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Dragonheart [1996 film] by Rob Cohen

Dragonheart [1996 film] (1996)

by Rob Cohen (Director)

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A knight dedicated to a noble creed of honor, finds out that his pupil has become an even crueler king than his father. Believing his pupil's soul to have been poisoned by a dragon, the knight vows to destroy them all.



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Nostalgia glasses do of course heavily colour my impression of "Dragonheart" to this day, it arriving as it did in a time where big screen fantasy and dragons were even rarer than today, but I'd hold the film holds up quite well. The villain is exquisitely unlikable (where so often such villains are simply bland), the interplay between Quaid and the dragon is charming and cosy, and the story is reasonably different and inventive in its set up (if predictable enough in its eventual resolution). Finally, the film has a score blessed with a beautiful and memorable main theme, which alone helps carry this into a quite pleasant movie experience. I suspect this would strike me as decent but a bit bland should I see it for the first time today. As it is, though, I saw it at a far more impressionable age, and find I still like it a good bit more than that. ( )
  LokiAesir | Jun 11, 2019 |
Nifty dragon flick, gets a huge boost from a dragon that sounds and even looks like Sean Connery. There is a scene when they're in Avalon, the final resting place of Arthur, where Dennis Quaid takes the Knight's Oath again, and I'd swear the voice speaking to him is an uncredited John Gielgud. It's one of those film "moments" that makes the whole thing worthwhile. Solid music too. ( )
  unclebob53703 | Feb 16, 2015 |
i like this movie. the book version is shroter than movie one.
therfore i dont care. ( )
  masashiyoshida | Jan 16, 2008 |
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In the closing paragraph of his 1996 review of Dragonheart, noted critic Roger Ebert summed up this adventurous fantasy quite nicely: "While no reasonable person over the age of 12 would presumably be able to take it seriously, there is nevertheless a lighthearted joy to it, a cheerfulness, an insouciance, that recalls the days when movies were content to be fun." That's precisely the quality that makes Dragonheart so appealing, despite the fact that it didn't exactly take flight and breathe fire at the box office. The movie takes itself seriously without sacrificing the wit and cleverness that make it so entertaining. It's about the last of the great dragon slayers, Bowen (Dennis Quaid), who teams up with the last of the great dragons, Draco (and voiced by Sean Connery), after they realize that killing each other would put them both out of business! So they devise a bogus dragon-slaying act that's a huge hit as they tour from village to village. Later, they must rouse the peasantry against the loutish Prince Einon (David Thewlis), whose life was once saved by Draco, but who now violates the "Old Code" of honor with a ruthless reign of terror. As Ebert rightly noted, Dragonheart is no masterpiece, and its story (which was originally conceived as a darker, more serious drama) isn't likely to capture everyone's heart (dragon or otherwise). But it's full of exciting action, witty dialogue, and gallant heroism, and in the presentation of a realistic talking dragon it's a milestone in computer-generated special effects, far surpassing the breakthroughs of Jurassic Park three years earlier. --Jeff Shannon.
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  schotpot | May 16, 2007 |
Super fantasy film greatly enhanced with Sean Connery's voice as the dragon. ( )
  kathyj | Mar 21, 2007 |
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Cohen, RobDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Connery, Seansecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, Patrick ReadAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pogue, Charles EdwardAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Quaid, Dennissecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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