmar, and Joanne Whalley all give good performances; especially Davis, for whom this would become a seminal role. The story is pretty derivative (especially of Star Wars) but the characters are quite interesting and a lot of fun. However, the special effects are rather dated, which weakens the film somewhat. But, James Hornerâ(TM)s whimsical score keeps the film moving and gives it a strong fantasy theme. Willow is an epic, magical adventure thatâ(TM)s fun for all ages.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2012
    Willow is a movie that really gets overshadowed by other much better Fantasy films of the 80's (The Princess Bride, Labyrinth) but still manages to be a fun gem of a Sword and Sorcery movie. This movie follows a Nelwyn (Dwarf) sorcerer-in-training named Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) who is tasked in protecting a small baby prophesized to defeat and evil Queen named Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). He must leave his small village to embark on this quest. Along the way, Willow meets an interesting cast of allies including the down on his luck warrior Madmartigan (Val Kilmer), the Queen's daughter Sorsha (Joanne Whalley), an old wizard named Raziel (Patricia Hayes) and two Brownies named Vonkhar (Phil Fondacaro) and Rool (Kevin Pollack), an almost fairly like race of little people. I think this film is lacking in the whimsicality of the actual fantasy world. Look at more recent imaginings like Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson) and you will see what I mean. The actual world just seems devoid of life. Good performances from Davis and Kilmer make this film quite interesting, but can't save it from it's rather slow paced plot. The film's highlight for me is the soundtrack (James Horner), which in my opinion is really underrated. Not even an academy nomination? They really dropped the ball in my opinion. Overall a decent fantasy film, and I can see how many people would love it. For me, it's a fun watch but nothing to write home about. 3/5.
    Brendan L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2012
    Willow is undeniably cute and provides decent entertainment, but the story is too cliched and unoriginal to succeed.
    Matt P Super Reviewer

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