Dragonslayer is a 1981 live action fantasy film co-produced by Disney and Paramount studios. A deconstruction of many Sword and Sorcery tropes, the film was considerably darker than the typical Disney movie, which may have caused its commercial failure despite having very good production values for its time.The movie is about a sorcerer's apprentice named Galen (played by Peter McNicol, now better known for later playing John Cage in Ally McBeal) who studied under an old wizard named Ulrich (played by classic Shakespearean actor Sir Ralph Richardson). One day, they're visited by a group of people from a kingdom named Urland, led by a young man named Valerian. He explains their land is threatened by a dragon, and they must feed it a virgin twice each year (elected by a lottery) to keep it sated. The wizard agrees to help, but is then killed by a knight named Tyrian, who was sent by the king of Urland, who apparently fears disturbing the dragon in any way.The peasants leave disappointed, but Galen, having found out he can do magic with his master's amulet, offers to help them instead. Ulrich's elderly assistant burns his corpse and gathers the ashes in a pouch. Galen and Valerian then go on a quest to defeat the dragon and save Urland.Not to be confused with Falcom's Dragon Slayer games. Or with Don Bluth's classic video game Dragon's Lair (which used the exact some font as the film.) Or with The Last Dragonslayer.
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