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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 44. Willow (1988)

September 3, 2011

44. Willow [DVD] (1988)

Plot: In the the castle of evil Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh), a prisoner gives birth to a child who according to a prophecy will put an end to the reign of the Queen. A midwife saves the child from Bavmorda by sending her cradle down the river where little Willow (Warwick Davis) finds her.

Willow is chosen to bring the baby back to her own kind. On his way, he meets Madmartigan (Val Kilmer), a great swordsman, and together they journey through a war-torn land of magic and monsters, to save the baby princess from death so she can fulfill her destiny.

Also Starring: Joanne WhalleyPatricia HayesKevin PollakRick OvertonDavid SteinbergPhil Fondacaro

Directed by: Ron Howard
Written by: George Lucas (story) Bob Dolman (screenplay)

126 min
Budget: $35,000,000
Gross Revenue: $57,269,863 (USA)

Adventure doesn’t come any bigger than this. (tagline)

Review: I love dwarfs! And especially Warwick Davis. I even kind of enjoyed Leprechaun, that’s how much I love dwarfs! I even love them enough to refuse to call them “little people”, if anything is offensive, “little people” must be worse than dwarf?

Anyway, here in Sweden we don’t have another name for them. Not many of them either, sadly.

Oscar Count: 2 Nominations.
Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing (Ben Burtt, Richard Hymns) Best Effects, Visual Effects (Dennis Muren, Michael J. McAlister, Phil Tippett, Christopher Evans)

Anyway, this movie is great! It’s so great, it even makes Kevin Pollak seem funny. Which reminds me of an old joke.
-Knock Knock.
-Who is there?
-Kevin Pollak.
-Kevin Pollak who?
-Kevin Pollak from every movie other than Willow.
-Go away or I’ll call the police.

Favorite Quote: 
See this acorn? I’ll throw it at you and turn you to stone!
Ooh, I’m really scared. No! Don’t! There’s a- a peck here with an acorn pointed at me!

This movie also made me realize how fantastic Val Kilmer can be, and it also made me fall in love with my first (and last) red head, Joanne Whalley. We don’t have many of her in Sweden either.

I’m sad now. Not enough dwarfs and no Joanne Whalley’s. Thank god we still can credit ourselves with the Skarsgård family, or I would move.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: The box office were less than expected, so George Lucas continued Willow’s story in three books rather than in movie sequels.”The Chronicles of the Shadow War” consists of: “Shadow Moon” (1995), “Shadow Dawn” (1996) and “Shadow Star” (2000)

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 45. Ed Wood (1994)


2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2011 10:59

    Knock, knock…

    (Don’t open the door, Sika… Kevin Pollak from Casino, The Usual Suspects and Buffalo ’66 is waiting outside to kick your ass!)

    • Sika permalink*
      September 5, 2011 10:59

      Is he accompanied by a dwarf? Then, I might open…

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